The Hart House IV 2014

While the Policy contingent headed to West Point over Meliora Weekend, four debaters from the URDU’s Worlds squad and coach Nina Datlof headed over the border to Toronto for the Hart House IV at the University of Toronto. Topics were diverse and ranged from “This house would publicly disclose all salaries” to “THBT war journalists should be forced to reveal their sources in international criminal tribunals (including the International Criminal Court) trying cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.”

The info slide from a round on youth sports academies
The info slide from a round on youth sports academies
The crowded GA room during the briefings for judges and debaters prior to the start of Round 1
The crowded GA room during the briefings for judges and debaters prior to the start of Round 1

Outside of rounds, highlights of the tournament included the annual black-tie banquet (which was not only rumored to have lobster bisque but did, in fact, serve lobster bisque), wandering Toronto and the beautiful University of Toronto campus as a team, and the URDU tradition of playing cards in between rounds.

Katelyn, Chris, Sarah, and Nina play cards and study between registration and the start of the first round
Katelyn, Chris, Sarah, and Nina play cards and study between registration and the start of the first round
The URDU's debaters (from left: Sarah, Miriam, Chris, and Katelyn) pose at the fancy banquet
The URDU’s debaters (from left: Sarah, Miriam, Chris, and Katelyn) pose at the fancy banquet

Although the URDU didn’t bring home any shiny trophies, the group had a lot of fun and got some great preparation for upcoming tournaments from the strong competition!

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