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2017-18 News

Past season news:


UR Debate Wins 2019 U.S. Novice Championship

April 23, 2019

Another major milestone for the University of Rochester debate program during the 2018-19 season, as the Yellowjackets earned the Novice Division title at the United States Universities Championship Debate Tournament from April 11-15 at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.


A First For URDU At The World Championships

January 10, 2019

At the start of January the UR Debate Union traveled across the Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa to compete in the 2019 World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) – the largest and most competitive intercollegiate debate competition in the world, featuring over 400 teams from more than 250 schools and over 90 countries around the globe


Novice Debaters Shine For URDU at USU Debate Championships

April 18, 2018

This past weekend we attended the US Universities Debating Championship at Stanford University. While the URDU did not reach elimination rounds at this extremely competitive end-of-year competition, we did see some remarkable performances from some of our first-year novice debaters, who really showed up and stepped up for these tough debates. Additionally, an URDU alum and senior debater were recognized as excellent judges at the tournament – a big honor at the national championship.


Strong Year End Finishes For URDU at CEDA Nationals

March 29, 2018

The policy debate crew had an excellent run at the University of Puget Sound’s CEDA Nationals Championship tournament. We brought one novice team and one varsity team, and both had big successes.


URDU Hits DC For USU Championships; Finishes As Finalists

February 27, 2018

This past weekend the debate union made its annual trip to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for the US Universities Eastern Championship debate tournament. Nearly thirty students, many of them novices, made the trip for the difficult competition.


Big Achievements For URDU in NYC and Ithaca

February 13, 2018

Over thirty students traveled to Ithaca, NY and New York, NY and debated this past weekend. Many students attended their first competition ever, and others returned to earn long-awaited victories at some tough tournaments.


Success At Navy and Vermont For UR Debate Union

November 9, 2017

Over the last two weekends, the University of Rochester Debate Union had some great success at two competitions in the northeast, at the US Military Academy and at the Huber Debates at the University of Vermont.


URDU Takes On Toronto

October 17, 2017

This past weekend the URDU sent three teams to the Hart House Inter-Varsity tournament in Toronto, Canada. With tough competition and excellently written topics, everyone had some great debates and got exposure to some high level competition.


Debate Union Is Back In Action At Cornell

October 11, 2017

In Ithaca, NY this past weekend the URDU took three brand new teams to compete in the Novice division and one returning team to compete in the Varsity division of a tournament at Cornell University.


Season Kicks Off For URDU

October 2, 2017

The UR Debate Union 2017-18 season is underway, and September was jam-packed with Debate action as URDU competed in three tournament during the month.