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 on: April 25, 2017, 01:20:43 PM 
Started by gabemurillo - Last post by gabemurillo
From Chris Palmer:

"A note about prelim seeds:

At the tournament, George Mason BH had to debate maverick in Round 7 and then forfeit round 8 due to an illness.  They were able to debate in elims and had 5 wins by then, so they cleared.

However, in calculating the team and speaker averages to plug in for the missing speaker points, we first calculated the averages for their team scores without the average added in for the speaker scores; and only then were the maverick points added in, which made their high/low points about 5 points too light.  They were seeded at the 33rd seed and debated in Triples rather than as 15th seed and recieving a bye through to doubles.

CEDA and Palmer regret the error, and apologize to the debaters and their team, who should be recognized as having (at least) been double-octafinalists at CEDA Nationals. ("

Apologies to GMU BH,

Gabe Murillo

 on: April 24, 2017, 09:46:34 PM 
Started by Hester - Last post by Hester
Labor, Nuclear Weapons, Racism, Russia, Wealth Redistribution

 on: April 24, 2017, 09:44:45 PM 
Started by Hester - Last post by Hester
Arms Transfers, Constructive Engagement, Electoral Reform, Healthcare Coverage, Israel

 on: April 24, 2017, 07:05:36 PM 
Started by Amber Kelsie - Last post by Amber Kelsie
Hey all,

We need to fill two positions on the topic committee--the graduate student representative and the undergraduate student representative.  The committee will accept nominations until 11:59pm PST April 30, and the ballot will accompany the Topic Area ballot in late May. 

Please submit your nominations to: or deliver them to your regional representative.  Please specify whether the individual is a graduate or undergraduate student.

Thank you!

 on: April 24, 2017, 01:17:41 PM 
Started by jakethompson - Last post by jakethompson
Hello all,

I've received several questions about this, so...

The UNLV "Las Vegas Classic" Debate Tournament will be hosted on the UNLV Campus October 21-23, 2017.

We hope to see you all in Fabulous Las Vegas this fall!

Jake Thompson

 on: April 24, 2017, 02:11:49 AM 
Started by hansonjb - Last post by hansonjb
doublecheck them and send any errors/corrections to jim hanson at

 on: April 23, 2017, 09:40:13 PM 
Started by Hester - Last post by Hester
Ten papers were submitted:
Arms Transfers
Constructive Engagement
Electoral Reform
Healthcare Coverage
Nuclear Weapons
Wealth Redistribution

Thanks to everyone who worked on the papers. The Topic Committee will be spending the next week reviewing the papers and constructing the Topic Area ballot.

 on: April 23, 2017, 03:05:39 PM 
Started by atomasi97 - Last post by atomasi97
Constructive engagement with Iran/Russia/North Korea, including at least a removal of sanctions.

 on: April 23, 2017, 02:35:56 PM 
Started by jstidham - Last post by jstidham
Alright, take two.

Thanks to Bricker for being willing to resurrect it with me.

 on: April 22, 2017, 09:56:40 AM 
Started by Hester - Last post by Hester
Dr. Chester Gibson has passed away.
Arrangements for services have not been determined yet. When they have, i'll post those details here and on the facebook page.

For those of you who don't know him, he is the reason you know anything about West Georgia Debate. He came to Carrollton in 1970, fresh off earning his graduate degrees at UGA. WG Debate had functionally been a student club for most of its then-40+ year existence. Within three years of his arrival, West Georgia had earned an NDT First Round, and within his first 12 years as Director, West Georgia had reached the NDT semifinals, had a 2nd place speaker at the NDT, a 2nd place ranked FRALB team (btw, the reason we call the top FRALB 'the Copeland' winner is also because of Chester, but that's a story for later), and won numerous national tournaments. It is not an exaggeration to say that the last half-century of West Georgia being one of the top debate programs in the nation - every trophy, every champion, every success - Chester Gibson is responsible for it. i was the first member of my family to go to college - because Dr. Gibson offered me a free ride, which was the only way i was going to afford any school. i became the DoD at West Georgia College in 1995 because Dr. Gibson pulled me aside my senior year and told me that if i would go get a master's, he'd hire me to coach the team. When i was the recipient of the Ziegelmueller Award at the NDT this year, my first thoughts were how much of an honor it was to be associated with George Ziegelmueller, and how cool it was that Dr. Gibson had been one of the first recipients of that award when it was created. Through Tabroom, he still followed the results of every tournament UWG competed at, closely enough to know when we got pulled up and which teams we were fortunate enough to avoid in elims.

From the watch given to the NDT champion coach to the standard for what is considered top-notch tournament hospitality to the very existence of West Georgia Debate and so many other things, Dr. Chester Gibson has left an indelible mark on our activity. i can say without any reservation that no person has ever loved the activity of debate more than Dr. Chester Gibson.

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