The 2014 Cabin Fever Debates concluded with its Championship Round on the controversial motion, "The State of Alaska should amend its Constitution to allow the allocation of public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution." The teams of Jeremy Johnson & Michael Jurasek; Elizabeth Williams & Isaac Williams; Duke Kahumoku & Nithya Thiru; and Spencer Dahl & Emily Dahl faced each other in the final round of competition after prevailing as the top 4 teams of the 32 team participating. The team of Duke Kahumoku & Nithya Thiru were declared the champions.
The 2013 Cabin Fever Debates concluded with its Championship Round on the hotly-contested motion, "This house would abolish tax-exempt status for churches." The teams of Melanie Leydon & Blake Steenhoven; Heather Guthrie & Judy Jessen; Adam Jackson & Ryan Murrell; and Michael Jurasek & Jeremy Johnson faced each other in the final round of competition after prevailing as the top 4 teams of the 32 team participating.
At the end of debate, it was the was the team of Heather Guthrie & Judy Jessen representing the opposition that convinced the panel of judges that they were the Champion team, taking with them a $1000 cash prize.
Blake Steenhoven was selected at the top speaker of the tournament and awarded the Quianna Clay Prize for Excellence in Debating.
Topics debated in the 2013 Cabin Fever Debates:
Round 1: The State of Alaska should pass "right to work" legislation.
Round 2: The State of Alaska should allow for health care providers to opt out of medical procedures to which they have a conscientious objection.
Round 3: The State of Alaska should allow the use of deadly force in self-defense.
Round 4: The State of Alaska should adopt a school voucher program that would include the ability to access public funds for religious education.
Round 5: This house supports the targeted killing of US citizens deemed to be a threat to US security under the legal guidelines established by the Department of Justice
Round 6: The State of Alaska should pass legislation that prohibits both public institutions and private employers from requesting access to the social media accounts of its employees, applicants, or students as a condition of employment or acceptance.
Round 7: This house opposes the collection of DNA without warrant from suspects at the time of arrest.
Round 8: This house opposes the manipulation of genetic material prior to birth to produce desirable traits other than the avoidance of disease (i.e.: intellegence, appearance, athleticism, etc.) in children.
Semifinal 1: This house believes that universities should limit online courses to students who have a legitimate geographic barrier that prevents them from attending traditional classroom courses.
Semifinal 2: This house would hold the State of Alaska accountable for failure to enact a climate recovery plan.
Final: This house would abolish tax-exempt status for churches.
The 2012 Cabin Fever Debates concluded with its Championship Round debating the motion, "Following the model of Portugal, the US should decriminalize the use of recreational drugs." The teams of Adrian Schnyder & Aurora Dordan; Tim Truer & Erik Woebler; Hannah Coe & Andrew McConnell; and Quoc Dong & Jaron Saturnino faced each other in the final round of competition after prevailing as the top 4 teams of the 32 team participating.
At the end of debate, it was the was the team of Tim Truer & Erik Woebler representing the opposition that convinced the panel of judges that they were the Champion team, taking with them a $1000 cash prize.
Jaron Saturnino was selected at the top speaker of the tournament and awarded the Quianna Clay Prize for Excellence in Debating.
Topics debated in the 2012 Cabin Fever Debates:
Round 1: States should require drug testing for all recipients of welfare.
Round 2: Targeted assassination of Iranian scientists working on that country's nuclear weapons program is a legitimate security strategy.
Round 3: The international community should send troops to stop the violence in Syria.
Round 4: Undocumented immigrants with long term residency in the United States should be allowed to obtain legal status in exchange for serving in the military.
Round 5: Religious institutions should be required to cover their employee's birth control through their insurance plans.
Round 6: The United States should build a permanent, manned base on the moon by 2020.
Semifinal 1: Non-US citizen victims of human rights violations should be allowed to sue corporations for their part in the alleged violation in US courts.
Semifinal 2: The National Hockey League should ban fighting.
Championship Round: Following the model of Portugal, the US should decriminalize the use of recreational drugs.
The 2011 Cabin Fever Debates concluded with a Championship Round featuring four teams that advanced from a field of 32 teams to earn a spot in the final round. The teams--Jon Stinson & Matt Stinson; Leland Miller & Kyle Benson; George Joy & Justin Stephan; and Melanie Leydon and Austen Mersereau--squared off in a debate about whether the children of illegal immigrants should be granted US citizenship.
When the dust settled, Mersereau and Leydon were on top and took home the Champion title as well as a $1000 cash prize.
Megan Rogers was picked as the top speaker of the tournament and was awarded the Quianna Clay Prize for Excellence in Debating.
2011 Cabin Fever Debates Champions: (l to r) Top Speaker Megan Rogers; Championship Team Austen Mersereau and Melanie Leydon
Round 1: The United States federal government should prohibit the entertainment and media industry from distributing sexually graphic content when the character but not the actor is underage.
Round 2: The time has come to impose regime change in North Korea.
Round 3: The U.S. should suspend all aid to Egypt until free and fair elections are held.
Round 4: The U.S. should declare access to the Internet to be a human right.
Round 5: Teachers' pay should be tied to their students' performance.
Round 6: The U.S. federal government should be prohibited from requiring citizens to purchase health insurance.
Round 7: The Sea Shepard Conservation Society is justified in its efforts to interfere with Japan's whaling in the Atarctic.
Round 8: Congress should refuse to raise the federal debt limit.
Semifinal 1: This house supports Wisconsin's effort to curtail collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Semifinal 2: This house supports the use of aggressive entrapment to identify and foil potential terrorists.
Championship Round: The US should not automatically grant citizenship to children born in the United States to parents who are illegal immigrants.
On March 4th, the Seawolf Debate team hosted two semifinal round debates. The first semifinal round dealt with whether the US federal government should apologize to its Native peoples. Following the recent decision of the Australian parliament to issue a formal apology to its Aboriginal peoples, the issue of how the US should interact with its Native peoples is again at the forefront. Senator Sam Brownback (R - Kansas) has sponsored such legislation for the past four years but has not been able to convince his colleagues that it should be passed. In the Cabin Fever Debates, the motion was defended by the teams of Puppies & Kittens (Michael Duffy & Zachary Johnson) and F Street (Zachary Mannix & Vasilios Gialopsos). On the opposition, the teams of Emma Goldman (Amie Stanley & Michelle Hart) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Tara Devlin & Ryan Starr) countered their arguments. In a very tight debate, teams F Street and Emma Goldman were selected to advance to the final round.
The second semifinal round focused on whether the US should boycott the Beijing Olympics. Given Steven Spielberg's recent decision to give up his post as an artistic advisor to the Beijing Olympics and ongoing concerns about China's human rights record, the political message inherent in this high-profile sporting event cannot be overlooked. Arguing in favor of the boycott were the teams of that won team (Brett Frazer & Marcus Welker) and Princes, Unicorn, Rainbow (Zachary Liszka & John Roberson III). On the opposition were Dimond (Faith Capras & Craig Valdez) and Sojourner Truth (Jonathon Sanchez & Solomeia Kojin). In this round, the opening teams (that one team & Dimond) provided a solid foundation for the debate and were chosen to advance to the final round.
On March 6th, the final round of the Cabin Fever Debates contemplated one of the most pressing issues of the day: should the US pull out of Iraq? The promised drawdown of troops following last year's "surge" seems stalled, with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates joining Gen David Petraeus in suggesting that the planned withdrawal be suspended to assess the security of Iraq. Given looming questions about the long-term role of US troops in Iraq and the number of families in Alaska affected by these decisions, this debate resonated with the local audience.
The final round found Dimond (Faith Capras & Craig Valdez) in the role of opening government and Emma Goldman (Amie Stanley & Michelle Hart) in the role of closing government. The opening opposition was represented by the team that won team (Brett Frazer & Marcus Welker) with F Street (Zachary Mannix & Akis Gialopsos) on closing opposition. This, too, was a hotly contested debate. In the end, Stanley & Hart convinced the five-member panel of adjudicators that they deserved to be the tournament champions. Meanwhile, Gialopsos was selected as the tournament's best speaker, having put on an impressive display of rhetoric throughout the entire event.
Round 1: Polar bears should be added to the Endangered Species List
Round 2: Tax rebates are the wrong way to stimulate the economy
Round 3: Earmarks are an inappropriate way for Congress to distribute resources
Round 4: The State of Alaska should abandon the practice of predator control in its management of wild game populations
Round 5: The U.S. should end military aid to Israel
Round 6: No nation should have exclusive rights to the Arctic
Round 7: Torture is a legitimate tool in the War on Terror
Semifinal 1: The U.S. federal government should apologize to its Native peoples
Semifinal 2: The U.S. should boycott the Beijing Olympics
Final: The U.S. should withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2009