Harvard wins HWS IV

Datum: Nov 10th, 2018
Category: International, News of debating clubs, Turniere
Tejal and Aditya are the top two speakers and champions of this year's HWS IV. (credit to Eric Barnes)

The top two speakers and champions of this year’s HWS IV: Aditya Dhar and Tejal Patwardhan – © Eric Barnes

The HWS IV 2018 was won by Harvard DP (Tejal Patwardhan, Aditya Dhar) from Opening Government. They debated the final on the motion “This House believes that the state should curb assortative mating” against Yale CP (Ko Lyn Cheang, Lorenzo Pinasco) in Opening Opposition, Brandeis/Northeastern SS (Ravi Simon, Dennis Su) in Closing Government, and Rochester FO (Ben Frazer, Warish Orko) in Closing Opposition.

The final was chaired by Buzz Klinger with Alexander Beaumont, Allie McGowan, Dan Yoon, Daniel Berman, Shani Bennett, and Steph White. 

The Novice Final of the tournament was won by Cornell CJ (Carson Crane, Amaar Jeyasothy) in Opening Opposition, on the motion “This House would allow the creation of Savior Siblings.” They debated against Harvard HR (Maya Razmi, Delaney Hurley) in Opening Government, Hart House AN (Matt Aydin, Jonathan Nahmiach) in Closing Government, and Patrick Henry BW (Gabe Blacklock, Hannah Westfallen) in Closing Opposition.

The round was chaired by Daniel Berman with redacted, Nathaniel Carlsen, Graeme McGuire, Jan Hovden, and Emily Saeli in the panel.

The best speaker with an average of 82.67 was Aditya Dhar from Harvard DP. Harvard DP was the top seed and Aditya and Tejal were the top two speakers of the tournament.
The best novice speaker with an average of 80.5 was Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy from Harvard BH.

The CA team consisted of Dan Lahav, Stephanie White, Ameera Moore, and Fanele Mashwama.

The tournament was organized by the HWS Debate Team. Chuan-Zheng Lee was in tab with Eric Barnes.

The Open Break:
1. Harvard PD (Tejal Patwardhan, Aditya Dhar)
2. Alaska HM (Robert Hockema, John Macy)
3. Brown GG (Jack Gramlich, Sandy Greenberg)
4. Princeton AO (Samuel Arnesen, Sinan Ozbay)
5. Hart House LS (Benjamin Levy, Armin Safavi)
6. Harvard BH (Benjamin Hoffner-Brodsky, Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy)
7. Carleton HM (Ali Hassan, Khaled Madhoun)
8. Harvard HY (Andrew Yun, Ye Joo Han)
9. Morehouse BP (Shaheed Brooks, Amir Price)
10. Rochester FO (Ben Frazer, Warish Orko)
11. Yale CQ (Quinn Crawford, Eva Quinones)
12. McGill SS (Ruth Silcoff, Jacob Silcoff)
13. Harvard MN (Michele Nehme, Ella Michaels)
14. Brandeis/Northeastern SS (Ravi Simon, Dennis Su)
15. Bates MM (Harry Meadows, Phil Maniscalco)
16. Yale CP (Ko Lyn Cheang, Lorenzo Pinasco)

The Novice Break:

  1. Patrick Henry BW (Hannah Westfallen, Gabe Blacklock)
  2. Harvard HR (Maya Razmi, Delaney Hurley)
  3. Hart House AN (Matt Aydin, Jonathan Nahmiach)
  4. Cornell CJ (Carson Crane, Amaar Jeyasothy)
  5. Patrick Henry FR (Emma Randall, Noah Farley)
  6. Vermont FS (Brandyn Falkofske, CeCe Szkutak)
  7. Colgate SZ (Adam Zaharoni, Jaanvi Sachdeva)
  8. Colgate JL (Colin Jones, Sahil Lalwani)

The Judge Break:

Alexander Beaumont, Allie McGowan, Amanda Liang, Amanda Ngo, Ameera Moore, Brady Fletcher, Buzz Klinger, Chris Perkins, Chuan-Zheng Lee, Clarence Bronte, Dan Lahav, Dan Yoon, Daniel Berman, David Altorre Lopez, David Register, Deborah Wong, Emily Saeli, Ethan So, George Fitzpatrick, Grace Marshall, Graeme McGuire, Haley Giunta, Hannah Hutchinson, Jan Hovden, Johanna Richter, John Camara, Justin Morgan-Parmett, Kevonne Martin, Nathaniel Carlsen, Nicholas Aranda, Sam Nelson, Shani Bennett, Steph White, redacted, Syed Reefat Aziz, Zariah Altman

The Motions:

Round 1: This House would consider politicians under oath when making public statements on political issues* (* thus making them criminally liable for perjury if they lie about facts)

Round 2: In countries where compulsory military service for men exists, this House believes that feminists should advocate for the conscription of women

Round 3: This House believes that the LGBT movement should embrace the message that sexuality is a choice

Round 4: This House believes that United States foreign policy should seek to significantly restrict Iran’s influence over Syria

Round 5: This House opposes Consumerist Culture* (*Consumerist Culture is a culture where consistently purchasing goods is expected and considered a marker of social status)

Round 6: This House believes that in Western states with high rates of unemployment the state should act as an employer of last resort (i.e. the state should directly employ people who are unable to find a job elsewhere)

Quarter-Final: This House would allow individuals to sue religious institutions in their community for propagating beliefs that cause them significant harm

Novice Semi-Final: This House would allow communities to reduce the amount of policing employed within their neighborhoods

Semi-Final: This House believes that the Obama administration should have prioritized affordable tertiary education over affordable healthcare

Novice Final: This House would allow the creation of Savior Siblings* (*a child who is born for the purpose of providing an organ or cell transplant to a sibling who is affected with a fatal disease)

Final: This House believes that the state should curb assortative mating* (*the phenomenon of people primarily entering relationships and building families with those of similar social and economic characteristics)



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