During the weekend of September 27-29, 10 Colgate students traveled to compete in the Brad Smith Debate Tournament at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
Colgate brought four teams, which consisted of Maddie Allen ’16 and Julia O’neil ’16, Kevin Costello ’16 and Rachel Neal ’16, Melissa Haller ’16 and Emily Luba ’16, and Michael Chavinda ’17 and Daniel Messner ’17. Colgate also brought Antoinette Nwabunnia ’17 and Johnny Li Jiang as judges.
Most of the successful Colgate team poses for a photo!
Exciting topics such as eliminating private school, not allowing revolutionary leaders to run for public office, lowering income taxes for women, allowing the United States to unilaterally lead a global attack against aliens, and banning parents from teaching religion to their young children were debated over the course of the weekend.
After six rounds of preliminary debates, Maddie Allen and Julia O’neil and Michael Chavinda and Daniel Messner had enough points to break into the quarter final round! Both teams performed well with the motion, “This house regrets the Arab Spring,” but only Michael Chavinda and Daniel Messner moved on to the semi-final. They had the opportunity to debate the merits of setting a maximum wage. Although no Colgate teams made it to the final, the team fared well as a whole, and brought home many awards. Rachel Neal was the 8th best novice speaker, and Michael Chavinda and Daniel Messner tied for the third place novice speaker award!
Our successful novice speakers!