Friday night, a standing-room-only crowd gathered to watch the show debate, a featured event of the weekend tournament. Harvard students Wes Hopkins and Josh Zagorsky joined Lindsay Bing and Aaron Baker from Portland State University to oppose the motion “Reject Facebook.” Josh Michel and Max Mooney from Northwest University and Logan McDonald and Parker Brock from Seattle University were assigned to affirm the motion.
Northwest University Debate Coach Gary Gillespie commented, “That evening on our campus was one of the largest crowds for a show debate that I can remember.”
Guests and debaters were welcomed by Randy Pebble, Chief of Staff for Attorney General Rob McKenna of the state of Washington. The Harvard team was welcomed by Kelly Charlton from the Seattle Harvard Club. Pebble and Charlton joined Harvard Club member Jason Talwar and Northwest debate alumni Kevin Botterbusch and Nathan Novak as members of the judging panel.
At the show debate, each debater spoke for seven minutes and took questions from their opponents. After an hour of debate, the audience voted by applause for the opposition side in defense of Facebook. The judges awarded first place to the Portland State debaters, Lindsay Bing and Aaron Baker.
The weekend tournament included six rounds of debate, and Harvard was declared the top team in the semi-final round. Gillespie stated, “The Harvard students’ wit and flawless intellectual prowess not only earned them first place at our tournament, but the respect and friendship of top teams from the northwest.”
The next debate for the Northwest University team will be a lunch-time event for the Microsoft Political Action Committee in Redmond on February 4, 2011. Northwest will debate against the Chinese National debate team. The event is open only to employees and stockholders of Microsoft. Later that evening, they will debate at the Kirkland City Hall for a KGIV televised debate on social networks. Further details are available on http://worldcollegiatefriends.blogspot.com/.
Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011