Forensics Event Descriptions
In Parliamentary Debate, a team of two students debates a team of two from another university on a different resolution (often about current events) in each of the four-to-six preliminary debate rounds and, should the team succeed, in multiple elimination rounds. After a resolution (whether a statement of fact, value, or policy) is read at the tournament, debaters are given fifteen minutes to prepare their arguments for the debate round. In half of the rounds, a team must support the resolution on the Affirmative side; in the rest, the team must deny the resolution on the Opposition side. Debates take place before one judge in preliminary rounds and before multiple judges in elimination rounds. Friends, family, and observers are encouraged to attend.
Limited Preparation Events
Speakers are given three topics in the round by the judge. These topics are usually quotations; however, objects, one word abstracts, or titles of woks can be used. Speakers have a total of seven minutes to select one of the topics, prepare an argument on that topic, and present the speech. The usual division of time is 2 minutes prep and 5 minutes speaking. Limited notes (on the topic sheet) are permitted. Key words: fluid delivery, topicality, organization, and analysis (make an argument).
Speakers are given three questions by a proctor in the extemp prep room. Speakers have 30 minutes to choose one topic and to prepare a 7-minute speech. Topics are in the general area of current events questioning a fact, value, or policy. A 3”x5” note card is allowed. The speech should be the original work of the student using any research that the squad brings to the tournament. Use of source citation is necessary. Key words: topicality, analysis, organization, source citation, and fluidity.
Platform Events (10 Minute Maximum)
This is an original, factual speech on a realistic subject to fulfill the general goal of informing the audience. Visual aides are encouraged, but they are not mandatory. Multiple research sources should be used and properly cited. This event should be memorized after advancing from novice competition. Key words: uniqueness, significance, research, organization, and smooth delivery.
This is an original speech designed to inspire; reinforce; or change beliefs, attitudes, values, or actions of the audience. Multiple sources should be used and properly cited. Memorized after novice. Key words: personal action step, significance, uniqueness, research, organization, and smooth delivery.
Speech to Entertain
Also known as After Dinner Speaking, this is an original humorous speech designed to prove a serious point. This is not stand up comedy, nor is it interpretation of another’s jokes or routine. This speech needs to follow the organization model, to have source citations, and to make a point (hopefully, implore the audience to come to a higher value in the human condition or solve a problem). Memorized after novice. Visual aids are allowed. Key words: funny, original, academic, and informative/persuasive.
This is an original speech designed to offer an explanation or evaluation of any communication event (speech, movement, poem, advertisement, film, campaign, etc.) using a model or rhetorical principle for analysis. Visual aids are encouraged. Manuscripts are permitted. Key words: sophisticated, yet clear, interesting, and analytical, appropriate method of analysis.
Interpretation of Literature Events
All of the interpretation events have the same general requirements. Use of a manuscript book is required. All programs are limited to 10 minutes maximum. Costumes and props are not allowed. Presentation may consist of one or more selections by one or more authors. Some type of original introduction of the material and the thematic argument for the literature must be included. Key words: uniqueness, literary merit, range/levels, intentionality, thematic analysis, and unity.
All material must be poetry. It does not have to rhyme, but it should be designed and arranged in a rhythmic structure.
All material must be prose. It can come from a variety of sources: novels, essays, short stories, letters, speeches, or cereal boxes. It cannot be poetry or a play.
All material must be from a play, whether from the stage, radio, TV, or movies. The selection can be a single manuscript or a combination of numerous manuscripts. It cannot be poetry or prose.
Programmed Oral Interp
This event has a theme expressed using a combination of more than one genre: poetry, prose, or drama. The student can use any literature, but it must combine at least two different types.
This event uses the same material as drama and is presented by two individuals.
Also known as Interpreter’s Theatre, this is Programmed Oral Interp for a group of 3 or more. A variety of literature and song is used to convey a specific message, or a single work of literature may be used. Greater latitude is allowed. Performers cannot wear costumes, but can ensemble dress. Props are discouraged, but staging blocks are allowed. Unpublished material can be used. Students must be cast for these shows.