Why you should attend the Up For Debate Weekend

My first year at Bishop’s University I was recruited into being a timer for the debate tournament by my Child Development professor, Dr. Stine Linden-Andersen. Little did I know that I would end up leading the Bishop’s Debating Society into its sixth tournament three years later. The Up For Debate weekend opened my eyes on the opportunities that one can have at Bishop’s University due to those events. It was a chance for me to get involved into a team that would help me grow as a person and academically. The friends and memories that I have made during those week-ends in the past 3 years have been some of the highlights of my Bishop’s experience and I a looking forward to creating some new ones this year.

The Up For Debate weekend allows you to engage and learn amongst the Maple League’s finest professors, students and industry experts. The weekend is stimulating and includes engaging talks, debates and activities. During the talks, debates and business competitions you will have the opportunity to meet, discuss, and engage, with professors, CEOs and journalists that could help shape your future and will build a strong network that will be beneficial to you for life after Bishop’s.

In addition to a few of the receptions that you will attend, a plenary speaker will present their experience on how they have been empowered to be a changemaker. This is a chance for you to learn from an experienced mentor and benefit from the lessons they have learned over the course of their life.

On February 9, Founder & CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, three-time Paralympic gold medalist and Canadian icon Rick Hansen will visit the Bishop’s University campus at 7 p.m. in Centennial Theatre. Mr. Hansen, best known as the “Man in Motion” for undertaking an epic two-year 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair, will talk about his life-long dedication to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all. You do not want to miss this event part of the Donald Lecture Series!

Canadian icon Rick Hansen will be at Bishop’s on February 9.

As a business student, the CASE competition is a great event to help you get a better sense of professional presentations and help you develop your analysis and presentation skills.

The TEDxBishopsU talks are a key event of the weekend that every student should attend attend every year due to the speakers changing as well as the theme. They are enlightening, passionate and perceptive talks given by both faculty and students. The speakers are often from different academic divisions and hence offer diversity of perspectives. This afternoon event is a chance to learn, to be inspired, and to be empowered to be a ChangeMaker yourself.

Left to Right: Jonas Viles, Ryan Lundell-Creagh, Emily Mason & Lara Vinson (Me)

The student debate tournament is chance for you to watch student debaters argue the merits and the faults of resolutions that are relevant, playful, and thought-provoking. Public speech is a great strength, and the best way to gain such a skill is to observe and practice. These debates can change your perspective on a lot of current issues.

Overall, the Up 4 Debate weekend is an all-inclusive, enlightening experience that provides you with the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, network with successful and knowledgeable experts, and define your future goals. As an undergraduate student I have participated every year I have been at BU, and I strongly recommend that you make the effort to attend this event. It an amazing opportunity offered by the school and it really is one of the best experiences you can take part in while at Bishop’s.

Lara Vinson
4th Year Applied Psych
BU Debating Society


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