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Fishkiller last won the day on November 14 2018

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    I debated for Millard South High School for four years in high school, graduating in '08. I am currently debating for the University of Texas at Dallas.
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  1. My name is Brittany Leach, and I'm interested in coaching high school debate this year. I'm also available to judge or cut cards. This will be my 3rd year debating in college for UT-Dallas. I debated in high school for 4 years at Millard South (NE). I've judged a bunch of Texas high school tournaments and worked at a couple of debate camps. I got a bid in high school and have been in elims at CEDA nationals in college. I have run both K and policy strategies on the aff and neg, and would be willing to work with students interested in either. If you're interested or want more information, feel free to email me at BrittLeach 17 at gmail.com :-)
  2. Joy of Tournaments says MS is on 11/19/10 and MW is on 12/3/10 - 12/4/10...do you know if if it's been officially decided yet whether or not the tournaments are going to be combined? Also, could anyone from Westside confirm that their tournament is probably going to be the second week in January/give me preliminary dates? (I understand if this hasn't been decided yet. I'm just interested in getting at least semi-official dates because UTD is trying to organize a recruiting trip to Nebraska during one of the bigger tournaments. The sooner I can give them dates the more likely it is to happen!)
  3. Debate coaches have influence over admissions at some schools. Schools who have strong institutional backing seem more likely to have power over admissions. I'm sure if you asked the Director of Debate at any of the schools you're looking at, they would be able to tell you how much influence (if any) they have with admissions. You don't have to be good in high school to be good in college - you just have to be willing to work really hard. Most coaches will be willing to work with anyone who seems dedicated and motivated, regardless of skill level. A good baseline to have if you want to start in varsity debate is to have a solid understanding of the basics. Doing speed drills, familiarizing yourself with common theory arguments, and knowing how to go for and answer case arguments, topicality, counterplans, disads, and Ks (or at least know how to answer them) will all be helpful. Be able to identify offense and defense and compare impacts. Knowing how to flow and do line by line is also important. But if you lack any of those skills, don't worry too much because that's what coaches are for - many colleges have summer debate workshops for their college debate teams that freshmen can attend before their first semester of classes, and there are also college debate camps. Here's a list of current college debate programs: http://www.wcdebate.com/7others/list-of-policy-colleges.htm (you can check this against the Your best bet is to look up the debate team's website at the school you're interested, and see what information you can find there. Then you can contact the coaches (websites usually have contact information as well as info on scholarship availability). If you want to see what a team's arguments are like, you can check out the college wiki at http://opencaselist.wikispaces.com/. You also might want to check out debate results, where you can look up records and rankings http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/Index.aspx. The college debate forums might also be helpful http://cedadebate.org/forum/. Good luck!
  4. I'm a college debater for UT-Dallas who will be in Omaha during the CFLs and would like to get hired to judge (and coach/cut cards if you need me to). I don't need transportation or housing. I've judged debate in Texas for about two years, and I've also worked at the Nebraska Debate Institute the past two years and the UTD Comet Debate Institute last year. I was in elimination rounds of CEDA nationals last year and have broken at several other college tournaments. Payment is negotiable. If you're interested, get in touch with me via email: BrittLeach17 at gmail.com
  5. Hi, I'm a college NDT/CEDA debater who lives in Dallas and judges on some of the weekends I'm not competing, and I can help answer your questions: There are a lot of debate schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as all of the other major cities in Texas and some rural areas, which means there are many tournaments both in the DFW metroplex and nearby areas. In the Dallas area alone, there are 3 TOC bid tournaments that I can think of: St. Mark's, Greenhill, and Grapevine. Non-bid tournaments are too numerous for me to list here, but if you're interested you could look them up on Joy of Tournaments or the Texas forum on this website. There are two debate leagues in Texas - TFA and UIL. TFA is more TOC-style and UIL is more traditional. Both host state championships and my impression is that many debaters seek to do well at both. Here's the TFA state website: http://www.txfa.org/index.asp and here is the UIL's page for new coaches: http://www.uil.utexas.edu/academics/speech/new_coach/index.html Good luck!
  6. Hey, everybody. Congrats to everyone who did well at NIT. I know Catholic Nationals are a ways out yet, and I don't know if the qualifiers have been decided yet, but I thought I'd give you all a heads-up: I'm planning on being in Omaha during the time CFLs is going on, so if anyone needs to hire a judge and/or coach/card-cutter for that tournament I should be available. I don't check these forums that much, so if you're interested shoot me an email/facebook message/text/phone call.
  7. Hi, Can I get the cites to your 1AC and commonly read negative arguments? Please post to the wiki or email me at BrittLeach17@gmail.com Thanks, Brittany Leach UT-Dallas
  8. I don't think it's wrong to look for flaws in your sig other's arguments, but it may be going too far if you're setting up CX traps for them. I think that type of behavior forestalls discussions because it's more about "winning" the conversation than resolving the reason for argument in the first place. My personal perspective and experience is that when I'm arguing with someone I'm close to, it's most productive to approach the argument as a means of communicating and resolving a difference of opinion, because that allows me to make concessions without feeling like I'm losing and also to make points while seeming less like I'm attacking. It also allows me to make arguments positive and productive (since they result in a compromise satisfactory to both parties) instead of negative and destructive (due to following an endless train of arguments until one or both of us gets frustrated). It's hard to let an argument go when you know it's a bad one. But I think you may notice an improvement in communication if, once you notice a bad argument, you use your debate skills to figure out what good argument your partner's probably alluding to instead of using them to immediately tear that idea apart. In other words, if you hear an argument that sounds stupid, stop and think what the smartest version of that argument is, and engage with that idea. This is a short-cut to a more meaningful discussion because in a lot of circumstances, people have valid reasons for feeling or believing something, but are unable to articulate those reasons as a logical argument. This divide seems likely to be gendered to me - women are taught to compromise, to please others, to be helpful instead of disagreeable, while men are taught to compete and fight. So, women who don't get involved in activities like debate and who aren't naturally argumentative may lack the necessary cultural training to express themselves clearly in argument form. Not sure if this is the case in your situation since obviously I don't know your SO, but it is a reason why learning to argue fairly with bad arguers is important. Everybody will probably have to work with an inarticulate person at some point. Why is it bad to treat every argument as winning or losing? Because the person who "loses" most often is probably going to eventually get frustrated or upset, which will only further frustrate and antagonize the person who feels they've justifiably "won" and expects that to be the end of that. Plus, greater argumentative skill doesn't necessarily mean the idea presented with those skills is actually better, especially given that in most arguments, both sides have at least some value. Maybe it would help to think of arguments with your SO as diplomatic negotiations between equals or something instead of thinking about them as a debate round. Or maybe you're onto something with the perm idea. The possible exception for this is arguing politics, since you can usually end that type of argument by agreeing to disagree if it gets too heated, and since the goal often actually IS to win in a political context. Even then, a more engaged argument style like I suggest seems likely to be a good persuasive tool anyways. Idk if that helps, but I know looking at things from that perspective has helped me learn to disagree productively with my parents, and it's also helped me adapt to rooming with a close friend who I disagree with on a number of significant issues.
  9. Hey, everybody. Hope things in Nebraska are going well. I know it's getting close to college application time for high school seniors. If any of you are seniors and interested in debating in college, you should shoot me an email about debating for UTD. We offer several debate scholarships to incoming freshman, and have a nationally and regionally competitive team. My email address is BrittLeach17 [at] gmail [dot] com. If anyone has questions about UTD or debating in college in general (don't worry, I won't be hurt if you're not looking at my school - I'm more than willing to help people get in contact with any college program they're interested in), feel free to drop me a line.
  10. Yay, Westside kept the bid!
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    UTD Debate

    UTD is awesome. Looks like Brian already got in touch with you, but we're all on Facebook if you're interested in talking to any of the rest of us before the work session. My email's BrittLeach17[at]gmail[dot]com, and my AIM is reverie0312.
  12. Quoted for accuracy and because I'd never have read Morrison absent Dana. The Filth is one of the best books of any type I've ever read. I don't think I can recommend it strongly enough, although it is certainly crazy (to put it mildly). The Invisibles is also awesome.
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    Me and Keri will be there.
  14. Congratulations, guys!
  15. I actually really liked the way my introductory philosophy class at UTD worked. Although it definitely covered Plato and Aristotle, along with several Hellenic schools of thought (including Skepticism), it also covered ancient philosophical thought in China, India, and parts of Africa. I thought that was way more interesting and thought-provoking than just studying classical Greece, and I also thought it was cool to get a look at some really different philosophical traditions than I like(d) to read in debate rounds. I had a pretty good professor, though. He was a great discussion guide, so he made the classes engaging.
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