Over the weekend of March 30-April 1, 2013 the Colgate Debate Society held its fourth annual British Parliamentary Debate Tournament. Founded in 2010 by Austin Schwartz ’10, the tournament has continued to grow with 64 teams competing this year for the win! Along with judges and observers, there were nearly 170 participants in the tournament including debaters from Canada, New Zealand, and the US.
Preparations began months ago at the Worlds Universities Debate Championship in Berlin, Germany when Ben Woolgar (UK) was recruited as Chief Adjudicator and Gavin Illsley (UK) was recruited to judge and run the tab room. Alexa Windsor ’13 Debate Society President served as the tournament’s Convener with members of the Debate Society handling logistics–buying supplies, serving food, registering teams, shuttling participants, reserving classroom space and more!