[eDebate] CEDA Reminders - 07-08 Topic

Gordon Stables stables
Tue Mar 20 23:05:50 CDT 2007

I am sorry to add to more email clutter, but as we prepare to kick off 
CEDA Nationals I would like to offer a couple of brief reminders of what 
will be happening with the topic process in Norman. I won't pretend that 
we can craft topics that satisfy everyone's views, but I am proud of a 
very open process that requires and relies on active participation by 
the community.

1) Student Representative Election - Tomorrow (Wed.) from 6:30-7:30PM 
there will be a Student Meeting and Elections for a number of positions, 
including that of the Topic Committee Representative. In my time on the 
committee I have witnessed the powerful voices that students lend to 
this process. The China topic paper a few years back was authored by 
debaters (Brad Hall and Jamie Carroll) and this year we another student, 
Michael Maffie, played a big role in the Middle East topic. Darren is 
right that we need to continue to expand student involvement and this 
representative is central to that effort.

This meeting is your chance as students to select your voice for the 
summer meetings. I can assure you that this representative is an 
important member of the committee and I look forward to working with 
your selection. If you can't make the meeting, please make sure your 
voice is heard.

2) CEDA Business Meeting and Topic Committee - Saturday morning, 8:30 AM 
in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Ballroom. Breakfast will be served at 
this important open forum on the topic options. You have seen the ballot 
and the full papers are available  at the website www.cedatopic.com    
This is an opportunity for the community  provide input and ask 
questions about the various choices. 

I would also ask that you review the proposed amendments, which include 
Amendment #9 which would adjust the balloting procedures, including 
relevant dates for topic development.

This meeting will be taking place during the quads, so if you are 
judging or debating in that round and want to provide input, just email 
or chat with me or the other members of the committee. All of our emails 
are linked on the website and  I, like many members of the committee, 
will be at the tournament all weekend.


Please travel safe and I look forward to discussing the upcoming topics 
with you this weekend.

Gordon Stables
Chair - CEDA Topic Selection Committee


Gordon Stables, Ph.D.

Director of Debate

Annenberg School for Communication

University of Southern California

Office: 213 740 2759               Fax: 213 740 3913


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