Bard College IV 2014

The University of Rochester Debate Union had an amazing start to the Fall 2014 season at the Bard College Invitational Debate Tournament 2014! A total of 10 Rochester teams debated a wide variety of motions including Scotland’s attempt at secession from the UK, boycotting the National Football League, a global carbon cap and trade system and much more.

Syed Reefat Aziz ’16 and Junior Ndlovu ’17 pose with their Quarterfinalist Award

Debaters Syed Reefat Aziz and Junior Ndlovu broke in the Varsity/Open Division as the 15th seed and emerged as quarterfinalists of the tournament. Two of our teams – Ben Frazer and Graeme McGuire, and Rachit Sabharwal and Riva Yeo – also finished as finalists in the Novice division. Ben Frazer also received the 4th best speaker award in the Novice division. All told, the weekend was a lot of fun and an excellent way to kick off the 2014-2015 season!

The whole team poses after the conclusion of rounds
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