Colgate Debate Society team members flew across the pond to compete in the Cambridge IV, from November 15th-17th, 2012.
The teams of Jack Holland ’13 and Sebastian Chan ’14, and Julia O’Neil ’16 and Madeline Allen ’16, along with Alexa Windsor ’13 as a judge, did very well in both teams’ first international tournament.
Teams debated motions about living wages for stay-at-home parents, development aid in Rwanda, and the global economic crisis. For round 4, both Colgate teams ended up debating against each other and 2 other teams. They debated the motion, “This house believes that democratic reform is more important than economic growth for China.”
Sebastian and Jack, and Madeline and Julia finished the tournament solidly with 5 points.
On the weekend of Election Week six members of the debate team made the journey to debate at the Oxford University Intervarsity Tournament. Oxford is the birthplace of competitive British Parliamentary debate. It’s where the first student union was established as a debate society.
Debate societies from many different countries were represented at the Oxford IV, including teams from Russia, France, Malaysia, the United States, Canada, China, India, and the United Kingdom. Colgate’s teams were comprised of Curt Mahoney ’14 and Kevin Costello ’16, Dan Li ’14 and Lorelai Avram ’16, and Abrar Faiaz ’14 and Anna Proios ’16. With half of Colgate’s teams made up of first-year students, the Colgate Debate Society sought to introduce new promising debaters into world-class British Parliamentary debate. The team, along with the Debate Society’s coordinator John Adams, got to observe and compete against some of the world’s top debaters. The debates covered a range of topics including weapon control, free speech, multinational corporations, and other economic and political topics.
Competing in the Oxford University IV was a great experience for all of us! Much was learned and much will be remembered.
On the weekend of November 3-4 2012, 6 members of the Colgate Debate Team went to Burlington, Vermont to attend the 2012 edition of the Huber Debates at the University of Vermont. There were two teams that participated in the debates: Lorelai Avram ’16 and Melissa Haller ’16, and Takreem Riwan Siddiqui ’14 and Anindya Guha ’15. Jack Holland ’13 and Anna Proios ’16 went as judges.
There were six great rounds of debate with high quality teams from all over the United States. The teams debated motions such as “This House would ban employers from accessing the criminal records of prospective employees,” “This House would defriend Facebook friends who post offensive political views,” and “This House believes that newly emerged democracies should ban religious parties.”
Both Colgate teams did well, and the debaters and judges gained valuable experience for future tournaments.