Trinity’s Jake Villarreal Starts Debate Team, Advances to Quarterfinals of Tournament

Recent Transfer Student Hits the Ground Running, Founds New Club
Hartford, CT, November 3, 2014 – One of Trinity’s newest student clubs is the Debate Team, which currently has 53 members. Jake Villarreal ’17, the club’s founder and president, is a global studies major with a concentration in gender studies and a recent transfer student from Bates College who didn’t hesitate to get involved upon his arrival at Trinity.

Recently, Villarreal and his hybrid debate partner Yidi Wu, from Brown University (shown in photo at right), advanced to the quarterfinals at the Brandeis University Parliamentary Debate Tournament and received varsity awards. They were among only eight teams of the 50 teams to advance to the quarterfinals.
When asked about his motivation behind starting the Debate Team, Villarreal said it stemmed from his times at Bates.
“I transferred to Trinity from Bates College, which has the eighth-ranked debate program in the nation,” he said. “I started a team here because I wanted other people to be able to access the ability to improve public speaking and logical argumentation. The best part about debate is making friends from other schools who have a variety of interests and enjoy discussing them.”
On November 7 and 8, Villarreal and teammates head to Wesleyan University to compete. He also plans to compete at the Brandeis Intervarsity, a competitive British parliamentary tournament, in December.
The Trinity College Debate Team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45-6:00 p.m. in Seabury N-129 and competes in British and American parliamentary debates. Anyone who would like to attend the Wesleyan debate competition is invited to contact Villarreal.

Written by Meredith Briggs ’15