Whitman Intramural Debate Page

Declared Top Three Public Debate Forums in the Nation by the CEDA National Organization, Intramural Debates involve you.

 

 

I’m interested . . .

When: Thurs. May 2, 4:20 to 6:20pm

Where: Hunter Conservatory

Topic: The US should mount a preemptive military strike against North Korea.

Sign up for the IM Debates Here

 

What are the Awards and Prizes?  5

 

What division can I enter?  4

 

I’m kind of scared to do this  6

 

I Signed up . . .

Help Preparing?

–ask your sponsor

–check these topic cases/arguments

–arrive at Hunter Foyer at 4pm; debaters will help you

 

What are the rules for arguments?  4

 

What happens during the IM Debates?  7

 

How do I get my IM Debate Awards (Cash and T-Shirt)?  7

 

PAST WINNERS? IM Winners

HISTORY OF IM DEBATES: History of IM Debates

 

CURRENT IM DEBATE COORDINATORS

         

IM Coordinators Olivia Kipper and Satinder Haer

 

When is it?

FALL 2012 IM TOURNAMENT

Mon. Dec. 3

Please arrive by 4:25pm at Hunter Foyer

4:00 to 4:25pm Optional “Help you Prepare” Session

4:30 to 5:00pm Rd 1

5:00 to 5:20pm Snacks, T-Shirts

5:20 to 5:50pm Rd 2

Awards Information will be e-mailed to the community and student listservs

SPRING 2013 IM TOURNAMENT

Thurs. April 18

Please arrive by 4:25pm at Hunter Foyer

4:00 to 4:25pm Optional “Help you Prepare” Session

4:30 to 5:00pm Rd 1

5:00 to 5:20pm Snacks, T-Shirts

5:20 to 5:50pm Rd 2

Awards Information will be e-mailed to the community and student listservs

2013 IM CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Thurs. May 2

Please arrive by 4:10pm at Hunter Foyer

4:00 to 4:15pm Optional “Help you Prepare” Session

4:20 to 4:50pm Quarters

5:05 to 5:35pm Semis

5:50 to 6:20pm Finals

Awards Information will be e-mailed to the community and student listservs

 

Where do I go?

Come to Hunter Foyer. You will be told where to go for your rounds shortly after you arrive.

 

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What division can I enter?

Up to 50 total students may compete in one of the following divisions:

Experienced debate: those who have won 12 or more IM and regular debates must compete in Experienced.

Intermediate Division: for 121 students and those who have won 4 to 11 IM or regular debates.

Inexperienced Division: for those who have won 3 or less IM and regular debates AND who have not taken the 121 course.

FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT—You are placed into the division that you qualified in unless you have gained significant experience that merits you entering a higher division (e.g. an inexperienced debater that takes the 121 course would move into intermediate division).

 

   

What are the rules for arguments?

The Affirmative Debater must advocate the resolution as a whole—YOU MAY NOT propose a specific plan.

The Negative Debater must argue against the resolution.

The following arguments are not permitted in ANY division (if you don’t understand these—good; we don’t want them argued):

No Theory arguments except:

You may only point out a violation of the rules such as the affirmative presented a specific plan and did not defend the resolution as a whole.

Example Theory Arguments not permitted: “ASPEC, the affirmative didn’t provide a specific actor” or “ESPEC, the affirmative failed to state a specific enforcement mechanism in their plan” etc.

No arguments with huge, unlikely impacts.

Example Impact not permitted: “War against North Korea will cause economic collapse and thus a worldwide war.” (you can argue it will hurt the economy but not with extreme, unlikely impacts)

No disadvantages with more than 1 internal link (The Resolution would cause X which would cause Y—that is all you can do; any further linkages ARE IGNORED BY THE JUDGES).

Example Disadvantages not permitted: “Divesting will upset South Africa’s government and so South Africa will attack Saudi Arabia to make a statement about this, and the US will then lob nuclear weapons at Saudi Arabia killing billions of people in a nuclear holocaust.” (the first part of the disadvantage is okay; the second in blue is not)

No Politics Disadvantages (Divesting will upset political groups in the United States so other legislation/action won’t happen); they are not relevant.

No Kritiks (criticisms of language or concepts in an opponent’s arguments) except a kritik of the specific resolution

Example Kritik Arguments not permitted: “They said human, that is sexist, they lose.” “They use a Cartesian approach to reasoning; that is violent and dehumanizing.”

No conditional/dispositional counterplans.

You are not allowed to present counterplans on this topic. You must defend the current policy toward North Korea.

If another debater does make one of these arguments that are against the rules—point it out to your judge. Your judge is required to ignore or massively downplay these arguments in their decision, subject to our discretion.

For the IM Championship, only students who qualify by doing well in the Fall and/or Spring tournaments may compete. Jim Hanson will contact those who qualify. Students will be entered into Inexperienced, Intermediate, or Experienced Divisions.  

 

What are the Awards and Prizes?

FOR THE REGULAR FALL AND SPRING TOURNAMENT:

$10

Free Snacks (between the two rounds)

Free T-shirt for all students participating

You win $10 for each debate you win

Students with top records qualify for the IM Champs tournament where you can win up to $100.

NOTE: You receive your cash award from the financial aid office through your student account. W-4/I-9 not needed.

FOR THE IM CHAMPS:

$100 First Place

$80 Second Place

$60 Semis

$40 Quarters (we start with quarters, so, all participants receive at least $40).

FOR JUDGES (exclusively from the 221/222 course):

--$30 if you get a debater that completes both rounds and you judge all rounds you are assigned to.

--$15 reduction for each time you do not judge an assigned round unless we excuse you.

--$15 reduction for each time your debater does not debate.

--1 hour team service for each debate that you do not judge for a reason other than one we excuse.

--If you get a debater but do not judge for a reason other than one Jim excuses, you get a maximum of 1 hour team service.

--If you do not get a debater, you may debate instead of judge.

 

   

 

What is the Topic for the Debates?

2013 SPRING: Whitman College should divest from all fossil fuel companies.

Affirmatives argue fossil fuels are bad (costly, cause warming, cause pollution, will run out, etc.) and divesting would help Whitman’s eco image.

 

Negatives argue fossil fuels are good (lower priced, needed for energy and economic growth) and divesting would hurt Whitman’s investment portfolio.

 

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Judges Nav Rekhi, Kim Schlesinger, Scott “Scooter” Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m kind of scared to do this

Understood; fear of speaking is very common. Some things to be aware of:

1.    You are in a room only with your opponent and the judge. That’s it. No crowds.

2.    Your opponent is at the same level as you—if you are a beginner, so is your opponent.

3.    Your judge is supportive and isn’t there to criticize you; he or she is there to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

4.    Join us for the “Help you Prepare” Time at 4pm.

5.    This is a great, comfortable opportunity to express your views and get supportive feedback.

 

How do I signup?

Sign up for the IM Debates Here

 

 

What happens during the IM Debates?

·        THE BASICS OF WHAT HAPPENS:
There is an affirmative debater and a negative debater in an intramural debate.
The affirmative supports the topic; the negative rejects the affirmative case.
The two debaters argue and the judge watching decides whose makes the better arguments.

·        WHAT YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE ARRIVING:
Prepare a case on the affirmative, prepare arguments to respond the affirmative on the negative.
Remember, a debate team member would be glad to assist you: Click here for help preparing for Intramural Debate

·        MORE DETAILS: What happens in the IM debates? Click here

·        SPEECH TIMES

·        First Affirmative Speech 3 min.

·        Neg gets 1 min prep

·        First Negative Speech 5 min.

·        Aff gets 1 min prep

·        Second Affirmative Speech 3.5 min.

·        Neg gets 1 min prep

·        Second Negative Speech 4 min.

·        Aff gets 1 min prep

·        Third Affirmative Speech 3 min.

 

 

How do I get my IM Debate Awards (Cash and T-Shirt)?

T-SHIRT: We will campus mail your T-shirt to you.

CASH HONORARIUM: Money is usually available 3 business days after the IM tournament (it is put into your student account).

Go to Mem 233 if you wish cash from your account. The office is open 9am to 4:30pm.

 

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