Sunday, July 20, 2008

Last set of practice debates

Round 13
Monday 9am
MCG 223 Thies/Cebul Wizig McClung Johnson
MCG 224 Lau/Sears Ng/Deng Lai
IRV 040 Light-Scotecte/Kataria Sin/Curran Munksgaard

Round 14
Tues 10 am
MCG 223 Wizig/McClung Lau/Sear Harrigan
MCG 224 McBee/Ard Thies/Cebul Gonzalez
IRV 040 Ng/Deng Light-Scotece/Kataria Vinson

Round 15
Tues 3:30
MCG 223 Lau/Sears McBee/Ard Devenport
MCG 224 Sin/Curran Wizig/McClung Stuart
IRV 040 Light-Scotece/Kataria Thies/Cebul Gayetsky

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Week 4 Schedule

Sunday, July 13
1:30 Lab
MCG 224

7:00 Lab

9:00 Miami Speaking Skills #14 Devenport

Monday, July 14
9:00 Practice Debate #8
[MCG 223, 224, IRV 040]

11:30 Rebuttal Reworks Debate #8

1:30 Theory Curriculum
1:30 PICs/States CP/Multiactor Fiat -- Casey
2:30 Conditionality/Dispositionality – Sarah
3:30 Competing Interpretations/Reasonability -- Paul
4:30 Competition and Consult – Josh

7:00 Lab

9:30 Miami Speaking Skills #15 – Johnson

Tuesday, July 15
9:00 Practice Debate #9
[MCG 223, 224, IRV 040]

11:30 Rebuttal Reworks Debate #9

1:30 7 Strategies Brainstorm
MCG 224

7:00 Library
7 strats

9:00 Miami Speaking Skills #16 – Gonzalez

Wednesday, July 16
9:00 Practice Debate #10
[MCG 223, 224, IRV 040]

11:30 Rebuttal Reworks Debate #10

1:30 Library
7 strats

7:00 Lab

9:00 Miami Speaking Skills #12 – Munksgaard

Thursday, July 17
9:00 Practice Debate #11
[MCG 223, 224, IRV 040]

11:30 Rebuttal Reworks Debate #11
1:30 Library
7 strats

7:00 Elective 4

9:30 Miami Speaking Skills #13 – Harrigan

Friday, July 18
9:00 Practice Debate #12
[MCG 223, 224, IRV 040]

11:30 Rebuttal Reworks Debate #12

1:30 Library
7 strats

5:30 Leave for Reds Game

Saturday, July 19
1:30 Lab

3:30 Practice Debate #13
[MCG 223, 224, IRV 040]

7:00 Rebuttal Reworks Debate #13

Sunday, July 20
1:30 Library
7 strats

5:00 7 strats due

9:00 Miami Speaking Skills #15 – Vinson

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Scholars Practice Debate Schedule

Practice Debate 6
Weds 10 am
MCG 223 Wizig/McClung Thies/Cebul Munksgaard
MCG 224 Ng/Deng Lau/Sears Harrigan
IRV 030 Sin/Curran Light-Scotece/Kataria Johnson

Practice Debate 7
Weds 1:30
MCG 223 Lau/Sears Sin/Curran Gonzalez
MCG 224 Thies/Cebul McBee/Ard Gayetsky
IRV 030 Light-Scotece/Kataria Ng/Deng Spring

Monday, July 07, 2008

Elective Schedule

Elective Schedule

Elective One
Tues July 8th 1:30

MCG 223 Paul Johnson – Cross-Examination Techniques
MCG 224 Jane Munksgaard – Selling the K

Elective Two
Tues July 8th 3:30

MCG 223 Josh Gonzalez – 36 Ways to win a debate
MCG 224 Casey Harrigan – Advanced 2AC tactics

Elective Three
Thurs July 10th 1:30

MCG 223 Sarah Spring – The Ethical Imperative of Counterplan Conditionality
MCG 224 Josh Gonzalez – Heidegger

Elective Four
Thurs July 17th 7:00 pm

MCG 223 Casey Harrigan – How to cut cards
MCG 224 Jane Munksgaard – Women in Debate

Elective Five
Monday July 21st 1:30

MCG 223 Paul Johnson – How not to be “that K debater”
MCG 224 Sarah Spring – 2AR tactics

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Gonzalez-Johnson lab pushes on

with a stunning second wave to feature states, federalism, Russian oil, and a T-shirt with a pirate on it!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

2a lecture outline

I. Before the debate
a. What work you should do
b. Captain of the affirmative ship
c. Importance of the 2ac

II. During the debate
a. Flowing
b. Prep time
c. Debating your case

III. 2ac
a. General things
i. Overarching strategy
ii. Offense
iii. Coverage
iv. Organization
b. Debating case
i. Prioritize case
ii. Strategic emphasis
iii. Use 1ac evidence
iv. Clear up vagueness
v. Don’t drop case arguments
c. Answering arguments
i. Have frontlines
ii. “Grouping”
iii. Add-ons
iv. Modules
v. Use your case
d. Giving the 2ac
i. Road map
ii. Style/speed
e. Cxing the 2nc
i. Set up 1ar arguments
ii. Don’t be too obvious
iii. Or be too obvious
iv. Attack evidence

IV. 2ar
a. General things
i. Overarching strategy
ii. Overview
iii. Prep during the 2nr prep and 2nr
iv. During your prep
b. Debating case
i. Tell a story
ii. Impacts!!!
c. Answering arguments
i. What did they go for?
ii. Be selective
iii. Make comparisons
d. Giving the 2ar
i. Ethos
ii. Be mindful of the 2nr and 1ar
iii. How you should debate
iv. Extensions
v. Framing

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Finishing Files

Wave one is wrapping up today. Lots of files being wrapped up in a high pressure situation... while Gonz keeps it cool.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Trouble Getting to Oxford?

Just a few reminders about registration (only two days away!). Make sure you bring all of your forms and key deposits to registration, which we have planned between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. If you can't be here between those times (or, if you are having trouble getting here for reasons like the previous post) call one of these three numbers:
Sarah Spring
(513) 330-0356

Dorm Office
(513) 330-0357

Matt Gayetsky
(513) 330-0358

We'll be nearby a computer for much of the day, so if you end up in some town you've never heard of (which happens to US a lot around Oxford), we should be able to get you back on track and into town.

As said in the past, we can make Wal-Mart runs as the camp progresses, but if you need some basic things for sure (e.g. a tub) let us know at registration so that we can get these things asap. Have a safe drive into town.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Getting to Oxford

Many of you will be traveling to Oxford by car from Chicago, this post is important for you. If you are going through Richmond, IN, and your directions tell you to take "US-27S" this applies to you as well. Parts of US-27 are closed, and Sarah and I just drove the whole detour that takes you into town. We passed not one, or two, but THREE better ways into town before we finally got here via the detour. Our route is a lot better.

From 70, take exit 156a for National Road/US 40 West
You will go past a strip mall with a Fazolis, after the Applebees
Turn Left on Garwood Rd. (Before the mall)
Go for 2 miles
Turn Right at the dead end (sharp) on Wernle Rd.
Turn Left at Niewoerner Rd.
Niewoerner turns into State Road 227
Take 227 past the Richmond airport and through Boston, IN
Turn Right onto 9 Mile Rd (there is a sign before the turn) (9 mile almost qualifies as a 2 lane road, watch out for potholes and oncoming traffic)
Turn Left at the dead end at US 27. This will take you into Oxford.
Turn Right onto Campus Ave.
Turn Left on Spring St., Wells Hall will be the second building on your right. There is a small drive there where you can drive in and park.

There are certainly other ways to get around the detour, but this will be the quickest and easiest.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Getting the stuff you need...

This post is primarily directed at the parents of MDI students, as it remedies areas of concern that seem to be repeated. I have gotten a few emails that ask the important question, "What if my child needs something?!" Good question.

If you want to mail anyone at the camp something, mail the letter or package to
Student Name
c/o Miami Debate Institute
160 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

This is the Dept. of Communications main office. Just put the student's name, c/o Miami Debate Institute, and we will get it to them. In the past, we post a list of students who have received mail or packages. They will be able to get these, from us, in the office of Wells Hall, where they will be staying. This has worked well in the past, and is the most effective way to navigate through the Miami mail system.

However, lets say that some camper needs more money for food, because they blew through $300 in a week. This is one of the reasons we're excited about Uptown Bucks. We've hyped this to a lot of people, and I think that you will also be impressed with the system. If you go to their website, there is a link on the top that says "Add $". You can then deposit money onto their card in $25 dollar increments immediately, without having to wait a couple days to get a check in the mail. Super convenient , too. The only thing that you will need is their account number, which will be printed on their card.

There are two REALLY cool things about this card. First, you can't buy anything bad with it (e.g. alcohol and tobacco), and secondly you can see what they've spent money on. So when the phone call comes that says, "I'm out of money," you get to ask, "Well why did you spend $150 at Wildberry (novelty store on High Street)". Its super-convenient and gives you oversight. Win-win. If there are any other questions that come up, as always, feel free to send me an email at

One last thing: At registration, make sure that any outstanding balance is squared up (if you still owe us something, you should have gotten an email earlier) but also remember that there is a $50 deposit for lost keys. This is the #1 thing that is forgotten about, so it's an important reminder.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Rec Center Waiver

A few of you took advantage of this last year, and we wanted to extend the offer again this year as well. During your down time in Oxford, the possibility exists that you can spend of of it at the University's Recreation Center to work out, etc. If you want to take advantage of this, you will need to bring this form to registration. Between this form and the others, it gets annoying, but this one is optional, unlike those posted yesterday.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Additional Forms

There are two additional forms that will need to be filled out and submitted upon your arrival at the workshop. The first is the Institute's Code of Conduct. Most of this is straight-forward, but it's important to understand what is/not permitted by both the workshop and the University. So read through the rules and bring them with you, signed, to registration.

The second form is the Medical Consent Form, which will allow us to get the best care possible for you in the event of illness, or otherwise hurt your self playing broomball, ultimate frisbee, etc. It happens - it's just important that we're able to take care of you once it does happen. Similar to the rules form above, bring this filled out to registration. If there are any questions about either of these forms, email me at, and I'll help clarify the ambiguity.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Do I need to bring...?

We try our best to accommodate those staying at the workshop, but we get a lot of emails regarding what things might want to be brought in addition. This is meant to be a starting point, but by no means an exclusive list. I will not talk about the common sense things, like ‘clothes,’ my assumption is that you will bring these things.
Techie Stuff:Laptop – becoming more incorporated into debate through both research and flowing, it’s good to bring along. If you don’t have one, there’s no reason to fret as there are tons of computers free to use around Miami’s campus.
Ethernet cord – another thing that is good to bring, as the wireless network can sometimes be spotty. Since this is the first year that we are staying at Wells (sidebar: HUGE upgrade) I don’t know how the wireless is in this building. Bringing a cord along is a good, safe way to stay connected to the cloud.
TV/DVD – you will have some down time, so it doesn’t hurt to kick back and watch a movie now and then. There is a TV in the common room, but it is up to you if you want to bring your own. There will now be $1 DVD rentals again this year, available in the dorm office, so be ready to take advantage of the offer.
Techie stuff you don’t need: Timers (you’ll get one), USB drive (you’ll get one),
General Dorm Stuff:
Bedding – You’ll need to get a set of extra-long, single sheets. This is the standard size for any dorm room, so if you have a sibling that went to college you might have this size around your house already. Also bring a pillow or two. And towels.
Foodstuffs—You can bring any/all snacks that you like. It is advised, though, that upon arrival you stop by Kroeger or Wal-Mart to stock up, instead of hauling all of that with you. More car space = good. In the dorm there are vending machines, as well as a kitchenette area to facilitate snacking.
Cleaning agents – Of all kinds, toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc) as well as laundry detergent. If you forget something or run out, the dorm staff will make weekly runs to Walmart/Kroeger to fill need that you might have.
Other things: Shower Shoes; just get them, it’s a worthy $5 investment. Alarm clock to make sure you are at lab.
Room stuff you don’t need: Fans (dorm is air conditioned), any type of furniture.
Debate Stuff:
It is important to note that ALL of the MDI evidence produced will be produced and available electronically. That means cutting cards is only a copy/paste process, and does not involve scissors and tape. So you don’t need those things. Aside from the laptop previously mentioned, the more conventional list of things applies – pens of various colors, highlighters, paper for blocking (well, you might want your scissors and tape for blocking…) and flowing. Plus a tub and file folders. It should be mentioned, though, that if you are flying, you might want to think about only taking your evidence back electronically due to escalating costs for checked bags. We will have all of these things available for purchase in the office, and we will make an inventory of requests within the first few days of camp.
This is a good place to start, at least, if you have specific questions about some “X” you can email me at for my opinion of something else.

Friday, April 04, 2008

1. Senior Scholars Leaders Coach NDT Champs!!!
Brad Hall and Casey Harrigan, the leaders of our Oxford Senior Scholars lab, coached the 2008 NDT Champions, from Wake Forest University!!! What more can we say? Our Senior Scholars lab will offer you an opportunity to work with two coaches who are at the absolute top of the game. In addition to the NDT champs, Brad and Casey have coached the winners of this year's Kentucky Round Robin, not to mention that Casey was the 2006 NDT champ, and Brad the 2006 runner up.

2. Best...meal plan...ever

Let's face it - dorm food just doesn't cut it some days. This summer, at least half of your meal balance at the Miami Institutes won't have to be spent at the dorm cafeteria. Through a partnership with MUBucks's "Uptown Bucks" program, Miami Debate students will be able to use their institute meal credits at more than 35 local restaurants, including Domino's, Pizza Hut, Jimmy John's, Subway, Quizno's, Skyline Chili, Qdoba, Cold Stone Creamery, and dozens of Oxford's great local restaurants. Click on the link above for a more complete list.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Hire!

Great news! We've added Josh Gonzalez former coach at Michigan State (among his many accomplishments) to the Scholars staff. I'm confident that Josh is going to he an outstanding addition to our staff, his experience at institutes is unmatched.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Hi all,

The Application is up and linked HERE and on the side bar. Apply early and often. Also we've confirmed some exciting new changes. First, the staff is top-notch for 2008. Casey Harrigan, 2006 NDT winner, and Brad Hall, 2006 NDT Runner-up, as well as Iowa coaches Paul Johnson and Jane Munksgaard are lined up for Oxford Scholars. For the Redhawk, Georgetown coach, Michael Greenstein and MSU Seniors Debbie Lai and Garrett Abelkop are excited to get started teaching.

Also, food is going to be different from last year at both camps. Meals will be a combination of a meal plan from Miami's award-winning dining halls and a declining balance from Oxford uptown restaurants including Jimmy Johns, Subway, Skyline, the list goes on.

Any questions just email me