On the weekend of March 28-29, 2015, eight members of the Bard Debate Union, together with coaches Ruth and David, headed to Hamilton, NY for the Colgate Open. We had never had the chance to attend this tournament in the past due to its often being scheduled during our Spring Break. However, we finally had the chance and we are so glad we went. As an “open” tournament – open not only to college and university students but anyone and everyone – the tournament was highly competitive and thus offered the opportunity for many very good debates. After 5 preliminary rounds, novice team of Adelina Colaku and Nathaniel Carlsen had 8 total team points which made them the 2nd ranked novice team of the tournament. They debated in novice finals on the topic “As an LGBTQ fiscal conservative, this house would vote democrat.” And after two very good speeches, they came in just short of champions. Excellent job, Nathaniel and Adelina. We are so happy to have you on our team. Great job to everyone who attended! Go bard Debate!