Freshman Debates
2009 Freshman Debates

"The Christ College Debates enable freshman students to apply their emerging skills of academic research, critical analysis, and oral argument to significant, controversial public issues," says Christ College Dean Mel Piehl. "Participants and audiences alike enjoy the verbal sparring and contest of wit and logic that takes place between the two debate teams, while also learning a great deal in the process."

The Christ College Freshman Debates, held each spring as part of the CC Freshman Program, are the culmination of the honors college's first-year students' research, preparation, and practice of the arts of oral argumentation. At the conclusion of each debate, the moderator instructs audience members to "vote their minds" after hearing the arguments by leaving the assembly hall through a door marked "PRO" or through a door marked "CON."

2013 Debate Dates
6:30-7:45 pm
Mueller Hall Refectory


Debate One: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - Resolved: The US ought to reinstate the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. 

Pro: 55% Con: 49% - The Resolution Passes 

Debate Two: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - Resolved: The United States congress ought to pass the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (H.R.2766;S. 1215), which aims to define hydraulic fracturing as a federally regulated activity under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Pro: 75% Con: 34% - The Resolution Passes

Debate Three: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - Resolved: Teachers of public schools ought to retain the right of collective bargaining for wages and working conditions

Pro: 35% Con: 65% - The Resolution Fails

Debate Four: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Resolved: Indiana ought to legalize and regulate the production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for persons age 21 or older. 

Pro: 53% Con: 47% - The Resolution Passes