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January News

Hello everyone: Two quick announcements.

FIRST: Due to technical difficulties with the CEDA website, the deadline for the election has been extended. The new deadline is January 26. The ballot contains candidates for several offices, including two VP positions, regional representatives, and the topic committee. The ballot is online at: http://www.cedadebate.org/ballot. Access is restricted to the ballot. If you are supposed to vote for your school, but cannot access the ballot, please let me know and I can get that changed.

CEDA Update - Important Debate Business at NCA - How you can be involved - even if you aren't attending

Greetings all,

Later this week much of the debate and forensics community with gather in Chicago for the NCA conference. In order to keep our full membership involved I want to pass along a couple of notes. There are now lots of ways to be an active participant, even if you are not coming to Chicago.

Introducing the new CEDA forums

Greetings,

I am happy to announce that thanks to the labors of Jeff Jarman, we have rebuilt and resigned an important aspect of the CEDA website, the forums section. These have been modeled after the successful approach at Crossx.com and they offer us an opportunity to provide an organized way for our community to communicate. Forums are available for tournaments, regional issues, questions of community practice, organizational questions and a lot more.

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Kicking off the 2009-10 Season

Although many of us opened the season at Gonzaga last weekend, for a number of schools this coming weekend is their opening competition. This has been a difficult year for many in our community. The new season brings sadness with those no longer with us, but it also provides a new start.

On behalf of CEDA let me wish you all the best for a great season. We are excited to have such a timely topic and one that promises to make for a compelling year of debates.

I also wanted to highlight a few items.

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Professional Review Board

In accordance with the recently amended CEDA constitution, a Professional Review Board has been created to address allegations of unprofessional conduct.

The constitution outlines their procedures. Any member of the college debate community may initiate the process by contacting the committee directly. The constitution specifies procedures for their review and includes important important about the confidentiality of the process.

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In Recognition: Ross K. Smith

Topic Announcement

Resolution Two (Size, Role, Mission) was selected as the topic for the 2009 – 2010 season. The awards amendment passes. A complete breakdown of voting and a list of the school that voted is below.

July 2009 Ballot

The current CEDA ballot is now available.  All ballots are due no later than midnight (central), Thursday, July 16.  Schools that have paid their membership dues (or are emerging programs) are eligible to vote.  If you have trouble accessing the ballot, please let me know.  You must be registered at the site AND you must be identified as a voting member in order to access the ballot.

All information can be found under the BUSINESS menu on the CEDA web site.

Proposed resolutions for 2009 - 2010

Resolution 1:

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially change its nuclear posture to be more consistent with its nuclear disarmament commitments.

Resolution 2:

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce the size of its nuclear weapons arsenal, and/or substantially reduce and restrict the role and/or missions of its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Resolution 3:

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Update from the Topic Selection Committee

 The Topic Selection Committee has provided an update for our work. Please review it and provide feedback at http://topic.cedadebate.org/ 

 

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