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 on: Today at 03:11:35 PM 
Started by mph - Last post by mph
The ADA Meeting will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott, Tyson's Corner.  Rooms are $99.00.  The hotel is not on the metro, but you can take a taxi directly from the airport or from the Vienna or Dunn Loring stops on the orange line.  The hotel is across the street from the Tyson's Corner Shopping Center with many good food options.  There is free on-site parking for those who drive.

We expect the block rate to be active sometime tomorrow, so please wait until Friday before calling.

 on: Today at 02:05:21 PM 
Started by kevin kuswa - Last post by kevin kuswa
Controversy Papers are due at midnight (PST) on Monday April 28th.  The Committee has voted to extend that deadline 24 hours for any author/s who need the extra time, although we ask that paper authors let us know that their document is "on the way" by this Monday even if it will not be turned in until the next day.

No papers turned in after Tuesday the 29th (at midnight, pst) will be considered for the ballot.  We hope to have the controversy ballot available by May 2nd.

To submit a paper:  It is easy. Post the paper here in CEDA Forums or email it to me (kuswakd at whitman dot edu) and I will post it here for you.  Please include primary contact information and a short description of what you would like the controversy to be called on the ballot.

Let us know if there are questions and good luck with the research and writing!


 on: Today at 10:11:41 AM 
Started by louiedebate - Last post by louiedebate
My dear friend and current UNT coach, Martin Osborn, has decided to take employment outside the debate community.  The entire UNT family wishes him the best as he begins his post-debate career.  I know Martin will succeed any endeavor he chooses, and I wish him the best.

With Martin leaving, UNT will soon be accepting applications for our Assistant Coach position; it is a full time position with a competitive salary and benefits. 

The job title is, Student Services Coordinator I, and will be searchable at

If you are interested and/or have additional questions please contact me (  Martin has also let me know that he will answer question you might have about the job, so feel free to contact him.  While an exact time table in unknown, we will be looking to make a hire in the immediate future. 

Brief Description -
This position is designed to assist with research, participate in travel to tournaments, judge both practice debates and academic competitions, supervise debaters' preparation for tournaments, and engage in administrative activities. A competitive and national caliber debate squad helps the university accomplish its mission in a variety of ways. This position is essential to providing high quality instruction, nurturing development of students, and supporting a culturally diverse environment. 

Qualification -
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's Degree in a related field and two years of student services, student affairs, counseling, advising, or related experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

* Valid Texas driver's license or the ability to obtain one within thirty days of employment
* At least 3 years of experience in college debate.
* Demonstration of research skills in college academic debate.
* Experience teaching college debaters.
* An ability to travel to different locations 

Louie Petit

 on: April 23, 2014, 04:56:05 PM 
Started by mph - Last post by DanielleOGorman
Members:  Please submit any business you'd like to discuss (amendments to the standing rules, etc) to me via email at

I would like to have at least a draft agenda by COB May 9 (though in the past we've allowed late amendments to the draft agenda).  I will post both the draft agenda and the text of any amendments to the rules on the forums.

Danielle O'Gorman
Navy Debate

 on: April 22, 2014, 01:19:38 PM 
Started by hansonjb - Last post by hansonjb
we need to make some corrections so . . . another draft should go up by Thursday for another final doublecheck.

 on: April 19, 2014, 12:27:13 PM 
Started by kbertram - Last post by dbhingst
The dates of the 2015 National Debate Tournament are April 2 through April 6.

 on: April 19, 2014, 10:32:50 AM 
Started by kbertram - Last post by Lwrnc
According to these 2 facebook posts, it's the weekend of April 8.  Also, I don't know how big of a concern this would be, but APDA Nationals is traditionally this weekend (~4/20).

 on: April 18, 2014, 05:13:40 PM 
Started by kbertram - Last post by kbertram
We are trying to plan for The Lafayette Debates for 2015.  When will the 2015 NDT be?

 on: April 18, 2014, 12:16:03 PM 
Started by Adam Symonds - Last post by Adam Symonds
The 37th ADI will be hosted July 28th-August 10th. Registration is available on our website. Why should one attend the ADI?

1. Excellent jump on the topic. Debaters learn about the new topic best when thoroughly immersed in research, talk, and debates about it. 10 days after the topic is released, you'll be knee deep in the new year.

2. Minimum 10 practice debates on the topic. We have a tournament with 6 debates for everyone and each lab will cycle everyone through at least 4 more practice debates before the tournament starts. Imagine attending the first tournament of the year having already debated more than a tournament's worth of rounds!

3. Topic and debate education tailored to your skillset. Our labs match both your experience level and style of debate. We believe in the big tent of debate, and we teach everything from policy debate to performance. Our faculty have experience competing in and coaching every style at the highest levels. Whatever your flavor, you'll fit in!

4. Wonderful teaching fellows - some of the best debaters in the country every year work as teaching and research assistants during the ADI, and they'll help you grow educationally and competitively.
5. Community - The ADI has been a constant in the lives of debaters for 37 years now. Some of the oldest debate friendships for current directors and alums trace back to 2 weeks in Tempe, AZ for the ADI. There's no place else you can spend 2 weeks eating and breathing debate with folks from all over the country. If you enjoy the brief times you get to hang out with debate friends at tournaments, the ADI is that on steroids.

Tempe is a bit hot in August, but it's gorgeous, there's amazing food, and everything is massively air conditioned. So consider attending this year's ADI!

 on: April 18, 2014, 11:21:37 AM 
Started by Adam Symonds - Last post by Adam Symonds
The ADI is seeking fellows for the 2014 institute. The position is open to students currently in their second or third year of college debate who will be competing next year and who have a track record of success on the national level. The ADI Fellows serve in a number of capacities at the institute, but essentially are assistants to the lab instructors, though the fellows are also given time for individual research and practice debates with other fellows judged by the faculty.   

Fellows receive a tuition remission for the institute, free housing as well as a stipend of $200. Fellows in previous years have included participants in elimination rounds of CEDA Nationals and the NDT, 1st round recipients, and CEDA and NDT National Champions (most recently, Deven Cooper from Towson, Eric Lanning from Michigan State). At this year's CEDA and NDT tournaments, ADI Fellows were represented across the NDT elims--including quarterfinalists (Eric Lanning), octafinalist (Holley), double octafinalist (Masterson)--as well as the CEDA elims: Double Octafinalists (Holley, Bess, Rumbaugh), and Triple Octafinalists (Lepp). ADI fellowships are an excellent way to get a jump on the topic by working with some of the top debaters and coaches in the country while using the outstanding library facilities at Arizona State University.

Fellows job responsibilities typically include: assisting lab practice speeches and debates during the afternoons, working on individual and joint fellows assignments in the evenings, and producing one individual neg file and one joint aff before attending the institute. Fellows may take on additional pre-institute neg assignments for increased pay.

The dates for the ADI will be July 28-August 10. Interested students should email me with their contact information, debate background, an attached letter of recommendation from a coach addressing their work ethic and teaching ability, and a brief statement explaining why you'd like to be a fellow at the ADI.

The deadline for Fellows Applications is Monday  April 28th. I will announce fellows selections as soon as possible after all applications have been received and reviewed by faculty. If you have any questions about the ADI or the fellows program, email me at asymonds at asu dot edu or call me at 480-338-5624. 

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