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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Raequan Nelson (North Star Academy) vs. Opposition: Skyler Wu (NEI Education)

Judge: Kevin Cummings (Mercer University)

Resolution: RESOLVED: The United Nations should adopt a resolution decrying or demanding an end to the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.

  • Raequan Nelson
    Raequan Nelson
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    Skyler Wu
    Skyler Wu
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    Posted at April 21, 2014 09:55:05PM EST by Raequan Nelson

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    Posted at April 23, 2014 02:29:27AM EST by Skyler Wu

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    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/japan-votes-continue-whaling-despite-ban-20144168415650990.html

    Posted at April 24, 2014 12:19:54AM EST by Raequan Nelson

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    Posted at April 25, 2014 01:39:53AM EST by Skyler Wu

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    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/japan-votes-continue-whaling-despite-ban-20144168415650990.html

    Posted at April 26, 2014 01:18:17AM EST by Raequan Nelson

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    Submitted at April 26, 2014 09:55:26AM EST by Kevin Cummings

    Category Raequan Nelson Skyler Wu
    Use of evidence: 3.2 2.7
    Delivery skill: 3.1 3
    Coherence of arguments: 2.7 4
    Responsiveness to opponent: 2.8 4.3
    Identification of key points: 3.4 3.9
    Comments: I think you do a fine job setting out reasons for why dolphin hunting is morally reprehensible and I found the sentience and speciesism arguments especially compelling. I think your opening speech needs to better articulate why the United Nations in particular can intervene effectively. Your rebuttals are very efficient, although you seem to shift away from your framework of maximizing happiness and you allow Skyler a bit more leverage to frame the debate in policy language. I think you should offer more reasons for why plan focused debate is called for on this resolution and explain the educational benefits of comparing competing policies. You could provide more reasons for why UN action is problematic. I think you are technically proficient and you do an excellent job on the line-by-line. Nice round.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Skyler Wu

    Reason for Decision:

    I vote OPP.
    (1) Topicality - The Prop does not offer any reason for UN action in the first speech and the absence of an affirmation is pointed out by the Opp who argues that this means the resolution is not upheld(integrity), and that not defending UN action is unfair and hurts educational outcomes. Prop responds with the argument that by condemning dolphin hunting they do in a way show that the UN should act. While this is a decent argument, I do not think it sufficiently responds to the Opp contention that the first Prop needed to prove the resolution by affirming the agent of action.
    (2) Plan Focus - Either side could win this with a stronger definition of 'should.' Better standards and more analysis would be useful for both sides.
    (3) I really like the examples and the passion in the Opp rebuttal on the hypocrisy DA and the CPlan. Ask your drug dealer to stop selling you drugs? Nice arg. Hypocrisy shows a solvency deficit for the Prop and the CPlan is the one clear policy advocated in the debate so I go Opp here as well. Thank you both and good luck.


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