LMU Debate Team 2014-2015

  • PSCFA Spring Championship - Michael Dewey and Mike Himes 1st Place
  • University of Denver - Courtney Pickard and Brittany McKinley, 2nd Place
  • Georgetown University - Jon Haderlein and Krikor Kouyoumdjian, 5th Place
  • Western Regional Championship - Brittany McKinley and Michael Dewey, 2nd Place
  • California Cup at LMU - Landon Wike and Brittany Rosario-Gregory, 2nd Place
  • Hobart William Smith Round Robin - Jon Haderlein and Krikor Kouyoumdjian, North American Champions
  • National Championship - Jon Haderlein and Krikor Kouyoumdjian, 3rd Seed, Semifinalist
  • National Championship - Courtney Pickard and Megan Elsayed, 27th Seed, Quarterfinalist
  • National Championship - Mike Himes and Brandon Cating, 13th Seed, Octofinalist

On Saturday, March 28th, LMU hosted the middle tournament of the California Cup Championship debate series. Universities that participated included UCLA, Claremont, USC, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, La Verne, Santa Monica College, and Irvine Valley College. Beginning at 9am, LMU students Brooke Radding, Daniel Rodriguez, Larissa Sterling, Carolina Moreno, Paige Dobon, Chandler Wright, Nicole Franko, Madelaine Sanfilippo, Landon Wike, and Brittany Rosario-Gregory competed for four rounds over eight hours before the top four teams advanced to the final round. The final round involved four two-person teams, which turned out to be Cal Poly, UCLA, USC, and LMU's Brittany and Landon. After an intense discussion about whether the US should provide reparations and truth and reconciliation commissions to victims of US torture, the results were announced with Cal Poly taking 1st Place, LMU 2nd, UCLA 3rd, and USC 4th. The LMU tournament was part of the first ever California Cup Championship debate series which involved three one day tournaments taking place over three days at Claremont McKenna College, LMU, and UCLA, respectively.

On April 3rd, debate team members Jon Haderlein and Krikor Kouyoumdjian traveled to New York to participate in the invitation only International Debate Education Association/Hobart William Smith Round Robin. LMU earned their invitation by winning the North American Universities Debate Championship in October. Over two days LMU competed against each of the top 15 debate teams in the world, which included the winners of the Asian Championship, Austral/Asian Championship, Pan African Championship, European Championship, International Mace, Yale, Oxford, and the four teams that were in the finals of this year's World Universities Debate Championship. Ultimately, Jon and Krikor finished in 7th place, as the University of Toronto's Hart House was declared the tournament champion with Cambridge University finishing in second and Harvard University in third.

The debate team will be having a small banquet and public debate on Tuesday, April 7th from 5pm to 7pm in the 3rd Floor Foley Garden. Please feel free to stop by anytime.

On Thursday, April 9th I will be accompanying ten members of the debate team to the US National Championship at the University of Alaska. I look forward to giving you the results of our efforts next week.