2016 Intra-IU

Intra-IU Fall 2016

The Indiana University Debate Team cordially invites all interested Indiana University students to participate in the fifth annual Intra-IU Debate Tournament. On November 5th from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM. We will host the annual one day debate tournament to crown our Indiana University "champion" campus debater.

It is up to YOU, yes YOU, the IU student to answer the resolutional questions by engaging in a battle of wit, eloquence, and brilliance in a oneday fun filled and lowkey debate event hosted by the IU Debate program. We will provide you with training and evidence sets and talking points. You can use our research materials or bring in your own as you are asked to argue on both sides of the topic!

Sign Up Now!

Deadline for signing up: Nov 3, 2016
Attend one training session (see signup page)


We are once again partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences. Their topic for the year is about beauty. Find out more by clicking the link above. 

Faculty trained in argumentation will judge! Learn more about our partners and their new Communication and Public Advocacy Minor 

Motherbears Pizza!$200.00 worth of awards! 
Hone your skills! The debate tournament is a great way to improve on your public speaking, argumentation and listening skills all while meeting new people with a passion for argument across the campus. 

Topic and Resolution

Resolved: Legal restrictions on graffiti should be substantially reduced. 

The debate about graffiti and its place and role in communities is one that is ripe for debate. The debate is fundamentally a human one, an issue that has existed as far back as ancient civilization, perhaps even the wall art found in caves around the world. 

In contemporary society, we are confronted with questions on whether graffiti is an artform that should be valued as beautiful expression. Graffiti labelled as vandilism raises questions about the artform as a public menace that devalues properties as symbolic represenations of "broken windows" and urban disorder . Should we value graffiti as a political and subversive form of expression that should be protected by free speech? Has the value of protecting personal property reduced available artistic public spaces for non-verbal political artwork? Should graffiti be decriminalized? 

Issues to think about:

Should graffiti be protected under the 1st amendment? 
Should zoning restrictions be reduced to allow businesses and property owners the right to use graffiti? 
Do graffiti artists have a right to the intellectual property of their work?
Is graffiti a nuisance, destructive or a form of political engagement? 
Should the external walls of our world be considered public or private?
Should graffiti be criminalized, decriminalized, legalized? 

Have Questions?


Do You Need Prior Experience? 
Absolutely not!
Never watched a debate?
Never taken public speaking?
Perfect, ALL are welcome!


Free! Whaa? Yes FREE!
The tournament is an IU Debate service! 
COAS, SPEA, OVPUE Supported!
Food/drink and awards!
All we need is you!


Use our tournament evidence packet!
IU Debate will put together organized talking points for for you!
Independent research is welcome but not required!

You want to join, now what?

1) Register Sign Up Now!
2) You should plan to attend one or more of the practice sessions so you are confident and comfortable with the material and format.
3) Find a partner! This is not required, we will assign one if you do not have one. Debating with friends can be fun!
4) Use the debate team provided material to create core speeches against likely opponent arguments. Do more research if you wish to expand the arguments out even further. Our material is a primer, not the "end" of the discussion!

Speech Times

1st Affirmative4 Min
Cross Ex2 Min
1st Negative4 Min
Cross Ex2 Min
2nd Affirmative4 Min
Cross Ex2 Min
2nd Affirmative4 Min
Cross Ex2 Min
Final Affirmative3 Min
Final Negative3 Min
Team Preperation3 Min

Tournament Schedule

Date:November 5th
Time:1:00 - 6:00 PM
Location:SPEA Tavis Smiley Atrium
12:00 PMWelcome/Registration
1:00 PMRound 1
2:00 PMRound 2
3:15 PMRound 3
4:30 PMAwards
5:00 PMFinal Round!