[eDebate] Dixie round 7 FAQ
Mon Nov 5 20:43:02 CST 2001
Answers to some frequently asked questions:
1) Do we have to debate? Yes and no. We need enough people to debate on a
good diversity of topics (see previous post for the great potential). You
should want to debate -- for yourself and for those who want to hear. You
have an obligation as a citizen in a democracy to be prepared to speak on
these issues. However, I think we will have "enough" debate if each school
participates, even if each and every debater or team does not. We are
turning teams away, so it hardly seems fair to just "take up space." So my
current best answer is that each school should participate.
2) What if the debates aren't good? What??????? Have confidence, folks. You
do not have to have the answers. You won't. But you do have real skill at
lining up the questions, at framing the issues. An actual debate that has
two sides answering each other's arguments is so much better than the
alternative offered in other forums that you will not fail if you give it
the ol' college try.
3) Can we debate against people from our own school or with people from
other schools? YES.
4) Can coaches or alums debate? Yes, IF we have space available. If all the
debaters want to debate, they get first priority, but I expect there will
be room for coaches and alums. And teams involving combinations of coaches,
alums and currrently active debaters are certainly welcome.
5) Should we write a description of our debate that functions as an ad?
Yes, especially if you want to attract audience.
6) How much audience do you expect? Upwards of 1000 people. See previous
posts for description of outreach efforts.
7) How can I cram in all my args for an audience? Do not rely on long
quotes. Just refer to sources and paraphrase. Focus on reasons. There is no
W/L or calling for ev. after the round. No need to clip cards!
8) What do I do now? THIS IS THE DEADLINE SCHEDULE: E-mail me w/ your
debate details by Wednesday night. Unpaired schools will be paired then.
All schools must submit final program announcement by Sunday night.
WFU Debate Coach
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