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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Carson Collins (Unaffiliated) vs. Opposition: Katherine Ma (Clague Middle School)

Judge: Kate McGrath (Unaffiliated)

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  • Carson Collins
    Carson Collins

    Katherine Ma
    Katherine Ma
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    Posted at May 18, 2020 10:11:45PM EST by Carson Collins



    Michael Shellenberger 11/17/17, master's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, "Why I changed my mind about nuclear power."

    Posted at May 19, 2020 09:51:20PM EST by Katherine Ma



    1) Ferguson, Charles D., and Frank A. Settle in "The Future of Nuclear Power in the United States" Federation of American Scientists (2012)
    2) Lynas, Mark, and Peter Bradford. "Should the World Increase Its Reliance on Nuclear Energy?"

    Posted at May 20, 2020 08:23:26PM EST by Carson Collins



    Posted at May 21, 2020 06:58:57PM EST by Katherine Ma



    P. Slovic, J. H. Flynn and M. Layman, " Perceived Risk, Trust, and the Politics of Nuclear Waste," Science 254, 1603 (1991).

    W. S. Fyfe, "Nuclear Waste Isolation: An Urgent International Responsibility," Eng. Geol. 52, 159 (1999).

    Posted at May 22, 2020 07:23:06PM EST by Carson Collins




    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 23, 2020 02:36:43PM EST by Kate McGrath

    Category Carson Collins Katherine Ma
    Use of evidence: 3 5.4
    Delivery skill: 0.2 4
    Coherence of arguments: 3.1 5.3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.2 5.3
    Identification of key points: 4.2 5.4
    Comments: You do a good job of referencing facts that come from your research, but you should reference your sources and use more quotes in making your arguments. You also need to make sure to address all your opponent's arguments. You do a good job of using evidence to make your arguments. I especially appreciate your use of quotes and qualifications. You should try to signpost more and follow the organizational structure of your opponent. The arguments you made in your second speech should be in the first.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Katherine Ma

    Reason for Decision:

    The voting decision is in regards to the sped up video. The time limits are meant to ensure fairness and balance to both sides. While talking faster is within the spirit of the rules, using technology to achieve this artificially is not.

    Even if not for this, I would still vote for the opposition. Her argument about the feasibility was not adequately answered, and she raised good points about the safety and management of nuclear waste.

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