2015 NSDA Nationals: Qualification Board Update (4/24)

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This week’s NSDA qualification board update includes qualifiers from the Capitol Valley (CA-IX only), Southern Wisconsin, and Sunflower (KS) districts.

You can access the qualification board by clicking on “Quals 15” on the right hand menu on the main page, or by clicking “Quals 15″ on the top menu if you have clicked on a content post.  You can also place your cursor over the Quals 15 label and this will allow you to click on sub-menus for the International and United States Extemp qualifiers.

If you know the qualifiers from your NSDA District from previous weeks or after this week’s district tournaments conclude, please e-mail the following information to logan.scisco@topper.wku.edu:

  • The name of the NSDA District and the state that is located in
  • The names of those who will be ATTENDING nationals in IX and USX. Please do not send us the names of those who technically qualified, but opted to go in another event. We only want the names of those who will be going in the categories to avoid confusion.  If something has changed – as some districts hold debate qualifiers separately from individual events – please let us know that as well!
  • The schools those competitors attend.
  • IF your district has an automatic qualifier from last year’s NSDA Tournament (a competitor that reached finals or semi-finals in IX and USX) and that person will be going back to NSDA in that event, please let us know.

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of April 20-26, 2015

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R&D from Prepd: Immigrant Violence in South Africa

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This R&D provides resources on the recent wave of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa.  Three weeks ago attacks began against Asians and peoples from other African countries, forcing South African President Jacob Zuma to send the South African Army to several locations to quell unrest.  The attacks are motivated by joblessness as South Africa has a 25% unemployment rate and South Africans argue that foreigners are taking away jobs.  The violence, which has killed seven people and made 5,000 homeless, has been condemned by other African nations, with some calling for an economic boycott of the country.

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R&D from Prepd: The Environmental Movement

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This R&D provides resources on the environmental movement.  Momentum behind new climate change legislation in the United States has languished and critics allege that the movement is not diverse enough to build a sizable political constituency.  Low oil prices have also inhibited some of the calls for alternative energy sources, one of the core demands of environmental activists. This R&D is also timely since today is Earth Day.

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 20-26, 2015

HOTtopics1. Will a new bailout for Greece be “Finnished”?
2. Is Jacob Zuma responsible for the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa?
3. Will Yemen ignite a wider sectarian war across the Middle East?
4. Would the TTP damage the German economy?
5. How can Southeast Asian nations better protect their tropical forests?
6. What explains Omar al-Bashir’s domination of Sudanese politics?
7. Will Ukraine’s borders ever be restored?
8. Should the SNP abandon hopes of holding another independence referendum?
9. What does China’s naval buildup mean for the Asian geopolitics?
10. How can Central American nations stem the flow of migrants to the United States?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 20-26, 2015

HOTtopics1. What is the future of the American environmental movement?
2. How can Democrats win back white, working-class male voters?
3. Has Carly Fiorina become the new Sarah Palin?
4. Is it time for the Senate to hold a vote on Loretta Lynch?
5. How can Marco Rubio win the GOP presidential nomination?
6. Is Apple worth $1 trillion?
7. Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates in June?
8. What should the U.S. do about continued unrest in Libya?
9. Are too many Republicans running for president?
10. What role should the U.S. play in helping the Iraqi government fight ISIS?

2015 NSDA Nationals: Qualification Board Update (4/17)

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This week we have another small update to our NSDA qualification boards with the Eastern Missouri District constituting the latest addition.

You can access the qualification board by clicking on “Quals 15” on the right hand menu on the main page, or by clicking “Quals 15″ on the top menu if you have clicked on a content post.  You can also place your cursor over the Quals 15 label and this will allow you to click on sub-menus for the International and United States Extemp qualifiers.

If you know the qualifiers from your NSDA District from previous weeks or after this week’s district tournaments conclude, please e-mail the following information to logan.scisco@topper.wku.edu:

  • The name of the NSDA District and the state that is located in
  • The names of those who will be ATTENDING nationals in IX and USX. Please do not send us the names of those who technically qualified, but opted to go in another event. We only want the names of those who will be going in the categories to avoid confusion.  If something has changed – as some districts hold debate qualifiers separately from individual events – please let us know that as well!
  • The schools those competitors attend.
  • IF your district has an automatic qualifier from last year’s NSDA Tournament (a competitor that reached finals or semi-finals in IX and USX) and that person will be going back to NSDA in that event, please let us know.

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of April 13-19, 2015

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R&D from Prepd: Hillary Clinton in 2016

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This R&D provides resources on a Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid.  Clinton declared that she was an official candidate via a YouTube video on Sunday, saying that she would be a champion for the interests of everyday Americans.  Clinton has spent this week in Iowa seeking to rally voters, seeking to avoid the mistakes she made in 2008 when then-Senator Barack Obama pulled off an upset and used the momentum gained there to secure the Democratic nomination.  If elected, Clinton would be the first female president in American history.

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