The Claremont Colleges Debate Union (CCDU), a 5-C program centered at Claremont McKenna College, is among the largest and most successful college debating societies in the nation. A genuine 5-C program, students from each of the undergraduate institutions of the Claremont Consortium – Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps – are active Debate […]

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Congratulations to all debaters and judges participating in the inaugural Western Regional Debate Championship. The 2015 event was hosted by California State University – San Luis Obispo. Congratulations to Pranay Yeturu and Daivik Vyas for their outstanding performance at the tournament. Pranay and Daivik finished 5th at this year’s championship, losing on a 2-1 decision […]

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Instruction and practice will use examples of motions from recent tournaments. If debating at competitions, it is your responsibility to understand and apply techniques from instructional sessions.  To register for practice debates, please email John Meany, john.meany@cmc.edu, with your selected time(s). No registration is required for instructional sessions. Practice – Tuesday, March 31, Bauer 21 4:15 […]

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Please register to w=serve as a summer debate intern for Claremont Summer programs. Claremont Summer includes 6 one-week debate and leadership communication conference sessions for secondary school students. The programs are held at Claremont McKenna College. There are 3 middle school debate instructional sessions and 3 high school debate and leadership and professional communication sessions. […]

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Please register as a debater or judge for the upcoming California Cup Tournaments, 3 independent, one-day tournaments scheduled throughout Southern California. The first tournament is at Claremont McKenna on Friday, March 27; the second tournament is at Loyola Marymount on Saturday, March 28; the third tournament will be held at UCLA on Sunday, March 29. […]

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Thanks to Bo Jones for administering the high school outreach debate tournament at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School on Saturday, March 7. Bo was responsible for tournament management and tabulation. Additional thanks to Zoey Zhao – Zoey attended and judged and assisted with tournament administration.

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Please volunteer to participate at the next high school outreach tournament, scheduled for Upland High School, April 11, 2015. This is the sixth High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) league invitational tournament of 2014-15. In addition to the tournament, there will be a workshop for new schools interested in establishing middle school and high school […]

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Thanks to Bo Jones for administering the high school outreach debate tournament at Compton High School on Saturday, February 7. Bo was responsible for tournament management, tabulation, and a workshop for invited middle school and high school teachers interested in the Public Debate Program.

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Congratulations to Pastor Arroyo and Zijin (Lydia) Fu for their outstanding performance at the 2015 US Novice National Debate Championship. This year’s tournament was held at Ithaca College, February 7-8. The tournament is open to students in their first year of intercollegiate debate competition. Pastor and Lydia placed fifth at the championship event.

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If you have not already done so, please register for upcoming debate tournaments. Contact John Meany, john.many@cmc.edu, or Scooby Phillips, lphillips13@cmc.edu, to register. Registration closes for February tournaments on Thursday, February 12, 6:00 PM. February 21-22 Portland State/University of Denver February 28-1 Willamette University March 7-8 North American Women’s Championship, University of Vermont March 21-22 […]

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There are 3 special tournaments on the 2015 calendar. All have limited eligibility. If you are eligible and interested in participating in these events, please let me know immediately. You and your regular partner may be eligible to compete at an event or you might need to have a different partner. Please let me know […]

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Please register as a volunteer judge or tournament tabulation director for the 2015 Pan American Debating Championship/ This is the premiere international event for secondary schools throughout the Americas.  The Debate Union is hosting the 2015 championship. The event will be held at CMC, from Tuesday-Sunday, January 6-11. Spanish language preliminary debates will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, January […]

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Please register for upcoming 2015 tournaments. Most planning for January-February 2015 events must CONCLUDE by the end of 2014. It is too challenging and expensive to organize planning after the return to campus near the end of January. If you are interested in serious tournament debating, you must prepare now! There are few debate opportunities after […]

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The Debate Union will stage a public debate during CMC’s 2015 Parents Weekend. The debate will be held on Sunday, February 15, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Members of the Debate Union will moderate and participate in the debate. Up to five students (one moderator and 4 debaters) will be selected. The topic for the […]

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Thanks to members of the Debate Union volunteering for the High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) league invitational tournament, hosted by The Webb Schools, Sunday, December 7, 2014. This was an extraordinarily successful event, with more than 250 students, teachers, parents, and volunteers attending the tournament. Special thanks and congratulations go to Bo Jones. Bo […]

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Congratulations to students attending the BP tournament hosted by Seattle University, December 6-7, 2014. Buddy Burch and Pranay Yeturu had an exceptional tournament, qualifying to the championship debate and placing second at the highly competitive event.  Pranav was the 4th place individual speaker at the tournament. Buddy and Pranay had an outstanding semester, qualifying for three […]

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Congratulations to students attending the BP tournament hosted by Brandeis University, December 6-7, 2014. Lydia Fu and Pastor Arroyo had an outstanding tournament, just missing the open break, placing in the novice final, finishing second at the tournament.  

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Thanks to members of the Debate Union – Buddy Burch, Bo Jones, Pranay Yeturu, and Rich Zajac – for their outstanding work for the opening of the Debate Union’s newest debate outreach pilot program, the Youth Public Debate Program (YPDP). The YPDP is designed for students in the 5th/6th grades. Although the Middle School Public […]

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Congratulations to students attending the BP tournament hosted by Los Medanos College, November 22-23, 2014. This is one of the few opportunities to debate against Bay Area and other regional competitors. Both attending teams had outstanding performances and were semifinalists –  Umar Farooq and Danny Wang, Pastor Arroyo and Lydia Fu. All speakers finished in the top […]

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Please complete these forms and deliver them to Bauer 21, CMC. Forms must be completed to attend any off-campus events, including intercollegiate tournaments, outreach workshops and competitions, exchanges, public debates and discussions, academic conferences, etc.

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Congratulations to MSPDP students from Rachel Carson Middle School, Herndon, Virginia and the English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) for their showcase debate at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 22. Carol Losos, the Director of Educational Programs for the ESU and a partner in MSPDP debate promotion), […]

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The Debate Union’s High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) had its second tournament for 2014-2015 league competition on Sunday, November 8. More than 275 students, judges, coaches, and guests attended the tournament. Registered teams filled all available classroom space. Thanks to many member of the Debate Union – Andrew Chandler, Abby Spurlock, Abinaya Thenappan, Mia Shackelford, […]

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Congratulations to students attending the BP tournament hosted by Lewis and Clark College, October 11-12, 2014. This was the first of several tournaments that the Debate Union will attend in the Pacific Northwest this year. Special congratulations to Buddy Burch and Pranay Yeturu – they placed second at the tournament. Felicia Agrelius and Mia Shackelford had an […]

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Congratulations to students attending the inaugural BP tournament hosted by San Diego State University, October 4-5, 2014. The tournament had an outstanding and competitive draw, which will help develop BP debating throughout the region. Special congratulations to Buddy Burch and Pranay Yeturu – they placed second at the tournament. Felicia Agrelius and Mia Shackelford and […]

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The Debate Union’s High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) had its inaugural tournament for 2014-2015 league competition on Sunday, October 12. More than 250 students, judges, coaches and guests attended the opening tournament, an outstanding start for the year. Congratulations to students finishing first in the tournament’s award categories – Upland High School (School – Overall […]

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Please join members of the Debate Union in a lively public debate on the motion, “This House would restrict the President’s war powers.” The constitutional debate is scheduled at CMC’s MMC Athenaeum, Monday, October 6. An audience question-and-comment period and audience heckling is included in the public debate format. Please register as one would for […]