November 11, 2011
The St. John’s University Debate Society won the Robert
Huber Debate Tournament hosted by the University of Vermont for the
second year in a row this past weekend, besting a field of over 80
teams representing some of the best debaters from around the
The team of Timothy Barr and Nelson Kezoh won
the final round debating against Cornell University and Portland
State University. They opposed the motion, “This House believes
that black actors, musicians and other public figures should not
use the n-word.” They were judged the tournament champions on a
unanimous decision of a five-judge panel.
The team of Kamya Chandra and Nipun Mahajan
reached the semifinal debate at the tournament where they debated
the motion “This House believes that police officers should not
carry lethal weapons.”
The tournament consisted of 84 teams
representing schools as diverse as Yale University, Ohio Wesleyan
University, the University of Pennsylvania, The University of
Rochester, Patrick Henry College, and many others.
Last year the tournament was also won by St.
John’s Debate, making this the second time the Society has won the
St. John’s University Debate Society requires
no audition or try out. We are a community of growing
intellectuals who want to help one another improve the quality of
their minds and speech. If you would like to be a part of it,
contact Steve Llano, Ph.D. at x5606 or email@example.com . The
debate society accepts membership from any member of the St. John’s
Community, from faculty to staff to graduate student.