Yale wins Hart House IV

Datum: Oct 21st, 2020
Category: International, News of debating clubs, Turniere

The final of the Hart House Inter-Varsity 2020 was won by the team in Opening Government Yale EQ (David Edimo, Eva-Marie Quinones). They defeated MDU FP (Naomi Panovka, Matt Farrell; McGill) in Opening Opposition, UADS BJ (Karel Brandenbarg, Emma Jones; Alberta) in Closing Government and Princeton JW (Greg Weaving, Daniel Ju) in Closing Opposition. The motion of the final read “THBT it is in the interest of countries that experienced Japanese colonial occupation (e.g., South Korea, China, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam) to boycott the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo if far-right paraphernalia (e.g., displays of the Rising Sun flag) are permitted”.  The debate was judged by a panel of Eric Zhao (chair), Chris Pang, Dhananjay Ashok, Hui Wen Zheng, Mark Wilson, Senkai Hsia and Shruti Deb.

In the novice final, Duke RW (Dilys Wang, Dan Reznichenko) emerged victorious out of Opening Opposition, defeating Opening Government Brown KX (Roza Kavak, Max Xu), Closing Government UBC CY (Angela Chen, Tina Yong; British Columbia) and Closing Opposition UWODS SZ (Daniel Svirsky, Yuki Zhao; Western Ontario). The adjudication panel consisted of Michael Warren (chair), Jason Xiao, Jeffey Ma, Saara Meghji and Simren Sharma.

Best speaker of the tournament was Eva-Marie Quinones with an average of 81.40 speaker points while Matt Farrell topped the novice speaker tab with an average of 80.60 speaker points. Best speaker in the ESL category was Nikola Michaylov who averaged 79.20 speaker points.

Open Break:
1. Yale EQ (David Edimo, Eva-Marie Quinones) – 14 pts | 811 spks
2. UADS BJ (Karel Brandenbarg, Emma Jones) – 14 pts | 803 spks
3. MDU RY (Max Rosen, Reana Yan) – 13 pts | 803 spks
4. Hybrid GS (Dennis Su, Sandy Greenberg) – 12 pts | 809 spks
5. MDU FP (Naomi Panovka, Matt Farrell) – 12 pts | 809 spks
6. Stanford CS (Bhavya Shah, Karen Cho) – 12 pts | 784 spks
7. Princeton JW (Greg Weaving, Daniel Ju) – 11 pts | 795 spks
8. MDU WZ (Joseph Wu, Hannah Zhao) – 11 pts | 787 spks
8. Sofia AM (Nikolay Angelov, Rumen Marinov) – 11 pts | 787 spks
10. HWS KK (Sreyan Kanungo, Sarim Karim) – 11 pts | 784 spks
11. Princeton AM (Jane Mentzinger, Amna Amin) – 11 pts | 778 spks
12. Hybrid LM (Enshia Li, Nikola Michaylov) – 10 pts | 791 spks
13. SFU CW (Miranda Collett, Mitch Robinson) – 10 pts | 790 spks
14. Bard OS (Gwen Stearns, Pascal O’Neill) – 10 pts | 788 spks
15. Yale IY (Shi Wen Yeo, Iman Iftikhar) – 10 pts | 787 spks
15. Yale NW (Michael Ning, Julia Wu) – 10 pts | 787 spks

Novice Break:
1. MDU RY (Max Rosen, Reana Yan) – 13 pts | 803 spks (Open Break)
2. Stanford CS (Bhavya Shah, Karen Cho) – 12 pts | 784 spks (Open Break)
3. MDU WZ (Joseph Wu, Hannah Zhao) – 11 pts | 787 spks (Open Break)
4. UBC CY (Angela Chen, Tina Yong) – 10 pts | 774 spks
5. Duke RW (Dilys Wang, Dan Reznichenko) – 9 pts | 779 spks
6. Brown KX (Roza Kavak, Max Xu) – 9 pts | 772 spks
7. UWODS SZ (Daniel Svirsky, Yuki Zhao) – 9 pts | 771 spks
8. UBC CV (Abigail Conrad, Nicholas Viegas) – 8 pts | 781 spks
9. HWS BW (Brendon Bennet, Jesse Whelan-Small) – 8 pts | 744 spks
10. EDS BK (Anais Kneppers, Ash Bhuyan) – 7 pts | 774 spks
11. USC FY (Elijah Yap, Aidan Feighery) – 7 pts | 772 spks

Adjudication Break:
Arya Rahmani, Chris Pang, Dhananjay Ashok, Eric Zhao, Francois Brits, Hui Wen Zheng, Isaac Botham, Jason Xiao, Jeffrey Ma, Kieran Kreidié-Akazaki, Klaudia Maciejewska, Mark Wilson, Matt Aydin, Michael Warren, Navin Kariyawasam, Noah Pinno, Patrick Cowley, Saara Meghji, Sarah Rana, Sebastian Dasso, Senkai Hsia, Shruti Deb, Shudipto Ahmed, Simren Sharma, Tanay Patri, Tyson Dennis-Sharma, Wan Li, Zuha Tanweer, Seyoung Jeon

The tournament was convened by the Hart House Debating Club with Saara Meghji and Matt Aydin acting as main conveners. 114 teams, 32 of them categorized as novice teams, competed in 5 inrounds with a break to Open quarterfinals as well as Novice semifinals. The Chief Adjudication panel featured Jason Xiao, Seyoung Jeon, Navin Kariyawasam and Sebastian Dasso while Gautier Boyrie, Dhananjay Ashok, Katelyn Wang, Cindy Li and Nadia Gericke were responsible for the tab.


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THBT Supreme Courts should abide by a textualist model of interpretation.

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THS the phenomenon of green card marriages.

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