URI student's a winner
(No debate about that!)
KINGSTON, R.I. -- December 22, 1999 -- URI student Neil Alpert of Port
Washington, N.Y. captured first place in the "The Capitol Classic"
Debate Tournament, held earlier this month at American University in Washington,
Students representing 15 colleges and universities around the country,
including Cornell University and Colorado College participated.
The competition included a series of one-on-one debates culminating in
a succession of elimination rounds. The top four debaters, based on their
win-loss records in the preliminary rounds, advanced to the elimination
Another URI student, Jamie Bourassa of Sterling, Mass., participated
in the tournament. Alpert's and Bourassa's combined records placed URI third
in the school sweepstakes.
URI President Robert L. Carothers made the URI debaters' attendance possible
through travel grant money, since the tournament was announced late and
not part of the debate budget.
The topic of debate for all students this year is whether the federal
government should increase restrictions on the use, sale, and/or development
of genetically modified organisms. The topic allows debaters to address
such areas as the testing and labeling of genetically engineered foods;
gene therapy; cross-species transplants (xenotransplants); the engineering
of new species, etc.
Alpert transferred to URI from Union College and relishes the opportunity
to debate. A junior majoring in communications studies, Alpert plans on
going to law school after he graduates from URI.
He plans a career in politics. "You know how most kids dream of
becoming president? Well, I've never outgrown that dream," says the
Based on the regular season tournament program, both Alpert and Bourassa
are qualified to attend the national championship tournament that will be
held in the spring.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116