[eDebate] Madison Cup Invite

Mike Davis davismk13
Wed Dec 5 14:35:36 CST 2007


Please forward to anyone else who might be interested and let me know if you
have any questions.



October 26, 2007

On behalf of the James Madison Center and JMU Debate we are pleased and
excited to invite you to compete for the Madison Cup at the sixth annual
"James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum" on *Thursday March
13, 2008*.

The James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens Forum is a unique
inter-collegiate debate competition, which combines the excitement and
challenge of tournament competition with the relevance and empowerment of a
public audience and audience participation.   It is also one of the showcase
events of our university's James Madison Day Celebration.

*2008 Topic:* Resolved: "that the United States should chart a new path
towards peace in the Middle East."



*Other cool and unique features:*

             *$15,000.00 in prize money

            *Debating and competing in front of public audiences

            *No entry fees

            *Continental breakfast, snacks and lunch provided

            *Video web-cast

            *Great PR for your debate program


*More cool stuff:  *This year's "Madison Cup Debates" are part of a year
long, campus wide project designed to encourage discussions of factions and
unity in an ever changing world. These events were kicked off with Desmond
Tutu's address at the Ghandi Center and will conclude with the 30th Annual
Communication Studies Conference entitled, "30 years of Communication
Criticism: Culture, Continuity and Change."

The tournament details are enclosed with this letter.  If you should have
any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

We look forward to hosting you in March!

Mike Davis, Ph. D.                                                       Pete
Bsumek, Ph.D.

Director of Debate
   Director,
Madison Cup Debates

School of Comm. Studies                                             School
of Comm. Studies

James Madison University                                             James
Madison University

(O) 540-568-7308                                                       (O)
540-568-3386

(E-mail) davismk at jmu.edu                                            (E-mail)
bsumekpk at jmu.edu

*Background: *Timed to coincide with the centennial of James Madison
University in mid-March, "The James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizen
Forum" centers on an important question facing American democracy. Last year
debaters argued both sides of the topic; Resolved "That this nation needs
affirmative action now more than ever."

The James Madison Center at James Madison University sponsors the event in
the spirit of James Madison's ideal that a republican democracy is healthy
only when informed and civil debate thrives. The final round will be
broadcast live on the World Wide Web.  Last year's debate featured teams
from Brown University, College of William and Mary, Cornell University, George
Mason University, James Madison University, Johns Hopkins University,
Liberty University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Towson University,
University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of
Virginia, Wake Forest University, and Yale University.

*Eligible Participants:*  Each school may enter one two-person team.  The
debate is open to *undergraduate* students who are in good standing at their
respective institutions.  Second teams will be considered on a case-by-case
basis, if space permits.



*Competition Format:*  The debate uses a "long table" format.  *This is a
public debate.   *Last year there was an audience of around 500 people for
the final round, preliminary rounds were smaller (audiences of 20-30
people).  * *The "long table" format features three (two person) teams on
each side of the question.  Speeches start with the affirmative and
alternate between the affirmative and negative throughout the debate.  Teams
are randomly assigned to sides and speaker positions.  In other words, if a
team is selected to be the first affirmative, they will give the first two
affirmative speeches in the debate.  The first and last speeches on each
side of the question are uninterruptible.  Any member of the opposing team
may interrupt the speeches in the middle of the debate in order to ask the
speaker to yield to a question.  Speakers are not required to answer these
questions (although not answering questions may cause the audience to think
that the speaker is "dodgy").  *Please see the example format below for more
information.  You can view last year's final round at:
*http://www.jmu.edu/orgs/debate/madisonCup/index.html


*Jury Adjudication Procedure:*  A three to seven member panel, or jury, will
adjudicate the debate.  Juries will be comprised of local residents,
students, professors, distinguished JMU alumni, and special invited guests.
At the completion of the debate, the panel will adjourn to discuss,
deliberate and decide upon the winners as a group.  The jury votes for
(2-person) teams, not sides of the question.  In other words, first place
could go to an affirmative team, while second place could be awarded to a
negative team.  *This year we will institutionalize jury feedback for the
participants.*
* *

*Tournament Procedures:*

* *

***Number of rounds: This year we will offer *three preliminary rounds of
debate and one final round. *

***Switch side debate: Each team will debate at least once on the
affirmative and once on the negative.

*Side & position:  Sides (affirmative or negative), and positions (first
affirmative team, first negative team, second affirmative team, etc) for the
preliminary debates will be determined by random drawing.

*Judging: Judges will rank teams 1-6 in each preliminary debate, and assign
each team quality points based on a thirty-point scale  (1-30).

*Advancing to the final round: The six teams with the lowest total ranks
will advance to the final round.  Quality points will be used to break ties.

*Sides and Speaking Positions in the final round:  Sides and speaking
positions in the final round will be based on seeding after the preliminary
rounds.  For example, the first seeded team will choose their "side and
position," then the second seed will choose "side and position," and so on.

* *

*Public Participation:*  While the jury deliberates, the floor will be
opened for audience comments and speeches.  An award for the best floor
speech will be presented.  Local newspapers, politicians, and the general
public are invited.



*Awards:*  The first place team will leave with the Madison Cup?a very nice
traveling trophy. Once again this year there is a $15,000.00 purse of prize
money.  All participants in the final round will be recognized with awards.



                        Prize money will be awarded as follows:

                        1st place: $5000.00 donation to your debate program

                        2nd place: $3000.00 donation to your debate program

                        3rd place: $2000.00 donation to your debate program

                        4th?6th place: $1000.00 donation to your debate
program

7th-10th place: $500.00 donation to your debate program



*Entry:*  There are no entry fees. We can accommodate a field of 36
teams.  Entry
is on a first come, first serve basis.  The first 24 teams to enter are
guaranteed a spot in the field, after that we will accept teams, if we can
generate a field divisible by 4 or 6.  *Deadline for entry is February 21st.
*This is necessary so we can determine how many debates there will be in
each round.  Send school info, team info (first and last names of debaters)
and requests for additional teams to:  Dr. Mike Davis, <davismk at jmu.edu>


*Lodging:* We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the newly renovated
Best Western Inn of Harrisonburg (formerly the Guest House Inn).  The Best
Western Inn is located at exit 247A off of I-81.  Go east on Highway 33?the
hotel is on the right side of the road.  The phone number for the Best
Western is 540-433-6089.  The rate for 1-4 people per room is $51.00 + tax.
*This special tournament rate will be available until March 3.*  When
calling the Best Western Inn please ask for Gini Boyers, and mention that
you are attending the Madison Cup debates at JMU.



*Travel:  *James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, VA, which is
two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. on I-81.  If you plan to fly
consider Dullas and Washington National/Reagan Airports in Washington DC (2
hours away), Richmond airport (2 hours away), Charlottesville airport (one
hour away) and the Shenandoah Regional Airport (15 minutes away).  *We will
arrange transport from Shenandoah and Charlottesville, we'll do our best to
work with you from the others.*



*Schedule:*



Thursday, March 13, 2008:  James Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizens
Forum



8:00 AM  registration and Announcements

8:30 AM: Preliminary debate round 1

11:00 AM Preliminary debate round 2

1:00 PM Lunch

2:00PM: Preliminary debate round 3

5:00 PM: Final round (followed by the presentation of the Madison Cup)

*Example Debate Format:* The 2004 final round proceeded as follows.

1st Affirmative Speech (Wake Forest #1): (4 minutes) uninterrupted

1st Negative Speech (George Mason #1): (4 minutes) uninterrupted

2nd Affirmative Speech (Wake Forest  #2): (5 minutes):  The first and last
minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the
speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The
speaker may accept, or decline the question.

2nd Negative Speech (George Mason #2): (5 minutes): The first and last
minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the
speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The
speaker may accept, or decline the question.

3rd Affirmative Speech (Georgetown # 1): (5 minutes): The first and last
minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the
speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The
speaker may accept, or decline the question.

3rd Negative Speech (James Madison #1): (5 minutes): The first and last
minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the
speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The
speaker may accept, or decline the question.

4th Affirmative Speech (Georgetown #2): (5 minutes) The first and last
minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the
speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The
speaker may accept, or decline the question.

4th Negative Speech (James Madison #2): (5 minutes) The first and last
minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the
speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The
speaker may accept, or decline the question.

5th Affirmative Speech (Mary Washington #1):  (5 minutes) The first and last
minute of the speech are uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the
speech any opposition debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The
speaker may accept, or decline the question.

5th Negative Speech (Towson #1): The first and last minute of the speech are
uninterruptible.  In the 2nd-4th minutes of the speech any opposition
debater may ask the speaker to yield to a question.  The speaker may accept,
or decline the question.

6th Affirmative Speech (Mary Washington #2):  (4 minutes) Uninterrupted

6th Negative Speech (Towson University #2):  (4 minutes) Uninterrupted

-- 
Dr. Michael Davis
Director of Debate/Assistant Professor
James Madison University
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