Idaho State Debate Squad has solid showing at public debate February 19th
February 20, 2019
POCATELLO - The Idaho State Debate Squad welcomed about 60 students, staff, and faculty -- and many members of the public -- to the Pond Student Union Tuesday, February 19, for a Public Debate. Squad members Kaden Marchetti and Squad V.P. Conner Coutts faced off against Team President Nick Grunig and Jett Smith. The topic was solving Pocatello's homeless issues through implementing "Housing First."
Defined by The National Alliance to end Homelessness, "Housing First [is a federally funded program which] does not require people experiencing homelessness to address all of their problems including behavioral health problems [also including alcoholism, unedployment, or drug addiction], or to graduate through a series of service programs before they can access housing. The Housing First approach views housing as the foundation for life improvementand enables access to permanent housing without prerequisites or conditions beyond those of a typical renter. Supportive services are offered to support people with housing stability and individual well-being, but participation is not required as services have been found to be more effective when a person chooses to engage" (endhomelessness.org).
Moderator Larry Gebhardt provided a framework for the issue, noting the shocking statistic that nearly 22% of people in any given community fall under the definition of "homeless." Gebhardt also assisted the debaters in fielding questions from the audience during the "Grand Cross Examination," where members of the audience pose questions to the competition panel and each side gets to make a response.
The debate was met with many compliments and the decision was made to re-record the debate for posterity. It will be available through the James M. and Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society Facebook page, or by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/pg/idahostatedebate/videos/?ref=page_internal
The Rupp Debate Squad presents public debate opportunities each semester as part of their mission to bring the campus and community interesting, well-structured, and poignant topics for consideration.
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Monday, February 18, 2019
Thursday, March 29, 2018
|ISU Debate Team at Pi Kappa Delta Natinals|
The Idaho State University Rupp Debate Team recently brought home a pair of third place wins from the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Nashville, TN, March 13-18, 2018.
Bengal Debaters were named 3rd Place Overall in Division II Sweepstakes . The national tournament hosts 82 competitor colleges and universities from 26 states and three countries.
Idaho State also claimed 3rd Place in the Division I Debate Sweepstakes with a tie between two of its own teams. Bengal speakers closed out the Public Forum Debate semifinals when sophomore Jack Bradley and freshman Kaden Marchetti tied for third with ISU’s other freshman duo of Connor Coutts and Alex Vail.
Marchetti was additionally honored as fifth speaker overall in the Public Forum debate competition, an accolade presented for high quality execution and presentation in argumentative public speaking.
The Overall Sweepstakes award determined by combining the total accumulated speaker points in both debate and individual events in the competition. Schools require participation in both competitive speaking forms in order to qualify for the sweepstakes honors.
Squad President Nick Grunig said “This is a great way to end our traveling season! It shows what the team can do when we really focus on achieving our goals and put in a little extra effort.”
|Kaden Marchetti & Jack Bradley|
“Our team functions incredibly well as a competitive unit. Everyone has remarkable skills, but not everyone generally finds their way into the final rounds in stiff competition,” said Andy Christensen, the team’s Assistant Coach. “Still, the collective contributions of each member on the squad earned us a national accolade. It’s a well-deserved tribute to the efforts of the group who operate as a team first, and as individuals second.”
The Bengals had entries in collegiate NFA-Lincoln Douglas, International Public Debate (IPDA), and Public Forum debate styles. The Public Forum topic argued at the tournament was “In the United States, changing the process of presidential election to popular vote is justified to preserve democracy.” In the IPDA format, debaters have a new topic for each round and 30 minutes to prepare their cases.
In addition to debate, the speakers participated in individual event contests including Impromptu speaking, Extemporaneous speaking, After Dinner speaking, and Slam Poetry.
|Conner Coutts & Alex Vail|
The team’s Head Coach is Dr. Sarah Partlow-Lefevre. “This makes me very proud of the entire team. They have worked hard this year and it’s a fantastic way to end the travel season. There’s nothing like the energy and experience at a National tournament.”
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
|Jack Bradley, First Place Speaker and Third Place Finisher|
The ISU Rupp Debate Squad earned top speaking honors at the first Climb! Online Debate tournament of the semester on January 14th! Jack Bradley was named first speaker and took third place while Raiven Nickerson was 2nd speaker and took fourth place on the open division. The team participated with four skilled debaters, Jack Bradley, Raiven Nickerson, Alex Vail, and Michael Mares. Speakers sparred on issues ranging from taxation of sugar to banning football.
|Alex Vail (right) striking topics in a preliminary debate.|
Bradley and Nickerson performed especially well during this tournament. Jack’s topic draws saw him arguing against the implementation of a carbon tax, and debating to banning football. Raiven’s topics included – among others --discourse on the increased use of wind energy, and why Democrats politicians should work with Trump. In the end, both competitors made it to semi-finals, and were named the top two speakers at the tournament!
|Jack Bradley debating in Semi Finals with a three judge panel.|
|Semifinal topic strike card.|
This tournament was a strong opener for the team, with two of its members making it to semis, and taking the top two spots for speaker awards, Jack earning first speaker and Raiven earning second, respectively. The ISU squad has hit the ground running this semester, and hopes to take more titles this semester.
|Raiven Nickerson debating in Semifinals with a three judge panel.|
|Alex Vail debating online in the CMP Ifft Speech Lab|
|Michael Mares debating online in the CMP Ifft Speech Lab|
|Raiven Nickerson, 2nd Speaker. Jack Bradley, First Speaker.|
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
On December 10th, ISU’s Rupp Debate Team took high honors at a Climb! Online Debate Tournament. Kaden Marchetti represented the ISU team, with other members in busy prep for Finals Week beginning the next day. Topics ranged from the death penalty to discussion of nuclear codes, and spanned three qualifying rounds.
ISU’s Marchetti was successful in the tournament’s open division. A seasoned veteran, Kaden made it to the semi-final where he affirmed that “The US should require two years of national service [by] Americans”. While he didn’t break to finals, Kaden tied for third place overall and was recognized as 5th best in top-speakers at the tournament!
Monday, November 6, 2017
|Cameo Curnutt Preparing to Debate.|
|Final Round Slate of Topics|
In IPDA, the debaters are given a set of five topics for each debate. The opponents then choose the topic through a process of elimination where each debater gets to strike or veto topics sequentially. This means that the topics vary in each round and in each debate, requiring the students to be prepared to address a wide variety of issues. After the topic is chosen the debaters have thirty minutes to prepare for the debate.
|Raiven Nickerson in the Final Round - Top Right.|
|Alexander Vail in the Final Round - Top Right|
Notably, this tournament took place on a new online debating platform called idebate.online. The platform provides an integrated system that makes online debate easy. According to Sarah Partlow Lefevre, "The online debating platform opens up debate as an opportunity for a broad cross section of our students. It provides a format accessible to those who can travel and to those who would otherwise be unable to participate on the debate team due to family or work obligations. We are excited about the increased opportunity for all students to participate in online debating at ISU."
|The Final Round Match Ups|
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Idaho State University’s James M. & Sharon E. Rupp Debate Squad held their first public debate of the fall season on October 24. The team argued the topic: “Resolved: The United States should significantly increase military spending in order to better respond to international conflicts.” The event packed in a crowd of nearly 125 people. The function was supported by the ISU PoliSci Club and the Veteran Student Services Center.
|Todd Johnson moderating the debate.|
Todd Johnson, M.A., the Director of the ISU Veteran Student Services Center was the Moderator.
Two teams debated the topic. Nick Grunig and Cesar Suarez argued for increased military spending, while Connor Coutts and Kaden Marchetti opposed additional spending. The teams even dove into specific areas of spending, such as certain missile defenses used by the US, and whether their cost is warranted by their effectiveness. Both teams did an excellent job presenting their arguments, as well as interacting with the crowd.
Audience members voted on their positions before and after the debate, (agree, disagree, or undecided), to gauge how many people were swayed by the arguments. Discussions about military prowess and potential alternatives for funding were presented during the debate, which included an audience Q & A period.
|Nick Grunig and Ceasar Suarez|
|Kaden Marchetti and Connor Coutts|
In the end, more of the audience agreed with less military spending. The total percentage of ‘undecided’ voters went down, showcasing the debate as a tool for education. Audience members left informed, and newly engaged with important political issues.
|Audience poll before the debate.|
|Audience poll after the debate.|
|Table of results showing the negative team won the debate/|
|Assistant Director of Forensics Andrew Christensen|
The debate was broadcast on live on Facebook, and can still be viewed from the James M. & Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society, Idaho State University Facebook page.
|Nick Grunig addresses the crowd.|
|The crowd at the debate.|
|The crowd at the debate.|
Monday, October 9, 2017
|Debate Team Members, Spring 2017|
Cameo Curnutt placed second overall in the novice division based on her competitive record, winning 66% of her debates. Shelley Zimmerman, debating in competition for the first time, was recognized for her excellent presentation and speaking skills as the second place speaker in the novice division.
In open, Alexander Vail made his debut in intercollegiate debate and was recognized as the 4th place speaker in the division. Remington Grunewald, who is new to the team this year and previously debated at College of Western Idaho, was recognized as the 5th best speaker in the open division. Additionally, Connor Coutts placed 6th overall in Open.
Thanks to all the Bengals who participated this weekend. The online debates are a fun competition and provide great practice for live, in-person tournaments. The team will be competing again this weekend at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Congratulations to Michael Mares and Nick Grunig who both earned speaker awards at Eastern Wyoming. Michael was 6th place in Novice and Nick was 8th place in open. Go Bengals!
|Michael Mares Won A 6th Place Speaker Award.|
|Nick Grunig Won A 8th Place Speaker Award|