Isaac Rosental '19 and Hailey Glick '19
This year marked the first W&L vs. VMI Latke-Hamentashen Debate at Hillel House. This zany event pit Colonels Greg Hartman and Wade Bell against Professors Sara Sprenkle and Lynn Chin.
Hailey Glick '19, Colonel Wade Bell, Professor Lynn Chin, Professor Sara Sprenkle, Colonel Greg Hartman and Isaac Rosenthal '19 before the debate.
The event began with four spitfire introductions delivered by first-year team captains Hailey Glick and Isaac Rosenthal while the professors paraded into the sanctuary, in full academic regalia, while themed music played in the background. Things quickly turned serious as each professor took the podium to defend their traditional Jewish food of choice. VMI Professors touted the latke as the supreme treat using mathematical and biological arguments, respectively. On the other side, W&L Professors used their subjective specialties of computer science and sociology to convince the audience of the superiority of the hamantash.
In the end, the home-field advantage proved too much for VMI to overcome. Those in attendance voted team hamantash the winner with an enthusiastic ovation. However, all team members, team captains, and audience members put aside their differences at the end of the day, and enjoyed both latkes and hamantashen together. Overall, the event was a huge success and proved a great opportunity to blow off some mid-March steam and share some laughs, and of course, great food.