On the weekend of October 18-20, the debate team traveled to Toronto, Ontario to compete at a debate tournament at the University of Toronto.
Colgate brought three teams and one judge to the tournament. The teams consisted of Melissa Haller ’16 and Emily Luba ’16, Julia O’Neil ’16 and Ieva Steponviciute ’17, and Rachel Neal ’16 and Bryan Dewan ’17. Ben Rangler ’15 attended the tournament as a judge.
Colgate Debate at the banquet on Saturday night
The teams had the opportunity to debate interesting and exciting topics such as whether all criminal defendants should use a government provided lawyer, if the state should withhold funding from indigenous councils and bands that do not have democratic government, if the posting of female diplomats to countries with poor women’s rights records should be aggressively pursued, if Pakistan should pursue peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, and if developing countries should be granted the right to host international sporting events.
Colgate visits Niagara Falls!
Although no Colgate students made it beyond preliminary rounds, the team had an amazing experience at the tournament. The opportunity to debate with high-quality competition from the United States and Canada, to work with some of the best judges in North America, and to explore the city of Toronto as well as Niagara Falls made the trip worthwhile for all who attended.