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Binghamton University has announced its 2nd annual online debate tournament. All the details, including how to register, can be found on the website at- http://speechdebate.binghamton.edu/Tournaments/7/Home/binghamton-university-s-2nd-annual-online-debate-tournament/


 


Last year the tournament featured 100 competitors from around the United States in both high school and college. First place will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Prizes will be given to the top high school and college competitors. Registration is free and instructors are encouraged to sign up as judges.


 


This year's resolution is: RESOLVED: The United Nations should adopt a resolution decrying or demanding an end to the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.


 


The tournament is already sponsored by PETA2, The Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Binghamton University's English Department, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.


 


The website also features many national videos of college debate rounds if you click "Videos" on the top navigation bar and follow the links to "Live Policy Debate." We're trying to grow a collection of speech videos as well.


 


Registration ends 4/19 and the first video is due up on 4/21


Register today at http://speechdebate.binghamton.edu/Tournaments/7/Home/binghamton-university-s-2nd-annual-online-debate-tournament/


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The only way to get any kind of decent neg ground would be to have debate people judging it seems like, if say, PETA people were judging...

 

Also, your OP says PETA2, are they affiliated with the PETA that kills animals in their "shelters" or a separate organization?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/peta-kills-puppies-kittens_b_2979220.html

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How does the affirmative ever win rounds?  That resolution is basically the plan.  Sorry, there are two plans.  "Condemn Dolphin Hunt" and "Call for an end of the Dolphin Hunt", which are pretty much the same plan with slightly different rhetoric.  Being affirmative is going to suck.

 

(Assuming you have judges who will listen to Ks at all.  DA ground is pretty much non-existent.  The CP: 'Japan outlaws the dolphin hunt' is probably a winner though, as arguably it happens faster and pre-empts any need for UN action).

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The judges are mostly debate coaches and instructors from around the nation. The sponsors mostly provide prizes. As for neg ground, there are tons. You can attack the UN as an actor. You can defend the cultural rights of Japan. You can attack the speciesist bias in protecting only dolphins. There are also tons of other options for neg ground.

 

Last year's topic was about banning vivisection and despite similar sponsors the neg won a bunch of rounds. All of the sponsors understand the value of switch-side debate.

 

Aff ground could include sanctions or other mechanisms of enforcement, value-based debates, among others. My University-wide speech and debate class brainstormed a bunch of ideas of how to approach the topic on both sides.

 

PETA2 is the youth-arm of PETA. As far as I know they just do awareness campaigns and don't do rescue operations. In either world, they're providing a bunch of support so we can provide hundreds of dollars of prizes.

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PETA2 is the youth-arm of PETA. As far as I know they just do awareness campaigns and don't do rescue operations. In either world, they're providing a bunch of support so we can provide hundreds of dollars of prizes.

Don't know if that's the term I'd use...

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Prize Structure:

1st Place: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

2nd & 3rd Place: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

4th & 5th Place: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card

6th - 10th Place: $5 Amazon.com Gift Card

 

Top ten will all receive some mix of hoodies, t-shirts, books, stickers, patches, and other prizes. There will also be prizes for the top ten speakers in both high school and college that will include a combination of gift cards, t-shirts, books, stickers, patches, and so on.

 

All it takes to compete is uploading a 2-5 minute video once a day for five days to complete your first round. You can do with with a webcam or a smart phone while on the road if need be. Qualifying competitors will advance in future weeks.

 

Tomorrow is the deadline, register and sign up TODAY!

http://speechdebate.binghamton.edu/Tournaments/7/Home/binghamton-university-s-2nd-annual-online-debate-tournament/

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