Wednesday, January 15, 2014

IVED 2014: Key Results

Champions: #1 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Indriani Pratiwi, Romario Tambunan, Alif Satria)
Finalists: #2 Universitas Indonesia A (Magreta Kailla Adenta, Revaldi Wirabuana, Elvia Sumayastra)
Best Speaker: Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
Novice Champions: #4N Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat B (Timotius Imannuel, Zahra Mutiah, Yurisa Yulia Yunara)
Novice Finalists: #2N Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A (Dendi Liya, Chrisna Gilang, Shella Aliandri)
Best Novice Speaker: Kristi Ardiana (Universitas Indonesia C)
Best Reply Speaker: Wira Agung Swadana (Universitas Padjadjaran)

Top 10 Speakers
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IVED 2014 Grand Final at UKSW Salatiga - UGM A vs UI A
1. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
2. Romario Tambunan (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
3. Alif Satria (Universitas Gadjah Mada A)
4. Irene Anindyaputri (Universitas Sanata Dharma A)
5. Magreta Kailla Adenta (Universitas Indonesia A)
6. Terry Muthahhari (Universitas Indonesia B)
7. Melisa Irene (Binus International A)
8. Muhammad Fidhzariyan (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
9. Kristi Ardiana (Universitas Indonesia C)
10. Albert Santoso (Universitas Indonesia B)

Top 5 Novice Speakers
1. Kristi Ardiana (Universitas Indonesia C)
2. Aldila Irsyad Noi (Universitas Gadjah Mada C)
3. Himang Sharatun (Universitas Gadjah Mada C)
4. Ganjar Denis (Universitas Gadjah Mada B)
4. Vania Setiowati (Universitas Sanata Dharma A)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

IVED 2014: UGM Wins National Title, UI Loses 4th Straight Final

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IVED 2014 Champs - UGM A (Alif Satria, Indriani Pratiwi, Romario Tambunan)
#1 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Alif Satria, Indriani Pratiwi, Romario Tambunan) claimed the national 3-on-3 title after defeating #2 Universitas Indonesia A (Magreta Kailla Adenta, Revaldi Wirabuana, Elvia Sumayastra) in the final of the 2014 Indonesian Varsities English Debate through a unanimous decision. UGM's Indriani Pratiwi also bagged the best speaker award while her partners came second and third.

UGM speaker Alif Satria avenged his loss against UI debaters Magreta Kailla Adenta and Elvia Sumayastra who beat him in the final of the 2013 Java Overland Varsities English Debate six months ago. The victory is also the Yogyakarta school's third in IVED after winning the tournament in 2009 and 2011.

For UI, it was the fourth straight IVED final defeat. UI championed the first six IVEDs, as well as, the 2006 and 2008 editions but could not yet clinch a ninth triumph in the most celebrated nationwide debate tournament in Indonesia although showing a strong performance year after year. The consolation this year came from UI freshman Kristi Ardiana who won the best novice speaker award.

The surprise package in IVED 2014 came from Universitas Sanata Dharma, another Yogyakarta school but without UGM's notable debating record. Two Sadhar teams advanced into the knockouts, including #4 Sadhar A (Tethy Cahyati Pesoa, Irene Anindiyaputri, Vania Setiowati) after defeating 2 UI teams in the preliminaries. Sadhar debater Irene Anindyaputri emerged as the 4th best speaker, the first time ever a debater from her school slipped into the Top 10 debater list of a major Indonesian debate competition. The Sadhar teams are UGM-trained.

In the novice category, Lampung-based Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat B (Timotius Immanuel, Zahra Mutiah, Yurisa Yulia Yunara) defeated Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A ( Dendi Liya, Chrisna Gilang, Shella Aliandri) in the final and became the first ever team from Sumatra island to take home a trophy from IVED. Previously, Java-based debaters swept all the accolades.

Monday, January 13, 2014

IVED 2014: UGM, UI Meet Again in the Final Just Like in 2011

Unbeaten #1 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Alif Satria, Indriani Pratiwi, Romario Tambunan) will go against #2 Universitas Indonesia A (Magreta Kailla Adenta, Revaldi Wirabuana, Elvia Sumayastra) in the final of the 2014 Indonesian Varsities English Debate, the national 3-on-3 championship. Teams from the two state universities met in the 2011 IVED final that ended with the Yogyakarta school emerging as the victor. This year's finalists also clashed in the last preliminary round of IVED 2014, which had the same result as the 2011 final.

The UI debaters, however, are bent on settling the score and giving their school its ninth IVED victory. UI teams championed the first six IVEDs. The last time UI won was in 2008. UI teams fell in the final in the 3 most recent editions. UGM has two IVED trophies in its cabinet. UI, which hosted the first IVED in 1998, will organize the country's most prestigious tournament for the second time next year.

In the final of the novice category, Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A (Dendi Liya, Chrisna Gilang, Shella Aliandri) will face Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat B (Zahra Mutiah, Timotius Immanuel, Yurisa Yulia Yunara). All finals will take place tomorrow at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana in Salatiga.    

IVED 2014: Main Knockout Bracket

1. UGM A

1. UGM A

16. UMM

1. UGM A

8. UGM C

8. UGM C

9. UI C

1. UGM A

4. Sadhar A

4. Sadhar A

13. Binus Intl B

5. ITB B

5. ITB B

5. ITB B

12. UAJY

1. UGM A
 2. UI A

2. UI A

15. Sadhar B

2. UI A

7. Brawijaya A

10. ITB C

10. ITB C

2. UI A

3. Bipeds A

3. Bipeds A

14. ITB A

3. Bipeds A

6. UGM B

6. UGM B

11. Binus A

Sunday, January 12, 2014

IVED 2014: Unbeaten UGM Trio Break First, Giant-killing Sadhar in Top 4

Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Alif Satria, Indriani Pratiwi, Romario Tambunan) topped the tab after winning all of their 6 preliminary rounds in the 2014 Indonesian Varsities English Debate. The exact trio won the 2013 ALSA UGM Crushbone Debate in November.  All 3 UGM teams progressed into the knockouts along with 3 teams from rival powerhouse Institut Teknologi Bandung. Fine achievements but not the spectacle of this tournament.

The debaters who are stealing the show come from Universitas Sanata Dharma, a Yogyakarta school that has not won any nationwide competition before. Not only that both of its teams advanced, Sadhar A (Tethy Cahyati Pesoa, Irene Anindyaputri, Vania Setiowati) even came fourth after defeating 2 teams from eight-time IVED champion Universitas Indonesia in the prelims. The last victory denied UI B, a team with three award-winning members, a spot in the octofinals. Last year, a Sadhar team only had a 2-4 record and ended far below the break line. Here are the teams that broke into the main and novice out-rounds.

Main Break
  1. Universitas Gadjah Mada A
  2. Universitas Indonesia A
  3. Binus International A
  4. Universitas Sanata Dharma A
  5. Institut Teknologi Bandung B
  6. Universitas Gadjah Mada B
  7. Universitas Brawijaya A
  8. Universitas Gadjah Mada C
  9. Universitas Indonesia C
  10. Institut Teknologi Bandung C
  11. Binus University A
  12. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta A
  13. Binus International B
  14. Institut Teknologi Bandung A
  15. Universitas Sanata Dharma B
  16. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang
Novice Break
  1. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana B
  2. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A
  3. Institut Pertanian Bogor B
  4. Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat B


IVED 2014: Lead UGM, UI Teams Still Unbeaten Before Silent R6

After 5 preliminary rounds, primary teams from eight-time winner Universitas Indonesia and former champion Universitas Gadjah Mada are still undefeated in the 2014 Indonesian Varsities English Debate, the country's most prestigious 3-on-3 tournament. UGM A (Alif Satria, Indriani Pratiwi, Romario Tambunan) and UI A (Revaldi Wirabuana, Magreta Kailla Adenta, Elvia Sumayastra) both were the only teams with 5 points when they clashed in R6, which is the silent last preliminary round. The break will only emerge a lot later today.

Besides these two teams, the contenders in IVED 2014 come from powerhouses Binus International and Institut Teknologi Bandung. The dark horse this year is Universitas Sanata Dharma A (Tethy Cahyati Pesoa, Irene Anindyaputri, Vania Setiowati) with 4 wins and a loss to UI A before R6. The school has not won any nationwide competition yet but its teams broke in a number of tournaments last year.

IVED 2014 has run relatively smooth with participants praising the hospitality from host Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, cool climate in Salatiga and the neat accommodation, which usually caters for Bible study groups. There have been some acceptable delays but most grumbles stem from the thin adjudication pool that has led to many single-judge chambers. Salatiga is a Central Java retreat town with UKSW as its only university with a debating presence. The location and transport cost have discouraged some good judges while there had been little effort to upgrade the quality of the local pool. The issue may cease after the break with the number of chambers dropping from 26 to 8.  

Friday, January 10, 2014

WUDC 2014: Full List of Motions

The motions at the 2014 World Universities Debating Championships were the highlight of the Chennai tournament amid shortcomings in other organizational aspects. Most of them, especially the mandatory ones, were fair and relevant. The most controversial was the open octofinal motion that led to the demise of several favorite teams that had to defend it. Here is the full list of WUDC 2014 motions:

R1. THBT the United States of America should fund moderate madrassas throughout the Islamic world
R2. THW allow first-time offenders to, with the consent of the victims, pay compensation to them in place of a prison sentence
R3. TH regreats the rise of a 'hookup culture'
R4. THBT developing countries should ban members of political dynasties from standing for elected office
R5. THBT the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the interests of the small and medium-sized negotiating countries
R6. THW make the receipt of welfare payments to raise children conditional on the use of long-term, but reversible, contraception
R7. THBT government agencies that regulate drugs should only test whether a drug is safe, not whether it is effective, before approving it for public use
R8. THBT NATO should unconditionally offer membership to the states of the former Soviet Union, excluding Russia
R9. TH regrets the commodification of indigenous cultures

EFL Out-rounds
EFL SF. THBT the gay rights movement should abandon the claim that sexuality is not a choice
EFL GF. THBT multinational companies should be liable for human rights abuses that occur anywhere in their supply chain

ESL Out-rounds
ESL QF. THW remove all copyright protection for material deemed to be morally objectionable
ESL SF. THBT Pope Francis should publicly encourage Catholics to support radically redistributive government policies
ESL GF. THW allow countries to pay other countries to settle asylum seekers who reach their borders

Open Out-rounds
Open PDOF. THW abolish gated communities in the developing world
Open OF. THBT Japan should shame its soldiers who participated in World War II, including those who did not commit war crimes themselves
Open QF. THW auction off the long-term right to govern bankrupt cities for profit
Open SF. THBT women should reject practices that alter the appearance of their genitalia
Open GF. THBT India should adopt aggressive free market policies

Masters R1. THBT the feminist movement should actively fight to liberate men from their prescribed gender roles
Masters R2. THW redraw the borders of Africa
Masters GF. THW never categorize people by their race

IVED 2014: 17th Edition Starts Today Without Ex-Champ Bakrie

The 17th edition of the Indonesian Varsities English Debate, the 3-on-3 national championship, kicks off today at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana in the breezy Central Java town of Salatiga with 52 teams on the list. Powerhouses Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta have sent three teams each. Meanwhile, two squads from reigning champions Binus International are bent on defending the title. The 2012 winner Universitas Bakrie, however, is missing from the most prestigious tournament in Indonesia this year. The list is as follows:
  1. Binus International A
  2. Binus International B
  3. Binus University A
  4. Binus University B
  5. Institut Manajemen Telkom
  6. Institut Pertanian Bogor A
  7. Institut Pertanian Bogor B
  8. Institut Teknologi Bandung A
  9. Institut Teknologi Bandung B
  10. Institut Teknologi Bandung C
  11. Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat A
  12. Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat B
  13. Perguruan Tinggi Teknokrat C
  14. Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara A
  15. Sekolah Tinggi Akuntansi Negara B
  16. Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Dakwah Al-Hadid  
  17. Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Bali
  18. Universitas Ahmad Dahlan A
  19. Universitas Ahmad Dahlan B 
  20. Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta A
  21. Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta B
  22. Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta C
  23. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta
  24. Universitas Bina Darma A
  25. Universitas Bina Darma B
  26. Universitas Brawijaya
  27. Universitas Diponegoro A
  28. Universitas Diponegoro B
  29. Universitas Gadjah Mada A
  30. Universitas Gadjah Mada B
  31. Universitas Gadjah Mada C
  32. Universitas Hasanuddin A
  33. Universitas Hasanuddin B
  34. Universitas Indonesia A
  35. Universitas Indonesia B
  36. Universitas Indonesia C
  37. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman A
  38. Universitas Jenderal Soedirman B
  39. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana A
  40. Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana B
  41. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang 
  42. Universitas Negeri Jember
  43. Universitas Negeri Malang
  44. Universitas Negeri Semarang
  45. Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta
  46. Universitas Padjadjaran
  47. Universitas Parahyangan
  48. Universitas Sam Ratulangi A
  49. Universitas Sam Ratulangi B
  50. Universitas Sanata Dharma A
  51. Universitas Sanata Dharma B
  52. Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WUDC 2014: Indonesian Results

Vicario Reinaldo (ITB A) offers a POI in the WUDC EFL final in Chennai
The 2014 World Universities Debating Championships in Chennai provided a high and a low for Indonesian debating. For the first time, a team from Indonesia grabbed a WUDC trophy after Institut Teknologi Bandung A (Vicario Reinaldo & Fauzan Reza Maulana) beat their opponents in the final of the English-as-Foreign-Language category,  putting our country on the map. They made all Indonesian debaters proud and showed that excellence on the world stage is very possible to attain.

However, WUDC 2014 also had a low point. Musamus University A from Papua became the worst team of the tournament with zero points after getting the 4th rank in all 9 preliminary matches. This was the first time an Indonesian team left WUDC pointless. The debaters also populated the floor of the tab with one of them scoring as low as 54 in a debate. This underlines how lack of preparation and involvement in the domestic circuit can spell disaster in an international competition.

Besides these two contrasting teams, there were nine other Indonesian pairs. Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Amir Abdul Aziz & Nabila Aghniarizqa) like ITB A also broke into the EFL knockouts. National champions Binus International A (Jaran Walia & Invi Atmanegara) along with 2 teams from Universitas Indonesia actually scored higher than UGM A and ITB A but they could not progress after the prelims because they were considered as English-as-Second-Language teams and failed to gather enough points to break into the ESL elimination stage. 

Only those with less than 3 months of living in an English-speaking country during school age or 6 months of studying in an institution where English is the instruction language can qualify as EFL speakers. The ESL threshold is less than 5 years of living in an English-speaking country during school age or studying in institutions where English is the instruction language.

Outside the historic ITB victory in the EFL category, other Indonesian records stay intact. The top scoring Indonesian team of all time gathered 16 points in WUDC 2008. The highest ranked Indonesian team ended at #85 in WUDC 1999. The best Indonesian speaker reached #186 also in WUDC 1999. The WUDC 2014 Indonesian debaters failed to best these stats. Click here to see Indonesia's WUDC history.

Interestingly, the highest ranked Indonesian speaker comes from a foreign school. It was Stevensen Chen, a former Medan high school debater who now studies at Hitotsubashi University in Japan. The detailed results of the Indonesian teams are as follows. 

Indonesian Team Standings (UI, Binus Intl were ESL teams; the rest EFL)
note: the ESL/EFL ranks can be different than the breaking ranks due to automatic promotions for over-achievers

#148/#22ESL Binus International A (Invi Atmanegara/Jaran Walia) - 14  points
#168/#31ESL Universitas Indonesia B (Aulia Anggita/Elghafiky Bimardhika) - 14 points
#214/#53ESL Universitas Indonesia A (Egalita Irfan/Roderick Sibarani) - 12 points
#220/#8EFL Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Amir Abdul Aziz/Nabila Aghniarizqa) - 12 points / EFL semifinalists
#223/#9EFL Institut Teknologi Bandung A (Vicario Reinaldo/Fauzan Reza Maulana) - 12 points / EFL champion
#282/#20EFL Binus University A (Cassandra Etania Liem/Rivera Kathrin) - 10 points
#288/#22EFL Universitas Brawijaya A (Nur Rizki Oceano/Queentries Regar) - 10 points
#294/#25EFL Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta A (Tika Destiratri/Arif Burhanudin) - 10 points
#325/#39EFL Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta B (Anisa Sukma/Rasman) - 8 points
#334/#44EFL Institut Pertanian Bogor A (Deanty Mulia/M. Iqbal Maulana) - 6 points
#340/#49EFL Universitas Musamus A (Umi Rakhmawati/Feronika Hutabarat) - 0 points

Top 10 Indonesian Speakers
1. #254 Stevensen Chen (Hitotsubashi A) -- 685
2. #295 Jaran Walia (Binus Intl A) -- 680
3. #301 Invi Atmanegara (Binus Intl A) -- 679
4. #349 Egalita Irfan (UI A) -- 674
5. #381 Roderick Sibarani (UI A) -- 670
6. #398 Nabila Aghniarizqa (UGM A) -- 668
6. #398 Fauzan Reza Maulana (ITB A) -- 668
8. #413 Aulia Anggita Larasati (UI B) -- 666
8. #413 Amir Abdul Aziz (UGM A) -- 666
10. #443 Elghafiky Bimardhika (UI B) -- 664

Monday, January 6, 2014

WUDC 2014: Top 10 Speakers of Each Category

1. Elle Jones (University of Sydney B)
2. Gemma Buckley (Monash University A)
3. James Beavis (Monash University A)
4. Chris Bisset (University of Sydney B)
5. Ben Sprung-Keyser (Harvard University A)
6. Ashish Kumar (University of Cambridge A)
7. Josh Zoffer (Harvard University A)
8. Joanna Connolly (University of Sydney A)
9. Thomas Simpson (University of Cambridge A)
10. Sarah Balakrishnan (McGill University A)
10. Alex Don (University of St. Andrews A)

1. Mubarrat Wassey (International Islamic University A)
2. Dessislava Kirova (Berlin Debating Union A)
3. Emilia Carlqvist (Lund University A)
4. Viktor Prlja (University of Belgrade A)
Top 10 EFL Speakers - Indonesian debater Stevensen (Hitotsubashi A) in grey suit
5. Abel Lam (London School of Economics A)
6. Goran Jankuloski (University of Belgrade A)
6. Radu Cotarcea (Babes-Bolyai University A)
6. Monica Forman (Ben-Gurion University A)
6. Ameera Moore (International Islamic University B)
10. Peer Klussendorf (Lund University A)

1. Helena Ivanova (University of Belgrade B)
2. Stefan Siridzanski (University of Belgrade B)
3. Kai Dittmann (Berlin Debating Union A)
4. Stefan Torges (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg A)
4. Leonard Munstermann (Tilbury House Cologne A)
6. Stevensen Chen (Hitotsubashi University A)
7. Tomoya Yonaga (Hitotsubashi University A)
8. Felicia Hoer (Otto van Guericke University Magdeburg A)
9. Karolina Partyga (University of Warsaw A)
10. Yasufumi Tozuka (University of Tokyo A)

Picture: WUDC Chennai Org Comm

Sunday, January 5, 2014

WUDC 2014: Key Results

Champion: #4 Harvard University A (Josh Zoffer & Ben Sprung-Keyser)
Finalists: #1 University of Sydney B (Chris Bisset & Elle Jones), #10 University of Cambridge B (Ben Adams & Kitty Parker-Brooks) and #27 University of Glasgow A (Duncan Crowe & John McKee)
Best Speaker: Elle Jones (University of Sydney B)

ESL Champion: #2ESL Berlin Debating Union A (Dessislava Kirova & Kai Dittman)
Finalists: #1ESL Lund University A (Peer Klussendorf & Emilia Carlqvist), #3ESL Babes-Bolyai University A (Radu Cotarcea & Octavian Buta), #4ESL University of Belgrade B (Helena Ivanova &Stefan Siridzanski)
Best ESL Speaker: Mubarrat Wassey (International Islamic University A)

EFL Champion: #8EFL Institut Teknologi Bandung A (Vicario Reinaldo & Fauzan Reza Maulana)
Finalists: #1EFL University of Warsaw A (Konrad Kiljan & Karolina Partyga), #3EFL New Economic School (Ilya Androsov & Mikhail Sonin), #6EFL Eberhard Karls University Tubingen (Konrad Gutschow & Nikos Bosse)
Best EFL Speaker: Helena Ivanova (University of Belgrade B)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

WUDC 2014: Victorious Harvard Debaters End US Drought, Aussie Reign

#4 Harvard University A (Josh Zoffer & Ben Sprung-Keyser) became the first American team for more than a decade or even two, depending on how one sees it, to triumph in the most prestigious debate tournament on the planet. Their victory in the 2014 World Universities Debating Championships in Chennai ended a long drought for the United States since New York University Law School won it in 2002.

Interestingly, both of the NYU Law speakers were students from the United Kingdom. The last true American pair to win WUDC also came from Harvard but they did it in 1993 when the format was 2-on-2, not the 4-team British Parliamentary style that is currently used.   

Harvard A (Ben Sprung-Keyser/Josh Zoffer)
In the recent final, Harvard acted as the Opening Government and proposed the motion "This House Believes That India Should Adopt Aggressive Free Market Policies" in front of an audience that included top government officials of India's Tamil Nadu state. Their stance arguing that India can only rise to become a world economic power if they radically change their protectionist policies stood until the end.

The victory was an upset because many had placed their bets on Closing Opposition #1 University of Sydney B (Chris Bisset & Elle Jones) who set a new record on points collected in the preliminary round with a whopping 26 from 8 wins and a second place finish. The other finalists were  #10 University of Cambridge B (Ben Adams & Kitty Parker-Brooks) and #27 University of Glasgow (John McKee/Duncan Crowe).

Harvard also stopped a four-year Australian reign. A Sydney team won it in 2010 and then their countrymen from Monash University secured the title for three straight years. The Australian strength was apparent on the speaker tab. The top four all come from Australia with Sydney's Elle Jones as the number one debater in WUDC 2014.