Breaking Legs

Welcoming the month of November, English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia (EDS UI) flew to Yogyakarta to take part in, yet another, national British Parliamentary debating competition. Gadjah Mada Debating Tournament (GMDT) was a competition held on the 5th to 6th November 2016 where we sent four teams of committed delegates, half of them were to experience their first British Parliamentary debating tournament. The two-days competition consisted of four preliminary rounds and three eliminations.

The teams we sent this time comprise of Rachel Diercie (Humanities, 2015) and Yunindita Prasidya (Social and Political Sciences, 2015) for UI 1, Denny Adiputra (Law, 2015) and Averina Edwina (Engineering, 2015) for UI 2, Adfikri Kevin Marvel (Social and Political Sciences, 2014) and Syifa Fajriani (Social and Political Sciences, 2014) for UI 3, and last but certainly not least, Naufal Adam (Economics, 2014) and Muhammad Lolo (Law, 2014) debated for UI 4.

Facing challenging motions, the teams gave their best in the preliminary rounds. The hard-work pays off as all four teams broke into the quarter-finals with the standing of 10th, 11th, 14th, and 15th for UI 1, UI 2, UI 3, and UI 4 respectively, leaving them facing one of their own in two separate rooms. After a heated debate, it was UI 2 that was declared a semi-finalist. Unfortunately for the rest, the journey ended a tad earlier. However, it was not least a joy to have a part of their delegation debating on their behalf in the exciting semi-finals.

Eventually, UI 2 too, had to fall short from proceeding to the grand-final. It was nevertheless a thrilling experience and a great way to jump start an even more exciting debating life in the opportunities ahead. We congratulate the delegates for their amazing showcase of hard-work and wish them good luck for the awaiting endeavors! As usual, it’s never too late to follow us on twitter @eds_ui and add us on LINE @yiu7536f to embark in the EDS UI experience!

Debate and Repeat

In the incredibly busy debating season, the 2016’s Padjajaran Debating Championship was another round of challenge English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia (EDS UI) took on. The competition lasted in the weekend of 29th to the 31st November in Universitas Padjajaran as one of the well-known national British Parliamentary debate competition.

EDS UI sent four teams on its behalf. Team UI A consisted of Ibrahim Panji (Social and Political Sciences, 2012) and Rizqi Siregar (Social and Political Sciences, 2014), team UI B consisted of Adfikri Kevin Marvel (Social and Political Sciences, 2014) and Regina Dhamayanti (Engineering, 2014), team UI C represented by Agung Romy (Economics, 2014) and Matthew Hardhi (Engineering, 2014), while Naufal Adam (Economics, 2014) and Muhammad Lolo (Law, 2014) debated as team UI D.

After a great amount of hard work in training, the teams debated in four challenging preliminary rounds, facing an amazing line-up of motions ranging from family to referendums. The hard work paid off in a great range of ways as well. Team UI A and UI B made it to break ninth and fifteenth respectively, while team UI C and UI D must fall short from breaking.

Unfortunately, the journey ended after a great fight in the quarter-finals for the two. We are proud nonetheless of the four teams for wrapping up a great tournament. And it doesn’t end there, in addition to coming home as quarter-finalist, Ibrahim also snatched the co-8th best speaker award.

We commiserate our tenacious delegates for completing this journey. We are confident that in the many competitions ahead, we can continue doing our best, that is, kicking asses, breaking legs, and blowing minds. All it takes is to debate and repeat! Watch closely as EDS UI grow even bigger by following us on Twitter, @eds_ui, and our LINE Official Account, @yiu7536f, for updates via LINE! #PDC2016