By the by, all of these rounds were pretty similar. While the House changed a bit, one of our Gov teams chose St. Olaf College and a lot of others chose the National Football League. For the most part, people just decided to penalize people who haze much more harshly, whether it be through kicking them out of the NFL for a year or expelling them from school. Also, one team very cleverly defined hazing as being tough on new people and pointed out how the UN’s long-time members on the Security Council have veto power to make it tough on newer entries to the UN, so they reworked that.
This round exemplified one of the sad realities about Parliamentary Debate, that sometimes if you name a specific topic, no one will know what’s going on. We would guess that the majority of people at the tournament didn’t know what net neutrality was. Some rounds were defined not-quite-literally (for example, David and Rikaela very cleverly talked about carbon neutrality), and for the Gov teams that did know what the term referred, Opp teams tended to struggle along and be at the mercy of Gov definitions.
Every year we try and brainstorm what topics will covered at State. We figured that the one Minnesota-specific topic would be the PolyMet Mining Proposal, and we actually called it! The resolution, however, doesn’t specifically name PolyMet, and three out of our four teams were on Opp, so they didn’t talk about it at all. And the one team that did do PolyMet plan had trichot theory ran on them. So much for knowing the news.
This weekend is the 2014 MCFA State Tournament! We’ll be coming to defend our three year running trend of winning the championship in Parliamentary Debate. We’re excited to show Minnesota what we can do.