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Mary Washington Debate Has a Twitter Feed!

Exciting stuff. Follow us as we crush the hopes and dreams of debaters from more presitigious schools at the year-end National Debate Tournament.


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First Round

Most readers won’t care about this, but Mary Washington KS – our top policy debate team – just received a first round bid to the National Debate Tournament. In practical terms, this means they won’t have to compete at the district qualifying tournament to get to the NDT. In a broader sense, it’s pretty exciting to have two guys you debated with get recognized as one of the top 16 teams in the country. This is a school first, and it’s incredibly gratifying to read their names sandwiched in between debaters from perennial contenders like Harvard, Dartmouth, and Emory.

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Kilmer Watch

Sickness and a debate tournament at the Naval Academy prevented me from posting over the weekend, but now I’m back to full strength. While I doubt anyone outside of my immediate circle of friends cares, the tournament was pretty awesome, culminating in Mary Washington victories in both the JV and varsity divisions.

In completely unrelated news, Val Kilmer is mulling a run for governor of New Mexico:

Actor Val Kilmer — or Batman, to millions of Americans — is strongly considering a run for New Mexico governor in 2011, when Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson will be term-limited out of office.

At Monday’s Huffington Post party at the Newseum, Kilmer said he has been approached to run for the highest office of the state where he owns a ranch and has family roots.

“Actually, they’ve asked me to run for governor,” he said, not specifying who “they” are. “People seem to want me to.”

His reaction?

“I love my state and I love the people,” Kilmer said.

The actor who succeeded Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader could have a problem, however.

He’s been a prominent supporter of Ralph Nader’s independent bid for the White House, and gave money to Nader over President Obama in 2008.

I wholeheartedly and unreservedly endorse this development.


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Judgement Day

I’m judging at a debate tournament this weekend, so blogging will be pretty light.

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Go Mary Washington

Mary Washington KS is debating at USC this weekend while the rest of the team stays on the East Coast at JMU. I think KS has already qualified for elims; best of luck to the entire team.

UPDATE: KS beat a Northwestern team in double octafinals; now they’re debating Harvard. Go, fight, win!

UPDATE II: Yahtzee – we’re through to quarters. KS will be debating either Wake Forest or Towson University.

UPDATE III: Lost to Wake Forest on a 2-1.

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Beat Harvard

They’re through! Mary Washington KS defeated Whitman and are now debating Harvard in quarters. I’m pretty sure this is the first time any Mary Washington team has reached the quarterfinals of a major national circuit tournament, but I can’t say I’m surprised that KS made the breakthrough. It’s incredibly thrilling to get in on the ground floor of an institution that is really coming into its own, and I’ve never been prouder of my alma mater. My only regret is that I’m not at Wake Forest to watch the debates. Go Eagles!

UPDATE: Arghhhhh – lost on a 2-1 decision.

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Go Mary Washington!

Mary Washington KS and Mary Washington SS (one of our younger varsity teams) are debating at Wake Forest’s Shirley Classic this weekend. It’s the last big tournament of the semester – here’s hoping they do some damage in elims. Go Eagles!

UPDATE: KS is 4-0 on the day; no word yet on SS. Also, we beat U. Texas, which bodes well for the Skins-Dallas game tomorrow.

UPDATE II: KS cleared with a 5-1 record; they’re hitting an Oklahoma team in double octafinals.

UPDATE III: So far, so good. They’re hitting a Whitman team in octafinals.

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