November 14, 2011
Burlington, VT – 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 world.
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 5 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.
To watch the final round of the tournament, the
link is here: http://vimeo.com/31758097
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 Dr.
Steve Llano 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.