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Site News: Closing Our Doors

buzzOver the last several weeks I have given significant thought to the future of Extemp Central.  As our regular readers know, I have had to curtail several content features to start the 2016-2017 season.  News quizzes were suspended part of the way through first semester, news about circuit results were not posted, and no standings were released for the National Points Race.  All of this is due to the fact that I simply have not had the time in light of existing work commitments – which have me teaching three separate AP history courses and other extracurricular duties – and while I like posting questions and R&Ds, I am not currently satisfied with the content that has been released this year.

I thought of trying to rearrange the content schedule to get news quizzes back into the rotation and then try to get our circuit results updated, but every time that I thought about doing so I simply could not find a way that I could rearrange the schedule so that this content could be delivered in a timely manner and with quality.  Anyone who knows me understands that I am someone that prefers to do things the right way and to the best of my abilities and not being able to do a project to my standards is why I have made the decision to end Extemp Central.

This website has had a good run and has hopefully assisted many extempers and teams across the country.  If I could have made a living chronicling the extemp circuit, I would have gladly done it but such a goal is not feasible.  I hate to close down something of educational value, but if history is any indication something will one day rise and take the place of this site.  Prior to Extemp Central there were other significant websites such as forensicsonline.net, individualevents.org, and extemp.net.  Those sites served as an inspiration for this one and more will probably emerge in the future.  If one does, I hope that they will make use of the records that this site has maintained and continues to add to them.

I thank anyone who has contributed to this site over the years, visited, or spoke highly of it to people they have interacted with on the circuit or at conferences.  It is a tough decision to walk away, but I feel that it is for the best.  I hope the rest of the 2016-2017 competitive year goes well and I wish everyone the best on the road to their respective state tournaments and NCFL and NSDA nationals.

-Logan Scisco

Site News: Content Will Resume on Monday, January 2

buzzDue to the approaching holiday and lack of tournaments during this time span, Extemp Central will not post new content (questions, R&Ds, etc.) for the next three weeks.  Content will resume on Monday, January 2.

When content does resume we will have a different posting schedule of various resources.  The questions will still be on Monday, but news quizzes will resume and the R&Ds will be tweaked.  Our national circuit coverage will also get a small overhaul, of which I will need members of the extemp community (coaches, former competitors, or existing competitors) to play a part.  I will post about this sometime next week.

I hope that everyone has a great holiday and thank you for using Extemp Central.

-Logan Scisco

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of December 5-11, 2016

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of December 5-11, 2016.


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R&D from Prepd: The Result of Italy’s Constitutional Referendum

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D covers the result of Italy’s constitutional referendum.  A sizable majority of Italian voters, 59% in total, voted against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s package of constitutional reforms to weaken the Italian Senate and assist in more robust lawmaking powers by Italy’s central government.  Renzi announced that he would resign as an outcome of the referendum, potentially plunging Italy into renewed political chaos and weakening the Italian government’s efforts to stabilize the nation’s economy.


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R&D from Prepd: Trump’s Call to Taiwan

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This R&D provides resources on President-elect Donald Trump’s recent phone call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.  China blasted Trump for making the call, warning that it could endanger existing Sino-American relationship.  However, analysts wonder if the call was a way for Trump to show strength to Chinese leaders, whom he appears headed on a collision course with regarding trade issues.


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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of December 5-11, 2016

HOTtopics1. How significant was the result of Austria’s presidential election?
2. Should Great Britain pay for access to the EU’s markets after Brexit?
3. Will Gambia have a peaceful democratic transition?
4. Is it time for Mahmud Abbas to step down as the head of the Palestinian Authority?
5. Will King Rama X be Thailand’s last monarch?
6. How will Hollande’s exit affect the French presidential race?
7. What does OPEC’s recent deal mean for the global economy?
8. How can South African bolster its economic standing?
9. Is another “Arab Spring” looming?
10. Why have international efforts to stop South Sudan’s civil war failed?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 5-11, 2016

HOTtopics1. How will a Trump presidency affect Sino-U.S. relations?
2. What will be the first priority of the new Congress?
3. Who will win Louisiana’s Senate runoff?
4. Would financial sanctions for outsourcing hurt the American economy?
5. How safe is the U.S. financial system from another 2008-style meltdown?
6. Is General James Mattis a poor pick for Secretary of Defense?
7. Will President Obama pardon Bowe Bergdahl?
8. Should all U.S. public housing be smoke free?
9. How much constitutional protection should teacher speech enjoy?
10. Should flag burning be constitutional?

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of November 28-December 4, 2016

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of November 28-December 4, 2016.


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R&D from Prepd: Trump’s Growing Cabinet

l_2Today’s R&D is brought to you by Prepd (pronounced “prepped”). Prepd is building debate technology that helps extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Visit www.prepd.in to learn more.

This R&D provides resources on Donald Trump establishing his presidential cabinet.  Trump has already named a attorney general, treasury secretary, commerce secretary, education secretary, health and human services secretary, and transportation secretary, among other positions.  Critics argue that the cabinet is too conservative, while some of Trump’s more conservative supporters wonder if the picks are too moderate.  All cabinet picks will have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate after Trump takes office.


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