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Welcome to the home of the Binghamton Speech & Debate Team! Interested in competitive collegiate speech and debate? Learn about our successful program, in which we have made champions out of competitors with no prior experience and further honed the skills of those who participated in high school. You can also debate for course credit through Binghamton, even if you attend a different university.

This site also features a variety of videos of speeches, debates, and lectures. We also provide speech & debate tools, both for building skills and for using during competition. Lastly, from time to time, we host online competitions, in which you can compete and potentially win prizes. We are currently taking entries for Binghamton University's 2nd Annual Online Debate Tournament. You can watch our first tournament, Binghamton University's 1st Annual Online Debate Tournament, on this site as well.

If you would like to show your support, you can donate or like us on Facebook.

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2nd Annual Online Tournament / Fall 2013 Alumni Newsletter

Posted by Joe Leeson-Schatz on January 13, 2014 | Be the first one to comment!

We are proud to announce that we are accepting entries and judges for Binghamton University's 2nd Annual Online Debate Tournament! We hope to build on our past success and double it by reaching 200 competitors. Registration is free and can be done with a few simple clicks. Enter today!.

In addition, we have created a Newsletter chronicling the Bearcats' adventures this semester! We encourage all of our followers, especially our alumni, to check it out.

2013 North East Regional Opener @ Binghamton University Results

Posted by Brandon Evans on October 1, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

After many great debates, the opener is over! The winners are:


You can see the full policy results on tabroom.com. You can also find all of the Worlds results here.

Welcome to the new Binghamton Speech and Debate Website!

Posted by Brandon Evans on September 7, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

After a month of re-structuring, the new Binghamton Speech & Debate Website is here! We have a plethora of new features and content to offer to the debate community:
Our next phase will consist of creating the ability for debaters to challenge and set up debates with their peers on the fly. These "Call-Out Debates" will support both the classic, five speech format we used for our 1st Annual Online Debate Tournament, in addition to policy debate and individual events. You can expect this feature to be available somewhere in the middle of the fall season. Of course, we have many plans for hosting future tournaments on this system, but will save the details until they are finalized.

Enjoy!
Brandon Evans
Executive Vice President and Technical Administrator of Binghamton Speech & Debate

Introducing the new Speech & Debate E-Board!

Posted by Brandon Evans on May 15, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

With the school year coming to a close, I have updated our E-Board pages to reflect those recently elected. For those who have not heard already, here are the results!

Congrats to all of our board-elects, and I hope we will bring our team to yet another year of success!

Results of the tournament

Posted by Joe Leeson-Schatz on May 8, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

Binghamton University's 1st Annual Online Debate Tournament is now officially over. 40 different institutions participated between judges and debaters with 100 different competitors. There was nearly a 50 / 50 aff / neg win percentage and some really amazing debates that are worth watching!

Congratulations to the top four competitors who remained undefeated after six rounds of competition: William Cheung (CUNY), Elizabeth Gellis (Binghamton), Christian Chessman (Unaffiliated), and Lindsey Hancock (Mercer). All of you did a truly amazing job debating.

To see the full results and to watch any of the rounds, go to http://speechdebate.binghamton.edu/Tournaments/2/Home/binghamton-university-s-1st-annual-online-debate-tournament

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who participated, judged last minute rounds (like Will Scott and Shree Awsare among others), and of course Brandon Evans for all his hard work programming the online platform and troubleshooting issues as they arose. Amazing that an undergrad with a full course load and a competitive policy debate schedule could accomplish so much in a single semester.

Final Round of Binghamton University's 1st Annual Online Debate Tournament!

Posted by Joe Leeson-Schatz on May 3, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

We're into the final week of our online tournament. 12 competitors remain, all at 4-0. Wish them luck and check out the rounds that are already underway here.

Next week the 1st winner of our annual online tournament will be named and will claim the $100 gift card award. Other awards will also be given out at that time.

Below are the current seedings:

Rank 1: Elizabeth Gellis (Binghamton University): 6 Opponent Wins and 90 Points
Rank 2: Brandon Evans (Binghamton University): 6 Opponent Wins and 86.1 Points
Rank 3: Amelia Poulin (University of Rochester): 6 Opponent Wins and 84.9 Points
Rank 4: William Cheung (City University of New York): 6 Opponent Wins and 77.1 Points
Rank 5: Dhruv Sehgal (Binghamton University): 5 Opponent Wins and 85.7 Points
Rank 6: Christian Chessman (Unaffiliated): 4 Opponent Wins and 106.3 Points
Rank 7: David Diaso Jr. (San Diego Christian College): 4 Opponent Wins and 80.4 Points
Rank 8: Nick Julian (Newport High School): 4 Opponent Wins and 77.2 Points
Rank 9: Monique Saastamoinen (Binghamton University): 4 Opponent Wins and 75.2 Points
Rank 10: Lindsey Hancock (Mercer University): 3 Opponent Wins 75.6
Rank 11: Lauren Busdon (Wood River High School): 3 Opponent Wins and 43.2 Points
Rank 12: Chris Hall (Weber State University): 2 Opponent Wins and 81.5 Points

Good luck to all competitors!

The switch from EST to PST deadlines

Posted by Brandon Evans on April 18, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

I am pleased to announce that the first round of Binghamton University's 1st Annual Online Tournament has begun fairly successfully, with roughly 3/4ths of our 100 matches meeting the deadlines. While the round progressed, we have received feedback that it would be more fair to the people living on the West Coast, who make up a significant portion of our competitors, that we set the deadline to midnight PST (3:00 AM EST the following day). As this can only help those living in other timezones of the U.S, we have decided to take that suggestion.

As such, everyone must post their opposition video by 2:59 EST tonight in order to avoid forfeiting. After 1:00PM EST, check if your opposition match has a video posted. If it does not, we will shortly forfeit your opponent. Otherwise, even if you did not see their video previously, you need to post your opposition video by the deadline.

Good luck everyone!
Brandon

Binghamton Speech and Debate Team’s official endorsements for SA candidates

Posted by Anna Pinchuk on March 13, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

Introducing the BEST OF THE BEST:

1) Eric Larson for President – He’s been the best SA Financial Vice President(FVP) we’ve ever dealt with since 2001. Sad he’s not going to stay as FVP but we’re sure he’ll be a great President. He’s the most hard-working and knowledgeable candidate out there and we’re looking forward to seeing great things happen with the SA next year!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-Larson-for-SA-President/509744892404737?fref=ts

2) Mark Ochweri for VP of Programming – He’s the Northeast Novice Regional Champion and was on the team for a year. His time commitment decreased only so he can lay the groundwork to getting elected. We’re sure he will also do a great job. He is the most passionate and enthusiastic person we know!

http://www.facebook.com/MarkForVPP

3) Jacob Dorfman for EVP – He’s been the speech captain and the EVP of our club, created a spin-off SA organization so worlds can exist without trading off with the policy budget, and has been active since he’s been a freshman. He’s great to work with!

http://www.facebook.com/jhdmetman?fref=ts

4) Derrick Conyers for VP of Academic Affairs – He is thus far the only student who has left debate that filled up his time productively in order to make the world and campus a better place. He is devoted to academics and would do a great job in this position!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Derrick-Conyers-for-SA-Vice-President-for-Academic-Affairs/510660202303459?fref=ts

We are endorsing the most qualified and brilliant candidates! Show your support and vote on March 20th!

Final Round of the RHET 354 Class Tournament

Posted by Brandon Evans on March 6, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

We have just completed the final round of the RHET 354 Class Tournament between Anthony Mattis on the Proposition and Elizabeth Gellis on the Opposition. On a 7-5 decision, Elizabeth Gellis is the winner! Congratulations, everyone!

Round 1 of the RHET 354 Class Tournament begins!

Posted by Brandon Evans on February 14, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

Today, the members of Binghamton University's RHET 354 class began Round 1 of their online debate tournament. In addition to being a fun and educational event, this tournament serves to demonstrate and test the system in preparation for Binghamton University's 1st Annual Online Debate Tournament, which begins in April.

The resolution for this tournament is "RESOLVED: Video games glorifying gun violence should be banned." As an avid gamer (See my Nintendo hat in the banner), I look forward to seeing these debates discuss the issues that arise from violent video games and the steps we should take to reduce the harms. Click here for the pairings and videos.

New Sponsorship: PeTA

Posted by Brandon Evans on February 3, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

We are proud to announce that the 1st Annual Binghamton University Online Debate Tournament will be sponsored by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals! We hope to find additional sponsors to help us supplement our prize fund. If you are interested, please contact our director.

Binghamton University's 1st Annual Online Debate Tournament Underway!

Posted by Joe Leeson-Schatz on February 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

Registration for Binghamton University's 1st Annual Online Debate Tournament is now open. Sign up for an account and enter today! Entry is entirely free. For more details, view the invite for the tournament.

Speech Team in Montreal

Posted by Jared Skwiersky on January 29, 2013 | Be the first one to comment!

The Speech team started the season last weekend in Montreal, with Itka Safir taking home 2nd place in Extemporaneous Speaking and 5th in Persuasive Speech.

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Fall 2012 Policy Debate Season Overview

Posted by Maneo Choudhury on November 19, 2012 | Be the first one to comment!

It has been an amazing Fall season for the Bearcats, finishing up the semester having exceeded expectations at every tournament so far this year!

Recent Tournaments

At the 2012 Huber Debates at the University of Vermont, Binghamton had a strong showing in every division.

In the Novice division MO (Aishwarya Masrani & Mark Ochweri), KM (Xin Ke & John Maine), KK (Chi Ka Ko & Masakazu Kurihara), and CS (Derrick Conyers & Dhruv Sehgal) all reached the quarterfinals round. Two teams, KK and KM, continued onto semifinals where both faced teams from the United States Military Academy. Army went on to close out the final round of the novice division.

In the Open division, CP (Maneo Choudhury & Anna Pinchuk) and GR (Philip George & Trevor Reddick) held strong during the preliminary rounds and both made appearances in final rounds. In the JV Breakout finals, CP faced the top team from the New School, which the New School won on a 2-1 decision. In the Varsity elimination rounds, GR advanced to the final round where they faced the top team from Cornell University. Cornell emerged victorious on a 2-1 decision.

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The next weekend, CP and GR competed at the Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University. This is one of the most competitive policy debate tournaments of the year, matched only by championships like the National Debate Tournament and CEDA Nationals. The tournament limits entries to the top two teams from each school, making exception only for third and fourth teams which can prove themselves to be just as good as the best. This makes it one of the toughest pools to be debating in. Binghamton faced several tough opponents including Michigan State HR (currently ranked the 10th best partnership in the nation), University of Oklahoma CL (currently ranked 22nd in the nation), amongst other nationally recognized teams.

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Last weekend, Binghamton’s JV and Novice debaters competed at the Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament. In the Novice division, MS (Aishwarya Masrani & Dhruv Sehgal) and RY (Sonya Robinson & Phillip Yuen) both had four wins and two losses in preliminary rounds, making it to Octofinals. In JV, EF (Brandon Evans & Daniel Friedman) managed to tear through a Liberty-dominated pool to make it to Semifinals where they faced Liberty CW. The tight debated ended in a 2-1 decision for Liberty University.

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Northeast Fall Championship @ BU

Binghamton University will be hosting the Northeast Fall Championship 2012, the first tournament of its kind, on December 1st and December 2nd. This tournament marks the official end of the Fall debate season. The tournament will consist of Open, JV, and Novice divisions.

For this tournament, members of the Binghamton debate squad will not be able to proceed to elimination rounds. Only the Binghamton students who are taking one of the debate classes (Rhet 247 and/or Rhet 354) and competing for extra credit will be able to advance to elims. For this reason, the squad members will all be debating up one level: the Novice debaters will compete in the JV division; the JV debaters will compete in the Open division; the Varsity debaters will sit this one out.

Registration for the tournament is open right now, as we wait for all schools to register. Currently Rutgers-Newark University, New York Univeristy, CUNY, and Western Connecticut State University are entered.

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Spring 2013 Season

With the Fall semester coming to an end, the Bearcats are already looking ahead to the Spring season. In January, the squad will be traveling to Los Angeles for the annual “Cal Swing” – two back-to-back national tournaments in the Golden State.

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It was a great first semester of debate for the Binghamton Bearcats: Now its time to prep for the coast!

~Maneo Choudhury

((Edit, 7pm: Photos have been added to this post. ))

Binghamton Speech team competes at UPenn

Posted by Maneo Choudhury on November 12, 2012 | Be the first one to comment!

Great showing for the Speech Team this weekend. Jacob, Jared, and Itka all made it to finals in their respective events at the 2nd part of the SNAFU Charity Ball Swing held at UPenn.

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United States Military Academy at West Point

Posted by Maneo Choudhury on October 30, 2012 | Be the first one to comment!

The Binghamton University Debate team had a successful run recently at West Point’s debate tournament.

Congratulations to Mark Ochweri, who ranked 1st place speaker out of a division of nearly 80 people!

Also, congratulations to Anna Pinchuk/Maneo Choudhury, Derrick Conyers/Dhruv Seghal, and John Maine/Mark Ochweri, all of whom made it to semi-finals!

The team is now preparing to travel to Vermont, for the University of Vermont’s annual Huber Debates, where they are the two year defending champions of the Novice bracket. Go Bearcats!

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2012 Tournament Results

Posted by Brandon Evans on September 23, 2012 | Be the first one to comment!

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Results Packet

Round 1 Ballots

Round 2 Ballots

Round 3 Ballots

Round 4 Ballots

Round 5 Ballots

Round 6 Ballots

Worlds Speaker Tab After Round 6

Debate Camp

Posted by Annabelle North on August 21, 2012 | Be the first one to comment!

The Binghamton Debate team started of its season with its annual preseason camp where new debaters learn the basics of debate. During the past two weeks they learned how to make speeches, articulate complex arguments, and how to be efficient researchers. Returning debaters enhanced their skills, worked on their weaknesses, and were allowed to take the lead on this years’ topic which is energy production. These two weeks were a great since it allowed the team to bond as well as to prepare for the upcoming season. Everyone left ready and motivated to reclaim the tile of number one debate team in the nation.
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