Meet the EOFs

Meet the EOFs

Frankie Orrico

Frankie Orrico standing under a green dinosaur statueAmerican University Class of 2017

BS: Mathematics and Economics, BA: Foreign Policy and National Security

Why did you join the EOF program? I joined the EOFs because I have always found my home and family with debate, and I wanted to extend that opportunity to as many people as I could.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? I enjoy anything that makes me reconsider how I think about the world. I typically PM/LO but I’ve spoken all positions throughout my career.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? I enjoy yoga, video games, and anything involving dinosaurs or Harry Potter. A fun fact about myself is that I am utterly obsessed with sushi. Ask anyone!

Drew Latimer

Tufts University Class of 201711222063_10208267947121994_8302793609039604337_n

Major: Greek & Latin

Why did you join the EOF program? I wanted to give back to APDA and leave the league a better place than I found it. Debate has been a really great experience for me in college and I’d like everyone to be able to have a similar experience.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? I like learning about new problems and ideas, seeing my friends at other schools, and traveling around the country.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? Netflix, exploring Boston, reading

Sraavya Poonuganti

Sraavya Poonuganti licking a chocolate ice cream cone.

College of William and Mary Class of 2019

Major: Economics, Minor: Computer Science/Business Analytics

Why did you join the EOF program? I joined the EOFs because I want to contribute to making APDA a more equitable and inclusive environment, and make a positive impact on people’s experience with debate.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? While debating economics or historical IR is great, I enjoy the more odd and interesting topics that I’ve encountered on the league, like the TV/movie topics, hypothetical political situations, and so on. I typically PM/MO, because LOing terrifies me.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? When I am not competing or hanging out with debate friends (so in the other hour of my life I have left), I am in an all-girl a cappella group at W&M called Tribetones (hit up our social media accounts). I’m also in Women in Business, and South Asian Student Association, and I enjoy playing piano, tennis, and buzzfeed quizzes. A fun fact about myself is that when I was really young (but not young enough for this to be acceptable), my parents asked me to try out a treadmill we were thinking of buying from Sears. I went on it and started walking, and I didn’t realize that the machine doesn’t stop if I stop walking, so I stopped, and I immediately got taken to the end of the machine and fell face forward and hit my head against the base of the treadmill. I have not been on a treadmill since, nor have I stepped inside a Sears.

 

Leah Block

Leah Block wearing a black shirt with white outlines.

New York University Class of 2018

English Major, minor in creative writing

Why did you join the EOF program? I was badly triggered in a round once, and I want to both help others in that situation and prevent those situations from happening. I also feel that I am kind and approachable, so I’m a good person to talk to, and people aren’t afraid to come to me as an EO.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? I love the community on APDA, the passion, and the focus on open-minded intellectualism. I like to debate about philosophy and feminism, and I’m a big fan of PM/MO, but my favorite thing is giving PMRs for cases that I’m passionate about.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? (tbh not much), but a fun fact about myself is that elephants are my favorite animal.

 

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson standing over a major road

University of Pennsylvania Class of 2019

Philosophy, concentrating in Humanistic Philosophy

Why did you join the EOF program? I joined EOFs because debate has always been the space in which I felt most myself, and it pains me to think that it isn’t always the case for others. I think APDA’s dedication to equity, especially as a fully student-run organization, is incredibly admirable in that regard, and I couldn’t not be a part of that.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? I usually PM/MO, and I love debating moral philosophy, social justice, art, literature, policy, and occasionally military strategy. I also am a big fan of pounding and saying “hear hear” when I agree with things, so much so that I do it in non-APDA contexts and weird everyone out

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? I am a University of Pennsylvania Civic Scholar, which is a four year program dedicated to integrating civic engagement and social justice into academia. I am a member of Jazz & Grooves, a music club that brings independent artists to campus to perform. For my real job, I work at Penn Law’s Toll Public Interest Center, and for fun, I work as a bartender. A fun fact about myself is that I used to ice skate competitively.

 

Ali Berl

Ali Berl holding out her left hand in a dark restaurant.

UC Berkeley Class of 2018

Why did you join the EOF program? I believe debate should be an activity that college students from any background or debate history should be able to access and enjoy. Having a team of EOs available allows our growing league eradicate unfair practices.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? The conversations with debaters from other schools in between rounds and at meals never cease to amaze me. The tournament food is also 10/10.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? Research (graphene nanoribbon functionalization), Kappa Alpha Theta, Berkeley Humane, Cal Masters’ Swimming. A fun fact about myself is that I scuba dive!

 

Monica Chin

Monica Chin standing in front of a river in Italy

Brown University Class of 2017

Literary Arts

Why did you join the EOF program? I am passionate about social justice and activism, particularly in the areas of LGBTQ and mental health. I want to help minority debaters be safe and comfortable on APDA as best I can.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? Social justice, economics, moral philosophy. PM/MO

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? I am the managing editor of a campus magazine, I work as Editor-in-Chief for a social justice/charity news website, and I write/perform spoken word poetry. A fun fact about myself is that I have a massive crush on Simone Biles and I’m so not ashamed.

 

Malik Jarvis

Malik Jarvis standing next to a podium with a plaque that says Veterans

Brown University Class of 2018

Economics and Public Policy

Why did you join the EOF program? I have enjoyed debate since I started in High School, which is why I think its tragic that so many people never get to learn and benefit from debate because of inequity, bigotry, and oppression. I chose to join the EOFs to help make debate more accessible for those people.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? I speak MG/MO (but will lead if necessary). I like interesting cases that discuss how policies/ideas affect disadvantaged people. I’m not the most outspoken in GA, but love to meet new people and have made good friends through APDA.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? Residential Peer Leader, Academic Mentorship, Volunteering, and Working. A fun fact about myself is that I am ambidextrous (sort of).

 

Molli Goetz

Molli Goetz standing over a hill in Jordan.

Harvard Class of 2019

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Why did you join the EOF program? I was on the GEI committee for one semester and enjoyed working with the other members to ensure that the league is a supportive and equitable place for people of all genders. I hope to continue this work as an EOF.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? Favorite topics are IR, public policy, and criminal justice. I love getting to meet fascinating people from a lot of different schools who are all passionate about debate and learning from them about a wide variety of topics.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? Small Claims Advisory Service (legal aid service), student assistant at the Harvard libraries, policy research at the Institute of Politics. A fun fact about myself is that I spent the summer studying abroad in Amman, Jordan.

 

Josh Spiegel

Josh Spiegel standing in front of a large white duck building.

Northeastern Class of 2017

Finance and Economics

Why did you join the EOF program? APDA has been a great learning environment for me. I joined the EOF to help make tournaments as safe and as comfortable as possible for debaters, so everyone has the chance to reach their full potential as a speaker and as a student.

What parts of debate do you enjoy most? I prefer PMing and LOing. I also like leading in British Parli Debate. In terms of topics, economics and finance are my favorite, but I also like law cases and philosophy.

What other activities do you enjoy outside of APDA? Outside of APDA, I’m a brother and Internal Auditor of Northeastern’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity. I also serve as an Economics Mentor and as a TA for a class on Economic Statistics. I like running and I like podcasts. A fun fact about myself is that I have been to Canada.