Tuesday, July 30, 2013

JFF 2013 Moved Back One Week to Avoid Clash with NUDC

English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia organizers have decided to push back the 2013 Just For Fun debate to September 7-8 to avoid a clash with this year's National Universities Debating Championship. The original date of August 31 to September 1 coincided with the last day of NUDC, which will attract a large number of debaters and accredited adjudicators. JFF, a small but high-level competition with only 24 teams, informed its schedule a few days before the much larger NUDC, which again failed to publicize its dates in a timely and informative fashion. After months waiting for the NUDC dates, the host only revealed the timing last week or a month before 96-team nationwide tournament should commence, suggesting hurried preparation.

Monday, July 29, 2013

UI-ITB Winning Formula Works Again in Jakarta Mini 2013

Jakarta Mini 2013 Champions
Dennys Kapa & Rifan Rahman 
#3 Makibau Warrior (Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Dennys Kapa) yesterday championed the 2013 Jakarta Mini debate, topped the speaker tab together and proved the UI-ITB winning formula. Defending champion Rifan, who graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung last year, won the tournament's 2012 inaugural edition with a partner from Universitas Indonesia. Dennys also comes from UI. Rifan has now bagged 4 open tournaments so far with 4 different UI debater. For Dennys, this was his second time clinching a championship with an ITB partner after winning Ganesha Open last year.

Composites took all the spots in yesterday's final. The runner-ups were #4 Yo Mama! (Boby Andika/UI & Invi Atmanegara/Binus International), #6 Gabut (Dwita Aryani/Ex Unpar & Jane Revevalin/ITB), #9 Psycho Sisters (Bramesada Prasastyoga/Ex UI & Gabriel Charlotte/UI). Jakarta Mini is an annual nationwide British Parliamentary open debate competition held at Binus University.

Friday, July 26, 2013

NUDC 2013: Host Politeknik Sriwijaya Confirms Dates for Nationals

Palembang-based Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya plans to host the main competition of the 2013 National University Debating Championship from August 25 to 31, according to the school's website. Debaters have waited for this information for some time after the education ministry moved the national round from the scheduled June slot without much clarity on the details of the annual event. Regional selections finished in May and 96 pairs are ready to fight for the crown.

While Polsri has limited record in hosting, or excelling, in top-level national varsity debating tournaments, it is prominent among polytechnic schools. It hosted the national event for polytechnic debaters called NPEDC in 2011. Nonetheless, running a tournament with more than 300 debaters and adjudicators is a Herculean task for any school, especially with such short preparation time. It will be the first time for a college on Sumatra island to organize a major national championship since Universitas Sumatera Utara hosted IVED a decade ago.

The confirmed dates coincide with Universitas Indonesia's annual Just For Fun debate, which usually attracts a lot of good debaters (and potential NUDC adjudicators) who look for extraordinary, humorous topics.      

Australs 2013: Key Results & Motions

Champions: University of Sydney 2 (Daniel Swain, Paul Karp, Nina Ubaldi)
Finalists: Victoria University of Wellington 1 (Asher Emanuel, Jodie O'Neill, Nick Cross)
Best Speaker: Daniel Swain (University of Sydney 2)
ESL Champions: International Islamic University 1 (Syed Saddiq, Mubarrat Wassey, Ameera Moore)
ESL Finalists: University of Hong Kong 2 (Griffith Chen, Rayna Wang, Helena Hu)
ESL Best Speaker: Syed Saddiq (International Islamic University 1)

Best Indonesian Speaker: Elghafiky Bimardhika (Universitas Indonesia 2)
Best Indonesian Team: Universitas Indonesia 1 (Aulia Anggita, Dennys Kapa, Egalita Irfan) - #1ESL and ESL Quarterfinalists   


R1 - Education
1. THBT universities should not have patents.
2. THW abolish tenure for university professors.
3. THBT states that don't provide free tertiary education should subsidize career paths for students that are useful for the state.

R2 - Sports
1. THBT the English Premier League should significantly limit the number of foreign players per team
2. THBT professional sporting clubs should only be owned by the local authority of the area they represent.
3. THBT we should ban players' unions in major sporting leagues

R3 - Crime
1. THBT we should require criminal judges to be employed in a prison for 6 months prior to appointment to the bench.
2. THBT illegally gathered evidence and information should be admissible in criminal trials
3. THBT individuals who commit minor crimes should be allowed to convert their sentences into corporal punishment

R4 - Media
1. THBT we should require all free-to-air TV stations to have and adequately fund 60min of ad-free news in prime time.
2. THBT journalists should be required to lodge their sources with a press council for verification.
3. THBT CEOs of major news companies should be democratically elected in open public elections.

R5 - Economics
1. THBT countries should not seek to regulate digital currencies like the Bitcoin
2. THBT prohibit credit rating agencies from disclaiming legal liability for the inaccuracy of their ratings
3. THW make lenders liable for the losses of low-income customers who are not given independent legal advice

R6 - Social Politics
1. THBT we should make legislative deliberations & decisions on retirement age and superannuation private, anonymous, confidential and by the secret ballot.
2. THBT we should support granting private administrative control of cities on the basis of charters
3. THBT gay rights group should disavow the "Gay is the New Black" campaign.

R7 - United States
1. THBT the US should pay Chinese activists to combat the efforts of China's '50 Cent Party'
2. THBT Detroit should sell the Detroit Institute of Art's 1 billion USD collection to service its debts
3. THBT Obama should grant Edward Snowden amnesty from all charges

R8 - Women
1. THW refuse classification to films and TV shows that fail the Bechdel Test.
2. THW pay parental leave as equal and non-transferable portions of leave for each parent
3. THBT progressive women's groups should refrain from attacking female politicians regardless of their policies

OPEN Pre-OF - Social Policy
1. THBT the infanticide of newborns should not be punished beyond the penalty for unlawful late-term abortions
2. THBT it was wrong for parents to accept confidential settlements from the Catholic Church on behalf of their children for abuse committed by clergymen
3. THBT Islamic states should set the curriculum of madrassas

OPEN OF - Environment
1. THBT we should abolish Green Belt regulations.
2. THW rewrite animal welfare standards to be uniform for each species of animal, regardless the animal's use/context.
3. THBT Obama should use the Environmental Protection Agency and other executive powers to aggressively combat climate change

OPEN QF - Middle East
1. THW support aggressive Palestinian protests, like property destruction, in illegal Israeli settlements
2. THBT the Muslim Brotherhood should cooperate with the Adly administration and accept cabinet positions for ending protests against the interim government
3. THBT we regret the rise of the nation state in the Arab World

1. THBT we should abolish the criminal law, expand tort law and provide extra funding for the litigants
2. THBT the standard or 'responsibleness' in criminal cases should never be influenced by prejudicial assumptions, even if held by the average person in that society.
3. THBT the tax offices should be allowed to retrospectively declare acts of aggressive accounting, which expliot tax loopholes, illegal.

THBT women should be criminally liable for harm to foetuses in utero as a result of their lifestyle choices

ESL QF - Politics
1. THBT minimum standards of living should be legally enforceable in developing countries
2. THBT political parties should abolish their military wings
3. THBT we should select only women as diplomats to countries with poor rights standards for women

ESL SF - International Relations
1. THBT China should establish military bases overseas.
2. THBT Palestinians should not accept citizenship from Arab Nations.
3. THBT we should require UN approval for the giving of military aid

THBT the media should not have broadcast the footage of British soldier, Lee Rigby, being murdered in London.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Australs 2013: Sydney Wins 16th Trophy, IIU Tops ESL

#1 University of Sydney 2 (Daniel Swain, Nina Ubaldi, Paul Karp) won the 2013 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championship yesterday without dropping a match, giving their school its 16th victory in the world's second most prestigious debating competition. In the final they defeated the motion "That women should be criminally liable for harm to foetuses in utero as a result of their lifestyle choices" proposed by #2 Victoria University of Wellington 1 (Asher Emanuel, Nick Cross, Jodie O'Neill). Daniel Swain also topped the speaker tab.

In the ESL category, #2ESL International Islamic University 1 (Ameera Moore, Syed Saddiq, Mubarat Wassey) took the crown after outclassing #5ESL Hong Kong University 2 (Griffith Chen, Rayna Wang, Helen Hu). Syed Saddiq bagged the best ESL speaker award. Two Universitas Indonesia teams broke into the ESL elimination stage but both fell in the quarterfinals. UI 1 (Aulia Anggita, Dennys Kapa, Egalita Irfan) had a 5-3 win-loss preliminary record, one of the best ever by an Indonesian team.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Australs 2013: Sydney v Victoria in Open Final; IIU v Hong Kong in ESL

Venue of the 2013 Australs ESL Grand Final
The main final of the 2013 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships will showcase the best of Australia and New Zealand, the only two countries from where winners come from since the event began in 1975.

#1 University of Sydney 2 (Daniel Swain, Nina Ubaldi, Paul Karp) will seek to give their school, the most successful in the competition's history, its 16th trophy. Their opponents, #2 Victoria University of Wellington (Asher Emanuel, Jodie O'Neill, Nick Cross), come from the only non-Australian institution that has won Australs and the Kiwis want to bring the title back to NZ for the 6th time.   

In the ESL final, #2ESL International Islamic University Malaysia 1, a team from the Asian powerhouse that usually skips this lower category, will face #5ESL Hong Kong University 2. Universitas Indonesia defeated an HKU squad in the 2011 Australs ESL final. This year two UI teams advanced into the ESL elimination stage but fell in the quarterfinals. Teams from Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Atma Jaya also competed but failed to get enough points in the prelims to pass the cut. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Australs 2013: Corrected Tab Awards UI Second Spot in ESL QF

The organizers of the 2013 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships corrected the ESL tabulation, enabling a second Universitas Indonesia team to advance into the elimination stage. While UI 1 (Aulia Anggita, Dennys Kapa, Egalita Irfan) still topped the ESL tab after the corrections, UI 2 (Elghafiky Bimardhika, Ibrahim Panji, Nisrina Praharso) earned #6 on that list. #1 UI 1 will face #8 Institute of Business Admnistration - Dhaka 2 in the quarterfinals today while #6 UI B will meet #3 International Islamic University of Malaysia 2. The corrected break list is as follows:

1. Universitas Indonesia 1
2. International Islamic University 1
3. International Islamic University 2
4. Asia Pacific University 1
5. Hong Kong University 2
6. Universitas Indonesia 2
7. Institute of Business Administration - Dhaka 1
8. Institute of Business Administration - Dhaka 2

Friday, July 19, 2013

Australs 2013: UI Breaks 1st in ESL Category Above IIU

UT MARA Australs 2013Universitas Indonesia 1 (Aulia Anggita, Dennys Kapa, Egalita Irfan) topped the ESL tab in the 2013 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships, placing themselves above Asian powerhouse International Islamic University of Malaysia, which they defeated in the last prelim. It was a display of tenacity from the UI trio who lost their first three debates but bounced back with a vengeance knocking down opponents in the last five rounds. UI1 will face reigning ESL champions International Christian University 1 from Japan in the quarterfinals. UI won this category before, in 2011 and 2009. The ESL break list is as follows:

1. Universitas Indonesia 1
2. International Islamic University 1
3. International Islamic University 2
4. Asia Pacific University 1
5. Hong Kong University 2
6. Institute of Business Administration - Dhaka 1
7. Institute of Business Administration - Dhaka 2
8. International Christian University 1

Thursday, July 18, 2013

WUDC 2014: UI Gets Second Slot, 6 Indonesian Teams Drop Out

Universitas Indonesia became the only Indonesian institution to get a chance to register a second team for the 2014 World Universities Debating Championships. There were 18 other institutions, mostly from the Western world, that received the privilege, which is based on success breaking into the elimination stage of WUDC in the past three years. The only other non-Western was the International Islamic University of Malaysia. They must all pay the deposit before August 5 to stay on the list.

Six Indonesian teams, however, lost their seats after failure to adhere to requirements. They include Universitas Atma Jaya which had a team that broke into the EFL eliminations in WUDC 2013. The good news is 6 others Indonesian squads were among the 120 promoted to the main list, including powerhouses Binus International and Institut Teknologi Bandung. More slots, including second team allocations, might go to Indonesian institutions after the July 19 and August 5 deadlines for down payment.       

Find below the current status of the teams on the list.

Second Team Allocation (deposit deadline Aug. 5)
12. Universitas Indonesia
Initial Allocation (new placements)
28. Universitas Gadjah Mada
100. Institut Pertanian Bogor
143. Universitas Brawijaya
187. Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta
216. Universitas Sriwijaya
241. Binus University

Promoted Teams
258. Binus International (deposit deadline July 19)
263. Institut Teknologi Bandung (deposit deadline July 19)
295. STBA Teknokrat (deposit deadline Aug. 5)
296. Universitas Diponegoro (deposit deadline Aug, 5)
314. Universitas Musamus (deposit deadline Aug. 5)
322. Universitas Negeri Padang (deposit deadline Aug. 5)

Waiting List
8. Universitas Gadjah Mada (2nd team)
104. Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (2nd team)
126. Binus University (2nd team)
134. Binus International (2nd team)
136. Institut Teknologi Bandung (2nd team)
156. Universitas Negeri Padang (2nd team)
170. Universitas Indonesia (3rd team)
260. Binus International (3rd team)
261. Institut Teknologi Bandung (3rd team)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bawor Cup 2013: Key Results

Bipeds: Melisa Irene & Jaran Walia

Champions: #3 Binus International (Jaran Walia & Melisa Irene)
Finalists: #1 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Amir Abdul Aziz & Nabila Aghniarizqa), #2 Universitas Gadjah Mada B (Alif Satria & Wida Wahyuni), #5 Universitas Indonesia B (Magreta Kailla Adenta & Sindhu Partomo)

Top 10 Speakers:
1. Jaran Walia (Binus International)
1. Elghafiky Bimardhika (Universitas Indonesia A)
3. Alif Satria (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
3. Wida Wahyuni (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
3. Amir Abdul Aziz (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
3. Magreta Kailla Adenta (Universitas Indonesia B)
7. Nabila Aghniarizqa (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
8. Melisa Irene (Binus International)
9. Nisrina Praharso (Universitas Indonesia A)
10. Sindhu Partomo (Universitas Indonesia B)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bawor Cup 2013: Binus International Wins, Breaks UI Streak

Jaran Walia from Binus International speaks in the 2013 Bawor Cup final
(photo courtesy of Hestiana Larasati)
#3 Binus International (Jaran Walia & Melisa Irene) championed the 2013 Bawor Cup, breaking a Universitas Indonesia winning streak that started since the Purwokerto tournament was launched three years ago. It was the institution's second trophy of the year after the victory at the Indonesian Varsities English Debate. Their main prize is a free ticket to compete at the 2013 World Universities Peace Invitational Debate in Malaysia. 

In the last match, the champions defeated #5 UI B (Magreta Kailla Adenta & Sindhu Partomo), #1 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Amir Abdul Aziz & Nabila Aghniarizqa) and #2 UGM B (Alif Satria & Wida Wahyuni). Jaran Walia, who was part of the triumphant IVED team, did not only shine as the best speaker in the final. He also shared the top individual title with Elghafiky Bimardhika from UI A, who lost in the semifinal. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bawor Cup 2013: UGM Teams Lead Break List

Universitas Gadjah Mada teams took the first and second spots after 5 preliminary rounds of the 2013 Bawor Cup in Purwokerto, advancing into the quarterfinals as favourites. For the last 3 years, Universitas Indonesia debaters have always won the tournament that awards the champion with a free ticket to debate in the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate in Malaysia. Two UI teams are still in contention this year after they broke fourth and fifth.   

1. Universitas Gadjah Mada A
2. Universitas Gadjah Mada B
3. Binus International
4. Universitas Indonesia A
5. Universitas Indonesia B
6. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman EDS
7. Universitas Paramadina B
8. Institut Teknologi Bandung A
9. Universitas Sanata Dharma A
10. Universitas Bakrie A
11. Binus University A
12. Universitas Bakrie B
13. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman EFEC A
14. Binus University B
15. Universitas Diponegoro
16. Universitas Sanata Dharma C

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

JOVED 2013: Key Results

 Elvia Sumayastra from UI B delivers her speech in the final of JOVED 2013

Champion: Universitas Indonesia B (Aulia Anggita, Elvia Sumayastra, Magreta Kailla Adenta)
Finalist: Univeristas Gadjah Mada A (Alif Satria, Cinantyan Punjung, Thoriq Murtadho)
Best Speaker: Magreta Kailla Adenta (Universitas Indonesia B)

Top 10 Speakers:
1. Magreta Kailla Adenta (Universitas Indonesia B)
2. Aulia Anggita (Universitas Indonesia B)
3. Alif Satria (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
4. Revaldi Wirabuana (Universitas Indonesia A)
5. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
6. Thoriq Murtadho (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
7. Egalita Irfan (Universitas Indonesia A)
8. Romario Tambunan (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
8. Elvia Sumayastra (Universitas Indonesia B)
10. Cinantyan Punjung (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
10. Alifia Firliani (Universitas Bakrie A)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

JOVED 2013: UI Debaters Keep Trophy, Raid Speaker Awards

JOVED 2013 Champions - Universitas Indonesia B
Powerhouse Universitas Indonesia finally displayed the usual dominance that was lacking through out this year in the 2013 Java Overland Varsities English Debate. #1 UI B (Aulia Anggita, Elvia Sumayastra, Magreta Kailla Adenta) defended the title with the same unbeaten record that their schoolmates showed last year.

They also took home the top two speaker spots after Magreta Kailla Adenta topped the tab while her partner Aulia Anggita came second. As it turned out, half of the top 10 speakers were UI students.

In the final, UI B outclassed #6 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Alif Satria, Cinantyan Punjung, Thoriq Murtadho) for the third time in the competition. They defeated their rivals twice in the preliminaries. JOVED, the first tournament in Indonesia that used a internationally accepted debate format, is one of three classic competitions in the country. UI came short in the two other classics, IVED and ALSA UI, this year.     

JOVED 2013: UI B, UGM A Face Off in GF, Third Time in Tourney

#1 Universitas Indonesia B (Aulia Anggita, Elvia Sumayastra, Magreta Kailla Adenta) will debate a motion on Israel with #6 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Alif Satria, Cinantyan Punjung, Thoriq Murtadho) in the grand final of the 2013 Java Overland Varsities English Debate. The two teams have met twice before in the preliminaries and UI B won both matches. The two powerhouses are looking for their first classic trophy of the year after failed attempts in IVED and ALSA UI - the two other classics. JOVED, currently taking place in Malang, is the first tournament in Indonesia that used an internationally accepted format. This year is its 17th edition.

Monday, July 1, 2013

JOVED 2013: Knockout Bracket

1. UI B

1. UI B

16. Brawijaya B

1. UI B

8. UN Semarang

8. UN Semarang

9. Unpar B

1. UI B

4. ITB A

4. ITB A

13. Bakrie B

4. ITB A

5. Bakrie A

5. Bakrie A

12. Sanata Dharma A

1. UI B
2. UI A

2. UI A

15. UGM C

2. UI A

7. UGM B

7. UGM B

10. Unhas A

6. UGM A

3. Brawijaya A

3. Brawijaya A

14. Unsoed A

6. UGM A

6. UGM A

6. UGM A

11. UN Malang B

JOVED 2013: UI Teams Break First and Second

Teams from Universitas Indonesia are in pole position to defend the title in the 2013 Java Overland Varsities English Debate after they broke first and second into the elimination stage. #1 UI B (Aulia Anggita, Elvia Sumayastra, Magreta Kailla Adenta) came out of the preliminaries undefeated while #2 UI A (Anastasia Sijabat, Egalita Irfan, Revaldi Wirabuana) had the highest score among teams that tabbed one loss on their sheets. UI won last year's JOVED without dropping a single match. Powerhouse UI is looking for its first classic trophy in 2013 after failed attempts in IVED and ALSA UI - the two other classics.

The tournament darkhorse is #3 Universitas Brawijaya A (Rizki Oceano, Queentries Regar, Zelly Sidi Zamzami) after the host team advanced over favourites from Universitas Gadjah Mada. Knockouts of the 17th edition of JOVED, the first debating tournament in Indonesia that used an internationally accepted format, will start tomorrow. Here is the list of teams that are eligible to proceed.

1. Universitas Indonesia B
2. Universitas Indonesia A
3. Universitas Brawijaya A
4. Institut Teknologi Bandung A
5. Universitas Bakrie A
6. Universitas Gadjah Mada A
7. Universitas Gadjah Mada B
8. Universitas Negeri Semarang
9. Universitas Parahyangan B
10. Universitas Hasanuddin A
11. Universitas Negeri Malang B
12. Universitas Sanata Dharma A
13. Universitas Bakrie B
14. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A
15. Universitas Gadjah Mada C
16. Universitas Brawijaya B