Saturday, December 31, 2011

WUDC 2012: Updates & Motions from Prelim Day 2

The second day of preliminaries at the 2012 World Universities Debating Championships in Manila had an Indonesian team scoring back-to-back wins, the emergence of an unofficial twitter tab and long motions. There will be 3 more rounds today but none of their results will be announced at the chambers. The tension will peak around the turn of the year when the main, ESL and EFL breaks are revealed.

Universitas Indonesia C (Ahmad Naufal Dai & Irene Severina) is the top Indonesian pair entering R7 with 11 VPs after winning R4 and R5. Binus International A (Astrio Feligent & Christian Leonardo), which had a spirited comeback after tough early rounds, ended Prelim Day 2 with 10 VPs. UI A (Adlini Ilma Ghaisany & Roderick Sibarani) and Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Tanti Kosmiyati & Amir Abdul Aziz) follow with 9 VPs.

There are also several teams on 8 VPs, including Binus University A (Bryan Gunawan & Sabarudin Adinugroho) and Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara A (Teddy Trihatmojo & Halim Nuswantoro). Naufal and Irene still can break into the main knockouts while the rest need to boost their performance to earn spots in the ESL/EFL debates.

For the first time in WUDC history, a shadow tab made from the wave of tweets coming from Manila has emerged. Click here for the active spread that also shows winning possibilities ala sports betting. One of its masterminds is Can Okar, the 2010 WUDC Chief Adjudicator. The tab covers more than 170 from almost 400 participating teams in WUDC 2012. Less than half but the powerhouses are all there.

According to this unoffical tab, the top 3 teams come from Victoria University of Wellington, University of Oxford and Monash University -- the usual suspects. Victoria B has 17 VPs, one short from the perfect score. The highest team from a non-Anglo Saxon nation is Ateneo de Manila University A with 13 VPs. Several online predictions believe only those with 19+ points could break this year. In previous WUDCs, many teams with 18 VPs could slip into the knockouts.

Motions in the first 6 rounds did not touch current affairs. No motions on the Arab Spring, Palestine, Euro debt, US foreign policy, China or the Internet yet. Many of them are long with complex forms and critical tweets have started to float around. The motions on prelim day 2 are as follows:

R4 THW require individuals to use all their wealth beyond $5 million for philantrophic projects
R5 THW require deaf parents to send their children, whether deaf or hearing, to mainstream schools for their primary and secondary education
R6 TH supports politicians who pass progressive legislation even when it is contrary to the wishes of the democratic electorate

Friday, December 30, 2011

WUDC 2012: UI Team at Double-Digit After R5

Universitas Indonesia C (Ahmad Naufal Dai & Irene Severina) won 3 rounds in a row from R3 to R5 at the 2012 World Universities Debating Championships in Manila. With 4 preliminaries to go, including one more today, they are at a favourable standing with 11 VPs so far. Usually, teams need to garner 18 VPs in 9 rounds to advance into the main WUDC break. No Indonesian pair have broken into the main knockouts and the current record-holder, another UI team, ended with 16 points in WUDC 2008 in Bangkok. Several Indonesians made the ESL/EFL cut in previous editions.

The teams that Naufal and Irene defeated include University of Auckland (NZ), Georgetown University (US) and a pair from University of Leiden (NL) who championed the ESL category at Oxford IV this year. Last year, Naufal's team bagged 11 VPs and reached the EFL semifinals. This is Irene's first Worlds. The pair, both majoring in International Relations, and another UI student won the 3-on-3 Java Overland Varsities English Debate in 2009. Naufal won the 2009 Founders' Trophy and the 2011 Binus International Debate with other UI partners.


WUDC 2012: Updates, Motions, Bid News from Prelim Day 1

De La Salle University Manila - the venue for WUDC 2012
Preliminary rounds of the 2012 World Universities Debating Championships began yesterday at Manila's De La Salle University with 3 rounds. Despite livestreaming difficulties, missing teams and elevator clogs, the tournament ran relatively smooth.

Several of Indonesia's 17 participating teams won their early debates, including Universitas Indonesia A (Adlini Ilma Ghaisany & Roderick Sibarani) and Binus University B (Rosmi Yana & Radite Adjie) that both wrapped up the day with 6 VPs. UI A won R2 from CO in a debate that had a team from the renowned Princeton University as CG. Usually, teams need 18 VPs after 9 rounds to make the cut for the main WUDC break.

At least 6 teams enter R4 with a perfect score of 9 VPs, including reigning Euro champions University of Oxford A (Ben Woolgar & Hugh Burns) and an ESL team, University of Utrecht A (Danique von Koppenhagen & Tomas Beerthuis).

After a buzz that Indonesia might table a bid for WUDC 2014, country representative Bryan Gunawan tweeted the Education Ministry wants to host the championships in 2015. According to the WUDC Constitution article 15, a bid must come from a college or a debating society, suggesting the government should find a varsity partner to be the eligible bidder.

The motions on Day 1 of the preliminaries are as follows:
R1 THW make fathers take paternity leave
R2 THW prevent politicians from making fact claims, that, while not technically lies, are substantially misleading to voters
R3 THW force large companies who leave an area to pay the costs of any resulting structural unemployment

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WUDC 2012: Indonesia Sends Big Contingent, Gets "A" Status

The 2012 World Universities Debating Championships, the most prestigious debating tournament on the planet, officially kicked off today at Manila's De La Salle University with a record-tying number of Indonesian teams. Universitas Indonesia sent the 2 first Indonesian teams to WUDC 1999, coincidentally also held in the Philippines. In WUDC 2005 in Malaysia, there were 17 Indonesian teams, eclipsing the past record by far. When WUDC 2012 debates start tomorrow, the same number will join the competition.

Besides 4 pairs from UI, there will be 2 squads each from Binus University and Universitas Atma Jaya while Binus International, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara, STBA Teknokrat, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Negeri Padang, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta and Universitas Padjadjaran respectively sent a team. These institutions had reached a decision to have Bryan Gunawan from Binus University as the Indonesian representative for the Worlds Council.

Bryan today tweeted that Indonesia won the right to earn a "A" nation voting status because there had been at least 4 Indonesian institutions in the last 2 WUDCs. More than 6 Indonesian universities sent teams to WUDC 2010 and 2011. That new status means Indonesia now has 4 votes in the council, which will be crucial in deciding the next host. Up until now, there has been no bids for WUDC 2014 although there is a rumour there might be an audacious attempt to bring the competition to Indonesia in the near future.

IndoDebate Hits Exceed 50,000, More Updates to Come

IndoDebate reached a milestone today after crossing the line of 50,000 hits. Since Jan. 7 this year until this post, the blog has uploaded 243 stories on the Indonesian debating scene or around 20 per month, attracting an average of 150 hits per day. Thank you for following, supporting or at least taking interest in this blog.  IndoDebate started as an individual project to document results that were scattered in several mailing lists, especially in Indodebaters, club websites, Facebook and Twitter accounts and it will continue to do that. However, an analysis of the hits showed that the number of users spiked dramatically at the end of major Indonesian tournaments. That is why IndoDebate will keep on providing updates from the local circuit.

The blog will also stick to the manageable model of short stories. There have been suggestions to convey opinions on debating issues in Indonesia or push certain agendas like the idea of a debating union. What this blog can promise is it will chronicle the twists and turns of the Indonesian debating scene and let those who are active debaters take centerstage. The next series of postings will exactly follow that line as the blog will have updates on what Indonesian debaters face at the pinnacle of varsity debating -- the ongoing World Universities Debating Championships in Manila.    

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Third Trimester Debate Results

2012 is a few days away. The 2011 debating season in Indonesia technically reached its end in November as clubs used December to prepare for the World Universities Debating Championships in Manila by sending teams to pre-Worlds competitions abroad or intensifying practices at home. Here are the results of nationwide debating tournaments in Indonesia in the third trimester of 2011 (September-November).

JFF@Universitas Indonesia (September)
Champions: The Squibb (Aulia Anggita/UI & Rifan Ibnu Rahman/ITB)
Finalists: Deathly Mellow (Ahmad Naufal Dai/UI & Elghafiky Bimardhika/UI), Yin&Yang (Dennys Kapa/UI & Irene Severina/UI), Wolfsbane&Belladona (Asrining Tyas/UI & Aditya Lesmana/UI)
Best Speaker: Luthfi Abdurrahman (The Boggarts/ITB)

BIND@Binus International (September)
Champions: Universitas Indonesia B (Ahmad Naufal Dai & Elghafiky Bimardhika)
Finalists: Mahidol University A (Mabrouq Azeez & Phra Chainarong Sangsranoi), University of Kyushu A (Mark Solis & Jonathan Borock), Binus University B (Bryan Gunawan & Sabarudin Adinugroho)
Best Speaker: Mabrouq Azeez (Mahidol A)

ASEAN Youth@Tunza International Conference (September)
Champions: Indonesia (Adlini Ilma Ghaisany, Roderick Sibarani, Dennys Kapa -- all from UI)
Finalists: Thailand (Nuanpan Ketumarn, Tidarat Yingcharoen, Yuttana Saisangkagomon -- all from Chulalongkorn)
Best Speaker: Iris Caluag (Philippines/Miriam)

E-Fest@Universitas Lampung (October)
Champions: Binus University A (Enricko Lukman & Radite Adjie)
Finalists: Universitas Bakrie A (Aryo Febrian & Alfia Firliani), Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A (Shofri Darmawan & Alfan Afriyanto), Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia A (Tsara Desiana Akmilia & Gelar Ramadhan)
Best Speaker: Radite Adjie (Binus A)

Newbies@Universitas Indonesia (October)
Champions: Universitas Indonesia A (Agatha Kharisma, Lisia Astari, Patty Regina)
Finalists: Institut Teknologi Bandung B (Jane Revevalin, Fauzan Reza Maulana, Yohanna Karina)
Best Speaker: Jane Revevalin (ITB B)

EU-IDC@Delegation of the European Union (November)
Champions: Universitas Padjadjaran (Mayang Puspita, Rendy Prahara, Novryan Pahlawan)
Finalists: Universitas Gadjah Mada (Ika Septihandayani, Erwina Salsabila, Irwan Ferdiansyah)

Progressive Medical Debate@Universitas Indonesia (November)
Champions: Universitas Indonesia (Ahdiat Permana, Elghafiky Bimardhika, Roderick Sibarani)
Finalists: Universitas Bakrie (Aryo Febrian, Mutiara Hapsari, Yudha Mustafa)
Best Speaker: Roderick Sibarani (UI)

Founders' Trophy@Universitas Indonesia (November)
Champions: Melanie Tedja - Sinta Satriana (Ex-UI)
Finalists: Caessar Pronocitro - Novelisa Wirid (Ex-UGM), Ahmad Naufal Dai - Rifan Ibnu Rahman (UI/ITB), Indra Kusuma - Irene Severina (UI)
Best Novice Team: Alif Satria - Revaldi Wirabuana (WSDC 2012)
Best Novice Speaker: Revian Wirabuana (WSDC 2012) & Thoriq Murtadho (UGM)

Special achievements in tournaments abroad:

Asian BP@North-South University
Best EFL Speaker: Leo Wibisono (Institut Pertanian Bogor  1)

WUPID@Universiti Putra
Binus International (Astrio Feligent & Christian Leonardo) at #18 with just 2 points below last quarterfinalist.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WUPID 2011: Victoria Victorious on First Try

#2 Victoria University of Wellington (Richard D'Ath & Seb Templeton) won the 2011 World Universities Peace Invitational Debate, outwitting #1 University of Oxford in the final that ended today with a 5-4 split decision. The two other finalists were Ateneo de Manila University and University of Cambridge.

Victoria and Oxford had been at each other throughout the tournament that funded the best debating universities to come to Malaysia. Victoria came second in R3, R4 and R5 to Oxford while the latter's only dropped point came from R2 when the former triumphed. This year is this first time Victoria was invited to WUPID.

In the final, Opening Government Oxford proposed the motion "This House Believes That Unfettered Capitalism is the Greatest Obstacle to World Peace" while Victoria knocked it down from Closing Opposition. Oxford's Benjamin Woolgar topped the speaker tab.  The winning pair six months ago championed the Australasian Intervarsities Debating Championships.

Two Indonesian teams competed in the 2011 WUPID. One of them, Binus International A (Astrio Feligent & Christian Leonardo) almost broke into the knockouts after collecting 9 VPs, the same amount of points gained by #10-#16 teams. Slightly lower speaker scores denied the pair.  

Monday, December 19, 2011

WUPID 2011: Breaking Teams & Prelim Motions

The 2011 World Universities Peace Invitational Debate organizers announced today the 16 teams that can proceed into the knockouts. Universitas Indonesia and Binus International teams competed in this tournament, which funds the world's top debating universities to come to Malaysia every year, but they failed to break. Bipeds A (Astrio Feligent & Christian Leonardo) came very close with 9 VPs, the same amount of points that #10-16 had. Those who did advance are as follows:
  1. University of Oxford A
  2. Victoria University of Wellington A
  3. University of New South Wales A
  4. Yale University A
  5. Ateneo de Manila University B
  6. Ateneo de Manila University A
  7. Monash University A
  8. University of Cambridge A
  9. Monash University B
  10. University of Queensland A
  11. Cornell University A
  12. University of Melbourne B
  13. Nanyang Technological University B
  14. National University of Singapore A
  15. University of Melbourne A
  16. Universiti Teknologi Mara B
The motions in the preliminaries:
R1. THW abolish permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council
R2. With the benefit of hindsight, TH regrets awarding President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize
R3. THBT Asia should welcome Chinese military expansion
R4. THBT Malaysia should embrace the right to peaceful assembly
R5. THBT the peaceful resolution of conflicts in South America must include the international legalization of cocaine

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ABP 2011: Key Results

Champions: #14 Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering 1 (Karthik Sivaram & Prasun Bhaiya)
Finalists: #1 National University of Singapore 1 (Imran Rahim & Robin Teo), #5 Nanyang Technological University 2 (Rohit Gadre & Prashanth Jayaraman), #10 Universiti Teknologi Mara 1 (Maizura Mokhsein & Aerie Rahman)
Best Speaker: Imran Rahim (National University of Singapore 1)
Best EFL Speaker: Leo Wibisono (Institut Pertanian Bogor 1) 

Top 10 Speakers:
1. Imran Rahim (National University of Singapore 1)
2. Robin Teo (National University of Singapore 1)
3. Shafiq Bazari (Universiti Teknologi Mara 2)
4. Rohit Gadre (Nanyang Technological University 2)
5. Urmila Mandapaka (Singapore Management University 2)
6. Maizura Mokhsein (Universiti Teknologi Mara 1)
7. Kenneth Kang (National University of Singapore 2)
7. Prashanth Jayaraman (Nanyang Technological University 2)
7. Arvind Raghavan (Nanyang Technological University 1)
10. Syed Saddiq (International Islamic University 2)

Top 5 EFL Speakers
1. Leo Wibisono (Institut Pertanian Bogor 1)
2. Jaran Walia (Binus International 1)
2. Rajkumar Narendra (Binus International 1)
4. Andini Widya Astuti (Institut Pertanian Bogor 1)
5. Naohiro Togashi (Hitotsubashi University 1)

Monday, December 12, 2011

ABP 2011: Indonesians Take Top 3 EFL Speakers

Leo Wibisono from Institut Pertanian Bogor bagged the best EFL speaker award at the 2011 Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championships. Two other Indonesians, Jaran Walia and Rajkumar Narendra who both come from Binus International, took second and third place. The best overall speaker of the tournament was Imran Rahim from National University of Singapore. His teammate Robin Teo was best speaker in the finals.

ABP 2011: NUS Loses Title, Bows to RVCE

North South University Dhaka - Host of ABP 2011
Underdogs Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering from Bangalore, India denied defending champions National University of Singapore of another Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championship title. In the grand final of the 2011 ABP, #14 RVCE 1 (Karthik Sivaram & Prasun Bhaiya) from the position of Opening Opposition knocked down the motion "This House Believes That Micro-Credit Programs Should Stop Exclusively Targeting Women".

#1 NUS 1 (Imran Rahim & Robin Teo), playing the role as Closing Opposition, failed to outshine their benchmates. The other finalists came from Nanyang Technological University and Universiti Teknologi Mara. NUS 1 were hot favourites throughout ABP 2011. The team broke first into knockouts with Imran topping the speaker tab and Robin coming second. No RVCE debater was on the top 10 speaker list. This is the first major Asian-level victory for RVCE.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

IVED 2012 Organizers Announce Main List of Teams

Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, the host of the 2012 Indonesian Varsities English Debate, will give teams on the main list time until December 30 to settle payment before allowing others to take over their spots. The 60 teams on the main list of the 15th IVED, the country's de-facto nationals, are as follows (alphabethical order).

Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang - Venue of IVED 2012
  1. Akademi Militer A
  2. Akademi Militer B
  3. Binus International A
  4. Binus International B
  5. Binus University A
  6. Binus University B
  7. Institut Manajemen Telkom A
  8. Institut Manajemen Telkom B
  9. Institut Pertanian Bogor A
  10. Institut Teknologi Bandung A
  11. Institut Teknologi Bandung B
  12. LP3I Medan A
  13. Politeknik Negeri Malang A
  14. Politeknik Negeri Malang B
  15. Politeknik Negeri Ujung Pandang A
  16. Sampoerna School A
  17. Sampoerna School B
  18. STBA Teknokrat A
  19. STBA Teknokrat B
  20. STIE IT&B A
  21. STMIK Mikroskil A
  22. Universitas Airlangga A
  23. Universitas Airlangga B
  24. Universitas Bakrie A
  25. Universitas Bakrie B
  26. Universitas Brawijaya A
  27. Universitas Brawijaya B
  28. Universitas Bunda Mulia A
  29. Universitas Bunda Mulia B
  30. Universitas Diponegoro A
  31. Universitas Diponegoro B
  32. Universitas Gadjah Mada A
  33. Universitas Gadjah Mada B
  34. Universitas Hasanuddin A
  35. Universitas Hasanuddin B
  36. Universitas Indonesia A
  37. Universitas Indonesia B
  38. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A
  39. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman B
  40. Universitas Katholik Atma Jaya Jakarta A
  41. Universitas Katholik Atma Jaya Jakarta B
  42. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana A
  43. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana B
  44. Universitas Lampung A
  45. Universitas Lampung B
  46. Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember A
  47. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang A
  48. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang B
  49. Universitas Multimedia Nusantara A
  50. Universitas Negeri Jember A
  51. Universitas Negeri Malang A
  52. Universitas Negeri Malang B
  53. Universitas Negeri Semarang A
  54. Universitas Negeri Semarang B
  55. Universitas Padjadjaran A
  56. Universitas Padjadjaran B
  57. Universitas Pelita Harapan A
  58. Universitas Pelita Harapan B
  59. Universitas Sebelas Maret A
  60. Universitas Sumatera Utara A
The waiting list includes teams from Politeknik Negeri Jakarta, STEI Tazkia, STIKES Bali, Universitas Katholik Parahyangan, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Universitas Mulawarman, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Universitas Sanata Dharma and Universitas Sriwijaya.

ABP 2011: Binus International is Next Year's Host

Binus International Campus
Binus International won the bid to host the 2012 Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championships after its sole rival from India backed out. It will be the first time for Jakarta to host an Asian-scale major debating tournament. The only time an Indonesian institution held such an event was in 2007 when Institut Teknologi Bandung organized that year's Asian Universities Debating Championships.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

ABP 2011: NUS to Defend Crown, Bryan on Final Panel

Reigning champion National University of Singapore will defend its Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championship title tomorrow against teams from cross-city rival Nanyang Technological University, Malaysia's Universiti Teknologi Mara and Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering from India. NUS 1 broke first in the 2011 Asian BP at Dhaka's North South University. Bryan Gunawan from Binus University will be on the grand final adjudication panel.

The motions in the knockouts until the semifinals are as follows:
PQF THW criminalise the refusal to render reasonable assistance to people in distress
QF THBT states should punish more harshly acts of terror committed by own citizens than those committed by citizens of other states
SF THW use the state education system to actively promote atheism

ABP 2011: Singapore, Malaysia Teams Flood Knockouts

After 6 preliminary rounds, 24 teams earned the right to proceed into the knockouts of the 2011 Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championship at Dhaka's North South University. The top 8 can go straight to the quarterfinals while the remaining 16 must undergo pre-quarters. No Indonesian team managed to advance while Singaporean and Malaysian teams took the top 8 spots.

Here is the complete break list.
  1. National University of Singapore 1
  2. Singapore Management University 2
  3. Nanyang Technological University 1
  4. Universiti Teknologi Mara 2
  5. Nanyang Technological University 2
  6. Universiti Teknologi Mara 3
  7. Nanyang Technological University 3
  8. National University of Singapore 3
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 3
  10. Universiti Teknologi Mara 1
  11. National University of Singapore 2
  12. International Islamic University 2
  13. International Islamic University 1
  14. Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering 1
  15. MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology 2
  16. Singapore Management University 3
  17. Chinese University of Hong Kong 1
  18. Chulalongkorn University 1
  19. Rashtriya Vidyalaya College of Engineering 2
  20. KDU University College 2
  21. International Islamic University 4
  22. International Islamic University 3
  23. KDU University College 3
  24. Delhi University 1

Friday, December 9, 2011

ABP 2011: Motions on Day 2

The 2011 Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championship ran 4 rounds today to ensure the break can be announced tonight. Motions on Day 2 of debates are as follows:
R3 THW abolish gated communities with extensive private security
R4 THW require all media outlets to organized as cooperatives, owned and run by journalistis only
R5 THW not allow countries undertaking military intervention abroad to harvest natural resources while they are there
R6 THBT feminists should campaign for fathers' rights

Thursday, December 8, 2011

ABP2011: Tab Problems Push R3 to Day 2

Tabulation issues marred the first day of debating at the 2011 Asian British Parliamentary Debate Championship, forcing organisers at Dhaka's North South University to drop a scheduled round. The third preliminary will now take place tomorrow before 3 other rounds so that the break announcement can still proceed on time. This year's ABP has 76 teams, including those from Binus International and Institut Pertanian Bogor.

The motions on Day 1 are as follows:
R1 THW ban violent sports
R2 TH regrets Myanmar's appointment to future ASEAN chair

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Regime Change at Powerhouses UI and Binus International

The two most successful competitive debating institutions in Indonesia this year, the English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia (EDS UI) and the Binus International Pool of English Debaters (BIPEDS), recently changed leadership. EDS UI President Ahdiat Permana, who himself won 2 of his organization's 6 trophies this year, passed the baton on Saturday to Aulia Anggita Larasati, a sophomore who reached the semifinals of JOVED 2011 on her first try. A few days earlier at BIPEDS, NUEDC and English Fiesta 2011 champion Astrio Feligent Tjong became captain replacing Invi Atmanegara, whose tenure boasted 3 tournament victories. No other debating outfit in Indonesia bagged more than 2 championships in 2011.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

DOTY 2011 Nears End with All-Male Top 10

Roderick Sibarani
Roderick Sibarani from Universitas Indonesia and Rifan Ibnu Rahman from Institut Teknologi Bandung are leaving the others behind in IndoDebate's Debater of the Year table as 2011 reaches its last month. The latest list incorporated results from 3 competitions in November with national appeal -- EU-IDC, Progressive, and Founders Trophy. There were other tournaments that occurred in Indonesia last month but they did not reach out from the host city, rendering them as local comps.

Roderick not only won Progressive, his third trophy in 2011, but also topped the speaker tab. No other debater has won more than 2 trophies this year. Rifan holds another record after he made it to the last debate of FT. It was his sixth grandfinal appearance this year and he is alone with that feat. But, like his 4 other penultimate debates, it ended without a victory. Non-student debaters championed that comp and swamped the top end of the individual list. As it stands now, the top 10 on the DOTY 2011 list are all boys. Will this trend last for another month? Click here for complete list.

Top 10 as of November 2011
  1. Roderick Sibarani (UI)
  2. Rifan Ibnu Rahman (ITB)
  3. Ahdiat Permana (UI)
  4. Aryo Febrian (Bakrie)
  5. Satrio Adi Pratama (Undip)
  6. Ahmad Naufal Dai (UI)
  7. Dimas Hokka (UI)
  8. Luthfi Abdurrahman (ITB)
  9. Eldhianto Jusuf (UGM)
  10. Elghafiky Bimardhika (UI)   

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FT 2011: Key Results

Melanie Tedja and Sinta Satriana with
the EDS UI Founders' Trophy
Founders Trophy 2011 was a truly open tournament and used first names of the team members as calling codes. Affiliations after debater names in this result list are for identification purposes only.

Champions: Melanie Tedja - Sinta Satriana (Ex UI)
Finalists: Caessar Pronocitro - Novelisa Wirid (Ex UGM), Ahmad Naufal Dai - Rifan Ibnu Rahman (UI/ITB), Indra Kusuma - Irene Severina (UI)
Best Novice Team: Alif Satria - Revaldi Wirabuana (SMA 8 Yogyakarta/SMA 4 Denpasar)
Best Speaker: Melanie Tedja (Ex UI)
Best Novice Speaker: Revian Wirabuana (SMA 4 Denpasar) & Thoriq Murtadho (UGM)

Top Speakers
1. Melanie Tedja (Ex UI)
2. Satrio Adi Pratama (Undip)
2. Sony Lewi (Ex UI)
4. Kartika Anindya (Ex UI)
5. Rifan Ibnu Rahman (ITB)
6. Ahmad Naufal Dai (UI)
7. Bryan Gunawan (Binus)
7. Caessar Pronocitro (Ex UGM)
7. Roderick Sibarani (UI)
10. Adlini Ilma Ghaisany (UI)
10. Novelisa Wirid (Ex UGM)

Breaking Teams
(Adlini Ilma Ghaisany - Roderick Sibarani were second on the tab but pulled out right before the break)
  1. Melanie Tedja - Sinta Satriana (ex UI)
  2. Bryan Gunawan - Sabaruddin Adinugroho (Binus)
  3. Ahmad Naufal Dai - Rifan Ibnu Rahman (UI/ITB)
  4. Caessar Pronocitro - Novelisa Wirid (Ex UGM)
  5. Ahdiat Permana - Dimas Hokka (UI)
  6. Bernando Tampubolon - Engelbertus Panggalo (Ex UGM)
  7. Karina Soedjatmiko - Melliza Putri (ITB)
  8. Cindy Francisca - Darwin Tanzil (Atma Jaya)
  9. Kartika Anindya - Sony Lewi (Ex UI)
  10. Indra Kusuma - Irene Severina (UI)
  11. Ridwan Kurniawan - Willy Limiady (Ex UI)
  12. Jaran Walia - Rajkumar Narendra (Binus International)
  13. Rizky Akita - Teddy Triatmojo (Undip/STAN)
  14. Aryo Febrian - Jihad Akbar (Bakrie)
  15. Alif Satria - Revaldi Wirabuana (SMA 8 Yogyakarta/SMA 4 Denpasar)
  16. Mashita Kamilia - Satrio Adi Pratama (Undip)
Motions & Book Winners
R1 THW hold Wikileaks and its affliates criminally liable for espionage
Book Winner: Sony Lewi (Ex UI)
R2 THBT animals should be represented in the parliament
Book Winner: Satrio Adi Pratama (Undip)
R3 THBT the feminist movement should not celebrate slut walks
Book Winner: Melanie Tedja (Ex UI)
R4 TH supports China's plan to take over Europe's debt
Book Winner: Melanie Tedja (Ex UI)
R5 THBT UN aid to newly democratised Arab states should be linked to the promotion of secularism
Book Winner: Adlini Ilma Ghaisany (UI)
QF THW require HIV carriers to disclose their condition before marriage
Book Winner: Melanie Tedja (Ex UI)
SF THBT the Palestinian Authority should push on with its UN membership bid
Book Winner: Melanie Tedja (Ex UI)
GF THW let Papuans exercise their right to self-determination
Book Winner: Melanie Teja (Ex UI)

IVED 2012 Organizers Make U-Turn on Rego Date

The host of the 2012 Indonesian Varsities English Debate, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, took a bold step in addressing concerns over its sudden November 28 registration announcement. Organizers have called off the process and decided to restart it on December 3, the date they originally publicised. The abrupt change from the first date triggered a flurry of complaints from the debating community.

There will only be 59 slots open for the competition that will take place from February 7 to 11 in Malang. Universitas Muhammadiyah Jember has already earned a spot after winning a golden ticket at the UMM English Fiesta in May. Each institution can only register up to 3 teams from December 3 to 10. However, the third needs to wait until December 30 for a promotion to the main list.

IVED is the first nationwide English debating competition in Indonesia and considered as the de-facto national championship. Since its conception in 1998, it has used the 3-on-3 Australasian format -- the first internationally accepted style of debating that was adopted by Indonesian debaters. The Chief Adjudicator of IVED 2012 is Eldhianto Jusuf, champion of the last IVED from Universitas Gadjah Mada. His deputies are Dwita Aryani from Universitas Parahyangan, Sabarudin Adinugroho from Binus University and Satrio Adi Pratama from Universitas Diponegoro.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sudden Change of IVED 2012 Rego Date Triggers Concern

Host Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang last night suddenly opened the online registration of the 2012 Indonesian Varsities English Debate, a week earlier than they first announced, triggering concerns on the running of the upcoming tournament. UMM first proclaimed via Indodebaters the registration for the February 7-11 event would start on December 3. With only 60 slots, those who happened to be online received advantage. This has prompted calls for the committee to stop the process and stick to its earlier promise.

After a long wait for the information on IVED 2012, the launch of the website dumbfounded many. On a single page, organisers had two versions on the number of preliminary rounds -- 5 and 6. (Rules on Format 2 and 4). The host also wrote two different systems for the elimination phase -- "break-and-slide" and "tournament power matching" (Rules on Format 2 and 5). Another confusion relates to the number of required adjudicators as the committee keep on saying on the website that the number should be one less than the number of teams sent (N-1 rule) while labelling it as "N1 rule". These may be innocent typos but they show sloppiness. On a less technical note, UMM has imposed a no T-shirt policy. While wearing formal attire or a university jacket in the grand final is common practice, enforcing a mandatory dresscode during the early rounds may be the least the host should worry in running the most prestigious tournament in the country.

IVED is the first nationwide debating tournament and since its conception in 1998 has been considered as the de-facto national championships although the government has created the National Universities English Debating Championships (NUEDC), which has geographical reach but lacks competition depth.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Melanie Tedja Finally Wins the Founders' Trophy

Melanie Tedja and Sinta Satriana
Former Universitas Indonesia and Monash debater Melanie Tedja finally won the Founders' Trophy, the one championship that had slipped away from her fingers since 2003. Before FT 2011, she had reached 6 FT grand finals, topped the speaker tab 3 times and brought home numerous book prizes.

This year, Melanie, who graduated from UI in 2005, partnered with fellow UI alumna Sinta Satriana and broke that jinx with dominating fashion. The pair emerged from all of their debates as the winning team while Melanie bagged her fourth FT best speaker award and won books from 5 of the 8 rounds of debate.

From the role of Opening Opposition in the grandfinal, the pair knocked down the motion "This House Would Let Papuans Exercise Their Right to Self-Determination", outdebating OG-Caessar Pronocitro & Novellisa Wirid (Ex-UGM), CG-Indra Kusuma & Irene Severina (UI) and CO-Ahmad Naufal Dai & Rifan Ibnu Rahman (UI/ITB). FT is Indonesia's oldest British Parliamentary competition and most competitive open tournament. It is annually hosted by the English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Founders' Trophy 2011: Motions and Book Winners Day 1

Four preliminary rounds of the 2011 EDSUI Founders' Trophy finished on Saturday but the competition among potential breaking teams is still on. The fifth round on Sunday morning will decide the top 16 teams that can proceed into the knockouts. FT, the oldest British Parliamentary debate contest in Indonesia, is known as the most competitive tournament in the country but this year that reputation was reinforced. Among the 48 pairs that entered the ring, around two dozen debaters boast at least one debating trophy in each of their cabinets.

All teams this year compete under no affiliation and their call codes are their own names. Among the participants, there are alumni teams, composites, Indonesia's WSDC 2012 squad split into two, varsity teams prepping for Manila Worlds and novices.

As usual, each FT round has a motion linked to a book donated by an alumnus of the English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia and at the end of it the speaker with highest score in that particular debate gets the donation. The motions and book winners of FT 2011 are as follows :

R1 THW hold Wikileaks and its affiliates criminally liable for espionage
Best Speaker: Soni Lewi (Ex-UI/CMDC'08 Champ)

R2 THBT animals should be represented in the parliament
Best Speaker: Satrio Adi Pratama (Undip/JOVED'11 Champ)

R3 THBT the feminist movement should not celebrate slutwalks
Best Speaker: Melanie Tedja (Ex-UI/IVED'03 Champ)

R4 TH supports China's plan to take over Europe's debt
Best Speaker: Melanie Tedja (Ex-UI/IVED'03 Champ)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

UMM Confirms February 7-11 as IVED 2012 Dates

Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, the host of the 2012 Indonesian Varsities English Debate, confirmed today that it would hold the event from February 7 to 11. Click here for the confirmation letter to Indodebaters. The team cap is settled at 60 and the registration will open on December 3. Prior to this announcement, there was a November 7 post on the school's website indicating the precise dates but organizers had to iron out internal issues before revealing the information to the Indonesian debating community. Potential participants had long waited for this disclosure. The 3-on-3 Australasian style IVED, first held in 1998, is the first debating competition that made the point since its conception to invite teams from all over Indonesia. It is considered as the most prestigious tournament in the country.