Dear Fellow Debaters,
Are you heading up to Manila for the DLSU Worlds this December? Ever since
the invention of airplanes and the discovery of alien technology, you can get
straight to Manila from any part of the world without the need to transit or
stop. But you should. Because WUPID 2011 is simply too good to miss!
If you’re looking for a good last training stint to guarantee your invasion
of the Worlds, don’t wait after WUPID 2011. Because there’s nothing else after
WUPID 2011, and just before Worlds. Compete at WUPID, reach the finals, and that
alone would warrant you a place at the Grand Finals of the World Cup of
university debating – Worlds.
Due to the fact that we’re a mere 80 days away from WUPID, here is my list of
the top 5 reasons to stop by WUPID 2011 (in no particular order):
Newton’s Law - If you flick with me, I’ll flick you too.
It’s insidious how these things happen: The CA of Worlds – Lucinda, will be
one of the DCAs of WUPID 2011. She may be bringing in some ideas and influence
into the discussion of how the motions at WUPID should be. Which is a good
preview especially if you’re going to Worlds. But she could also be influenced
herself, and effect the motions at Worlds in a particular latitude that may
share similarities to the motions at WUPID.
Wickedness is when you do not accept and embrace what is vested to
you for free.
Believe it: If you’re one of the universities ranked in the top 30, or a
university outside of the Asia Pacific, your registration is zero. Accommodation
at a 5-star hotel, meals and transport to the host university is for free. Just
register and get yourself to the official hotel.
You’re out there to convince the adjudicators, not
It doesn’t really matter what your values and beliefs are regarding a motion
or topic. It’s about what your critical audience (judges) perceive of the
motion. And looking at the material fact that the Worlds is in Manila, it is
most likely that you will be having quite a good number of Asian adjudicators in
the pool. Get a glimpse of the values that they cherish or embrace, and see how
does it influences their judgement. These values are not just restricted to what
is being argued, but also the manner the argument is conveyed.
The cultural olympiad will make Malaysian children grow up wanting to
One minute well-intentioned parents will take advantage of the cultural
bounty to introduce their youngsters to the wonders of Benjamin Woolgar’s
7-minute spectacles or Fiona Prowse’s mesmerizing wit and the next thing you
know, the kids will be clamoring to enroll themselves to Oxford or Monash where
debating is lifestyle. Then they’ll hit voting age and start lobbying the
government to increase funding for debating and before you know it, Malaysia
will be a hotbed of creativity and critiques – like you.
The chance to meet two of the oldest debating zealot in the history
No joke: WUPID is bringing back debaters and judges from pre-historic Worlds.
The first Chair of the Worlds Universities Debating Council (WUDC) will be here.
To illustrate what we mean, this ancient relic has a son that’ll be debating at
WUPID this year. We’ve also brought back to life the second Chair of WUDC. Talk
about a rack of fine wine.