[eDebate] no more complaining allowed
Thu May 18 08:34:52 CDT 2006
Ok, I've been reading edebate the last week or so in between doing courts
research, and couldn't help but notice that no one has discussed the courts
topic in a while. Normally I wouldn't find this so strange, but there
seemed to be a lot of pissing and moaning about how closed off the topic
process was. It's mighty convenient that everyone complains when the topic
is announced, but no one participates in the one month run-up to the topic
meeting. Maybe those who were against the topic process formed a
counter-secret community, and I wasn't invited. I have gotten zero e-mails
with student input over the last month. How can their be a student rep if
there is no student (or coach, for that matter) discussion over what people
want in a topic? I'm not saying we all need to be cutting cards and doing
research right now, but there hasn't even been discussion on the format and
types of ground everyone wants the topic to cover.
I thought people were angry because there wasn't enough open discussion and
transparency in the topic creation process...why aren't any of the
detractors talking in the most open and transparent forum available in
intercollegiate debate? This is ridiculous.
I hope in the coming weeks students/coaches/whoever wants their opinions
heard and discussed will either do so on edebate or send me an e-mail. I
have been doing a lot of preliminary research (mainly on affirmative
action), and this is going to be a hard topic to write correctly.
Could people maybe reconsider discussing the courts topic? I know I haven't
been on edebate posting all of my thoughts, but I'm already in the secret
topic com., so I have get to sit in on all of the chamber meetings. Don't
worry, the secret topic society hasn't decided anything too specific yet,
that doesn't happen until Mancuso performs the blood-sacrifice ritual on a
In the meantime, i'm going to periodically post to edebate harassing
students for input until I get at least a couple of different squads from
each NDT district to give me some thoughts and opinions on what they want
out of a courts topic.
no more complaining allowed. If you only want to speak up when you are
pissed off or want to complain, but not when you're being invited and
included, then you provide no productive discussion whatsoever.
ps-if you're coming to the topic meeting....don't forget to bring a towel!!
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