Update: Debate team suspended, competes at Columbia Invitational

The Newtonite

by Cate Waters
Update 4:45 p.m. 2/1: After a prolonged conflict with the administration, North’s debate team will not be competing until further notice, according to junior Adam Rabinowitz, a former debate team member. The team will meet with principal Jennifer Price Wednesday to discuss the situation. This situation comes after the resignation of the team’s faculty adviser, history department head Jonathan Bassett. Some former members competed independently at the national qualifiers this past weekend. Article to follow.

North’s debate team was one of over 90 teams competing at The Columbia Invitational, held at Columbia University in New York Saturday, Jan. 24. They sent two teams of two members to argue if the United Nations peacekeepers should have the power to engage in offensive operations.
Senior Bill Shen and junior Edward Ding, team captains, had a record of 3-3, while juniors Peter Baronowski and Adam Rabinowitz went 2-4. Both teams ended the tournament in the preliminary rounds.
“We did well,” said Shen.
To decide what side the team will argue, “we flip a coin to determine who argues which side,” said Ding. “We either affirm the resolution or negate it.”
The team’s next competition is to be determined.