Colgate Reaches Novice Finals at Northeast Regionals

During the weekend of February 23-24, ten members of the Colgate
Debate Team traveled to Danbury, CT, for the Worlds Regional
Championship, held at Western Connecticut State University.

The novice teams Julia O’Neill’16 and Justin LaScalzo’16Madeline
Allen’16 and Jack Holland’13 and Lorelai Avram’16 and Kevin
Costello’16 debated in the competition, while Melissa Haller’16,
Lillie Laiks’15Anna Proios’16 and Yusra Siddique’16 judged.

Colgate at Regionals
Colgate at Regionals

The three teams debated topics such as imposing economic sanctions on
Saudi Arabia, allowing vigilante justice, permitting racist political
parties to stand for election, eliminating “the sin tax”, and obliging
countries to restore peace in their former colonies.

After six rounds, Kevin Costello’16 and Lorelai Avram’16 broke into
novice finals with 10 points, and had to argue against the motion that
police officers should receive harsher punishments for breaking the

In addition, Melissa Haller’16 and Anna Proios’16 broke as judges: they
were wing judges in one of the regular semifinals, and judged teams debating
whether the governments should give free drugs to those who are
already addicted.

Colgate’s off to the tournament at Ithaca College next weekend! Wish us luck!


Colgate Wins Novice Division Championship at the 2013 Empire Debates

The weekend of February 2nd and 3rd was an exciting one for the Colgate Debate Society, as they attended the 2013 Empire Debates at The King’s College in New York City. Three Colgate teams competed; Alexa Windsor ’13 and Jack Holland ’13Madeline Allen’16 and Melissa Haller ’16, and Anna Proios ’16 and Lorelai Avram ’16. Julia O’Neil ’16Lillian Laiks ’15Yusra Siddique ’16, and Asabi Rawlins ’16 also represented Colgate as judges.

Colgate's Finest!
Colgate Debate at King’s College

After six great rounds, including the motions “This House would lift all sanctions in North Korea,” “This House would donate luxury wealth to the poor” and “In the event of a zombie apocalypse, This House would leave the weak behind,” all three Colgate teams finished strong.

Madeline and Melissa broke first to novice finals with 10 points. Madeline also was the fifth novice speaker for the tournament.

Maddie & Melissa
Maddie & Melissa

Anna and Lorelai also broke to the novice finals with 8 points, winning the novice championship on the motion: “This house would ban all civilian gun ownership.”

The Empire Debates were a great experience for all of the debaters and judges who participated.

Loralai & Anna
Lorelai & Anna