2013, 9 p.m.
- Emporia State
University Debate Coach Samuel A. Maurer today said he removed the notes of
the winning arguments from the Web after his team of two black debaters came
under fire when they became the first in the country to win both major
collegiate debate championships.
Standard, on April 13, targeted Ryan Wash, a senior, and Elijah Smith, a
that Emporia's historic win at the National Debate Tournament and
the Cross Examination Debate Association championship mark the official "Decline
of Debate". Wash, who
is openly gay, and his debate partner won both NDT and CEDA using arguments
about black gay sexuality.
Maurer said he took down the notes to the winning case
because he was concerned about how conservative media has been attacking the
"I took them down after the Weekly Standard started
quoting some of our stuff. While I am not all that impressed by the biting
nature of the there criticism, it didn't really cut that deep for me. At the
same time, I don't want the creative works to be parsed over by the likes of
the Rush Limbaugh and their derivatives in their universe."
Still, Wake Forest University communications chair and former
debate coach Allan Louden explains the significance of the win in an
“CEDA crowns the popular national champion,” Louden
explained, noting that the CEDA tournament is open to all teams that choose
to compete. “At NDT, teams have to qualify.”
The NDT has been crowning winners for nearly 70 years,
according to Emporia. Its website lists the top four places each year going
back to 1947. CEDA’s website goes back to 1986.
Louden’s says the “University of California, Berkeley came
within one round of doing it” in 2005.