Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DC Schools League - Week 10 - LC falter for the first time

Week 10 of the 2nd annual DC Schools' League saw Ladies College losing their first debate of the season going down to St. Joseph's College in a hard fought close debate at Flower Road.

The hosts proposed the motion "THW financially incentivize both interfaith & interethnic marriages". The debate was awarded on a split decision.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DC Schools League - Week 09 - STC bounce back

S. Thomas' College bounced back from a double defeat at the hands of Colombo International School 2 weeks ago to beat St. Joseph's College on a convincing unanimous victory.

The debate was held at S. Thomas' with the hosts proposing the motion "THW ban depictions of cruelty to animals"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

EurOpen 2010 Stuttgart Debating Tournament

Dear global debating community!

We hereby announce and invite you to our this year's EurOpen 2010 Open International Debating Championship in Stuttgart and Tubingen!

This tournament will take place in World Schools Format from

SAT 6th - SAT 13th NOVEMBER 2010.

We expect a mix of many international teams, as well as local school teams to spend six days of good debates, sightseeing and plain fun here in the southwest of Germany.

--Team size and composition--

Due to room restrictions at schools we need to cap the number of teams at 40. We're aiming at 15 local teams and 25 openings for teams who need accommodation.
If you are a local team, we'd like you to sign up only if it is possible for you to name two judges, so that you can provide at least one judge on each tournament day. If this is not in any way possible, please contact us prior to signup.
International teams (or German teams who need accommodation) need to bring at least one judge. This can also be the coach.
Number of speakers for both groups is a maximum of six.

--Accommodation and fees--

All international teams will be accommodated in one or two hostels, depending on the number of signups. If you team needs accommodation, we will need roughly 200EUR from each of your team members. Unfortunately, we cannot be more precise about that as of yet. These costs cover all transportation, as well as room and board. Part fee may vary with financial support and sponsoring but should not exceed this value.
If you are 'local' enough to spend the nights elsewhere, we'd like you to pay 25EUR administration fee per participant.

--Registration-- now open and ends on 30th SEPTEMBER 2010. This deadline will be final, we're afraid, since we'll publish the draw right afterwards. We have created a webpage through which you can register your team.


A tentative schedule can be found on our webpage as well.


There will be eight preliminary rounds, from which FIVE will be prepared. All final rounds are impromptus. Prep time for the final is 2 hours.

This House...

1) would give foreigners domiciled in a country the right to vote in that country's general elections
2) would scrap the euro
3) would repatriate cultural artefacts
4) would abolish aid to Third World countries
5) would support measures to allow oil drilling in ecologically sensitive areas.

The motions can also be found here:

--What else?--

That is up to you. If you have any questions whatsoever, do not hesitate to ask us:

David Whitehead (convenor)
Christopher Sanchez (convenor)
Timo Schwander (registration and webpage)
Carmen Belafi (accommodation)
Sabine Koole (registration)

There are many more to help us, but they'll have to wait for you to sign up and get the tournament started ;) So what are you waiting for?

Also visit our society's webpage here:

We've used the WSDC contacts to create this e-mail list. If you want to be off our distribution list, please let us know.

Hoping to see you all soon here with us in Stuttgart and Tubingen!
David, Chris, Timo, Carmen and Sabine

Monday, July 5, 2010

DC Schools League - Schools penalized

Colombo International School and D. S Senanayake College have been penalized 1 point each for the offense of fielding a debater outside of the registered number. The Chief Adjudicator, having perused submissions made by both parties felt that this was a sufficient punishment for the offense concerned. However a stern warning has been issued to both schools regarding any future violations which could result in suspension of their teams from further participation in the tournament

DC Schools League - Points table - Metho lead, LC and CIS standout

20 debates of the DC Schools League 2010 have been completed thus far and the following are the standings at the end of the same.

Methodist College, having completed a majority of their debates lead the table with 4 wins and 14 points. However, with other teams completing further debates the chart toppers are expected to slide down the table in coming weeks. However the standouts have been Colombo International School whose recent double against S. Thomas' College puts them at 2nd place and Ladies' College who have enjoyed an unbeaten run thus far this year.

Defending champions Wesley College and last year's runner up Bishop's College have not had a good outing thus far. The 2 schools currently hold the 6th and 7 places on the table.

However, with 36 more debates to go, the tournament still remains very much open. All eyes will be on whether Ladies' College can further their unbeaten run and whether schools in the middle of the table can catch up to the leaders. The coming weeks promise to be an exciting time for the League.

DC Schools League 2010 - Week 08 - CIS deal double blow to STC

Colombo International School proved that they are serious contenders for the championships by beating S. Thomas' College twice over the weekend. Both debates were held in Mount Lavinia.

In the first of the two debates,CIS successfully opposed the motion "THW ban crossovers in parliament." The debate was carried unanimously on a 1 point margin.

The impromptu leg saw a closer tussle with the visitors taking the debate on a split decision. The motion for the same was "THBT all serious crimes should be trialled by jury."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Asian Schools Debating Championships - Letter of invitation

Dear Asian Debate Community,

Now in its 2nd year, the Asian Schools Debate Championship is once again inviting you to be a part of this prestigious competition.

What is ASDC, you may ask? (OMG. What rock have you been living under? Just kidding!) Here are 7 Reasons Why You Must Join ASDC:

1. It is the by far LARGEST and most PRESTIGIOUS Asian high school debate tournament, gathering more than 300 students from the region.

ASDC will invite and welcome 80 teams composed of high school debaters and college adjudicators alike. No other competition for high school students in Asia convenes as much as ASDC does. During last year’s ASDC, institutions from countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea and the Philippines came to grace the competition. This year, we’re expecting more countries and more teams to join the fastest growing tournament for the Asian high school circuit.

2. It is an avenue for CULTURAL EXCHANGE as it pools together young individuals with different traditions and diverse perspectives.

ASDC is not all tournament and debate. With 3 social events: The Opening Dinner, Break Night and Championship Dinner, the tournament gives all debaters and adjudicators a chance to interact with each other in a venue outside of debate. There will, in fact, be one occasion where we will enjoin everyone to come in their national costumes and get to know the different colors of Asia.

3. It fosters SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS and INTELLECTUAL DISCOURSE amongst the youth today.

ASDC will take on the Asian Parliamentary Format, a 3-on-3 debate where teams are given 30 minutes to prepare on motions that will be announced impromptu. Motions will be created by the Adjudication Core and will range from topics such as the Environment, to Economics, to Foreign Policy and Pop Culture. This meeting of the minds fosters social awareness and social transformation amongst the youth of Asia.

4. It prides itself with top-notch ADJUDICATION.

The 2010 ASDC Adjudication Core will be headed by Carlito Reyes II (DLSU, Philippines), a national semi-finalist and hailed one of the best speakers in Asia in the recently concluded Asians BP. Along with him are the following Deputy Chief Adjudicators:

Skanda Prasad (MSRIT, India)

Zheng Bo (China)

Meor Alif (IIU, Malaysia)

Sadhana Rai (NUS, Singapore)

In the spirit of a diverse adjudication pool, ASDC will be subsidizing 10 international adjudicators’ registration fee. Interested adjudicators may apply by submitting their Curriculum Vitae to the Adjudication Core through e-mail. CVs may be sent to asianschoolsdebatec hampionship@, with the subject APPLICATION FOR ADJUDICATION SUBSIDY- , .

The adjudication rule for this competition is different from other tournaments. For every 3 teams that an institution wishes to send, the contingent is required 1 adjudicator. Any team in excess of 3 teams will require 1 additional adjudicator per team.

5. It is organized by a WORLD-CLASS ORGANIZATION adept in hosting both national and global tournaments and competitions.

ASDC is brought to you by the La Salle Debate Society (LSDS). LSDS has hosted various national tournaments in the past years, as well as earning rights to host international tournaments in the future. The National Asian Schools Debate Championship, a national Asian tournament for high schools, was the birthplace for the idea to host a larger tournament, thus giving birth to the first ever Asian Schools Debate Championship (ASDC). LSDS also won the right to host the 2011-2012 World Universities Debate Championship, winning the bid against Harthouse, from Canada.

6. It gives you a taste of Filipino culture and hospitality while getting your money’s worth.

Registration Fee is set at PHP 4,000 (USD 90) for Stay-out Delegates while PHP 9,000 (USD 200) for Stay-in Delegates. Your registration fee covers Lunch for all days, Food during Social events and tournament kits. If your institution is a Stay-in Delegation, you registration covers all of the above including Accommodations for 5 days in at least a 3-star hotel, Breakfast on all days of the competition and Dinner for days without Social events.

7. It gives you the voice to make this competition your own.

This is the last year De La Salle University and the La Salle Debate Society will be hosting ASDC because we’re putting the hosting of ASDC up for bids. This year, the Organizing Committee is hosting the first ever Asian Schools Council (ASC), where every institution is given a voice to air out their concerns on the various aspects of the competition and suggestions to improve the tournament in the future. Institutions interested to bid will also be invited to present their intentions for the tournament.

We’re excited about hosting you this September 7-11, 2010 in De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. So, what are you waiting for? Log on to www.asdc2010. com and register your institution now! REGISTRATION IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN! Slots are filling up fast so get on clicking!

Attached are the registration details and schedule the we will follow for the entire process.


Crystal Anne J. Francisco
"Future President of the Philippines"
Convenor, 2nd Asian Schools Debate Championship
BS in Applied Economics, De La Salle University

DC Schools League - Week 07 - LC down CIS

Ladies' College continued their winning streak in DC Schools' League 2010 beating Colombo International School on a split decision. The motion for debate was "THBT the United States has a just case in international law to invade Pakistan". The debate was held at Flower Road

DC Schools League - Week 06 - A Marathon of debates

Week 06 of the DC Schools League saw 5 debates in all involving 7 of the 8 participating schools.

Ladies' College taking on Methodist College at a prepared debate in Colombo 03, beat their hosts in a very close debate on a split decision. The motion for the debate was "THBT a celibate priest is an unhappy priest"

In a separate 2nd round debate, Methodist College beat visitors Bishop's College convincingly proposing the motion "THW criminalise an extreme lack of hygiene"

Colombo International School and Wesley College completed both their rounds on the same day with both debates being held at the latter school. Both teams shared the pie with CIS beating their hosts in the prepared round on the motion "THBT net neutrality should be imposed on ISPs" and Wesley College returning the favor on the impromptu motion "THW criminalise an extreme lack of hygiene"

In the final debate of the week St. Joseph's College beat D. S Senanayake College convincingly opposing the motion "THB all professional sporting leagues should have wage caps for their athletes". The debate was held at D. S Senanayake College