World Debating News
2 December 2005
1 December 2005
Cambridge (Alyson Thomson & Nick Devlin) have won the 2005 English Mace (in effect the English National Championships). They will go forward to the International Mace to fact the champions from Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 2006.
Best team on the tab was BPP (Fraser Campbell & Rebecca Gill). Top speaker was Tara Mounce (Oxford).
If anyone can provide motions and details of the final please post a comment or e-mail me.
UPDATE: (Thanks to Usman Ahmed)
the motions were,
R1) THW impose term limits on Prime Ministers
R2) THW end state funding of sportsmen and -women
R3) THBT ICANN should no longer report to the US government
R4) THW reintroduce grammar schools
R5) THBT Ariel Sharon was wrong to leave the likud party
R6) THW not have state funding for faith-based charities
SF) THW have an amnesty for illegal immigrants
Final) THW create a truth and reconciliation commission for Northern Ireland
the Final was
1st Prop - BPP A (Becca Gill & Fraser Campbell)
1st Opp - Cambridge A (Nick Devlin & Alyson Thompson)
2nd Prop - Bristol A (Hannah Klein & Usman Ahmed)
2nd Opp - Oxford B (Tara Mounce & Richard Goodman)
Cambridge A beat Bristol A on a 4-3 split decision.
The final judging panel was: Nick Paceco, Seb Isaac, Richard Osborne,Alexis Hearnden, Jack Anderson, Andrew Fitch & Neill Harvey-Smith
30 November 2005
e-mail from UBC
UBC is proud to announce the release of our BP Training Videos.
The training videos are a 3 volume set of DVDs. The first 2 discs each feature a filmed BP debate, and a full adjudication by a panel of WUDC final round adjudicators. The third disc features the panel of adjudicators answering Frequently Asked Questions about BP debating. The debates feature top debates from Hart House, many of whom have national titles under their belt or have broken at worlds. The Adjudicators for the DVD's were myself, Ian Lising, Amanda Wolthuizen, and Jeremy Brier. The production values on these materials are quite high. A generous grant from the university enabled us to hire professional film production crews and Genie Award winning editors, so you can trust that the video and sound quality are excellent. As the adjudications of the 2 rounds are quite lengthy, they are suitable for beginners, or seasoned debaters. They will show what top adjudicators are looking for in the various positions, and what sorts of mistakes are typically punished severly and which are typically overlooked. For anyone who has wondered what on earth the judges are talking about when they ask you to leave the room, these training videos will shed some light
We will be bringing a number of copies to Dublin Worlds for sale, and we will be accepting advanced orders as of now. If you wish to reserve a copy, please send an e-mail with your name, contact info, and number of copies you would like to firstname.lastname@example.org . Since the video production was heavily subsidized by the university, we are able to offer these videos at quite a low price. The price point of the set represents the cost of duplication. The cost per set is $25 USD or EUR 20, plus shipping for the complete 3 disc set. If you choose to pick up your set at Dublin, we will waive the shipping costs, as we will just bring them with us (the same is true of any other tournament that we attend).
Please let me know if you have any questions,
Chief Adjudicator - UBC 2007
28 November 2005
OG: UTS (Suzie Riddell & Felicity McMahon)
OO: University of Sydney (Naomi Oreb & Julia Featherston)
CG: University of Sydney (Amanda Isouard & Paddy Meagher)
CO: University of Sydney (Andrew Chapman & Rebecca Mann)
Best Speaker Andrew Chapman (Sydney).
27 November 2005
Winners: Victoria A (Christopher Bishop & Gareth Richards)
Finalists: Auckland A (Jonathan Orpin & Jesse Wilson), Victoria B (Joe Connell & Stephen Whittington), Otago A (Jesse Wall & Laura Fraser),
Best Speaker: Sayeqa Islam (Victoria)
Best Novice: Robbie Allan (Canterbury)
Grand Final motion: THB that Sharon should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.