The Philodemic held its final debate of the 2010 Merrick Season last night, with great success. Affirming “Resolved: It is better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven,” Mr. Scott Olmsted articulated a belief that it takes courage to be in Hell, and that reigning liberates the soul. Countering on the Negation, Mr. Tyler Hale painted Hell as “perverse Calvinism,” and a despicable opportunity to the faith, hope and love to be gained in Heaven. Floor speeches were passionate and diverse. The Philodemic was graced with a succession of three Chancellors: Rugg, Haag and Drew, who elegantly squabbled over the choice between environment and individual position. Miss Green relied on her extensive knowledge of the Iliad to substantiate her assertion that the dignity of mankind simply does not lie in Hell. Memorably, Mr. Iacono capped off the evening with a characterization of Henle as the university’s own little Hell.
After all was said and done, the society negated the resolution with 22 votes compared to 12 affirming.
The following Merrick points were awarded:
1: Cantirino, Henderson
FINAL MERRICK POINT TOTALS
3: Grace, Desnick
4: McElroy, Kwami
5: Dulik, Green, Downes, Tosetti
19: Drew, Walker
CONGRATULATIONS TO TYLER HALE, RANDY DREW, DUSTIN WALKER AND DREW PETERSON, OUR 2010 MERRICK KEYNOTE SPEAKERS!!