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Mike Davis
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« on: February 14, 2017, 11:59:54 AM »


January 20, 2017

On behalf of the James Madison University and JMU Debate we are pleased and excited to invite you to compete for the Madison Cup at the 17th annual James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum on Monday, April 17, 2017.

The James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum, a unique intercollegiate debate competition, combines the excitement and challenge of tournament competition with the relevance and empowerment of a public audience and audience participation.   

We are pleased to continue our partnership with The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. Funding provided by the Rupe Foundation allows us to award prize money to the top ten teams and top twelve debaters, as well as to provide travel stipends for three qualifying teams.

2017 Topic: This house believes that the United States should reduce it greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.
Other cool and unique features:
•   $30,000 in prize money
•   Debating and competing in front of public audiences
•   No entry fees
•   Continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch provided
•   Video webcast of the final round
•   Great PR for your debate program
•   Madison Cup traveling trophy

The tournament details are enclosed with this letter.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hosting you in April!

Mike Davis, Ph. D.               
Director, Madison Cup Debates         
School of Comm. Studies            
James Madison University            
(O) 540-568-7308               
(E-mail) davismk@jmu.edu            
 


Background: The James Madison Center at James Madison University sponsors the Madison Cup in the spirit of James Madison's ideal that a republican democracy is healthy only when informed and civil debate thrives. The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation serves as the sponsor for the 2017 Madison Cup, and we are humbled by their continued commitment to furthering public debate. They have agreed to maintain team, student awards, and travel stipends for teams that qualify through the application process outlined below.

We are hopeful that this year’s competition will be the strongest field that we have had, so please enter early.
 
Eligible Participants:  Each school may enter one two-person team.  The debate is open to undergraduate students who are in good standing at their respective institutions.  Second teams will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if space permits. 

Competition Format:  The debate uses a “long table” format.  This is a public debate.   Last year there was an audience of around 500 people for the final round, preliminary rounds were smaller (audiences of 20-30 people).   The “long table” format features three (two person) teams on each side of the question.  Speeches start with the affirmative and alternate between the affirmative and negative throughout the debate.  Teams are randomly assigned to sides and speaker positions.  In other words, if a team is selected to be the first affirmative, they will give the first two affirmative speeches in the debate.  The first and last speeches on each side of the question are uninterruptible.  Any member of the opposing team may interrupt the speeches in the middle of the debate in order to ask the speaker to yield to a question.  Speakers are not required to answer these questions (although not answering questions may cause the audience to think that the speaker is “dodgy”).  Please see the example format below for more information.  You can view videos of previous final rounds: http://www.jmu.edu/debate/madison-cup/index.shtml (under the history tab).

Jury Adjudication Procedure:  A three to seven member panel, or jury, will adjudicate the debate.  Juries will be comprised of local residents, students, professors, distinguished JMU alumni, and special invited guests.  At the completion of the debate, the panel will adjourn to discuss, deliberate and decide upon the winners as a group.  The jury votes for (2-person) teams, not sides of the question.  In other words, first place could go to an affirmative team, while second place could be awarded to a negative team. 

Tournament Procedures:

•   Number of rounds: This year we will offer three preliminary rounds of debate and one final round.

•   Switch side debate: Each team will debate at least once on the affirmative and once on the negative. 

•   Side & position:  Sides (affirmative or negative), and positions (first affirmative team, first negative team, second affirmative team, etc) for the preliminary debates will be determined by random drawing.

•   Judging: Judges will rank teams 1-6 in each preliminary debate, and assign each team quality points based on a one hundred point scale (1-100).

•   Advancing to the final round: The six teams (maximum of one from each school) with the lowest total ranks will advance to the final round.  Quality points will be used to break ties.

•   Sides and Speaking Positions in the final round:  Sides and speaking positions in the final round will be based on seeding after the preliminary rounds.  For example, the first seeded team will choose their “side and position,” then the second seed will choose “side and position,” and so on.

Public Participation:  While the jury deliberates, the floor will be opened for audience comments and speeches.  An award for the best floor speech will be presented.  Local newspapers, politicians, and the general public are invited.

Awards:  The first place team will leave with the Madison Cup—a very nice traveling trophy. Once again this year there is a $30,000 purse of team prize money.  All participants in the final round will be recognized with awards.

      Prize money will be awarded as follows:
      1st place: $5000.00 donation to your debate program
      2nd place: $3000.00 donation to your debate program
      3rd place: $2000.00 donation to your debate program
      4th—6th place: $1000.00 donation to your debate program
7th-10th place: $500.00 donation to your debate program

Any student who participates in the final round will receive a prize to be distributed in the form of a scholarship. The top team will receive $2,000 per student and the remaining students in the final round will receive $1,000.

Entry:  There are no entry fees. We can accommodate a field of 36 teams.  Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.  The first 18 teams to enter are guaranteed a spot in the field, after that we will accept teams if we can generate a field divisible by 4 or 6.  Deadline for entry is March 4th.  Early registration is necessary so we can determine how many debates there will be in each round.  Send school info, team info (first and last names of debaters), and requests for additional teams to:  Dr. Mike Davis, davismk@jmu.edu

Travel Stipend: This year we are pleased to offer a travel stipend of $2,000 to three teams that are able to demonstrate that they would add significantly to the quality and diversity of teams participating in this year’s competition. In addition to these stipends we are also able to offer and additional $4,000 in smaller stipends to schools that are on the East Coast or schools that only require partial assistance. Please email completed letters of application to davismk@jmu.edu

Your application for a travel stipend should be submitted by March 1st. We will use the following criteria when deciding which teams are awarded the stipend:
•   Quality of Team- What is the team’s competitive success? Do they have prior public debate experience?
•   Diversity- How does the team add to the diversity of the event? Things such as regional, institution, debate format will all be considered.
•   Budget – What level of funding does your administration provide? How many students does that budget currently serve? Would the team be able to attend the competition otherwise?
•   Previous Competitor – Is your school new to the competition? Will participation in this event/receiving the stipend assist in future development of your debate program?

Lodging: We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Quality Inn (1881 Evelyn Byrd Ave
Harrisonburg VA 22801. The phone number for The Quality Inn is 540.442.1515. The rate is 1-4 people per room is $88 + tax. When calling please mention that you are attending the Madison Cup debates at JMU. To guarantee the rate the rooms must be reserved by March 17th.

Travel:  James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, VA, which is two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. on I-81.  If you plan to fly consider Dulles and Washington National/Reagan Airports in Washington DC (2 hours away), Richmond airport (2 hours away), Charlottesville airport (one hour away) and the Shenandoah Regional Airport (15 minutes away).  We will arrange transport from Shenandoah and Charlottesville, we’ll do our best to work with you from the others.


Schedule:

Monday, April 17th, 2017:  James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum

8:00 AM: Pick up at the Quality Inn or Warsaw Street Parking Deck
8:00 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Announcements
9:30 AM: Preliminary debate round 1 (Madison Union)
11:00 AM: Preliminary debate round 2 (Madison Union)
1:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 PM: Preliminary debate round 3 (Madison Union)
6:00 PM: Final round (Wilson Auditorium)


Example Debate Format: The 2004 final round proceeded as follows.

1st Affirmative Speech (Wake Forest #1): (4 minutes) uninterrupted

1st Negative Speech (George Mason #1): (4 minutes) uninterrupted

2nd Affirmative Speech (Wake Forest  #2): (5 minutes):  The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

2nd Negative Speech (George Mason #2): (5 minutes): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

3rd Affirmative Speech (Georgetown # 1): (5 minutes): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

3rd Negative Speech (James Madison #1): (5 minutes): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

4th Affirmative Speech (Georgetown #2): (5 minutes) The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

4th Negative Speech (James Madison #2): (5 minutes) The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

5th Affirmative Speech (Mary Washington #1):  (5 minutes) The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

5th Negative Speech (Towson #1): The first and last minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept, or decline the question.

6th Affirmative Speech (Mary Washington #2):  (4 minutes) Uninterrupted

6th Negative Speech (Towson University #2):  (4 minutes) Uninterrupted




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