[eDebate] NCA CEDA Business meeting, creating conditions for Change.

scottelliott at grandecom.net scottelliott
Fri Jul 20 00:32:03 CDT 2007

I saw it as a coach. I saw it as a concered debate alumni. I see it now as a
returning coach making a critical decision of how to spend my state's assets
and my students' time and effort when it comes to teaching argumentation and
particpating in intercollegiate debate.

As a former CEDA debater, CEDA coach, CEDA Director of Debate, alumni, and now
director, I can provide you with at least one piece of evidence that CEDA
coaches are tired of being the run-over bitch for the NDT. I said it when the
merger began, and have been saying it ever since: the NDT schools are playing
psychological and political jiu jitsu on CEDA in order to preserve their
numbers. CEDA got sucked into it and played into NDT's hands by switching to a
single year long policy resolution.

Add dominance of the "CEDA Topic Committee" by members, or alumni of NDT
schools, and the domination has become complete. I have watched in horror as
program after program, no--entire STATES and some regions--have been run out of
CEDA for no purpose other than to placate 10 or LESS NDT programs. Seriously,
You can count on two hands the schools that have benefitted from the NDT/CEDA
merger--almost all of them are schools that were NDT dominant when the merger
occurred. On the other hand, the merger has harmed over 100 programs (I'd say
almost 200) and
prevented the creation of untold numbers of other CEDA college programs.

As a program director, I am tired of CEDA being the bitch of NDT. I think that
concrete proposals to sever ties need to be placed on the CEDA business meeting
agenda for the Fall NCA business meeting.

There is no doubt in my mind that the small, but politically brilliant and
effective, group that currently dominate the CEDA/NDT apparachek will be in
full force at the business meeting to stop any hint of a severence. And,
an open discussion edebate is probably not the brightest strategy for fomenting
a revolution. This should be done at the hotel bar, but I cannot afford to
travel to all the national tournaments, nor afford all the beers necessary to
create a revolution.

But, what I am asking is that like minded directors that are still members of
join together to create conditions that would make such a break possible.

Given the current level of apathy in CEDA policymaking, I believe that as few as
20 directors, with some proxy votes, would be enough to push through a policy

My suggestion is a clear, and unequivocal Amendment to the CEDA Constitution:

That the CEDA National Championship and all tournaments sanctioned for
sweepstakes points for the Spring 2008 season, beginning January 1, 2008, will
have as the resolution for debate a resolution that is not the same as the NDT
resolution and is substantially different from the NDT resolution adopted by
the NDT for the 2007-2008 debate season.

Obviously, the wording needs a lot of work.

However, the focus should be on moving beyond the CEDA/NDT merger to a
re-capturing of CEDA and CEDA debate, with a focus on making such changes in
this Fall's CEDA NCA business meeting.

This means having concerend directors work on drafting appropriate wording.

This means creating the political conditions (read--stacking enough votes) to
achieve the necessary changes.

Scott Elliott

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