On Tuesday, April 2nd the Henry W. Grady Debating Society made their debut on Reinhardt’s campus. The new debate team, which was started in January, is lead by president Jordan Mahan and advisor SimonPeter Gomez. The group decided to begin their competition season with a friendly in-house debate in the Hill Freeman library. All students and faculty members were encouraged to attend. Issues debated included the decriminalization of cannabis, whether or not alcohol should be permitted on campus, the elimination of RU’s free speech code, and finally whether or not students should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus. The competition was judged by professors Kevin Crawford, Cheryl Brown, and Teresa Ast.
The first debate of the night was argued by Leon Sapp, the negative, and Elizabeth Watts, the affirmative, over whether or not marijuana should be decriminalized. The second debate, over whether or not students over twenty-one years of age should be able to drink on campus, was argued by Malcolm Anderson, the affirmative, and Alex Kaplan, the negative. The third debate, which was a policy debate over the Reinhardt free speech code, was argued by partners Justin Bell and Lashaa Williams, the affirmative, and Thandiwe Jahi and Paul Solorzano, the negative. The final debate of the night was over whether or not students should be able to carry concealed weapons on campus, and it was argued by Alex Bryant, the negative, and Jordan Mahan, the affirmative.
The winners of the debates were Elizabeth Watts, Alex Kaplan, Justin Bell and Lashaa Williams, and Jordan Mahan.
The Henry W. Grady Debating Society will be debating again in the near future and will later be going to area competitions.
Meagan Hurley, Editor-In-Chief