Indiana University Debate
Intra-IU Debate Tournament
RESOLVED: The minimum wage should be substantially increased.
Join Intra-IU Fall 2015: YOU! Yes, YOU can debate the ethical, social, political, cultural, and philisophical issues around the American Minimum Wage!!!
Place: SPEA Undergraduate Lounge (First Floor near the exit towards 10th street)
Time: Sunday November 8th. Noon - 5:00 PM
Tournament Evidence Packet: Click Here!
The Indiana University Debate Team cordially invites all interested Indiana University undergraduate students to participate in the fourth annual Intra-IU Debate Tournament. On Sunday November 8th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM we will host our annual one day debate tournament to crown our Indiana University "champion" campus debater. The topic will be Resolved: The minimum wage should be substantially increased. The debate tournament is a great way to hone your public speaking, argumentation and listening skills all while meeting new people with a passion for argument across the campus.
Do You Need Prior Experience?
NO! Whether you competed in forensics in high school or you have never watched a debate, this competition is a great place for you to improve on as well as show off your analytical argumentation and public speaking skills. The tournament is a perfect opportunity for you to engage in a fun debate environment with a small amount of time commitment. The Indiana University Debate Team will provide research, teaching sessions, and talking points for all teams to use as well as instructions on how to compete successfully at the tournament. All we need to complete the picture is YOU!
What is the Cost?
The cost to competitors is FREE. The tournament is an IU Debate service for undergraduate students on campus. The College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Office of Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs have provided support and funding for this important event in recognition that debate is a platform with widespread educational benefits. We will provide the space, food/drink, judging and awards at no cost to you.
The winning team, runner-up, and top speaking competitors will receive prizes purchased from the IU Memorial Union Gift Store.
To register, fill out this Google form (LINK). If you have a partner, please make sure that they register as well. We would highly suggest that partners attend work sessions together. If you do not have a partner, we will assign one to you as soon as one becomes available. Typically half of the partnerships in this tournament are individuals who signed up who are then combined. It's a great way to meet a new friend!
If you have questions, please send an email to IUDebateTournament@gmail.com, subject-line should include "Intra-IU" in it.
The Deadling for Registration is Wednesday November 4th.
The Resolution: Resolved:The minimum wage should be substantially increased.
Why choose the minimum wage as the debate topic? Good question. Labor in a capitalist economy plays an integral part to society and the daily living being for most American workers. Today nearly two million US workers are employed at or possibly below the minimum wage. The minimum wage has ripple effects beyond the bottom. Evidence exists that min. wage increases could also mean higher wages for those workers (maybe even grad students) who are above the minimum now. Can we say that the current federal and state minimum wages are high enough? 40-hour a week minimum wage workers at $7.25 an hour are projected to bring in $15,080 annually. With the federal poverty line near $12,000 for an individual, it is highly debatable whether this can sustain a life of quaility for an individual or a family bread winner.
The IU Debate team will put together organized researched talking points for the tournament. The evidence is in a Dropbox account folder. This evidence should be viewed as a primer for the main arguments that will likely be made by students arguing over a topic dealing with an American minimum wage. Students are not limited to this evidence and they are encouraged to do more research to defend what they believe is the "best" perspective/argument on the topic.
Linked evidence will be located here! (Link will be live on October 9th)
Prep time: 3 Minutes
November 8th, Sunday Location SPEA Undergraduate Lounge [Email updates will be sent out to all registered students]
What to do from now to the tournament
Results Intra-IU Fall 2014:
Final Round 3-2 Decision: Nate Meyers/Neil Brady (Affirmative) win over Jasmine Williams/Clarinda Guevara. IU Team MB are the "top debaters" on campus. IU WG were awarded a close second having proven their strength in advocacy skills.
In the final debate round, Nate and Neil argued for a moral obligation for students to become vegan. Their arguments included well documented claims of environmental concerns related to animals byproducts and meat production in the US as well as arguments about global hunger and the caloric efficiency of vegan food.
Jasmine and Clarinda introduced compelling arguments in how there are healthy and environmentally sound ways to be non-Vegan. Their major "offensive" argument dealt with problems of transition and the implications morality frameworks could have on cultures that are closely tied to meat consumption.
Judges for each debate ranked the speakers in the debate round from 20-30 speaker points. The top speakers were awarded with IU winter swag (scarves)!
Tournament Tabulation Information:
SPEA #323 1315 E. Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
06 November 2015