Breaking the Curse

Determined to break the reign of the infamous curse, all three EDS UI teams gave nothing but their all in this year’s IVED. Five years of being grand finalist should be enough to prepare EDS UI to steal back the championship title. Thanks to the power of hard work and dedication, it all finally resulted in a satisfying and not to mention, historical triumph.

It’s been eight years since we last championed Indonesia’s oldest and biggest debating competition, IVED (Indonesian Varsity English Debate), this year, Universitas Indonesia’s English Debating Society made the ultimate comeback by snatching both the champion and runner-up title in an all-UI grand final battle.

For the twelve delegates comprising of nine debaters and three N1s, the journey was emotional to say the least. On the 10th of January, after weeks of preparation, the delegates arrived in Parahyangan Catholic University ready to “kick asses and break legs”. Things were running quite smoothly for our delegates in the preliminary rounds. The breaking night drew a smile on everyone’s face as UI B ranked first, UI A ranked second, UI C ranked sixth, and N1, Siti Rizqi (Social and Political Science, 2014), emerged as a breaking adjudicator.

But that’s not all. The peak of this historical competition was the night when the grand finalists were announced. Hysterical screams filled the debaters’ hall as both UI A (Cara Riantoputra – Economics 2014, Jessica Andriani – Tourism 2013, and Gabriel Charlotte – Psychology 2012) and UI B (Qurrat Aynun Abu Ayub – Social and Political Science 2013, Kristi Ardiana – Law 2013, and Alif Azadi Taufik – Economics 2014) won their respective semi final rounds. It wasn’t just winning semifinals nor it was just gratefulness for proceeding to grand final, but it was an early celebration, for that night UI had already won IVED 2016.

Unfortunately, UI C (Rachel Diercie – Humanities 2015, Ayu Gayatri Sistiafi – Engineering 2013, and Anyssa Rizka – Social and Political Science 2014) had to end their journey in the quarterfinals after a defeat in a heated debate against UGM A. Still, the debate under the heading of religion was something to be proud of as it marked their success of going all the way to quarterfinals. It wasn’t a sad ending for the three as they got to cheer for their fellow delegates in grand final.

UI A and B continued to make us proud by making the grand final debate very exciting. UI A stood on proposition defending the motion “Assuming IS will accept, THW recognize IS as a legitimate state in exchange for stopping all terror and expansion efforts”. Finally, eight out of nine adjudicators voted opposition and the championship title was officially UI B’s.

In addition, all speakers of UI A and UI B made it to the top ten speakers. Alif Azadi Taufik was titled best speaker, followed by Gabriel Charlotte, Cara Riantoputra, Kristi Ardiana, while Qurrat Abu Aynun Ayub and Jessica Andriani ranked 8th and 9th respectively, and Rachel Diercie ranked fourth in the novice speakers tab. Other N1s Faizal Zulkarnain (Mathematics and Natural Sciences, 2014) and Grady Christanto (Mathematics and Natural Sciences, 2015) might not break this time but with all the works they’ve put into practice and the experience of IVED we’re sure they’re ready to seize the next competition.

We’ve broken the curse of five years being “almost there” and we won’t stop there. 2016 has just begun, there’s more to see from EDS UI. Follow @eds_ui on twitter for our live updates! #IVED2016


As Debating Comes Home, Our Debaters Came Home as ESL Top 16

The beautiful Greek city of Thessaloniki got to be the venue of yet another exciting WUDC from the 27th of December 2015 to the 4th of January 2016. Worlds Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) is the biggest international level British Parliamentary debate competition, but to EDS UI, this year’s WUDC is what kept us up late for a live stream of the ESL grand final as our very own Magreta Kailla Adenta (Law, 2011) and Terry Muthahhari (Social and Political Science, 2011) debated upon the motion TH supports the decline of the nations-state’s power in an increasingly globalized world as Opening Government.

Although it was De La Salle University A who brought home the trophy, Universitas Indonesia A’s achievement was nothing to sneeze at. Last year in WUDC Malaysia 2015, EDS UI broke the record as the first ever Indonesian team to debate in WUDC’s ESL (English as a Second Language) grand final. This year, we’re very proud to say that it didn’t end there. EDS UI has shown consistency with this second hit. They are pride of both EDS UI and Indonesia.

Team Universitas Indonesia A is not the only one to celebrate. Registered under the name Indonesia B, Revaldi Wirabuana (Law, 2012) and Gabriel Charlotte (Psychology, 2012) broke to the ESL elimination round and ranked 15th—right below Indonesia A. Revaldi and Gabriel ended their journey in the ESL quarterfinals. But luckily, they still got to come home as a top sixteen ESL team. All four of our debaters also made the top twenty EFL (English as a Foreign Language) speakers list with Magreta ranking 12th, Terry and Revaldi sharing a spot on 14th, while Gabriel ranked 18th.

N1 delegates, Cara Riantoputra (Economics, 2014) and Alif Azadi Taufik (Economics, 2014) were also lucky for adjudicating numerous established debating teams from all around the world as panel and even chair.

Two years of being grand finalist, is third time the charm? Follow @eds_ui on twitter for upcoming news of our debaters!