Shepard wins debate championship
Ben Shepard, a junior McConnell Scholar from Crestwood, won three matches to secure the McConnell Center's annual spring debate championship title.
Shepard faced senior Charley Helms, the former reigning champion, in the final round of competition April 18. The duo debated whether the written word has lost its value in the technological age.
A political science and history double major at the University of Louisville, Shepard has been an active member of both the McConnell Scholars' debate society and moot court team.
The debate society, a group of eight McConnell Scholars, met weekly during the spring semester to debate current political and social topics.
Debate judges included U of L political science professors Dr. Julie Bunck, Dr. Allison Martens and Dr. Jason Gainous.
The McConnell Center annually hosts a debate society as part of its liberal arts spring programming. The Center offers a moot court society during the fall semester.