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  1. For the sake of being seen as a troll, I guess I'll throw in my relative sage-like opinion. Missouri debate in its current form is inevitable because of budgetary issues. Chris hit the nail on the head here. It's just true. Even if some money is being funneled to go to an assistant coach, cutting that coach might only provide enough resources to travel a mid-sized team to one, maybe two large tournaments. I guess that's just the obvious, but I'll try to throw something else into the mix. As Ben Reid might say, I'm sounding like Cheesewright here, but, oh well. Why should we prioritize this very specialized, particular form of knowledge? Whats to say that such a form has any more intrinsic value than what Missouri currently has. Yes, there might be more research benefits for competing in what some call the "national circuit", but from my experience, those who do well in Missouri are those who do the research anyways and those would be competitive on the NC anyways. Why make the whole ordeal into some projection of inferiority to "the big boys" at some private school or Chicago suburb? I lived 4 years envying them and carrying out my college plans accordingly only to determine that it doesn't make a difference. I did the same research as them. I did the same preparation as them. When push came to shove, I ran the same arguments as them. I feel like my experience in Missouri gave me the research skills that I needed to be successful in college, in combination with the often overlooked (and oh god, scoffed at) public speaking and communication benefits. Why do you think the vast majority of collegiate programs are housed in communication departments? Sure, there are some historical factors. The main reason continues, debate is an activity focused on communication in any form. The method of communication may differ, but there is no difference between the the "technical" and the "persuasive" in any substantive way. I look back at my time in Missouri with favor. I don't think for a moment that I got "screwed over" because some "bus driver" made a "shitty decision". If you think that doesn't happen in the national circuit, you are idealistic. I'm sure you can ask CJ. Moral of the story - you can't always get what you want, but if you try some times, you might find that you get what you need. High school is temporary, you shouldn't live it in envy of what others might have - it prevents you from seeing your own privilege. You'll be fine as a collegiate debater if that's something you want to do. Ask any of the Mo State kids. Ask Malcom Gordon (shit, he debated for Ozark). The benefits you learn in Missouri, the ability to communicate in a very basic way, will help you out where it matters. Even if you value the "technical", it will help you there when you get to college in a way that other individuals might not have had the same opportunity. Just my thoughts. I don't think it's too long not to read. Might be helpful to the discussion. Thanks. -Ben
  2. Are any Missouri teams going to any of the Chicago tournaments? In particular, New Trier or Glenbrooks? If so, you should totally hire me to judge open policy. Update: Never mind. Ben, could you delete this thread? I don't know how to use this new cross-x. kthx
  3. Name and location: Benjamin Campbell, Illinois Years out of High School: 3 Years in College (if you attend college): 3 Summary of debate experience: Competed at national and regional tournaments during high school. Broke to out-rounds at NFL. Do Parli for SIU, got to sems at NPTE. Willing to cut cards/reasearch (Y/N): Yes, but it would probably be limited to politics updates. Is transportation needed? (Y/N): No, I will get there Is housing needed? (Y/N): No, I have a place Time(s) available/Tournaments available: I will be at New Trier and Glenbrooks. It's really easy, you pay me a very small amount of money for me to cover a commitment. I will be there anyways, it's just a question of whether or not I judge. I've judged at both tournaments the last couple years. I'm about as cheap as you can get. If you're interested, shoot me a pm or email me at bencam92<at>gmail<dot>com.
  4. Name and location: Benjamin Campbell, Illinois Years out of High School: 3 Years in College (if you attend college): 3 Summary of debate experience: Competed at national and regional tournaments during high school. Broke to out-rounds at NFL. Do Parli for SIU, got to sems at NPTE. Willing to cut cards/reasearch (Y/N): Yes, but it would probably be limited to politics updates. Is transportation needed? (Y/N): No, I will get there Is housing needed? (Y/N): No, I have a place Time(s) available/Tournaments available: I will be at New Trier and Glenbrooks. It's really easy, you pay me a very small amount of money for me to cover a commitment. I will be there anyways, it's just a question of whether or not I judge. I've judged at both tournaments the last couple years. I'm about as cheap as you can get. If you're interested, shoot me a pm or email me at bencam92<at>gmail<dot>com.
  5. Don't get your hopes up. People have tried it numerous times and it has failed horribly. I think it was Pembroke or Marshfield. I'm also not sure why you wouldn't just go through the national wiki...
  6. Kenny: Out of curiosity, who was on the committee and how did the vote come down? Also, has there been any discussion of ways to encourage coaches to have policy programs or to get newcomers to choose policy over PF or LD? I'm not proposing anything, but just interested. I know there has been fear of the death of policy in Missouri, but it seems like more and more there have been fewer and fewer entries at MSHSAA or NFL districts.
  7. I don't mean to poke and prod, but is there any indication of what details might be murky? I'm not trolling or trying to be confrontational, I'm just sort of curious. There would have to be some reason why a District would give him that ultimatum. I'd say go to a Town Hall meeting and express your concern, I'm not sure what a change.org petition is going to do. Just a suggestion.
  8. I've done some work for nationals. If anyone is in need of politics or any updates, please contact me through facebook. Ben
  9. NANANANA

    Ben Reid

    Is No-Facebook Novak also No-Cross-x Novak?
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    Slavojzizek

    And a homophobe.
  11. NANANANA

    Slavojzizek

    Who is dis. I hear him on this Missouri forum numerous shittons of times .
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    Ben Reid

    Damn cross-x, not letting me attach photos: http://www.memecreator.org/custom/41881
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