Public ForumI like the added minute in PuFo--that "final focus" has always been a waste of fevered breath. In Congressional Debate, I have mixed feelings about extending question time for the first speech in negation, if only because question time tends to turn into Thinly Disguised Speeches.
- Final focus goes from one to two minutes
- Ballots will be redesigned
- No reading of evidence in Crossfire (this seems to mean that competitors should be discouraged from asking for cites during crossfire)
- Will now be called “Congressional Debate” rather than Student Congress
- Preferential ranking by judges becomes the preferred method of advancing students to either a super congress (if used) or straight to nationals (if no super congress). However, ranking by judges could be used to produce a slate of candidates for student vote [via preferential ballot], should a district choose to do so. Base and board vote are gone.
- Standardized ballots for congress ranking will be provided to all districts
- Both the authorship/sponsorship and first negation speeches will be followed by two-minute questioning periods. I’m assuming all other speeches remain at one minute (not addressed).
- Committee meetings may not be scored
- This may be a big one, depending on current district procedure: A total of two three-hour sessions of debate is required to legitimize the congress, so congress moves from five to six hours (plus time for setting up), meaning that it may no longer be doable in a single day along with speech, since it all events have to end by 10:00 p.m. There is language which says that “if a district offers a super session, it has the flexibility to have additional smaller preliminary chambers before advancing students to the super session. I believe the key term here, “smaller,” refers to chamber size and not time, because...
- Congress sessions are limited to 18-20 students, and for each student beyond 20 we have to add ten minutes to the session.
- Presiding officers may be selected or an adult may serve. No provision or language was given regarding scores received by presiding officers.
- All nationals legislation will now be vetted by Nationals Office Staff and may be approved, rejected, or improved and resubmitted. Each district can submit two items of legislation.
- Affiliate chapters can now enter as many entries as charter chapters (based on the manual table).
Mr. Nicolay also noted that a committee is exploring the use of laptops in LD (I'm not yet convinced) and in extemp (which needs to happen yesterday--otherwise, how many forests of magazine trees must die?).