Eastern Washington University’s Debate Club is using its powers of persuasion to “get the word out” to every student, said Bryan Ryerse, the club’s president.
Eastern had a debate team 30 years ago, but the club was only started back up again two years ago.
Ryerse along with Jeanne Ratliff, club advisor and instructor, and about 12 other students plane to launch the club into a great new year.
When asked why the club hasn’t been known for the past two years Ryerse said, “there was just a lack of exposure.”
In an attempt to gain more school-wide exposure, the club is holding community events such as clothing drives and even a Mock Congressional debate of the Constitution, in the near future.
The club is currently in the stages of developing a new league for the Spokane area. The participants will include Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, the University of Idaho and Spokane Falls Community College.
Ryerse is looking for any students who are interested in competing around the Pacific Northwest against students from Washington, Oregon and California in places such as Seattle and Portland. Students participate in at least one competition each quarter by giving all types of speeches including informative, impromptu and memorized, as well as team debates.
Ryerse said there are many reasons why students should join a debate team, “it’s a great asset to your resume, helps you get more organized and helps to develop valuable communication skills.”
Being a member of the club can also provide students majoring in Law or Government good experience in communication, Ryerse said.
Practices are held between 2:30 and 4:20 every Monday afternoon in the Communications Building. All students are encouraged to come check it out and sign up.