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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!

Still Counting

English Debating Society Universitas Indonesia (EDS UI) is inarguably one of the most contributive Indonesian debate club in international level. Having bagged a good record in competitions such as World University Debating Championship (WUDC), United Asian Debating Championship (UADC), Australs, amongst many others, EDS UI continues to strive in this year’s Asian British Parliamentary. This time the competition that unites the best teams throughout Asia is held not too far from home, which is in Prasetiya Mulya business school. The competition lasted from the 15th to the 22nd of October, accommodating six preliminary rounds and a category for English for Foreign Language (EFL) speakers aside from its main break.

To the competition titled “Jakarta ABP 2016” EDS UI sent three teams as well as two N1s. These lucky delegates are Kristi Ardiana (Law, 2013) and Jessica (Economics, 2016) debating as UI A, Adfikri Kevin (Social and Political Sciences, 2014) and Regina Dhamayanti (Engineering, 2014) debating as UI B, and last but certainly not least Aditya Padmanaba (Economics, 2014) and Andre Bundharsjah (Social and Political Sciences, 2013) debating as UI C. Joining them in rigorous trainings are N1s, Leonardi Andika (Economics, 2015) and Joshua Timothy (Economics, 2016).

All six teams sailed through all six preliminary rounds facing challenges from some of the top teams in Asia. It resulted in a sum of seven, six, and nine victory points for UI A, UI B, and UI C respectively. Thankfully, UI C managed to secure one of the four slots for the EFL finals and debate upon the motion “THW require prison labor standards to be at par with national labor standards”. Unfortunately, the journey had to end earlier for the rest of the delegation. N1s, Leonardi and Joshua, also had to come short from breaking this time. However, we are glad that they did get the wonderful chance to join the panel of adjudicators, also as chair, in judging teams from all over Asia.

Not all journey ends with a trophy, sadly, neither does this one. In spite of all, EDS UI can still proudly say that it does not diminish the amazing team that we are. With all the previous trophies at hand, we are confident that we will continue thriving and we will still be counting. Follow us on Twitter, @eds_ui, and our LINE Official Account, @yiu7536f, for updates of debating competitions! #ABP2016