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March 10, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Big Sandy Resident to Participate in International Debate at UT Tyler

Darci Meadville of Big Sandy will represent The University of Texas at Tyler in an international student debate on Tuesday, March 18.

The American Forensic Association’s Committee on International Discussion and Debate has selected the university as one of the sites for a debate between visiting Japanese students and American student-debaters.

The debate, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the UT Tyler Robert Muntz Library, room 401. The resolution for the debate is “Capital Punishment Should be Abolished.”

Meadville, a graduate English major at UT Tyler, placed first at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament in 2005. She plans to attend graduate school at the University of North Texas and major in library science.

Sean Dodd of Overton, a senior computer science major, will serve as Meadville’s debate partner. Japanese students Akira Murakami and Tomonori Tasaki will represent Japan. A reception honoring Murakami and Tasaki will begin prior to the debate at 6:30 p.m.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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