Cal Swing Debate Tournaments @ UC Berkeley

Earlier this January, he URDU journeyed all the way to California to engage in what could be described as a competitive, but invigorating series of tournaments in none other than UC Berkeley. A few teams decided to embark on this trip, and they ended up having an amazing time in this tournament. They even collected posters from where they were during the tournaments. We also had Margeaux Kelly finish as the 8th best speaker in the JV/Novice Division in one of the tournaments! Woo-hoo! The teams also went out to visit parts of California while taking a break from debating. This made the whole journey that much more exciting to be in. Pretty good experience for everyone who went and it will be certainly one to remember.

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The sight of a gate at UC Berkeley.

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Debaters posing with posters!!!

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Margeaux finishes as the 8th best speaker in a tournament!! She smiles as she poses with her poster.

 

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Brad Smith Debate Tournament @ UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

In this annual, but spectacular tournament that has occurred right here in our very own home of the U of R, the experience for everybody was a memorable one. A lot of us varsity debaters decided to help out in organizing and framing the tournament, and the result was great! The coaches were quite pleased with everyone’s performance, and we would often times get ahead of schedule, which represented the tournament’s smooth fluidity in running. It is safe to say that everyone in the debate team has done a phenomenal job of ¬†fulfilling their roles. Novices in the World’s category had a chance to participate in this tournament, and they did learn a lot about what they argued. In addition, we sang happy birthday to the one and only, Brad Smith, on the last day of the tournament, so that we could commemorate the anniversary of this tournament in the best way possible. A key result that has also stood out in this tournament was our very own Margeaux Kelly receiving the top speaker award at the Novice Policy section of the tournament. Overall, the tournament was satisfying for everyone and we’re hoping for everybody to do the same, if not, even better for next year’s tournament. Meliora!

Some of the motions presented in the rounds were as follows:

TH supports the direct intervention of Western nations to their backing of non-state actors in armed conflicts.

THBT all self-driven cars must have the same government-mandated algorithm to solve the “trolley problem.”

THW ban all religious proselytization in prisons.

THW abolish all rent control laws.

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Our debaters posing with delicious food and snacks!!!!

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Sssshhh…the tab is being worked on at this moment….

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This is an excited Reefat!!!

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People from the team posing together to close the tournament!!!!

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University of Vermont Policy and World’s Tournament

In this spectacular tournament, the URDU decided to go all the way to Burlington, Vermont to engage in a fierce, but enjoyable tournament. There were several great outcomes, with plenty of people receiving awards, and we also had two teams, each one in the Policy and World’s categories, reach the final round! Even though we didn’t exactly get 1st place in either category, we can’t underestimate the capacity to which our debaters can reach particular goals in their minds. And with that, we can celebrate from the epic adventure to Vermont that we’ve undertaken. It was probably, overall, the best tournament, at least in terms of success, that the URDU has experienced. We’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, the Vermont experience presented itself as superb for the typical debater who went and competed.

Here are a few of the motions that appeared in the tournament:

THBT, following the resolution of domestic armed conflicts, prominent members of groups who fought against the state should be prohibited from running for elected office (e.g. members of FARC in Colombia, the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka)

TH regrets the inclusion of religious symbols in memorial sites (ex: Crosses at Auschwitz, the cross at Ground Zero)

TH supports the universal legalization of polygamous unions

Merkle makes an appearance in the tournament!!!!

Merkle makes an appearance in the tournament!!!!

The URDU sometime before/after Round 5.

The URDU sometime before/after Round 5.

Our World's Open semifinalists interact with each other...

Our World’s Open semifinalists interact with each other…

This was one of the photos our debaters randomly posted with the hashtag #huber15 when it was presented at the tournament Twitter wall!!

This was one of the photos our debaters randomly posted with the hashtag #huber15 when it was presented at the tournament Twitter wall!!

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Harvard University Policy Tournament

On Halloween weekend, the URDU Policy team, which only consisted of the team of Cedric and Tobi, traveled all the way to Cambridge to compete in the Harvard policy tournament, which presented itself as a very very challenging competition. The team finished out with a record of 2-6, having won once on the affirmative and negative sides. Good for them! The team, along with the coaches, eventually waited to watch octofinals, which was also an interesting experience. Thanks to this spectacular team who struggled through eight challenging rounds in this difficult tournament!!! And thanks to the coaches for keeping them company!!

Cedric and Tobi seem to be prepping...

Cedric and Tobi seem to be prepping…

Cedric and Tobi discussing their strategy for a round...

Cedric and Tobi discussing their strategy for a round…

Cedric and Tobi occupied in their minds about the rounds they are facing/have faced...

Cedric and Tobi occupied in their minds about the rounds they are facing/have faced…

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West Point University Policy Tournament

In what could be described as a challenging tournament with great outcomes, the URDU Policy team traveled all the way to West Point University and scratched, clawed, and fought as they competed and learned. There were only two teams that came into the tournament: The Matthew-Margeaux team, and the Cedric-Dan team, and both teams did pretty well! Both teams finished with a 3-3 record in the preliminary rounds, and the Matthew-Margeaux team finished as quarterfinalists!!! Matthew finished as the 10th best speaker for the novice division, and Cedric finished as the 3rd best speaker for the JV division!!! There was also a nice buffet during the 3rd day of the tournament in which a nice brunch was held, and the team really liked it!! The team eventually left, tired, but thrilled for the magnificent experience held there! Great tournament and obviously hoping we could bring more teams to make them compete, learn, and possibly even break, just like Matthew and Margeaux did! Woohoo!

Cedric and Dan concentrate before the beginning of Round 2....

Cedric and Dan concentrate before the beginning of Round 2….

Both teams are jubilant to know they might be breaking; the 2nd day is nearly over...

Both teams are jubilant to know they might be breaking; the 2nd day is nearly over…

Matthew and Margeaux concentrate for a round...

Matthew and Margeaux concentrate for a round…

The team poses together before leaving West Point!

The team poses together before leaving West Point!

Matthew finishes as the 10th best speaker of the tournament, and he stands alongside Margeaux before the quarterfinals.

Matthew finishes as the 10th best speaker of the tournament, and he stands alongside Margeaux before the quarterfinals.

Cedric and Dan pose together, and the highlight of this photo goes to...Cedric's 3rd best speaker paper award!!!

Cedric and Dan pose together, and the highlight of this photo goes to…Cedric’s 3rd best speaker paper award!!!

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges World’s Tournament

In yet another exciting tournament for the season, the URDU World’s team has traveled all the way to Geneva to learn and compete in the HWS tournament, which has produced wonderful outcomes! At least every team has earned one winning ranking by the time round 4 was over! *Applause* Also, Ben and Graeme break into the knockout stage of the tournament and finish as semifinalists!! And Ben won the 3rd best speaker award for the open category in the tournament! ¬†It was pleasant for the coaches to know that everybody did so well in this debate!

Some of the motions in this tournament were:

TH, as a hearing parent of a deaf child, would mainstream their child to the exclusion of participation in deaf culture.

THBT sports leagues with systems of promotion and relegation is good for fans.

THBT developed nations should abolish all protectionist trade policies.

THBT the Transgender movement should leave the LGBTQ movement.

Once again, congratulations to y’all who came and let the next World’s tournaments be even better!!

A proud team consisting of Ben and Graeme finish as semifinalists!!! Nice pose!!!

A proud team consisting of Ben and Graeme finish as semifinalists!!! Nice pose!!!

Our World's team together after a tough, but strong first day.

Our World’s team together after a tough, but strong first day.

One of our bus rides for the trip!!!

One of our bus rides for the trip!!!

Our World's team standing together united before going back to the U of R!!

Our World’s team standing together united before going back to the U of R!!

Our precious Ben Frazer wins the 3rd best speaker award!!!!

Our precious Ben Frazer wins the 3rd best speaker award!!!!

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Hart House World’s Tournament

The URDU World’s team faced yet another challenging tournament, located at Hart House in the beautiful city of Toronto!!! Though the tournament proved to be very challenging, it served as a wonderful experience for our prime debaters, Ben, Reefat, Miriam, and Chris, with Sarah judging the rounds. The limited capacity in the amount of people brought to the tournament definitely proves that debate is definitely an art worth mastering. The city of Toronto did prove to be quite a visual attraction to our debaters too. Great job to all our debaters who went and gave them their all!!!

A few of the motions in the round included but were not limited to:

THBT the west should agree to cease funding and logistical support for Syrian opposition groups if Russia agrees to cooperate in attacks against ISIS.

TH regrets the view of marriage as a life long commitment.

Reefat and Ben look excited for the Hart House tournament!!!

Reefat and Ben look excited for the Hart House tournament!!!

Our World's debaters stand together at the Ontario Legislative building. URDU united.

Our World’s debaters stand together at the Ontario Legislative building. URDU united.

Our judges in Hart House all looking poised and energetic for the tournament!

Our judges in Hart House all looking poised and energetic for the tournament!

Anticipation and chatter from debaters rebore Round 4..

Anticipation and chatter from debaters rebore Round 4..

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