Colgate Successfully Competes at HWS!

Over the weekend of October 23-25, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to Geneva, NY to debate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Fall Classic. Colgate brought three teams and one judge to the tournament.

The teams of Melissa Haller ’16 and Madeline Allen ’16, Adam Buys ’17 and Michael Chavinda ’17, and Marlynna Blumer ’19 and Gavin Gao ’19 debated for Colgate. Siena Frost ’19 attended the tournament as a judge.

The Colgate Debate Team!

The teams got to debate exciting and challenging motions, including, “THBT developed nations should abolish all protectionist trade policies,” “THBT sports leagues with systems of promotion and relegation is good for fans,” “THBT the transgender movement should leave the LGBTQ movement,” “TH, as a hearing parents of a deaf child, would mainstream them to the exclusion of deaf culture,” and “THW prioritize asylum seekers who have actively resisted their regimes.”

After five rounds of debate, Adam and Michael broke into semi finals, and Gavin and Marlynna broke into the novice final, where they debated the motions, “THB editors should refuse to work for media whose endorsement decisions are made by owners rather than by ed board,” and “THW prioritize curative care to palliative care for elderly individuals,” respectively. Additionally, Michael and Adam tied for ninth speaker at the tournament, and Gavin was the seventh novice speaker. We’re incredibly proud of how well we performed, and everyone at the tournament had a great experience! Next stop, Vermont!

Colgate Gets Ready For a Successful Tournament!


Colgate Competes at Yale!

Over the weekend of October 2-4, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to compete in the Yale IV Debate Tournament. Colgate brought four teams and three judges to the tournament.

The teams of Daniel Messner ’17 and Kevin Costello ’16, Julia O’Neil ’16 and Alex Taylor ’18, John Eddins ’18 and James Hurst ’18, and Matt Kato ’19 and Marlynna Blumer ’19 debated for Colgate. Maria Amorosso ’18, Hayley Arlin ’18, and Siena Frost ’19 attended the tournament as judges.

All teams had the opportunity to debate exciting and challenging motions, including, “THW ban religious K-12 schools,” “THBT voters should be able to override the votes of their elected representative on individual bills by two-thirds or greater referendum,” “THBT developed nations should pay reparations to developing nations that have experienced significant adverse consequences from climate change,” “TH rejects the media’s intentional humanization of those responsible for heinous acts or crimes,” “THBT the US should join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,” and “Given the existence of a drug that dramatically increases mental capacity, THBT universities should ban and test for student use of the drug.”

Yale is one of the most challenging and competitive tournaments in the United States, and is a great opportunity for students to practice their debating skills and learn from some of the best debaters in the world. Although none of our teams broke, it was a fantastic experience for everyone involved. We’re looking forward to putting our newly honed skills to the test when we compete at HWS next weekend!