Last weekend, the URDU took a bus to Danbury, Connecticut for a successful tournament at the Northeastern Universities Debating Championships. In addition to two teams breaking to elimination rounds, the tournament was notable for the fiercely contested Risk tournament played in the back of the team bus going both directions. Freshmen Ben Frazer and Graeme McGuire also decided to make the novice final more interesting by swapping clothing items prior to starting the novice final.
The tournament was truncated due to weather concerns and a delayed start on Sunday. Policy cut the sixth preliminary round and Worlds cut quarterfinals, breaking straight to open semifinals and a novice final out of a 60-team field. On the policy side of things, Nick Heitsch broke to octafinals in novice with a swing partner from Western Connecticut.
In Worlds, Ben Frazer and Graeme McGuire broke to novice finals as top seed. They nearly broke to open semifinals but lost out on a break decided by speaker points. Additionally, Ben was the top novice speaker and Graeme was the second novice speaker. Miriam Kohn and Chris Perkins were also the 13th seed and would have broken to open quarterfinals.