Students Win Debate

Westmont sophomore Riley Svikhart narrowly beat first-year student Michael Deiana in the final debate of the 17th Annual Tournament of Expressions Feb. 28. Svikhart successfully argued that physician assisted suicide should not be made legal in California. Both finalists, who made it through several rounds of the contest that started in January, found out about the debate topic only minutes before the final competition. “The contest emphasizes mental agility as well as critical thinking and public speaking skills,” says Deborah Dunn, Westmont professor of communication studies. more

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