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!