Western Connecticut/NEUDC 2015

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.

WESTCONN - TEAM in GA
Mary, Amelia, Nina, Graeme, Miriam, and Chris wait for the round 3 motion to be announced.

 

Junior and Unni hang out in GA
Junior and Unni hang out in GA.
Katelyn and Sarah pass the time between rounds by reading.
Katelyn and Sarah pass the time between rounds by reading.
Saif and Graeme crack jokes before round 4.
Saif and Graeme crack jokes before round 4.

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.

Nick poses with his trophy.
Nick Heitsch poses with his trophy.

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.

Ben Frazer and Graeme McGuire prep for the novice final round.
Ben Frazer and Graeme McGuire prep for the novice final.
Graeme McGuire speaks as PM in the novice final.
Graeme McGuire speaks as PM in the novice final.
Ben speaks as DPM in the novice final.
Ben Frazer speaks as DPM while wearing Graeme’s tie.

 

 

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