Over the weekend of October 23-25, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to Geneva, NY to debate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Fall Classic. Colgate brought three teams and one judge to the tournament.
The teams of Melissa Haller ’16 and Madeline Allen ’16, Adam Buys ’17 and Michael Chavinda ’17, and Marlynna Blumer ’19 and Gavin Gao ’19 debated for Colgate. Siena Frost ’19 attended the tournament as a judge.
The Colgate Debate Team!
The teams got to debate exciting and challenging motions, including, “THBT developed nations should abolish all protectionist trade policies,” “THBT sports leagues with systems of promotion and relegation is good for fans,” “THBT the transgender movement should leave the LGBTQ movement,” “TH, as a hearing parents of a deaf child, would mainstream them to the exclusion of deaf culture,” and “THW prioritize asylum seekers who have actively resisted their regimes.”
After five rounds of debate, Adam and Michael broke into semi finals, and Gavin and Marlynna broke into the novice final, where they debated the motions, “THB editors should refuse to work for media whose endorsement decisions are made by owners rather than by ed board,” and “THW prioritize curative care to palliative care for elderly individuals,” respectively. Additionally, Michael and Adam tied for ninth speaker at the tournament, and Gavin was the seventh novice speaker. We’re incredibly proud of how well we performed, and everyone at the tournament had a great experience! Next stop, Vermont!
Colgate Gets Ready For a Successful Tournament!