11 March 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On

This is the theme of my debate life.

On Friday and Saturday, I went to the 5A State Debate Tournament of Utah!
It was at Weber State University (For you non Utahns, that is pronounced wee-bur)

I ran an event called Public Forum, which is a 2 on 2 debate. There is a topic every month, this month's topic being "Resolved: The United States should suspend all assistance to Pakistan". My partner and I write 2 cases before a tournament, one aff (affirmation) and one neg (negation). Right before every round, there is a coin toss, and the winner of the coin toss gets to choose either aff or neg, or whether they would like to speak first or second. My debate partner is Eliza Thacker, and she is fantastic. We kicked some serious aff.

Because the States Tournement is on the campus of a University, there were several other events going on. One of these events was an Native American Pow Wow, located in the Ball Room of the student union building. 

Because me and Eliza didn't break, (Break meaning you break into the final rounds), we decided to pay the $3 and go watch. It was really fantastic, watching all those incredible dancers. The music and their apparel really made me think about how much longer their culture has been on this continent than mine has.  

After the tournament ended Saturday night, my debate team went out to eat a Mexican restaurant.

I have to admit, that I am a little sad that the debate season is over. However, I am very much glad that I will be getting much of my life back. And now I will have more time to focus on school work. But I learned so much, and such amazing experiences that I don't think I will soon forget. 

I guess I just have to remember one thing: 

And that's all from me tonight. 

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