In light of the awaited Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 debate what affects the decision might have. Kaufman argues same-sex marriage will not necessarily set a precedent for other non-traditional marriages, while Smitherman claims allowing same-sex marriage may have unexpected consequences.
Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 debate whether hate crimes should be subject to punishment from the judicial system. Kaufman argues that hate crimes perpetuate systematic oppression of certain groups while Smitherman claims hate crimes are not intrinsically worse than other crimes.
Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 debate the usage and necessity of affirmative action policies. Kaufman argues that race should be one of many factors considered in university admissions while Smitherman claims we should have a solely merit-based admissions system.
Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 debate the possibility of a new deal with Iran on nuclear weapons. Kaufman argues we that the Right needs to compromise to pass the deal while Smitherman claims the cost is too high in passing the deal and lifting sanctions.
Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 debate what the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will mean for Indiana. Kaufman argues that the law will only allow for minority discrimination while Smitherman argues the bill is similar to many others, but would ultimately be better if replaced by At-Will contracting.
Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 go head to head on the debate over climate change. Kaufman argues it is largely man-created while Smitherman claims the effects of climate change are part of the larger uncontrollable weather cycles of the earth.
In a response to the Alabama Supreme Court struggle over the legality of same-sex marriage, Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 debate the moral and practical arguments at play for and against same-sex marriage in the United States.
Ben Kaufman '17 and Wyatt Smitherman '16 debate the efficacy of on-campus student activism in light of the wave of recent student protests at Stanford University.