College Tournament

Sept 16-17

Columbia Debate invites you to the Big Apple for five rounds of straight-link motions-based parliamentary debate, followed by a break to varsity octofinals (if attendance allows) and novice semifinals. Breaking from the norm we are doing motions this year, and have assembled an adjudication core of Josh Zoffer, Zach Bakal, Jules Vigorito, Adele Zhang, and Joe Eddy to set our motions.


1:30 – 3:30 PM:Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Round 1
5:00 – 6:00 PM: APDA meeting
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Round 2
7:00 – 8:00 PM: Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Round 3
9:00 PM: Housing in GA

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Round 4
10:00 – 11:00 AM: GEI Initiative
11:00 – 12:00 PM: Round 5
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Banquet and Break
1:00 – 2:00 PM: Octofinals/Novice Semis
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Quarterfinals/Novice Finals
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Semifinals
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Final
7:00 – 7:30 PM: Awards

You can get up-to-date info before and during our tournament at including reg location when we know it, or through our Facebook event at

APDA Meeting

We will be hosting an APDA meeting this year between rounds 1 and 2.

APDA Gender Empowerment Initiative Kick-Off Event

This is happening between rounds 4 and 5. More details to come soon!


Registration will close at 11:59 PM on Monday, September 12th. Teams can sign up using this registration form: … P-CY8/edit

Registration will be $125/team, with a judging requirement of (n-1)/2 rounded up. If you fail to meet this requirement, you will be charged $60 for each missing judge, but $50 if you pay in cash. If more judges are needed, we reserve the right to break up teams from schools that do not fulfill their judging requirement. We can negotiate judge requirements with teams who bring dinos.

The Tournament will be PAY to PLAY. If you would like a reg swap please reach out to us the Sunday BEFORE the deadline (September 12th). If you owe us any money from last year and the debt isn’t settled before the tournament, your school won’t be allowed to complete.

Need a reg break? Contact us at ‪‬ and we’ll try to accommodate you.

Registration will have a soft cap of 90 teams with a preliminary cap of 5 teams per school. We’re gunning for a 100ish team tournament and I think we can accommodate them but our rooms tend to disappear last minute so we also need a solid buffer.

I will let you know ASAP if your teams get off the waitlist. Historically big contingents from schools just hang tight; we probably will be able to accommodate you.

Registration will be from 1:30PM-3:30PM. Teams that do not reg by 3:30PM do not get scratches. Once we have a judge list finalized, we will be sending it out. Feel free to call me/email me/find other ways to contact me to send in TAB/Discretionary scratches. If you feel uncomfortable talking to me, you can talk to our TO. Teams that are not present at 4 pm when pairings are read will be dropped.


Tanner Terry with be our Tab Director and will be posting his tab policy soon. Dan Takash will be our Tab Observer.


As has been the case in previous years, we are working hard at getting as many dino judges to attend as possible. Speaking of which — dinos, come to our tournament! We are offering travel reimbursements, reg discounts to the school you represent, and a place to sleep if you need one.


We will be having two Equity Officers at our tournament, one of which will be our very own Rachel Sommers. The second one will be announced soon, and they will post their Equity Policy shortly.


We are planning on providing dinner on Friday as well as great NYC bagels in the morning and an Italian Banquet for lunch on Saturday. If you have dietary restrictions (eg. gluten free) please let us know ASAP!


Our housing directors will try to make sure that everyone has housing. In past years, some debaters accidentally broke campus rules, so our administration is making it hard for us to house everyone on campus. One of our members almost got fired from his job as an RA.

Once again, we are a school in New York City, so our housing space is extremely limited. If you can stay off campus, please do. If you have friends atColumbia, contact them! If you have friends in New York, contact them!

Everyone who needs campus housing must bring a college ID or other valid photo ID. Public safety won’t let you into our residence halls without them.

Please tell us beforehand if one of your team members would prefer single-gender housing accommodation.

If you have any questions, email ‪‬.

That’s it! See you soon!

Taronish Irani, Tournament Director
Claire Liebmann, Assistant Tournament Director