[eDebate] Leadership Award to Gordon Stables

Darren Elliott delliott
Sun Oct 14 17:26:46 CDT 2007


At the KCKCC Tournament, during the awards assembly today, we honored Gordon Stables with the Amy Fugate Leadership Award.  Below are 2 sets of comments read at the assembly today.  The first set was submitted by Ryan Galloway.  Those are followed by my remarks.  Galloway's were funnier but mine not nearly as mean! : )  Congrats Gordon--you are deserving.
PS--Some of the comments below have been edited to protect the innocent.

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THE DR. AMY FUGATE LEADERSHIP AWARD WAS IMPLEMENTED 4 YEARS AGO IN HONOR OF THE THEN DEAN OF HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS OF KCKCC AND FORMER DIRECTOR OF DEBATE AT JCCC.  AMY WAS AND CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF DEBATE?S BEST SUPPORTERS.  HER LEADERSHIP IN THE NDT AS DISTRICT CHAIR FOR D3 FOR MANY YEARS, HER LEADERSHIP AFTER THE MERGER IN THE WILLINGNESS TO HOST CEDA NATIONALS AT JOHNSON COUNTY CC, AND HER LEADERSHIP AS PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ORGANIZATION PHI RHO PI MADE IT FITTING TO NAME THE AWARD IN HER HONOR.  EACH YEAR WE SEEK TO HONOR AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO CEDA AND THE DEBATE COMMUNITY THROUGH LEADERSHIP.  PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS WERE ML SANDOZ OF VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, DR. JEFF JARMAN OF WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY, DR. ERIC MORRIS OF MISSOURI STATE UNVIERSITY, AND DR. NEIL BERCH OF WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY.
 
THIS YEAR?S RECIPIENT IS EQUALLY DESERVING.  I HAVE SOME COMMENTS TO MAKE ABOUT HIM AND THE FIRST SET WERE WRITTEN BY RYAN GALLOWAY OF SAMFORD, SO BLAME HIM.

Gordon "GQ" Stables debated at Parsippany Hills High School in
Parsippany, NJ.  His most noted debated accomplishment in high school
was trying to prove that a plan to exempt the Amish from Social
Security taxes was a "comprehensive" retirement security plan.  3
judges disagreed.
 
In fairness, Ron Bratt was probably to blame.
 
Gordon then debated at George Mason University for 4 years.  His most
notable accomplishment his freshman year was debating with 14
different people and having cubes that read George Mason S[blank] so
he could fill in the blank at each different tournament.
 
In fairness, Warren Decker was probably to blame.
 
His most notable accomplishment his sophomore year was not being
killed by his partner "Clubber" Ed Lang on at least 14 different
occasions.
 
In fairness, none of these times was this Gordon's fault.
 
His most notable accomplishment his junior year was not being killed
by at least 14 different women.
 
In fairness, ALL of these times were Gordon's fault.
 
His senior year, his most notable accomplishment was trying to
convince 5 judges that the president should not be able to be sued by
an average, ordinary person.  One might think this was easy, given
that the Supreme Court would later decide on a 9-0 that Gordon was
right.  However, truth be damned, Gordon only managed to convince 1
judge on a five judge panel that George Mason was right.
 
In fairness, Kevin Hamrick at least got it right.
 
Gordon then proceeded to wander around district 7 for a little while,
racking up more judge preclusions than even Shawn Powers.  
 
In fairness, it was only one, at least in THAT DEBATE.
 
Gordon then ended up in Athens, Georgia for an extended stay.  Wild
times were afoot for Mr. Stables, where on "windy" days he often
"jen"ned around many a bar scene.
 
In fairness, he did meet his wife there.
 
Then, Gordon hopped on a jet plane to the wilds of Southern
California.  After a rocky start, Gordon righted the ship and today
coaches one of the most successful squads in the country.
 
In fairness, that is all Brian McBride's doing.
 
In reality, Gordon was one of the most successful debaters of his era,
racking up two first round bids to the NDT, multiple speaker awards at
national tournaments, and despite having a "quarters curse" at
national tournaments managed to lose in the octa-finals of the NDT
twice.
 
In fairness, most of that was due to his lovely, talented,
hard-working, debanoir, suave, awesome at NBA Jam, curly-headed debate
partner from Northern Virginia.
 
In a very short period of time, he has come to be known as one of the
most well respected judges and coaches in the country, and despite
being "part of the problem" on the topic committee, Gordon still
manages to be part of the solution more often than not.
 
In fairness, most of that is due to Scott Elliott.
 
RG
Ryan Galloway!
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I will merely add that the community is lucky to have him chairing the Topic Committee and CEDA is lucky to have him as an officer.  His leadership in the last year and a half has already created significant and positive change.  His research on CEDA 40 will move the organization in wonderful new directions.  I am proud to present the Dr. Amy Fugate Leadership Award to USC Director of Debate Gordon Stables.
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