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September 10, 2012
The 2012 PSCFA Seminar will be held on Saturday, September 15th at Orange Coast College. The campus is located at 2701 Fairview Road. Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Please park in Lot E off of Merrimac. The Adams Lot (closest to Science Hall) is unavailable to guests because it will be occupied by Costa Mesa’s local swap meet. After your team has found a parking space, all students and coaches will want to report to Science Hall.
Maps and directions can be found at:
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Long Beach/Irvine Valley College
Vice President, PSCFA
Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Debate & Speech Tournament September 21, 2012
Fullerton College welcomes you to the Fullerton College EARLY BIRD Forensics Tournament Friday, September 21, 2012. We’re offering 3 rounds of Public Forum Debate and 2 rounds of Individual Events (Persuasion and/or Informative).
We’re following up the Public Forum debates hosted by Cal State Fullerton and us earlier–with matching format. Public Forum offers an “old school” debate experience, with a focus on a moderate amount of research (sources below) and a renewed focus on delivery and reasoning. The tournament is ideal for new debaters.
-Judges should hold college degrees, but do not necessarily need prior debate experience.
-The focus of the debate is on communication, reasoning, and examining the substance of the resolution. Not “procedurals.” Formal debate theory is not assumed, and debaters should adjust their arguments accordingly. Quotations are limited to essays below; but students may refer to news, essays, and other “common knowledge.” Each team is comprised or two debaters. Each school needs to bring one judge for every two (2) debate teams it enters.
Because of room limitations, we have limited entries. So first come, first serve. We’ll try to accommodate everyone, but please realize that we may have to limit some entries.
-DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: September 18, 2012 6.00 PM.
-Debate rounds are randomly matched. Sides flip for round 3. IEs will have 2 rounds, and possibly a final round depending on the number of entries. NO DOUBLE ENTRIES please.
-NO FEES (be sure to bring judges!). Food is available on and near the campus.
-AWARDS: Of course. Certificates and/or music CDs to top winners.
For information contact:
Doug Kresse (Director of Forensics)
321 East Chapman Avenue
Debaters are encouraged to use evidence, but may only quote from the sources listed below. Debaters may refer to relevant news shows, essays, and other “common knowledge.” (With this topic, there’s lots of news daily.) All evidence may be used for affirmative and/or negative arguments.
Time limits: 5 minute constructive, 2 minute cross-x, 3 minute rebuttals; 5 minutes prep.
Registration: 11:20-11:45am (528N)
Greeting: 11:45-12.00pm (528N)
Round 1: 12:00-1.30pm
Round 2: 1.30-2.45pm
Round 3 2.45-3.45pm
Awards: 4.00 pm (Room 528N)
RESOLUTION: THE UNITED STATES SHOULD MILITARILY INTERVENE IN SYRIA.
Essays (quotations in round are limited to these sources; but debaters are encouraged to use read elsewhere and use common knowledge).
Bernard-Henri Levy (August 20, 2012). “End the slaughter now!” Newsweek/Daily Beast.
John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham (August 5, 2012). “The risk of inaction in Syria.” Washington Post.
Kurt Volker, (April 24, 2012). “The case for military intervention in Syria,” Christian Science Monitor.
Michael Weiss (February 9, 2012). “Break the stalemate! A blueprint for a military intervention in Syria.” The New Republic.
Henri Barkey (August 23, 2012). “Why intruiding on another Muslim country is ill advised.” Washington Post.
Nicholas Gvosdev (August 3, 2012). “Syria and the Bosnia fallacy.” National Interest.
Dalia Dassa Kaye and David Kaye, (August 8, 2012), “The right way to help Syria’s rebels,” LA TIMES.
Joshua Landis (June 5, 2012), “Stay out of Syria.” Foreign Policy.
March 28, 2012
On behalf of PSCFA, I would like to invite you to the 2012 PSCFA Cool-Off Tournament, April 28-29, at Saddleback College. With the season coming to an end the Cool-Off is a great opportunity to introduce new students to forensics and possibly add a few recruits for the coming year.
A unique aspect of the Cool-Off is that it is for novices and rookies only. This allows for students with little or no competition experience to compete with students of their level.
This is also a great opportunity for coaches to take a break and give junior and senior competitors a chance to get on the other side of the ballot and judge a few rounds. Those junior and senior students that do judge will not sacrifice any competitive eligibility for later seasons since this is a novice only event. Remember, all judges must be certified for PSCFA tournaments so please have them go to the PSCFA website and read the Forensics Related Educational Document (F.R.E.D.) to certify online.
The debate portion of the tournament will take place on Saturday. NFA-LD debate will be on Saturday scheduled at the same time as parliamentary debate. We will offer four preliminary rounds and one elimination round for the novice division. On Sunday, we will offer two preliminary rounds and finals for all 11 individual events, plus Cultural Artifact (no scholarships awarded).
In addition to the tournament, Saddleback will also be hosting the PSCFA Spring Meeting and coach’s lunch at 1:00pm on Saturday. Items on the agenda include discussing the year in review, electing new officers, and selecting a site for the 2012 Fall Coaches Conference.
ENTRY DEADLINE is Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00pm through http://www.forensicstournament.net Changes may be made through Wednesday, April 25, at 6:00pm at no charge.
I look forward to seeing you at the Cool-Off. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.