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Proposition: Bianca Larsen (Powell High School) vs. Opposition: Sohil Sharedalal (Binghamton University)

Judge: Carlos Varela (University of Vermont)

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

  • Bianca Larsen
    Bianca Larsen

    Sohil Sharedalal
    Sohil Sharedalal
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    Posted at May 6, 2014 12:51:48AM EST by Bianca Larsen



    Kevin Lickty. "Taiji Dolphin hunt: No celebration of culture." University Wire. 2014

    Posted at May 6, 2014 07:39:03PM EST by Sohil Sharedalal



    Posted at May 8, 2014 01:15:46AM EST by Bianca Larsen



    New slaughter method --

    Posted at May 9, 2014 01:15:15AM EST by Sohil Sharedalal



    Posted at May 9, 2014 05:00:55PM EST by Bianca Larsen



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    Submitted at May 13, 2014 03:10:34PM EST by Carlos Varela

    Category Bianca Larsen Sohil Sharedalal
    Use of evidence: 4.4 3
    Delivery skill: 3.7 3
    Coherence of arguments: 4.7 3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.6 3
    Identification of key points: 3.9 3
    Comments: Bianca! Really good job debating. The only improvement I would like to see is a little bit more argument selection. In your last speech you kind of go for ALL the arguments that you are winning. In this debate you had the opportunity to choose ONE, maybe two, main arguments (the ones with the biggest impact), and dedicate your time on why that one argument wins you the round.

    Besides that, good job.
    Sohil, you have potential to be a great debater. At the moment, too many of your arguments are defensive in nature. To WIN debates, you need to advance arguments that makes passing the propositions advocacy catastrophic to the status quo. To make you arguments offensive in nature, you need to impact your arguments. For example, what is the impact to the UN losing international credibility?

    Too much of your speech was based on neutralizing her arguments instead of advancing your own arguments that could win you the round.

    You definitely have stage presence, and could see you developing a very persuasive style. Keep it up!

    The decision is for the Proposition: Bianca Larsen

    Reason for Decision:

    After the debate I am not left with any reason not to vote for the proposition advocacy of having the UN pass a resolution regarding Taiji.

    Yes, factory farms are bad, but not decrying dolphin hunts, does nothing for the factory farm harms opposition outline, nor for the dolphin harms both teams agree on.

    Status quo has harms, passing the resolution is the option presented to change scenario.

    I am convinced that mercury dangers are worthy of a UN resolution.

    In the end, I see a chance of benefits, and no risk of disadvantage to affirming the resolution.

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