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Proposition: Shaquan Nelson (North Star Academy) vs. Opposition: Sam Burns (Santa Clara University)

Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)

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

  • Shaquan Nelson
    Shaquan Nelson

    Sam Burns
    Sam Burns
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    Posted at April 28, 2014 11:08:53PM EST by Shaquan Nelson



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    Posted at April 30, 2014 12:58:26AM EST by Sam Burns



    Posted at April 30, 2014 10:36:06PM EST by Shaquan Nelson



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    Posted at May 2, 2014 01:32:01AM EST by Sam Burns



    Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

    Posted at May 3, 2014 12:58:11AM EST by Shaquan Nelson



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    Submitted at May 5, 2014 02:48:56AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    Category Shaquan Nelson Sam Burns
    Use of evidence: 1.5 2.5
    Delivery skill: 3.5 3.5
    Coherence of arguments: 4.4 4
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.6 3.1
    Identification of key points: 3.9 4.1
    Comments: You should provide citations to help support the arguments you're making. You should also try making more eye contact with the camera. You have a good structure in presenting your arguments.

    You need to get around to answer his immorality arguments that are based upon hollow hope / inaction in other areas that could be more effective. You should also have more on why the goal should be on saving the dolphins first (ie more on animal rights vs cultural rights).

    Attacking UN's ability to enforce things doesn't prove why not to try. You should focus your efforts on why UN efforst would be bad (not just neutral / doesn't solve). The second part of your speech does a much better job at that.

    The first few seconds of your speech on contention this and contention that could be said a lot clearer. Also you should be sure you have a policy judge before you start spreading. You should be clearer on your counter alternative text (should the UN stop US factory farms etc). I like your focus on larger issue by pointing the finger inwardly.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Sam Burns

    Reason for Decision:

    I vote for the opposition in a very close round because I think the permutation needed to be clearer in the rebuttal speech. Even absent that I think the opposition has a few reasons for why the UN should not adopt both resolutions and that it's more important to put the focus on the root of the problem, which is factory farms. I think the prop would have benefited from making arguments like no root cause and pragmatism more than you do. Also both sides should be providing more citations, especially in the instance of factual debate as you two get into at times.

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    Thanks for a great round Shaquan! and thank you Mr. Leeson-Schatz for judging this round and helping to run the tournament. - Sam Burns on May 7, 2014 at 12:22PM EST

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