Mechanical Engineering Senior Wins North American Debating Championship
MIT seniors Adam Goldstein (Course II and Course VI double major) and Bill Magnuson (Course VI) won the 2010 North American Debating Championship, held at York University in Toronto, Canada on January 29th-31st. After advancing through the six preliminary rounds, Goldstein and Magnuson went on to defeat teams from the University of Chicago, McGill, and the University of British Columbia in elimination rounds. They then defeated a (second) team from McGill in the finals.
The North American Debating Championship is the premier university debating tournament. Colleges and Universities across the United States and Canada field multiple two-person teams. Competition is head-to-head; the competing teams are given a topic fifteen minutes prior to the debate, and are randomly assigned to argue in favor or against the topic. MIT has traditionally been successful at the Championship, having won in 2003, and finished in second place in 2002 and 2004.
Adam has previously discussed his experiences with debate at MIT in Spectrum.