By Gabrielle Douglass, The Circuit
Five students from Benedictine College attended the International Politics and Economics Debate at the University of San Diego.
Jack Cunningham, President of SIBC, helped a debate team consisting of four other students, including myself, prepare for an academic presentation on Saturday Nov. 5, 2016.
SIBC stands for Student International Business Council. This council is made up of three schools around the country: Notre Dame, University of San Diego, and Benedictine College. The goal of this council is to promote peace through commerce.
The presentation was nearly an hour in length and covered a wide array of topics including but not limited to: World tensions, federal debt, consumer debt, student debt, and technological advancements. The students worked hard to concentrate on economic theories and recommendations to help address debt in the United States.
It was a stressful couple weeks leading up to the debate. Since our team received the prompt with minimal time to prepare, the members of the debate team worked hard and delegated certain areas of research to be most efficient.
As we prepared, we knew we would be asked difficult questions. We practiced speaking it many times but this did not help all the nerves dissipate. Buck was especially encouraging and optimistic before we began our presentation.
We were really looking forward to presenting but we had a long way to go even when we left for California on Friday morning.
Audra Burke, junior, addressed the largest topic, world tensions, and informed the panel about current states of affairs across the globe. The panel consisted of USD professors who had studied economics and business for decades.
Quinn Buck, junior, narrowed his research down to just student debt and how this might be impacted as technological advancements continue to occur. He encouraged a wider use of online schooling and etextbooks.
Paul Flickinger also was prompted with difficult questions. He focused his efforts on consumer debt and was excited to share his research. Although technology seems so easy to use, Paul was adamant about the fact that technology was not necessarily helping curb consumerism.
The professors referred to a rubric typically used for graduate students to help critique the quality of both presentations. Students were assessed on the content, analysis, ability to answer questions, and the presentation as a whole.
The Benedictine team was able to handle questions very well considering the complexity of questions.
After the presentation concluded, each member of the team took turns addressing the questions of the professors by referring back to the research that had accumulated in preparation for the debate.
After receiving strong approval from the University of San Diego, the SIBC team enjoyed food, the beach, and networking opportunities. The team left the hotel at 4:30 am on Sunday in order to come back for school on Monday.