September 24, 2010
The St. John’s University Debate Society opened their 2010-2011
competitive season with one team reaching the semifinal debate, and
three teams reaching quarterfinals.
Zia Durrani and Mohammad Qasim debated in the semifinal against
teams from Cornell University and Colgate University on the motion
“This House would ban the creation of artificial life.”
Korey Pace and Kamya Chandra, as well as the team of Nipun Mahajan
and George Fitzpatrick reached the quarterfinal debate, where they
debated against teams from the University of Vermont, Cornell
University, Bard College and Colgate on the motion “This House
would grant whales, dolphins and porpoises rights equivalent to
those of human children.”
Attending the tournament were St. John’s University
students Josh Barnett, Shreshth Jain, Alisha Siquiera, Chris Joyce,
Margaret Williams, Aaron Poon, Nelson Kezoh and Shivika
The tournament was the Northeast season opener and boasted a large
field – 160 teams in total, with 60 teams competing in the World’s
University Championship style, which is the style St. John’s
At this tournament the sweepstakes awards were presented to those
programs in the top five of the Northeast Universities Debating
Championship (NEUDC). St. John’s received the third place award for
the third time in their three seasons of existence.
The St. John’s Debate Society is a co-curricular academic
organization supported by the University for the educational
benefit of any and all St. John’s University students. Any
interested student at St. John’s should contact Steve Llano, Ph.D.
at (718) 990-5606 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn
how they can participate.
Round 1: This House would ban for-profit Universities.
Round 2: This House would permit wildlife park officials to sell
the parts of endangered animals that have died of natural
Round 3: This House believes the parents of morbidly obese
children should be charged with child abuse.
Round 4: This House would reduce prison sentences in exchange
for convicts gaining educational qualifications.
Round 5: This House would allow citizens to sell their vote.
Round 6: This House would require independent professional
accreditation of all individuals who receive compensation for
providing political commentary in the media.
Quarterfinals: This House believes that whales, dolphins and
porpoises should be given rights equivalent to those of human
Semifinals: This House would ban the creation of artificial
Finals: This House would make all middle and high schools single