Monday, September 22, 2014

Bali Reclaims National School Title, Raids Speaker Awards

#1 Bali (Yandiaz Maulana, Jana Virananda, Keila Ayu) championed the 2014 National Schools Debating Championship that the province won two years ago. They were unbeaten in the preliminary stage and continued to eliminate opponents in the knockouts. Jana Virananda topped the speaker tab while Yandiaz Maulana came second. Both come from SMA 4 Denpasar, the powerhouse that supplied all the debaters who won NSDC 2012. Their team mate Keila Ayu is a student of cross-city rival SMA 1 Denpasar, the school from which Bali's unsuccessful 2013 team derived.

The 2013 failure led to no Bali representation in the 2014 national high school team after the two past teams each had two members from the province. There is now a big chance Bali will be prominently present again in Team Indonesia 2015 that will compete in next year's World Schools Debating Championships in Singapore. In the final yesterday, Bali defeated #3 West Java.    

Host IPB Wins Agricultural Debate, Beats UGM Favourites

Little known debaters from Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia's top agricultural school, showed thematic competency can ensure victory with their triumph in the Debate Competition on Environment and Agriculture that was held on their own campus yesterday. In the final, IPB A (Anwari Sugiharto & Adhi Pranata), who had failed to excel in past tournaments, defeated runaway favourite Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Caessar Pronocitro & Erwina Salsabila), both debaters have won prestigious awards for years, UGM B (Wida Wahyuni & Noel Hasintongan) and Universitas Indonesia A (Qurrat Abu Ayub & Ayu Sistiafi). This was the first time IPB championed a well-attended debate competition, let alone an international one.

The success in the final was no fluke because IPB debater Adhi Pranata also topped the individual tab and his partner Anwari Sugiharto came second on that list, showing their prominence in the preliminary rounds. In line with the competition's name, most debates had an agricultural theme. The winners were the only agricultural students in the final, in which they proposed the lifting of protectionist policies on agricultural products, an issue that they study at the university. The other finalists were international relations, french literature, biology and medical students.

Monday, September 15, 2014

UGM Wins Bawor for First Time, UI Debater Defends JFF Title

Bawor Cup 2014 Champ - UGM (Alif & Indri)
#1 Universitas Gadjah Mada (Alif Satria & Indriani Pratiwi) emerged as the winner of the 2014 Bawor Cup. It was the first time for the school to champion Purwokerto's annual debate, which has benefited from its past ties with the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate. WUPID stopped running last year. The winning debaters also came out as co-best speakers of the tournament. In the final on Sunday, they defeated #2 UI, #3 Binus University and host #8 EFEC Universitas Jenderal Soedirman C.

On the same day, Roderick Sibarani from Universitas Indonesia championed the Just For Fun debate for the second time in a row and also took home the funniest speaker award. On Sunday, he won the tournament with Magreta Kailla Adenta who was also his partner during the victorious run in this year's ALSA UI English Competition. JFF 2014 followed the tournament's tradition of having fantasy motions and had topics related to Disney. Magreta also topped the individual tab.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

DOTY 2014: UGM Pole Position No Longer Safe

Universitas Indonesia debaters, especially national champion and best speaker Dennys Kapa, are challenging the pole position in the 2014 Debater of the Year list that has been held by Universitas Gadjah Mada students since the start of this year. Dennys won the Jakarta Mini in July and the National Universities Debating Championship in August with different partners. The victories have propelled him to second place on the DOTY list with two points away from current leader Indriani Pratiwi from UGM. His NUDC partner, Aulia Anggita, is at fourth on the list.

The two UI speakers were not in the DOTY 2014 Top 10 in June due to their lack of competitive participation this year. The UI duo, who defeated UGM in the NUDC final, graduated a few days after becoming national champions but their scores from future debates will still be counted for DOTY until the end of 2014.

The current DOTY list combines results from July and August due to the low number of nationwide tournaments in those two months. From this priod, only results from NUDC and Jakarta Mini have been incorporated into the table. There is a flurry of competitions in September that started from a small competition in Semarang last week. But their results will be added at the end of the month. The full list can be accessed here.
  1. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
  2. Dennys Kapa (Universitas Indonesia)
  3. Romario Tambunan (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
  4. Aulia Anggita (Universitas Indonesia)
  5. Melisa Irene (Binus International)
  6. Roderick Sibarani (Universitas Indonesia)
  7. Wida Wahyuni (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
  8. Aulia Widyaputra (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
  9. Cindy Fransisca (Universitas Atma Jaya)
  10. Erwina Salsabila (Universitas Gadjah Mada)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NUDC 2014: Key Results

Champion: #1 Universitas Indonesia (Dennys Kapa & Aulia Anggita)
Finalists: #2 Binus University (Rivera Kathrin & Marchella Febriyanti), #4 Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indriani Pratwi & Wida Wahyuni), #7 Universitas Sanata Dharma (Sekartiyasa Kusumastuti & Tethy Pesoa)
Best Speaker: Dennys Kapa (Universitas Indonesia)
Best Novice Team: Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Novarian Budi & Husna Amirah)
Best Novice Speaker: Ida Ayu Pradnya Paramita (Universitas Udayana)

NUDC 2014 Best Speaker - Dennys Kapa (UI)
Top 10 Speakers:
1. Dennys Kapa (Universitas Indonesia)
2. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
3. Aulia Anggita (Universitas Indonesia)
4. Wida Wahyuni (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
4. Rivera Kathrin (Binus University)
6. Muhammad Luthfi (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
7. Marchella Febriyanti (Binus University)
7. Saagar Teckchandani (Universitas Pelita Harapan)
9. Aulia Widyaputra (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
10. Aliefah Saras (Universitas Paramadina)
10. Tethy Pesoa (Universitas Sanata Dharma)

NUDC 2014: UI Wins First Title, Breaks Binus Streak

NUDC 2014 Champ - UI (Dennys Kapa & Aulia Anggita)
Universitas Indonesia has the most successful debating society in the country with a room full of trophies from all major nationwide debate tournaments bar one - the National Universities Debating Championship (NUDC), the top school-based British Parliamentary contest. That void finally has been filled. #1 UI (Dennys Kapa & Aulia Anggita) won the 2014 NUDC last night after defending the final motion that proposed Indonesia should invest more in the arms industry.

UI dashed the hope of #2 Binus University (Rivera Kathrin & Marchella Febriyanti) that were bent on grabbing the fourth consecutive title for the Jakarta-based school. The other finalists were #4 Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indriani Pratiwi & Wida Wahyuni) and #7 Universitas Sanata Dharma (Sekartiyasa Kusumastuti & Tethy Pesoa), which both came from Yogyakarta. The UI, Binus and Sanata Dharma, the top three in the final, are eligible for funding to go to the 2015 World Universities Debating Championships in Malaysia.

UI's Dennys Kapa came out as the best speaker of the tournament, a title that last went to an UI debater in 2012. He graduated from a high school in Kupang, the capital of East Nusa Tenggara province, one of the most impoverished provinces in Indonesia. Today's victory crowned his years of national success that include two ALSA UI championship titles, the last one won with her NUDC partner Aulia Anggita. He is an example how a debater from a non-Java high school can excel on the national stage when he can find a suitable institution and receive a supporting environment to train and enhance his skills.

In the novice category, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Novarian Budi & Husna Amirah) from East Java came out triumphant after defeating three non-Java teams Universitas Andalas, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sumatera Utara and Universitas Mulawarman. The best novice speaker award went Ida Ayu Pradnya Paramita from Universitas Udayana Bali, who was a member of Team Indonesia in the 2013 World Schools Debating Championships. The former high school debating star is an example of a talented non-Java debater who decided to stay in her home province after graduation. Udayana reached all the way to the main quarterfinal.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NUDC 2014: Underdog Sanata Dharma Slips into Female-Dominated Final

#7 Universitas Sanata Dharma (Tethy Pesoa & Sekartiyasa Kusumastuti) advanced into the grand final of the 2014 National Universities Debating Championship, scoring the school's first appearance at the penultimate debate of a major nationwide competition. In the debate for the national title, they will face three powerhouses, #1 Universitas Indonesia (Aulia Anggita & Dennys Kapa), #4 Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indriani Pratiwi & Wida Wahyuni) and #2 Binus University (Rivera Kathrin & Marchella Febriyanti), which are bent on securing the fourth win in a row for their Jakarta-based school. The final is also unique due to the gender composition. UI's Dennys Kapa will be the only male debater in the final, revealing the female domination in NUDC 2014.  

NUDC 2014: All-Java Semifinal Again. Can Binus Win Four Titles in a Row?

The 8 teams in the semifinals of the 2014 National Universities Debating Championships are all from Java-based institutions, including Binus University Jakarta that has held the title for the last three years. The geographical hegemony has stood although the education ministry this year expanded the number of participation to 112 from 96 that gave 16 more slots to non-Java institutions. 

In the first semifinal, reigning champion #2 Binus University (Rivera Kathrin & Marchella Febriyanti) must overcome challenges from #7 Universitas Sanata Dharma (Sekartiyasa Kusumastuti & Tethy Pesoa), #3 Universitas Pelita Harapan (Saagar Teckchandani & Dharma Dwitama Harja) and #14 Universitas Padjadjaran (Erfan Supradhono & Omar Azfar) if they want to secure their fourth title in as many years. The two last teams eliminated one of the tournament's favourite, NUDC 2009 champion #6 Institut Teknologi Bandung.

In the second semifinal the country's two top powerhouses, #1 Universitas Indonesia (Aulia Anggita & Dennys Kapa) and #4 Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indriani Pratiwi & Wida Wahyuni), will clash along with #12 Universitas Brawijaya (Zelly Sidi Zamzami & Fahri Akbar) and #16 Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (Muhammad Iqwan & Karjongko). The semifinal motion reads "This House Believes That People Have the Right to be Forgotten".

UI debaters have secured the right to receive state financing for their participation in the 2015 World Universities Debating Championship after they broke first into the knockouts. More WUDC funding packages will go to three NUDC 2014 finalists. The ongoing national BP tournament is taking place at Universitas Batam in the Riau Islands.    

Non-Java squads Universitas Syiah Kuala from Aceh and Bali's Universitas Udayana gave spirited challenges in the quarterfinals but came short from becoming the first from outside of the main island to reach the top 8. Aceh and Bali, provinces that have won the national high school championship before, have strong squads at the pre-varsity level but their universities need to attract those talented debaters to stay home to extend success into varsity level. Some debaters from those provinces are now debating for UI.

However, it was also refreshing to see there was a team from far eastern Indonesia, Universitas Pattimura from Ambon, in the octofinal although they could not advance into the top 16. That shows serious training, including from organizations like On That Point that try to empower disadvantaged regions, can make a difference. This issue has nothing to do with race, ethnicity or any other personal background. The best Indonesian debaters are hard working individuals who come from all kinds of social groups. The matter is institutional. It is about how institutions and institutionalized training can provide the right exercise, materials and environment for eager debaters to enhance their skills and knowledge. Without them, even the most talented with the gift of the gab would never shine on the debating stage.