Saturday, November 3, 2012

UI, ITB, Unpad, Atma Share Spots in Newbies 2012 Semifinals

Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Padjajaran and Universitas Atma Jaya have one team each in tomorrow's semifinals of the 2012 Newbies UI after 4 rounds of debates today. UI A, which broke first without dropping a point, will meet Atma Jaya C while Bandung rivals ITB A and Unpad B will face off in the other knockout match.

Atma Jaya C actually ended at 5th place but got the last spot in the elimination stage after organizers barred ITB B, which had higher points, from breaking because the team had an ineligible member. Newbies UI should be a contest only for those without varsity debating experience but ITB B speaker Wisnu Aryo had such a record. He was a member of Team Indonesia for World Schools Debating Championships 2011 that went against university teams in the 2011 ALSA UI E-Comp a few months before his squad debated in Scotland. It is common for WSDC teams to compete in national varsity level competitions in preparing for the toughest high school tournament in the world. Other universities with ex-WSDC recruits did not send such members to Newbies UI. ITB B's presence had an adverse affect to other participants. All teams that lost to ITB B in the preliminary round failed to advance.        

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