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Official note from our Tournament Director:


First of all, I want to apologize for the delayed decision. Over the past few hours, we have been carefully deliberating, and I appreciate your patience in this stressful time.


We have decided to cancel the tournament. I understand that this may come as disappointing news, and we apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. The current forecasts indicate that New York and the surrounding region will be on blizzard watch on Friday and Saturday, and this will make travel within the city difficult. This will also jeopardize travel out of the city on both highways and airplanes. We decided that these adverse conditions threaten the safety of our tournament’s guests and the success of the tournament too much for us to hold the tournament. Please be sure to cancel all travel plans. The cancelation of the tournament means that schools will not be charged for any entries or drop fees. Please understand that a lot of thought went into this decision, and we are confident that we have chosen to do what is best for everyone.


I would like to thank our tab staff for helping us make an informed decision.


Going forward, we are planning to reschedule our tournament for a later date in the semester, possibly February or March. We don’t want the tournament’s cancelation to prevent students from experiencing Columbia’s campus and exciting tournament for a weekend. We want to field interest for a rescheduled tournament, so we ask that you fill out this brief survey letting us know if you would be interested in attending a rescheduled tournament and when you would prefer us to schedule it. Please find the survey below:




If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at columbiadebate@gmail.com.



Danny Haidar

Tournament Director


UPCOMING: Spring 2016 Recruitment!

Stay tuned for information about our Spring 2016 recruitment events! If you’re interested in joining the team, add your email address to our listserv to be notified about our information sessions.

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V4q5UlUNJlxsYCUKNIdCKSX3xRCeWdL1Ta_y8gflGhA/viewform?usp=send_form

2013-2014 in Review

Columbia Debate had another awesome season ranking as 7th in the nation, with senior Joe Eddy placing as the 5th-best speaker in the country. We’d also like to congratulate Joe, Alexa, Bernardo, Sibo, and Alla on graduating with honors–keep doing Columbia Debate proud!


NAACP Public Debate against Howard University

On March 2nd, 2013, the NAACP hosted a public debate featuring members of Columbia Debate and Howard University at the First Corinthian Baptist Church at 116th and Adam Clayon Powell.

Columbia Debaters Katie Bentivoglio (CC’13), Rishab Guha (CC’15), Chris Meyer (CC’15) and Bernardo Sarmiento (CC’14) faced off against members of Howard’s Martin Luther King Jr. Forensics Programs in debates centering on gun control and New York’s “Stop and Frisk” policy. The event even received a Congressional mention.

Check out a videos of Columbia Debate members Katie Bentivoglio and Rishab Guha!


World University Debate Championships 2012

This January, Columbia Debate sent 2 teams to the  World Universities Debate Championships in Berlin, Germany. Team member Alex McHale advanced to the final round for Public Speaking.


The Huffington Post

In anticipation of the US Presidential Debates, the Huffington Post invited Columbia Debate team member  Ilana Rice to  discuss what makes a good argument. Click here for the video.

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