May 27: Reunions Debate on Climate Policy

Welcome back to Nassau Hall, Whig-Clio alumni!! Along with the Class of 1976, in celebration of their 40th Reunion, Whig-Clio is excited to host an alumni-student debate on the motion: This House believes the only way to address climate change in the world is through co-leadership with the U.S. and China. Tucker Jones ’16 will speak in favor of the motion and Evan Draim ’16 will speak against it and each will be paired with two alumni experts. Thank you to Josh Libresco, Class of 1976, for working with us to make such a wonderful event happen!

We hope to see you in the Whig Senate Chamber Friday afternoon for a good debate and of course some pounding and hissing. There will also be a cookies platter from Olives!

Wednesday 4/20: Marijuana Senate Debate

UPDATE: Results of Voting

With about 70 students and prefrosh attending the debate, the resolution passed by a vote of 19-7. More coverage available at the Daily Princetonian. Additionally, this wrapped up our Princeton Preview recruitment activities — between the two Previews, Whig-Clio got 110 prospective student sign-ups!

Timed to coincide with the second Princeton Preview, the Whig-Clio Senate will debate the following motion on Wednesday, 4/20 at 7:30pm in the Senate Chamber. There will be pizza and ice cream after and prefrosh are welcome!

This House would legalize marijuana.

For Legalization (Whig Party)

Bruno Schaffa ’18 & Alexander Singleton ’17

Against Legalization (Clio Party)

Joseph Carlstein ’18 & Maya Aronoff ’19

Monday 4/11: Princeton Preview & Intra Party Debates

UPDATE: Results of Voting

Both the Whig and Clio Parties voted in opposition to their respective motions. That is, the Whig Party preferred race-based affirmative action versus income-based affirmative action for college admissions, and the Clio Party believed principled conservatives should not support Donald Trump in the general election if he is the Republican nominee. About 80 students, including prefrosh, stopped by one or both debates and enjoyed delicious ice cream afterwards.

As part of Princeton Preview activities to welcome prefrosh to campus, Whig-Clio’s two parties – the left-leaning Whig party and the right-leaning Clio party – will host intra-party debates at 6pm on Monday, April 11. We invite current and prospective students to join us for either of these two great debates and also for a joint ice cream social after the debates at around 7:15pm! Earlier in the day, from 11am-12:30pm in the Senate Chamber, we will host a Political Activities Fair for prospective students to connect with our subsidiaries and other affiliated groups.

In the Senate Chamber, the Whig Party will debate the following motion:

This House prefers income-based affirmative action to race-based affirmative action for college admissions.

In Oakes Lounge, the Clio Party will debate the following motion:

This House believes principled conservatives should support Donald Trump in the general election if he is the Republican nominee.

Contact Whig Chair Matthew Parodi and Clio Chair Theodore Furchtgott with any questions!

Wednesday 3/30: Fossil Fuel Divestment Debate

UPDATE: Results of Voting

With nearly 60 students in attendance, side Whig – pro-divestment – narrowly won the debate. Whig-Clio enjoyed engaging with another topical Princeton issue, and the speakers explored a range of issues from those surrounding divestment itself to Princeton’s financial interests to environmental policy.

On Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm in the Senate Chamber, the Senate will debate the motion:

This House would divest Princeton’s endowment from fossil fuels.

The Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative, a cosponsor of the debate, has recently released a petition calling on the University to divest. Princeton University Energy Association, which opposes PSII’s petition, is also cosponsoring this debate. The Whig Party will propose the motion and the Clio Party will oppose it. 

Side Affirm (Whig)

Sid Anand ’19 and Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler ’19

Side Negate (Clio)

Connor Pfeiffer ’18 and Owen Smitherman ’17

Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Do you support “the moral case for fossil fuels?” What about Princeton’s endowement – should it be used to effect political change? Given the timely nature of this debate after PSII released its petition, we hope you’ll come out and share your thoughts!

Tuesday 3/22: Latke-Hamentaschen Debate

UPDATE: Results of Voting

In a spirited debate attended by over 100 students and faculty, side Hamentaschen reigned supreme! Each side presented lively defenses of their chosen Jewish food, and attendees enjoyed the delicious latke and hamentaschen the CJL generously provided. A recap of the debate is at the Daily Princetonian and the video of the full debate is available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

It’s back and better than ever.  Join Whig-Clio and the Center for Jewish Life as some of the world’s most brilliant minds convene for the annual tradition of debating a question of upmost importance. Which is the superior Jewish food: the Latke, the potato-based, fried pancake or the Hamentaschen, the tricornered cookie with a preserve-filled center? Join us to decide and kick off the second half of the semester on a fun and tasty note!

Whig-Clio and the CJL are proud to host the Annual Latke Hamentaschen Debate on Tuesday, March 22nd at 4:30 PM in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.  VP for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun will moderate the debate, and Whig-Clio President Allison Berger ’18 and CJL Student Board President Josh Roberts ’17 will both give introductory remarks.

Afterwards, we invite you to judge for yourself by eating FREE FOOD, including latkes and hamentaschen!

Side Latke

Prof. Melissa LaneJonah Herzog-Arbeitman ’19

Side Hamentaschen

Prof. David DobkinPaul Schorin ’19

Wednesday 2/24: Rename the Woodrow Wilson School?

UPDATE: Results of Voting

Over 100 students and administrators joined us, bringing in many new faces for a productive and respectful conversation and making this the largest Whig-Clio debate in several years! There was a narrow victory for side Clio, with the vote 33 in favor of and 37 against renaming the Woodrow Wilson School. Abstentions are unknown. More coverage at the Daily Princetonian and the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Timed to coincide with the campus visits of the Wilson Legacy Review Committee, Whig-Clio will debate Woodrow Wilson’s legacy on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm in the Senate Chamber.  The Whig Party, with main speakers Maya Aronoff ’19 and Shea Minter ’19, is proposing the below motion. The Clio Party, with main speakers Josh Freeman ’18 and Theodore Furchtgott ’18, is opposing the motion.

Given Woodrow Wilson’s controversial legacy, this House would rename the Woodrow Wilson School.

During last November’s protests, many students expressed frustration at the lack of a campus resource for respectful debate on difficult issues. The Whig-Clio Society will be holding a debate on the legacy of Woodrow Wilson in the Senate Chamber of Whig Hall in order to allow everyone and anyone to share their voice on such a monumental issue at our school. The Princeton Open Campus Coalition and the Black Justice League are co-sponsoring this debate.

This is YOUR TIME to have your opinion heard by the school. A number of campus administrators, including Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun, Executive Vice President Treby Williams, and Wilson College Director of Student Life Aaron King will be in attendance at the debate and are ready to hear student’s perspectives. Our main speakers’ involvement in a wide variety of campus activities, from varsity sports to Greek life to performing arts groups, highlights our goal for this debate: to provide a forum for respectful discourse that is open to all students from all over campus. In this unique opportunity, come hear all sides of the campus conversation and come share your own thoughts. Be a part of the discussion. Be a part of your community.

First Ever Intra-Whig Debate

Bernie vs. Hillary

The first ever intra-party Whig debate is coming up! Speakers from the left-leaning Whig party will debate on the following motion:

This House believes Hillary Clinton would be a better, more influential president than Bernie Sanders.

Bernie vs. Hillary


Place: Senate Chamber

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time: Social hour at 6:30pm with Fruity Yogurt boba and sushi, Debate at 7pm

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8min – Government Constructive Speaker, Maya Aronoff
8min – Opposition Constructive Speaker, Noah Mihan
5min – Government Rebuttal Speaker, William Johnson
5min – Opposition Rebuttal Speaker, Sinan Ozbay
Government Floor Leader – Marni Morse
Opposition Floor Leader – Nik Hofer


With over 45 students in attendance, the event was a success! The final vote was in favor of the opposition, that is, that Bernie Sanders would be a better, more influential president than Hillary Clinton.