Debate Commentary

2015-2016 Bid List

Here is where we will be keeping track of the bidlist for the 2015/2016 season. Congratulations to everyone who earned a bid/bids so far! Those with one bid who are applying for the at large will have a “*” next to their bid number. And here is the bidlist by schools: …

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The Role of the Judge by David Branse (Part 2)

The Role of the Judge (Part 2) By David Branse 5) Practical Considerations In this section, I intend to prove that we should not in fact change the role of the ballot. I do not think that practical considerations give us a reason to prefer an education model of debate. …

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The Role of the Judge By David Branse (Part One)

The Role of the Judge By David Branse 1) Introduction This paper offers an interpretation of the correct role of the judge. My claim is that educational appeals should not play a role in the judge’s decision calculus. This applies to both critical roles of the ballot and theory voters. …

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Lone Wolves: A Guide from a Tournament Director

The national circuit is becoming increasingly unfriendly to “lone wolves.” In part because of the misbehavior of some independent travelers, tournaments that have in the past been reasonably friendly for the lone wolf have become less so. And tournaments that have never been lone wolf-friendly have taken steps to more …

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In Defense of Topical Switch-Side Debate

Requiring debaters to debate the resolution isn’t unfairly exclusionary, nor does it preclude critical advocacies by Dave McGinnis Lincoln-Douglas debaters should be required to defend the truth of the resolution when they affirm, and to argue the falsity of the resolution when they negate. The meaning of “truth” and “falsity” …

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The New Impact-Justified Standards

by Emily Massey When I debated five years ago, it was common to hear frameworks like this: “The standard is minimizing terrorism. Terrorism kills [#] people every year, making it the largest threat to civilians worldwide. Terrorism destabilizes the international community, causing wars, etc.” Then, debaters started pointing out that these …

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6 Key Strategies Against Paragraph Theory

by Sam Natbony Today’s abuse is often caused by theory itself rather than traditionally abusive arguments such as a prioris and skepticism. Paragraph theory arguments have become prevalent in affirmative cases where debaters load cases with theoretical specifications that constrain the negative advocacy. It is uncommon to watch a round …

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2014-2015 Bid List

The Thunder of Hooves

On this page we will be keeping track of the bid list for 2014-2015. Congratulations to everyone who earned a bid this past weekend! As always, let us know in the comments if we’re missing any information/misspelling your name/getting your graduation year wrong. Good luck!

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2014 Sept/Oct Topic Analysis

NSD staff members Carlton Bone and Marshall Thompson discuss the 2014 September-October resolution: “A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased.” Click through for the video.

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