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 on: May 03, 2016, 08:27:30 PM 
Started by vguevara - Last post by vguevara
Just a reminder for everyone interested in attending the CEDA Executive Committee and Topic Meeting, you have until May 8th to reserve your rooms at the Courtyard Marriott for the $89 block rate.  Reserve here:

Reservation and conference information can be found at

If you have any questions or concerns leading up to the CEDA summer meetings, please do not hesitate to let me know. You can find me on facebook or email me at

 on: May 02, 2016, 04:44:52 PM 
Started by michael.ritter - Last post by michael.ritter
The NJSD has released its most recent issue, which includes a symposium on Disability & Debate. This issue's articles include:


By Joshua H. Miller


By Natalie Nelson & Joshua H. Miller


By Dr. C.L.S. Ferguson


By Kiranjeet Kaur Dhillon


By Zach Richter

To access the issue, visit:

 on: May 02, 2016, 09:56:23 AM 
Started by Adam Symonds - Last post by Adam Symonds
Greetings all,

We've opened up registration for this year's ADI. Both the Registration and Payment links on our website will direct you to the RegOnline site.

For this year's ADI, we've implemented a new format, where students will have a practice debate and re-dos every day. Labs will also prioritize updating the evidence set throughout the institute to adapt to holes and various problems we find through the practice debates. The goal is to make the labs work like streamlined team work sessions.

In addition, we have re-structured the institute into two one room schoolhouses (policy and K), where each lab will serve the whole range of experience levels. We have curriculum designed for both beginning and advanced students within each lab and we'll "powermatch" the practice rounds by experience and skill levels so that students get the most out of each round.

The goal of these changes is to get even more hands on, practical, skills work time for each student with the lab leaders and fellows. Our hope is that having a debate each day also allows lab time to function as discussion space about a variety of different theoretical debate concepts that can be made concrete by arguments students see each day in the debates.

We've also cut the rate of attendance by $100 across the board for students in residence (commuter rate remains $500). This means that the Early Bird rate (students registered with a deposit before June 1) is $750 for 2 weeks of residence and instruction. Any school with 4 or more students receives an additional $50 discount off each student registration.

Why attend the ADI? One.... get a jump on topic research and debates. There's really no substitute for debating the topic in preparation for your first tournament of the year. We'll have at least 15 debates for every student... that's the equivalent of 2.5 tournaments before you even head back to your squad's beginning prep for the year.

Two..... community. Ask your directors and coaches where they met some of their oldest friends in the debate community and many of them will tell you it was the Arizona Debate Institute. This is a great, low pressure environment to both work on the topic and get to know folks from all over the country that you may otherwise only ever cross paths with in a single debate round. Year after year, we see strong friendships made that persist for the rest of students careers.

Three..... quality of instruction. The faculty at the ADI have coached more late elim participants at majors and nationals than we can really count. We have well over 100 years coaching experience across our staff. Whether your jam is politics, deterrence, Wilderson, or Baudrillard the folks on our staff have read, judged, coached, and debated these arguments for a long time. In the contemporary debate era, being well-read in critical literature beyond traditional policy wonk circles is crucial. With Steve Pointer, Izak Dunn, and Dr. Dave on board, if it's a debate argument you can bet the faculty knows the source material inside and out.

Fourth..... record of success. The past accomplishments of ADI debaters is way too long to attempt in a paragraph, but CEDA titles, NDT titles, first rounds, regional tournament championships, success in novice and JV.... you name it, ADI alumni have done it. Whatever your goals in debate, the intense focus on debate at our institute will help you achieve them. Don't believe us? Just talk to your friends that have attended.

Fifth..... you can become a popular celebrity by winning debate survivor in the heat of Tempe! Probably not, but Tempe is pretty awesome despite the heat in July/August. Outside of the Berkeley campus, you won't find a better set of places to eat surrounding a college campus. There's tons and tons of food from Middle Eastern to Italian to Mexican to Irish and on and on. There are few better places in the country to be a college student.

We hope that you'll check us out!

 on: May 01, 2016, 03:14:54 PM 
Started by Adam Symonds - Last post by Adam Symonds
Greetings all,

The ADI is seeking fellows for the 2016 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 double-octafinalist Young Kwon from George Mason--as well as the CEDA elims: Octafinalists (Lucia Scott), Double-Octafinalists (Lizzy Canarie, Nick Lepp, Kailyn Revenew, Misty Tippets). 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 include preparing the initial evidence set before the institute begins, judging practice debates, re-working rebuttals, assisting in lab evidence updates during the institute, mini-lectures in lab. This year, we have re-worked the ADI schedule to provide a practice debate per day. With this new schedule, we are revising the fellows' responsibilities during the institute such that there will no longer be individual fellows research assignments during the institute. Instead, more research will be done before the institute and research during the institute will be managed entirely within the labs.

The dates for the ADI will be July 25-August 8. 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 Friday, May 6. 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 adam.symonds at asu dot edu.

 on: April 29, 2016, 07:59:21 PM 
Started by ceda - Last post by ceda
Thanks to everyone who agreed to stand for election. 43 schools voted. A list is below. Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to serve on the topic committee:

Undergraduate: Michael Wimsatt, UC Berkeley
Graduate: Jake Justice, Kansas

There were two amendments. Both passed.

Odekirk service award passes 37-4.

Topic date change passes 34-6.


Arizona State University
Binghamton University
Boston College
Dartmouth College
Emory University
George Mason University
Gonzaga University
Idaho State
Illinois College
Liberty University
Michigan State University
Missouri State University
New School
Rutgers University-Newark
Samford University
Stanford University
Towson University
Trinity University
UC Berkeley
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Georgia
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Mary Washington
University of Miami
University of North Texas
University of Puget Sound
University of West Georgia
University of Wyoming
US Military Academy
Wayne State University
Weber State University
West Virginia University
Wichita State University

 on: April 29, 2016, 05:13:43 PM 
Started by hansonjb - Last post by hansonjb
final version is now posted.

congrats to all who participated in debate this year! : )

 on: April 28, 2016, 08:46:04 AM 
Started by ceda - Last post by ceda
Complete national and regional results are attached.

National Top 10

1. Liberty
2. George Mason
3. Cornell
4. California, Berkeley
5. Emory
6. Kansas
7. James Madison
8. Harvard
10. Rutgers

1. Binghamton
2. US Military Academy
3. New York U

Mid America
1. Oklahoma
2. Central Oklahoma
3. Kansas State

1. Weber State
2. Washington
3. Gonzaga

East Central
1. Michigan State
2. Wayne State
3. Indiana

North Central
1. Northwestern
2. Iowa
3. Minnesota

2. Southern California
3. CSU Fullerton

South Central
1. Texas
2. Baylor
3. North Texas

1. Wake Forest
2. Kentucky
3. Georgia

Mid Atlantic
1. Mary Washington
2. Pittsburgh
3. ** not awarded -- no dues paying member to receive award

Community College
2. Southwestern
4. City College of San Francisco

Illinois College


 on: April 27, 2016, 04:23:04 PM 
Started by hansonjb - Last post by hansonjb
did a significant update so that byes at ceda nats triples now count.

please doublecheck. email me errors by NOON fri apr. 29 (pacific coast time).

 on: April 27, 2016, 01:56:41 PM 
Started by cramhelwich - Last post by cramhelwich
Congratulations to George Mason University (Grand Sweepstakes, Varsity) and Liberty University (Novice, Junior Varsity) for their excellent competitive performances this season.

Many thanks to Jon Bruschke and Chris Palmer for helping with the calculations. I am very grateful for their assistance.

Please also find attached.

Grand Sweepstakes

1, George Mason 508
2. Liberty 472.5
3. Emory 262.5
4. Vanderbilt    256
5. James Madison 211
6. Wayne State 181
7. Harvard 175
8. Cornell 144.5
9. Georgia 141
10. Boston College 137
11. Kentucky 131
12. (tie) Mary Washington 129.5
12. (tie) Wake Forest 129.5
14. (tie) Minnesota 121
14. (tie) Northwestern 121
16. Georgetown 117.5
17. Samford 108
18. Missouri State 98
19. Indiana 89
20. (tie) Miami 87.5
20. (tie) Navy 87.5
22. Texas-Dallas 72.5
23. Gonzaga 71
24. Florida 70
25. Texas-Austin 64
26. Southern California 52
27. Dartmouth 40
28. West Virginia 36
29. Illinois College   28.5
30. Western Connecticut 12


1. Liberty 182.5
2. George Mason 171
3. Vanderbilt 120
4. Emory 91
5. Cornell 62
6. Samford 49
7. James Madison 46
8. Navy 34
9. West Virginia 33
10. Illinois College 28.5
11. Minnesota 26.5
12. Mary Washington 23
13. Florida 22
14. Boston College 21
15. Wayne State 14
16. Indiana 13
17. Western Connecticut 12
18. Miami 5.5

Junior Varsity

1. Liberty 166.5
2. George Mason 156
3. Vanderbilt 97
4. Wayne State 93
5. Boston College 87
6. Cornell 63.5
7. Miami   58
8. Missouri State 56
9. James Madison 51
10. Mary Washington 34.5
11. Florida 24
12. Samford 18
13. Navy 17.5
14. Minnesota 8
15. Indiana 6


1. George Mason 181
2. Harvard 175
3. Emory 171.5
4. Georgia 141
5. Kentucky 131
6. Wake Forest 129.5
7. Liberty 123.5
8. Northwestern 121
9. Georgetown 117.5
10. James Madison 114
11. Minnesota 86.5
12. Wayne State 74
13. Texas-Dallas 72.5
14. Mary Washington 72
15. Gonzaga 71
16. Indiana 70
17. Texas-Austin 64
18. Southern California 52
19. Missouri State    42
20. Samford 41
21. Dartmouth 40
22. Vanderbilt 39
23. Navy 36
24. Boston College 29
25. (tie) Miami 24
25. (tie) Florida 24
27. Cornell 19
28. West Virginia    3

 on: April 26, 2016, 01:28:14 AM 
Started by jonahfeldman - Last post by jonahfeldman
Thanks to the folks on the topic facebook group who gave me a bunch of ideas that I stole, particularly Vega who turned out to be right about everything but also Kate Richey, Malcolm Gordon, Lindsay VanLuvanee, TCram, David Herman, and DCH.

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