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The Ethos Guide to the 2017-2018 NCFCA LD Resolutions

Blah-blah-blah. Hot off the presses! New resolutions! We’ve published four of these bad boys in the past month so you know the drill. 😉  Check out our TP analysis here as well as our analysis for Stoa’s resolutions here and here! Without further ado, here... read more

The Ethos Guide to the 2017-2018 NCFCA Policy Resolutions

The new resolutions for NCFCA have just been released! And since everyone who’s done policy debate over the past two years is DONE talking about China, we’ve got domestic resolutions out the wazoo! Let’s check them out from the perspective of four... read more

Hearts Over Minds #2: The Fairness Debate

In my last post, we covered that in order to be effective communicators, not only must we cater to the audience’s mind, but to the audience’s heart. Let’s apply this to a specific example: fairness. In short, not only must you win the flow, you must win on... read more

To The Disappointed

I watched as you came to Regionals, practically vibrating with anticipation. You had to make every round count because you didn’t know if this chance would be your last: your last chance to speak; your last chance to debate. It was your last chance to qualify for... read more

How to Beat a Surprise Case

You just had a great affirmative round, and now as negative, you are waiting for the affirmative to give their case, for which you and your partner are well prepared. However, halfway through his introduction, a grave realization sets in: you have no idea what he’s... read more

500th Blog Post!!! A History and Vision for Ethos

Well Ladies and Gents, pour the champagne, light the fireworks, and pull out the party hats because here we are. This is the 500th blog post published on the Ethos website. Thank you. Thank you to those who believed in Ethos since the beginning. Thanks to everyone... read more

Hearts over Minds #1: How to win the moral high ground

“May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.” – Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy. Sometimes I wish that humans were all like Spock, but it’s not true. In reality, a heart is what... read more

Lifting the Curse of Knowledge

  You’re feeling great. You’re feeling ecstatic. You’re feeling like you’re going to win. You responded to every single critique, turned every DA, and defended every advocate. Over 15 of your friends watched the round, and every single one of them said you were... read more

Get Coaching for Nationals!

Ethos: The one-stop shop for all your Nationals fears. Ladies and Gentlemen, the great annual hunger games are finally upon us: Speech and Debate Nationals. No matter what league you’re in, you probably are already busy prepping for the biggest tournament of... read more

The Ethos Guide to the 2017-2018 Stoa Policy Resolutions

Monday, we covered the new Stoa LD topics. Today, we’ll analyze Stoa’s choices for the new policy resolutions. Remember, you can view all the proposed topics for voting here! In the last post, we organized it by resolution. But our policy analysts all took... read more

The Ethos Guide to the 2017-2018 Stoa LD Resolutions

They’re hot off the presses! Ladies and Gents, the voting options for the 2017-2018 Stoa debate season are here! As always, the Ethos team is here to give you a guide for voting. In this post, we’re checking out the new LD options. We’ll have the... read more

What A Trophy Never Gave Me: Lessons From Losing

Editors Note: This article was written by Ethos Associate and Coach Mikayla Simpson. Mikayla was trained by Isaiah for most of her debate career and continues to embody the spirit of Ethos at Union University in Tennessee. This was it. This was the heart-throbbing... read more

Top 5 Tips for Debating Complicated Affs

Have you ever lost to a case simply because your audience didn’t understand what was happening? If you’ve debated for any time at all, chances are your answer is an emphatic yes. Complicated cases are as abundant in number as they are frustrating to hit. But it... read more

The Green Nametag: Understanding Alumni

We all know what the green nametag means. I see it in the hall, or on the way to a round. They’re wearing it casually, with their jeans and their converse and their casual pullovers. The green nametag. It means they know the drill here. It means they’ll be able to see... read more

Splitting the Neg: How, Why, and When to Use and Counter

(Editor’s Note):  Ethos has been a long-standing proponent of shell and extend and continues to teach it as the preferred negative strategy and for the most part advocates against splitting the neg. Early in the article, Harrison links to all the times that... read more