World Debating News
10 January 2008
On behalf of Koç University Debate Club, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who have supported us and helped with our success in winning the bid for WUDC 2010. We would like to thank all our university and all of our sponsors for their generous support which was the basis of the strength of our bid. We would also like to thank all those who have aided us and voted for us in our quest for hosting the Worlds. And finally, we would kindly like to return the thanks of the NTU Bid Committee and once again show our appreciation for their sportsmanship and commitment.
We are aware of the difficult path that lies in front of us for organizing the tournament that we have promised to organize, and we are also aware of the expectations from our tournament that we are determined to fully live up to. We will be working very hard in the next two years to keep all the promises we have made and to make WUDC 2010 a very special event for all those involved.
WUDC 2010 Koç University Bid Committee
9 January 2008
Having organized two debate events and numerous numbers of other debate unrelated events, I’ve grown to be more learned about the trick of the trade. This of course, is downright wrong.
Even when you spend hundreds of thousands for free accommodation, fun, quality adjudication core and etc, you would always be able to capture some unhappy, disappointed faces at the event – and as luck would have it, outside the event as well.
Therefore, in the effort to do away with this guiltiness and to steer clear of further self-reproach, I would very much appreciate if the participants of the recent CIMB WUPID 2007 could take a few minutes of their precious time to download, fill, and submit (email) the form back to me for an improved WUPID 2008.
You could either click here to download the form (Microsoft Words format - 82kB) or go to the downloads page here.
Completed forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
8 January 2008
The big movers in the the top 10 are Yale up from 8th to 6th while Queensland enter the top 10 at 9th position at the expense of University of New South Wales who drop out.
Of course as always if you spot an error in the rankings please let me know. They take some time to put together because often the team name on the tab is only a shortened version of the actual college name. I have done my best to match the team on the tab with the correct university but errors can happen.
Note: some of the historical data pages (e.g. past winners) have not been updated yet. It's simple enough to do but I wanted to complete the rankings first. I'll get these updated in the next few days.
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The following was posted on Facebook:
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm in supporting the NTU Worlds 2010 Bid. The Bid Committee wishes to thank NTU for their endless financial and moral support. We would also want to thank STB for providing us with their expertise in helping us put together our bid in such short notice. Last but not least, our international friends who have helped in many ways to canvass votes and support for NTU before and during Assumption Worlds. We are grateful for your hardwork.
We would like to congratulate Koc University for their successful bid. It was great pleasure to have competed against a team with such sportsmanship. We wish the Koc Worlds Team success in their preparation for Worlds 2010.
Thank you all once again.
NTU Worlds 2010 Bid Commitee
7 January 2008
28th World Universities Debating Champions are:Oxford A (Lewis Iwu and Samir Deger-Sen)
The Runner-ups are:
Cambridge B (Daniel Elijah Warrents and Mhairi Murdoch)
Monash A (Tim Jeffrie and Fiona Prowse)Sydney A (Dom Thurbon and Chris Croke)
Speaker of the House
Kylie Lane, Deputy Chief Adjudicator
The judges for the Grand Finals of the 28th World Universities Debating Championship are:
1. Deirdre O’Donohoe University College Dublin, Law
2. Diarmuid Early from Harvard
3. Suthen 'Tate' Thomas from Multimedia University
4. Neil Harvey-Smith, Independent
5. Ian Lising from University of La Verne
6. Ciaran Lawlor, Deputy Chief Adjudicator
7. Beth O’Connor, Deputy Chief Adjudicator
8. Joanna Nairn, Deputy Chief Adjudicator
9. Rajesh Krishnan, Chief Adjudicator (Chair)
The Top 10 Speakers are:
Best Speaker: Sam Block from Cambridge A with 790 points
2nd Place: Samir Deger-Sen from Oxford Union A with 781 points
2nd Place: Joshua Bone from Yale A with 781 points
4th Place: Adam Bott from Cambridge A with 779 points
5th Place: Kitson Symes from Oxford Union D with 757 points
5th Place: Lewis Iwu from Oxford Union A with 757 points
5th Place: Naomi Oreb from Sydney Union C with 757 points
8th Place: Andrew Rohrbach from Yale A with 756 points
9th Place: Richard Lizius from Hart House B with 754 points
10th Place: Fiona Prowse from Monash A with 750 points
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
The Winners of the ESL category are:
Amsterdam B (Reinier de Adelhart Toorop and Anne Valkering )
The ESL Runner-ups are:
IIUM D (Danial Abdul Rahman and Ahmad Lutfi Torla)
Tilbury A (Assen Kochev and Kai Menzel)
IIUM C (Yasat Sarwar and Khalidah Nazihah Muhammad Abdull Jamil)
The Top 5 Speakers for the ESL are:
Best Speaker: Catharine Kho Tjing Yiing from Malaya A with 693 points
2nd Place: Zuliana Razali from Malaya A with 689 points
3rd Place: Siti Astrid Kusumawardhani from Indonesia A with 684 points
4th Place: Kai Menzel from Tilbury A with 682 points
4th Place: Haran Pilpel from Hebrew B with 682 points
The judges for the ESL Finals are:
1. Elizabeth Sheargold from University of Melbourne
2. Nicholas James Long from Cambridge University
3. Gavin Illsley from Oxford Union
4. Alex Hill from Oxford Union
5. Tom Chapman from Monash University
6. Jess Lopez from Ateneo De Manila University
7. Ivan Ah Sam from Sydney Union (Chair)
ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (EFL)
The Winners of the EFL category are:
Keio A (Yoko Sako and Yui Miyaichi)
The EFL Runner-ups are:
Tsuda College B (Arisa Narisawa and Yukari Yamaguchi)
Shanghai Fudan A (Wang Chengying and Huang Cheng)
DAE B (Dami Park and Youngjun Hur)
The Best Speaker for the EFL is:
Best Speaker: Leung Ching Man Fiona from Macau B
The judges for the EFL Finals are:
1. Sam Greenland from Sydney Union
2. Anna Garsia from Sydney Union
3. Deirdre Millner from University College Cork, Law
4. Stephanie Co from Ateneo De Manila University
5. Steve Johnson from University of Alaska (Chair)
The winners for the Exxon Mobil Masters is:
Winners: "Guinea – Bissau" (Will Jones from Oxford Union and James Dray from Oxford Union)
The judges for the Masters Final are:
1. J Scott Rodriguez from CALIFORNIA STATE University
2. Adam Bott from Cambridge University
3. Can Okar from Koc University
4. Tom Chapman from Monash University
5. Ian Lising from University of La Verne (Chair)
The 2008 World Public speaking champion is: Jason Joseph Rogers from University of Toronto, Hart House
1st Runner-up: Sharon Ohayon from University of Alberta
2nd Runner-up: Josh Gross from Portland State University
Finalists: Daniel Berman from Bates College
Nathaniel Ware from the University of Sydney Union
The judges for the Public Speaking Final are:
1. Loke Wing Fatt from SAID
2. A. Piyanart Faktorngpan from Chulalongkorn University
3. Evan Green-Lowe from Brandeis University
4. Nick Long from Cambridge University
5. Allen Ewalt from Harvard University
The Best speakers for the Comedy Night Category are:
Best Speaker: Patrick Bateman University of Sydney Union
1st Runner-up: Josh Gross from Portland State University
2nd Runner-up: Monica Ferris from Hart House
The judges for the Comedy Night are:
1. Giles Robertson from Cambridge Union
2. David Janzen from Macquarie University
3. Rut Charaslertrangsi from Assumption University
4. Ruchir Jain from Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Round 1: This House would allow the use of torture.
Round 2: This House believes that Taiwan should declare independence now
Round 3: THW not allow local government to pay for the relocation of homeless people.
Round 4: This House believes that the European Union should only direct aid to nations that pursue environmentally sustainable development.
Round 5: This House believes that every criminal defendant should be required to use a government provided defense lawyer.
Round 6: THW subject foreign political contributions to greater restrictions than domestic contributions.
Round 7: This House would assassinate Vladimir Putin.
Round 8: THB that governments should never rescue failing private industry.
Round 9: This House would deny scarce medical resources to terminally ill patients.
Octofinals: THB that governments in the developing world should invest in sex tourism.
Quarterfinals: This House would force religious adoption agencies to place children with homosexual couples.
Semifinals: THB that extreme economic need should be grounds for asylum.
Final: THB that people who give HIV to others must pay drug support.
Octofinals: This House would support the use of mercenaries by the United Nations.
Quarterfinals: This House would force religious adoption agencies to place children with homosexual couples.
Semifinals: This House would require doctors to report all cases of suspected domestic violence.
Final: This house believes that the Turkish military should stop enforcing the separation of church (mosque) and state
Final: This house would eliminate all non state-run schools
Round 1: This house regrets the passing of Bhutto
Round 2: This house would stop the search for the gay gene
Round 3: This house would let them eat whale
Final: This house would put an age limit on debating
6 January 2008
I'm working on the rankings and hope to have them updated later today or tomorrow.
I don't maintain the speaker database any more. I handed responsibility for that over to the council at the meeting in Dublin.