World Debating News
20 January 2007
It has been my absolute pleasure to serve you as Women’s Officer throughout the year and as acting Secretary throughout the most recent championships. I wish all the very best to Julia Bowes (the reigning champion from the University of Sydney) who takes over as Women’s Officer and will no doubt discharge that honourable position with the same diligence she takes to her debating. Mr Steve Johnson from the university of Alaska, is taking over as secretary and I will be handing all the auto-formatting and vote calculating tricks I created, he will no doubt be an incredibly valuable addition to Worlds Council and I wish him all the best in that role. The minutes have been forwarded to the executive and will be ready for ratification at the next council meeting. However, in order to finalise the minutes, the registrar, Mr Neill Harvey –Smith needs an email from all country and regional representatives to confirm who sat in those roles (especially if those persons changed during t he meetings) and also to facilitate contact during the year. It would also be helpful to confirm spelling His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org but obviously I will pass anything on.
Equity Policy Subcommittee
One of the resolutions of the Women’s Forum and of Worlds Council was to create a mandatory equity policy for future tournaments. This will take the form of the CUSID model which is to insert a statement of principles into the constitution which must be embodied in an equity policy that is then written by the host of any tournament governed by that constitution. This will give tournament hosts extra powers, reduces their liability and ensures that if harassment occurs at the tournament, for whatever reason, there is official recourse, even if the domestic legislature does not recognize harassment in the same way the World debate community might. I was appointed chair of the subcommittee by the Chair of Council and am now calling for applications to fill that subcommittee (I expect to be overwhelmed as I was immediately after council.) I would like to try and get as much regional representation as possible, and am particularly interested in people who have experience writing, dealing with and applying codes of conduct. If you would like to apply please write to me at Katherine.Price@student.uts.edu.au by 10 February 2007. Stating the following:
• Name and Contact Details
• Institution and Region
• Reasons for wanting to be on the subcommittee
• If you feel the need your debating experience
• Any relevant experience dealing with code of conduct / equity policies
• Any thing else I may need to know.
In the issues of efficient bureaucracy (what an oxymoron!) I will need to limit the size of the subcommittee but will try not to do that excessively (10-15), if overwhelmed with applications I will need to be selective. Sorry. The equity policy will address harassment on the grounds of: gender, race, religion, physical appearance, disability, language, nationality and will hopefully establish minimum standards of behaviour to ensure all participants have an enjoyable tournament.
A personal plea
My camera was stolen 30 minutes after I arrived in Italy, the replacement drowned in the lakes near Salzburg and my third camera in less than a year went missing at the Championship Dinner. It never turned up at the Sheraton which means someone in the debating community must have accidentally picked it up. I understand that all cameras these days all look the same, but I would really love my camera back and am prepared to offer a USD100 reward (Australian dollars would be like offering a reward in Argentinian pesos). If it wasn’t entirely picked up by accident I would love the memory card back (there are some irreplaceable photos of my holiday on there) for which there is a USD$50 reward. It’s a Canon IXUS 50 camera with a 512MB memory card and a ridiculous number of pictures of NYC and a girl in a red dress.
Thanks in advance.
38 Chisholm St
Greenwich NSW 2065
All the very best debating for the coming year. See you in Thailand (it looks AMAZING!)
The Rotterdam Open 2007 will take place on the 14th and 15th of April.
For those of you who have never been there, the Rotterdam Open is fantastic value for money: Europeans-style motions, excellent adjudication (N-1 and Euros and Worlds breaking local judges), a friendly atmosphere and plenty of alcohol and food. This year, debaters pay 20 euros and judges participate for free. Crashing costs are 7 euros pppn.
This BP tournament consists of six preliminary rounds, followed by semi finals and the final. The evening program includes a barbecue, pool bar, dining at a restaurant, and clubbing in Rotterdam and/or visiting a coffee shop or two.
Rotterdam is very conveniently located. Aside from having its own airport, Rotterdam is also merely an hour's train ride away from the Amsterdam and Eindhoven airports. The Brussels airport is 2 hours away. So chances are you can get here conveniently by low cost carrier.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the site and register now!
19 January 2007
Dear friends ~
Hope you guys had an awesome time in UBC lately.
If any of you guys are suffering from the post-worlds syndrome and looking for the perfect cure, visit www.wupid.hngsc.com. Otherwise, just visit in the name of peace anyway!
Our registrations for competitive institutions are opened. What is a competitive institution? Answer : Former and current champions, finalist and semifinalist of the WUDC, EUDC, Australs, All-Asians and AUDC. Other institutions mat also register but are non-competitive. Below are some details:
Registration fee for competitive institutions : None
Registration fee for non-competitive institution : USD 150
Registration fee without accomodation : USD 80
Registration closing date : Valentines [14th February 2007]
How to register? – You can either fill in the form on the website or email email@example.com. You will prompted with further instructions regarding registration.
Give peace a chance!
17 January 2007
Registration for the 14th All Asian Debate Championship in Korea has officially begun.
Information regarding registration is available on the website:http://asians2007.cau.ac.kr
To complete registration you must fill out the forms and send in the registration fee.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis. We will maintain a waitlist for institutions that would like to enter teams above the team cap (also on a first come, first served basis.)
We look forward to hosting you in Korea!
Jason L. Jarvis
14th All Asian Intervarsity Debate Championship.
16 January 2007
The University of Limerick is 20 minutes from Shannon Airport which has flights from around Europe (it is a hub for Ryanair), North America and the Middle East.
For more details or to register e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's Trinity IV is running from 25-27 January at Trinity College in Dublin. 16 elite teams will compete on Thursday in the Kingsmill-Moore Invitational Trophy. Then on Friday and Saturday, Worlds Finalist Gregg Ó Ceallaigh and International Mace Winner Barry Glynn will co-CA the Dean Swift Inter-Varsity with 80 teams competing through 5 preliminary rounds & 3 knockout rounds. All that in the company of free wine, free beer, pizza on Friday, full dinner on Saturday, three great nights out in Dublin, the best movie presentations, and the Trinity IV's unique atmosphere, craic and style.
If you are interested in registering teams for the IV, contact me at D-@TheHist.com, or my co-convenor Ruth Faller at Regis-@TCDPhil.com. Registration is e65 per team, and crash is available to international teams.
Hope to see you in Dublin,
Trinity IV 2007.
The Southampton University Debating Society is very proud to announce theSouthampton Open, a packed one day tournament to be held on Saturday the 3rdof March. We'll have 4 rounds of debates, followed by a great evening mealand gala final. Then once the debating is over you'll have free entry to ourlegendary union nightclub The Cube. Crash will also be available for theSaturday night so you can make the most of it!
Travel to Southampton is very easy and affordable - particularly from Londonand the Midlands where the MegaTrain website offers rail tickets starting at£1
We also guarantee the two things that really make an IV enjoyable -interesting motions and excellent judging throughout. The adjudication willbe headed by our CA Rich Penny (fresh from breaking at worlds), DCA AlastairEndersby (former England Schools coach) and backed up by a number of othertournament finalists brought in from around the country.
Registration is now open at a cost of £30 per team, the make-up of which isup to you bearing in mind it's an open tournament. N-1 will not be enforcedbut is encouraged, especially for institutions sending 3 or more teams.
To register, or for any more details please contact Johanna(email@example.com). Our website will soon be available atwww.soton.ac.uk/~debating/iv/iv07.htm.
We hope to see you in Southampton!
15 January 2007
Our adjudication team is spearheaded by Can Okar, European Champion 2003 and CA of EUDC 2007.
5 preliminary rounds breaking into semi-finals. There is no institutional cap. We have an n-2 rule in place for judges.
You can fly to Athens using various low-budget carriers, such as easyJet from Berlin, London and Milan, SkyEurope from Krakow and Virgin Express from Brussels. Check with us for travel advice on low-budget airlines from other countries. Train services also operate between Athens and Balkan capitals for as low as € 100 round trip - check with your national rail operator or contact us for more information.
Our registration pack is available online at http://www.lande.com/athens2007.pdf
Registration fee: 90 euros per person until February 28, 2007 for international teams.
- Accomodation in our partner 4-star hotel, President.
- Lunch & refreshments on the 20th and the 21st (competition days)
- Transportation to/from the venues.
- Trips to some of Athens' ancient monuments (such as the Acropolis).
- A social event in the largest nightclub Athens can offer.
For any questions please don't hesitate to mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
14 January 2007
The SMU Debating Society hosts the Annual "SMU Hammers" AsianParliamentary Debating tournament. This year, we'd like to make theHammers a Pre-AUDC tournament and have tentatively fixed the date asthe 5th and 6th of May, i.e the weekend before ITB AUDC begins. The tournament will follow the Asian Parliamentary format, with the AUDCtabs and feedback system.
The Hammers in the past has seen participation from top debatinginstitutions in Singapore and the region, and will provide goodpractice and competition for teams participating in AUDC.
We're working on providing subsidized accommodation and meals forInternational Teams who are keen on participating, so do let us knowas soon as possible.
We'll keep you updated on the final dates and registration amount forthe tournament as soon as possible.
Please direct all your queries to SMU Debating Society,smuds@....
Looking forward to your response
President, SMU Debating Society.
Source: AUDC Mailing list
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