Monday, December 31, 2012

WUDC 2013: Indonesian Teams Still in Contention After R6

Results after R6 of the 2013 World Universities Debating Championships, released by the organisers, show several Indonesian teams still have the hope to break into elimination stage, including in the open competition. With the new 48-team break system, teams with 17 points after 9 rounds may have a chance to advance into the main knockouts. Last year, teams with 15 points could make the cut for the ESL quarterfinals while a squad had to possess 13 points to safely break in the EFL category. The expansion from 8 to 16 teams that can break in the EFL group this year may give teams with 11 points a shot while the ESL bar stays the same.

Auditorium at TU Berlin - Venue of WUDC 2013
No Indonesian has broken into the main WUDC out rounds or reached the top 48 team list. The only time Indonesians got an under-100 rank was in 1999 when the UI pair of Ria Nuri Dharmawan and Puguh "Pupung" Priambodo ended at #85 during the country's first foray in Worlds. Ria now is a World Bank lawyer while Pupung is a diplomat. Last year, another UI duo (Ahmad Naufal Dai & Irene Severina) broke 1st in the EFL category with 14 points while a team from Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara (Teddy Triatmojo & Halim Nuswantoro) came 8th with 13 points but both fell in the semifinals.

Here are the standings of the 10 Indonesian teams with their ESL/EFL language status. The best possible score after R6 is 18 points.

Binus International (Invi Atmanegara/Jaran Walia) - 9 (ESL)
Institut Teknologi Bandung (Jane Revevalin/Kirana Kania) - 9 (ESL)
Universitas Indonesia (Dimas Hokka/Riza Aryani) - 8 (ESL)Universitas Gadjah Mada (Erwina Salsabila/Novelisa Wirid) - 8 (EFL)
Universitas Atma Jaya (Cindy Fransisca/Davin Susanto) - 8 (EFL)
Universitas Padjadjaran (Dimas Aditya/Erfan Supradhono) - 7 (EFL)
Binus University (Rosmiyana/Sabarudin Adinugroho) - 6 (EFL)
Institut Pertanian Bogor (Gideon Satria/Devi Fitri Yani) - 5 (EFL)
Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (Niki Septi/Retno Rahma Safitri) - 5 (EFL)
Universitas Musamus (Desy Eva Laila/Hastuti Dwi Virgita) - 3 (EFL)

Note: Universitas Mulawarman failed to fly to Berlin but it was listed on the R1 draw due to proof of payment.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

WUDC 2013: Condoms, Alphorns Welcome Debaters in Berlin

Debaters from all around the globe who have descended in Berlin for the 2013 World Universities Debating Championships found a strip of condoms in their official kits and listened to the music from long alphorns as planet Earth's most prestigious debating event commenced. Eleven teams from Indonesia are among the 800 debaters who will vie for a handful of titles up for grabs.

For the first time in history, WUDC will have 48 teams advancing into the open knockout stage. The top 16 teams will take a breather while 32 teams under them fight for the remaining 16 octofinal spots. In the ESL and EFL categories, there will be 16 teams each that can break into the quarterfinals, which can mean plenty of Indonesians making the cut. The new arrangements will make January 2, the time for knockout rounds, a very long day. According to schedule, January 3 is reserved for the finals of the three categories.

Preliminary debates will kick off today at 9 am Berlin time (1500 WIB). R2 is expected to start at 1 pm (1900 WIB) and the last round of the day is scheduled at 4.15 pm (2215 WIB). Selected debates will be streamed live at this channel and there will be some direct showings on YouTube. All prelim debates will take place at Technische Universitat Berlin.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Change of Guards at Top Indonesian Debate Clubs

A handful of English debating clubs in Indonesia went through leadership changes in the last few weeks of 2012, including powerhouses English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia, English Debating Society Universitas Gadjah Mada.Binus International Pool of English Debaters  The new president of EDS UI, the leading club in Indonesia, is second-year communications student Anastasia Sijabat. Under her predecessor Aulia Anggita, UI grabbed 5 trophies in 2012, making it the best performer this year and maintaining the bar high for torchbearers and rivals. 

EDS UGM, which has the second largest trophy cabinet after UI, this week voted to make Dianty Widyowati, an EFL finalist of the 2012 Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championships, its new leader. Coincidentally, the new presidents of the two leading clubs graduated from the same high school -- SMA 14 Jakarta. BIPEDS, the EFL champion of the 2012 United Asian Debating Championships, also changed guards. Right after it smoothly hosted the 2012 ABP, Andrew Wisnu Sadeli and Andrianto Khiputra rose as its co-captains. Soon after, previous captains Jaran Walia and Invi Atmanegara broke at the 2012 World Universities Peace Invitational Debate, giving a great boost to their successors.  

The three outfits will compete in the World Universities Debating Championships with preliminaries starting tomorrow. A good showing in Berlin will clearly fire up them for the year ahead.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WUDC 2013: 11 Indonesian Teams Ready for Berlin Worlds

TU Berlin - Venue of WUDC 2013
Eleven teams from Indonesia will be part of the 800 debaters from all around the globe who are going to compete in the 2013 World Universities Debating Championships in Berlin this week. Some of them have WUDC experience while some have never debated abroad before. One team --Cindy Fransisca & Davin Susanto from Universitas Atma Jaya-- will debate under the name "Dikti Indonesia", the government unit that is sponsoring them. No Indonesian team has broken into the main WUDC elimination stage.

The highest an Indonesian team could reach was #85 in 1999. Since the introduction of ESL/EFL categories in WUDC, 11 Indonesian teams, 8 of them from Universitas Indonesia, have broken into the knockouts of these secondary levels.

Indonesia's WUDC 2013 teams that want to change those numbers are as follows:
Binus International (Invi Atmanegara & Jaran Walia)
Binus University (Rosmiyana & Sabarudin Adinugroho)
Dikti Indonesia (Cindy Fransisca & Davin Susanto)
Institut Pertanian Bogor (Devi Fitri Yani & Gideon Satria)
Institut Teknologi Bandung (Kirana Kania & Jane Revevalin)
Universitas Gadjah Mada (Erwina Salsabila & Novelisa Wirid)
Universitas Indonesia (Dimas Hokka & Riza Aryani)
Universitas Mulawarman (Khairunisa & Mensel Santoso)
Universitas Musamus (Desy Eva Laila & Hastuti Dwi Virgita)
Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (Niki Septy & Retno Rahma Safitri)
Universitas Padjadjaran (Dimas Aditya & M. Erfan Supradhono)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

IVED 2013: Prepared Motions

The adjudication core of the 2013 Indonesian Varsities English Debate announced a few days ago that three rounds will not be impromptu. They revealed 9 motions under 3 different headings. They, however, did not assign the motions to a specific round. The prepared motions are:

Institut Teknologi Bandung - Venue of IVED 2013
THBT it is more beneficial to address climate change now than in the future
THBT developing nations should introduce environmental tax
THBT Annex 1 nations should give unconditional citizenship to environmental refugees
TH opposes fan fiction
TH regrets the existence of Safe Haven laws
THBT the state should give tax breaks to video game companies that provide homosexual romance options in the storyline of their games

THBT international law should allow countries attacked by terrorists to demand compensation from the origin country of the terrorists
TH welcomes an African-led intervention for Mali
THW focus the development of defense and military in cyber warfare

IVED 2013 will take place at Institut Teknologi Bandung from January 11-16, 2013. The adjudication core is led by IVED 2010 champion Kirana Kania from the host institution. Her deputies are E-Fest 2012 champion Cindy Fransisca (Universitas Atma Jaya), JOVED 2011 champion Edward Sutanto (Universitas Diponegoro) and Jakarta Mini 2012 best speaker Boby Andika (Universitas Indonesia).

Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 Third Trimester Debate Results

The 2012 debating season in Indonesia is coming to an end. There will be only 11 Indonesian  teams going to the 2013 World Universities Debating Championships in Berlin during the post-Christmas holiday to wrap up the year. Many clubs are now preparing for the year ahead. To acknowledge recent debating achievements, here are the results of nationwide debating tournaments in Indonesia in the third trimester of 2012 (September-November).

JFF@Universitas Indonesia (September)
Champions: Fusion (Invi Atmanegara/Binus Intl & Wilson Salim/Binus Intl)
Finalists: Barnabas Collins (Rifan Ibnu Rahman/ITB & Jane Revevalin/ITB), Rekall (Dennys Kapa/UI & Cheryl Cosslett/SMA 1 Bogor), Chindians (Jaran Walia/Binus Intl & Melisa Irene/Binus Intl)
Best Speaker: Cindy Fransisca (Peranakan/Atma Jaya)

Ganesha Open@Institut Teknologi Bandung (September)
Champions: Brooklyn's Finest (Dennys Kapa/UI & Dito Krista/ITB)
Finalists: Boby's Spotlight (Boby Andika/UI & Bramesada Prasastyoga/UI), Diogenes Club (Kirana Kania/ITB & Melliza Pretty/ITB), Universitas Gadjah Mada C (Amir Abdul Aziz & Nabila Aghniarizqa)
Best Speaker: Dwita Aryani (Makan Yuk Guys/Unpar)

E-Fest@Universitas Lampung (September)
Champions: Universitas Atma Jaya B (Cindy Fransisca & Richard Hanjaya)
Finalists: Universitas Bakrie A (Aryo Febrian & Alfia Firliani), Binus University A (Rosmiyana & Sabarudin Adinugroho), Universitas Brawijaya A (Dungga Nur Prayogo & Nur Rizki Oceano)
Best Speaker: Invi Atmanegara (Binus Intl B)

Newbies@Universitas Indonesia (November)
Champions: Universitas Indonesia A (Zivana Sabili, Opi Aristya, Claristy)
Finalists: Universitas Padjadjaran B (Siti Nisrina Hasna, Livita Sumali, Wiraditma Pranata)
Best Speaker: Zivana Sabili (UI A)

Makassar Open@Politeknik Ujung Pandang (November)
Champions: Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A (Algi Rahmat Alfiyanto & Riswanto)
Finalists: Soviet Empire (Muhammad Akbar Walenna/Unhas & Andi Aumi Anggraeni/Unhas), Olympians (Muhammad Kharji/Unhas & Framita Rahman/Unhas), Victoria (Sri Rahayu/Unhas & Muhammad Fahmi/Unhas)
Best Speaker: Muhammad Akbar Walenna (Soviet Empire/Unhas) 

Founders' Trophy@Universitas Indonesia (November)Champions: Ahmad Naufal Dai - Rifan Ibnu Rahman (Ex-UI/ITB)
Finalists: Luthfi Abdurrahman - Muhammad Pandu (Ex-ITB), Ahdiat Permana - Roderick Sibarani (UI), Dimas Hokka - Riza Aryani (UI)
Best Novice Team: Aulia Widyaputra - Muhammad Lutfi (ITB)
Best Novice Speaker: Ibrahim Hanif (UGM)

Special achievements in major international tournaments:

Asian BP@Binus International (October)
EFL Finalists: Universitas Indonesia 1 (Dennys Kapa & Elghafiky Bimardhika), Binus University 1 (Rosmiyana & Sabarudin Adinugroho), Universitas Gadjah Mada 1 (Cinantyan Punjung & Wida Wahyuni)

WUPID@Taylor's College (December)
Quarterfinalists: Binus International A (Invi Atmanegara & Jaran Walia)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

NUS Wins SDO 2012, Bryan Gunawan in Final Panel

National University of Singapore A (Imran Rahim & Robin Teo) won the 2012 Singapore Debate Open last night, defeating teams from University of Cambridge, University of the Witwatersrand and a composite from Malaysia called "Karma" in the last debate. None of the 5 participating Indonesian teams broke into the elimination stage but Bryan Gunawan, a former Binus University debater who now leads the rapidly growing On That Point speech training company, advanced as a judge all the way to the grand final. Bryan also judged in the knockouts of Asian British Parliamentary Debate Championship and Hong Kong Debate Open this year.

Binus International pair Invi Atmanegara and Jaran Walia came very close from making a second international break in as many weeks after they collected the same points with the the last two qualifiers but had insufficient speaker scores to make the cut. They broke in the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate last week. Except from Karma, the other finalists also met in the 2012 WUPID final. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

WUPID 2012: South Africans Take Away the Trophy

Debaters from South Africa outshone two past champions of the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate to snatch this year's title. #5 University of the Witwatersrand 1 (Chris Wood & Michael Macklin) pulled off an upset on Tuesday when they denied last year's champions Victoria University of Wellington 1 (Richard D'Ath & Seb Templeton) and 2010 winners National University of Singapore 1 (Imran Rahim & Robin Teo) from winning the tournament twice. Victoria 1 and NUS 1 were hot favourites entering the final after breaking first and second respectively. NUS' Robin Teo topped the individual tab.

Three Indonesian teams went to WUPID 2012 and a pair from Binus International (Invi Atmanegara & Jaran Walia) made history by becoming the first Indonesians who can advance into the tournament's elimination stage. WUPID is annually held in Kuala Lumpur and invites selected teams from all around the world.

Monday, December 3, 2012

DOTY 2012: Rifan Ibnu Rahman Secures Title With FT Win

Rifan Ibnu Rahman from Institut Teknologi Bandung will be the 2012 Debater of the Year when the count ends at turn of the year after he outmatched his own coaches last week to win this year's Founders Trophy. Most of his closest rivals competed in FT 2012 but they failed to shine. The results made Rifan cement his pole position, which he has held from February. The ongoing WUPID 2012 may boost a few debaters but with 16 points above any of his rivals, Rifan is in no threat.

Rifan won 5 tournaments this year - PNDC, ITS Open, IPSDC, Jakarta Mini and FT- and grabbed 2 best speaker awards from PNDC and AEO. He competed in 9 competitions that can be counted for DOTY. In all of those events, he could earn points. Rifan, the former president of ITB's English debating club, came second in last year's race to be DOTY. The DOTY 2012 title will be a sweet end to his undergraduate varsity debating career. He has been accepted to work for Unilever this year.

The November list of DOTY also has a number of new entrants from Sulawesi. The Makassar Debate Open, which previously was a local South Sulawesi tournament, attracted participation from debaters from four other provinces, including those from the main island of Java, making it a nationwide tournament. Debaters from Central Java's Universitas Jenderal Soedirman, who were already on the DOTY list, won MDO but the rest of the other good performers came from the eastern island.

The top 10 as of November 2012 are:
1. Rifan Ibnu Rahman (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
2. Invi Atmanegara (Binus International)
3. Dennys Kapa (Universitas Indonesia)
4. Cindy Fransisca (Universitas Atma Jaya)
5. Jaran Walia (Binus International)
6. Dwita Aryani (Universitas Parahyangan)
7. R. Aryo Febrian (Universitas Bakrie)
8. Sabarudin Adinugroho (Binus University)
9. Rosmiyana (Binus University)
10. Elghafiky Bimardhika (Universitas Indonesia)

Click here for full table

WUPID 2012: Bipeds in Top 16, First From Indonesia to Break

Binus International Pool of English Debaters (Bipeds) became the first ever Indonesian institution that can break into the knockouts of the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate in Kuala Lumpur. Bipeds 1 (Invi Atmanegara & Jaran Walia) last night advanced into the WUPID 2012 quarterfinals after collecting 8 points from 5 debates and taking 15th position on the tab. They will meet strong teams from National University of Singapore, Australia's Monash University and the renowned University of Cambridge tomorrow. Their schoolmates Bipeds 2 (Wilson Salim & Melisa Irene) came short from following suit. Aulia Anggita and Egalita Irfan from Universitas Indonesia, who are the first Indonesians to progress into the main elimination stage of an overseas tournament this year, also competed in WUPID 2012 but missed the cut.  Last May, Invi and Jaran gave Binus International its first major international trophy after winning the EFL category of the 2012 United Asian Debating Championships.  

Break List of WUPID 2012

  1. Victoria University of Wellington 1 (NZL)
  2. National University of Singapore 1 (SIN)
  3. National University of Singapore 2 (SIN)
  4. University of the Philippines, Diliman 1 (PHP)
  5. University of the Witwatersrand 1 (SAF)
  6. University of Cape Town 1 (SAF)
  7. University of Cambridge 1 (ENG)
  8. Universiti Teknologi Mara 1 (MAL)
  9. University of the Philippines, Manila 1 (PHP)
  10. Monash University 1 (AUS)
  11. Ateneo de Manila University 1 (PHP)
  12. Universiti Teknologi Mara 2 (MAL)
  13. International Islamic University 1 (MAL)
  14. International Islamic University 2 (MAL)
  15. Binus International 1 (INA)
  16. National University of Singapore 3 (SIN)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

FT 2012: Key Results

Champions: Ahmad Naufal Dai/Rifan Ibnu Rahman (Ex UI/ITB)
Finalists: Luthfi Abdurrahman/Muhammad Pandu (Ex ITB), Ahdiat Permana/Roderick Sibarani (UI), Dimas Hokka/Riza Aryani (UI/Ex UI)
Best Speaker: Luthfi Abdurrahman (ITB)

Top 10 Speakers:
1. Luthfi Abdurrahman (Ex ITB)
2. Muhammad Pandu (Ex ITB)
3. Roderick Sibarani (UI)
4. Boby Andika Ruitang (UI)
5. Dwita Aryani (Unpar)
6. Rifan Ibnu Rahman (ITB)
6. Ahmad Naufal Dai (Ex UI)
8. Ahdiat Permana (UI)
9. Bramesada Prasastyoga (UI)
9. Dimas Hokka (UI)

Round-by-round best speakers (Each round is inspired by a book)
R1. The English is Coming
Motion: THBT there is no place for foreign language in the national curriculum for elementary schools
Best Speaker: Luthfi Abdurrahman (Ex ITB)

R2. Why is the Penis Shaped Like That
Motion: THBT the state should never regulate consensual sex behaviour
Best Speaker: Muhammad Pandu (Ex ITB)

R3. Animal Liberation
Motion: TH condones illegal direct action in liberating animals used in labs
Best Speaker: Luthfi Abdurrahman (Ex ITB)

R4. Freedom from Fear
Motion: THBT Myanmar sanctions should stay until the Rohingya issue is settled
Best Speaker: Muhammad Pandu (Ex ITB)

R5. Guns, Wars and Votes
Motion: THBT the international community should quash any coup against the winner of a democratic election
Best Speaker: Dwita Aryani (Unpar)

QF. Extremely Violent Societies
Motion: THBT the Indonesian government should apologise to the victims of the 1965 communist purge
Best Speaker: Dwita Aryani (Unpar)

SF. It's Rising Time
Motion: THW pay mothers to stay home
Best Speaker: Luthfi Abdurrahman (Ex ITB)

GF. When Religion Becomes Lethal
Motion: TH condemns the push for an international protocol against blasphemy
Best Speaker: Rifan Ibnu Rahman (ITB)
Best Novice Speaker: Ibrahim Hanif (UGM)
Best Novice Team: Aulia Widyaputra/Muhammad Lutfi (ITB)

Break List:
1. Luthfi Abdurrahman/Muhammad Pandu (Ex ITB)
2. Ahdiat Permana/Roderick Sibarani (UI)
3. Boby Andika Ruitang/Bramesada Prasastyoga (UI)
4. Ahmad Naufal Dai/Rifan Ibnu Rahman (Ex UI/ITB)
5. Dwita Aryani/Dito Krista (Unpar/ITB)
6. Dimas Hokka/Riza Aryani (UI/Ex UI)
7. Invi Atmanegara/Jaran Walia (Binus Intl)
8. Astri Agustina/Ibrahim Hanif (UGM)
9. Erwina Salsabila/Thoriq Murthado (UGM)
10. Bryan Gunawan/Rajkumar Narendra (Ex Binus/Ex Binus Intl)
11. Dimas Aditya/Erfan Supradhono (Unpad)
12. Aulia Anggita/Elghafiky Bimardhika (UI)
13. Cindy Fransisca/Davin Susanto (Atma)
14. Melisa Irene/Wilson Salim (Binus Intl)
15. Caessar Pronocitro/Novelisa Wirid (Ex UGM)
16. Rendi Prahara/Nurbaniyara Muthmainnah (Unpad/Unpar)
17. Arbi Wienandar/Leo Wibisono (Unsoed/IPB)
((#16 opted out of the break, replaced by #17)