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The debate topic for the 2013-14 school year is about Presidential war power authority. The specific topic wording 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.
Barkley Forum wins Vanderbilt
For the second year in a row, Emory debaters won the Vanderbilt tournament. Junior Greg Adler paired with first year Andrew Jones to go undefeated and win the tournament championship. Adler and Jones joined five other teams competing in Nashville. First year students Paula Cheng and Nathaniel Sawyer were third seed and defeated a team from the University of Georgia in the quarterfinals before bowing out to the second seeded Adler and Jones in the semifinals. Sophomore Ben Dean and First Year Brian Klarman were fifth seed and lost in quarterfinals to Wake Forest. And first years Kristen Lowe and Andrew Lockwood finished as the 13th seed and lost in the octafinals. First years Akash Gogate and David Joannides and Allyson Beyer and Andrew Alter also competed at the tournament. Alter and Beyer just missed clearing by speaker points. And junior Martin Sigalow debated as a hybrid team with a student from Georgia. They also missed clearing on speaker points.
Andrew Jones and Greg Adler
|Paula Cheng and Nathaniel Sawyer||5-1||
|Ben Dean and Brian Klarman||4-2||
Andrew Lockwood and Kristen Lowe
Six Emory debaters finished in the top ten speaker awards including all of the top five. Ben Dean was 9th, Paula Cheng 5th, Greg Adler 4th, Brian Klarman, 3rd, Andrew Jones 2nd, and Nate Sawyer 1st.
Young students build on success at Harvard tournament
Emory sent three teams to join the elite field of 76 teams at the Harvard tournament. First year Andrew Jones and Sophomore Jason Sigalos broke through to the quarterfinals for the first time this year. The first year team of Viveth Karthikyan and Kentucky Morrow went 4-4 along with sophomore Ben Dean and first year Brian Klarman. Dean and Klarman tallied some good wins to sit at 4-1 before losing their last three debates to near certain top 16 teams from Georgetown, Texas, and Wake Forest. Jones and Sigalos won their octafinal round over Northwestern to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time this year.
Andrew Jones and Jason Sigalos
Young BF squad continues success at Kentucky
Emory's young debaters continued their winning ways at the University of Kentucky tournament. After winning three of eight debates at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Round Robin, Andrew Jones (First Year) and Jason Sigalos (Sophomore) reached the octafinals at the Henry Clay debates. Many new or returning programs that have only recently activated competed at Kentucky this year including, the University of Central Florida, the University of Chicago, Fresno State, the University of Houston, Indiana University, Lakeland College (Wi), and Rutgers University (Newark). In all, 148 teams competed in the tournament, the largest Kentucky tournament in many years. Six Emory teams competed and all six finished .500 or better. Jones & Sigalos went 6-2. Cheng (FY) & Sawyer (FY) and Dean (So) & Klarman (FY) went 5-3. Karthikeyan (FY) & Morrow (FY), Cambre (Sr) & Lowe (FY), and Adler (Jr) & Bontha (Jr) went 4-4.
Andrew Jones and Jason Sigalos
|Paula Cheng and Nathaniel Sawyer||5-3||
First Year Semifinalists
|Viveth Karthikeyan and Kentucky Morrow||4-4||First Year Quarterfinalists|
Season Opener at Georgia State
Eleven Emory teams debated at the season opener at Georgia State, still the largest opening tournament in the nation and hosted by BF alumnus, Joe Bellon. Of the 14 debaters representing Emory 10 were first years, two sophomores, and two juniors. Over 90 teams competed in the varsity division. And 26 and 29 teams were in the junior varsity and novice divisions.
Four teams finished with winning records. Results:
|Viveth Karthikeyan (First Year) and Kentucky Morrow (First Year)||6-2||Double-octafinalists|
|Andrew Jones (First Year) and Jason Sigalos (Sophomore)||5-3||Double-octafinalists|
|Paula Cheng (First Year) and Nathan Sawyer (First Year)||5-3||Double-octafinalists|
|Ben Dean (Sophomore) and Brian Klarman(First Year)||5-3||Double-octafinalists|