GMDT 2014: Becoming Giants

Last Monday, EDS UI managed to snatch a trophy at UGM.  From the 18th to 20th of October, our delegates battled debaters from around Indonesia in the third Gadjah Mada Debating Tournament.  We sent 2 teams to Jogja, namely UI A with Odi (FE ’09), Ega (FISIP ’10), and Colley (FISIP ’10); and UI B with Terry (FISIP ’11), Aldi (FH ’12), and Gaby (FPsi ’12). We also sent Armiya (FT ’14) and Budi (FT ’13) to assume the role of N1 adjudicators.

After 5 preliminary rounds, UI A broke 1st and UI B broke 2nd, both with clean sweeps!  Facing UGM A (#8) and UGM B (#7) respectively in the quarterfinals, UI A managed to move on to the semifinals while UI B’s fight had to stop at the quarterfinal round.  Their loss was retributed by UI A’s unanimous triumph over UGM B in the finals, under the heading of Democracy.

Regarding the experience, Gaby said that she was proud and happy to be part of the delegation for GMDT, “As usual, I had a great time with my fellow delegates, both during the debate and during leisure time.” About the tournament, she commented that “I got to participate in high quality debates with high quality motions.  I realized that I had to defy my limits, seeing the level of competitiveness in debating society right now.”

Thank you, delegates, for bringing another trophy home! And congratulations to Odi for achieving the Best Speaker title, as well as Ega as 2nd best speaker, Aldi as 3rd, and Gaby as 9th.  Welcome back home, we are proud of you!

Asian BP 2014: Another Mark in Asia

We were back to Asian BP this year. It was conducted in a city named after an animal representing luck, Kuching – Sarawak Malaysia from October 4th to October 8th 2014. It was the 6th year of ABP and it still had its strong power to lure many powerhouses from all over Asia such as NTU, NUS, IIUM, and UT Mara.

Last year, we managed to proceed to EFL Grandfinal. To contend our luck this year, we sent three our best teams to compete in Borneo ABP 2014. UI A consisted of Magreta (FH 2011) and Terry (FISIP 2011), UI B consisted of Gabriel (FPsi 2012) and Boy (FH 2011), and last but not least UI C with Zivana (FPsi 2012) and Roberto (FH 2009) in it. Just as important, we had two N1 adjudicators sent along with them, Ayu (FT 2013) and Stella (FISIP 2009). We were so proud to announce that Boby (FPsi 2009) who was invited adjudicator in Beijing ABP 2013, becoming part of A-Core this year.

ABP is never an easy game; this year was not an exception. On the preliminary round, our delegates faced several Asia powerhouses, namely UT Mara, NTU, IIUM, Yale-NUS. Tough game, but UI teams showed their notable performances throughout the rounds. After 5 prelim rounds that had the results revealed; UI A, UI B, and UI C had bagged 9 VPs, 6 VPs and 7 VPs respectively. Eventually, UI A broke 2nd and UI C broke 6th to the EFL category. Condolences to UI B who didn’t manage to break to eliminary round but good job and we’re so proud nonetheless.

On the Semifinal, UI A and UI C were on the same chamber fighting for the Grandfinal spotlight along with Macau University and Tokyo University on the motion to put surveillance cameras on police officers on duty, a follow-up to the recent Ferguson case. The odd only favored UI C to proceed to the Grandfinal round. The history re-did itself, by having only one UI team fighting in the Grandfinal. UI C failed to snatch the EFL champion title of ABP but it was a great performance.

Besides that, our speakers managed to top the tabulation of EFL Category. We had Magreta being crowned as the Best Speaker of the category and Terry followed right behind her as the co-2nd best speaker. It was such an experience for our debaters being exposed to international competition and strive to become the stars. We hope for more of learning and success to come in the near future!