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Meredith Engelen’s column (“Bring on the debate,” Oct. 7) did a good job highlighting the importance of debate on college campuses.

While it’s true that many UNC students actively engage in valuable dialectic conversations, many do not because of fear of public speaking.

Because debate is a means of “discovering truth” and a powerful tool for convincing others, public speaking is a skill all students should be interested in developing.

Even the most vocal UNC students should consider how they present their opinions. I challenge all students to speak up and to learn the fundamentals of rhetoric, and I challenge professors to encourage the development of these skills in their classrooms.


Hannah Hodson
Joint Senate President
Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies

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