Friday, November 28, 2008

Wesleyan & Brown

On Halloween weekend, Dartmouth Parli sent teams to both the Wesleyan tournament in Connecticut and the Brown tournament in Rhode Island.
Sourabh Mishra and Marcus Gadson placed as the 4th Varsity team and Pratyaksh Srivastava and Maryam Zafer came in as the 2nd Novice team. The other teams Tim Goh and Jen Gaudette and David Lumbert and Jingna Zhou left the tournament with great records. Prat Srivastava also placed as the 2nd Novice speaker and Tim Goh took 3rd place.

The Brown teams ,Tarang Agarwal and E McNeil and Andrew Wansley and Joe Huston, both went 3-2 at Brown. They had great records despite facing a large and competitive pool.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


The Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate team drove 300 miles to attend the Cornell tournament on Novermber 14th and 15h. All the teams met with a lot of success as Shan Shan He and Rohan Chaudhary placed as the 3rd Novice team. Marcus Gadson and Jen Gaudette went into the semi-final round as the top seeds with a 5-0 record. They emerged as the 3rd Varsity team. E McNeill was awarded the 6th Varsity speaker award, Tarang Agarwal the 8th and Marcus Gadson the 9th.

Jen Gaudette and Shan Shan He have fun after a day of tough debating

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tufts (ProAm)

On the weekend of November 7th and 8th, Dartmouth teams headed to Boston to take part in the Tufts tournament. This tournament had a unique setup because it mandated that novice debaters pair up with varsity team members. Andrew Wansley, paired with Will Hix, said, "Novice and Varsity members had a great time debating at Tufts. Wonderful rounds and great experiences all around."
Other teams included Varsity Ben Lo and Novice Tim Goh, and (?)

Andrew Wansley, Erich Hartfelder, Will Hix enjoy time in between rounds

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Yale IV

On October 24th, Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate took four teams on a slow, scenic drive down to New Haven to compete in the only British Parliamentary Debate tournament offered in America. The Yale IV tournament attracted teams from all over the broad American Northeast, Canada, and Australia. The Dartmouth team participates on the APDA circuit, but had no barrier in transitioning to a British style of debate. Although no Dartmouth team broke, Sourabh Mishra and Marcus Gadson finished two places out of the break by coming in 18th. To further Dartmouth's success, Prat Srivastava placed as the 7th novice speaker. Campbell Miller paired with Tarang Agarwal, Jen Gaudette with Prat, and Carsten Hansen with Maryam Zafer.

As a brief description, British Parliamentary debate differs from the American style in that it incorporates four teams competing in hour long rounds, preparation time for a resolution unseen by both teams until ten minutes before a round, and a wider variety of accents.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Boston University Novice Tournament

On October 3rd and 4th, the Boston University Novice Tournament was the first to see the incredible potential of nine Dartmouth novice teams (one team was Brown-Dartmouth hybrid).  Will Hix and Ryan Zehner broke to quarter-finals with a 4-0.  Both also won recognition for their speaking abilities, with Will taking home the top speaker trophy and Ryan the 8th speaker award.  Dartmouth had four teams-- Prat Srivastava and Campbell Miller, Natalie Burkhard and Tim Guo, ShanShan He and the Brown debater, Rohan Chaudhary and Maryam Zafer--with 3-1 records.  Other teams included Carsten Hansen and Alex Lucey, Yand Wei and Jingna Zhou, David Silver and David Lumbert, Erich Hartfelder and Jeremey Kauffman. All the novice teams gained Dartmouth immense respect with the quality of their cases, arguments, and speaking skills. With more training from the great varsity members, the Dartmouth '12s will be fierce competition.  
The Novices!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Results from BU and Stanford

Although most of the team was busy with finals the past few weeks, a few debaters were able to find the time to compete each of the past two weekends. On February 29th-March 1st, Joe Huston ’10 and Andrew Wansley ’10 went down to Boston to compete in the Boston University tournament. Joe and Andrew compiled a 4-1 record, but finished just outside the break.

On March 7th and 8th, Sourabh Mishra ’10 and Marcus Gadson ’10, along with Tarang Agarwal ’11 (who debated with James Shapiro of Brown) made a cross-country trip to the Stanford Debate Tournament. For the first time in his last three competitions, Tarang did not make it to novice finals. That’s because he made the varsity break, going 4-1 on his way to a 3rd place varsity finish. Additionally, Tarang and James were the top novice team at the tournament. Sourabh and Marcus also went 4-1, finishing as the 4th place pair


Tarang and James: 1st place novice + 3rd place varsity =
A lot of trophies!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Northeastern Results

On February22-23, four Dartmouth teams braved the snow on their way to Boston, where they competed in the Northeastern debate tournament. The team had a strong tournament all around, with three of the four pairs making it to bubble rounds. Although no one made the break, several Dartmouth debaters brought trophies back with them to Hanover. Just a week after competing in her first ever debate tournament, Jen Gaudette '10 teamed with Connor Beatty '10 to finish as the 10th varsity team. Reyad Allie '11 and Tarang Agarwal '11 earned their second straight appearance in novice finals, where they defeated a Brandise pair to finish as the top novice team. Tarang also finished as the 4th novice speaker.

Jen, Tarang and Reyad: all among the top novices at Northeastern

Marcus and Jen discuss cases

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Results From Amherst

On February 15-16, the Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate team traveled to Amherst, Ma to compete at the Amherst debate tournament. Andrew Wansley ’10 had an impressive tournament, teaming with Steven Kryger of Yale to finish as the 4th place team. Additionally, he received 10th varsity speaker. Amherst was also a breakout tournament for several of our novices. Three Dartmouth novices were among the top 10 novice speakers, including E McNeill (2nd), Reyad Allie (3rd), and Tarang Agarwal. Tarang and Reyad also finished as the 2nd novice team.

The team hanging out in General Assembly

Tarang and Reyad celebrate their appearance in novice finals

Monday, February 4, 2008

NYU Results

On February 1-2, four Dartmouth teams went down to New York City to compete in the NYU tournament. NYU hosted one of the largest tournaments of the year, with exactly 100 teams competing for only 8 break round spots. Two Dartmouth pairs, Joe Huston '10 and Marcus Gadson '10 as well as E McNeill '11 and Jonathan Choi '11, both got off to impressive 3-1 starts before each falling in round 5 to teams that made the break. E and Choi ended up as the 8th novice team at the tournament.

Here are some pictures from NYU

The view from GA

Tarang, Marcus and Sourabh hanging out between rounds.

Joe enjoying his pizza

Monday, January 21, 2008

Bates Results

On January 18-19, the Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate team traveled to Bates College for the first competition of Winter Term. Bolstered by the return of several teammates who were off last term, Dartmouth was able to field several experienced teams for the tournament. As a result, 3 Dartmouth teams finished in the top ten, with Kevin Karp ’10 and Marcus Gadson ’10 finishing in 5th place, Andrew Wansley ’10 and Joe Huston ’10 in 7th place, and Sourabh Mishra ‘10 and Connor Beatty ’10 in 10th. For individual speakers, Andrew Wansley placed 8th.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Dartmouth Winter Invitational

On January 11-12, the Dartmouth Parli team started off winter term by hosting the Dartmouth Winter Invitational tournament. Despite the fact that many schools were still on winter break, we had a great turnout with 46 teams from across the country making the trip up to Hanover. After 5 competitive in-rounds, and some very close decisions in out-rounds, in the end it was Aram Boghosian and Rob Silverblatt of Tufts defeating Chris Baia and Mike Childers of Johns Hopkins in the final round. Rocky Lotito of BU was the top speaker at the tournament.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this tournament a success. We hope that everyone who came enjoyed their time at Dartmouth and we hope to see you back for our tournament next year.

Full tournament results:

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Dartmouth Wins Tufts!

On November 9th and 10th, three Dartmouth teams participated in the Tufts University debate tournament. Tufts was a "Pro-Am" which means that each team was comprised of one varsity debater and one novice debater. This format gave our less seasoned team members some great experience and it also made for a very competitive tournament. The team of Andrew Wansley '10 and Mostafa Heddaya '11 emerged from the pack with a 4-1 record. The pair then won a string of impressive victories in out rounds to make it to the final round, where they defeated a very strong Yale team to take home first place. Andrew also earned the 3rd place varsity speaker award. With their victory, both Andrew and Mostafa have now qualified for Nationals, which takes place in the spring.

The Parliamentary Debate team is currently preparing to host the Dartmouth Winter Invitational tournament which will take place January 11-12.