On the week of December 26 – January 4, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to compete in the 2015 World Universities Debating Championship. Colgate brought three teams and two judges to this amazing tournament.
The teams of Luke Luttmann ’15 and Daniel Messner ’17, Julia O’Neil’16 and Michael Chavinda’17, and Greer Harrison’18 and Alex Taylor’18 debated for Colgate. Melissa Haller ’16 and Adam Buys ’17 were sent to the tournament as judges.
The Colgate Team!
The teams had the opportunity to compete in nine competitive rounds of debate with over 400 teams representing universities from Asia, Australia, debating challenging topics including, THR the decline of tightly integrated families, THBT environmental movements should support climate engineering that fundamentally alters the environment in an attempt to combat global warming, THBT in areas of socio-economic deprivation, schools should train students in vocational skills to the exclusion of the liberal arts, THW prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes, THBT the international community should cut off internet access in Syria, THBT developing countries should adopt economic development policies that heavily disincentivise urbanization, THW ban the research and production of moral enhancement drugs, THBT the US and EU should seek to promote peace by heavily subsidising Israeli businesses who invest in the Palestinian territories, and TH, as a medical professional employed by the US military or security sevices, would, and would encourage others, to refuse orders to provide medical treatment to individuals undergoing ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’.
Colgate Exploring Malaysia!
Colgate’s judges did very well at the tournament. At the end of the nine rounds, Cogate’s Melissa Haller and Adam Buys both broke as judges, serving as wing judges in the partial-double-octo final round for the motion, “THW allow corporations to use hackers to retaliate against cyberattacks where the state seems unwilling or unable to do so.” Additionally, all Colgate students who attended had the incredible opportunity to explore Kuala Lumpur, including visiting local marketplaces, the National Museum, and a bird park during their stay. Overall, it was an amazing experience for all who attended, and the Colgate Debate Society is looking forward to an equally great spring semester!