NEUDC Regionals 2014 – Western Connecticut State University

Several members of the URDU took a break from midterm season and hit the road to head to Danbury, Connecticut this past weekend for the Northeastern Universities Regionals Debating Championships at Western Connecticut State University. Everyone had lots of fun and the team brought home awards, including winning the entire novice division. We also managed to luck out with the weather and were able to bask in sunshine and warm temperatures for the entirety of the weekend.

Sun shines on the West Conn quad.
Sun shines on the West Conn quad.

Outside of the tournament itself, funny moments ranged from Miriam being startled by the overly aggressive, hissing geese to Junior attempting to study calculus by bus light on the trip home.

The omnipresent geese look deceptively unaggressive as they hunt for food.
The omnipresent geese look deceptively unaggressive as they hunt for food.
Some members of the team make faces as they pick up Chinese food takeout for dinner.
Some members of the team make faces as they pick up Chinese food takeout for dinner.
The team eats lunch on Sunday between novice semifinals and novice finals (for the Worlds division).
The team eats lunch on Sunday between novice semifinals and novice finals (for the Worlds division).
Ken: "Are you studying by bus light?" Junior: "Yes! I have a calculus exam in the morning!"
Ken: “Are you studying by bus light?”
Junior: “Yes! I have a calculus exam in the morning!”

At the tournament itself, the URDU had several teams do well throughout the tournament. On Sunday, we found out that two partnerships broke in the novice Worlds division, one of which won the entire novice division.

The team waits in the packed general assembly auditorium between rounds.
The team waits in the packed general assembly auditorium between rounds.

URDU’s partnership of Junior and Sarah broke to novice semifinals in the Worlds division.

Junior and Sarah 1

Junion and Sarah pose after elimination rounds.
Junion and Sarah pose after elimination rounds.

URDU’s partnership of Chris and Miriam broke to novice semifinals as the 8th seed and went on to win the entire novice division of the tournament.

Chris and Miriam pose after the final round.
Chris and Miriam pose after the final round.

In short, NEUDC 2014 was a great way to close out the 2013-2014 regional debate circuit as the URDU prepares to head to other tournaments such as USU, CEDA, and the Vienna Open.

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