Wednesday, December 5, 2012

'12-'13 Davis Debates

On December 1-2, 12 members of the Seawolf Debate Team traveled to the University of California Davis to compete in the Davis Debates. This year's event boasted 44 of the top teams in the up and down the West Coast.

Over the course of six preliminary rounds and two elimination rounds, the debaters engaged one another on a diverse set of topics ranging from whether the west should reject Egypt’s new constitution to whether unilateral climate engineering should be allowed to whether federal judges should be subject to Senate confirmation.

At the conclusion of six preliminary rounds, the top eight two-person teams advanced to the semifinal round. Among those eight teams were three teams representing UAA. The teams of Amy Parrent & Matthew Fox, Brittany Bennett & Kelsey Waldorf and Matthew Stinson & Matthieu Ostrander advanced to the semifinal round to debate whether or not the west should reject Egypt’s new constitution. A fourth UAA team, Jonathan Stinson & Bexley Brown, missed the break to elimination rounds by only a single preliminary point of the possible 18 tournament points.

After a superb showing in the semifinal, Parrent & Fox gained themselves a spot in the final round against two teams from the University of La Verne and one from Seattle University. At the end of the competition a team from the University of La Verne was named champion and our Seawolves took home 2nd Place.

Nevertheless, four Seawolves distinguished themselves in the top 10 of more than 80 speakers in the tournament once again demonstrating the depth of talent on our team: Parent (2nd speaker), Fox (3rd speaker), Waldorf (5th speaker), and Bennett (9th speaker).

The team is now preparing for its final and most challenging competition of the fall semester, the World Universities Debating Championships to be held in Berlin at the end of December. Upon its return, we are looking forward to hosting the 7th Annual Cabin Fever Debates, UAA’s intramural tournament for students not actively involved in the competitive debate team.  For more information, please contact Steve Johnson (786-4391) or Amie Stanley (786-4354). You may also visit the team's website at

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