On the weekend of November 6-8, the Colgate Debate Society traveled to Burlington, Vermont to compete in the University of Vermont’s Huber Debates. Colgate brought one team and three judges.
The team of Daniel Messner ’17 and Madeline Allen ’16 debated for Colgate. Melissa Haller ’16, Siena Frost ’19, and Faith Ruppert ’18 attended the tournament as judges.
The Colgate Team
The team had the opportunity to debate exciting topics, including “THW end all programs aimed at preserving endangered languages,” “TH regrets the strong promotion of people declaring their sexual orientation (e.g. National Coming Out Day) as an advocacy strategy by LGBTQ movements,” “THBT, following the resolution of domestic armed conflicts, prominent members of groups who fought against the state should be prohibited from running for public office,” “TH regrets the inclusion of religious symbols in memorial sites,” and “TH supports the universal legalization of polyamorous unions.”
After five competitive rounds of debate, Daniel and Madeline broke 12th at the tournament, debating in the quarter final round. They debated the topic, “TH, as a progressive judge, presiding over the Marine Le Pen trial, would adopt reasoning that was plausible, but which you believe to be unsound, in order to justify a conviction.” After a challenging debate, the team did not move forward; however, everyone involved had a great tournament and we’re incredibly proud of our performance during the course of the weekend. Keep up the good work, Colgate!