On the weekend of Oct 1-2, the University of Rochester River Campus was overtaken by intercollegiate debaters from the Northeast. The Brad Smith Debate Tournament, named after a longtime volunteer and former U of R research librarian, was a success. Guests complimented the efficiency of tournament tabulation, the quality of U of R facilities, and the hospitality provided by U of R students, alumni, and volunteers. Rochester debaters participated in the preliminary debates, but could not advance to elimination rounds. There was also a Saturday luncheon organized to discuss underrepresented identities in debate, centering around problems of participation in debate and potential solutions that will benefit the community.
Interesting figures from the tournament:
Over 100 debate teams attended the tournament, which adds up to 330 attendees from 17 colleges and universities. A total of 611 debate rounds were had, with 5,288 speeches made at the Brad Smith Debate Tournament.
Novice World’s: Cornell
Open World’s: Hobart & William Smith
Novice Policy: United States Military Academy
Junior Varsity Policy: Liberty University
Open Policy: City University of New York
Worlds Motions at BSDT:
Rd 1 THS the right to Physician Assisted Suicide.
Rd 2 THBT environmental protection should take precedence over economic growth.
Rd 3 TH opposes Western influence in the Arab revolutions.
Rd 4 THBT affirmative action does more harm than good.
Rd 5 THW forgive student debt.
Rd 6 THW abolish the Death penalty.
Quarters: THW abolish lifetime tenure for supreme court justices.
Semis: THW not march in the Slutwalks.
Novice Final: THW make voting in national elections mandatory.
Open Final: THW put university curriculum in the hands of the students.
Some pictures from the event: