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  1. I have gotten four or five PMs in the last two weeks about the Harker Forensics Institute so I figured I would address those here since it is the regional forum? I am not sure if I am posting this in the right spot since I rarely post, so moderators, please feel free to move it. HFI is open to all high school students. It is a commuter camp where we spend the instructional hours working directly with students in a guaranteed staff to student ratio of 1:6. We send you home to research instead charging families extra to pay the staff to watch you. You can get info about enrolling and cost here. It is limited to 24 students in each area of study. Thanks!
  2. The list of entered teams is now available on Joy. My apologies for missing that! Invite is here: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ca/harker/info.asp Couple of other announcements. You can now follow tournament announcements at Twitter.com/HarkerForensics Second announcement goes out to coaches and judges: As the regular season wraps up, Harker recognizes that coaches are exhausted and worn out. We encourage you to utilize our tournament wellness center complete with aromatherapy and complimentary massages. The center will be open on both Saturday and Sunday in order to best serve the coaching community. Thanks!
  3. Info at http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ca/harker/info.asp?p=1 9 th Annual Harker Invitational The Howard & Diana Nichols TOC Qualifying Tournament at the Semifinals Level in Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas Debate as well as Top 6 Qualifier in Student Congressional Debate March 6-8, 2009, San Jose, CA. 
 Beak and Talon Public Forum Round Robin begins March 8th. 
 Dear Colleagues: On Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, The Harker School will host the 9th Annual Harker Invitational - a national debate tournament that offers Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Policy, and Student Congressional Debate. We are happy to announce that Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate semifinalists will receive a TOC-qualifying leg. Top Six finalists in Student Congressional Debate will also receive a TOC-qualifying leg. We will offer one division of Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, and Student Congress. Top non-advancing novice entries in Public Forum and Policy will compete in separate novice elimination rounds. There will also be recognition for top novice speakers in Public Forum and Policy debate. Please make sure to note any novice entries when registering. The Harker School is located in San Jose, California, just 10 minutes from nearby San Jose International Airport and 35 minutes from San Francisco International. We offer a very competitive tournament, good food, and a fine set of awards, viz., speaker awards for Policy, LD and Public Forum debaters, and elimination round trophies for all events. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: 1. Scheduling has been planned to give teams flexibility in travel and to allow for local teams to compete in respective events. Public Forum will be held Friday and Saturday while Student Congress will be held on Sunday. Students may double enter in Public Forum and Student Congress. Lincoln-Douglas and Policy will be held Friday through Sunday as in previous years. 2. We are excited to announce that judges in Lincoln-Douglas Debate will be assigned on the basis of mutual preference. Please see the judging information page for details 3. With travel costs on the rise, and with the understanding that the educational experience in improved by a diversity of competition, we are pleased to announce that entry and judging fees will be waived for the first Public Forum and Policy team from each school attending the tournament from out-of-state. We will once again offer a limited number of complimentary student housing spaces for competitors traveling from out of state to the tournament. Sign up early as these spaces fill up quickly. Student housing requests must be received no later than February 20th and may close early if spaces fill up. Additional information can be received by emailing the coaching staff at forensics@harker.org. We look forward to seeing you on the West Coast this spring. We will do our best to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible. If you are a team with financial other logistical concerns, please contact us as soon as possible so we can attempt to make your entry possible.
  4. We need to hire a couple judges for Ohio Valley. We can house if needed. carolg (at) harker (dot) org
  5. Housing available. Email carolg (at) harker (dot) org
  6. "how do you turn these students towards more academic pursuits and away from the trouble in the streets?" Maybe first by not turning students to academic pursuits but rather positive pursuits. Maybe if you don't sell debate as something only the higher eschelons of academia do, but rather as a form of expression and style-expression. And maybe you have to start doing all of that by not making overally generic based assumptions about student populations as a whole. And finally, maybe by assuming Afircan Americans are not the ONLY minority being underrepresented in the debate community? The OP (tpeters) asks about a community that is NEVER addressed by either of your responses. She asks about culture, of gender, of ways to INCLUDE and encourage INCLUSION. Maybe one of the biggest problems with the community at large is the narrow focus we have on a larger problem of inclusion. Inclusion of students of various race, religion, socioeconomic, urban and rural, learning-disabled, ESL, sex and gender. These two responses are clearly an indicator of this problem. I'd like to respond more to the OP after some thought but I just needed to get this off my chest before I go get some more work done.
  7. Hello all! The Harker School is looking to hire judges for our TOC tournament in San Jose on March 2-4. We are in need of experienced LD and Policy critics who are available for the whole weekend. We can set you up with a hotel if needed. If you have not judged for us in the past (or you are not sure), please make sure to include a copy of your experience and judge paradigm in your initial email. If you have judged for us and can give us an idea of when so we can make sure we still have updated information to cut checks. ALL judges must post their paradigm to the NDCA database. LD judges please email Rick Brundage at rickb@harker.org Policy judges please email Carol Green at carolg@harker.org The sooner we can confirm judges, the more likely we can have payment for you at the tournament as opposed to mailing it the following week as our finance department needs turnaround time. Looking forward to seeing you in San Jose! Carol Green
  8. Hello all! The Harker School is looking to hire judges for our TOC tournament in San Jose on March 2-4. We are in need of experienced LD and Policy critics who are available for the whole weekend. We can set you up with a hotel if needed. If you have not judged for us in the past (or you are not sure), please make sure to include a copy of your experience and judge paradigm in your initial email. If you have judged for us and can give us an idea of when so we can make sure we still have updated information to cut checks. ALL judges must post their paradigm to the NDCA database. LD judges please email Rick Brundage at rickb@harker.org Policy judges please email Carol Green at carolg@harker.org The sooner we can confirm judges, the more likely we can have payment for you at the tournament as opposed to mailing it the following week as our finance department needs turnaround time. Looking forward to seeing you in San Jose! Carol Green
  9. Hello from the high school world! The Harker School is in need of debate critics for our upcoming NCFL qualifier tournament. We will pay you very well (please email indicating interest and we can discuss this further with you) and if needed can put you up Saturday night in a local hotel. The tournament is in the lovely Sacramento, California on January 20 (four prelim rounds) and Sunday are the elim rounds. We may also need you for individual events and will pay accordingly if agreed. Please contact me at carolg@harker.org. We need to put in check requests as soon as possible to ensure we can pay you at the tournament (none of this mail checks business) so reply quickly! Carol -- Carol M. Green Communication Studies Department The Harker School 500 Saratoga Avenue San Jose, CA 95129 408-345-9655 (office) http://faculty.harker.org/carolg carolg@harker.org
  10. Hello from the high school world! The Harker School is in need of debate critics for our upcoming NCFL qualifier tournament. We will pay you very well (please email indicating interest and we can discuss this further with you) and if needed can put you up Saturday night in a local hotel. The tournament is in the lovely Sacramento, California on January 20 (four prelim rounds) and Sunday are the elim rounds. We may also need you for individual events and will pay accordingly if agreed. Please contact me at carolg@harker.org. We need to put in check requests as soon as possible to ensure we can pay you at the tournament (none of this mail checks business) so reply quickly! Carol -- Carol M. Green Communication Studies Department The Harker School 500 Saratoga Avenue San Jose, CA 95129 408-345-9655 (office) http://faculty.harker.org/carolg carolg@harker.org
  11. Who is on the IE, LD and PuFo staff?
  12. I think one of the ways you can reduce the frustration is to reduce the number of judges in the prelim panels. Right now you have a coach, random critic x from the commmunity and random critic y from acaddemia right? Or something like that... So you have a panel of people you can't read and who will go three different ways sometimes. The purpose of a panel is not to make audience adaptation a joke... which is what this does. My guess for the justification of the panel is because debate is a communication event. Agreed. But as a communication scholar, I would contend that you have to do some audience analysis and this is lost when judges refuse to disclose any information about themselves. So now you are flying blind which defeats all educational purposes of it being a communication event. It is the reason in public speaking classes you have an entire section devoted to audience analysis. If you have one judge, they may still not disclose anything about themselves. Okay, but now you have reduced the absolute randomness of the judging to one random variable. And through the art of communication, you can form a bond or connection with that judge... or at least if you get one crazy ballot, it isn't as disheartening as three that say ridiculous rfds. This is also true in individual events. I am not just contending debate is the only activity that needs judges with some level of knowledge. If we are trying to educate students in the arts of argumentation, persuasion, communication... let's actually educate them... let us as coaches do our part to coach... but as tournament committees, directors, hosts... let us ensure that we bring in judges who do the same. How educational is it for a student who has worked all year practicing the art of communication to leave a tournament with ballots that say things that are antithetical to the study and art of communication. To use the landmine metaphor that Marcus uses... if you have three mines in a field, it is a much more dangerous field then when there is just one.
  13. Head Royce and Meadows in finals
  14. Funny... there were like 40 copies laying around when we cleaned up the gym
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