The Society met on December 1 for the annual Christmas Debate to examine the question Resolved: It is better to be naughty than nice.
Mr. Constantine Petallides and Ms. Claire Zeng, making her induction, spoke on the affirmation. Mr. Christopher Stromeyer and Mr. Oltan Akin, making his induction, spoke on the negation.
Mr. Petallides began by showing his poetic wit to the Society, pointing out that all Philodemicians would be excited for Christmas “knowing that President Iacono would be there.” Mr. Stromeyer, anticipating frivolity from his dear opponent, argued that “this is the Philodemic Society of Georgetown University. This is a serious debate.” He went on to equate being naughty with defection in the Prisoner’s Dilemma, an argument that was lost to many MSB students and would confuse multiple floor speakers later. Ms. Zeng argued that “naughtiness is perfection” and that they “give sticks [instead of coal] in Belgium because they’re less advanced,” after equating coal, and thus naughtiness, with wealth. Mr. Akin argued: nice=gifts, gifts=money, money=good, therefore: good=nice. He also pointed out that coal causes climate change, so we should be nice to save the planet.
A seemingly lighthearted floor debate ensued, with slight exception that will not be recounted here. Mr. Spagnuolo confessed to the Society that he enjoys stealing candy from small babies, throwing it on the ground, stomping on it, and laughing. He’s “trouble.” Mr. Garosshen, in a philosophical line of thought, argued that naughtiness would “destroy the fabric of Western Civilization.” Mr. Prindiville argued that naughtiness or niceness does not matter if one desires to do good. In a common undertone of the evening, Mr. Prindiville and Ms. Murphy “rang the Iacono bell” thanking our dear president for his service.
The Society voted 51-32-7 to affirm the resolution.
The best speakers of the evening, as chosen by the keynoters, were Mr. Mike Manchester, and Ms. Emma Green.
The Society inducted Ms. Zeng and Mr. Akin. Huzzah!
And now, dear Philodemic, this Amanuensis lays down his pen for the final time.
Peter A. Prindiville