Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WSDC 2014: Draw's Out, Indonesia Meets 5 Familiar Rivals

The draw for the 2014 World Schools Debating Championships in Bangkok for Team Indonesia looks quiet similar to last year's. They will face Wales, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Greece again. Indonesia lost to the first three and defeated the last two in WSDC 2013. The other opponents will be Canada, Sweden and Estonia. Indonesia has never lost to Sweden and Estonia before in WSDC.

All WSDC teams must debate 8 different teams in the preliminary stage, supposedly one from each of the 8 rank-based groupings. However, this year Indonesia received an unlucky draw that has led the team to meet 2 B class countries and none from the H class. Indonesia is in the E grouping (#25-30) and ranks #28 out of 46 contestants. The WSDC groupings are calculated based on victories and judge votes in the past 3 championships. Canada is from group A. So, it is the highest ranked team Indonesia will face in the mandatory rounds. Four preliminaries have prepared motions and the other four rounds are impromptu. Winning less than 5 prelims guarantees seats in the audience during the knockouts.

Since its WSDC entry in 2001, Indonesia has broken twice into the octofinals in 2003 and 2004, both with 5 wins. The highest achievement is #11 in 2003 but the team which collected the most judge votes was the one that went to WSDC 2010 in Qatar. Unfortunately, the latter did not break although they also collected 5 wins. Only the top 16 teams can break into the knockouts. Last year, Team Indonesia won the best English-as-Foreign-Language team award ended at #22 after having a 4-4 record.

The members of Team Indonesia 2014 are Alif Azadi (SMA Modal Bangsa Aceh), Kevin Bonaparte (SMA 17 Makassar), Marsa Harisa (SMA 9 Yogyakarta), Regina Cara Riantoputra (SMA 2 Tangerang Selatan) and John Amadeo (Raffles International Christian School Jakarta). There is no returning member in this team, one aspect that will be common in other contingents. The coaches are Subarkah Syafrudin and Riza Aryani, former Universitas Indonesia debaters who won the English-as-Second-Language category of the 2011 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships.

The draw, speaking positions and motions for Team Indonesia 2014's debates are as follows:
R0 Prop vs United Arab Emirates  (#9/B) - Impromptu
R1 Opp vs Canada (#6/A) - THBT post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court
R3 Prop vs Sweden (#40/G) - THW allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences
R4 Opp vs Greece (#10/B) - Impromptu
R5 Opp vs Romania (#34/F) - THBT slum tourism does more harm than good
R6 Prop vs Wales (#16/C) - Impromptu
R7 Prop vs Estonia (#20/D) - THW lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality
R8 Opp vs Turkey (#27/E) - Impromptu

DOTY 2014: UGM Duo Keep Lead After Asian Success

Universitas Gadjah Mada debaters Romario Tambunan and Indriani Pratiwi are still leading the 2014 Debater of the Year table after good results in this year's United Asian Debating Championship. The former won the 2014 UADC's English-as-Foreign-Language category while both were among the top 10 Indonesian speakers in the Asia's most prestigious tournament. Their strong run this year began when they triumphed in the national 3-on-3 championship last January.

The 2014 edition of Java Overland Varsities English Debate, the first debate tournament in Indonesia with an internationally accepted format, also contributed to the current standing. Binus International sibling debaters Melisa Irene and Wilson Salim took home the best team and individual awards from the competition, which was held in Semarang. Both of them have now slipped into the top ten of the DOTY 2014 table, which can be found below. The full list can be accessed here.

1. Romario Tambunan (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
2. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
3. Melisa Irene (Binus International)
4. Roderick Sibarani (Universitas Indonesia)
5. Erwina Salsabila (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
6. Vicario Reinaldo (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
7. Alif Satria (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
8. Cindy Fransisca (Universitas Atma Jaya)
9. Wilson Salim (Binus International)
10. Magreta Kailla Adenta (Universitas Indonesia)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UI Debater Defends Jakarta Mini Title with an UI Alumnus

Final year Universitas Indonesia student Dennys Kapa retained his title in Jakarta Mini 2014 but with a different partner, Ahmad Naufal Dai, who graduated from UI a few years ago. In the final, Dennys' team defeated his accomplice from last year's tournament, Rifan Ibnu Rahman, who debated with Dhia Fairus Shofia. The other finalists were Aulia Anggita & Ibrahim Panji Indra from UI and Aulia Widyaputra & Muhammad Lutfi from Institut Teknologi Bandung. Jakarta Mini is a small-size British Parliamentary open competition held by Binus University, which annually attracts strong debaters from across the main island of Java.    

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Victoria Wellington Wins Australs 2014, Third Title in 5 Years

1002216_10152024966923871_2067293601_n#1 Victoria University of Wellington 1 (Asher Emanuel, Jodie O'Neill, Nicholas Cross) championed the 2014 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships after defeating #3 University of Sydney 2 (Evie Woodforde, Joanna Connolly, Emma Johnstone) in the grand final in Otago, New Zealand. The trio reached the final last year but lost to another Sydney 2 team with different members. It was Victoria's sixth Australs title, the third triumph in the last five years. Victoria's Asher Emanuel also became the best speaker of the tournament. International Islamic University 1 (Ameera Moore, Mubarrat Wassey, Ahmad Hazim Norahmadi)  won the English-as-Second Language category. Ameera Moore and Mubarrat Wassey repeated last year's achievement.

Monday, June 30, 2014

NUDC 2014: Seeded Java Regions Conclude Their Selections

All Java regions have finished selecting teams that will compete in the National Universities Debating Championship, which may be held later in August. Non-Java teams never managed to reach the final of NUDC, let alone win it. NUDC is the state-sponsored debating tournament that gives opportunity for varsity debaters from all corners of the country to participate. Although the geographical cover is truly nationwide, NUDC has a lower overall quality of participants than other major tournaments because it only allows each university to send one team, preventing powerhouses to fill the competition with their members, who prepare better than those who lack access to proper training methods. Nonetheless, NUDC winners are the official national champions for the British Parliamentary style of debating.  

There were a couple of surprises in the Java selections. Powerhouse Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta failed to qualify from the Greater Jakarta regionals while dark horse Universitas Jember repeated last year's upset by advancing first in East Java above universitties from Malang and Surabaya that have better track records. One of the pioneers of Indonesian debating, Universitas Parahyangan, will have no representation for the second time in a row due to a clash with the school's academic calender, the same reason behind last year's absence. Here are the teams from Java that will debate in the main round of NUDC 2014.

Region 3 (Greater Jakarta & Banten)
Regional Champion: Universitas Indonesia (Aulia Anggita & Dennys Kapa)
Qualified Teams: Universitas Pelita Harapan, Universitas Bina Nusantara, Universitas Bakrie, Universitas Paramadina, Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Sekolah Tinggi Parawisata Trisakti

Region 4 (West Java)
Regional Champion: Institut Teknologi Bandung (Aulia Widyaputra & Muhammad Lutfi)
Qualified Teams: Universitas Padjadjaran, Universitas Wilarodra, Universitas Komputer Indonesia, Universitas Telkom, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Politeknik Negeri Bandung, STKIP Siliwangi

Region 5 (Yogyakarta)
Regional Champion: Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indriani Pratiwi & Wida Wahyuni)
Qualified Teams: Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa Asing LIA Yogyakarta

Region 6 (Central Java)
Regional Champion: Universitas Diponegoro (Haekal Muhammad & Fandi Achmad)
Qualified Teams: Universitas Negeri Semarang, Universitas Jenderal Soedirman, Universitas Negeri Sebelas Maret, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Universitas PGRI Semarang, Universitas Katolik Soegijapranata, Universitas Dian Nuswantoro

Region 7 (East Java)
Regional Champion: Universitas Negeri Jember (Meilia Shofi & Tri Indah)
Qualified Teams: Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Negeri Malang, Universitas Airlangga, Universitas Surabaya, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Widya Mandala, Politeknik Negeri Malang

JOVED 2014: Key Results

Champions: #2 Binus International A (Melisa Irene, Wilson Salim, Gierdino Julian)
Finalists: #1 Universitas Brawijaya A (Zelly Sidi Zamzami, Nadya Ayuning, M. Fahri Akbar)
Co-Best Speakers: Melisa Irene and Wilson Salim (Binus International A)
Novice Winners: #1Novice Universitas Diponegoro A (Angitya Pangestika, Rizqy Darulzain, Yehezkiel Agatha)
Novice Finalists: #2 Institut Pertanian Bogor B (M. Haris Zamaludin, Dwi Rizki Julistia, Kirana Khansa)
Best Novice Speaker: Rafinata Fasihani (Universitas Diponegoro B)

Top 10 Speakers
1. Melisa Irene (Binus International A)
1. Wilson Salim (Binus International A)
3.  Kristi Ardiana (Universitas Indonesia B)
4. Sufi Adenda (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
5. Aulia Widyaputra (Institut Teknologi Bandung A)
6. Gabriel Charlotte (Universitas Indonesia A)
6. Ibrahim Panji Indra (Universitas Indonesia B)
6. Noel Hasintongan (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
9. Arsh Starfy Firdausi (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
10. Boy al Idrus (Universitas Indonesia A)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

JOVED 2014: Binus Int'l Debaters Win 1st JOVED Title, Sweep the Awards

JOVED 2014 Champions - Binus International A
#2 Binus International A (Wilson Salim, Melisa Irene, Gierdino Julian) championed the 18th Java Overland Varsities English Debate, giving their club its first trophy from the mother of debating tournaments in Indonesia. JOVED was the first competition in Indonesia that used an internationally accepted debating format.

Binus International Pool of English Debaters (Bipeds) is now truly a national powerhouse after winning the three most prestigious tournaments in Indonesia within 6 years of its establishment. Bipeds won the Indonesian Varsities English Debate in 2013 and the National Universities Debating Championships in 2011 and 2013. Siblings Wilson Salim and Melisa Irene also took home the best speaker awards after they were tied on the top of the tab.

In the final, the winners defeated #1 Universitas Brawijaya (Zelly Sidi Zamzami, Nadya Ayuning, M. Fahri Akbar) and dashed the hope of debaters from East Java to see the trophy go to their province for the first time. Champions of major national debating tournaments in Indonesia have all  come from schools located in the western and central parts of Java island. Bipeds knocked down the motion 'This House Would Oblige Media Companies to Allocate Proportionate Airtime for All Political Advertisements", an apt topic considering how television stations in Indonesia are taking sides and following the political choices of their owners.   

Monday, June 23, 2014

JOVED 2014: Brawijaya, Binus Intl Face Off in Their First JOVED Final

The final of the 2014 Java Overland Varsities English Debate will be between clubs that have never reached this stage before. #1 Universitas Brawijaya (Zelly Sidi Zamzami, M. Fahri Akbar, Nadya Ayuning) will be the first ever team from their school to debate in the final of a classic national tournament. They are members of UB's Formasi club. Their opponent will be #2 Binus International (Melisa Irene, Wilson Salim, Gierdino Julian), who come from BIPEDS, an organization that last year won the country's no.1 tournament -- the Indonesia Varsities English Debate. The club had never produced a JOVED finalist. Binus students have won JOVED before but they came from a different club.

The history of JOVED is full of milestones. It is the first tournament in Indonesia that uses an internationally accepted format. It is the competition with the most diverse set of champions. No school has been able to win three JOVEDs in a row. It is the first debate contest that had a winner from outside the western Java debate epicenter. The 18th edition of JOVED will also become a milestone as it will have a champion from a club with no history of winning it.