October 07, 2008
The St. John’s debate team of Shreshth Jain and Alia Bellwood
reached the semifinals of the U.S. Universities National Open
Debate Tournament this weekend hosted by California’s Claremont
The tournament consisted of six rounds of British Parliamentary
style debating against students from Claremont College, La Verne
College, CSU San Bernardino, Hobart & William Smith Colleges,
Willamette University, Portland State University, Loyola Marymount
University, and The University of British Columbia.
The tournament featured over 40 teams in intense debate
competition. Donald Bracciodieta, Korey Pace, Zia Durrani and
Michael F. Scott also competed in the field representing St.
The team next travels to The University of Toronto for the Hart
House invitational tournament in 2 weeks.
The St John's University Debate Society is open to any and all
St. John's students who want to improve their debating and
critical-thinking abilities. For more information, please contact
Prof. Steve Llano at x5606.