Oklahoma Christian Students Revive Debate Team Team Sees Success in First Events

The OC debate team has been revived after 23 years. The team is led by Dr. Brian Simmons (87), associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor in OC’s Honors Program.

Simmons was a member of OC’s debate team during his time as a student. At one point, the team was ranked as high as third in the entire United States.

At the team’s first collegiate tournament since its reinstatement, sophomore Cody Milner tied for fifth place against 21 competitors from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

“There is always a benefit for Christian college students to develop the skills to defend what they believe in and being able to critique what others believe,” Simmons said. “If ever there is a context that demands there be a debate team, it’s this one.”

Summer 2015

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