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Author Topic: In Memory of Ross Smith  (Read 2963 times)
Adri
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« on: July 19, 2014, 03:58:40 PM »

Running a little behind today, but I've been hearing Ross in my head all day, and I know many in the community are mourning the loss of another debate great, Greg Simerly, so I wanted to take the time to reiterate a request I make annually:


Five years ago today, we lost Ross K. Smith. I was extraordinarily privileged to have had Ross as both a coach and a colleague. He still shapes much of how I coach and teach. Even today, a new generation of debaters still learns from him thanks to videos from some of his last lectures that summer.

Four years ago, I asked you a favor, and today I ask you again:

Take a moment today to reach out and thank someone in the debate community for being a part of it. It would mean a lot to me and to those whose lives Ross touched.

If you need a place to start, here’s an idea from Ross, in one of his last posts to Edebate*:

"[eDebate] Thanks to our competitors

Ross Smith smithr at wfu.edu
Wed Apr 1 17:38:14 CDT 2009

I've received some e-mail and facebook praise (thanks!). I want to issue
a broader reply.

Maybe it's just too obvious to state, but I've rarely been a person of
few words (once you get me going) . . . .

Thank you competitors. Every one of you, coach and debater, who face our
teams and push our teams to think harder, research deeper, get outside
of our narrower confines. You pose questions to our coaching, without
which questions we could not learn and improve.

On occasion, hopefully rare, we do not reciprocate or we fail to
appreciate. When we (being human) are at our worst we might denigrate. I
hope and trust not, but know that we mean not.

We can't do it without you.

What are the best debates you have judged or debated in? They are
closely contested. They reflect a commitment to excellence. That
atttribute can never be one sided.

We are at our worst and best when we put everything we have into a
debate and come up on the short end. But who gave us the opportunity to
be triumphant and feel that the win was meaningful in the first place?
Our competitors.

Thank you.

--
Ross K. Smith
Director of Debate
Wake Forest University"


Thanks to everyone for reading, and thank you for being part of this community.

-Adri

[*Additional thanks to William Smelko for cross-posting the “Thanks to our competitors” on cross-x.com (http://www.cross-x.com/topic/44038-rip-ross-smith/), and to Seth Gannon for posting it on CEDA Forums (http://www.cedadebate.org/forum/index.php?topic=704.0)]
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