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New speech and debate team gives students opportunity to share voice nationally

Posted by on January 23, 2015

Spartan Speech & DebateDo you enjoy public speaking? Or are you looking for a way to improve your speech and debate skills? If so, Aurora University’s new speech and debate team may be the perfect fit for you.

Spartan Speech & Debate will offer both new and experienced competitors opportunities to compete in collegiate debate and individual speaking events.

“The introduction of speech and debate to Aurora University is an important milestone in the development of AU’s ongoing commitment to providing students with a wide variety of inclusive opportunities to enact the values it holds dear, particularly an active citizen through advocacy and excellence through rigorous academic inquiry and practice,” said Toby Arquette, speech and debate team coach and chair of the communications department.

Arquette is thrilled to lead the team which already has 16 members from a variety of majors, including health science, communication, business and athletic training.

Jade Strong, a junior education and English major, is looking forward to meeting people from other schools and the thrill of performing. “I was a part of the speech team at my high school for a year and thought that it was a lot of fun, so I wanted to have one more chance to be a part of a speech team before I graduate.”

For junior health science major Rebecca Mohan, it is about gaining experience and knowledge while working with peers who have a similar interest. “I am looking forward to practicing and succeeding alongside a team that shares the same love and talent as me, for speech,” said Mohan.

The team will compete in four major categories, including interpretation, public address, limited preparation and debate. No experience is required to join the team.

For more information about Spartan Speech & Debate, contact Toby Arquette at or visit Students are also invited to attend the team’s next meeting on Monday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Dunham Hall 001.