Student debaters and speech competitors from 18 Midwestern colleges will square off at Butler Saturday for the William W. Neher Bulldog Battle.

Close to 150 participants are expected for the tournament, organized by members of the Butler speech and debate team and the College of Communication (CCOM). As hosts, Bulldogs will not compete in the day’s Parliamentary Debate and Individual Events sessions. Top finishers will qualify for the National Forensics Association tournament later in spring.

The Bulldog Battle has been held annually for 11 years, and has seen steady growth from its initial draw of 10 participating colleges, according to CCOM Director of Forensics Janis Crawford, who advises the speech team. “It’s a big deal to get all these schools together,” she said.

The Battle was renamed in 2011 to honor 42-year-veteran professor of rhetoric William Neher, the interim dean of CCOM.

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