There is a new force to be reckoned with in the world of debate. Since the beginning of the semester, the Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (BADASS) has been living up to its name, taking the debate circuit by storm. The team has surged to become the fifth team in the nation ahead of schools ranging from Princeton to MIT. This rise has been facilitated by weeks of strong debate from the growing club. At the Bates Debating Championships, the duo of Russell Leibowitz and Keith Barry braved dangerous driving conditions on their way to dominating the tournament. After winning six straight rounds, they dispatched the top team from Stanford in a lopsided round to win the tournament. The clear victory, on a 6-1 decision, moved Brandeis’ name into the spotlight.
The following weekend, Keith Barry and Alex Self schooled teams from the east coast of the United States to Northern Canada at the North American Championships in NYC. Their 17th place finish was the best Brandeis showing at the title tournament in years. BADASS successes have continued since. The team arrived this past weekend at Providence College on a high, just looking for people to argue with and they found them. The team of Andrew Husick and Brendan Fradkin went 5-0 in preliminary rounds making it all the way to semifinals under the banner of Brandeis Saganato at the Japanese themed bonanza. Their fourth place finish, coupled with the 9th and 10th place showings by Keith Barry and Rena Singer, and Russell Leibowitz and Richard Weisbach respectively, left the tournament’s top 10 list filled with Brandeis names. This weekend Brandeis looks to continue its run as it sends teams to tournaments at Williams College and George Washington University.
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