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Debate team wins NYU tourney for second consecutive year

Binghamton University’s debate team of sophomores Dan Weiser and Jeremy Levine took home top honors earlier this month after beating West Point Academy on a 3-0 decision in the finals of the NYU Tournament. This is the second consecutive year that Binghamton has won the tourney.

The pair proved that their opponents constructed a human/nature dichotomy that separated us from our evolutionary roots.

Weiser and Levine did not drop a single judge throughout the tournament, going 5-0 in pre-elimination rounds. The West Point team they defeated had won two tournaments earlier in the season.

Team members Kacey Rosemburg and James Papadakis, both juniors, were ranked the third and sixth best speakers in their division respectively, and advanced to the semifinals before being paired against Weiser and Levine, who advanced over them because of their higher record.

Junior Elisha Rudolph also joined the team from her internship in Washington D.C., to partner with junior Jenny Bloom.

“It’s amazing that in such a short time so many students have become so committed to the activity that they’re willing to give up four or five weekends a semester to travel and represent our school,” coach and doctoral student Joe Shatz said. “We’ve come a long way thanks to the Binghamton Scholars Program and Harpur College Dean Mileur’s office. Without their help, we wouldn’t have the ability to be as nationally competitive as we are. If we keep up at this rate we’ll be sure to be ranked within the top ten at the end of the year.”

BInghamton took first place at the King’s College Debate Tournament with freshmen Jake Gartman and Matt Malias victory. The team has also made two other final round appearances this semester, at SUNY Buffalo and the University of Rochester.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08