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Spring 2014

Fulton Prize Debate Announcement (4.15.14)

The Fulton Debating Society cordially invites you to attend the 122nd annual Fulton Prize Debate to be held on Tuesday, April 29th, at 6:00 p.m. in Gasson 305.  The Prize Debate will feature a debate on the topic “Resolved: The National Labor Relations Board should uphold the right of collegiate football teams to unionize.”

Four members of the Fulton Debating Society will participate in the debate: Ryan Carelli '17, Sean MacDonald '17, Amanda Sie '17 & Alexander Tingle '14.

The best speaker of the debate will be awarded the gold-plated Fulton Medal and have their name painted high above the wall of the Fulton Debating Room, where the names of previous winners dating back to 1890 appear.  The second place speaker will receive the Gargan Medal.

Judging the debate will be Joseph Bowden (Fulton Debater, 2001-2005), Dr. Ashley Duggan (Communication Department professor) and Mario Powell, S.J. (2000 Fulton Prize winner).

Another tradition of the Fulton Prize Debate is to honor the winner of the Fultonian of the Year Award.  This award is presented to a member of the Boston College community who has supported the ideals of the society. We are proud to announce that Dr. William Stanwood of the Communication Department, who is retiring this year after teaching more than 30 years at BC, will be recognized as the Fultonian of the Year.

The debate should last approximately one hour.  Following the debate, there will be a brief question and answer session, where audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Fulton Debate reaches quarter-finals at ADA Nationals (3.25.14)

Fulton Debate made it to the quarter-finals in the novice division at the 27th annual American Debate Association National Tournament hosted by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia during March 14-16, 2014.

A partial list of schools competing at ADA nationals included Georgetown, George Mason, Mary Washington, James Madison, John Carroll, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, University of Georgia, University of Miami (Florida), and University of Minnesota.

The Boston College team of Myles Casey ’17 & Sean MacDonald ’17 faced Vanderbilt in the octa finals.  BC was locked affirmative as they defeated Vanderbilt during the preliminary rounds debating on the negative.  In a split decision, BC defeated Vanderbilt.

In the quarter-finals, Casey & MacDonald met the top seeded team from Wake Forest, who won the coin toss and chose to debate on the negative side.  Wake Forest prevailed in a 3-0 decision and went on to win the tournament.

Casey & MacDonald also received individual speaker recognition.  In a strong novice field, Casey was named the 10th best novice speaker and MacDonald was named the 8th best novice speaker.

Fulton Debate captures second place at JV/Novice Nationals (3.11.14)

Fulton Debate reached the finals at the Junior Varsity/Novice Nationals Championship Tournament held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, during March 8-10, 2014.

A partial list of schools competing at the Georgia tournament included Army, Binghamton Cornell, George Mason, George Washington, James Madison,  John Carroll, New York University, Vanderbilt, University of Miami (Florida) and The University of Rochester.

In the novice division, Myles Casey ’17 & Sean MacDonald ’17 were 4-3 during the preliminary rounds defeating teams from the Liberty (twice), West Virginia, and Rochester. Casey & MacDonald were the 14th seeded team entering the elimination debates.

In the octa-final round, Casey & MacDonald won the coin flip against the 3rd seed from George Mason (who advocated banning drone strikes in Yemen) and BC elected to debate on the negative.  In a unanimous decision, BC upset George Mason.

In the quarter finals, BC faced Liberty who advocated restricting drone strikes outside of regions of armed conflict.  BC won the coin flip, picked negative and defeated Liberty in a 3-0 decision.

In the semi-finals BC met West Virginia who won the coin toss and chose to debate on the affirmative (which pleased BC because they were going to pick negative if they won the coin flip).  West Virginia’s affirmative case argued that the US Armed Forces discriminated against enlistees from rural areas.  BC defeated West Virginia in a 3-0 decision.

In finals, BC faced the top seed and undefeated team from George Mason.  This is the same George Mason team that had defeated Casey & MacDonald in the finals of Georgia.   BC was locked on the affirmative side because BC lost to George Mason in the prelims debating on the negative.   While BC put up a better fight than at Georgia, George Mason prevailed in a 3-0 decision to win the championship.

BC next travels to the American Debate Association Championship Tournament hosted by Liberty University during March 14-16 2014.

Fulton Debate takes second place at Northeast Regional Championships (2.24.14)

Fulton Debate reached the finals at the Northeast Regional Championship Tournament held at Western Connecticut State in Danbury, Connecticut during February 22-23, 2014.

A partial list of schools competing at the tournament included Binghamton, Cornell, George Mason, New York University, Rochester, West Virginia, and West Point.

In the novice division, Fisher Pressman ’17 & Amanda Sie ’17 were 4-2 during the preliminary rounds defeating teams from City University of New York, New York University, Cornell, and Liberty.  Pressman & Sie were the sixth seeded team entering the elimination debates.

In the octa-finals, Fisher & Sie debating on the negative defeated Western Connecticut in a 3-0 decision.  In the quarter finals, BC faced West Point who had defeated them in the final round at Monmouth.  However, this time, Pressman & Sie defeated West Point in a unanimous decision.  That set up a semi-final debate against Liberty.  In a split decision, BC defeated Liberty and advanced to the final round against New York University.

In the final round, BC met New York University who defeated Cornell in the other semi-final debate.  BC won the coin flip and picked the affirmative side.  In a split decision, the judges awarded the regional championship to New York University.

BC next travels to the novice/junior varsity national championship tournament hosted by George Mason during March 8-10, 2014.

Fulton Debate takes second place at Georgia (2.4.14)

Fulton Debate reached the finals at the University of Georgia Debate Tournament held in Athens, Georgia during January 31-February 2, 2014.

A partial list of schools competing at the Georgia tournament included Emory, George Mason, James Madison, Navy, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, University of Florida, and University of Houston.

In the novice division, Myles Casey ’17 & Sean MacDonald ’17 were 5-1 during the preliminary rounds defeating teams from the University of Georgia, James Madison, George Mason, and Vanderbilt (twice).  Casey & MacDonald were the 5th seeded team entering the elimination debates.

In the octa-finals, Casey & MacDonald walked over their teammates, Fisher Pressman ’17 & Amanda Sie ’17 who were the 12th seed.  In the quarter finals, Casey & MacDonald (locked on the negative side) defeated George Mason in a 3-0 decision. That set up a re-match in the semi-finals against the 6-0 team from James Madison who had defeated BC in the prelims.  Debating on the negative, Casey & MacDonald defeated JMU in a 3-0 decision.

In the final round, BC met the 2nd seed from George Mason.  BC lost the coin flip and George Mason elected to debate on the negative side.  Given that BC had won every ballot at the tournament debating on the negative (9-0), George Mason chose wisely and defeated BC in a 3-0 decision.

BC next travels to the University of Texas at Austin during February 8-10 and to the Northeast regional championship at Western Connecticut during February 22-23.

Amanda Sie wins top speaker at Navy (1.25.14)

Amanda Sie won top speaker honors in the novice division and two novice teams reached the octa finals at the 55th annual US Naval Academy Tournament held in Annapolis, Maryland during January 18-20, 2014.

A partial list of schools competing at the Navy tournament included Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Mason, James Madison, John Carroll, Mary Washington, Pittsburgh, the United States Military Academy, and Wake Forest.

In the novice division, Myles Casey ’17 & Sean MacDonald were 5-3 during the preliminary rounds defeating teams from Capital (twice), James Madison (twice) and Liberty.  In the octa finals, Casey & MacDonald lost in a split decision to Clarion.

Fisher Pressman ’17 & Amanda Sie ’17 also reached the octa finals.  During the preliminary rounds, they defeated teams from James Madison, Clarion, George Mason, and Army.  During the octa finals, Pressman & Sie lost in a split decision to George Mason, who went on to win the tournament.

During the awards ceremony, Boston College received 4 of the top 10 speaker awards in novice, including Amanda Sie winning the top speaker award.  Other BC novices winning speaker awards were Fisher Pressman (5th best speaker), Sean MacDonald (6th best speaker), and Myles Casey (7th best speaker).

Fulton Debate next travels to the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia during January 31 to February 2, 2014.

Fall 2013

Fulton Debate captures second place in novice & JV at Monmouth (11.25.13)

Boston College made it to the final round in the novice and junior varsity divisions of the Monmouth Debate Tournament held in Long Branch, New Jersey, during November 23-24, 2013.

In the novice division, Fisher Pressman ’17 & Amanda Sie ’17 were 4-2 during the preliminary rounds and were the 5th seed entering the elimination rounds.  In the quarter-finals, Pressman & Sie defeated City University of New York in a 3-0 decision, setting up a match versus the top seed and undefeated team from West Virginia.  Debating on the negative, Pressman & Sie defeated West Virginia in a 3-0 decision.  In the final round, BC met West Point who won the coin flip and choose negative.  West Point prevailed in a 3-0 decision.

In the junior varsity division, Sijin Choi ’17 & Raven Tillman ’14 were also 4-2 during the preliminary debates.  In the semi-finals, Choi & Tillman were locked on the affirmative against West Virginia. In a split decision, Choi & Tillman prevailed over West Virginia.  In the final round, BC was locked affirmative against West Point.  West won in a unanimous decision.

Fulton debaters were also the recipients of individual speaker awards.  Sijin Choi was named the 5th best speaker in JV, Raven Tillman was named the 8th best speaker in JV, and Amanda Sie was named the 7th best speaker in novice.

Monmouth concludes a successful fall tournament season for Fulton Debate, where the debaters improved on their performances in each subsequent competition.  Next semester, the novice and JV teams will begin their spring semester competing at the US Naval Academy.

MacDonald & Casey win top 2 speaker awards at Clarion; 3 teams reach elimination rounds (11.5.13)

Sean MacDonald ’17 & Myles Casey ’17 were named the top two speakers in the novice division of the Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament held over November 1-3, 2013 in Clarion, Pennsylvania.  As the top speaker, MacDonald received a walnut wood desk-top clock.  Casey and the other speakers received yellow tee shirts.

A partial list of schools competing at the Clarion tournament included Binghamton, George Mason, James Madison, John Carroll, Mary Washington, Navy, Pittsburgh, Wayne State, and the United States Military Academy.

In the novice division, two Boston College teams advanced to the elimination rounds.  Sean MacDonald & Myles Casey were 4-2 during the preliminary rounds, defeating teams from James Madison (twice) and Wayne State.  They also received a bye in round 2.  In the octa-finals, MacDonald & Casey defeated James Madison in a split decision. In the quarter-finals, MacDonald & Casey were defeated in a 3-0 decision by John Carroll.  The other novice team, Amanda Sie ’17 & Fisher Pressman ’17, lost in the octa-finals to Liberty.  Amanda Sie received 10th place speaker honors.

In the junior varsity division, Ryan Carelli ’17 & Brysen Boyd ’17 advanced to the octa-finals where they lost in a 3-0 decision to the New School.

Fulton Debate next travels to Wake Forest University (November 16-18) and to Monmouth University (November 22-24).

Fulton Debate reaches Octa-finals in novice and JV at West Point (10.22.13)

Fulton Debate began its 2013 intercollegiate debate season by competing at the West Point Tournament held at the United States Military Academy in Highland Falls, New York, during October 18-20, 2013.

A partial list of schools competing at the tournament included Binghamton, Cornell, George Mason, Navy, New York University, the University of Miami (Florida), University of Rochester, University of Vermont, and Vanderbilt.

The debate topic for the 2013-2014 season is “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.”

Boston College teams reached the elimination rounds in novice and junior varsity. Debating in junior varsity, Stephen Ferguson '15 & Ryan Carelli '17 compiled a 5-1 record during the preliminary debate, defeating teams from Navy, Rutgers, Binghamton, George Mason, and City University of New York. Ferguson & Carelli lost in a 2-1 decision to New York University in the Octa-finals.

In the novice division, Amanda Sie '17 & Fisher Pressman '17 were 3-3 during the preliminary rounds defeating teams from the US Military Academy, West Virginia, and City University of New York.  In the double-octas, Sie & Pressman defeated New York University in a 3-0 decision  In the octa-finals, Sie & Pressman lost in a 3-0 decision to George Mason (the eventual champion).

Next weekend, the varsity team (who fell ill and did not compete at West Point) will begin their season competing at the Harvard Tournament.

Spring 2013

McCormick wins Fulton Medal at the 121st Fulton Prize Debate (5.7.13)

Sullivan McCormick, ’15 received top speaker honors and won the Fulton Medal in the 1211st annual Fulton Prize Debate held on May 2, 2013 in Gasson 305.

The topic for the debate was, “Resolved: The Department of Energy should approve all applications for natural gas exports to non-Free Trade Agreement nations.”

Arguing on the affirmative side in favor of allowing natural gas exports were Sullivan McCormick and Stephen Ferguson ’15 and arguing on the negative side against allowing natural gas exports were Michael Holland ’14 & Ted Kontopoulos ’15.

In the debate, the affirmative side argued that restrictions on natural gas exports violated free trade rules under the World Trade Organizations and that these restrictions would be emulated by other nations, leading to resource nationalism. The negative side argued that exporting natural gas would lead to higher prices which would harm domestic manufacturers.

The debate was judged by Mario Powell, S.J. (2000 Fulton medal winner), Rita Rosenthal (Communication professor) and Dale Herbeck (former Fulton Debate Director and now Chair of Communication at Northeastern). In a 3-0 decision, the judges voted for the affirmative and named Sullivan McCormick as the top speaker. He received the gold Fulton Medal and will have his name painted on the front wall of Gasson 305. Michael Holland was ranked as the second place speaker and he received the silver Gargan medal.

At the conclusion of the debate, the Society handed out its traditional debate awards. Sullivan McCormick received the Kevin P. Duffy award for excellence in debate, Ted Kontopoulos received the Joseph F. Quinn award for outstanding first year debater, and Patrick Allen ’13 received the Joseph T. McLaughlin award for outstanding public debater.

Patrick Waldinger was recognized as the 2013 Fultonian of the Year for his stellar coaching contributions. During his eight years as the debate coach, Fulton Debate qualified 9 teams to the National Debate Tournament and won twenty tournaments. Next year, Patrick is leaving Boston College to become the Assistant Direct of Debate at the University of Miami (Florida).

Fulton Debate wins District 8 tournament; qualifies for NDT (2.26.13)

Sullivan McCormick, '15 & Ted Kontopoulos, '15 won the District 8 Qualifying Tournament held at Western Connecticut State University during 23-24 February 2013 and qualified to attend the 67th National Debate Tournament (NDT) which will be held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah during March 28-April 1, 2013.

The NDT is the oldest and most prestigious of the debate championships. Participation to the tournament is limited to the top 78 debate teams in the United States. Boston College first qualified to attend the NDT in 1962 and 2013 marks the 33rd time that BC has qualified.

The District 8 Qualifying Tournament holds 8 rounds of debate with two judge panels. The top six teams with the most ballots qualify for the NDT. Along with BC, schools competing in this year’s tournament included Army (2 teams), Bard, Binghamton (2 teams), City University of New York (2 teams), Cornell, Dartmouth (2 teams), New York University (2 teams), University of Rochester, and Western Connecticut (2 teams).

McCormick & Kontopoulos dominated the competition by winning an impressive 15 of 16 ballots. They won the ballots of both judges in their debates against CUNY, Cornell, Dartmouth, Rochester, Army (both teams), and New York University. In round 3 against Bard, they received a split decision, which was disappointing because the more qualified judge voted for BC.

The order of finish for teams qualifying to the NDT from District 8 was Boston College, 15-1; Dartmouth, 11-5; Army, 11-5; Binghamton, 10-6; Dartmouth, 10-6; and Rochester, 9-7. The first alternative is New York University (8-8 record) and the second alternate is Bard (8-8 record). Harvard University also qualified 2 teams to the NDT via a first round at large procedure which awards bids to the top sixteen teams selected by a committee prior to the district tournaments.

Both BC debaters received individual speaker awards, with Ted Kontopolous winning 3rd place speaker honors and Sullivan McCormick receiving 5th place honors.

Fulton Debate reaches octa-finals at Navy (1.23.13)

Sullivan McCormick & Ted Kontopoulos reached the octa-finals in the varsity division at the U.S. Naval Academy Tournament held during January 19-21, 2013.

A partial list of schools competing at the Navy tournament included a strong field of teams from Army, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Mason, George Washington, Harvard, James Madison, Vanderbilt, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Georgia, and Wake Forest.

During the preliminary debates, McMormick & Kontopoulos were 5-3 defeating teams from Vanderbilt, James Madison, George Washington, and Wake Forest. They received a bye in round 2.

In the octa-finals, Boston College lost in a split decision to the University of Georgia.

Fulton Debate Reaches elimination rounds at Texas-Two step tournaments (1.14.13)

Fulton Debate reached the elimination rounds in varsity at both Texas swing during held during January. Over 80 teams competed at both tournaments.

At the University of Texas, Dallas, Sullivan McCormick & Ted Kontopoulos were 5-2 during the preliminary debates. They defeated teams from Texas, Samford, Wake Forest, University of Texas (San Antonio), and Michigan.

During the double octa-finals, Boston College defeated Oklahoma in a 3-0 decision. In the octa-finals. Boston College was defeated in a 3-0 decision by the University of Michigan.

At the North Texas Tournament, McCormick & Kontopoulos were 4-3 during the preliminary round defeating teams from Wyoming, Emporia State, the University of Kansas, and the University of Missouri (Kansas City).

In the double-octos, Boston College lost in a 2-1 decision to the University of Michigan.

Ted Kontopoulos received top twenty speaker honors at both tournaments. 14th place at the University of Texas Dallas and 17th place at North Texas.

Spring 2012

FINAL DEBATE RANKINGS FOR 2011-2012 (5.9.12)

In the final point standings released by the Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and the National Debate Tournament Committee (NDT), Boston College achieved a top fifteen ranking: 15th place in CEDA and 13th place in NDT. Points are awarded based on the top two teams' performance at eight tournaments for the NDT rankings and six tournaments for the CEDA rankings. Over the 2011-2012 academic year, 117 schools fielded policy debate teams.

FINAL NDT STANDINGS

  1. Liberty University
  2. Northwestern University
  3. University of Oklahoma
  4. Kansas City Community College
  5. University of Kansas
  6. James Madison University
  7. Georgetown University
  8. University of Michigan
  9. George Mason University
  10. Binghamton University
  11. Cornell University
  12. Vanderbilt University
  13. BOSTON COLLEGE
  14. Missouri State University
  15. University of Texas, Austin
  16. Wayne State University
  17. Wake Forest University
  18. University of Missouri, Kansas City
  19. University of West Georgia
  20. University of North Texas
  21. Kansas State University
  22. University of Rochester
  23. University of Texas, San Antonio
  24. Michigan State University
  25. Harvard University
  26. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  27. City University of New York
  28. University of Iowa
  29. Arizona State University
  30. Emory University

FINAL CEDA STANDINGS

  1. Liberty University
  2. Northwestern University
  3. University of Oklahoma
  4. United States Military Academy
  5. Kansas City Community College
  6. University of Florida
  7. University of Michigan
  8. Vanderbilt University
  9. George Mason University
  10. Binghamton University
  11. Cornell University
  12. James Madison University
  13. Georgetown University
  14. University of Kansas
  15. BOSTON COLLEGE
  16. Missouri State University
  17. University of Texas, Austin
  18. University of West Georgia
  19. Wayne State University
  20. Wake Forest University
  21. University of Missouri, Kansas City
  22. University of Rochester
  23. Kansas State University
  24. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  25. Rutgers University, Newark
  26. Harvard University
  27. City University of New York
  28. Arizona State University
  29. University of Texas, San Antonio
  30. Michigan State University

FULTON DEBATE REACHES QUATERFINALS AT ADA NATIONALS;
BENEDICT WINS JULIA BURKE AWARD
(3.15.12)

Boston College reached the quarter-finals in varsity at the 25th American Debate Association National Tournament held at Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania. A partial list of schools competing at the tournament included Florida State University, George Mason University, James Madison University, John Carroll University, Liberty University, the United States Naval Academy, the University of Florida, the University of Kentucky, the University of Mary Washington, Wayne State University, Vanderbilt University, and Wake Forest University.

Brendan Benedict '12 and Alex Carlman '15, debating together for the first time, reached the elimination rounds at ADA Nationals by defeating teams from Wayne State University (twice) and Capital University. In the octa-finals, Benedict and Carlman, debating on the affirmative side, defeated a team from Liberty University on a 2-1 decision. In the quarter-finals Benedict and Carlman were matched against an undefeated team from Liberty University. In a close debate, where the judges took the entire allotted time for making their decision, Liberty narrowly defeated Benedict and Carlman. The Liberty team went on to win the tournament, defeating James Madison University in the semi-finals and the Unviersity of Mary Washington in the finals.

At the awards banquet, Brendan Benedict received 4th place speaker honors in varsity along with the “2012 Julia Burke Award.” This award honors the memory of Julia Burke, an outstanding high school policy debater who died in an auto accident when she was 16. In 1998, her family established the Julia Burke foundation to support causes of interest to Julia in ways that perpetuate her memory and influence. Notable among the charities supported by the foundation are programs to support organ donation, the removal of landmines, and policy debate.

Coaches nominate debaters for the Julia Burke Award and a selection committee narrows the field to three candidates who are placed on a ballot. Every debaer and director of debate at ADA Nationals are allowed to vote for one of the finalists. The criteria for the award is the student who displays excellence in and passion for debate, a commitment to helping others, love and respect for the American Debate Association policy debate community and dedication to maintaining friendships despite the pressures of competition.

As the 2012 recipient, Brendan Benedict received an individual trophy in the shape of a glass purple flame, a $2,000 charitable donation which will be given to the Boston Urban Debate League, and a $2,000 scholarship for his law school studies.

FULTON DEBATE QUALIFIES TWO TEAMS TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT! (2.27.12)

Two teams from Boston College--Brendan Benedict '12 and Michael Maerowitz '14 along with Sullivan McCormick '15 and Alexander Carlman '15--qualified to attend the 66th National Debate Tournament (NDT). This year's tournament will be hosted by Emory University and will run from March 30 to April 2, 2012.

The NDT is the oldest and most prestigious of the debate championships. Participation to the tournament is limited to the top seventy-eight debate teams in the United States. The tournament was first held in 1947 and was hosted by the United States Military Academy for twenty years. In 1967, the NDT began a rotation system whereby the tournament was hosted by a different region and school every year. The Fulton Debating Society hosted the NDT in 1976.

The Boston College teams qualified for the NDT by finishing among the top seven teams at the District 8 (Northeast) qualifying tournament hosted by Western Connecticut State University. The tournament was is limtied to teams in the region and included teams from Binghamton University, the City University of New York, Cornell University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, The New School, the University of Rocheser, the University of Vermont, and Western Connecticut.

The District 8 Tournament feature six rounds of debate with two judge panels. The seven teams with the most ballots qualify for the NDT. Both Boston College teams won 7 ballots. Benedict and Maerowitz won two ballots from the New School, Vermont, and City University of New York, while splitting with Rochester. Carlman & Sullivan won two ballots from the New School, Rochester, and City University of New York, and split with another team from Rochester. Both teams lost four ballots to the two Harvard teams who were the top two teams with records of 12-0 and 10-2. Cornell and Dartmouth’s top team tied for third place with 9-3 records.

After six rounds of debate, four teams were tied with 7 ballots for the last three slots, which necessitated a series of runoff debates. In the first runoff debate, Carlman & Sullivan met the same Rochester team who they split ballots with in round 6. Carlman and Sullivan were locked negative and defeated Rochester on a 2-1 decision, qualifying for the the NDT. Benedict & Maerowitz met Dartmouth in the first runoff debate. Dartmouth won the debate on a 2-1 decision, qualifying them to the NDT. That left the two losing teams, BC and Rochester, to fight it out for the final slot. Benedict & Maerowitz were locked affirmative against Rochester and prevailed on a 3-0 decision, qualifying them for the NDT.

FULTON DEBATE WINS CORNELL TOURNAMENT (2.13.12)

Boston College won the Junior Varsity division of the Cornell Invitational Debate Tournament held in Ithaca, New York during February 11-12, 2012.

A partial list of schools competing at Cornell included Bard College, the City University of New York, John Carroll University, Monmouth University, New York University, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the University of Richmond, the University of Rochester, and the University of Vermont.

Michael Holland '14 and Alexander Tingle '14 represented the Fulton Debating Society. During the preliminary rounds, Holland and Tingle defeated teams from New York University, the University of Richmond, West Point (twice), and City University of New York. Holland and Tingle were the top seeded team entering the elimination rounds, and received a bye during the quarterfinals.

In the semi-finals, Holland and Tingle met the United States Military Academy who won the coin flip and chose negative. Holland and Tingle defeated West Point on a unanimous 3-0 decision. In the finals, Holland and Tingle were locked negative against New York University, who they had faced during the preliminary debates on the affirmative side. In the championship debate, NYU advocated a plan to improve democracy assistance programs to Egypt. The Fultonians attacked the workability of the NYU plan by pointing out the existence of numerous obstacles to implementing democracy assistance programs in Egypt. On another 3-0 decision, the judges awarded the decision and the trophy, a large silver cup, to Boston College.

Fulton Debate also competed successfully in the novice division. The team of Stephen Ferguson '15 and Jonathan Bennett '15 reached the quarterfinals at Cornell. During the preliminary debates, Ferguson and Bennett won all of their debates defeating teams from Vermont, the Naval Academy, and Monmouth (three times). As the top seeded team, Ferguson and Bennett received a bye into the quarterfinals where they faced the Naval Academy. Debating on the affirmative side, Ferguson and Bennett were upset on a hotly contested 2-1 decision.

As for individual speaker awards, Michael Holland won second place speaker honors in Junior Varsity.

FULTON DEBATE WINS MONMOUTH TOURNAMENT;
BENEDICT NAMED TOP SPEAKER
(1.20.12)

Boston College won the varsity division of the Jersey Shore Invitational Tournament held at Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey during January 28-29, 2012.

A partial list of schools competing at Monmouth included Cornell University, Dartmouth College, George Washington University, Princeton University, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the Unviersity of Miami, and the University of Rochester.

Fulton Debate had two varsity teams competing: Alex Carlman '15 and Sullivan McCormick '15 and Brendan Benedict '12 and Michael Maerowitz '14. During the preliminary rounds, Benedict and Maerowitz compiled a 5-1 record and were the 3rd seed while Carlman and McMormick earned a 4-2 record and were the 8th seed.

Benedict and Maerowitz received a bye into in the first elimination round and Carlman and Sullivan defeated Princeton in a split decision. In the quarter finals, Benedict and Maerowitz defeated Rochester on a unanimous decision and Carlman and Sullivan upset the top seed from Cornell in a 3-0 decision. In the semi-finals, Carlman and Sullivan defeated the City University of New York on a unanimous 3-0 decision, while Benedict & Maerowitz lost on a split decision to George Mason.

In the final round against George Mason, Carlman and Sullivan won the coin flip and chose the affirmative side. They advocated a plan for the United States to work jointly with Turkey to provide party assistance to the Syrian National Council, the opposition group who is trying to oust Bashar al-Assad. On a 2-1 decision, the judges awarded the debate to Boston College, earning the freshmen debaters their first varsity tournament championship.

Boston College teams also reached the elimination rounds in the junior varsity and novice divisions. In the junior varsity division, Ryan Folio '12 and Matthew Bartholomae '12 reached the quarter finals. Michael Allen '15 and Robert Brooks '12 reached the double-octa finals in the novice division.

The awards assembly for the tournament was held in Woodrow Wilson Hall, a mansion formerly used in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson as his summer White House and it also served as the setting for the film version of Annie.

In a strong varsity field, Brendan Benedict received top speaker honors and his partner, Michael Maerowitz received second place honors. Ryan Folio received 9th place speaker honors in junior varsity.

JV WINS NORTH TEXAS TOURNAMENT;
VARSITY REACHES ELIMS AT "TEXAS TWO" SWING
(1.11.12)

Fulton Debate began its 2012 season by competing at the "Texas Two" swing which consists of tournaments held at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas (Dallas), over January 3-9, 2012.

A partial list of the more than thirty schools competing during the Texas Two swing included Columbia University, Trinity University (Texas), the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Minnesota, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Richmond, the University of Rochester, and the University of Texas (Austin).

In the Junior Varsity division at North Texas, Alex Carlman '15 and Michael Holland '14 were 5-1 during the preliminary debates defeating teams from Wyoming, West Virginia, Kansas, Central Oklahoma and Kansas State.

Carlman and Holland were negative in all three elimination round debates defeating teams from the University of Richmond, Wyoming and Johnson County Community College on unanimous decisions en route to winning the tournament.

Competing among a strong field of eighty varsity teams, Brendan Benedict '12 and Sullivan McCormick '15 turned in a strong performance by compiling 5-2 records at both of the Texas tournaments.

In the elimination rounds at North Texas, Benedict and Sullivan lost in the double-octa final on a 2-1 decision to the University of Oklahoma. At the University of Texas at Dallas, Benedict and Sullivan reached the octa finals. In the double octas, Benedict and Sullivan defeated the University of Oklahoma in a 3-0 decision. Benedict and Sullivan lost in the octa finals in a 3-0 decision to the second seed and undefeated team from West Georgia College.

Boston College debaters also received individual speaker recognition. At the University of North Texas, Brendan Benedict was named the 16th best speaker out of a field of 160 debaters. Alex Carman received 4th place speaker honors at North Texas.

FALL 2011

NOVICE TEAM REACHES ELIMINATION ROUND AT RUTGERS (11.23.11)

Boston College reached the elimination rounds in novice at the Rutgers Debate Tournament held during November 18-20, 2011.

A partial list of schools competing at the tournament included Binghamton University, Columbia University, George Washington University, New York University, the United States Military Academy, and West Virginia University.

Competing for Boston College in novice, Stephen Ferguson '15 and Nathan Shnipes '14 were 3-2 during the preliminary debates defeating teams from Binghamton and Monmouth University (twice). Entering the elimination rounds, Ferguson and Shnipes were the 16th seed out of 37 teams.

In the first elimination round, Ferguson & Snipes debating on the affirmative defeated Monmouth on a 2-1 decision. In the octafinals, Ferguson and Shnipes won the coin flip and chose negative against Liberty where they were defeated on a split decision.

FULTON DEBATE REACHES SEMIFINALS AT VERMONT (11.6.11)

The Boston College team of Matthew Bartholomae '12 and Ryan Folio '12 reached the semi-finals in varsity at the Robert Huber Debates held at the University of Vermont over 5-6 November 2011.

During the preliminary rounds, Bartholomae and Folio were 5-1 defeating teams from Cornell (twice), The New School, Army, and Rochester. Bartholomae and Folio were the second seeded team entering the elimination rounds and they received a bye during the octa-finals.

In the quarter-finals, BC was locked negative against Cornell. Bartholomae and Folio defeated Cornell during the preliminary rounds when they were affirmative. On a split decision, BC defeated Cornell and advanced to the semi-finals to face The New School.

In the semi-finals, BC was locked affirmative against The New School. Boston College advocated a plan to increase democracy assistance to Egypt and to make all Islamic parties eligible to participate in the Middle East Partnership Initiative programs that provide aid to non-governmental organizations. New School advocated a radical democracy alternative to BC’s plan. On another split decision, the judges awarded the debate to The New School.

Bartholomae and Folio also received individual speaker awards. Bartholomae won 9th place varsity speaker honors and Folio won 4th place.

FULTON DEBATES WINS WEST POINT BENEDICT NAMED TOP SPEAKER (10.24.11)

The Boston College team of Brendan Benedict '12 and Michael Maerowitz '14 won the varsity division of the 44th Annual West Point Debate Tournament, one of the oldest and most prestigious tournaments in the Northeast.

During the preliminary rounds, Benedict and Maerowitz went undefeated with a perfect 6-0 record and were the top-seeded team entering the elimination rounds. On the road to the finals, the Fultonians defeated George Mason in the quarter-finals and Liberty in the semi-finals, both on split decisions. In the final round, Benedict and Maerowitz met the Liberty team who defeated them in the quarter-finals two weeks ago at James Madison.

As per tradition, the final round debate at West Point is judged by a special panel of West Point professors. This year’s final round panel included Colonel Michael Meese, the Head of the Social Sciences Department and former assistant to General David Petraeus; Dr. Nelly Lahoud, an Islamic studies professor; and Dr. Ruth Beitler, a comparative politics professor.

The college debate topic this year is whether the United States should increase democracy assistance to Arab Spring countries. In the final round, Liberty advocated an affirmative plan to increase aid to Yemen to promote decentralization. Boston College countered that supporting democratization in Yemen would harm relations with Saudi Arabia and that promoting decentralization would increase instability in Yemen. On a split decision (with Professor Lahoud dissenting), the judges declared BC the winner of the debate, and presented BC with the traveling trophy, a military sabre.

Boston College also achieved success in the Junior Varsity and Novice divisions. In Junior Varsity, three teams advanced into the elimination rounds. Ryan Folio '12 and Matthew Bartholomae '12 were 5-1 and lost in finals to West Virginia; Dana Snay '14 and Michael Holland '14 were 4-2 and lost in octa-finals to Cornell; and Nora Loppopolo '12 and Alex Tingle '14 were 4-2 and lost in octa-finals to Liberty. In the novice division, Rob Brooks '12 and Nate Shnipes '14 lost in the double-octas to Monmouth.

Another highlight of the tournament was Brendan Benedict being named the top speaker in varsity. At the gala awards banquet, he received a standing ovation and was presented with the first place traveling plaque named in honor of Brigadier General Daniel J. Kaufman, a celebrated soldier who serves as the Dean of the Academic Board at West Point.

FULTON DEBATE REACHES QUARTER-FINALS AT JAMES MADISON (10.12.11)

Brendan Benedict '12 and Michael Maerowitz '14, competing in their first tournament of the season, reached the quarter-finals in the varsity division at the James Madison University Tournament held during 7-9 October 2011.

A partial list of schools competing at the tournament included George Mason University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Rutgers University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Mary Washington, the United States Naval Academy, and Vanderbilt University.

During the preliminary rounds, Benedict and Maerowitz were 5-1 defeating teams from Rutgers, Clarion, Liberty (twice), and Pittsburgh. Entering the elimination rounds, BC was the third seeded team and they received a bye during the octa-finals.

In the quarter-finals, the Fultonians faced a team from Liberty University, and was locked negative. BC defeated Liberty on the affirmative side during the preliminary debates. On a split decision, Benedict and Maerowitz lost the closely contested debate.

Brendan Benedict also received individual speaker recognized by being named the 10th best varsity speaker.