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What We Do?

F&M Debate competes on the American Parliamentary Debate Association at nearly thirty tournaments in the US, as well as international competitions such as the North American Debating Championship and the World Universities Debating Championship in Greece. We debate every issue from feminism to international relation, and from economics to art. Whether you want to consistently compete or practice to improve your public speaking skills, new members are always welcome and no previous debate experience is required. 

Current National Rankings:

  • 4th Team of the Year - 1st for Liberal Arts Colleges
    Matthew Rohn ('16) and Edwin Bogert ('17)
  • 9th Speaker of the Year - 1st for Liberal Arts Colleges
    Matthew Rohn
  • 1th College of the Year - 2nd for Liberal Arts Colleges
     
  • 2015-16 Season Novice Results:
  • 1st Novice Team at W&M - Nick Laughman ('18) and Pasha Temkin (Rutgers '18)
  • 2nd Novice Team at Maryland - Alex Mericola ('19) and Nate Urban (Swarthmore '18)
  • 2nd Novice Team at University of North Carolina - Alex Mericola and Joey Schnide (GW '19)
  • 2nd Novice Team at Vassar - Alex Mericola and Noah Levy (American University '19)
  • Novice Finalists at Temple - Alex Mericola and Asfiyan Amin ('16)
  • Novice Semifinalists at Temple - Brynne Zubey ('19) Somnath Ganapa (TCNJ '19)
  • Novice Semifinals at Pittsburgh - Alex Mericola and Jon Shapiro (American University '17)
  • Novice Semifinals at W&M - Alex Mericola and Joe Clancy (Georgetown '19)
  • 4th Novice Speaker at UMBC - Alex Mericola
  • Novice Quarterfinals at Swarthmore - Alex Mericola and Josh Grossman (W&M '19)
  • 6th Novice Speaker at Vassar - Alex Mericola
  • 9th Novice Speaker at Pittsburgh - Alex Mericola
  • 10th Novice Speaker at UMBC - Brynne Zubey ('19)

2015-16 Season Varsity Results:

  • 1st Place at GW - Matthew Rohn ('16) and Edwin Bogert ('17)
  • 1st Place at UNC - Matthew Rohn and Edwin Bogert
  • 1st Place at UMBC - Matthew Rohn and Alex Mericola ('19)
  • 1st Speaker at University of Pittsburgh - Matthew Rohn
  • 1st Speaker at University of North Carolina - Matthew Rohn
  • 2nd Place at Princeton - Matt Rohn and Miriam Pierson (Swarthmore '18)
  • 2nd Place at UPenn - Matt Rohn and Sean Leonard (Rutgers '16)
  • 2nd Speaker at Carnegie Mellon - Matthew Rohn
  • 2nd Speaker at GW Spring - Matthew Rohn
  • 3rd Place at TCNJ - Matthew Rohn and Edwin Bogert
  • 3rd Place at Vassar - Matthew Rohn and Gavri Schreiber (Maryland '17)
  • 3rd Speaker at Temple - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Place at Maryland - Matthew Rohn and Edwin Bogert
  • 4th Place at UMBC - Edwin Bogert and Indira Rahman ('18)
  • 4th Place at Harvard - Matthew Rohn and Jerusalem Demsas (W&M '17)
  • 4th Place at American University - Matt Rohn and Edwin Bogert
  • 4th Speaker at Vassar - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at George Washington Fall - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at Maryland - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at American University - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at UMBC - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at TCNJ - Matthew Rohn
  • 5th Place at Pittsburgh - Matthew Rohn and Edwin Bogert
  • 5th Speaker at Columbia - Matthew Rohn
  • 6th Speaker at University of North Carolina - Edwin Bogert
  • 6th Place at GW Fall - Matthew Rohn and Edwin Bogert
  • 7th Speaker at UMBC - Indira Rahman
  • 7th Place at Temple - Matthew Rohn and Indira Rahman
  • 8th Speaker at UMBC - Edwin Bogert
  • 8th Place at American - Matthew Rohn and Alex Mericola
  • 8th Place at Temple - Edwin Bogert and Eric Tannenbaum (TCNJ '19)
  • 8th Place at Carnegie Mellon - Matthew Rohn and Vikas Akkaraju (TCNJ '19)
  • 12th Place at George Washington - Indira Rahman ('18) and Kara Hurley (Fordham '16)

Videos

GW II 2015 Finals

2015 GW Spring Finals - F&M vs Rutgers 
Should the US arm Ukraine?

 

GW Summer Semis 2015: F&M\W&M Darthmouth Q vs GW\W&M Delierious Mandate

2015 GW Summer Semifinals - F&M\W&M vs GW\W&M
As Judas you should betray Jesus 

2015 GW2 Quarterfinals - F&M Emily Ray vs Chicago Taylor Lautner

2015 GW Quarterfinals - F&M vs UChicago 
Should an anticolonial revolution be Marxist or nationalist? 
 

2014 GW1 Quarterfinals - F&M Audible vs AU South Out

2014 GW Fall Quarterfinals - F&M vs AU Should an author who's main character comes to life keep writing if the writing controls her?

2015 Carnegie Mellon Quarterfinals - F&M Audible vs Rutgers Haranguitang

2015 CMU Quarterfinals - F&M vs Rutgers 
National Day of Silence is better for the LGBT rights movement than National Coming Out Day. 

Harvard 2015 Octos - Brandeis Leiden A v F&M\W&M Audible Delirium

2015 Harvard Octofinals - F&M\W&M vs Brandeis
Prosecute CEOs for company wide mismanagement 

Past Accomplishments

Past Rankings:

  • 8th Team of the Year 2015 - 1st for Liberal Arts Colleges
    Emily Ray ('15) and Matthew Rohn ('16)
  • 9th Speaker of the Year 2015 - 1st for Liberal Arts Colleges Matthew Rohn
  • 14th College of the Year 2015 - 2nd for Liberal Arts Colleges

Past Individual Awards

  • 2nd Speaker at W&M Fall 2014 - Matthew Rohn ('16)
  • 2nd Speaker at Pittsburgh 2014 - Matthew Rohn
  • 3rd Speaker at Carnegie Mellon 2015 - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at Columbia 2014 - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at GW Fall 2014 - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at GW Spring 2015 - Matthew Rohn
  • 4th Speaker at W&M Spring 2015 - Matthew Rohn
  • 5th Speaker at Pittsburgh 2014 - Emily Ray ('15)
  • 5th Speaker at Swarthmore 2015 - Matthew Rohn
  • 6th Speaker at AU 2015 - Matthew Rohn
  • 9th Speaker at TCNJ 2015 - Emily Ray
  • 10th Speaker at UPenn 2014 - Emily Ray
  • 10th Speaker at Carnegie Mellon 2015 - Emily Ray

Past Team Awards

  • 1st Place at GW Fall 2014 - Emily Ray ('15) and Matt Rohn ('16)
  • 1st Place at MORPDA 2015 - Matthew Rohn and Aaron Murphy (W&M '15)
  • 2nd Place at GW Spring 2015 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 2nd Place at Swarthmore 2015 - Matthew Rohn and Indira Rahman ('18)
  • 2nd Place at Hopkins Women's 2014 - Emily Ray and Ali Renna ('18)
  • 3rd Place at W&M Spring 2015 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 3rd Place at Swarthmore 2014 - Matthew Rohn and David Stauffer (AU '14)
  • 5th Place at Vassar 2014 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 5th Place at Pittsburgh 2014 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 5th Place at TCNJ 2015 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 5th Place at Fordham 2014 - Matthew Rohn and Jodie Goodman (Swarthmore '16)
  • 7th Place at UPenn 2014 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 7th Place at West Point 2015 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 7th Place at Georgetown 2015 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 9th Place at Swarthmore 2015 - Emily Ray and Alicia Depler ('18)
  • 9th Place at Georgetown 2014 - Emily Ray and Matthew Rohn
  • 9th Place at Columbia 2014 - Matthew Rohn and Brad Ewing (W&M '16)

 

 

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