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Debate Team Takes On New Format

The HWS Debate Team recently competed in a tournament hosted by Syracuse University. The tournament, the team’s last of the fall semester, was in American Parliamentary Debate (APDA) format which is a new format for the majority of the team, which usually competes in British Parliamentary debate. In APDA, only two teams compete in each round and one of the teams brings a case to be debated in the round. Each team is guaranteed that they will get to propose at least two cases during the tournament.

HWS’ top varsity team, Daniel Maguire ’11 and Gerald “Buzz” Klinger ’12, went 4-1 in regular rounds, which qualified them for quarterfinals. In quarterfinals they defeated a team from Brown University who brought a case requiring public defenders for all individuals accused of crimes. They won in a 3-0 decision which qualified them to move on to semifinals.

In the semifinals, they competed against a hybrid team from Tufts and Dartmouth. Hobart and William Smith were once again the opposition and were given an “opp-choice motion,” which means that the case presents a situation and the opposition gets to choose which side to support. Also, per APDA style, the case was a time/space case which means that the proposing side can chose any point or place in history and set the debate in that time frame. HWS lost this round in a close 2-1 decision and the Tufts/Dartmouth hybrid went on to win the tournament.

Other HWS teams who competed were Andrew WynKoop ’14 and Evan Kort ’14, and Zachary Zayac ’11 and Anna Dorman’14, who debated cases involving Peter Parker, zombie apocalypses, Star Wars, and bull fighting.

The team practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Students interested in checking out the team should contact the team’s president Daniel Maguire ( or the team’s development officer Vienna Farlow (  Students can join at any time during the year.