World Debating News
29 October 2008
The Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warrior Debate Society hosted the second annual Pan Pacific Championship Debate Tournament, October 18-19 at the Hawaii Loa Campus. Twenty debate teams representing 10 universities from Hawaii and the mainland competed in World style debate for the title of Pan Pacific Champions of debate! Rocky Mountain College (Katie Berst and Allison Reidmohr) won the overall Championship title and a team from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) (Craig Ursuy and Cody Corcelius) won the title of the overall best team from Hawaii.
This year the tournament featured topics on democracy in Zimbabwe, protecting ocean resources, women in international peace negotiations, selling human organs for profit, expanding NATO and the financial bailout.
Teams from the Claremont Colleges (Claremont, CA), Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA) Northwest University (Kirkland, WA) and Rocky Mountain College (Billings, MT) reached the grand final round held at the Kalama Beach House in Kailua, HI and debated on whether the Israeli-Palestinian crisis could be solved without violence. Before the final round, teams were treated to Hawaiian style BBQ on the beach and a Hula presentation performed by award-winning HPU students from the Hawaiian Culture Club. Other institutions represented at the tournament were Portland State University, Reed University, California State University San Bernardino, Linfield College, and the University of Hawaii.
Next year’s Pan Pacific Championship will tentatively held next Oct. 9-11. See you next year in paradise!
Director of Debate
Hawaii Pacific University
27 October 2008
Portland State UniversityPortland, Oregon
Dear Friends and colleagues,
On behalf of the Portland State Forensics Team, I would like to invite you to the 2008 Worlds Warm-up, to be hosted on the Portland State Campus in downtown Portland, Oregon December 5th-7th. This tournament will serve as a warm-up for those squads attending the World Universities Debating Championships at University College Cork in Irealndthis year, or for anyone interested in learning the format of international-style British Parliamentary debate. This tournament will feature 6 rounds of preliminary competition, with the appropriate number of elimination rounds, based on entries.
This tournament is open to any school that would like to participate. International teams are particularly encouraged to join us! The registration deadline for this tournament is Monday December 1st. There will be a preliminary cap of 6 teams per institution. Additional teams may be put on a waiting list, and will be notified if space is available after the registration deadline has passed.
I hope you will join us for this fantastic event!
DOF – Portland State University
Friday, December 5th
2:00 – Optional Workshop for Beginners
4:00 – Registration
5:00 – Opening Briefings
6:00 – Round 1
Saturday, December 6th
8:30 – Breakfast (Coffee, Tea, Pastries provided)
9:00 – Round 2
11:00 – Round 3
1:00 – Lunch
2:00 – Round 4
4:00 – Round 5
Sunday, December 7th
8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 – Round 6
11:30 – Elimination Round 1
1:00 - Lunch
2:00 – Elimination Round 2
4:00 – Elimination Round 3 (If Needed)
All entries must be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. Please include the number of teams, team member names, and names of adjudicators. You will receive confirmation of your registration within 48 hours. Please make all checks payable to Portland State Forensics.
School Fee - $30
Team Fee - $50
Uncovered Team Fee - $100 (N-1 Rule Enforced)
Registration and Uncovered judge fees will be waived for all international teams.
This tournament is open to any undergraduate or graduate student seeking a degree from an accredited academic institution.
We will be following the WUDC rules, which can be found at www.debating.net/wudc.
This tournament will feature 6 preliminary rounds of competition, and the appropriate number of out-rounds, based on the number of entries. As is common in international debate formats, it is likely that teams may face other teams from the same school in any given round, and to hit the same teams multiple times.
Awards will be given to all elimination-round contestants, as well as the top 10 speakers.
For those of you arriving by plane, you will want to fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). It is approximately 15 minutes from downtown Portland. A taxi will cost approximately $25-$35, or you can ride our light-rail system (The Max) for $1.65, which will take you into the heart of downtown.
Portland State University is an urban campus, located in downtown Portland, and is spread out over several city blocks. We will try to keep the tournament confined to three main buildings. The registration and general meeting area will be in the Smith Center, which is located at 1825 SW Broadway. Look for signs to guide you to registration.
To get to PSU (from the airport); take I-205 South to I-84 West. From I-84, merge onto I-5 Southbound. From there, Merge onto the I-405 Northbound and take the 6th Ave. exit. Proceed three blocks, and turn left on Harrisson Street. There you will see Parking Structure #1 on your Left.
Unfortunately, because we are an urban campus, parking can be difficult. We will do our best to provide guest parking passes to tournament attendees, but we cannot guarantee sufficient supply to cover all attendees. You can pay to park in Parking Structure #1 located at 1872 SW Broadway, which is directly across the street from the Smith Center. Prices vary depending on the time of day. University Place Hotel (see below) also offers guest overnight parking for $12 a night or you can always try to find parking on the street.
We recommend staying at the University Place Hotel located at 310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, OR 97201, just a few blocks from campus. To make reservations call 503-221-0140 or toll free at 1-866-845-4647. Please ask for the “debate-worlds warmup” room block to receive the $89 rate. More information about the University Place Hotel can be found at www.uplace.pdx.edu.
Crash will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis; with priority given to international teams. Please contact me in advance if you think you will require crash.
Portland State has several low-cost food choices close to campus, including Subway, Starbucks, McDonalds, Hot Lips Pizza, Vietnamese/Thai cuisine, Mexican, and Market Street McMenamins Pub. Beyond that, Portland has a variety of excellent restaurants, including: The Spaghetti Factory, Macaroni Grill, PF Changs, The Olive Garden, Chevys and all the other chain restaurants you might expect. Breakfast, including pastries, coffee, tea, and juice will be provided by the tournament on both Saturday and Sunday morning.
Should you find the time, Portland has a variety of activities to suit any interest. Whether it is the Portland Art Museum, Powells City of Books, or Saturday Market, there’s something for everyone to do. We hope you will take the time to enjoy our great city.
Keep in mind that speaker points need to be halved to account for our tab software.
92 Teams: 62 Varsity Teams and 30 Novice Teams.
1. Rebecca McGrath (UCD LM): 128
2. Simon Cameron (CARLETON CE): 127.5
3. Amanda Butler (GUELPH BD): 126.5
4. Julia Lawlor (UCD LM): 126
5. Liz Crane (BRANDEIS BC): 125.5
6. Joel Eastwood (CARLETON CE): 125 , on adjusted speaks
7. Pratyaksh Srivastanu (DARTMOUTH GS): 125
8. Zac Gross (PENN PG): 124.5, team performance
9. Andrew Berg (F&M BF): 124.5
10. Kyle Crawford (SWARTHMORE CZ): 124.5, team performance
1. UCD LM, Lawlor and McGrath (9/254)
2. PENN PG, Platoff and Gross (8/246.5)
3. F&M BF, Berg and Fine (7/247.5)
4. CARLETON CE, Cameron and Eastwood (9/252.5)
1. Adam Goldstein (MIT GM): 132.5, broken on reciprocals
2. Stephen Boyle (UCD BH): 132.5
3. Ian Hastings (UCD HM): 131.5, broken on reciprocals
4. Monica Ferris (HART HOUSE FJ): 131.5
5. Richard Lizius (HART HOUSE FL); 131, broken on reciprocals
6. Ian Freeman (HART HOUSE FL): 131
7. Christine Wadsworth (QUEENS MW): 130.5, broken on reciprocals
8. Vivek Suri (HOPKINS SW): 130.5, broken on adjusted speaks
9. Claudia Newman-Martin (QUEENS HN): 130.5, broken on reciprocals
10. Lewis Bollard (HARVARD BK): 130.5, broken on reciprocals
11. Sean Stefanik (MCGILL DS): 130.5
12. Ian Boyle Harper (UCD BH): 130, broken on reciprocals
13. Josh Stark (MCGILL LS): 130, broken on adjusted speaks
14. Jake Liang (MCGILL LS): 130
15. Cyrus Stoller (SWARTHMORE BS): 129.5
16. Kevin Kiley (LOYOLA KM): 129, broken on adjusted speaks
17. Joel Todoroff (BRANDEIS GT): 129, broken on coin flip
18. Evan Green-Lowe (BRANDEIS GT): 129, broken on adjusted speaks
19. Sean Withall (HOPKINS SW): 129, broken on adjusted speaks
20. Lisa Jorgenson (HART HOUSE FJ): 129
Champions: UCD BH, Ian Boyle Harper and Steven Boyle (12/262.5)
2. HART HOUSE FL, Freeman and Lizius (14/262)
3. BABES CL, Cristea and Lupea (12/255)
4. HART HOUSE FJ, Ferris and Jorgensen (11/260.5)
5. BRANDEIS GT, Green-Lowe and Todoroff (11/258)
6. MCGILL LS, Liang and Stark (10/260)
7. SWARTHMORE BS, Baker and Stoller (10/259.5)
8. QUEENS HN, Hassan and Newman-Martin (10/259)
9. MIT GM, Goldstein and Magnuson (13/261)
10. UCD HM, Hastings and McAndrew (12/260)
11. HOPKINS SW, Suri and Withall (12/259.5)
12. BRANDEIS GS, Gruszko and Saffir (12/255)
13. MCGILL DS, Devine and Stefanik (11/259)
14. AMHERST/STANFORD LM, Lamboy and Mitra (11/256.5)
15. QUEENS MW, McCormick and Wadsworth (10/257.5)
16. HART HOUSE PT, Pattani and Trotter (10/255.5)
Round 1: This House would prioritize people who have lived a healthy lifestyle when allocating organs.
Round 2: This House would hold parents criminally responsible for crimes committed by their minor children.
Round 3: This House would refuse to extradite criminals to countries with the death penalty.
Round 4: This House supports restrictions on executive pay.
Round 5: This House would extend NATO membership to Ukraine.
Quarters: This House would legalize opium-poppy cultivation in Afghanistan .
Semis: This House would use public shaming in criminal punishments.
Finals: This House supports a doctrine of preemptive war.
The Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society is pleased to announce the confirmed details of the 2008 Victoria IV, aka as the NZ Business Roundtable Parliamentary Debating Championships.
Our tournament sponsors are the New Zealand Business Roundtable, an organisation comprising major business firms committed to contributing to the development of sound public policy for New Zealand. Their significant financial contribution to the tournament means we'll be able to provide an extremely high quality tournament this year with superb judges and great socials.
Now in its fifth year, the Victoria IV is one of the best Worlds warm-up tournaments on the circuit. Last year's final featured three Worlds quarter-finalists and two octo-finalists. This year we're sure will be even better.
Dates: Friday November 28-Sunday 30 November
Venue: Kelburn campus of Victoria University of Wellington
The Grand Final will be held on Sunday afternoon in the New Zealand Parliament's historic and beautiful Legislative Council Chamber, hosted by the Patron of the Debating Society, Christopher Finlayson MP.
We're particularly pleased with the quality of adjudicators confirmed for this year's tournament: The Chief Adjudicators are Christopher Bishop (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Australs runner-up, Cambridge IV winner) and Gareth Richards (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Australs quarter-finalist, 3 x winner of Victoria IV).
They'll be joined by:
Ivan Ah Sam (DCA for Worlds 2009 in Cork, Worlds semi-finalist and top ten speaker, Australs winner and best speaker)
Erin O'Brien (DCA for Worlds 2009 in Cork, Worlds Grand Finalist, Euros winner)
Joe Connell (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Australs quarter-finalist and top ten speaker)
Jonathan Orpin (Worlds semi-finalist and quarter-finalist)
Plus other top judges from around NZ.
Other key details:
- Worlds rules will be in force and topics will not be New Zealand-specific
- There is no team cap.
- Six preliminary rounds, with a break to semi-finals
Registration: $55 NZD per person for the weekend.
This will get you subsidised drinks on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday night (incl BYO corkage), a catered brunch on Sunday, and free drinks and food at the post-final function. Payment can be made upon arrival in Wellington.
Accommodation: For teams coming from outside Wellington we are happy to help arrange accommodation. Just get in touch on the address below.
How to register
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of you and your partner, your team name, your email address, mobile number, and dietary requirements.
Registration closes Monday 24 November.
For more information, or any questions, please email email@example.com.
See the Facebook event at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=33142291501