For the last public debate of the semester, the UR Debate Union decided to take on the controversial topic of whether all-male social fraternities should be banned on college campuses. The debate was very well-attended. At the end of the debate, the audience voted on which side won the argument and gave the victory to Nina and Miriam, who were arguing that fraternities should be banned.
Four debaters from the University of Rochester Debate Union participated in the debate. Outgoing URDU President Nina Datlof was the the Prime Minister, Varsity Debater and Phi Kappa Tau brother Steven Torrisi was the Leader of the Opposition, Outgoing Publicity & Recruitment Manager and Vice President-Elect Miriam Kohn was the Deputy Prime Minister, and Outgoing Vice President and President-Elect Reefat Aziz was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Coach Alex Martel moderated the debate and got the chance to show off his comedic skills.
After the debaters spoke, Alex opened up the floor to speeches from the audience. Several people spoke, including former President of Phi Kappa Tau Nick Benjamin, the director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for the University of Rochester, and multiple members of the student body.
The debate was a lot of fun and an excellent opportunity for the team to engage with the community. As the URDU winds down the year and our students prepare for final exams, a lively and well-attended public debate was a good way to close out the 2013-2014 season.