Carleton duo wins international debate competition

Carleton students Matthew Gallagher and Connor Ahluwalia took home the North American Debate Championships (NAUDC) on Oct. 1.   According to a press release, the NAUDC, held in Geneva, N.Y., featured 124 teams with Carleton being the only Canadian school in the elimination rounds. Gallagher and Ahluwalia, who are both members of the Carleton University Debate Society (CUDS), bested Ivy League schools to win the competition, beating out the Harvard University, Yale University, and Stanford University teams. The release states that the debates were in “British Parliamentary” format, with four teams in each round—two defending and opposing a motion. There was a “broad range” of topics including universal basic income, religious teachings, housing developments and others, according to Ahluwalia, a […]

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Mayoral candidates debate LRT, energy costs, and jobs

Ottawa mayoral candidates gathered at Carleton Sept. 23 in an all-candidates debate organized by the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) ahead of the Oct. 27 municipal election. Mayoral candidates Anwar Syed and Mike Maguire, along with incumbent mayor Jim Watson gathered to debate key student issues. Carleton journalism professor Andrew Cohen moderated the discussion. Syed said students have an important role to play in the election. “The students have a responsibility to select and elect people who will be good for the city,” he said. Candidates focused on hot-button issues like the beginning of light rail transit (LRT) construction and climbing energy costs. Although Maguire and Syed contested the LRT, Watson said that it was an investment in the future […]

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