November 27, 2020

UMW To Host 1st Congressional District Debate, Oct. 6

A third candidate has joined the 1st Congressional District Debate to be held on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.   Gail Parker Rob Wittman Norm Mosher Independent candidate Gail Parker will debate incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Wittman and Democratic challenger Norm Mosher. The 1st District includes more than 15 counties and includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and the city of Fredericksburg. The event is free and open to the public. Parker, a retired officer of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has spent 34 years as a U.S. civil servant. She has been involved with numerous organizations including the Fairfax Federation of Citizen’s Associations, Washington Region Council of Governments Transportation Committee and Federally Employed Women. Wittman, a resident of Montross, has held the seat since 2007. He co-chairs the House Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the House of Delegates for the Northern Neck. A former captain of the U.S. Navy, Mosher is a resident of Irvington. He served on the Irvington Town Council and as chair of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee. Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will moderate the program. Panelists will be Chelyen Davis, assistant editorial page editor at The Free Lance-Star, and Ted Schubel, news director for B101.5 and WFVA’s News Talk 1230. The debate is co-sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce; The Free Lance-Star; UMW’s Young Democrats; UMW’s College Republicans; The Blue and Gray Press; and the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. For more information about the debate, contact Stephen Farnsworth at sfarnswo@umw.edu. Additional information on each candidate can be found on their respective websites: www.robwittman.com, www.normmosher.com and www.gailparker.us.

Speaking from the Heart

Tom Pacheco '14 uses his award-winning debate skills to help others.

UMW Debate Wins National Championship

University of Mary Washington Debate Team seniors Colin McElhinny and Thomas Pacheco talked their way to the top on March 16 when they won the American Debate Association National Championship at Liberty University. Pacheco received The Julia Burke Award for Character and Excellence in American Debate Association Policy Debate. Colin McElhinny (left) and Thomas Pacheco (right) “UMW Debate had a great weekend – winning the championship and the Burke Award speaks volumes about the quality of our squad effort,” said Judd D. Kimball, assistant debate coach at UMW. “We are very pleased to bring home a national championship in debate to UMW.” McElhinny and Pacheco finished as the second seed after the preliminary rounds, with five wins and one loss to the defending champion and top seed Wake Forest University. Throughout the preliminary rounds, their opponents included teams from Liberty, George Mason University and University of Houston. In the elimination rounds, they debated Vanderbilt in the quarters and University of Minnesota in the semifinals. In the final round, they had a rematch with Wake Forest, and successfully defeated them on a unanimous decision. Pacheco was recognized as the competition’s fifth-place speaker and McElhinny ranked third. The Burke award is given to a student whose qualities include “excellence in and passion for debate, a commitment to helping others, love and respect for the American Debate Association policy debate community and dedication to maintaining friendships despite the pressures of competition.” Students are nominated by coaches and peers, with the winner determined by a ballot of the students competing at the tournament. The American Debate Association was founded in 1986, and this was the 27th year it has held a national tournament. This is the second American Debate Association National Championship title for UMW. The team also won the title in 2009. UMW Debate concludes its regular competitive season at the National Debate Tournament at Indiana University next week, followed by multiple public debate competitions throughout the region. Follow @UMWDebate on twitter for the latest updates.

UMW Seniors Receive Bid to National Debate Tournament

University of Mary Washington seniors Colin McElhinny and Thomas Pacheco have received a first round at-large bid to the 2014 National Debate Tournament (NDT), to be held at Indiana University from March 28 through 31.

Thomas Pacheco ’14 (left) and Colin McElhinny ’14 are headed to the 2014 National Debate Tournament.

Thomas Pacheco ’14 (left) and Colin McElhinny ’14 are headed to the 2014 National Debate Tournament.

McElhinny and Pacheco competed at nine tournaments this season, including at Harvard, Dartmouth and Wake Forest, placing in the top three at three of them. Most recently, they competed at the University of Texas tournament which fielded more than 150 teams.

This year, 16 pairs of debaters received first round bids to the NDT, based on their performance at tournaments during the regular season. The other bid recipients include teams from Berkeley, Georgetown, Harvard, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Towson, Wake Forest and West Georgia.

“We are very proud of Colin and Tom’s accomplishment,” said Adrienne F. Brovero, director of debate at UMW. “This is Colin’s second bid and Tom’s first. It is the fourth time in the last six years we have been recognized by our peers in the debate community as one of the top 16 teams going into the National Debate Tournament.”

This weekend, other members of the UMW Debate Team will compete at the National Debate Tournament district qualifier. After that, the team will compete at the American Debate Association Nationals at Liberty University, followed by multiple public debate competitions throughout the region. For updates from the competitions, follow UMW Debate on Twitter.

UMW Debate Seniors Place Third at Round Robin

Colin McElhinny '14

Colin McElhinny ’14

University of Mary Washington Debate Team seniors Colin McElhinny (’14, Erie, Pa.) and Thomas Pacheco (’14, Baltimore, Md.) recently placed third at the Herbert L. James Round Robin held at Dartmouth College, Jan. 25 to 26.

Seven schools received invitations to the prestigious round robin, based on their performance at tournaments in the fall. The invitees included teams from UMW, Michigan, Northwestern, Georgetown, Harvard, Rutgers and Wake Forest. After six debates, UMW recorded four wins, including a win against the first place team from Michigan.

Thomas Pacheco '14

Thomas Pacheco ’14

“This award represents a significant competitive milestone in UMW Debate – it is the first time we’ve place in the top three at a round robin,” said Adrienne F. Brovero, director of debate at UMW. “We are looking forward to finishing our season strong.”

In early February, the UMW Debate Team will compete at the last tournament of the regular season at the University of Texas-Austin. After that, the team will compete at the district qualifying tournament, American Debate Association Nationals at Liberty University, and then the National Debate Tournament at Indiana University. Follow the team on Twitter @UMWDebate.

UMW to Host 88th District House of Delegates Debate

Candidates for the 88th District of the Virginia House of Delegates participated in a debate at the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The debate was held at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411 and was free and open to the public.

Mark Cole

Del. Mark Cole

The debate presented Republican Del. Mark Cole, who has held the seat since 2001, and Democratic challenger Kathleen O’Halloran. The 88th District includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties and the city of Fredericksburg.

O’Halloran, who was raised in Brooklyn, came to Virginia in 1978 and held multiple civil service jobs before retiring in 2011 in Fredericksburg.

A former member of the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, Cole worked for many years as a defense contractor before coming to work for Spotsylvania County as Deputy County Administrator.

For more information on each candidate, please visit their respective websites: ohalloranfordelegate.org and marklcole.com.

Kathleen O'Halloran

Kathleen O’Halloran

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, moderated the program. The candidates  were questioned by  Chelyen Davis, state government and politics reporter for the Free Lance-Star, Town Talk radio host Ted Schubel, and Dr. Farnsworth. The debate was co-sponsored by the Legislation Action Committee of UMW’s Student Government Association; the UMW chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies and The Free Lance-Star.

For more information, contact Stephen Farnsworth at sfarnswo@umw.edu.

UMW Debate Team to Face Off on Presidential War Powers

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team has been invited to join five other highly ranked universities in a public debate on the issue of presidential war powers on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at George Washington University. The UMW Debate Team ranks among the nation’s top public universities. Mariah Young and Tom Pacheco will represent UMW at the prestigious debate, sponsored by the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) and University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Young is a junior double major in political science and journalism. Pacheco is a senior double major in political science and philosophy. Tom Pacheco and Mariah Young will represent UMW in a presidential war powers debate. The topic, Pacheco said, is “timely and interesting.” Tuesday’s debate is the first in a series of debates, and also will welcome U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who will give opening remarks. Former Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, director and CEO of the Miller Center, will moderate the debate. Pacheco and Young are debate veterans who are accustomed to facing off against credible competitors. The different format of this debate, however, poses a challenge for them. The debate will consist of two teams, each made up of three universities. UMW, GWU and University of Pittsburgh will face the U.S. Naval Academy, James Madison University, and Georgetown University. The focus of the debate is not to win, but to inform in an open format setting, according to Pacheco. He and Young will collaborate with the schools on their team while trying to enlighten the public. “We have a lot of research already prepared; it’s just a matter of adapting,” Pacheco said. “I think we’re prepared, but I think it’s natural to feel a little nervous speaking in front of a lot of politicians,” Young said. The debaters will affirm the ideas in the War Powers Consultation Act, created by the Miller Center’s War Powers Commission, with a goal of creating a clear policy that mandates conversation between the President and Congress to talk about when the U.S. can go to war. The debate is open to the public and should last about two hours. “It’s important that we have that much time to get our information across,” Young said. While the duo has only been back to campus for two weeks, their research on the topic has been ongoing. Tuesday’s debate topic connects to the overarching National Debate Tournament and CEDA 2013-2014 topic for UMW Debate Team and all U.S. debate teams. Each school has a vote in the selection process. Debate Coach Adrienne Brovero said the UMW team is “very honored” to participate in the debate. The UMW Debate Team has a history of debating major topics such as energy policy and U.S. policy following the Arab Spring, but this topic surpasses their past endeavors. “The opportunity to contribute to the larger ongoing debate about the president’s authority is especially unique for our students,” Brovero said. CEDA is an organization that helps govern the collegiate academic debate community. The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy and political history.  

Debate Team Started National Tournament Ranked in Top Five

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team duo of juniors Colin McElhinny and Patrick MCleary rank fifth in the country going into the 2013 National Debate Tournament. The 67th annual National Debate Tournament, held through Monday, April 1 at Weber State University, brings together the top debate teams from across the country for five days of competition.

Colin McElhinny (left) and Patrick McCleary are ranked fifth going into the National Debate Tournament.

McElhinny and McCleary are in the top five alongside teams from Georgetown, Northwestern, Harvard and Wake Forest.

“Regardless of what happens over the next four days of competition, it is essential that we pause to acknowledge that their body of work this academic year has been deemed by their peers to be exemplary,” said Tim O’Donnell, professor of communication and director of debate at UMW.

Debate Coach Adrienne Brovero and Assistant Debate Coach Judd Kimball work closely with McElhinny, a political science and economics double major, and McCleary, a political science major.

During the opening ceremony of the tournament, O’Donnell received the Lucy M. Keele Award for his outstanding service to the debate community.

As the UMW director of debate, O’Donnell has coached the university’s nationally ranked intercollegiate policy debate team to win the American Debate Association National Championship in 2009 and four other times since 2001. He has received the association’s Robert Lambert Coach of the Year Award for Excellence and Service in Intercollegiate Debate. He was awarded the National Debate Tournament’s George Ziegelmueller Award in 2010.

To follow the team’s progress at the tournament, follow @UMWDebate on Twitter.

UMW Debate Team Started National Tournament Ranked in Top Five

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team duo of juniors Colin McElhinny and Patrick McCleary ranked fifth in the country going into the 2013 National Debate Tournament. The 67th annual National Debate Tournament, held through Monday, April 1 at Weber State University, brought together the top debate teams from across the country for five days of competition.

Colin McElhinny (left) and Patrick McCleary are ranked fifth going into the National Debate Tournament.

McElhinny and McCleary were in the top five alongside teams from Georgetown, Northwestern, Harvard and Wake Forest.

“Regardless of what happens over the next four days of competition, it is essential that we pause to acknowledge that their body of work this academic year has been deemed by their peers to be exemplary,” said Tim O’Donnell, professor of communication and director of debate at UMW.

Debate Coach Adrienne Brovero and Assistant Debate Coach Judd Kimball worked closely with McElhinny, a political science and economics double major, and McCleary, a political science major.

During the opening ceremony of the tournament, O’Donnell received the Lucy M. Keele Award for his outstanding service to the debate community.

As the UMW director of debate, O’Donnell has coached the university’s nationally ranked intercollegiate policy debate team to win the American Debate Association National Championship in 2009 and four other times since 2001. He has received the association’s Robert Lambert Coach of the Year Award for Excellence and Service in Intercollegiate Debate. He was awarded the National Debate Tournament’s George Ziegelmueller Award in 2010.

To follow the team’s progress at the tournament, follow @UMWDebate on Twitter.

Debate Team Represented UMW at National Tournament

Students Peter Susko (left) and Colin McElhinny

The University of Mary Washington Debate Team qualified two groups of students to compete at the National Debate Tournament that began Thursday, March 29 at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. The tournament, which ran through Monday, April 2, hosted 78 teams this year, all chosen based on a competitive qualification process.  UMW has qualified for the National Debate Tournament 16 times in the tournament’s 66-year history, finishing as high as third in 2010.

Sophomores Patrick McCleary of Shrewsbury, Pa., and Colin McElhinny of Erie, Pa., qualified for the second consecutive year, placing second in the District 7 qualifying tournament, which was hosted by UMW in February.

Senior Peter Susko of Erie, Pa., and sophomore Thomas Pacheco of Baltimore, Md., comprise the second team.  Susko has previously qualified for the tournament and in 2010 reached the semi-finals. The duo finished eighth in the qualifying tournament, securing the district’s final spot for the national tournament.

Results of the tournament are available at  http://bit.ly/NDT2012.