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MSU Alumni Proves Debate Skills Can Get You out of Any Jam

“It’s not every day you’re in a police stand-off, but alumnus Dave Marvin (’72) found being a member of the Michigan State University Debate Team helped him get out of just such a pickle. It was driving back from a […]


“It’s not every day you’re in a police stand-off, but alumnus Dave Marvin (’72) found being a member of the Michigan State University Debate Team helped him get out of just such a pickle.

It was driving back from a debate tournament at Butler University that Marvin and other members of the team were chatting when they passed by an Indiana state trooper.

Believing the debate trophies in their hands were actually rifle barrels and that Assistant Coach Bonnie Perry was a victim of some would-be kidnappers, the trooper quickly set up a road block.

‘We were greeted by a host of shouting officers with their guns drawn,” Marvin recalls. ‘Thanks to our superior debating skills, and the true nature of our ‘rifles’, we were quickly released.'”

To read the rest of the MSU Honors College profile on Fraser Trebilcock attorney David E.S. Marvin, click the link here.