Partnership Primer

Partnership Primer

Friendship. Drama. Romance. Losing. Horror. Fun. Winning. Enemies. Yeah. There are a lot of things a TP partnership can turn into. If you’ve been debating since you were ten, or just started yesterday, one thing you need to know is this: your partner is your greatest...
Manners Maketh the Man

Manners Maketh the Man

This post shouldn’t exist. Or at least, it shouldn’t have to. It’s about something every debater should know. Each round should exemplify it. It should be as natural as breathing. But it’s not. Although the point of debate is to communicate and persuade winsomely,...
To The Disappointed

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...
The Green Nametag: Understanding Alumni

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...