Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Oh, Canada!

On Saturday, October 27th, while the other half of the Parliamentary Debate team was competing at Yale, four Dartmouth debaters ventured north of the boarder to compete in the Bishop's University Invitational tournament in Sherbrooke, Quebec. This tournament provided the Dartmouth squad with a unique opportunity to compete in an international tournament, without having to travel too far from Hanover. Unlike most tournaments, the Bishops Invitational was more of an individual tournament, with debaters switching partners each round and judges counting speaker points for each debater rather than wins and losses. Then, after three rounds the top 8 speakers were paired up and debated against each other until there was only one team left standing.

The Dartmouth debaters were able to adjust to the different style of debate, and had a very successful tournament. Ben Lo '10, Connor Beatty '10, and Sourabh Mishra '10 all finished in the top 8 speakers, placing 2nd, 4th and 7th, respectively with Austen Zheng '10 narrowly missing the cut. Connor and his partner Mike from Bishop's University finished the tournament in 1st place, with Sourabh's team placing 2nd and Ben's team placing 3rd.

Here are some pictures from the tournament:

Ben and Sourabh discuss their round

Connor prepares to deliver a speech

Ben receives his award for 3rd place team

Sourabh and his partner collect their prize for 2nd place team

Connor and his partner take home 1st place

Austin and Ben prepare for the long ride home

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Yale IV

On October 26-27, four members of the Dartmouth Parli team traveled to New Haven, CT for the Yale IV debate tournament. The Yale tournament is unique, in that it is the only British Parliamentary (BP) style tournament on the APDA schedule. As a result, the Yale tournament attracts many of the top teams from both the US and Canada.

Andrew Wansley '10 and Jonathan Choi '11 had a strong tournament, finishing 19th out of the 112 team field. Jonathan also finished 10th among novice speakers.