Colgate Debates in New York City!

On the weekend of March 8-9, the Colgate Debate Society brought four teams and three judges to compete in the Empire Debates at the The King’s College in New York City.

The teams consisted of Madeline Allen ’16 and Julia O’Neil ’16, Luke Luttmann ’15 and Melissa Haller ’16, Anna Proios ’16 and Lorelai Avram ’16, and Jeremy Garson ’16 and Misha Vebrova ’16. Cynthia Vele ’17, Daniel Messner ’17, and Stella Yoh attended the tournament as judges.

Members of the Colgate Team Pose for a Group Photo

The teams debated in five exciting rounds of debate, taking on topics such as abolishing educational track systems in schools, making the abortion of fetuses with non-fatal birth defects illegal in places where abortion is legal, subsidizing opposition parties in countries with dominant one-party rule, denying life-sustaining procedures to the terminally ill, and adopting the prime directive, given that extraterrestrial life has been discovered.

The Team in Times Square!

At the end of the preliminary rounds, the team of Luke Luttmann and Melissa Haller broke fourth, competing in the semi-final and final rounds. Even though the team did not win the final, they performed very well in the face of tough competition. Luke also received an award for being the second-best speaker in the tournament. Additionally, the entire team had the opportunity to explore New York City during the course of the weekend, visiting places like Times Square and China Town. Overall, it was an exciting and successful weekend for the Colgate Debate society.

Melissa and Luke!


Colgate Attends Northeast Regionals in Connecticut

On the weekend of February 22-23, Colgate brought five teams and three judges to compete at the Northeast Regional Debate Championships at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Ct.

The teams of Madeline Allen ’16 and Julia O’neil ’16, Luke Luttmann ’15 and Daniel Messner ’17, Melissa Haller ’16 and Lorelai Avram ’16, Adam Buys ’17 and Kevin Costello ’16, and Anna Proios ’16 and Emily Luba ’16 competed at the tournament. Michael Chavinda ’17, Bryan Dewan ’17, and Maria Chen ’17 judged for Colgate.

The happy Colgate team!

The teams debated interesting topics such as preventing juries from talking to the media after trials have been decided, eliminating tenure in universities, imposing a 100% death and inheritance tax, supporting violence in the event that a government responds to peaceful protesters with force, eliminating the reservation system for Native Americans in the United States, and, supposing that Obama had an affair, choosing not to print the story in the national media.

Luke and Daniel!

After six rounds, the team of Luke Luttmann and Daniel Messner broke fifth, and Adam Buys and Kevin Costello broke sixth overall. Both teams participated in the quarterfinal round. Luke and Daniel also moved forward into the semi-final. Both teams performed very well in the face of tough competition. Additionally, Luke received the tenth place speaker award. Daniel won the third place novice speaker award, and Adam won the fifth place novice speaker award. Colgate judges also had a great tournament, with Michael Chivinda  chairing preliminary rounds. Congratulations to the successful teams!

Adam and Kevin!