Debate Commentary

Value Debate: Why Not?

Article by Ty Joplin When I first started debating in the national circuit, pre-standards were all the rage. I didn’t get much out of Texas, but in the Wild West of debate, they were ran furiously; often piled 10-high above the standard. Then came the wave of theory, and now …

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What Would I Say?: Debate Edition

The website What Would I Say? has become an Internet craze, and we want to know your funniest debate-related pseudo-statuses. Any crazy jargon thrown together? Any unusual pairings of opponents or situations? Share in the comments below! For now, here are some more highlights of NSD Update’s own feed:  

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Head to Head: Theoretically Justified Frameworks

This is Head to Head!  Two people will argue back and forth on a controversial debate topic. They are presented with word restrictions and limits on time for when they must submit their responses. The winner will be declared upon the posting of the next “Head to Head.” Vote and …

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Announcing the Launch of debatematters.org

                            This weekend is the official launch of debatematters.org, an organization currently dedicated to encouraging and enforcing tournament safety procedures. We have developed a list of safety guidelines that we believe to be crucial in the effort …

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In Defense of Philosophy by Becca Traber

I have seen many cases around the circuit lately that accuse philosophical frameworks of everything from sophistry and disingenuousness, to being culpable for the Columbine school shootings. In contrast, I think philosophical debate is good, I think students should be encouraged to learn and engage in it, and I think …

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Bid List: Loyola, Wake Forest, Grapevine

Welcome back. Due to popular demand last year, I’ll try to record graduating years along with the debaters. If I’m missing your year (or the year of someone you know), please let me know. -ben K   1 Bid Jamie Hintson- Wren (Wake Forest) Logan Parke- Pinecrest (Wake Forest) Anne-Marie …

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