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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Illiah Pfau (Wood River High School) vs. Opposition: Risa Kasamura (Shorin Global)

Judge: Frank Santos (Binghamton University)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Illiah Pfau
    Illiah Pfau

    Risa Kasamura
    Risa Kasamura
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    Posted at April 13, 2015 09:29:44PM EST by Illiah Pfau



    Daily Kos. "Prisons Don't Make Sense, so Why Do We Keep Sending People There?" Prisons Don't Make Sense, so Why Do We Keep Sending People There? Daily Kos, 7 June 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
    "Prison Abolition & Alternatives." Prison Abolition & Alternatives. Ed. Prison Research Education Action. Prison Research Education Action, 2006. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.
    Western, Bruce. "The Prison Problem." Harvard's Bruce Western Advocates New Prison, Rehabilitation Policies. Harvard, Mar.-Apr. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.

    Posted at April 15, 2015 07:59:58AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz



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    Posted at April 15, 2015 09:46:33PM EST by Illiah Pfau



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    Posted at April 16, 2015 06:01:01AM EST by Risa Kasamura



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    Posted at April 18, 2015 01:06:05AM EST by Illiah Pfau




    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 18, 2015 07:28:59PM EST by Frank Santos

    Category Illiah Pfau Risa Kasamura
    Use of evidence: 5 5
    Delivery skill: 4 3
    Coherence of arguments: 5 3.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5 4.5
    Identification of key points: 5 4
    Comments: Make sure you are using all of the time allotted to you in all of your speeches. As the proposition, your biggest advantage is the ability to speak more often, but you don't get as much time to make your point. The last thing you want to do is give some of that time back.

    Also, you were adamant that recidivism should be a main voting point, yet the term itself was not present in your closing. If that is what you want me to vote on, I should be hearing that word repeatedly.

    You make great points, and your definition of key terms is what won you this round, especially the word "abolish". By not having to defend the destruction of prisons completely, you made your argument much more realistic. It did open you up for that to be the battle ground of the debate, so make sure you are willing and able to defend the validity of your definitions if need be.

    I would also be aware of your delivery; you had a good number of slip-ups that are easily fixed with repetition and additional preparations of your speeches before recording.

    Great debate.
    Make sure you are addressing all of your opponents arguments in their opening statement. He was able to expose many of the arguments you failed to address, and use them to make his larger argument about impact and recidivism.

    It is fine if you are going to read off of a prepared speech, but you have to make an effort to make eye contact intermittently.

    Great job using evidence and sources to make your argument. It was a very close debate.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Illiah Pfau

    Reason for Decision:

    The proposition won this debate because the opposition conceded the main facets of the propositions recidivism argument. This was simply too much of a hurdle to overcome for the opposition, and the proposition was able to point out the faults of the opposition's counter and add on to their recidivism argument.

    Individual criticisms have been noted in your sections.

    Great debate!

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