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kevin kuswa
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« on: January 16, 2014, 02:59:37 PM »

Hi all,
 
First of all, a huge expression of gratitude goes out to Dr. Gordon Stables.  He has been a masterful pilot of this process for many years and we will miss his efforts immensely.  Our loss will be another group’s gain but fortunately he will still be advising the committee and available for assistance.  I have said this to Gordon and the TC, but we all owe him a huge “Thank you” for all he has done.  If we can maintain the continuity and the responsiveness to the community that he established, we will be doing well.

Secondly, here are important dates to keep in mind (tentative):
 
March 1: Call for nominations for student/grad student reps
Nominations close and the ballot opens for those reps: close of the CEDA business meeting (approx. March 20th)
Ballot closes: approximately Friday April 4th (a few days after NDT)
 
Mon, April 28th: Controversy Papers Due
Ballot in play from Fri May 2nd to Friday, May 16th
Wording Papers Due: Monday, June 2nd.
Meeting starts at JCCC in Overland, Kansas, Wed., June 11th
 
Thirdly, we need to get organized on topic controversies and the writing process.  To facilitate collaboration, please contact me or post to the CEDA-Forums if you are planning on working on a controversy paper.  There are a lot of good ideas and it makes sense to team up to lighten the work load and to have multiple minds thinking about a potential area.  As group leaders emerge, we will post that information.  This would also apply to anyone considering a resubmission of a previous paper, whether that resubmission includes major or minor updates to the original.
 
Keep in mind, the new topic rotation process is in effect.  This does not constrain us much for 2014-15, but it is important to note where we are in the rotation.  The amendment to the CEDA constitution passed in 2012 requires a rotation within every four years. The 2012-13 topic is considered a domestic topic, the current 2013-14 topic is considered legal, and any topic may be considered for the 14-15 season.
 
“Within each four-year cycle the national topic should reflect a rotation of at least one of each of the following topic categories.
1) Domestic – A topic that relates to issues within the United States.
2) Legal – A topic that relates to a controversy within legal jurisprudence and where the topic wording emphasizes legal research.
3) International – A topic of primarily international relations or policy.”
 
Need help putting together a controversy paper?  Just ask.  The earlier you seek help, the better. Gordon Stables has put together some very useful suggestions on this process that you can find here (note that the dates have changed):
 
http://www.cedadebate.org/forum/index.php/topic,4609.msg9928.html#msg9928
 
Finally, reach out to your Topic Committee and provide feedback and make suggestions.  That is what we are here to do. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Kevin Kuswa
Whitman College

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Jessica Kurr
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 03:52:06 PM »


Keep in mind, the new topic rotation process is in effect.  This does not constrain us much for 2014-15, but it is important to note where we are in the rotation.  The amendment to the CEDA constitution passed in 2012 requires a rotation within every four years. The 2012-13 topic is considered a domestic topic, the current 2013-14 topic is considered legal, and any topic may be considered for the 14-15 season.
 
“Within each four-year cycle the national topic should reflect a rotation of at least one of each of the following topic categories.
1) Domestic – A topic that relates to issues within the United States.
2) Legal – A topic that relates to a controversy within legal jurisprudence and where the topic wording emphasizes legal research.
3) International – A topic of primarily international relations or policy.”
 

Two questions:

First, I remember confusion as to whether the rotation amendment applied for the energy topic given that the status of the controversy areas wasn't determined because the rotation amendment had not been passed yet. Aside from some posts on here that assert 12-13 was a domestic topic, was there any official confirmation of this?

Second, to clarify, if an international topic is NOT chosen for 2014-2015, that means that 2015-2016 MUST be an international topic. Is that correct? This is assuming 2012-2013 as a domestic topic counts for the rotation.

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Ermo
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 07:12:37 PM »

The topic rotation amendment passed in spring 2012, before the TC met for the Energy topic. Thus, Energy and PrezPowers both count, and if we don't select international in 14-15, the amendment will require international in 15-16.
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kevin kuswa
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2014, 11:24:16 AM »

nudge--controversy papers due in three weeks.
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Jessica Kurr
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 10:59:52 AM »

Who is on the topic committee?
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paulmabrey
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 11:06:30 AM »

I think for 2014-2015 topic...

Rashid Campbell, undergrad rep
Ryan Galloway, at-large
Kevin Kuswa, at-large CHAIR
Paul Mabrey, CEDA rep
Eric Morris, CEDA rep
Shanara Reid-Brinkley, at-large
Heather Walters, NDT rep
Patrick Waldinger, ADA rep
Ryan Wash, grad rep
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