Colgate Has a Great Weekend at the North American Universities Debating Championships!

On the weekend of October 24-26, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY to compete in the 2014 North American Universities Debating Championships. Colgate brought three teams and two judges.

Competing at the tournament were the teams of Luke Luttmann ’15 and Michael Chavinda ’17, Kevin Costello ’16 and Adam Buys ‘17, and Faith Ruppert ’18 and Greer Harrison ‘18. Madeline Allen ‘16 and Jing Chu ‘18 attended the tournament as judges.

The Colgate Team at the Tournament!

Colgate had the opportunity to compete in six challenging rounds, debating topics including, “THW abolish spousal privilege,” “THBT authors who belong to historically oppressed peoples should only write in their native languages,” “THBT the feminist movement should campaign to deconstruct masculinity rather than mobilize masculinity to serve feminist goals,” “THBT states should not hold prisoners of war after the cessation of a conflict,” “THR the rise of pop culture authorities (e.g. Cosmo) on what constitutes good sex,” and “THW consider an academic’s publicly stated political positions in hiring, tenure, and promotions decision.”

Colgate Team Pirate Booty CL and their Quarterfinal Trophy!

After preliminary rounds, Luke and Michael broke tenth into quarterfinals, debating the topic, “THBT all media organizations should be owned and run by journalists.” All debaters and judges had the opportunity to participate in high quality rounds with some of the best debaters from North America, making for a great tournament experience for everyone. Overall, Colgate had a successful weekend!


Colgate Breaks at Yale!

Over the weekend of October 3-5, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to New Haven to compete in the 2014 Yale IV. Colgate brought four teams and two judges to the tournament.

Competing for Colgate were the teams of Daniel Messner ’17 and Michael Chivinda ’17, Luke Luttmann ’15 and Madeline Allen ’16, Melissa Haller ’16 and Kevin Costello ’16, and Franklin Van Nes ’18 and Erin Lai ’18. Judging for Colgate were Chi Nguyen ’18 and Sophie He ’18. 

The Colgate Team!

The teams had the opportunity to debate challenging and exciting topics, including “This house opposes the American charter school movement,” “This house would cooperate with any leader or regime to defeat non-state actors that systematically violate human rights,” “This house regrets the rise of dating and other websites that allow people to rate others based on past romantic interactions,” “This house believes that institutional art credentials are bad for art,” ” This house, as an emerging democracy, would suppress domestic media in favor of international media,” and “This house believes that universities and other stakeholders should primarily consider teaching ability rather than research output when awarding tenure and allocating academic funding.”

Colgate’s Semifinalists!

After six preliminary rounds, Colgate’s Luke Luttmann and Madeline Allen broke eleventh overall, debating in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. They had the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the nation and the world, debating the topics, “This house would facilitate religious proselytization in areas of high socio-economic deprivation,” and “This house supports the use of forced population transfers that create separate, ethnically homogeneous states as a solution to prolonged ethnic conflict.” Congratulations to Colgate’s amazing semi-finalists, and to everyone from Colgate who attended the tournament!