Reflections on the 2011 Marquette Debate Institute

By Jason Baron

Marquette Debate Institute

MUDI in Johnston Hall. Photo by Ben Smidt.

Although this year at Marquette University Debate Institute (MUDI) has gone great, I have to start by commenting on what MUDI did for me last year. People always say moving from novice to varsity is like being pushed off a cliff and being forced to learn how to fly on the way down. But because of MUDI 2010, I proved that notion wrong. For my first 3 varsity tournaments I went 9-0. It wasn’t until round 3 of the next tournament that I eventually suffered my first varsity loss. I am proof that the Marquette University Debate Institute will prepare someone to become a winner at varsity level debate competitions.

It is with this sentiment in mind that I anticipate even better things for this year’s program. For starters, we are focusing a lot more and getting a lot done. Plus, the comradery between all the participants here this year is so intense. Between the seven debaters and the three coaches, we all just love to joke around and have fun, but at the same time getting work done during lectures —oops, “seminars” as we’re taught to refer to them —or library time. Well, maybe we have a few comic relief points mixed in with the work!

If you ask me, having gone through MUDI almost twice I can say this: If you love debate, there is no better place to be in the summer than at MUDI.

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Jason Baron is a participant in the 2011 Marquette University Debate Institute, held each summer in the Diederich College of Communication.  Jason, who will be a junior at Mukwonago High School during the 2011-2012 academic year, attended MUDI last year and returned this year.

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