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!

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!