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The HWS Update

The 2020 HWS Round Robin will take place on Sept. 12-13. The annual event, which brings together an elite, internationally diverse group of debaters and adjudicators, will be conducted virtually using the online speech and debate service Yaatly. Competing this year will be teams from Cambridge University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Yale University, the Philippines,

Last month, HWS Debate had its debut experience with online debating as Club President Reed Herter ’22 and Reed’s debate partner, who prefers to remain anonymous, competed in the Asian Queer Open (AQO) and Christopher Costello ’22 served as a judge. The rigorous competition required the pair to train and compete late into the night

In early May, HWS first-years William Koepp ’23 and Niima Sellah ’23 competed in a pop culture themed debate tournament called the Battle of the Bandwidth, while Assistant Debate Coach Marlene Pierce served as a judge, working alongside guest judge Douglas Reilly, Vice President of Lucas Film’s gaming department for a first round debate about

The HWS Debate team opened the spring semester by competing at three tournaments held simultaneously at Cornell University: the Cornell IV, the Novice National Championships and Spanish Nationals. After five rounds of preliminary competition, HWS Debate had a team advance to both the finals for the Tournament of Love and Novice National Championships. Sarim Karim

The HWS Debate Team recently competed in the 2020 Worlds University Debating Championship (WUDC) held in Bangkok, Thailand. Considered the most prestigious debate tournament in the world, the competition included the best debaters from more than 50 countries. During the course of a week, Bart Lahiff ’20, Jacob Wallman ’20, Reed Herter ’21 and Sarim

The HWS Debate Team recently traveled to and excelled in tournaments throughout North America, including Brad Smith IV, Brandeis IV and the Father Roger Guindon Cup. In addition to the team’s impressive placements, several HWS debaters were recognized for their individual performances. At Brad Smith IV, hosted by the University of Rochester, two HWS teams

The HWS Debate Team spent the first weekend in November competing at the Huber Debate Tournament hosted by the University of Vermont. After five rounds of preliminary competition, the squad had three teams and two judges qualify for the elimination rounds of the competition. There were more than 70 teams competing and the field consisted

On Halloween, HWS Debate will host a themed debate about the zombie apocalypse. The internationally recognized debate team will discuss the motion, “In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be a human or a zombie?” The event will be held at 5:45 p.m. in the Sanford Room. A live stream of the

At the Bard IV Debate Tournament, Liam Sullivan ’20 and Sreyan Kanungo ’23 became the East Coast season opener champions – topping Cornell University, University of Rochester and University of Vermont competitors in the final round. The tournament hosted 68 teams from 14 schools. HWS brought nine teams and three judges. Sullivan and Kanungo qualified

Thirty years after his graduation, Rabi Rajkarnikar ’89, P’23 returned to campus to bring his son Avi Rajkarnikar ’23 to orientation last weekend. A native of Kathmandu, Nepal, Avi was inspired to apply to HWS by his father. “He is a man filled with great stories and I’m excited to follow in his footsteps,” says