Founders’ Trophy 2014: Survival of the Fittest

One of our annual competitions, Founders’ Trophy, has just concluded. This year, the theme raised by our latest batch, 2014, who serve as the organizing committee of the event was “Eat or Be Eaten” and the theme speaks for itself. After debating through 5 preliminary rounds and 3 elimination rounds, we finally have the winner!

The grand final motion was about prosecuting generals who did nothing during the abduction in 1998. It was a close debate that ended up with the judges voting to make a decision, but in the end, OG were successful in proposing the motion. A huge congratulations to Rifan Ibnu Rahman and Roderick Sibarani for snatching the champion title of Founders’ Trophy 2014! Rifan also made it as Best Speaker who were given 5 books (and additional 3 books he got during preliminary rounds as well). His teammate, Roderick, got the 2nd Best Speaker title.

The grand final would not be so awesome without the other three teams, so thank you Uphie and Satrio, Aulia and Dennys, and Wilson and Melissa for the high quality debate.  It was indeed a kind of Founders’ Trophy debate. The competition as a whole would not have been awesome as well had it not been supported by our alumni. Our highest gratitude is directed to them for the books and motions they donated, as well as their participation as spectators and judges. We also would like to thank and congratulate our Batch 2014 for a successful commence of the competition as a whole.

We hope this year’s FT rekindled the debating spirit in all of us. See you next year!

Newbies 2014: Dawn of The Legends

Nationwide debaters gathered again in Depok, October 15th – 16th 2014 for another competition. Unlike other Asian-styled debate tournaments, it was a Newbies 2014 held by EDS UI and specially held to celebrate the green debaters to varsity level debating world. There were 38 teams attending the tournament even coming from Sumatra island and as the host, EDS UI sent three teams of our best newbies.

The teams were: UI A consisted of Anyssa (FISIP’14), Hana (FMipa’14), Aldwin (FH’14); UI B consisted of Regina (FT’14), Naufal (FE’14), Robi (FH’14); and last but not least UI C namely Andre (FISIP’13), Rey (FISIP’12), Elza (Farmasi’14). The preliminary rounds went so tough that our delegates faced some of the powerhouses’ newbies, but they managed to break to eliminary round with 3 VPs each and stood on 3rd, 4th, and 5th rank consecutively. On the next day, the fight was getting even tougher. All teams proceeded to quarter-final round; resulting UI B facing its schoolmates UI C. UI C at the end won and continued its journey in the competition. However, UI C’s fight then stopped because of Binus A team. The competition left only two teams to fight in the grand-final, they were Binus A and UI A. Acting as Opposition, on behalf of feminist movement, UI A was persistently defending the concept of marriage. The debate ended and adjudicators unanimously agreed that the motion fell and gave the trophy to UI A as the winner of Newbies 2014. That was not the only award, two speakers from UI A topped the speaker tab and shared the Best speaker award, Anyssa and Aldwin. Meanwhile, Andre and Naufal shared Co-5th position and Elza reached the Co-10th position.

A testimony coming from Anyssa said, “It was a very fun way to discover varsity debate and getting to know the new debaters from various universities.” It was a very good start for our newbies to light up their initial flame in debating world. We see a bright future of our community. We are very proud of you, newbies! Welcome to varsity debating!