12/09/2009 – The Christmas Debate

Classes had ended, the weather was cold.  Dahlgren had its Christmas tree, and the Philodemic Society had its annual Christmas Debate.  The Society gathered in the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building for a fun-filled debate on “Resolved: The War on Christmas has been a Failure.”  Starting off the night with his induction keynote on the affirmation, Mr. Nicholas Iacono eloquently highlighted the hope that inspires us at the holidays.  Following him on the negation, Mr. Silvio Gutierrez created a hilarious parallel between the War on Christmas and the War on Terror, throwing in references to Tupac and Lady Gaga to boot.  Responding on the affirmation, Mr. Sam Biesiada spoke of consumerism, lauding investment banks for doing God’s work.  Finishing up the opening keynotes on the negation, Mr. Cavanaugh noted that the resolution only requires lack of failure, not full success, and gave shout-outs to Dan Quayle, Christopher Hitchens and Santa Claus.

Much fun followed on the floor, and the Society was grateful for John Calvin, A Christmas Carol and electric menorahs.

With a show of optimism unusual in the Philodemic Society, this resolution was happily affirmed, 40-16-4.

After inducting Mr. Iacono and Mr. Cavanaugh with Christmas cheer, the Society adjourned to the most fabulous Christmas Party Georgetown University has ever seen.  Please join us next semester as we dive into Merrick Season and enjoy many more Thursdays of Philodemifun.

Merry Christmas (and Happy Hanukkah!) to all, and to all, a good night.



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