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.
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!