Debate: UT Dallas Holds Steady
In Fourth National Appearance

April 6, 2007

In its fourth consecutive appearance at the National Debate Tournament the UT Dallas team finished  in a tie for 35th of 78 teams.

The UT Dallas team of Brian Rubaie, a freshman from Overland Park, Kansas, and Sara Stephens, a junior from Pensacola, Florida, compiled a record of four wins and four losses at the 61st annual National Debate Tournament, held March 30 – April 2 at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas. The UT Dallas performance equaled last year’s NDT finish, when UT Dallas fielded a senior-sophomore team.

Rubaie and Stephens beat two teams from Wake Forest University and teams from the United States Military Academy and Weber State University.  Losses came against the University of Georgia, the top-ranked team in the country during the regular season, Boston College, Miami University of Ohio and Idaho State University.

“We are very proud of the determination that Brian and Sara displayed and the success they enjoyed, both at the NDT and throughout the debate season,” said Chris Burk, the university’s director of debate.  “The duo will return next year as one of the top 25 returning teams in the country.  We hope and expect that UT Dallas will have its best season ever in 2007-08.”

The winning team was from Emory University and was composed of two female students – the first all-female team to win the NDT, the most prestigious college debate tournament in the nation.


Contact Steve McGregor, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2293, smcgreg@utdallas.edu

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The UT Dallas team of Brian Rubaie and Sara Stephens compiled a record of four wins and four losses at the 61st annual National Debate Tournament.

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