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TejaVepa last won the day on November 20 2012

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About TejaVepa

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    Debate Coach
  • Birthday 07/24/1989

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  • Name
    Teja Vepa
  • School
    Claremont HS
  • Biography
    USC Class of 2011, B.S. Biophysics.

    I work as a Financial Analyst. I try to be involved in debate when I can.

    I coach debate events for Claremont HS and have been a coach at St. Margaret's Episcopal School.
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    Los Angeles
  • Interests
    Photography, Debate, Biophysics
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    Biophysicist / Engineer / Debate Coach

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  1. Does anyone have the link to the spreadsheet for this year or last year? I know you can see the list on hsimpact, but I'd like to look at the full spreadsheet.
  2. The only consistent way to solve your problem is via use of an 'AutoExec' Macro-- this sets conditions and executes the macro every time you open a word doc. You can save this into the normal template, or more likely you'd need to save it into the Verbatim 'Custom Code' module. The drawback is that EVERY verbatim file you open will open in Pocket view. More info here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/286310
  3. @ OP, here's some classic SSD good cards. You're bound to run into them: Ann Marie Baldonado, Fall 1996 http://www.emory.edu/ENGLISH/Bahri/Representation.html, accessed 3/23/01 This questioning is particularly important when the representation of the subaltern is involved. The problem does not rest solely with the fact that often marginalized groups do not hold the 'power over representation' (Shohat 170); it rests also in the fact that representations of these groups are both flawed and few in numbers. Shohat asserts that dominant groups need not preoccupy themselves too much with being adequately represented. There are so many different representations of dominant groups that negative images are seen as only part of the "natural diversity" of people. However, "representation of an underrepresented group is necessarily within the hermeneutics of domination, overcharged with allegorical significance." (170) The mass media tends to take representations of the subaltern as allegorical, meaning that since representations of the marginalized are few, the few available are thought to be representative of all marginalized peoples. The few images are thought to be typical, sometimes not only of members of a particular minority group, but of all minorities in general. It is assumed that subalterns can stand in for other subalterns. A prime example of this is the fact that actors of particular ethnic backgrounds were often casted as any ethnic "other". (Some examples include Carmen Miranda HYPERLINK "http://www.emory.edu/ENGLISH/Bahri/carmen.gif" in The Gang's All Here (1943), Ricardo Mantalban in Sayonara (1957), and Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik ). This collapsing of the image of the subaltern reflects not only ignorance but a lack of respect for the diversity within marginalized communities. Shohat also suggests that representations in one sphere--the sphere of popular culture--effects the other spheres of representation, particularly the political one: The denial of aesthetic representation to the subaltern has historically formed a corollary to the literal denial of economic, legal, and political representation. The struggle to 'speak for oneself' cannot be separated from a history of being spoken for, from the struggle to speak and be heard. (173) It cannot be ignored that representations effect the ways in which actual individuals are perceived. Although many see representations as harmless likenesses, they do have a real effect on the world. They are meant to relay a message and as the definition shows, 'influence opinion and action'. We must ask what ideological work these representations accomplish. Representations or the 'images or ideas formed in the mind' have vast implications for real people in real contexts. Both the scarcity and the importance of minority representations yield what many have called " the burden of representation". Since there are so few images, negative ones can have devastating affects on the real lives of marginalized people. We must also ask, if there are so few, who will produce them? Who will be the supposed voice of the subaltern? Given the allegorical character of these representations, even subaltern writers, artists, and scholars are asking who can really speak for whom? When a spokesperson or a certain image is read as metonymic, representation becomes more difficult and dangerous. Solutions for this conundrum are difficult to theorize. We can call for increased "self representation" or the inclusion of more individuals from 'marginalized' groups in 'the act of representing', yet this is easier said then done. Also, the inclusion of more minorities in representation will not necessarily alter the structural or institutional barriers that prevent equal participation for all in representation. Focusing on whether or not images are negative or positive, leaves in tact a reliance on the "realness' of images, a "realness" that is false to begin with. Finally, I again turn to Spivak and her question, 'Can the Subaltern Speak'. In this seminal essay, Spivak emphasizes the fact that representation is a sort of speech act, with a speaker and a listener. Often, the subaltern makes an attempt at self-representation, perhaps a representation that falls outside the 'the lines laid down by the official institutional structures of representation' (306). Yet, this act of representation is not heard. It is not recognized by the listener, perhaps because it does not fit in with what is expected of the representation. Therefore, representation by subaltern individuals seems nearly impossible. Despite the fact that Spivak's formulation is quite accurate, there must still be an effort to try and challenge status quo representation and the ideological work it does. The work of various 'Third world' and minority writers, artists, and filmmakers attest to the possibilities of counter-hegemonic, anti-colonial subversion. It is obvious that representations are much more than plain 'likenesses'. They are in a sense ideological tools that can serve to reinforce systems of inequality and subordination; they can help sustain colonialist or neocolonialist projects. A great amount of effort is needed to dislodge dominant modes of representation. Efforts will continue to be made to challenge the hegemonic force of representation, and of course, this force is not completely pervasive, and subversions are often possible. 'Self representation' may not be a complete possibility, yet is still an important goal. N. Kirk Evans, two time NDT first-round and graduate student at U Chicago, [eDebate] We Other Debaters, Feb 27, 2002, http://www.ndtceda.com/archives/200202/0747.html, accessed February 27, 2002 Although critics of debate (e.g., Kevin Sanchez) appropriate Foucauldian language such as describing debate as “the pedagogy devoted to scholarship and training in good conduct,” I can’t help but wonder if there is a little “repressive hypothesis” discourse going on here. “For a long time, the story goes, we supported a repressive/calculating/veritas-seeking/flogocentric/docile body producing regime, and we continue to be dominated by it even today. The image of the stratego-spewtron is emblazoned on our restrained, (un)mute, and hypocrtical debating.” I don’t like certain aspects of debate as it is currently practiced. Some of my objections are political (e.g., under-representation of minorities, propensity of elite schools to dominate). Some are aesthetic (e.g., lack of clarity among most debaters). My problem with criticisms such as Kevin S’s or William S’s or Jack S’s is that they lump something together called “debate” and criticize it from afar (if that isn’t rendering something standing reserve and then surveying it with an enlightened imperial gaze, I don’t know what is). Somehow the sentiment seems to be lurking about that we’d all be free, uninhibited, and unrepressed beings if the debate-machine hadn’t turned us into assembly-line products of technostrategic thinking. Ummm repressive hypothesis. The reality is that proto-debaters enter high school with 8-9 years of educational training to be docile subjects and liberal humanists. If debate still maintains vestiges of these systems of thought, I think it has more to do with what people bring to the “institution” of debate than what debate teaches them. Debaters are taught to question authorit(ies), and there is certainly a higher degrees of activism (both liberal and conservative) among debaters than among their non-debate counterparts.
  4. Stats = Ctrl+Shift+I Update Styles = Ctrl+F12 There isn't one for underlining mode, but you can assign one in word settings/options
  5. It is good for people to have options, especially if they have a computer that doesn't have Word. Synergy and DebateOS have a place in this community.
  6. It really doesn't, but by that logic, we should have to have the entire source text of any card we read in the speech doc. That would be ridiculous. For whatever reason, the community norm for cards has always been that the minimum unit of evidence is a whole paragraph. Just stick with that. for the OP: Just cut 2 cards, even if your 2nd tagline is just "Author Continues". Really though, by cutting 2 cards you get to editorialize / explain a bit more in the 2nd tag.
  7. Is it possible to get the source code for this? I have a few other sites that this tool would be really helpful for.
  8. It's neither encouraged nor discouraged really, It runs the same risk of being turned in the 1AR that I discussed above, yet it's not really abusive because the 2AC had a good chance to deal with the Uniqueness and Link. This is usually best done if they mishandled the Uq and/or Link, and you're losing your other off-case positions, you can bulk up the DA they mishandled with more impact scenarios.
  9. Sure, theory's one way to handle it, but really, try to find a turn to read in the 1AR. This makes their 2NR a nightmare, because 1AR turns on new args in the Block turn the 2NR from a primarily offensive speech to a mostly defensive speech. Personally, I don't find new 2NC off case arguments to be strategic for this very reason. I also agree with Payton.
  10. I was just recently in Ogden, UT, and I found it to be a very nice town with a good college / family atmosphere. I can't speak to anything about Weber State, but the town's quite pleasant. If you live in Utah (or not) and want to debate and not leave the state, Weber sounds like a good option.
  11. Here's a few for econ decline = war/ nuc war: Royal 10 (Probably the most common) Harris and Burrows 9 (Probably has better warrants) Panzer 7 (Global Conflicts) And for Econ K2 Solve Warming: Indur M. Goklany writes extensively about this. Go to the OpenEv website and take a look at the Impact Files, you want the ones about Growth and Econ Good, i'm sure all of these cards can be found there.
  12. There's far more theory than what's listed here, including whole paradigms like stock issues, counterwarrants, hypotesting. In addition, there's Disclosure theory, prima facie theory, theory about where presumption lies in the event of a CP, etc. Here's a very comprehensive (though not exhaustive) theory file/book: http://static.schoolrack.com/files/105335/330482/Really_Big_Theory_Fourth_ed..pdf
  13. Another software tool that's useful after you download the OpenEv files is Doublekiller It's a duplicate file finder that works quickly and efficiently, and can reveal some things about the OpenEv files, for example, the Politics DA HTF From Michigan Classic is literally the same file as the Politics DA from Cal There are other duplicates as well, usually from the same camp. for example Michigan 7 - the 'Icebreakers Aff and Neg' file is identical to the 'Renewables Low' file, and certainly isn't an Icebreakers Aff/Neg
  14. Now, can you get it to automatically sort the files into folders based on what they're tagged as on OpenEv (i.e. Affirmatives, Case Negs, etc) because that would be pretty awesome.
  15. It's tough to pick just one, but here's 3 from the 1980s that are timeless: Elmore '80 (A-SPEC) Lang '85 (Genocide) Schell '82 (Nuclear War)
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