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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Dallas Wilson (Wood River High School) vs. Opposition: Elaine Wei (Unaffiliated)

Judge: David Kane (Binghamton University)

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

  • Dallas Wilson
    Dallas Wilson

    Elaine Wei
    Elaine Wei
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    Posted at May 6, 2014 01:17:39AM EST by Dallas Wilson



    Posted at May 7, 2014 12:52:58AM EST by Elaine Wei



    Posted at May 8, 2014 02:52:07AM EST by Dallas Wilson



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    Posted at May 9, 2014 02:14:12AM EST by Elaine Wei



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    Posted at May 10, 2014 11:59:37AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 11, 2014 11:14:45PM EST by David Kane

    Category Dallas Wilson Elaine Wei
    Use of evidence: 2.8 2
    Delivery skill: 2.7 2
    Coherence of arguments: 3 2.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 0 2
    Identification of key points: 3 3
    Comments: Show up. If you had showed up, you had a decent chance to win this debate.

    Don't complain about your opponents plan or that it was shared with others. Taken at face value, if she is really using something that your teammates have seen from her teammates, that just means you know how to handle her augments. Defeat her tactics, don't question her morality.

    Don't tell the judge to look at the time. The judge can do that themselves.

    Your presentation on the constructive speech was rough.
    The constructive had weak points. You showed a lot of data about high levels of mercury exposure, but didn't connect that to any real impact.

    Although you did respond to your opponent's arguments about the policy plan assumptions well, you did ignore her points about live capture of dolphins.
    Slow down and enunciate. Especially in this format, and especially when the judge signals that communication is important.

    Your topicality argument was over the top. Trotting out trite topicality quotations for cases that are squarely in the mainstream of this tournamnet undermines your credibility. Save your hyperbole for opponents who bring out really wacky arguments.

    As I noted in the decision, if your opponent had showed up for the last argument, you likely would have lost. Your lack of plan argument failed, and aside from quibbling about the plan details, you conceded the bulk of his case.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Elaine Wei

    Reason for Decision:

    The proposition failed to post a final rebuttal, which is unfortunate, because I was inclined to give the proposition side the win. Much of the debate focused on the presence or absence of a plan. Much of the opposition's argument rests on specific policy debate mechanics, which the proposition pointed out (correctly) are not specified or called for in the invitation for the debate. However, the proposition side did not finish the debate, and so the round goes to the opposition.

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