Mar 3, 2012 · 2:00 PM
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- Free cover, free parking
- We have the stage area for the debate!
- Full bar and nice bar menu, too!
Please join Houston Single Friends for a
Contest of Wits, Facts, Information, and persuasion!
(The Audience by poll judges the Winning Team!)
"Universal health coverage
should be the federal government's responsibility"
Audience Questions: Noe De La Garza
Vote/Poll Taker: Mee Ra
The following blanks will be filled in shortly...
Speaking for the motion:
Ken Kenegos, Colleen O'Brien, and ______________
Speaking against the motion:
HSF Member Laurel,_______________,____________
- Let's use a modified Oxford Debate format.
- The topic is introduced.
- The audience is polled as to whether they are For, Against, or Undecided.
- Two panels of three speakers each are for and against the proposal. Alternating speakers get 5 minutes each to state their arguement.
- The Moderator takes questions from the audience.
- Each speaker has 2 minutes to conclude.
- The audience is polled again.
- The team that sways the most votes wins.
Derived from the Oxford Union debating society of Oxford University, "Oxford-Style" debate is a formal, competitive debate format featuring a sharply-framed motion that is proposed by one side and opposed by another. A winner is declared in an Oxford-Style debate either by the majority or by which team has swayed more audience members between the two votes . Oxford Style debates follow a formal structure which begins with audience members casting a pre-debate vote on the motion that is either for, against or undecided. Each panelist presents a seven minute opening statement, after which the moderator takes questions from the audience with inter-panel challenges . Finally, each panelist delivers a two minute closing argument, and the audience delivers their second (and final) vote for comparison against the first. .
- 2PM The Motion is introduced. An overview of the issue is read.
- 2:05PM The audience is polled using anonymous numbered ballots as to whether they are “For”, “Against”, or “Undecided”.
- (Ballots consist of numbered double raffle tickets. You’ll cast one half at the beginning and the other half at the end of the debate. For example, ticket/ballot number 10 will have a before and after vote. In order for ballots to be valid the numbered ticket must be cast both at beginning and end, otherwise, the vote will not be counted.)
- 2:10 PM to 2:45 PM The panelists are introduced. Two panels of three alternating speakers for and against the proposal get 5 minutes each to state their argument.
- 2:45 PM to 3:00 PM Break; Gather and Sort Questions
- 3:00 PM to 3:20 PM Read questions posed by the audience
- 3:20 to 3:35 PM Each speaker has 2 minutes to conclude.
- 3:35 PM The audience is polled again, with only “For”, and “Against” options. The team that sways the most votes wins. Winner will be announced as soon as the votes are tabulated
- Open discussion. The Concert Pub has food and drinks available for sale.