Colgate Competes at the University of Vermont’s Huber Debates!

On the weekend of November 1-3, the Colgate Debate Team traveled to Burlington, Vermont to compete in the Huber Debates at the University of Vermont. Colgate took three teams and two judges.

Debating were the teams of Madeline Allen ’16 and Kevin Costello ’16, Michael Chavinda ’17 and Daniel Messner ’17, and Ross Provolo ’14 and Sebastian Chan ’14. Emily Luba ’16 and Devankit Sahoo ’14 attended as judges.

The team eagerly awaits arrival in Vermont!

The teams had the opportunity to debate exciting topics such as prohibiting the paying of human subjects, making US foreign aid to South America not conditional on coca eradication, replacing all forms of welfare benefits with an unconditional living wage, preferring a state without a written constitution, subsidizing feminist pornography, and requiring morality clauses in the contracts of all public employees.


The Colgate Team with 1975 Alum Julia Bergeron!

At the end of the tournament, no teams broke. However, everyone performed really well in the face of intense competition. Maddie and Kevin finished with 11 points, Sebastian and Ross finished with 10 points, and Michael and Daniel finished with 9 points. Furthermore, the team had the exciting opportunity to meet up with Class of 1975 Colgate Alum Julia Bergeron, with whom the team shared their Colgate experiences, and gained insight into Colgate’s early years as a coeducational institution. Overall, the team had a great weekend in Vermont!

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