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---Official March Beginners Tournament: R1---

bsh1
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3/14/2016 7:18:22 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Welcome to the March Beginners' Tournament!

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The Tournament

Each beginner has been assigned a mentor who will work with them throughout the tournament. If any beginner feels their mentor is putting in insufficient time helping them, they should talk to me immediately so that I can evaluate the situation and possibly seek out a replacement mentor.

This will be a single-elimination tournament following a bracket system. In round 1, no two debaters with the same mentor will face each other, but this is not guaranteed past round 1. Once you have lost, you will be eliminated from the tournament.

In-between rounds, you and your opponent, with the advise of your mentors if you want it, shall select a topic for debate. You may not use a topic previously used in the tournament. You will have 5 days to select a topic and start your debate. The 5 days begin with the posting of the forum thread for that round (e.g. this thread). If, after 5 days, you have failed to pick a topic, one will be assigned to you. The assigned topic will be selected by me from the NSDA PF or LD topic lists, will be no more than a decade old, and will be chosen based on my consideration of its balance, relevance, and complexity. There are only 2 restrictions on topics: (1) no troll topics--what counts as a troll topic is at my personal discretion, and (2) no truisms--what counts as a truism is at my personal discretion.

I will accept replacements, but after round 1, I will not replace people in. Competitors from round 2 on will simply receive BYEs (i.e. free rounds).

Mentor-Mentee Pairings

ColeTrain - OreosAreCool, NothingSpecial99
FourTrouble - Nivek, Someloser
Hayd - Agha.haider21, EverlastingMoment
Tejretics - TheOregonian, Tyler_Putney

The Bracket and R1 Pairings

1. NothingSpecial (Cole) vs.
8. Someloser (FT)
-------------------------------------------------- (winner of 1vs.8) vs. (winner of 4vs.5)
4. Tyler_Putney (Tej) vs.
5. Nivek (FT)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (winner of 1/8vs.4/5) vs. (winner of 3/6vs.2/7)
3. OreosAreCool (Cole) vs.
6. EverlastingMoment (Hayd)
-------------------------------------------------- (winner of 3vs.6) vs. (winner of 2vs.7)
2. Agha.haider21 (Hayd) vs.
7. TheOregonian (Tej)

Replacement: gaberz24

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Good luck to all the debaters! I hope this is a wonderful learning experience.
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3/14/2016 7:20:29 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Good luck. :)
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3/14/2016 7:24:19 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/14/2016 7:22:06 PM, FourTrouble wrote:
Can I just have one mentee please? It's easier for me to actually help out if I can focus on one person. Thanks.

FT, then, in fairness, everyone would have to have 1 mentor, so that their mentor can give them that kind of focused attention. It is very difficult to find 8 mentors who are available, qualified, and who will actually help their noobs.
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3/14/2016 7:37:44 PM
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Link to the sign-up page: http://www.debate.org...
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3/14/2016 9:30:20 PM
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Good luck to all
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3/14/2016 9:53:37 PM
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At 3/14/2016 7:20:29 PM, Rosalie wrote:
Good luck. :)
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3/14/2016 11:24:17 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/14/2016 7:24:19 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/14/2016 7:22:06 PM, FourTrouble wrote:
Can I just have one mentee please? It's easier for me to actually help out if I can focus on one person. Thanks.

FT, then, in fairness, everyone would have to have 1 mentor, so that their mentor can give them that kind of focused attention. It is very difficult to find 8 mentors who are available, qualified, and who will actually help their noobs.

Unfortunately, I don't have the time to mentor two. So you may need to find another mentor.
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3/15/2016 1:26:31 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
ATTENTION

Cody_Franklin will replace FT as a mentor.
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3/15/2016 11:59:47 PM
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I'm trying to message Agha (my R1 opponent) but he has messaging turned off. Is there another way to contact him/her?
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts.
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3/16/2016 12:13:15 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/15/2016 11:59:47 PM, TheOregonian wrote:
I'm trying to message Agha (my R1 opponent) but he has messaging turned off. Is there another way to contact him/her?

You have to be friends with someone before you can message them. If you're not already friends, this may explain your problem.
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3/16/2016 12:14:07 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/16/2016 12:13:15 AM, bsh1 wrote:
At 3/15/2016 11:59:47 PM, TheOregonian wrote:
I'm trying to message Agha (my R1 opponent) but he has messaging turned off. Is there another way to contact him/her?

You have to be friends with someone before you can message them. If you're not already friends, this may explain your problem.

Ok
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts.
-Bertrand Russell

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- Guatama Siddharta, also known as Buddha
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3/16/2016 7:23:29 PM
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Just as a heads up, my opponent and I have agreed to a debate on the federal minimum wage and are in the process of structuring the debate.

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3/18/2016 11:49:41 PM
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Update to the whole agha.haider dilemma: I checked his account and, even though he logged in yesterday, it doesn't look like he's been active in a month. What do I do?
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts.
-Bertrand Russell

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- Guatama Siddharta, also known as Buddha
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3/19/2016 12:06:47 AM
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At 3/18/2016 11:49:41 PM, TheOregonian wrote:
Update to the whole agha.haider dilemma: I checked his account and, even though he logged in yesterday, it doesn't look like he's been active in a month. What do I do?

If he doesn't respond as the deadline closes, you can contact bsh and he'll match you up with a replacement. If no replacement can be found, then you would win the round by default
"Check your facts, not your privilege" - Christina Hoff Summers

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3/23/2016 8:42:14 AM
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On-going debates:

http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
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3/30/2016 9:52:58 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
On-going debates:

http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...
http://www.debate.org...

These debates are in rounds 3, 4, 2, and 3 respectively.
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4/5/2016 12:34:13 AM
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My debate with someloser is now in voting period

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