The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Debate Team continued its successful fourth year with a strong showing Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday the 10th at Cornell University.
Kathleen Bardsley '08 and Adam Goldstein '08 took second place at the tournament, where the finals pitted them against teams from Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Vermont at Montpelier, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. The team from Vermont took first place.
Tiffany Bennett '08 and David Hernandez '10 qualified for the semi-finals, as did Benjamin Ryan '10 who partnered with a RIT student to form a hybrid team.
In individual awards, Hernandez placed third and Bardsley, eighth. Novice debaters Timothy Robbins '11 and Daniel Maguire '11 placed 10th among novices.
Other teams competing represented State University at Binghamton, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Bard College, and St. John University. Topics covered a variety of domestic and international issues, including sex tourism in developing nations, restrictions on political campaign contributions, partitioning Iraq, and mandated reporting of suspected domestic violence.
The victories at Cornell follow excellent performances by HWS debaters at UVM, University of Rochester, and the World Universities Debating Championships in Thailand. The team will host the second annual HWS International Invitational Debate Tournament on Friday, April 4 and Saturday the 5th, with the finals in St. John's Chapel.
The HWS team is coached by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Eric Barnes.