CEU Debate Society Members Win GDPPC Open 2013

A.J. Carver and Georgiana Mihut confer prior to winning the GDPPC Open debate tournament June 24 at CEU. Photo: Priszcilla Varga

A.J. Carver and Georgiana Mihut, who teamed up a year ago at the CEU Debate Society, won the GDPPC Open debate tournament held June 21-24 at CEU. The tournament drew 32 teams from over 15 countries. The tournament was designed as an extension to the Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge (GDPPC).

Debaters from India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the US as well as from Hungary and the rest of the region participated in a five-round competition, with a tight schedule and some very challenging motions. 

The winning team, called Broadly Speaking, placed first in the final round, which focused on next year’s GDPPC conference topic, drug dependency and policy. Carver, from the US, was a student in Budapest last year on the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, while Mihut, who is Romanian, spent a semester at CEU on an exchange program. This fall, the two plan to take their debating skills to China, where Mihut will study, and Carver will coach academic debate at Hunan Normal University.

The tournament was organized by the debate societies at CEUCorvinus and ELTE universities. CEU entered five teams, made up of current Master’s and doctoral students, as well as alumni and close friends. The best result was achieved by Alex Moise and Endre Borbath from the Department of Political Science, whose team “Welfare Kings” reached the semi-finals. The pair was recently chosen to represent CEU at the European Universities Debating Championship 2013 in Manchester. 

The judges for the final round were Chief Adjudicators Nika Jelaska (Croatia), Viktor Prlja (Serbia), Radu Cotarcea (Romania), Filip Dobranic (Slovenia) and CEU alumna Ana Gurau (Moldova). The GDPPC Open received support from Open Society Foundations and Central European University.

For more information about the motions, speaker and team tab, please visit the event's group.