Monday, February 27, 2012

ALSA Unpad E-Challenge 2012 Key Results

Winners: #4 Universitas Padjadjaran A (Ashila Reza, Azwar Aziz, Rendi Prahara)
Finalists: #3 Binus University B (Andi Fahmi, Cassandra Etania Liem, Prasetyo Gema)
Best Speaker: Rosmiyana (Binus University A)

Best 10 Speakers:
1. Rosmiyana (Binus University A)
2. Rendi Prahara (Universitas Padjadjaran A)
3. Fauzan Reza (Institut Teknologi Bandung C)
4. Melliza Pretty (Institut Teknologi Bandung C)
5. Sabarudin Adinugroho (Binus University A)
6. Cassandra Etania Liem (Binus University B)
7. Alifia Firliani (Universitas Bakrie A)
8. Fiski Aditya (Institut Teknologi Bandung A)
8. Alris Alfharisi (Institut Teknologi Bandung C)
10. Ashila Reza (Universitas Padjadjaran A)

Host Wins ALSA Unpad E-Challenge 2012

#4 Universitas Padjadjaran A (Ashila Reza, Azwar Aziz, Rendi Prahara) today championed the 2012 ALSA Unpad E-Challenge Debate, which was held at their own campus, after defeating #3 Binus University B (Andi Fahmi, Cassandra Etania Liem, Prasetyo Gema) on a 5-4 split decision in the grand final. They defended the motion "This House Believes that States Have the Right to Unilateral Humanitarian Intervention". The winners reached the last debate after knocking out another Binus team who kept a clean sheet up to the semifinal match.

Rendi, the champion of last year's European Union Intervarsity Debating Championships, led his two team mates who had never made it into the knockouts of any varsity competition before. He also came second on the speaker tab right under Rosmiyana from Binus who took home the top individual award.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Binus Leads ALSA Unpad E-Challenge Break List

Binus University made it up for its lack of presence in the past two nationwide tournaments in 2012 with a strong showing in the  preliminaries of the ALSA Unpad E-Challenge Debates. Binus A (Rosmiyana, Sabarudin Adinugroho, Valencia Ferdi) broke first with a perfect score after beating Binus B (Andi Fahmi, Cassandra Liem, Prasetyo Gema) in R5. It was the only loss for the latter who broke third. Binus skipped the Indonesia Varsities English Debate two weeks ago to focus on the organizing of last week's Asian English Olympics in which it only fielded a fresher team. The break list is as follows:

1. Binus University A
2. Institut Teknologi Bandung C
3. Binus University B
4. Universitas Padjadjaran A
5. Universitas Bakrie A
6. Institut Teknologi Bandung A
7. Universitas Indonesia A
8. Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara A
9. Universitas Padjadjaran B
10. Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara B
11. Universitas Parahyangan A
12. SMA Kristen 1 Bandung A
13. Universitas Pelita Harapan A
14. Institut Teknologi Bandung B
15. Universitas Indonesia C
16. Universitas Bakrie B

Saturday, February 25, 2012

ALSA Unpad E-Challenge Debates Start with 36 Teams

ALSA Universitas Padjadjaran's E-Challenge began a couple of days ago with a handful of English-related contests but the jewel of the event, the debates, will only start today with 36 teams, including squads from Binus University and Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara that skipped the national championships two weeks ago due to academic schedule clashes. Seven teams from Bandung and Palu high schools join the list. Finals will take place on Monday. The competing teams are as follows:

Binus International A
Binus International B
Binus University A
Binus University B
Institut Teknologi Bandung A
Institut Teknologi Bandung B
Institut Teknologi Bandung C
Politeknik Negeri Jakarta A
Politeknik Telkom Bandung A
Politeknik Telkom Bandung B
Politeknik Telkom Bandung C
SMA 3 Bandung A
SMA 5 Bandung A
SMA 5 Bandung B
SMAK 1 Penabur Bandung A
SMAK 1 Penabur Bandung B
Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara A
Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara B
STEI Tazkia A
STEI Tazkia B
SMA Al Azhar Palu A
SMA Al Azhar Palu B
Universitas Bakrie A
Universitas Bakrie B
Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A
Universitas Jenderal Soedirman B
Universitas Indonesia A
Universitas Indonesia B
Universitas Indonesia C
Universitas Padjadjaran A
Universitas Padjadjaran B
Universitas Parahyangan A
Universitas Parahyangan B
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia A
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia B
Universitas Pelita Harapan A

Saturday, February 18, 2012

AEO 2012: Key Results

Champions: #2 National University of Singapore A (Hongyu Xiao & Kenneth Kang)
Finalists: #4 National University of Singapore B (Danielle Goh & Andre Kua), #8 Institut Teknologi Bandung B (Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Meutia Arinta), #11 Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (Bambang Trihadmojo & Hanif Falah)
Best Speaker: Rifan Ibnu Rahman (Institut Teknologi Bandung B)
Best Novice Team: ALSA Universitas Indonesia A (Boy Al Idrus & Ahmad Rashed)
Best Novice Speaker: Terry Muthahhari (Universitas Indonesia C)

Top Speakers
1. Rifan Ibnu Rahman (Institut Tekonologi Bandung B)
2. Hongyu Xiao (National University of Singapore A)
3. Kenneth Kang (National University of Singapore A)
4. Cindy Fransisca (Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta A)
5. Dwita Aryani (Universitas Parahyangan A)
6. Andre Kua (National University of Singapore B)
6. Meutia Arinta (Institut Teknologi Bandung B)
8. Bramesada Prasastyoga (Universitas Indonesia A)
9. Aulia Anggita (Universitas Indonesia B)
9. Elghafiky Bimardhika (Universitas Indonesia C)
9. Josefhine Citra (Universitas Parahyangan A)

Friday, February 17, 2012

AEO 2012: NUS Wins But ITB's Rifan Tops Speaker Tab

Debaters from regional powerhouse National University of Singapore championed the 2012 Asian English Olympics but came short from sweeping the top speaker award. #2 NUS A (Hong Yu Xiao & Kenneth Kang) successfully defended the motion "This House Supports the Right of Neighbourhoods to Veto the Establishment of Religious Buildings". In the final, they faced compatriots #4 NUS B (Danielle Goh & Andre Kua), #8 Institut Teknologi Bandung B (Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Meutia Arinta) and #11 Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang A (Bambang Trihadmojo & Hanif Falah).

The NUS winners took the second and third spots on the speaker list while the top individual honour went to ITB's Rifan Ibnu Rahman. In the novice category, up-and-coming speakers from Universitas Indonesia ruled. A team from UI's law school (Boy Al Idrus & Ahmad Rashed) won the novice final while true freshman Terry Muthahhari from UI's debating society bagged the best novice speaker award.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

AEO 2012: NUS Teams Take Half of Grand Final Slots

Two teams from Asian debating powerhouse National University of Singapore sailed to the grand final of the 2012 Asian English Olympics at Binus University. #2 NUS A (Hong Yu Xiao & Kenneth Kang) and #4 NUS B (Danielle Goh & Andre Kua) will meet #8 Institut Teknologi Bandung B (Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Meutia Arinta) and darkhorse #11 Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang A (Bambang Trihadmojo & Hanif Falah) in the last debate tomorrow.

NUS teams have been the hot favourites since the competition began but #1 Universitas Atma Jaya A defeated them in the preliminaries. NUS B eliminated Atma A in the semifinals. Last year, NUS debaters championed the Asian 3-on-3 championships and reached the grandfinals of the continent's main tournament with the British Parliamentary format. The other non-Indonesian team in AEO 2012, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, fell in the quarterfinals.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

AEO 2012: Atma Jaya Beats NUS, Breaks First

Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta A (Cindy Fransisca & Darwin Tanzil) defeated Asian powerhouse National University of Singapore twice in the preliminary rounds of the 2012 Asian English Olympics at Binus University, enabling them to break first into the quarterfinals. Last year, NUS teams won the top Asian 3-on-3 tournament and reached the grand finals of the Asian BP championships. There are 2 NUS squads and a pair from Malaysia's Universiti Teknologi Petronas competing in AEO 2012, which uses the British Parliamentary format, while the rest of the 68 participating teams come from Indonesia.

Besides the 16 teams that advanced into the elimination stage, there are 8 pairs who are eligible to progress to the novice finals. The grand finals will take place on Friday. The qualifying teams are as follows:

Main Break
    Binus University - Venue of AEO 2012
  1. Universitas Atma Jaya A
  2. National University of Singapore A
  3. Universitas Parahyangan A
  4. National University of Singapore B
  5. Universitas Indonesia A
  6. Universitas Padjadjaran B
  7. Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Dakwah Al Hadid A
  8. Institut Teknologi Bandung B
  9. Universitas Indonesia C
  10. Universitas Indonesia B
  11. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang A
  12. Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa A
  13. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A
  14. Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat B
  15. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta A
  16. Universiti Teknologi Petronas A
 Novice Break
  1. Binus University A
  2. SMA 1 Samarinda A
  3. Universitas Padjadjaran A
  4. Politeknik Sriwijaya A
  5. Universitas Lampung A
  6. Universitas Lampung B
  7. ALSA Universitas Indonesia A
  8. Universitas Negeri Semarang A

Monday, February 13, 2012

World Class Debaters Kick Off AEO 2012

Worlds finalist Elle Jones from University of Sydney and Asian champion Imran Rahim from National University of Singapore will lead the debate seminar at the 2012 Asian English Olympics today at Binus University. Debates, which will use the British Parliamentary format, are scheduled to start tomorrow with varsity and high school teams competing together. Some debaters who just finished competing in the Indonesian Varsities English Debate two days ago will also join the first international tournament in the country of this year. Besides Elle and Rahim, the adjudication core includes Universitas Indonesia's Ahdiat Permana, Thepparith Senamngern from Thailand, Zheng Bo from China and Chief Adjudicator Sabarudin Adinugroho from the host institution.

IVED 2012: Key Results

Champions: Universitas Bakrie 1 (Aryo Febrian, Mutiara Hapsari, Yudha Mustafa)
Finalists: Universitas Indonesia 1 (Aulia Anggita, Bramesada Prasastyoga, Egalita Irfan)
Best Speaker in Grand Final: Aryo Febrian (Universitas Bakrie 1)
Best Speaker: Egalita Irfan (Universitas Indonesia 1)
Best Novice Team: Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta 1 (Rasman, Retno Rahma Safitri, Tika Destiratri)
Novice Finalists: Universitas Hasanuddin 2 (Erwin Katunde, Framita Rahman, Maman)
Best Novice Speaker: Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada 2)

Egalita Irfan (UI 1)
IVED 2012 Best Speaker
Top 10 Speakers:
1. Egalita Irfan (Universitas Indonesia 1)
2. Aryo Febrian (Universitas Bakrie 1)
3. Erwina Salsabila (Universitas Gadjah Mada 2)
3. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada 2)
5. Amir Abdul Aziz (Universitas Gadjah Mada 2)
5. Bramesada Prasastyoga (Universitas Indonesia 1)
7. Gentur Adiutama (Universitas Gadjah Mada 1)
7. Mutiara Hapsari (Univesitas Bakrie 1)
9. Albert Santoso (Universitas Indonesia 2)
10. Jhendra Samodra (Universitas Gadjah Mada  1)

Top 5 Novices:
1. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada 2)
2. Jane Revevalin (Institut Teknologi Bandung 2)
3. Magreta Kaila Adenta (Universitas Indonesia 2)
4. Felicia Novina (Binus International 2)
5. Anastasia Sijabat (Universitas Indonesia 3)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

IVED 2012: Bakrie Takes National Crown, Makes History

Aryo Febrian (Universitas Bakrie 1) speaks in IVED 2012 Grand Final 
Universitas Bakrie is now part of the small elite club of national debating champions. #3 Bakrie 1 (Aryo Febrian, Mutiara Hapsari, Yudha Mustafa) won the 15th Indonesian Varsities English Debate last night, dashing Universitas Indonesia's hope of grabbing the national title for the ninth time. Seven out of nine grandfinal judges thought #1 UI 1 (Aulia Anggita, Bramesada Prasastyoga, Egalita Irfan) had come short in blocking Bakrie's proposal to require multinational corporations give 5% of their profit to development funds.

The victory recorded a list of milestones. The school, first established in 2006, is the youngest by far among the colleges that have won IVED. The 5 other institutions all are more than three decades old. The winning speakers are part of the inaugural generation of Bakrie debaters. Last night was not only their first IVED win, it was their first victorious campaign in a major nationwide debating tournament. Before IVED 2012, they even had not debated beyond the IVED prelims. In IVED 2010, Aryo, Mutiara and Yudha also debated together but they only ended 10 spots below the last breaking team.

Signs of progress became clear last year. In February 2011, Yudha and Mutiara reached the semifinals of the ALSA Unpad E-Challenge. In May, Aryo and Yudha were part of a Bakrie team that topped the tab of the ALSA UI E-Comp, the longest running debate tournament in Indonesia, although they failed to go far in the knockouts. A few weeks later, they bagged their first trophy in Macau of all places. Aryo and Yudha were members of a squad that won the EFL category of the 2011 United Asian Debating Championships. Later on, Aryo reached the last debate of the National Universities English Debating Championships and two other grand finals, with 3 different partners. He also ended as fourth best in the 2011 Debater of the Year list. They were waiting for their big moment and it came in the country's top tournament.

The winners of IVED 2012 proved it is possible for any Indonesian university, even new ones, to excel in English competitive debating and compete with more established institutions as long as they work hard. The best novice team award went to Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta 1 (Rasman, Retno Rahma Safitri, Tika Destiratri) that defeated Universitas Hasanuddin 2 (Erwin Katunde, Framita Rahman, Maman) in a separate final.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

ITB Wins Trust to Host IVED for the Third Time

Institut Teknologi Bandung will host the Indonesian Varsities English Debate for the third time after getting the nod to organize the 2013 edition. ITB held the 4th IVED in 2001 and 13th in 2010.

The decision came out amid a wave of criticism against the organisers of IVED 2012, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. Complaints include frequent delays, sloppy registration and  the sub-standard quality of the accommodation and food. In comparison, the management quality of the 2 ITB-held IVEDs  won praise from participants at that time.  ITB also was the venue for the first major international debate competition that took place in Indonesia -- the 2007 Asian Univerisities Debating Championships.

SEF ITB President Rifan Ibnu Rahman will lead the adjudication core. His debating credentials  include best speaker of IVED 2011 and breaking adjudicator in IVED 2012.

Friday, February 10, 2012

IVED 2012: Powerhouse UI v Underdog Bakrie in Final

History is going to be made from tomorrow's grandfinal of the 15th Indonesian Varsities English Debate. #1 Universitas Indonesia 1 (Aulia Anggita, Bramesada Prasastyoga, Egalita Irfan) will try to give their school its ninth IVED trophy while opponent #3 Universitas Bakrie 1 (Aryo Febrian, Mutiara Hapsari, Yudha Mustafa) want to become the first from their university to champion a nationwide debate competition.

Institutional reputation suggests UI is the obvious bet. But individual records show the strength of the other side. Two Bakrie 1 members, Aryo and Yudha, are experienced debaters who bagged the EFL trophy in the latest United Asian Debating Championships. Nobody in UI 1 has championed any debate tournament where they represent UI and two of the speakers are only in their second year. However, UI 1 are at top form with 9 consecutive wins.

UI 1 and Bakrie 1 reached the final after eliminating teams from reigning champion Universitas Gadjah Mada. The original plan was to hold the final tonight after 3 knockout rounds and announce the results on the next day. The final now is scheduled to take place tomorrow evening after excursions. Before this match-up, there will be a novice final between Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta 1 and Universitas Hasanuddin 2.

IVED 2012: Top Four All Go to Semifinals

The top four teams on the tab after the preliminary stage of the 15th Indonesia Varsities English Debate all secured places in the semifinals. #1 Universitas Indonesia 1 and #4 Universitas Gadjah Mada 1 meet again in a rematch of their R6 debate, which the former won. UI has won IVED 8 times while UGM is the reigning champions. In the other semi, #2 UGM face darkhorse #3 Universitas Bakrie, which had ever reached this point before. The theme of the semifinal motions is religion.

IVED 2012: Knockout Bracket

 1. UI 1
1. UI 1 
 16. IM Telkom 1
1. UI 1
8. ITB 1

9. Binus Intl 3
9. Binus Intl 3

1. UI 1
4. UGM 1

4. UGM 1
13. Binus Intl 1

4. UGM 1 
5. Atma Jakarta 1

5. Atma Jakarta 1 
12. Brawijaya 1

3. Bakrie 1
2. UGM 2
2. UGM 2 
15. Atma Yogya 1
 2. UGM 2
7. ITB 3
10. Binus Intl 2
10. Binus Intl 2
3. Bakrie 1
3. Bakrie 1
3. Bakrie 1
14. Unpad 2
 3. Bakrie 1
6. UI 2
6. UI 2 
11. UI 3

IVED 2012: UI 1 Breaks First with the Only Clean Sheet

Universitas Indonesia 1 (Aulia Anggita, Bramesada Prasastyoga, Egalita Irfan) became the first team to advance into the knockouts of the 15th Indonesian Varsities English Debate after winning all 6 preliminary rounds. No other team matched this feat. In the last prelim, they forced Universitas Gadjah Mada 1 (Cinantyan Punjung, Gentur Adiutama, Jhendra Samodra) to bow for the first time in the tournament. UGM 1 broke fourth. The two teams could meet again in the semifinals.

Two other UI teams also broke but UI 2 and UI 3 have to face each other in the octofinals. All 3 teams from Binus International also made the cut. The top 16 teams on the tab will fight in the knockouts tomorrow for the national crown. No team from outside the island of Java qualified for the main elimination stage. But 2 teams from Sulawesi's Universitas Hasanuddin progressed into the separate novice competition.  The main and novice break lists are as follows:

Main Break:

  1. Universitas Indonesia 1
  2. Universitas Gadjah Mada 2
  3. Universitas Bakrie 1
  4. Universitas Gadjah Mada 1
  5. Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta 1
  6. Universitas Indonesia 2
  7. Institut Teknologi Bandung 3
  8. Institut Teknologi Bandung 1
  9. Binus International 3
  10. Binus International 2
  11. Universitas Indonesia 3
  12. Universitas Brawijaya 1
  13. Binus International 1
  14. Universitas Padjadjaran 2
  15. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta 1
  16. Institut Manajemen Telkom 1    
Novice Break:
  1. Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta 1
  2. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana 2
  3. Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta 2
  4. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang 1
  5. Universitas Padjadjaran 1
  6. Universitas Hasanuddin 2
  7. Universitas Hasanuddin 1
  8. Universitas Negeri Semarang 1

Thursday, February 9, 2012

IVED 2012: UGM, Bakrie Still Unbeaten after R3

Nobody has defeated reigning champions Universitas Gadjah Mada and dark horse Universitas Bakrie yet at the 15th Indonesia Varsities English Debate after 3 rounds. All teams from the two schools (UGM1, UGM2, Bakrie1) emerged unblemished at the half way mark of the preliminary stage. All of those 3 teams have members who have won or tasted the grandfinal stage of a tournament. Powerhouses Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Binus International each sent 3 teams with many fresh faces. At least one of their squads suffered from defeat yesterday.

There will be 3 more prelims to go today before the break. Many teams at the top end of the tab may only meet their first worthy challenger in R4. Teams with more than two losses are unlikely to advance into the knockouts. The first day of debates ended around 9 pm last night after delays. Today may be no different. According to the official rundown, the break will be announced an hour after R6 ends.    

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

IVED 2012: Motions from R2 & R3

The second and third rounds of the 15th Indonesian Varsities English Debate used motions related to money matters with different headings. R2 results only began to trickle around 5 pm while the impromptu motions for R3 were launched at dusk. Results from the last round may only emerge around 9 pm.

R2 - Economics & Politics (Prepared)
  • THW introduce financial transaction tax
  • THW forgive students' debt
  • THBT the government should not treat water resources as basic human rights, but rather as commodities
R3 - Government & Business (Impromptu)
  • THW force multinational companies to adopt labour standards of developed nations
  • THW ban political lobbying organisations
  • THBT European Union should ban companies under its jurisdiction from selling chemicals used in administering the death penalty
Some clean sheets after R2 :
2VP: Bakrie 1, ITB 3, UGM 1, UGM 2, UI 1, UI 2, UI 3, Unpad 1, Unpad 2

IVED 2012: Motions & Some Results from R1

Media-related topics kicked off the 15th Indonesia Varsities English Debate at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. R1 started more than an hour late from schedule while until 2 pm R2 motions have not been launched, suggesting R3, the last round of the day, would not end before nightfall. Here are some details from the opening debates.

TH condemns reality shows that use poverty as their main theme
THW oblige broadcasting companies to provide balanced coverage of the political spectrum for all news
THBT the state should provide assistance to the poorest 20% of the population so that they can obtain free subscription of printed media of their choice

Some R1 results from Malang:
  • UI 1 def. Bunda Mulia 1; UI 2 def. Bunda Mulia 2; UI 3 def. Tazkia 1
  • ITB 1 def. Unhas 1; ITB 2 def. Unhas 2; ITB 3 def. Lambung Mangkurat 1
  • Unpad 1 def. Sampoerna 1; Unpad 2 def. Teknokrat 1
  • Atma Jakarta 1 def. UMM 2
  • UMM 1 def. Atma Jakarta 2
  • IPB 1 def. Undip 2

IVED 2012: Debates Kick Off Today

The first 3 preliminary rounds of the 15th Indonesian Varsities English Debate will take place today at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. The competition is expected to be tough with no runaway favourites as none of the participating debaters have won an Indonesian classical tournament before. IVED is the 3-on-3 national championships that started in 1998. Two other classics, which began before it, are JOVED and ALSA UI E-Comp. Last year's winning team from Universitas Gadjah Mada had 2 JOVED 2010 champions while their grand final opponent from Universitas Indonesia was led by a JOVED 2009 winner.

Teams from UGM, UI, Binus International and Universitas Bakrie have individuals with trophies from other tournaments. But not a single team has two of these. This situation opens a large window of opportunity for new stars to rise. It also increases the element of unpredictability into every round. Usually, only teams with 4 wins out of 6 mandatory rounds can break into the main octofinals. There will be 3 more prelims tomorrow.

This year's competition is full of novices; true freshmen or dozens that want to fall in the category. Around three quarters of the participants called themselves "novice", requiring a time-consuming investigation last night. The term is not defined as "never debated" like in other competitions but  "never broken", allowing senior debaters who have failed to break for years a chance to get some limelight. Eight "novice' teams that come below the Top 16 may advance to a separate "novice" elimination.

On a non-debating aspect, participants have complained about the quality of accommodation. The organisers chose a modest student dormitory, a throwback to IVEDs of yesteryears. More recent IVEDs used hotels. Another twist in the current IVED is a proposal to establish a permanent national union for debating societies.    The motion will be debated in the council meeting at the end of the tournament.

Monday, February 6, 2012

IVED 2012: Competition Begins to Fill the Air in Malang

Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang - Venue of IVED 2012
The 15th edition of the Indonesian Varsities English Debate, the country's most prestigious tournament, will  start tomorrow at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. Debaters have begun to descend on the hillside city since this morning, emanating air of competition to the cool climate. Preliminary debates will take place on Wednesday and Thursday with 3 rounds per day.

The best 16 on the tab will qualify for the main knockouts while the top 8 novice teams can progress into a separate elimination stage. Usually, only teams with 4 wins from 6 rounds could break in the open category.

All advance rounds (4 mains, 3 novices) will be held on Friday, suggesting a long day with a late end. The original rundown has no obvious slot for Friday prayers, unusual for any Indonesian event, especially one held at an Islamic university. According to the official schedule, the grandfinal winners, however, will only be revealed on Saturday night after excursions around the touristy region of Malang.

The 3-on-3 IVED is the de-facto national championships and winners are considered the best of their generation. Interestingly, this year's edition is set to provide the springboard to stardom. Based on the list of participants, most schools are fielding young or less triumphant speakers with only 4 out of 180 debaters with varsity trophies to boast. Morever, none of those victories come from the top 4 varsity tournaments (IVED, ALSA UI, JOVED, NUEDC).

In 2011, Universitas Gadjah Mada won with 2 debaters who reached the grandfinals in IVED 2010 and championed JOVED 2010, beating an Universitas Indonesia team, which was led by a JOVED 2009 champ. There will not be such a case this year. New stars, upsets and surprises may become the theme in IVED 2012. Let the debates begin!

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    DOTY 2012 Begins with WUDC Results

    IndoDebate's Debater of the Year (DOTY) restarts with results from the 2012 World Universities Debating Championships in Manila.  The January 2012 table did not differentiate between ESL and EFL speaker lists but resorted to the list of Indonesian speakers in WUDC 2012. It also took into account the achievements in the EFL knockouts. This approach is exclusive for WUDC. In result, Adlini Ilma Ghaisany from Universitas Indonesia is the current table leader for being the best Indonesian speaker in WUDC. Schoolmate Ahmad Naufal Dai has the same total point but his recent graduation means he will slip down in coming months as more results enter the equation.

    Other international varsity competitions do not have three tiers of English level. Their secondary tier will be seen equal to a national competition. With the increase in Indonesian participation in international tournaments, the DOTY 2012 will reward those who break into the main knockouts or speaker list with bonus points that equal winning a nationwide championship (Ex: just breaking in Asian BP will earn debater 3 points regardless how far his/her team go.)   

    There was no nationwide varsity tournament in Indonesia in January. There will be 4 this month, including the 15th Indonesian Varsities English Debate, the de-facto nationals, next week.  All of those debaters on the current list bar one will skip IVED 2012, guaranteeing the February list will have many new names. Click here to see current DOTY table.