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 on: January 03, 2018, 07:02:30 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
Nermin Ghali

I’m so sorry and so saddened by this news. I’ve always respected and looked up to Raja, and he was always nothing but kind and constructive in his dialogues with me over the course of his judging me during my debate career. He was a great man. RIP, my dear friend and colleague.

 on: January 03, 2018, 07:02:06 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
Jo Norris Palmore

 I am shocked. Raja was an outstanding student and a remarkable young man when I knew him at MBA. So, so sorry to learn of his passing. Prayers for his family and friends.

 on: January 03, 2018, 07:01:31 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
Stefan Bauschard

Devastating. I knew Raja mostly as a competitor, first in his time at MBA with Alan Coverstone and then as an outstanding debater at Northwestern. He was among the best I ever had the chance to judge and his energy and enthusiasm for what he did was incredible.

I never met his own family, but I've enjoyed seeing him and them on Facebook over the last five+ years. A really beautiful family.

I'm so sorry.

 on: January 03, 2018, 07:00:53 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
Jayne Craig-Smith

So sad! So young!!

 on: January 03, 2018, 07:00:36 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
Daryl Burch

OH NO!!! my prayers are out to his family.

 on: January 03, 2018, 07:00:02 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
From Alan Coverstone:

Raja Gaddipati was certainly one of the most talented and hard working people I was ever privileged to coach. In recent years, however, I have been even more proud to see him grow into the wonderful husband and father he became. Those are the legacies that matter, and Raja gave them his all. I am devastated, but my thoughts and prayers are with his family today and always. Thinking of Emma, Lila, and Sophia. Rest, well, my friend.

 on: January 03, 2018, 06:59:30 PM 
Started by SherryHall - Last post by SherryHall
I just heard the devastating news that Raja Gaddipati, a former MBA and Northwestern debater, passed away suddenly.  He was 36 years old and leaves a wife and two small children.  My heart goes out to all of my MBA and Northwestern friends that are hurting today.

 on: January 01, 2018, 08:22:25 PM 
Started by Dinger - Last post by Dinger

Attached is the packet and invitation for the 2018 Hurricane Debates.

Safe travels!



 on: December 28, 2017, 09:40:40 PM 
Started by jakethompson - Last post by jakethompson
The Department of Communication Studies at UNLV is seeking applications from students interested in applying for admission to our M.A. program and for debate and teaching assistantships. We have a mid-January initial deadline for applications, with a rolling deadline after that, if all positions are not filled. Please consider graduate school and debate coaching at UNLV. There are several key selling points associated with our program and school:

1) You would work with a great debate program.  Our squad emphasizes competitive success through a variety of approaches to policy debate. Our students have the right attitude, work ethic, and will to win.

2) You get paid to get a M.A. in our top-notch Communication Studies M.A. program.  We have a growing, accomplished, energetic, and engaged faculty who work closely and collaboratively with graduate students.  With several recent hires in both rhetorical studies and interpersonal communication (multiple hires in the past several years), and are one of the premier COM M.A. programs in the nation.  We also have an excellent track record in placing our M.A. graduates in the best COM Ph.D. programs in the nation (often with full funding/fellowships).  As a terminal MA program, MA students receive all of the focus. 

3) You'd get to go to school in Vegas, baby....

4) Your degree is essentially free AND you'd earn a $11,500/year stipend. UNLV Debate Graduate Assistants also have the opportunity to make additional money through summer teaching, working at the Rebel Debate Institute, working with the Las Vegas Debate League. On top of that, we offer some graduate recruits the “Graduate Access Recruiting Award” which is a one-time financial award to encourage high-value recruits to join our program. Finally, when traveling with us graduate assistant coaches get a generous meal stipend (whatever you don't spend you get to keep), and can hire out for any rounds not needed to cover our commitment.

5) UNLV offers our Graduate Assistants deeply discounted health insurance.

6) You would have the opportunity to gain teaching experience as well as coaching experience.  Although, it also is possible to be a full-time assistant debate coach without teaching responsibilities…

7) Our team has an unprecedented level of institutional support.  Everyone at UNLV, including the University President and Provost, the administrators and faculty and in our College and Department, and travel and financial support staff around the University are all deeply supportive of our program.

Cool We debate at most of the major national tournaments, we fly most places, we (almost) always stay in the tournament hotel, and we generally eat well.

9) We are a privately funded program, with growing institutional funding support, which means that we never need to ever worry about university or state financial troubles resulting in budget cuts.

10) Great things are happening in the world of debate here in Las Vegas.  We have created a growing local debate league, which has revitalized policy debate across the city. Our recruiting has drastically expanded, and the University and City are taking notice of the UNLV debate team. There are already 2 high school debate tournaments with TOC bids, and the Golden Desert Tournament, held on the UNLV campus is a Quarters bid.
For further information, please check out the Department’s graduate school webpage at or the UNLV Graduate College information page

If you are interested in applying or if your have any questions about our debate program, the UNLV Department of Communication Studies, or graduate assistantships, please feel free to contact me.

Jacob Thompson, Ph.D.
Director, Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum
Associate Professor in Residence
Department of Communication Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 on: December 22, 2017, 04:35:49 PM 
Started by jonahfeldman - Last post by jonahfeldman

We are eagerly anticipating your arrival in Berkeley at the start of the new year. As is tradition, each person who wins a speaker award gets to choose a song to play after their name is announced. Please email with your song choice. Even if you are unsure whether you will receive a speaker award or not you should send me a song request anyways because 1) always be confident 2) we're going to give out an award to the best song choice

If you don't pick a song we reserve the right to ask coaches and teammates for a song choice or just choose something that we think is funny. If you want to choose different songs for the first tournament and the second tournament that's ok too.

The first speaker at both tournaments will receive a sword. The sword at the first tournament is "The Shalmon" and the sword at the second tournament is "The Luskey"

Hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!

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