On the weekend of March 8-9, the Colgate Debate Society brought four teams and three judges to compete in the Empire Debates at the The King’s College in New York City.
The teams consisted of Madeline Allen ’16 and Julia O’Neil ’16, Luke Luttmann ’15 and Melissa Haller ’16, Anna Proios ’16 and Lorelai Avram ’16, and Jeremy Garson ’16 and Misha Vebrova ’16. Cynthia Vele ’17, Daniel Messner ’17, and Stella Yoh attended the tournament as judges.
Members of the Colgate Team Pose for a Group Photo
The teams debated in five exciting rounds of debate, taking on topics such as abolishing educational track systems in schools, making the abortion of fetuses with non-fatal birth defects illegal in places where abortion is legal, subsidizing opposition parties in countries with dominant one-party rule, denying life-sustaining procedures to the terminally ill, and adopting the prime directive, given that extraterrestrial life has been discovered.
The Team in Times Square!
At the end of the preliminary rounds, the team of Luke Luttmann and Melissa Haller broke fourth, competing in the semi-final and final rounds. Even though the team did not win the final, they performed very well in the face of tough competition. Luke also received an award for being the second-best speaker in the tournament. Additionally, the entire team had the opportunity to explore New York City during the course of the weekend, visiting places like Times Square and China Town. Overall, it was an exciting and successful weekend for the Colgate Debate society.
Melissa and Luke!