The vast majority of this blog post is written as we’re all on a massive high from the last round. Ryan and Dan won and are looking increasingly like a team to be seriously reckoned with in this tournament. Gillis and Beckie also won, meaning that they no longer can end up on minus double digits which was an important mission of theirs. Steph had the honour of being on the panel of the top room in the competition, and describes the experience as ‘orgasmic’. Tyler’s also happy because, well, when was the last time you saw Tyler sad?
Rd 1: THW allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations
Rd 2: THW prohibit the private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
Rd 3: THBT all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all profit from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
Rd 4: THBT governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents
Rd 5: THB the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China
Rd 6: THB that states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation
St Andrews A [Dryan]: +1 (1st, 4th, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 1st)
Today was all right. Dan and I are still friends. Except that we’ve realized that our partnership is perfectly analogous to that of a Jedi and a Sith. Dan’s the Sith and I’m the Jedi, if that’s in any way unclear. Between rounds, Dan sits on the edge of his seat tapping his feet aggressively with EDM blasting in his earphones, while I stare off serenely into the distance actively trying to calm myself down and plan how I’m going to calm Dan down when the next motion is announced. Altogether, not that bad. Ryan out. x
The results say it all. Dan out. X
St Andrews B [Billis]: -2 (2nd, 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st)
Gillis and Beckie have been fighting through numerous problems to get to a position where they’re still in a respectable position going into the closed rounds, including but not limited to: Gillis’s comically small bladder that gets worse when he’s nervous (today he visited the loo 8 times, including during two prep times, once during the draw, and once during the debate), Beckie’s inability to see in the dark (which made walking to rooms much harder), inexplicable judge calls, inexplicable incompetence, misreading the motion for round 3 and completely missing the debate, and having to extend off one of their debate crushes who was so attractive that they became a distraction. Overall, they have hit several of their part goals: they have only sporadically been shit, they haven’t fourthed more than once, and they have usually made a new friend per round. Here’s to hoping they stay chirpy through day three.
Tyler here: judging has been overall quite enjoyable. Rooms have been at worst a bit below average and at best quite good. Chairing was unexpected, probably undeserved, but I’ll take what I can get. Effectively forced feedback seems to be a functioning, useful system.
As for things you care to read about, while I was chairing I “deeply offended” a trainee, who decided it would be a good idea to walk in silently after all of the other judges, sit in the very front of the room, and look at the floor. I naturally assumed, as he was sitting in the front near a team, that he was an observer, and discounted him from gender pronouns etc. When it came time to adjudicate, I kindly asked him to leave the room as, again, I thought he was an observer. It is at this point that he says “That’s fine, I will, but I just want you to know that you have offended me twice so far and as a trainee I feel that this has been a very bad experience”. I immediately apologized, explained the situation, and he stormed out right after adjudication.
I also had the absolute pleasure of judging a room where, in a motion about PMCs, a team decided that this meant that you would be hiring the Kurdish rebels to fight for you. They won.
In other news:
The tab masters have included a new way to redistribute judges to reflect geographical diversity. Commendable as that process is (the two teams have had plenty of new faces judging them), it still had some problems. One is that it occasionally shows trainee judges as chairs, which takes a while to sort out. Those growing pains is one of the reasons why St Andrews had dinner at 11.30 pm yesterday night.
The DCA giving announcements is increasingly appearing and behaving like a really tired high school teacher. “Guys, please listen up. Guys! Listen! The draw is delayed, it will hopefully be here in 30 minutes. Please register at the back if you haven’t already. Guys, please! Quiet! No, I’m not gonna scroll through the list again! Now go reg! I’m gonna count to ten, and then I cut you. 10… 9… 8…” As none of us saw him for a while, we thought he might have given up and left the country. But as most teachers, he seems to try to power through another day.
Beckie has brought a colouring book for relaxation between rounds. The problem? The colouring has become so prestigious that it mainly seems to wind them up. For example, it was decided after much debate that the octopus tentacles should be made a bit more colourful, and include light blue as well as purple (even though it somewhat doesn’t match with the pink sea). The complete result will be posted later on.
The bathroom light in Steph’s and Beckie’s room is apparently behaving like a strobe light. We’re all slightly traumatized and wonder what Crail’s Lane has done to us.
Most of the announcements made by people throughout the day, apart from one. After announcing when and where the African caucus would take place, a man randomly started a sing-along to Stay With Me by Sam Smith. We’re all still slightly unsure about why.
A few pictures of our hours of waiting follows below. Wish us luck for tomorrow!