High School Forensic Students to Participate in Florida Senatorial Debate

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Corey Alderdice
Immediately following the October 17th U.S. Senate debate, in which incumbent Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) faces Rep. Connie Mack (R), Nova Southeastern University will be hosting a statewide live webcast show featuring instant analysis and perspective about everything from “who won?” to how the debate may affect voters’ decisions. Sponsored by NSU and Florida Blue, the webcast show will be moderated by Kevin Corke, former White House correspondent for NBC News, and will include interviews with prominent political leaders, journalists, NSU President George Hanbury, representatives from both candidates’ campaigns, and star high school debaters.

It is vital that we promote a healthy dialogue about how to best build a better future for our state and country. As such, we’re looking to high school forensic students to join us online for the live webcast show. By participating through the online portal, high school students will learn about the political process – helping to form the next generation of Florida’s top minds. Top questions and comments from the high school online portal will be presented live on the air and many students will receive prizes for top participation. Also, the online portal presents a great way for Florida speech and debate teachers to provide additional class credit to contributing students.

In an additional effort to interject high school students into the process, the final segment of the post-debate webcast show will feature the analysis of two prominent high school extemporaneous speaking students, Cypress Bay High School’s Isabella Paretti and University School’s Daniel Greene, an addition to an audience filled with 60 local forensic students. The post-debate special webcast will be streamed LIVE for high school students at http://4n6.mobi/TuK2ax and for the general public on most Florida newspaper websites.

For information on the U.S. Senate debate, and where your students can watch it, please visit: http://4n6.mobi/U3PBCd

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TRY THIS: Put an End to "Forensic-Hating"

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Stephanie Alderdice


If you weren't aware, October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness month. From Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center to Do Something, organizations everywhere are casting a spotlight on this troublesome behavior. People are firing up their Mean Girls DVDs, opening their copies of Queen Bees and Wannabes, and coaches are reminiscing when Heathers was topical. Whether it's physical, verbal, emotional, or digital, harassing other individuals for any reason isn't cool. At all. Seriously. 

You would think that forensics, an activity that debates morality, discusses ethics, and examines the human condition would be immune to bullying and harassment. We are enlightened individuals! We research...FOR FUN. We play with our emotions...FOR TROPHIES. 

But sadly, even speech can be a pressure cooker of harassment. From internet jokes designed to degrade other competitors, online commentators engaging in snark fest of national final round performances, to countless conversations at tournaments about the things seen in and outside of rounds - we've witnessed how pointed people can be when it comes to the speech community. 

Maybe we're so used to being under the spotlight and being critiqued, we feel better about ourselves through judging others. Maybe nitpicking other people is a way to prove 'we know what we're doing.' Maybe it's just plain ole human nature.

This month, try to identify and correct "Forensic-hating." If you see someone trashing a competitor or teammate, take a stand. Even if people get defensive and insist you're making a big deal out of a joke, remind them that there's nothing funny about tearing someone down. If you, or someone you know, is getting harassed by people (through speech or not) tell an authority figure. If they don't do something, find someone who will. If you think you may be guilty of being overly critical, making jokes at someone's expense, or trashing another teammate's or competitor's performance, it is never too late to apologize and put a stop to it. There are too many tragic cases where harassment goes too far.

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READ/WATCH THIS: Obama's U.N. General Assembly Speech

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Corey Alderdice

Think public speaking skills are only important for presentations and competitions? Think again. President Barack Obama addressed heightening tension in the Middle East during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today. The video feed (via PBS Newshour) is posted below.  The Guardian has made a full-text transcript of the speech available here.

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WATCH THIS: Bleep Blap Bloop

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Stephanie Alderdice

 Interpers are no strangers to making strange noises. When you're forced to perform without stages or props, you have to get creative to get your audience engaged. We've all certainly heard our fair share of odd sounds coming from classrooms.

Bleep Blap Boop is a charming short film that turns sound effects into a battle of the sexes. With a variety of prompts, the filmmakers ask people to do their best to replicate the sounds. They're not professionals, but they certainly try their best. 

Which team do you think did a better job at making sound effects? What was the most creative sound effect you've heard in a performance?

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DISCUSS THIS: Fantasy Forensics Round - 2012 Election Edition

Posted on September 07, 2012 by Stephanie Alderdice


If you've been following the upcoming presidential election, then the past two weeks have been bursting with noteworthy events. With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions having wrapped up, Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan have been officially nominated by their respective parties. More notable than the nominations, however, were the speeches. 

So we're wondering, what if this were a tournament? I mean, sure, based on Bill Clinton's 49 minute speech, it would be a very, very, long round. But if you were handed a ballot and asked to rank the following six individuals based on the speeches they gave at their respective conventions, who would you award first place? 

Barack Obama
Mitt Romney
Bill Clinton
Paul Ryan
Michelle Obama
Ann Romney

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Image via Hollywood Reporter.

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