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2021 Cornell Novice Nationals Debate Results

Feb. 22, 2021—This past weekend, Vanderbilt competed at the 2021 Cornell Novice Nationals, which is the annual novice-only (1st year in college debate) championship tournament for BP debate. Competing against teams from Cornell, Duke, Penn, Princeton, and Stanford, to name a few, Vanderbilt had two teams finish in the top 16 (Charnes and Kona, Powers and Reddy)....

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Second Annual Vanderbilt BP Debate Tournament

Feb. 1, 2021—This past weekend, Vanderbilt’s Debate Team hosted its 2nd annual Vanderbilt BP tournament. 64 teams competed in this tournament with debaters coming from 31 universities, 17 states and Washington D.C, 6 countries, and 3 continents!   The tournament winners in the open division came from the United States International University, located in Nairobi, Kenya. The...

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Vanderbilt Debate overcomes COVID-19 challenges to break new ground in civic engagement

Jan. 22, 2021—Original story by Kathryn Royster, College of Arts and Science News One year ago, Sahil “Sael” Soni ’21, a chemistry and economics double major, had just returned from a blue-ribbon performance in Vanderbilt Debate’s first-ever international competition. He was looking forward to finishing the 2019-2020 season on a high note, as were his teammates. For the...

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Vanderbilt Results at the Lewis and Clark College Debate Tournament

Oct. 12, 2020—This weekend, the Vanderbilt Debate Team participated in the Lewis and Clark College “Steve Hunt Classic” Online British Parliamentary Debate Tournament. There were 11 teams which were comprised of 22 students compete at the tournament. The results are listed below. Overall, Vanderbilt finished in first and second place in the open division. In addition, Vanderbilt...

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Vanderbilt Debate Team Competing at United States Universities Debating Championship

Oct. 6, 2020—This weekend, the Vanderbilt Debate Team will be competing at the United States Universities Debating Championship. Though the competition is normally held in April, the 2020 tournament was cancelled and rescheduled for the fall due to COVID-19. All students who were eligible to compete in April 2020 are still eligible for this rescheduled championship tournament....

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Vandy Debate at Loyola-Chicago

Feb. 24, 2020—The weekend of February 21-22, Vanderbilt Debate  to Loyola-Chicago for a British Parliamentary Debate Tournament. In a field that included teams from the University of Chicago, Loyola, and the University of Denver, to name a few, Vanderbilt had two teams in finals (Erich Remiker and Will Newell; Sael Soni and Matthew Sohn). Erich Remiker was...

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Vandy Debate in Bogotá, Colombia

Nov. 13, 2019—On October 16-20, Vanderbilt Debate traveled to Bogotá, Colombia to compete in the team’s first ever international tournament. At the tournament, U.S. debaters were paired with debaters from Colombia. Vanderbilt’s Sael Soni and his Colombian partner, Ángela María Parra, won the first ever Colombian Civic Debate Tournament. In order to compete, U.S. students needed to...

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Vandy Debate at Morehouse College

Oct. 8, 2019—This past weekend, Vanderbilt Debate traveled to Morehouse College to compete in a combined Civic Debate tournament on the topic of reparations and a National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) style parliamentary debate. In the novice division of NPDA, the team of Reagan Massey and Mark Raj finished in second place. The team of Matthew Sohn and...

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Vandy Debate at United States Air Force Academy

Sep. 24, 2019—Vanderbilt Debate last weekend traveled to the first tournament of the year at the United States Air Force Academy. Competing against 44 other teams, Vanderbilt finished second place in the Open Division of British Parliamentary Debate, losing on a very close decision in finals. In addition to this team award, Erich Remiker was named the...

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Debate Update: Novice Division Champs (with video)!

Apr. 8, 2019—Recently, the Vanderbilt Debate Team traveled to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA to compete at the United States Universities Western Debate Championship Tournament. The team of Will Newell and Erich Remiker won the novice division and were recognized as the top two novice speakers at the tournament. Congrats, Will and Erich! In this video,...

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