Baruch Students Qualify for Elite National Debate Tournament
Abdullah Ayaz Alando McIntyre
In April, Abdullah Ayaz ’15, Finance Major from Fresh Meadows, and Alando McIntyre ’16, Accounting Major from Brooklyn, both from the Zicklin School of Business, will be the first to represent Baruch, and only the second team to ever attend the National Debate Tournament from any CUNY Institution.
“It has always been a goal for us. I enjoy the competitive nature of the activity," says Ayaz.
"The debate team at Baruch is strong because we have core members and great alumni support."
"This group has been able to shield the burden of both debating and doing the large amount of logistical paperwork necessary to travel so frequently. Baruch has bright students that want to engage in the activity. The question going forward is how do we make debate appealing and accessible to them,” says Ayaz.
Alando McIntrye says preparation for the competition starts during the summer after the topic is released.
“This year's topic was to affirm and negate: Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following: marijuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs," says McIntrye.
"I do speaking drills and research answers for specific arguments I think I might hear at the tournament.”
Ayaz and McIntyre have been building towards success all season. Critical wins against Harvard and Cornell at the Wake Forest tournament propelled them into the top 100 rankings for the first time this year.
To qualify for the National Debate Tournament, CUNY students must compete head to head with debaters from NYU, Cornell, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Vermont, and the West Point amongst others. This year, CUNY finished ahead of all West Point, Cornell and Dartmouth teams, and half of the NYU teams, in the qualifying process.
The National Debate Tournament (NDT) is the most prestigious event in varsity college debate, dating back to 1946 and originally held at the United State Military Academy. Sanctioned by the American Forensics Association, the NDT accepts less than 80 pairs from schools around the nation through a multi-part qualification process to compete at the event which will last for five days, including three days of intense competition with the best teams in the country. This year's NDT will be hosted by the University of Iowa from April 2-April 6.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.