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World Debating News
11 April 2008
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An Irish legend promises that anyone who kisses a certain stone set in the wall of Blarney Castle will be endowed with powers of persuasion and eloquence.
The Blarney magic was on display on April 7 when three Irish lads visited the Eastside to take part in debates with Northwest University students.
History students, all from Dublin, Christopher Kissane, Stephen Boyle and John Gallagher won their national debating championship in February. The prize was a cross country public debate tour of American universities in Colorado, Florida, Washington, Oregon and California from March 27 to April 13. The trio arrived on Sunday, April 6 for a day of sightseeing in Seattle guided by three Northwest students to took them to the Space Needle and Pikes Place Market. They asked to see something that the typical tourist might miss, so three Northwest students took them to see the giant troll statue under the Fremont Bridge.
For the next two nights the men were treated to a stay at Kirkland’s new Heathman hotel – which agreed to officially sponsor the Irish team. The five star Heathman has 91 rooms in the center of Kirkland a few blocks from Lake Washington. It was the first “green built” hotel in the state and is one of the must luxurious anywhere.
The first of three debates took place at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond at 12 PM, followed by a round at the Kirkland City Hall at 3:30 PM and finally one at 6 PM on the Northwest University campus in Kirkland.
The topic for all three debates was: America would be better off with an Irish president.
An audience of about 100 Microsoft employees enthusiastically listened to the students outline arguments for and against John McCain for president. While each Irish student personally favor Obama for president, they were assigned to defend the Republican candidate as part of the academic game of debate. The Northwest students role playing the pro Obama side included team captain Nigel Reed and his partners Morgan Chinn and Casey Digennaro.
Mike Egan, International Relations Director for Microsoft, said that several employees of Irish decent made a point to fit the debate and lunch into their schedule that day. He also said that he noticed several Vice Presidents attended as well. In addition to providing lunch for the debaters, Eagan generously presented each debater with a gift Microsoft logo jacket to remember the event. The Microsoft PAC invites nationally recognized speakers each month, including Al Gore, Newt Gingrich, Hillary Clinton and even the former president of Ireland Mary Robertson for lunch time presentations for employees who choose to attend.
After the debate Stephen Boyle reported that he and his teammates especially enjoyed the Microsoft debate, considering it “the best one on our trip so far.”
Later that day the debate students were hosted by the City of Kirkland’s communications director Janice Perry for a debate in the City Hall chambers. The debate was televised on KGOV cable television and streamed over the web. Watch the debate here. This time the Irish argued that Obama is actually the Irish candidate because he has documented Irish heritage. That meant that the Northwest debaters -- Nigel Reed, Morgan Chinn and Shelly Hall – choose to defend Hillary Clinton as the best presidential hopeful. After the debate, Perry gave each debater a gift KGOV coffee mug filled with treats.
Finally at 6 PM that evening about sixty people gathered in a lecture hall of Northwest University’s new Health Science building to hear the debate champs tackle the issue yet again. This time the Irish repeated their spirited defense of Senator McCain and Northwest students, Reed, Digennaro and Elly Kazakova opposed.
The evening began when the Irish were welcomed to the Seattle area by John Keane, Secretary of the Seattle Irish Heritage Club, who brought signed copies of his book “Irish Seattle” for the Irish guests as gifts. Keane then joined six professors and Northwest debate alumni who made up the judging panel.
At the end of the debate the judges were escorted into another room to deliberate while the audience voted by applause for which team they thought did the better job of debating. Audience members also come forward for one minute pro or con speeches on the same topic as the debate.
Christopher Kissane – a dual US - Irish citizen -- stood up to the white board to point out that Obama should be spelled with an apostrophe after the O – “O’Bama” -- to stress that while they were assigned to defend McCain he and his friends actually hope that the Democrat wins the presidency. He remarked that people in Ireland follow American politics closely because what happens in the United States often has an impact on Ireland as well.
The audience and the judges for the evening contest voted for the visiting Irish team – a decision that matched the votes of the previous debates that day – giving the champions three more wins to add to their list of achievements and confirming yet again the Blarney legend. Debate coach Professor Gary Gillespie presented the winners with Space Needle trophies to conclude the event.
Alumni and students then enjoyed dinner downtown Kirkland to say farewell to the charming Irish lads who left early the next day for Eugene, Oregon for more debates at the University of Oregon.
More about the Irish National Debate Team tour.
More about Northwest University Eagle Debate Team.
Associate Professor, Director of Debate
A postal ballot of the World Schools Debating Council is about to be held from 13 - 27 April to elect the members of the Motions Selection Committee for WSDC 2008. Simultaneous to this vote, the Executive Committee plans to also hold a vote on the incorporation proposals.
If you have any questions on the incorporation proposals or wish to view the background documents please visit www.SchoolsDebate.com/mailing.asp and access the mail archive.
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Best speaker in the final was Kip Oebanda (Ateneo). Best speaker on the tab was Claire Jiao of UP Diliman A. The top adjudicator was Wyndale Wong of Ateneo de Manila. UP Diliman F were the top rookie team.
Source: Ren and Debate & issue
9 April 2008
8 April 2008
Great Serdang Debating Championship (GSD) 2008 will be coming soon….
University Putra Malaysia is proud to announce that it is hosting The Great Serdang Debating Championship 2008 and also known as GSD ’08. This prestigious tournament is going to be held in Serdang , Malaysia from 22nd May to 26th May 2008. GSD’08 used Asian Parliamentary concept, which is used in All-Asian Intervarsity Debating Championships.
We well come all of you to join this fun and interesting tournament and we can guarantee that this tournament will give you a precious experience because time it will be bigger and challenging. Details are as below:
Date : 22nd May to 26th May 2008
Venue : Kolej Tun Dr. Ismail, Universiti Putra Malaysia ,43400 Serdang , SelangorMalaysia
(A) CONTACT ADDRESS :
(1) email@example.com(2) firstname.lastname@example.org (Convenor)*blog: saintis2008.blogspot.com
(B) REGISTRATION FEE :
Registration until 15st April 2008(fax your rego form to us at +603 89467364 : For attention: Mohd Nazri )
(1) For domestic participants (Malaysian)
RM 150.00 per person (for debater)- It will include Accommodation + Meals (5 times a day) + Goodies Bags.
RM 100.00 per person (for adjudicator) It will include Accommodation + Meals (5 times a day) + Goodies Bags.
RM 100.00 per person (for officer/ observer)
*The girls and boys DO NOT share the same rooms.1 team including 3 debaters and 1 adjudicator and maximum 5 teams per institution
(2) For international participants
50 USD per person (for debater) It will include Accommodation + Meals (5 times a day) + Goodies Bags.
32 USD per person (for adjudicator) It will include Accommodation + Meals (5 times a day) + Goodies Bags.
32 USD per person (for officer/observer)1 team including 3 debaters and 1 adjudicator and maximum 5 teams per institution
Fax us at +603 89467364 or email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (Convenor e-mail address)
Mohd Nazri Mohd Rahim (014 - 2211750)
Convenor GSD ‘08
posted to malaysiadebaters list
Phase 2 of registration for EUDC 2008 Tallinn (including the waiting list) is now closed. Here's some information about what will follow.
Registrations. At the moment there are 160 teams registered and 1 team in the waiting list. It is possible that we may have to delete some teams after the payments deadline has passed. If it should happen that after 13 April we are left with less than 160 registered teams (and an empty waiting list), we shall decide how to proceed. It is possible that we will open registration again to allow institutions to register further teams until the general cap of 160 and institutional cap of 3 . We are of course hoping that there will not be many problems with payments, but considering that we had to delete 19 teams (and several adjudicators) during Phase 1, we have to be prepared. So – if your team has not been able to register until now, but still wants to come, please check our homepage for new information on 14 April.
Payments. Teams who are on the list and have not yet made the payment should start to think about it as soon as possible. The payment deadline is Sunday, 13 April – this means we must receive your payment or a payment confirmation by this Sunday! Please read and follow the advice given during Phase 1 (see our homepage - Info for participants).
If you have problems with finding or opening your invoice, you should ask for a new one asap from Piret (piretpo@...). During phase 1 there were several teams who realised this only a few days before the payments deadline, making things quite complicated for themselves. Please make sure NOW if everything is OK with your invoice and in case you need a new one, send an e-mail to Piret before Friday, 11 April 13:00 GMT (end of work week in Estonia).
If you are not sure that your payment arrives at our account before the deadline or if you notice that your status has not been changed to ‚Confirmed' by 11 April, you should immediately contact us and send us a copy of the payment confirmation. To be on the safe side, send us a confirmation even if you're quite sure that the money will arrive. Anything could happen at the banks either on your side or ours, but we will not take into account payments that arrive later than 13 April. If we know you have at least made the payment before 13 April, we are willing to wait a few extra days for the payment to arrive. Any confirmations that reach us later than 13 April will not be taken into account.
Payment confirmations should be sent by e-mail to piretpo@... or by fax at +3726266232 (mark the name Piret Poopuu on the corner).
We are ruthless as to this deadline (the 19 teams that we were forced to delete in Phase 1 due to non-payment can confirm this). This time there are no holidays to complicate things either.
Phase 3 and passwords. Phase 3 begins on 14 April at 12:00 GMT and is closed on 15 May. We could also call it Phase Information. This phase is meant for getting additional information from all participants for running the event smoothly. You will have to log in at our website with the password that you received in the registration conformation e-mail and provide us with information regarding your names (in place of the current xx's), travel details, dietary restrictions, preferences for room-mate, length of stay (if you stay longer) etc.
If you have not received a password for Phase 3 yet, let us know, if you have not yet done so. You will be sent new passwords before we launch Phase 3, where you are going to need the password.
Discount flights. We hope that many of you have already managed to book EasyJet, EstonianAir or airBaltic flights for a good price. We are glad to announce that we have managed to negotiate a deal with Estonian Air (http://www.estonian-air.ee/) and they will be offering a discount on flights to Tallinn on the following conditions:
Purchase period: April 14 - June 23
Travel period: June 21-29
Form of discount: 10% discount on flights that cost more than the minimum fare
In order to use the discount, you will need a promotional code. The code and other relevant information will be published on 13 April at our website's FAQs section.
For more information concerning travel possibilities, see our website (Host City – Getting to).
EUDC 2008 Tallinn team
7 April 2008
Results from this weekend's Hobart and William Smith Colleges/IDEA Worlds Style tournament.
First Place ($1000): Harvard (Lewis Bowlard & Cormac Early)
Second Place ($500): Claremont (Kari Wohlschlegel & Charlie Sprague)
Finalist ($100): Hart House (John Ashbourne & Alexander Levy)
Finalist ($100): Oxford (Alex Worsnip & Lewis Turner)
Top Half Teams after prelims (ranked by team points and speaker points)1 Hart House 13pts 831spks
2 Harvard 13pts 816spks
3 Oxford 12pts 836spks
4 Claremont 11pts 793spks
5 Swarthmore 10pts 801spks
6 Queen’s 9pts 804spks
7 LaVerne 9pts 782spks
8 RIT 8pts 782spks
Top Half Speakers
1 Lewis Turner (Oxford) 424
2 Alexander Levy (Hart House) 421
3 Alexander Worsnip (Oxford) 412
4 Lewis Bollard (Harvard) 411
5 John Ashbourne (Hart House) 410
6 Cormac Early (Harvard) 405
7 Ben Warren (Swarthmore) 404
8 Robert Embree (Queen’s) 402
9 Sarah Sahagian (Queen’s) 402
10 Kari Wohlschlegel (Claremont) 402
11 Cyrus Stoller (Swarthmore) 397
12 Colin Murphy (RIT) 396
13 Josh Martin (LaVerne) 395
14 Meg Dallett (Vassar) 395
15 Severin Randall (Alaska) 394
16 Charlie Sprague (Claremont) 391
Rd 1: This House would bar some nations from sitting on the UN Committee on Human Rights.
Rd 2: This House would force lenders to renegotiate subprime mortgages.
Rd 3: This House would publicly recognize the right of the Tibetan people to national independence.
Rd 4: This House believes that fashion magazines do more harm to women than pornographic magazines.
Final: This House would allow the ICC to have an armed international force for the arrest of war criminals.
The full tab is available at:http://people.hws.edu/barnes/debate/Round-Robin-Tab(2008).pdf