Just got an interesting email on the IE-L regarding next year’s NFA-LD topic… … The NFA-LD committee has just finished receiving results from the 2010-2011 coaches NFA-LD survey that was sent out two weeks ago to all active NFA member schools. Apparently, preliminary results indicate that a majority of debaters have decided against engaging the [...]
No excuses. Go Vote.
Just got my first email with Mental Health news from Medline. Saw this interesting article that could be a good case. I haven’t researched it yet but a case dealing with the mental health of college students could be really interesting! Good Introduction card More cases of severe mental illness are being reported among college [...]
One of my favorite cases this year has got to be Bike Lanes. We ran with it at the few tournaments Rio Hondo competed in NFA-LD and I think it makes a lot of intuitive sense. It also seems to be a very debatable topic. I had the opportunity to watch a round on bike [...]
I found this fascinating blog post today regarding how debaters move to the political arena: From http://debatekc.edublogs.org/2009/10/29/%E2%80%9Ccompetitive-and-slightly-unhinged%E2%80%9D-why-college-debaters-dominate-washington%E2%80%99s-political-scene/Alfred Charles Snider, Global Debate, Nov 2009 You should read the whole article.
Here is an article I found that has some great neg cards against a public transit case or light rail. It is a bit dated (2003) with one particularly damaging quotation regarding public transit: The “race” between the automobile and public transit is over. The auto has won. Nothing short of an economic debacle that [...]
Saw this article in the NYT today on Road and Rail Spending Proposals Stall as Lawmakers Punt on Revenue Fix Off the Hill, however, most transportation experts agree you cannot address the nation’s infrastructure without a new revenue source. As some contended on this post (and this one on funding) this quotation is proof that [...]
Given that funding is all the rage right now in the comments I saw this article in my handy dandy google alerts that came in my mailbox today regarding American public opinion and toll roads – perhaps an inherency press here or just some good resources on this potential (I’d argue non-topical!) case. A new [...]
Not being someone who likes to duplicate work already being done, I point you to these outstanding video lectures from the Cal National Debate Institute on various aspects of policy debating… While they are not focused exclusively on NFA-LD debate they are certainly from some of the most prominent debate coaches in the country and [...]
Eric Robertson, DOF at SDSU, has been putting together a live online debating community at world forensics network. I’ve been working with Eric a bit and we both thought it would be a neat idea to try and broadcast my lecture tomorrow at the RCC camp live on the website. This website has the potential [...]
For next week’s camp at RCC I wanted to put together a quick beginner case to hand out to participants. This way, in case anyone is lost with this topic, you’ll have some evidence. Here it is, on the STA ACT – 1AC – Aug 2009 (here are all the STA ACT – cards 1 [...]