TCNJ Debate

TCNJ Debate TCNJ Debate is the college's only competitive debate association. We compete weekly at tournaments hosted by schools across the nation.
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Meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30pm in Business 123 or 124. The TCNJ Debate team is TCNJ's only competitive debate society. We debate primarily in the American Parliamentary format, and are part of the larger American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA). TCNJ debate offers a unique style of debating that allows students to create unique cases, discuss interesting topics, and

grow their public speaking skills competitively and non-competitively. TCNJ Debate allows students to not only stimulate their mental growth, but fosters a social environment both in and out the club. Tournaments are every weekend, hosted at a variety of schools across the nation. Examples are Rutgers, Princeton, Yale, UVA, NYU, and more. Meet new people on the team and on the league as well! We hold meetings every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30pm in Business 123 or 124. If interested in joining, feel free to message the TCNJ FB group or email us at [email protected]. No prior experience is necessary, and we welcome all students!

A couple weeks ago, several of our novices competed at the Swarthmore Novice tournament. They had some great debates. Ev...
10/20/2019

A couple weeks ago, several of our novices competed at the Swarthmore Novice tournament. They had some great debates. Even though they had a late night and a very early morning, they were such troopers. Awesome job guys!!

We are hosting an interest session and demo round this THURSDAY at 8:30PM in PHY117. Skip Eick and come out for some FRE...
08/28/2019

We are hosting an interest session and demo round this THURSDAY at 8:30PM in PHY117. Skip Eick and come out for some FREE pizza and to learn more about what we do! No debate experience is needed to join!

04/13/2019

New judges entering the pool for outs. If you have any scratches, submit them to Carly Goldsmith or Trevor Colliton by 2:55. The list includes:

James Zhang
Jela Shiver
Sergio Vallente
Nate Sumimoto
Nikhil Kishore
Danny Levy
Haseeb Waseem
Jessica McElroy

This Weekend the TCNJ Debate Team went to Denny's.
10/29/2018

This Weekend the TCNJ Debate Team went to Denny's.

Last weekend we went to Rutgers. It was a fun time! It was also Tyler Hogan and Yoselin Hernandez's first tournament!
10/22/2018

Last weekend we went to Rutgers. It was a fun time! It was also Tyler Hogan and Yoselin Hernandez's first tournament!

Hey Class of 2022: Want to improve your public speaking skills? Want to argue about any topic you’re passionate about? C...
09/03/2018

Hey Class of 2022: Want to improve your public speaking skills? Want to argue about any topic you’re passionate about? Come check TCNJ Debate out! No previous debate experience is necessary! Join us for our demo round and FREE pizza on Thursday, September 6!!! It's now in Business 124!! See you there!

TCNJ Debate always commits to taking a team picture on an important occasion, and graduation was no different this year....
05/19/2018

TCNJ Debate always commits to taking a team picture on an important occasion, and graduation was no different this year. :) Congratulations to Eric Tannenbaum, Jackson Ganem, Micah Meskowitz, and Vikas Akkaraju for all their hard work and dedication to school and APDA throughout their years at TCNJ. We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors, and can't wait to see what you do!!

This weekend (4/20-4/22), The TCNJ Debate Team went to Johns Hopkins University for Nationals! Here is a photo of the pe...
04/24/2018

This weekend (4/20-4/22), The TCNJ Debate Team went to Johns Hopkins University for Nationals! Here is a photo of the people on the team that went.

This past Weekend the TCNJ Debate team went to Princeton.Unfortunately no one took a team picture. Here is an adorable b...
04/10/2018

This past Weekend the TCNJ Debate team went to Princeton.

Unfortunately no one took a team picture.

Here is an adorable baby penguin instead.

This weekend (Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st) the TCNJ Debate Team went to Swarthmore University! They had so...
04/02/2018

This weekend (Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st) the TCNJ Debate Team went to Swarthmore University! They had some good debates and fun times! Here is a photo of the team!

Congratulations to the new TCNJ Parliamentary Debate Eboard for 2018-2019!President: Carly GoldsmithVP of Ops: Silas Jon...
03/21/2018

Congratulations to the new TCNJ Parliamentary Debate Eboard for 2018-2019!
President: Carly Goldsmith
VP of Ops: Silas Jones
VP of Finance: Radhika Purandare
Publicist: Louis Cosentino
Novice Mentor: Avneet Chawla

Best of Luck to all of You!

This past weekend, competing against a storm that caused several power outages and was genuinely super dangerous, the TC...
03/04/2018

This past weekend, competing against a storm that caused several power outages and was genuinely super dangerous, the TCNJ Debate team hosted TCNJ II: Fabio. Thank you to all the teams who attended, all our judges for judging, and everyone for helping out.

Hopefully next year there isn't a Nor'easter!!!

This past weekend TCNJ ventured way far north to...Rutgers! So far, so north wow. They debated, and everyone had a good ...
02/07/2018

This past weekend TCNJ ventured way far north to...Rutgers! So far, so north wow. They debated, and everyone had a good time I think. Here's a photo to prove that they were, in fact, at Rutgers February 2nd and 3rd and no where else.

carly is asserting her tcnj pride by wearing her hoodie to rutgers. mad props.

This past weekend, TCNJ Debate hosted our tournament! Thank you to all the teams who competed and to all of our judges, ...
12/03/2017

This past weekend, TCNJ Debate hosted our tournament! Thank you to all the teams who competed and to all of our judges, we hope everyone had a great time, and see you all again at TCNJ II!

Pictured is A Real Photo from the Russo-Japanese War that was unearthed.

This weekend TCNJ went to Fordham! At Fordham, Eric and his partner Monica went 5-0, broke to octos, and Eric is now qua...
11/19/2017

This weekend TCNJ went to Fordham! At Fordham, Eric and his partner Monica went 5-0, broke to octos, and Eric is now qualified for Nationals! Congratulations Eric!

There was also a surprise visit from Miguel! We miss you (sometimes)

Great job to everyone who competed this weekend, and thank you Fordham Debate Society for hosting an amazing tournament! The next tournament you can expect to see TCNJ at is...our very own TCNJ I: The Russo-Japanese War (The Real One) December 1-2. We hope to see you all there!

This past weekend, Eric competed with his hybrid Tina Gao (Johns Hopkins) at CUNY! Eric was 6th speaker as well! Congrat...
11/14/2017

This past weekend, Eric competed with his hybrid Tina Gao (Johns Hopkins) at CUNY! Eric was 6th speaker as well! Congratulations Eric, and thank you to CUNY for hosting a great tournament!

Eric did so well that everyone was in awe and no one took a single photo. Here is an artist's rendition of what Eric looked like debating, probably.

This weekend TCNJ Debate competed at American University's ProAm tournament! Congratulations to Eric Tannenbaum and Carl...
11/05/2017

This weekend TCNJ Debate competed at American University's ProAm tournament! Congratulations to Eric Tannenbaum and Carly Goldsmith for breaking to octos, and thank you to American University Debate Society for hosting an amazing tournament!

This weekend TCNJ went to two schools! Kim, Boris, Radhika, Sai, and Ankur competed at UPenn, and Eric, Claudia, Carly, ...
10/16/2017

This weekend TCNJ went to two schools! Kim, Boris, Radhika, Sai, and Ankur competed at UPenn, and Eric, Claudia, Carly, Avneet, Micah, Silas, Paul, and Jackson attended the tournament at Brown University.

At Brown, Eric was 2nd speaker and he and Claudia broke to quarters. Everyone did a phenomenal job, had lots of fun, and there is definitely photo proof of everyone at the tournament just like requested 🙂

Thank you to the Penn Debate Society and the Brown Debating Union for two phenomenal tournaments!

This week Eric, Claudia, Silas, and Boris attend the UMD Tournament where Eric was 7th speaker! There is no photo proof ...
10/02/2017

This week Eric, Claudia, Silas, and Boris attend the UMD Tournament where Eric was 7th speaker! There is no photo proof of them being there though so instead, enjoy a recreation of what probably happened.

This weekend, several of our novices competed at Swarthmore and had a great time (even though we got back pretty late an...
09/24/2017

This weekend, several of our novices competed at Swarthmore and had a great time (even though we got back pretty late and had to wake up early -- they're all troopers). It was a fun weekend of debating, Go Fish, and bad charades.

Thank you to the The Swarthmore College Amos J. Peaslee Debate Society for hosting an amazing tournament!

Here's to a new season of debate!

A huge congratulations goes to Eric Tannenbaum and Micah Marconi for winning the William & Mary tournament this weekend!...
09/09/2017

A huge congratulations goes to Eric Tannenbaum and Micah Marconi for winning the William & Mary tournament this weekend! Eric was also 2nd speaker at the tournament! Eric's speaker position puts him in Top 5 SOTY as well. Great job you guys! 🎉

Here you can see Eric and Micah posing with their victory brick, a well-earned prize.

09/08/2017

Thank you to everyone who came out to the demo round tonight! We appreciate every one of you, and we hope you all enjoyed it!

If you missed the round, never fear! We will be having meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Business Building - just find the really loud room. We're always open to new members!

Big shoutout to Jackson Ganem, Claudia Arias, Eric Tannenbaum, and Kim Tang for participating in the round as well. Well done guys. ❤️

TCNJ Debate will be hosting a demo round on Thursday, September 7th at 8:30PM in Physics 101! Come check it out! There w...
09/02/2017

TCNJ Debate will be hosting a demo round on Thursday, September 7th at 8:30PM in Physics 101! Come check it out! There will be FREE pizza!

Congratulations to Joe Worthington and Miguel O'Malley on graduating from TCNJ today! Joey will be joining the Teach for...
05/18/2017

Congratulations to Joe Worthington and Miguel O'Malley on graduating from TCNJ today! Joey will be joining the Teach for America program, Miguel will be pursuing his PhD at Wesleyan for logic and math.

We will all miss you so much, but we can't wait to see what you'll all do. Lots of love and best of wishes! 🔥

05/08/2017

Last night the TCNJ Debate Team hosted its last team social of the year! We all played laser tag, DDR (secret footage ooo), and ate lots of food while discussing ceiling fans and friendship. Eric and Vikas sadly weren't there in person, but don't worry, we all carried them in our hearts when we went into battle. This was an amazing way to end the year, and thank you to everyone who came out!

05/03/2017
After 2 hours and 50 minutes, an unprecedented tie, two boxes of pizzas, and lots of pacing, the TCNJ Debate team is pro...
05/03/2017

After 2 hours and 50 minutes, an unprecedented tie, two boxes of pizzas, and lots of pacing, the TCNJ Debate team is proud to present it's new e-board for the 2017-2018 year!

Co-Presidents: Jackson Ganem (2018) and Vikas Akkaraju (2018)
Cashier: Micah Marconi (2018)
Publicist: Kim Tang (2020)
Novice Mentor: Eric Tannenbaum (2018)

Thank you to everyone who ran, and congratulations again to the new board!

If you squint hard enough, you might catch a glimpse of the ghost of Miguel O'Malley in the photos below.

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