Colgate Participates in the Cambridge IV and Women’s Open!

Over the weekend of November 20-23, the Colgate Debate society had the exciting opportunity to travel back to the United Kingdom to participate both in the 2014 Cambridge IV, as well as the first annual Norton Rose Fullbright Cambridge Women’s Open tournament. Representing Colgate for the weekend was the team of Madeline Allen ’16 and Melissa Haller ’16. 

For Cambridge IV, the team debated challenging topics including, “Thw not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes (eg theft),” “TH as a superhero W agree to use their powers solely in service of the democratic state,” “THS the objectification of men in popular culture,” and “THBT Western foreign policy should abandon attempts to universalize liberal values.”

The Cambridge Women’s Open also featured interesting and exciting motions, such as “THW legalize the buying and selling of sexual services,” “THBT football fans should boycott the 2022 world cup in Qatar,” “THBT the US and Iran should ally to fight ISIS,” and “THW aggressively financially incentivise the enrollment of female students in areas with low female enrollment.”

Maddie and Melissa had the amazing opportunity to debate among some of the most talented speakers in the world, as well as to be a part of an emerging debate tournament tradition aimed at promoting women’s voices within the global arena of British Parliamentary debate. Overall, Colgate had an amazing weekend!

Melissa and Maddie in Cambridge!


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