Indiana University Debate
Intra-IU Debate Tournament
RESOLVED: Indiana University students should be vegan.
Results Intra-IU Fall 2014:
Final Round 3-2 Decision: Nate Meyers/Neil Brady (Affirmative) win over Jasmine Williams/Clarinda Guevara. IU Team MB are the "top debaters" on campus. IU WG were awarded a close second having proven their strength in advocacy skills.
In the final debate round, Nate and Neil argued for a moral obligation for students to become vegan. Their arguments included well documented claims of environmental concerns related to animals byproducts and meat production in the US as well as arguments about global hunger and the caloric efficiency of vegan food.
Jasmine and Clarinda introduced compelling arguments in how there are healthy and environmentally sound ways to be non-Vegan. Their major "offensive" argument dealt with problems of transition and the implications morality frameworks could have on cultures that are closely tied to meat consumption.
Judges for each debate ranked the speakers in the debate round from 20-30 speaker points. The top speakers were awarded with IU winter swag (scarves)!
Tournament Tabulation Information:
YOU! Yes, YOU can debate the ethical, social, political, cultural and environmental costs & benefits of consuming animal products!!!
The Indiana University Debate Team cordially invites all interested Indiana University undergraduate students to participate in the third annual Intra-IU Debate Tournament. This year we are partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences Themester on "Eat, Drink, Think." Students who participate will be eligible to win Indiana University gear purchased from the IU bookstore, bragging rights, and DINNER on us!
Do I Need Prior Experience?
NO! Whether you competed in forensics in high school or you have never watched a debate, this competition is a great place for you to improve on as well as show off your analytical argumentation and public speaking skills. The tournament is a perfect opportunity for you to engage in a fun debate environment with a small amount of time commitment. The Indiana University Debate Team will provide research, teaching sessions, and talking points for all teams to use as well as instructions on how to compete successfully at the tournament. All we need to complete the picture is YOU!
What is the Cost?
The cost to competitors is FREE. The tournament is an IU Debate service for undergraduate students on campus. The College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Office of Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs have provided support and funding for this important event in recognition that debate is a platform with widespread educational benefits. We will provide the space, food/drink, judging and awards at no cost to you.
The winning team, runner-up, and top speaking competitors will receive prizes purchased from the IU Memorial Union Gift Store.
Registration! Registration!! Registration!!! Registration!!!!
To register, fill out this google form (LINK). If you have a partner, please make sure that they register as well. We would highly suggest that partners attend work sessions together. If you do not have a partner, we will assign one to you as soon as one becomes available. Typically half of the partnerships in this tournament are individuals who signed up who are then combined. It's a great way to meet a new friend!
If you have questions, please send an email to IUDebateTournament@gmail.com, subject-line should include "Intra-IU" in it.
The Deadling for Registration is Friday October 31st.
Resolved: Indiana University students should be vegan.
Why choose veganism as the debate topic? Good question. Given the percentage of people in the United States who eat meat as well as the smaller percentage of those who are vegetarian, we believe that "veganism" as an advocacy is the most significant change to status quo food consumption. Students who attend the Intra-IU debate tournament will need to be able to defend veganism as well as have a strategy against veganism. You will debate "both sides" of the resolution. This means you will need to understandthe ethical, environmental, economic, and health related landscapes that surround the meat and animal product industries. Furthermore, if you are opposed to defending meat eating but believe that veganism is too restrictive, the resolution allows negatives to argue for vegetarian diets, or other permutations of diets that contain meat or animal byproduct.
The IU Debate team has put together resarch in the areas of environment, health, and ethics for this topic. The evidence is in a dropbox account folder. This evidence should be viewed as a primer for the main arguments that will likely be made by students arguing over a topic dealing with veganism. Students are not limited to this evidence and they are encouraged to do more research to defend what they believe is the "best" perspective/argument on the topic.
Click Link for The Shared Evidence Set (Final version will be posted Oct 15th)
Prep time: 3 Minutes
November 5th, Wednesday Location Ballantine 244
What to do from now to the tournament
SPEA #323 1315 E. Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
06 November 2014