Over the weekend of November 11-15, the Colgate Debate Society traveled overseas to compete at the Oxford IV in the UK. Colgate brought three teams and one judge to compete. Oxford is one of the most challenging tournaments that Colgate attends, and is an incredible opportunity for Colgate Debaters to debate against and judge some of the best teams in the world.
The teams of Melissa Haller ’16 and Adam Buys ’17, Kevin Costello ’16 and Alex Taylor ’18, and Rohan Chaudhari ’19 and Matt Kato ’19 competed for Colgate as debaters. Shemuel Malave ’18 attended the tournament as a judge.
Colgate in the Oxford Union
Colgate had the opportunity to debate some interesting and challenging motions, including, “THW Ban Religious Primary and Secondary Schools,” “THBT US immigration policy should only prioritise merit-based standards of acceptance over the reunification of families,” “THW end penalty enhancements for hate crimes,””THBT Western Liberal Democracies should boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,” and “THW allow opponents of abortion to sign legally-binding contracts with pregnant women, in which they pay those pregnant women not to have an abortion.”
Although no Colgate teams broke, Oxford was an excellent opportunity for Colgate students to practice their debate skills in a competitive, international setting. We also had the opportunity to explore Oxford and get to know debaters from all over the world, a truly unique opportunity. Overall, it was a fantastic and valuable weekend, and we hope that Colgate has just as great of an experience in Cambridge next weekend!