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Emory Students win honors in public debates
Emory first years Kristen Lowe from Reno, Nevada and Brian Klarman from Atlanta, Georgia won the Lafayette debates sponsored by George Washington University and the French Embassy. The debates are designed to develop dialogue between young leaders in both countries. The topic was resolved that "nations should maintain, adopt, and implement policies and measures that they deem appropriate for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions on their territory."
Competing against over fifty teams from around the United States and other countries, Lowe and Klarman defeated teams from the University of California-Berkeley, Gonzaga University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Houston.
In the final round, Kristen and Brian defeated the University of Houston on a 5-4 decision. The panel consisted of several members of the French Embassy.
The two Emory students also will be invited to Paris, France by the French Government to meet with French policymakers, scholars and professionals to exchange views and build relations between young leaders from both nations.
Madison Cup Debates
Emory seniors Lisa Li from Englewood, Colorado and Matthew Pesce from Atlanta, Georgia finished second at the Madison Cup debates. In a unique format for public debate Li and Pesce debated the question of whether or not warrantless surveillance is justified. In finishing second, Li and Pesce won a $1,000 cash prize for Emory that will go to support Community Programming. And Li and Pesce also received a small monetary award.
NDT and CEDA News
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.
Season concludes at the NDT
Emory qualified three teams for the National Debate Tournament comprised of four first years and two sophomores. Jason Sigalos (So.) and Andrew Jones (FY) and Paul Cheng (FY) and Nate Sawyer (FY) all qualified through districts and Ben Dean (So.) and Brian Klarman (So.) was one of the three schools to qualify a third team through the special second round process. At the NDT, Sigalos and Jones closed their season strong finishing 5-3 with 13 ballots sufficient to earn them 29th seed. They lost to the eventual two-time NDT champion from Georgetown. Sigalos finished as the 16th speaker at the tournament.
CEDA Nationals names National Debate Scholars
Due to scheduling constraints, Emory was unable to attend the CEDA National Debate championship this year, but two Emory juniors were named National Debate Scholars. Juniors and seniors are eligible. Juniors Nikhil Bontha and Greg Adler were honored this year.
Barkley Forum dominates Districts and Southeast CEDA
Emory University hosted, and the Barkley Forum competed at, the District Six NDT Qualifier and Southeast CEDA regional championships. Emory entered four teams into the tournament and four of the six finished with winning records. Sophomore Jason Sigalos and first year Andrew Jones won all six debates and won the top seed for the District Six qualifier to represent Emory at the NDT. Two first years, Paula Cheng and Nate Sawyer won all six of their debaters and finished second to also represent Emory at the NDT. First years Kristen Lowe and Viveth Karthikeyan won five of six debates but lost in the quarterfinals of the Southeast CEDA championship. Sophomore Ben Dean and first year Brian Klarman won four of six debates and also lost in the quarterfinals. Juniors Greg Adler and Nikhil Bontha along with junior Martin Sigalow and first year David Joannides also competed at the tournament.
Barkley Forum takes three to Texas
The Barkley Forum sent three young debaters to Texas and all three teams finished with winning records in the nations largest tournament of the second semester with 150 teams. Sophomore Jason Sigalos and First Year Andrew Jones won 6 of 8 preliminary rounds to finish as the 22nd seed. They lost to Michigan State in the first elimination round. Junior Nikhil Bontha and first year Viveth Karthikeyan and sophomore Ben Dean and first year Brian Klarman both finished at 5-3 in strong performances at the last big national tournament before the national championship season begins.
Barkley Forum shines on California Swing
The Barkley Forum sent six teams west and did well at both tournaments. Six teams attended the California State Fullerton Tournament. Sophomore Jason Sigalos and first year Andrew Jones had an excellent preliminary run finishing 5-1 and 12th seed before suffering an upset loss to Fresno State in the doubles. Two teams of first years, Paula Cheng and Nathan Sawyer and Viveth Karthikeyan and Kentucky Morrow, finished with 4-2 records but missed clearing on speaker points. First years Andrew Lockwood and Kristin Lowe and sophomore Ben Dean and Brian Klarman finished with three wins.
Emory sent five teams to the University of Southern California tournament. Sophomore Jason Sigalos and first year Andrew Jones went 4-2 in the preliminary rounds and won their first elimination round over North Texas before losing to Georgetown in the octafinals. Juniors Greg Adler and Nikhil Bontha finished the prelims at 3-3. Three teams of first year debaters combined for six wins. Paula Cheng and Brian Klarman, Viveth Karthikeyan and Kentucky Morrow, Andrew Lockwood and Kristin Lowe all finished with two wins each. Jason was 21st speaker.
Young Squad does well at Wake Forest
Three teams from Emory qualified for the Wake Forest tournament this year. With 137 teams it remains the toughest tournament of the first semester. The three Emory teams are comprised of two sophomores and four first years. Two teams won 5 of 8 preliminary debates. The other team went 4-4. Jason Sigalos and Andrew Jones went 5-3 and were seeded 29th and lost in the doubles to Northwestern University. Viveth Karthikeyan and Kristen Lowe also went 5-3 and missed clearing on points. Ben Dean and Brian Klarman went 4-4 at the tournament.
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|