UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CORHUSKER CHALLENGE
The Cornell Mock Trial team went 2-6 in Iowa City the weekend of October 20-21. Coach Lyons expressed how proud he was of the team's first tournament and said, "the important thing to keep in mind is that none of the students had ever done this before, period, and they were still able to go into a tough invitational, and win, a hurdle that some teams struggle with a lot."
The Rams split their rounds with Iowa State, and with Minnesota. Losses came from Macalester, a school that always qualifies for the Championship Tournament, and Washington University in St. Louis, who ended up going 7-0-1 and winning the Iowa City Tournament.
Also, Maddeline Roche '10 won an oustanding witness award for her protrayal of a CSI expert. She was named the best witness in her round by three different Judges, and was named 3rd best in the round by a fourth judge, giving her 18 ranks, and the award.
On November 3rd, thru November 5th, The Cornell Ram College Mock Trial Team traveled to Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, to compete in the Macalester Trials. This 50 team invitational was the biggest that the team will attend this year, and allowed the students an oppurtunity to face schools that they normally would not be able to face. Cornell improved on the season with a 3-5 record, having a split decision against the University of Minnesota Morris, and defeating the College of St. Johns/St. Bens. The Rams also faced Morningside College, and tournament host, Macalester.
The Rams next travel to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, for a tournament on December 2nd.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE
The Cornell College Mock Trial Team traveled to Platteville Wisconsin on December 2 to participate in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Mock Trial Tournament. The Rams finished in fourth place, with a 3-1 record. Madeline Roache '10, won an oustanding attorney award for her protrayal of a Plaintiff's Attorney, and Clif Ashley '08, won an outstanding witness award, for his protrayal of Bar Owner Pat Cross.
The Cornell College Mock Trial Team next travels to the 50 team St. Ambrose - National Invitational Tournament on January 19 and 20, in Davenport, Iowa.
The team competed at the Great Midwestern Regional Qualifier at the end of January. The Rams finished 4-4, having split decisions with two separate teams from National Qualifier Grinnell College, and losing a close fourth round match against National Qualifier The University of Iowa. First-year student, Puroitree Madjumdar '10, was honored as an All Regional Witness, for her portrayal of former rookie police officer and department whistle blower, Lauren Ingman.
The Rams awaited the results of all 23 regional tournaments, but fell short in earning at an at-large bid to Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota.