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An Incredible Stepping Stone

At the end of 2016, EDS UI was given a shot to showcase the new batch’s debating abilities through BINUS Pro Ams. BINUS Pro Ams is a British Parliamentary debating competition organised by BINUS University, but with a unique twist. With each team, there should be a member who has broken in a debate tournament before, called a pro (short for professional), and a member who has never broken into a debate tournament, called an am (short for amateur). It was the last debating competition participated by EDS UI in 2016, starting on the 17th of December and ending on the 18th of December.

Our Pro-Ams teams are as follow. Imam Taufiq Ramadhan (Engineering, 2013) and Fauzi Insan Estiko (Economics, 2016) as UI A; Jessica Andriani (Economics, 2016) and Leonardi Ryan Andika (Economics, 2015) as UI B; and Kristi Ardiana (Law, 2013) along with Joshua Timothy (Economics, 2016) as UI C.

After going through four preliminary rounds, two of our teams managed to make it into the Breaking List, they are UI A and UI C, with UI A as #6th Breaking Team and UI C as #7th Breaking Team. Meanwhile, UI B placed 8th in the Team Tabs, only one spot away from breaking. Nevertheless, they put up a great fight. UI A and UI C continued their fight to the Eliminary Rounds and after a heated debate under the motion “TH supports Scorched Earth Policy”, UI A’s journey ended as pre-finalists. UI C trudged onwards, defending Opening Opposition with the motion “TH regrets the shift of Philippines bilateral relationship from US to China”. They emerged as Grand Finalists of BINUS Pro Ams. Despite not bringing home the gold, EDS UI is proud of our delegates’ achievements.

BINUS Pro Ams was an incredible stepping stone for members who have yet to be exposed to British Parliamentary debates to experience varsity debating while simultaneously learning from those who has better exposure in it. If you wish to be further informed about competitions like these, add our LINE account @yiu7536f to be informed regularly. Don’t forget to follow us on @eds_ui for live updates!

To Infinity and Beyond

Every year English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia (EDS UI) is privileged to welcome many young and bright debaters who are loaded with potentials and determination. In the same spirit, we also celebrate the birth of many new debating hopefuls by having our annual varsity-level novice competition, that is, Newbies. The competition that jump-started many EDS UI’s debaters career in the varsity debate jungle was held from the 12th to the 13th of November.

In this occasion three teams debated, for their first time, on EDS UI’s behalf. These delegates are Derril Pramana Tungka (Economics, 2016), Fadhilah Fitri Primardari (Social and Political Science, 2016), and Yandiaz Maulana Siregar (Law, 2016) for UI A, Safira Majory (Economics, 2016), Farah Ashila Balqis (Humanities, 2016), and Ersyam Kelana Natsir (Law, 2016) for UI B, and finally Danzel Aryo Soerjohadi (Economics, 2016), Biani Masita Himawan (Engineering, 2016), and Fauzi Insanestiko (Economics, 2016) for UI C.

The three teams celebrated the hard-work-paid-off as they broke into the quarter finals with the standing of 1st, 4th, and 8th for UI A, UI C, and UI B respectively. Unfortunately, only UI A made it pass the quarter final. Fellow delegates cheerfully supported their mates as UI A smooth their way into the grand final.

Under the motion “THW abandon all attempts to integrate indigenous people”, the grand final debate was tense to say the least. After a long fight, UI A was announced to be one vote away from championing the competition.

The end of the competition did not have to be a let down as six of our delegates had the honor to be crowned top ten speakers in the competition. These delegates are Biani and Fauzi as the co-7th, Safira as co-5th, Fadhilah and Yandiaz as co-2nd and Derril as overall best speaker.

Regardless of the result, EDS UI is proud to say that we have all the faith and confidence in these newbies to achieve more and more, to infinity and beyond. Witness as they grow into becoming the rising stars of debating by following us on twitter @eds_ui and LINE @yiu7536f!