And…We’re Back! Colgate Competes at the Bard College Invitational Debate Tournament

Over the weekend of September 18-20, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to Annandale-on-Hudson, NY to compete at Bard College’s Invitational Debate Tournament. It was the first tournament of our fall season, and we brought four teams and two judges to compete. Three of the four teams were pro-am partnerships, meaning that experienced debaters volunteered to compete with new members of the team in order to teach them the British Parliamentary format and ensure that they had the best experience possible. We had a fantastic weekend, and look forward to doing it again soon!

The teams consisted of Daniel Messner ’17 and John Eddins ’18, Madeline Allen ’16 and Hayley Arlin ’18, Melissa Haller ’16 and Shemuel Malave ’18, and Rohan Chaudhari ’19 and Marlynna Blumer ’19. Laura Bunn ’18 and Cymon King ’18 represented Colgate as judges at the tournament.

Colgate Has a Great Start to the Debate Season!

The team had the opportunity to debate five exciting and challenging topics, including “This House regrets the rise of voluntourism,” “This House supports binding quotas for the redistribution of refugees for EU member states,” ” This House would allow local residents to vote on what art should be placed in publicly owned spaces,” “This House believes that victims of natural disasters should be allowed to sue the government for gross negligence in their disaster relief efforts,” and “This House regrets the rise of Hacktivist groups.”

The Team Hangs Out Between Rounds

At the end of preliminary rounds, Colgate teams finished on 10, 10, 8, and 7 points, an impressive result for the first tournament of the year. Many teams missed breaking by a matter of individual speaker points. We look forward to continuing to debate on the local circuit over the next semester, and are excited to see how well we perform in the coming weeks. The tournament was a valuable and educational experience for everyone involved.


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