The UW Debate Union would like to invite all COMMUNICATION MAJORS and PREMJAORS of any type to participate in the 2016 UW Intramural Debate Tournament on February 6th, 2016. The topic of debate will be:

RESOLVED: THE RIGHT TO FREE EXPRESSION MUST INCLUDE THE RIGHT TO OFFEND.

This year’s finalists will receive the opportunity to travel, free of cost, to the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2016 Lafayette Debates. Even better, the winners of the Lafayette Debates receive a study tour in Paris organized by the Embassy of France!
Not only is participation a great experience and resume point, but every participant in the competition will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation and the 1st-3rd place entries will receive awards.

FORMAT
These debates will be 1 v. 1 debates lasting approximately 25 minutes with each side delivering two speeches:

Affirmative Constructive Speech: 4 minutes
Cross-Examination of the Affirmative Speaker: 1 minute
Negative Constructive Speech: 4 minutes
Cross-Examination of the Negative Speaker: 1 minute
Affirmative Rebuttal Speech: 3 minutes
Negative Rebuttal Speech: 3 minutes

The tournament will consist of two preliminary rounds with the top four competitors advancing to the single elimination semifinal round of competition. In the preliminary debates, competitors will have one round on the AFFIRMATIVE side of the topic and one round on the NEGATIVE side of the topic.

DEBATE CLINIC
The UW Debate Union will hold a 60 minute clinic on debate on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6pm at CMU 321 to help you prepare for the event.

ENTRIES
Entries must be received by February 4th at 5pm to Adam Anderson at andersona7177@gmail.com. To enter, just email your name and your actual major to Adam Anderson. Finalists will be asked to provide a proof of major from a transcript or DARS form.

Entries are limited to communication majors and students who have not yet declared a major at UW (premajors).

Team members of either the UW Debate Union or the UW Speech & Debate Society are not permitted to participate in the competition.

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