On the weekend of of December 6-8, the Colgate Debate Society sent the team of Madeline Allen ’16 and Julia O’Neil ’16 to the Brandeis IV debate tournament in Waltham, Massachusetts. They took part in six rounds of debate that were judged by some of the best judges and debaters in the world.
Colgate’s team, enjoying the tournament!
The team debated interesting and exciting topics including banning children from religious services, whether using chemical weapons in a defensive capacity should be considered a war crime, criminalizing the possession and use of bitcoins, making government assistance to historically marginalized cultural groups contingent on policies to combat traditional gender inequality, whether all universities should create separate career tracks for teaching and research, and whether the National Football League should issue automatic lifetime bans to players convicted of domestic violence or sexual assault.
Madeline and Julia debated well against the many competitive teams at the tournament, scoring nine points total and placing 35th out of 76 teams. Although they did not break as a team, they had a great time and the tournament proved to be a valuable experience overall.