November 4th saw the arrival of 46 teams, split across varsity and novice divisions, in Poughkeepsie, New York, for the second annual Vassar College Invitational. The varsity division broke four teams to semifinals after five preliminary rounds. The novice division substituted an additional preliminary round for a quarterfinals break. Finals for varsity resulted in a close 3-2 victory for the. . .
Over the weekend of October 27, Tillamook High School hosted their annual Oktoberfest speech and debate tournament. With an underwhelming 4 teams participating, all from the same school, the tournament had only two rounds of parliamentary debate. Such a small turnout raises questions regarding the status of parliamentary debate in northern Oregon. . .
This weekend, the University of the Pacific's Jon Schamber Invitational concluded with Bentley's Ryan Booth & Devin Pracar defeating Evergreen's Mina Mohebbi & Bryant Tran in finals on a 3-0 decision debating the resolution, "The USFG should pass the S. 1615 Dream Act of 2017" . . .
On October 21, the annual Claremont Bargain Belt Invitational at Claremont High School ended in a final round between Los Osos' Ryan Nam & Joseph Naseib and Redlands' Mohan Dasari & Ishaan Shrivastav. Negating the resolution, “The United States Federal Government would decrease its nuclear arsenal,” Nam & Naseib won the on a 3-0 decision, arguing that the affirmation’s plan of distributing nuclear weapons to U.S. allies disproportionately favors countries with better economic and technological potential. . .
At the Cal State Fullerton tournament on October 14-15, Los Osos’ Ryan Nam & Joseph Naseib defeated Carmel Valley’s Boopala Arul & Julia Luo in the final round. Negating the resolution, "This house would prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes," Nam & Naseib won on a 2-1 decision. The debate came down to whether the media could cover those mental illnesses while also protecting both awareness and justice of the American people. . .
On October 21, the Jerry Hudson Invitational at Willamette University culminated in a final round between Southridge's Jakob Hollenbeck & Joey Miller and Wilson's Fletcher Calcagno & Elijah Moon. Affirming the resolution, “This house believes that Catalonia’s independence would be ultimately beneficial," Hollenbeck & Miller championed on a 3-0 decision. . .
On October 14 at the third annual Wilson Invitational, four teams broke to semifinals, earning qualifying legs to the OSAA state championship. In the absence of a final round, as is common in Oregon, the tournament ended after semis. In one round, Southridge’s Jakob Hollenbeck & Joey Miller affirmed the resolution that “The US should limit campaign contributions from corporations” against West Linn’s. . .
On the weekend of October 14th and 15th, the Cal Parli Invitational held by the Debate Society of Berkeley culminated in a final round between Bentley’s Ryan Booth & Devin Pracar and CK McClatchy's Will Flores-Jones & Ben Schwartz. Debating the resolution, "Political campaigns in the US ought to be entirely publicly funded," Booth & Pracar prevailed on a 3-2 decision . . .