Thursday, December 1, 2022

SU Inter-Collegiate Debates returns after 12 years


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By Kristine Felva P. Licup

AFTER A BREAK FOR more than a decade, the Silliman University Inter-Collegiate Debates comes back this school year.

Headed by the History-Political Science Society, the competition had the first match of its elimination round last July 15 at Robinsons Place Dumaguete. John Henrick Abella, president of the History-Political Science Society, said that an event which develops intellectual capacity of students should rightfully have its comeback.
“The last time that Silliman had this kind of activity was in 2001 – the Centennial Debates that was intercollegiate.

So the teachers in our
department really pushed us to organize this activity because it celebrates the
intellectual capacity of the Sillimanians to really have a say on certain issues in
our society and it really develops the rationale of [the students],” Abella said.
The procedure used during the debate was British Parliamentary. Abella said
that this debate format aims not only to enhance the thinking capabilities of
Sillimanians but also to fight apathy by having fruitful discussions of the
different issues of the society. Elimination rounds take place every Monday, 4pm at Robinsons Place Dumaguete until Aug. 12. The finals will be held at the Claire Aside from the title of being the champion of this year’s inter-collegiate debates, the winning team will get freebies and cash prize not less than P10,000.
In the first match for the elimination round, Institute of Clinical Laboratory
Sciences won against the College of Mass Communication. The participating colleges are
College of Arts and Sciences,College of Education,College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and Design, Institute of Rehabilitative Sciences.

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