Over winter break, Colgate brought one team to the World Universities Debating Championship in Chennai, India: Julia O’Neil ’16 and Sebastian Chan ’14. The tournament consisted of 340 two-person teams from all over the world. Despite setbacks with only two of the original five Colgate participants able to enter India, Colgate ended strong with 13 points.
The Colgate Team!
There were nine preliminary rounds of debate, discussing the following topics: whether the United States should fund moderate Madrassas throughout the Islamic world, whether we should allow first-time offenders to, with the consent of the victims, pay compensation in place of a prison sentence, regretting the rise of a “hookup culture”, whether developing countries should ban members of political dynasties from standing for elected office, whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the interests of the small and medium-sized negotiating countries, making the receipt of welfare payments to raise children conditional on the use of long-term, but reversible, contraception, whether government agencies that regulate drugs should only test whether the drug is safe, not whether it is effective, before approving it for public use, whether NATO should unconditionally offer membership to the states of the former Soviet Union, excluding Russia, and regreting the commodification of indigenous cultures.
Overall, Colgate’s team had an amazing experience debating with teams from across the globe and having the opportunity to explore India.