The WVU Debate Team has enjoyed continued success during the fall debate season, employing a new approach that emphasizesdebater-produced evidence.

The new technique excludes the use of mass-produced camp evidence and coach-generated evidence, said debate team coach Neil Berch, who teaches political science in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

The strategy has proved to be highly successful so far, with numerous coaches and judges commenting on the originality and quality of WVU debate arguments, Berch said.

WVU debaters have competed in tournaments at Kings College, Georgia State University, Towson University, West Point, Cornell University, and in Kansas City and Rochester. The team also hosted a preseason tournament,The Almost Heaven Preseason Debate.Team members compete in divisions above their eligibility to give themselves the opportunity to take on more difficult competition.

This may not result in immediate success, but our focus is on the end-of-season championship tournaments,Berch said.

Returning debaters include Karen Snyder, a sophomore journalism major from New Martinsville; Michael Stark, a sophomore political science and economics student from Charleston; Samantha Godbey, a junior from Walton, W.Va., whose major is international studies; Kayden Skinner, a junior political science major from New Martinsville; Tim Oeschger, a senior political science and economics student from Chester Springs, Pa.; Emily Renzelli, a junior political science student from Bridgeport; and Lee Zaniewski, a sophomore from Westerville, Ohio who studies engineering.

New additions to the team include Daniel Funk, a senior political science and philosophy major from Martinsburg; Nima Mohebbi, a senior economics and political science student from Teays Valley; Katie Santmyer, a sophomore from Moundsville who is studying criminology and political science; WilliamStevePrzbysz, a sophomore physics major from Wheeling; John Pino, a sophomore international studies and foreign language student from Oak Hill; Mallory Duley, a sophomore studying public relations, political science and leadership; and Erica Rogers, a sophomore political science student from Weirton.

This years resolution, or topic, of debate concerns whether the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn previous decisions in the areas of abortion, school desegregation, violence against women, and military tribunals.

Each time we compete, our goal is to improve,he said.Our debaters are working hard, and Im very proud of their efforts. I look for big things in upcoming tournaments.

For more information, contact Berch at 304-293-3811, ext. 5290, or .