Between 11th and 14th April, Cornell competed at the US National BP Championships and had an excellent showing! 4 teams made it to the elimination rounds: Nikki Prasad, CALS ’14, and Michelle Huang, ILR ’14, were Octofinalists; En Ting Lee, AS ’17, and Adnan Muttalib, AS ’16, were Quarterfinalists; Julius Kairey, AS ’15, and Justin Ying, AS ’16 were Semifinalists; Srinath Reddy, AS ’14, and Kirat Singh, AS ’14, made it to the Finals. Additionally, Justin was 15th varsity speaker, Reddy was 13th, Kirat was 12th with En Ting as the 4th novice speaker. Congratulations to all Cornell debaters for their superb performances!
On 13th March, 2014, The Cornell Forensics Society and the Cornell Daily Sun co-hosted a panel discussion on the state of humanities at Cornell University. The panelists included Prof. Eric Cheyfitz, English, Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Laura Brown, Prof. Ross Tate, computer science and Prof. Lance Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering. You can read more about the discussion at the following link:
Cornell competed at the Northeast Regional Championships held between 22nd and 23rd February at Western Connecticut State University. The team of Kirat Singh, A&S ’14 and Srinath Reddy, A&S ’14, won the open Worlds format finals and were also placed 1st and 2nd speaker respectively. In the finals, they competed against the Cornell team of Justin Ying, A&S ’16, and Julius Kairey, A&S ’15, and also teams from Vermont and Denver. Also in Worlds format, Enting Lee was ranked top novice speaker while Safwan Jalal, A&S ’17, and Joseph Fridman, A&S ’17, reached the Novice finals. In Policy debate, Shohini Kundu and David Rooney reached the semi-finals of the novice division and were ranked 5th and 6th best speaker respectively.