Roger Sherman Society builds WCSU reputation for debate excellence

Western may have surprised its larger public and private college rivals when the WCSU novice team captured the championship in fall 2011 at the James Madison University Debate Tournament — but for Director of Debate Rashad Evans, the victory showed Western student debaters can hold their own with competitors from across the nation.

Evans, a law school graduate and 2001 champion in the national Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) tournament, joined WCSU in August to coach the Roger Sherman Debate Society. He previously served as director of debate and lecturer in communications at the University of Florida.

The Roger Sherman Debate Society built a reputation over the past decade under the guidance of Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Kukk for strong performances in regional and national college competitions, and Evans said the team of 15 undergraduate students who comprise the society this year are capably carrying on that tradition. The novice team of sophomores Taylor Pasquence and Taylor Wolff made an immediate impression on their rivals by qualifying for the semi-finals at Western’s competitive debut for the current academic year at SUNY-Binghamton. Pasquence and Wolff topped that performance with their victory at the James Madison tournament in October, and the junior varsity team of juniors Eugene Allen and Benjamin Townsend also competed well by reaching the elimination round at James Madison.

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Students in the Roger Sherman Debate Society maintain their reputation as strong competitors.