April 18, 2012
John’s University Debate Society reached their final debate placing
third this past weekend at the United States Universities National
Championship tournament held on the campus of Willamette University
in Salem, Oregon.
The team of Nipun Mahajan and Kamya Chandra
bested 156 other teams from all over the United States and Europe
to participate in the final round to determine the 2012 National
Champion in Worlds format debating. St. John’s defended the motion,
“This house believes the coming U.S. cuts to defense spending will
make the world a better place.” The Final Round consisted of teams
from University College Dublin, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
and Yale University.
University College Dublin won the final
debate, but since they are not from an American institution, they
could not qualify to become the U.S. champion. That title went to
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, with Yale and St. John’s
University as runners up.
Debaters from all across the U.S. participated
in the tournament, including the University of Alaska, Humboldt
State University, The University of Vermont, University of La
Verne, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Michigan,
Cornell University, Loyola Marymount University, Grove City College
and many others.
Tim Barr, Logan Gomez, Elkhansaa Farhane, and
Nelson Kezoh also represented St. John’s University. The team was
also accompanied by Directors of Debate, Dr. Steve Llano and Dr.
Jaime Wright, who judged and critiqued debates throughout the
entirety of the competition.
The St. John’s Debate Society currently sits
as third in the United States, second among Northeastern
universities and 98th in the world. This championship concluded the
2012 competitive season, and the society will be back in action in
For more information, or to participate in the
Debate Society, please contact Dr. Llano at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by
St. John Hall, Room 203.
can contact Dominic Scianna, Assistant Vice President for Media
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