On the weekend of October 25-27, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY to compete in the annual HWS Fall Classic.
The teams of Rachel Neal ’16 and Curt Mahoney ’14, Javed Narejo ’14 and Anindya Guha ’15, and Michael Chavinda ’17 and Takreem Siddiqui ’14 competed in the tournament. Melissa Haller ’16 and Anna Proios ’16 attended as judges.
Colgate Debate at HWS!
The teams had the opportunity to debate exciting topics regarding vigilantism, the National Security Administration, non-reconstructive cosmetic surgery, the targeting of human shields in warfare, and subsidizing newspapers.
We broke at HWS!
After five preliminary rounds of debate, the teams of Rachel and Curt and Michael and Takreem had enough points to compete in the semi-final! They debated the motion “This house would all violent criminals to choose to undergo the Ludovico technique in exchange for a significantly reduced sentence.” After a spirited and challenging round, neither team moved on to the final. However, both teams gained valuable experience and had a really fun debate! Michael also won the second place novice speaker award! Additionally, Melissa broke as a judge, and judged in both the novice final and the final round of the tournament. Overall, all teams and judges did an excellent job at HWS. Great job, Colgate!