Saturday, July 23, 2005

Steve and Lundy Go to White Castle

Few times will there ever be voyages by man [or woman] that will be repeated as legend for centuries to come. Odysseus, Hercules, Oedipus are just a few of the names that ring through the ages as their stories are repeated from generation to generation. Starting in the small city of Oxford these two voyagers left to conquer the heir to the Golden Fleece: the slider. Thus began the journey known only as, “Steve and Lundy go to White Castle”.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

"So two guys walk into a field..."

Today was an advanced K day at the Miami debate institute. Chris Lundberg, coach of three national champions, including the 2005 NDT winners, provided an awesome survey of kritiks to be run on next year's topic. He outlined the evolution of the kritik as an argument, how to run it effectively as a debate argument on both the affirmative and negative, and he gave extensive advice on how to run kritik alternatives.

Chris focused on the very common biopower kritik and the Schmitt kritik he recently developed, which we believe to be unique to the Miami workshop.

So what do two guys walking into a field have to do with the kritik on next years topic? One was an architect and one was a farmer. Chris explained how Heidegger used this story as a way to demonstrate his theory of revealing and concealing.

Lundy also discussed how to use a kritik on the affirmative. He covered topics ranging from beating framework arguments, topicality, and how to maximize the affirmative’s offense. He concluded by talking about how to use the Miami camp’s various critical affirmatives. Throughout the lecture Lundy drew on his experience of coaching some of the most successful critical debaters.

Chris: “Debate is a game about representations…a process of comparing how close our representations match reality.”

After the marathon lecture every one of the debaters at the workshop was given the assignment to use the evidence from the institute blocks to write 2NC answers to Lundy's prewritten 2AC responses. Each camper then gave practice speeches to lab leaders and received individualized feedback how to improve their speeches and set up the final rebuttal.

Among the debaters selected to do demonstrations for the entire group were: Eli Jacobs (Centerville), Debs Su (Lexington), Matt Young (The Heights), Chris Barnett (St. John's Jesuit), Stefan Jiang (Chattahoochee), and Izzi Blachman-Biatch (College Prep).

The day-and-a-half session was capped off with a full-speed demonstration speech by Lundy, extending his Schmitt K. Those who heard Chris debate years ago say he's better than ever.

Here are some of the pictures from Chris’ lecture.


Sunday, July 17, 2005

Practice Debate Schedule

Full affirmative disclosure, no negative disclosure.


Monday – 1:00 p.m.

134 A B
143 C D
102 E F
138 G H
250 I J
256 K L

Monday – 3:00 p.m.

134 F G
143 J K
102 H I
138 M A
250 D E
256 B C

Tuesday – 1:00 p.m.

134 L M
143 A F
055 G B
138 E J
250 C H
256 I D

Tuesday – 3:00 p.m.

134 H E
143 B L
055 M C
138 D G
250 K A
256 F I

A – Alec/Stefan
B – Abe/Kurt
C – Omar/Matt
D – Viki/Kaitlyn
E – Mike/James
F – Chris/Priya
G – Leonard/Trevor
H – Debs/Spencer
I – Clint/Kevin
J – Alex/Cliff
K – James/Nick
L – Eli/Izzi
M – Kaitlyn/Laura

Movin' out

This past Saturday the Red Hawks left the Miami Debate Institute. Here are some of the pictures from move out day. It was a great group and we wish all of you good luck this season - and hope to see those eligible to return next summer.


Broomball etc.

Here are some pictures from the day of games.


out on the green...

The day of games kicked off at an early 1pm today at the frisbee golf tee behind Bachelor Hall. The campers played the front nine with the director of forensics, and part time Frisbee Golf Master, Ben Voth.

Later on in the day the campers played broomball at the Goggin (Miami’s ice arena). Broomball is much like hockey, however, insted of a puck there is a ball, and the players wear shoes insted of skates. Normally, watching debaters play sports is funny in and of itself, however, when you change the playing field to ice, it becomes hilarious.

The game ended with the team defending black team defeating the red team 1-0 in a playoff game. Curt Woolford scored a shot from near center ice to clinch the win for the red team.

Later in the night the campers enjoyed a rematch the Dr. Voth. Here are the results:
Dr. Ben Voth: Par
Mike Maffie: +3
James Joseph: +10
Kurt Woolford: +10

Here are some pictures from the day of games.