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OJC Press Release ID: 2981

Monday, December 16, 2019

OJC Students Host Debate


On Monday, Dec. 9, student enrolled in Otero Junior College’s English 122 class held a debate that argued the pros and cons of paying student-athletes. The students had spent the past several weeks researching the subject and wrote annotated bibliographies that supplied the information for the debate.

OJC English and Literature Instructor Kimi Kelley, stated, “Both teams had convincing arguments, and both teams presented well. I am extremely proud of our students, and they should be commended for their hard work!”

There were three judges at the event, Darlene Blackford, Ann Lopkoff, and Zach Towle. Two of the judges stated they had originally come to the debate with their own views; however, based on the students’ arguments changed their previous opinions. According to Kelley, “That is a sign of a job well done by the students.”

Blackford, Lopkoff, and Towle had a difficult time deciding on the winning team, but in the end, the negative position team won.

“A big thank you to the judges who volunteered their time for the debate for my English 122 class and to the many who participated as audience members. This was a great learning experience and fun opportunity for all involved,” said Kelley.

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OJC students participate in a debate that argued the pros and cons of paying student-athletes in Kimi Kelley’s English 122 class on Monday, Dec.9.