by Mike Lacy
If you haven’t already heard, debater flexibility is the wave of the future for debating on the neg. By debater flex I mean the ability to go for an array of diverse categories of arguments – disads, counterplans, kritiks, topicality, impact turns, link turning the case, etc. It’s a term I stole from Jarrod Atchison who talked about the importance of debater flex in his ballot from the final round of the 2008 NDT.
While it is exciting to be “recruited” to debate by a college debate program, the decision to attend a particular university (or type of university) is a decision that should include a number of important factors. Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that a student needs to be able to answer one question before evaluating the debate program.