CEU Debate Society Members Win GDPPC Open 2013

July 16, 2013

A.J. Carver and Georgiana Mihut, who teamed up a year ago at the CEU Debate Society, won the GDPPC Open debate tournament held June 21-24 at CEU. The tournament drew 32 teams from over 15 countries. It was designed as an extension of the Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge (GDPPC).

Debaters from India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the United States, as well as from Hungary and the rest of the region, participated in a five-round competition with a tight schedule and some very challenging motions.

The winning team, Broadly Speaking, focused on next year’s GDPPC conference topic, drug dependency and policy. Carver, from the U.S., participated in Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program last year, while Mihut, a Romanian, spent one semester at CEU on an exchange program. The two plan to take their debating skills to China this fall, where Mihut will study and Carver will coach academic debate at Hunan Normal University.

The tournament was organized by the debate societies at CEU, Corvinus, and ELTE universities. CEU entered five teams, comprised of current master’s and doctoral students, and alumni. The best result was achieved by Alex Moise and Endre Borbath from the Department of Political Science, whose team, Welfare Kings, reached the semi-finals. The pair was chosen recently to represent CEU at the European Universities Debating Championship 2013 in Manchester.

The judges for the final round of the GDPPC Open were chief adjudicators Nika Jelaska (Croatia), Viktor Prlja (Serbia), Radu Cotarcea (Romania), Filip Dobranic (Slovenia), and CEU alumna Ana Gurau (Moldova). The competition received support from CEU and the Open Society Foundations. For more information about the motions, speakers, and team tab, visit the event's Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/login.php?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2....