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Be it resolved ...

Bringing Debate Back to the Public Service

In an age of holistic, generative dialoging and creationship through deep, relational engagement, we thought we’d give SCIPS a throwback just to mix things up!


Be it resolved that integrity is synonymous with professionalism 


Modified Oxford  - A formal, competitive debate format with a motion or position statement that is proposed by one side and opposed by another.  Each side is argued by a team or panel with two members.

Don't worry it will be fun!

Team  Affirmative

Barbara Greeniaus

Ruben Bronee

Team Negative

Davin Greenwell

Leah Davidson


4:30 pm – Mingle (appies will be provided)

5:00 pm – Moderator Instructions

5:05 pm – Opening Statements  - Each panelist presents a 5-minute opening statement (Affirmative; Negative; Affirmative; Negative)

5:25 pm – Question Period - Moderator takes questions from the audience; and may allow inter-panel challenges

5:45 pm – Closing Arguments - Each panelist delivers a 2-minute closing argument (Affirmative; Negative; Affirmative; Negative)

5:53 pm – Final Resolution - The audience will deliver their vote for which team provided a more convincing argument for their position; a winner will be declared by the majority

6:00 pm – Open Discussion

Procedural Note

Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic.

Of course, it will also depend on how easily the beverages are flowing!

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  • Alex M.

    Thanks to Carmen, Jennifer, Rueben, Barbara, Davin and Leah. I really enjoyed the debate. It was great to reconnect and to meet some new folks. Looking forward to the next one.

    January 16, 2014

  • Shelley M.

    Enjoyed the debate and was sorry I had to leave early.

    2 · January 16, 2014

  • Catherine N.

    Sorry I have to bow out - Social Media Club meeting got moved to tomorrow!

    January 14, 2014

  • Tanya

    I've got a lovely bug and my son that night so sorry I can't make it. Have fun.

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am excited to be part of this however I am currently instructing at Camosun on Wednesday night so will be unable to attend. have fun!!

    January 10, 2014

  • Alex M.

    I love this idea. Looking forward to experiencing it and seeing other for the first time in the New Year.

    1 · January 2, 2014

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