The new Dana Hall Debate Team attended their first overnight tournament the first weekend in December. Four members of Dana Debate travelled to Mamaroneck, N.Y., to compete in the Fall Faceoff on Friday and Saturday, a strictly policy debate tournament on the national circuit.
Competing in the Novice division, S. Tribush ’21 and S. Wong ’20 went 3-2 and very nearly broke into the elimination rounds. Also competing in Novice, team captains S. Farooqi ’20 and River Mallick ’20 went 2-3.
The immigration topic is year-long, so the Dana team continued to run their Open Borders case on Affirmative (Aff), claiming advantages on reducing gender-based violence and providing a home for climate refugees. On the Negative, they ran disadvantages relating to how a new influx of immigrants would cause President Trump's base to abandon him, prompting backlash; how new immigration policies would set off a downward spiral in domestic wage growth, how it might undermine the power of unions, and finally they offered a critique of capitalism, asking the judge to vote negative to reject the premises upon which many Aff’s are based.
Each debater participated in five rounds, which is approximately eight hours of intense intellectual activity. They each stood and spoke for nearly an hour and a half.
“I’m so proud of how far the Dana Debate team has come in just a few months,” said Jacon Mayer, team coach and Dana Hall rock climbing instructor. “Debate is a rigorous intellectual activity, yet with few hard-and-fast rules, it also provides space for creative argumentation and performance. There is no better way to train your mind or your wits.”
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."