The Jesuit Gonzaga University

2017 — Spokane, WA/US

The Jesuit Debates Invitation

Gonzaga University

October 28th – 30th, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Gonzaga University cordially extends you an invitation to attend the 2017 Jesuit Debates (“The Jesuit”) hosted on our campus in Spokane, Washington.  The tournament will be held on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 28th -30th, 2017.  We are both excited and humbled to again host on what has been for many years the traditional Harvard weekend. We promise to do all we can to live up to their legacy of outstanding hospitality and competition and we hope that you will join us in celebrating that tradition this fall. We will also continue tradition of the Costume Contest. We challenge everyone to try and top last years “Ken Bone” costume. One major change for 2017 is that we will offer 8 preliminary debates (clearing to an appropriate # of elimination rounds).

We think there are a lot of perks to joining us. Those include:

-          A trip to the beautiful northwest! There is so much to love about Washington including that your state has definitely not banned travel here because of horrible hater state laws.

-          A tournament where you don’t need a rental vehicle; the hotel is within walking distance of a great downtown area and the campus. The hotel also offers a free shuttle to/from the airport AND they will shuttle you to/from the tournament and anywhere else within a 2 mile radius of the hotel!

-          A strong commitment to hospitality including the best tournament pizza you will ever have.

-          High quality competition and judging.  

We certainly hope your travels will bring you to Spokane this October and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Glen, Andrew, Jason, Paige and the rest of the GU Debate Team.


Entries will be managed through the website.  We have not put any cap on the # of teams a school can bring and we will accept entries until we are full. Currently we have space for up to 90 teams.  If we fill up you can put your teams on the waitlist and we’ll let them in as openings come available prioritizing programs that do not yet have a team entered.

To finalize your entry do the following on by NOON October 23rd, 2017:

(a) Double check the teams entered

(b) Make sure your judges are entered along with number of rounds.

(c) All judges must have a philosophy entered at Make sure each one does

(d) Enter the TOTAL NUMBER in your party (all debaters, judges and observers, scouts, hangers on)

(e) Make sure all attendees’ dietary preferences are in the system

(f) Double check your school's contact info at


No increase in fees this year. Fees for the tournament will be $75 per person attending the tournament.  The team charges will cover security and cleaning costs, hotel fees, two lunches, three light breakfasts, quality awards, and a reception.

Fees can be paid in advance with credit card on the universities secure online site. To pay online please go to: (cut and paste into browser rather than clicking on that)

If you are paying by check please make payable to: Gonzaga University Debate.

If you have to pay with a purchase order please try to provide that information in advance.

All fees will be calculated on October 25th, 2017 at NOON PST.  Your school will be responsible for all people listed as of that time. Drops are official ONLY if confirmed at the official tournament web site. 


Our tournament hotel is the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. It’s a beautiful hotel located on the Spokane River adjacent to the park and downtown. There is a walking path along the river directly behind the hotel . The flat rate for doubles or King is $101 per night. Some perks of the tournament hotel:

-    New and beautifully renovated hotel with all the amenities located on the River next to Riverfront Park and downtown. Lots of great restaurants and bars.

-    Only a 10-15 minute walk from hotel to campus along the river walking path.  If you are looking to save a few $$ you really can do our tournament without a vehicle.

-    Complimentary shuttle to/from airport.

-    Complimentary shuttle to/from campus (or anywhere within 2 miles of hotel) if you prefer not to walk.

-    Complimentary internet. Pro-tip – If you join their rewards program you will get free upgraded/faster internet.

The cut-off date is October 1st, 2017 at 5:00 pm PT. The hotel is likely to fill up and they have not agreed to hold rooms past this date, so please make your reservations in a timely manner.  If you have overbooked rooms, please first check with other tournament participants as to whether someone else can use the room(s).  If you will not be using the rooms, please let the hotel know that as soon as possible so that they have an opportunity to sell them. 

At the hotel, wireless access will be available to guests of the hotel and to all participants in the conference rooms used for competition.

You can reserve rooms at the RL Hotel at the Park online here:

Or call 1-800-RED-LION (1-800733-5466) and request rooms under the Gonzaga University College Debate Tournament.


We are also reserving a small block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott for the die-hard Marriott junkies. We will be posting that link soon.


We request that students debate the topic selected for the 2017-2018 season by a vote of the Cross Examination Debate Association membership after open and transparent deliberation by an openly elected body of community representatives.  The precise wording of this year’s topic is: Resolved: The United StatescFederal Government should establish national health insurance in the United States.


You can access Spokane easily by air via Spokane International Airport (GEG).  The travel time from the airport to the tournament hotel is 10-15 minutes.

Transportation from the airport to the hotel is provided complimentary for guests of The Red Lion Hotel at the Park. Uber is authorized to service the Spokane airport. They will also transport you anywhere within a 2 mile radius of the hotel (includes campus and all downtown locations)

Campus map:

Campus Parking Map:


Preliminary debates will be held on campus in the Gonzaga University buildings and all elimination rounds will be at the Red Lion Hotel At the Park.

All teams with a winning record will clear (up to 32 teams).

The tournament will feature 8 preliminary rounds of two-person, switch-sides, cross-examination debate on the national topic in the standard 9-3-6 format. 

 Courtesy demands, and we insist, that rounds start and be adjudicated punctually. Each team must be accompanied by a qualified judge who must agree to decide all assigned debates within the scheduled decision times, rendering a decision with one winner and one loser.  In early prelims, the schedule will require that explanations be completed within this time frame as well. 

Brackets will not be broken and sides will not be equalized.

Flipping for sides in elimination rounds:  at least one representative for both teams must be present to flip for sides and declare their decision at least 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time of an elimination debate or by a flip time published by the tabroom.  If a representative is not present to flip and declare a side, that team forfeits their right to flip and the team that is present gets to declare sides for the debate. 

Gonzaga teams may compete in the tournament; they are eligible to receive speaker awards and to compete in elimination rounds, judge assignments for Gonzaga teams will be assigned by the computer and changed only by the option of an external tab room manager.

We subscribe to CEDA’s policies against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, and the NDT Code of Conduct, and will follow laws and procedures governing Gonzaga University, its employees, students, and visitors to campus.

Participating teams and schools are expected to contribute to and should provide their most recent affirmative and negative information by the Tuesday before the tournament at latest.


Preference System. TBA. This year we will employ a “looser” form of MPJ that expands the range of judges a team could get, enhances diversity in judging, and limits a team’s ability to wholesale strike a particular judge demographic. Our system will be closer to an ABCX system, although final %s will be based on # of teams and judges entered. In the interest of openness and transparency we will update this before September to reflect specifics.

Obligation. Judges are obligated for 4 prelims per team and the first elimination debate, and one round beyond the elimination of the last team from their school.  If you choose to hire your judges from the ranks of persons not currently coaching at your school, those hired judges must be approved in advance by the tournament director. This discretion will be employed solely to avoid unassignable judges who unduly degrade mutual preference judging.

Constraints.  Judges and students should enter constraints under the following circumstances:  if you are former college or high school debate colleagues, if there is a former students/coach professional relationship or a non-platonic personal relationship, if the judge has a substantial fiduciary relationship with the school, and if the student/judge have been parties to a harassment complaint filed with one their respective universities, CEDA, or other entity charged with resolving those and similar grievances. If there are other reasons you feel you would not want a person judging you (for argumentative or ideological differences for example) place them in your bottom 25% rather than constrain them. Even in “out of it” debates you will not get a judge below that floor.

Judge Placeability.  We expect that schools will enter judges that can fulfill their commitment under an MPJ system. If the tabroom is unable to place affiliated judges we will default to using higher preferred judges from that school even if they have already fulfilled their commitment. If a school has hired a tournament approved judge through the hiring exchange and that judge becomes tough to place and unable to fulfill their commitment the tournament will cover those extra rounds rather than putting the burden on the hiring school.

Please note that once a judge is placed by the tournament participants/observers or judges may not alter that assignment. If there is a mistake (we placed a constrained judge, etc) please bring it to the tabrooms attention immediately for correction. 


Saturday, October 28th, 2017

7am: Pairings Released

8am: Round 1 (10:30am decision time)

11am: Round 2 (1:30 decision time)

1:15pm: Lunch Served at the hospitality tent located at the east end of College Hall.

2:15pm: Round 3 (4:45pm decision time)

4:30pm: Dinner served at the hospitality tent located at the east end of College Hall.

5:30pm: Round 4 (8:00pm decision time)

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

8am: Round 5 (10:30am decision time)

11:15am: Round 6 (1:45 decision time)

1:30pm: Lunch Served at the hospitality tent located at the east end of College Hall.

2:30pm: Round 7 (5pm decision time)

 Dinner served at the hospitality tent located at the east end of College Hall.

5:30pm: Round 8 (8:00pm decision time)

9pm: Reception and Speaker Awards at Hotel

Monday, October 31st, 2017

7am: Pairings released

8am: First Elim Begins




Champion                                           Jacob Hegna & Henry Walter - University of Kansas

Runner Up                                          Ayush Midha & Hemanth Sanjeev - Harvard

Semi Finalist                                       Darius White & Nicolas Juarez  - University of Oklahoma

Semi Finalist                                       Chris Birzer & Mac Cook - University of Kansas

Top Speaker                                       Viveth Karthikeyan - Emory University

Second Speaker                               Quaram Robinson - University of Kansas






Champion                                           Matea Ivanovich & Kendra Doty – Idaho State

Runner Up                                          Alex Velto & Christian Rodriquez – UNLV

Semi Finalist                                       Andrew Durand & Sean Mulloy – Whitman College

Semi Finalist                                       Evan Jones & Jeremiah Worrell – UMKC

Top Speaker                                       Matea Ivanovich – Idaho State

Second Speaker                               Alex Velto – UNLV


Champion                                           Christian Bato & Alex Velto - UNLV

Second Place                                     Marvin Carter & Lee Thatch - CSU Fullerton

Semi Finalist                                       Alex Bonnet & Peter Sadowksi - UMKC

Semi Finalist                                       Mary Marcum & Amy Pauli - Wyoming

Top Speaker                                       Marvin Carter - CSU Fullerton

Second Speaker                               Matt Gomez - Weber State


Champion                                           Andres Gannon & Sarah Weiner – Cal

Second Place                                     Michael Ely & Derek Liles – UTSA

Semi Finalist                                       Blake Hallinan & Derek Ziegler – Kansas State

Semi Finalist                                       Marvin Carter & Jim Sydnor – CSU Fullerton

Top Speaker                       Sarah Weiner – Cal

Second Speaker                               Andres Gannon – Cal


Champion                                           Beth Mendenhall & Derek Ziegler - Kansas State

Second Place                                     Tony Johnson & Matea Ivanovich - Idaho State

Semi Finalist                                       Leah Moczuslki & Paul Kanellopoulos - Gonzaga

Semi Finalist                                       Jordan Blumenthal & Zane Waxman - Northwestern

Top Speaker                                       Beth Mendenhall - Kansas State

Second Speaker                               Drew McNeil - Texas


Champion                                           Matt Fisher & Stephanie Spies – Northwestern

Second Place                                     Jacob Polin & Kathy Bowen – Cal

Semi Finalist                                       Nate Cohn & Daniel Strauss – Whitman

Semi Finalist                                       James Brockway & Rahul Jaswa – Cal

Top Speaker                                       Matt Fisher – Northwestern

Second Speaker                               Nate Cohn – Whitman


Champion                                          Mike Jones & Mima Lazaravic – USC

Second Place                                     Mike Burshteyn & Jacob Polin – Cal

Semi Finalist                                       John Warden & Matt Fisher – Northwestern

Semi Finalist                                       James Brockway & Rahul Jaswa – Cal

Top Speaker                                       Mike Burshteyn – Cal

Second Speaker                               Matt Fisher – Northwestern


Champion                                           Cade Olson & Josh Kernoff – Dartmouth

Second Place                                     Mike Jones & Chris Jones – USC

Semi Finalist                                      Luis Magellan & Caitlin Gray – CSU Fullerton

Semi Finalist                                       Mike Smith & Mima Lazaravic – USC

Top Speaker                                       Cade Olson – Dartmouth

Second Speaker                               Mike Burshteyn – Cal


Champion                                           Mike Burshteyn &  Reid Shannon – Cal

Second Place                                     Matt Schissler &  Ross Richendrfer – Whitman

Semi Finalist                                       Jessica Yeats & Nichelle Klosterboer – ISU

Semi Finalist                                       Alex Iftimi & Mike Smith – USC

Top Speaker                                       Alex Iftimie – USC

Second Speaker                               Mike Burshteyn – Cal


Champion                                           Eric Suni & Matt Schissler – Whitman

Second Place                                     Mike Burshteyn & Craig Wickersham – Cal

Semi Finalist                                       Izak Dunn &  Jessica Yeats – Idaho State

Semi Finalist                                       Nick Lin &  Reid Shannon – Cal

Top Speaker                                       Craig Wickersham – Cal

Second Speaker                               Eric Suni – Whitman


Co-Champions                                  Stacy Nathan &  Craig Wickersham – Cal

Co-Champions                                  Guarav Reddy &  Reid Shannon – Cal

Semi Finalist                                       Eric Suni &  Beth Schueller – Whitman

Semi Finalist                                       Joe Koehle & James Thomas – West Georgia

Top Speaker                                       Guarav Reddy – Cal

Second Speaker                               Reid Shannon – Cal


Co-Champ                                           Stacy Nathan & Reid Shannon – Cal

Co-Champ                                           Dan Shalmon & Tejinder Singh – Cal

Semi Finalist                                       Eric Suni & Beth Schueller – Whitman

Semi Finalist                                       Teddy Albiniak & Orion Steele – Redlands

Top Speaker                                       Tejinder Singh – Cal

Second Speaker                               Dan Shalmon – Cal




Champion                           John Sullivan & Erik Cornellier – Michigan State

Second Place                                     Hajir Ardebili & Drew Franz – Kansas

Top Speaker                                       John Sullivan – Michigan State

Second Speaker                               Hajir Ardebili – Kansas


Champion                           John Sullivan & Erik Cornellier – Michigan State

Second Place                                     Ty Smith & Danny Whitaker – Weber State

Top Speaker                                       Ty Smith – Weber State

Second Speaker                               Danny Whitaker – Weber State


Champion                                           John Sullivan & Biz Repko – Michigan State                                        

Second Place                                     Monte Stevens & Erik Jenkins – UMKC

Top Speaker                                       Elizabeth Repko – Michigan State

Second Speaker                               Jethro Hayman – Vermont


Champion                                           Greg Hopper & Brad Thompson – Southwest Missouri MS                    

Second Place                                     Elizabeth Repko & John Sullivan – Michigan State             

Top Speaker                                       Elizabeth Repko – Michigan State            

Second Speaker                               Brad Thompson – SMS


Champion                                           Dave Devereaux & Lincoln Houde – KState                                          

Second Place                                     Jason Foote & Sean Lemoine – NW LA  

Top Speaker                                       Greg Achten – Emporia State    

Second Speaker                               Dave Deveraux – Kansas State


Champion                                           Jason Kline & Dave Devereaux – Kansas State                                   

Second Place                                     Greg Achten & Jim Haefele – Emporia State       

Top Speaker                                       ????      

Second Speaker                               ????


Champion                                           Chris Riffer & David McDonald – UMKC                 

Second Place                                     John Dean & Brandon Fletcher – UCLA  

Top Speaker                                       ????      

Second Speaker                               ????


Champion                                           Chris Riffer & David McDonald – UMKC                                 

Second Place                                     Jim Haefele & Doug Hennessee – Emporia State

Top Speaker                                       ????      

Second Speaker                               ????