USU 2014: Purdue

For the last tournament of the 2013-2014 season, several members of the URDU’s worlds squad made the long drive out to Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, for the 2014 US Universities Debating Championships. The tournament was very well-run and, in an exciting turn of events, included several delicious snack breaks ranging from Insomnia Cookies to make-your-own tacos for dinner. Although none of our partnerships broke to elimination rounds, several of them did very well. Our varsity partnership of Nina & Reefat was one of the top 50 teams at the tournament, while Chris & Miriam were the 6th novice seed and missed the break to novice finals by 5 speaker points.

Outside of rounds, highlights of the tournament included beautiful, sunny weather (a truly shocking occurence for Rochesterians who are accustomed to snow and wind), team bonding over Chipotle and arm-wrestling competitions, and amusement ensuing from the USU 2014 Twitter Beam that was projected each day in the general assembly auditorium.

The CA team for USU 2014 projected a twitter beam onto the wall of the GA auditorium each day for the hashtag "#usu14."
The CA team for USU 2014 projected a twitter beam onto the wall of the GA auditorium each day for the hashtag “#usu14.”
The team waits in the crowded GA auditorium between rounds on the second day.
The team waits in the crowded GA auditorium between rounds on the second day.

In between rounds, the team had some fun exploring the hotel and local area. There was even a riveting arm-wrestling tournament in one of the hotel rooms, with results hotly contested.

Reefat and Junior arm-wrestle for eternal glory amongst the members of the URDU.
Reefat and Junior arm-wrestle for eternal glory amongst the members of the URDU as the rest of the team watches intently.
The team does homework and hangs out at the hotel before rounds on the first day.
The team does homework and hangs out at the hotel before rounds on the first day.
Nina and Reefat pose with some dalmatian statues they found in the lobby of the tournament hotel.
Nina and Reefat pose with some dalmatian statues they found in the lobby of the tournament hotel.

Although none of our partnerships broke, USU 2014 was a great way to wrap up a successful season for the URDU and everybody is very excited for what next year will bring for the team!

The whole group poses after the last day of rounds.
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