The National Hispanic University gained recognition this year when its debate team won the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl debating championship. Saturday, December 6 from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., NHU will play host at its Story Road campus to California college and university debate teams competing in the regional championship. The top two teams coming out of this tournament will represent the region in the national tournament on March 5th, 2009. The regional competitions whittle competitors to 32 teams representing colleges and universities throughout the United States.
While NHU's winning team will be among the competitors, the University is also fielding a rookie team whose members will test their mettle not just against the senior team, but also the other 16 competing teams. The two teams have been training together for months, but on Saturday the new team will be trying hard to show the veterans that they have been very good, even formidable, students. The two teams will be joined in rhetorical battle by UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, San Jose State, Fresno State, and Chico State.
NHU's prowess in debate began inconspicuously five years ago when a group of students interested in philosophy decided to start a philosophy club. At club meetings, the members debated philosophy among themselves. NHU has no philosophy department. So, by definition, these students were real self starters. The university does have a philosophy professor, however. Eventually, that professor, Michael Jordan, realized that something important was going on in the philosophy club. He offered to help the students hone their debating skills and put those skills up against students from other universities. Last year the team won the State championship, and this year the national championship. Several of the competing universities will also be fielding their seasoned teams along with untested teams. It is expected that the competition will be intense as the veteran teams rekindle their rivalries and the new teams move to unseat the "elders." The event is open to the public.
The National Hispanic University is a 4-year, private, nonprofit university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has been authorized to grant degrees since 1981. NHU offers degrees in Liberal Studies, Business, Mathematics and Science, and Computer Science, as well as teacher credentialing and certificates in Translation & Interpretation. For more information on NHU, please log onto www.nhu.edu or contact Patricia Estrada at (408) 273-2737.