Four (or five) years have come and went. We’ve shed tears of joy, pangs of frustration, long van rides, and late night dance parties in the office. Some of them came with no experience, and others came with four solid years already under their belt. Debate is not just some ordinary extra-curricular activity. But rather, it is a place where we gather to form discourse and seek the truth. Where we speak until we are blue in the face for trying to change a paradigm for the better. We debate because, while up on the podium, the moment becomes tangible. You’re able to decipher what is good and what can be better with this world.
On this beloved day of departure, we pay tribute to all the hard work, dedication and kindness that they have shown. This is not the end, but rather farewell so you can fly into the world, seek the change you wish to see and be it. Take pride in the fact that you’ve made it this far. Bask in the joyous memories that you have made, as we will fondly remember all of you. Good luck on your next chapter, and may all your dreams come true, Alyssa, Ben, Carl, Catherine, Emily, Kiera, Sean, Shin, Steve and Vinit.
The first annual online debate tournament was hosted by SUNY Binghamton. The topic was about animal testing. Two of our members, Amelia and Emily, entered these debates. The format was policy-esque and proved to be quite tedious. Emily made it to the second round and Amelia to the final round. Overall, Amelia was third seed. We’re thrilled for both of our debaters.
Check out the debates and results here!
The Worlds National Tournament this year took place on the West Coast in beautiful sunny Southern California. Three teams and two coaches left the trenches of snow behind and ventured out to 80 degree La Verne, CA. How unfortunate for them. First though, the team needed to stretch out its legs on the Santa Monica Pier.
Nationals consisted of over 200 teams, an In n Out Truck, and a social where all the teams could bond and let out their crazy side.
Catherine and Steve were within 2 points of breaking, Tanveer and Reefat were 3 behind and Amelia and Gabe were 6. Our Worlds squad is young. We look forward to watching them grow and becoming even better!
Each year, 72 teams duke it out to the death at the National Debate Tournament. Our Senior Varsity team of Ben and Alyssa embarked on an 8 round journey that collected 7 ballots. The last competitive tournaments for these two proved to be one that they will never forget. The URDU would like to salute these two debaters that have been here with us for their entire college careers. Congratulations on your total combined debate years of 16. Was it ever so sweet.
The team and coaches
The president and Vice President
The URDU would like to also congratulate Emporia for uniting the crown- winning both CEDA AND the NDT.
This year’s CEDA Tournament was in the hometown of our very own director, Ken Johnson. After a long plan ride to Salt Lake City and then quite a drive to Pocatello, Idaho, our teams were hungry to bring home the gold. After 8 long rounds of debate, our Varsity team of Ben and May Zhee went 3-5 and broken to triple octo-finals. This is quite an accomplishment.
The standout of the tournament though, was our very own novice team Mary and Tobi breaking out to novice finals. Running the Abelism aff, the round provided an excellent discussion on the exclusivity of debate. Ultimately, our team took home second place. Congratulations to Florida for winning the tournament.
URDU salutes all of you.
Tobi looking thrilled as usual.
Our team of Catherine ’13 and Reefat ’16 took home first and second speaker.
They also won the entire tournament. First place!
Congratulations!!!!!!! We all are incredibly proud of you! You both have come so far and have worked so hard for this achievement.
Catherine has a new hat and Reefat doesn’t know what to do with it. Champions.
The Competitors. Make sure you’re always ready to take the picture. Also, always represent the school you are enrolled in when attending a tournament on behalf of the school you attend.
The Policy squad headed up to Townson, MD to compete in Novice/JV Nationals!
Congratulations to Bobby for taking 16th speaker in the Novice Division!
Four teams were sent to the beautiful City of Townson. Unfortunately, none of our teams cleared, but were within points of it!
Go! Fight! Win!