Debate Commentary

1st Annual Loyola Invitational Opens For Registration

The Loyola Invitational is open for registration at https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=2209 The tournament will be held September 13-15th at Loyola High School and has been designated a finals-bid qualifier to the Tournament of Champions. Following the tournament, we will host a three-round novice and JV opener on Sunday afternoon for both policy and …

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NSD 2013 Topic Analysis

This year, the National Symposium for Debate jettisoned the traditional, lecture-based, resolutional analysis lecture and replaced it with an online discussion. In this video, five NSD staffers-Alex Smith, Jeff Liu, Larry Liu, Elana Leone, and Ari Parker-discuss their thoughts on the 2013 institute topic: Resolved: The United States ought to …

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Laith Shakir is 2013 NFL LD Champion

Birmingham, AL – NFL NATIONALS 2013 FINALS  Laith Shakir (neg) def. Richard Shmikler on a 5-4 decision (Boyd, Traas, Watkins, Rye, Mishra, Herrera*, Pellicciotta*, Toftey*, Brund?*) You can watch the live stream tomorrow (06/21/13) at 2:30 P.M CT at the following link: http://nflnationals.org/watch-finals-live/ Lincoln-Douglas “Semifinalists” (Places 7-14) 14. Foster DL (Donovan …

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WDM Valley Announces Varsity Round Robin

West Des Moines Valley High School, its students and coaching staff, are pleased to announce the First Annual Valley Varsity Round Robin, a round robin that will feature 12 of the top varsity LD debaters in the country. The Valley Varsity Round Robin will take place on the same day …

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Hamad’s written RFD from TOC Finals

Thanks to Sam Hamad, a successful national circuit debater for Churchill HS in San Antonio, Texas, and a business student at Texas A&M University, for providing his reason for decision from the Tournament of Champions final round. His RFD is below: A huge congratulations goes out to both Rebecca and …

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Reflections on 2012-13: Positive Experiences

There’s a lot of drama and conflict brewing elsewhere on this site, but it might be worth tabling some of that to discuss positive experiences that people have had this season. In the midst of fights, the debate community can seem like a pretty polarizing, hostile place, but there also …

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Buy a T-Shirt and Support the Voices Foundation

We are now in the final day to purchase a TOC 2013 t-shirt. After tomorrow evening, there will be none available for order. You can buy or check the time remaining at any point at http://teespring.com/tocparttwo. All proceeds go to the Voices Foundation, which supports debaters who otherwise could not …

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NSD Update ‘State of Debate’ Round Table, Part II

Ari: A frenetic weekend of tournament results and adorable prom asks (she said yes!) may have overshadowed NSD Update’s Part I ‘State of Debate’ Round Table on current trends in Lincoln-Douglas debate, so you should read Friday’s post if you haven’t already. Part II features the same group of discussants: …

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NSD Update ‘State of Debate’ Round Table

Ari: This is the first installment of a National Symposium for Debate round-table discussion that aims to treat several issues that have recently received considerable attention in conversations about the state of Lincoln-Douglas debate. The organizing theme of our round table is, broadly, the question of whether LD, as it …

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Tournament of Champion At Larges Announced

The first wave of At Larges to the LD TOC were announced on Wednesday, April 3, via email to the coaches and also (for the first time) on the TOC web page. First-round recipients are listed below: Collegiate School- Andrew O’Donohue Harvard-Westlake- Tommy Choi La Costa Canyon- Brennan Caruthers Northland …

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Hockaday to host second annual Women’s Round Robin

The Hockaday Debate Team is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting the Hockaday Round Robin.  Last year, Hockaday reinstated this tradition, and given the overwhelming positive response we received, we are thrilled to return for the second year. The event will be held at the The …

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Debaters Against Sexism: Taking a Stand

To the debate community: We begin by deciding to write a pledge. We need a beginning, a stepping stone. This pledge is meant to provide a concrete platform for the community to demonstrate our readiness to confront the issue of gender discrimination in debate, and to fight back. We will …

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Protecting persons, not positions

by Bekah Boyer My name is Bekah Boyer. What I have to say below is my own opinion and has nothing to do with any institutions or people with whom I may be affiliated. I apologize for any triggers in this article, but I need a forum to speak. I …

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