Cross Examination Debate Association
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (May 2012)|
|Non Profit Organization|
|Paul Mabrey, President|
The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) (// SEE-duh) is the largest intercollegiate policy debate association in the United States. Throughout the school year, CEDA sanctions over 60 tournaments throughout the nation, including an annual National Championship Tournament that brings together over 175 individual debate teams from across the nation to compete for a national championship.
Founded in 1971 as the Southwest Cross Examination Debate Association, CEDA is now the primary national association promoting policy topic intercollegiate academic debate. In cooperation with the National Debate Tournament Committee and the American Debate Association, CEDA formulates the annual intercollegiate policy debate topic used in tournament competition throughout the nation.
CEDA acts as a tournament sanctioning agent, providing through its Constitution and By-Laws a framework for normalizing tournament practices and procedures. Throughout the tournament season, CEDA calculates the National Sweepstakes Standings, the national and regional rankings of member institutions based on compiled tournament results.
CEDA also functions as a professional association for scholars and teachers in the field of applied argumentation and debate. In addition to sponsoring scholarly programs on issues of interest to association members at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, CEDA has organized two indigenous scholarly assessment conferences: The 1991 St. Paul 20th Anniversary Assessment Conference, and the 2001 Tahoe Conference on Academic Debate. CEDA and the NDT co-sponsored a third professional conference, The 2009 National Developmental Conference at Wake Forest University. The 2009 Conference was directed by Dr. Allan Louden of Wake Forest University. The conference proceedings were edited by Louden and published by the International Debate Education Association Press as Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century.
CEDA also publishes Contemporary Argumentation and Debate: The Journal of the Cross Examination Debate Association, a refereed scholarly journal that serves as the primary outlet for monographs and essays addressing issues related to the theory and practice of academic debate. The journal is edited by Dr. Jennifer Bevan of Chapman University and Dr. Gordon Stables of the University of Southern California.
For a number of years, CEDA employed a two-person team value debate format. CEDA utilized two topics each year, one governing the Fall Semester and the second governing the Spring Semester. Beginning with the 1995-96 season, however, CEDA has employed a single, year-long policy debate topic.
In 1996, the NDT and the American Debate Association agreed to employ the CEDA topic during their seasons, effectively unifying the organizations.
In the 2013 tournament, the winning team from Emporia State University was lauded by CEDA judges and liberal pundits while criticized by the traditional policy debate field for using personal memoirs and rap music to criticize white privilege instead of the focal issue. Opponents to this form of debate argue that rhetorical tools utilized by recent championship teams violated the anti-harassment policies of CEDA and the National Debate Tournament. CEDA President Paul Mabrey points to the value of limited actual formal rules in CEDA debate and the ways that a variety of forms of debate raise the educational value of the activity and call these objections "nothing other than thinly-veiled racism."
In the 2014 tournament, the CEDA came under fire for crowning a championship debate team whose arguments were described as incomprehensible. Despite winning the tournament, the winning team from Towson University was criticized by observers for using a debate distraction tactic that involved a deluge of profanities while using the word "nigga" gratuitously. The winning team responded by highlighting the ways in which their argument had been misconstrued both by supporters and opponents, restated an argument that was well-supported by traditional critique scholarship, and connected the strong response of some in the debate community as tied to a long U.S. history of anti-Blackness.  In the wake of this controversy, CEDA President Mabrey stated in a official CEDA video that the accusations of poor preparation and incomprehensibility “shouldn’t even be called stories. These stories lack research, integrity, and represent the worst of our human bigotry. These attacks on Towson, Oklahoma, and others in our debate community are motivated by racism and fear.”
National Tournament Results
- 1986 - Champion: Macalester College (Paul Benson and Molly McGinnis) Runner-Up: Florida State University (Carrie Crenshaw and Miguel Delao)
- 1987 - Champion: Macalester College (Paul Benson and Molly McGinnis) Runner-Up: University of New Mexico (Mike Stanley and Leah Neal)
- 1988 - Champion: Southern Illinois University (Mark West and John Lapham) Runner-Up: William Jewell College (David Israelite and Brad Roberts)
- 1989 - Champion: Gonzaga University (Dave Hanson and Bill DeForeest) Runner-Up: Southern Illinois University (Mark West and John Lapham)
- 1990 - Champion: University of Central Oklahoma (then Central State University) (Charles Mallard and Josh Hoe) Runner-Up: Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) (Eric Morris and Robert Olson)
- 1991 - Champion: Kansas State University (David Filippi and Richard McCollum) Runner-Up: University of California, Los Angeles (Jon Dean and Brian Fletcher)
- 1992 - Champion: Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) (Jeffrey Jarman and TJ Wolfe) Runner-Up: Florida State University (Jay Connell and PJ Stakelum)
- 1993 - Champion: Kansas State University (Jill Basinger & KJ Wall) Runner-Up: Emporia State University (Greg Achten and Jim Haefele)
- 1994 - Champion: University of Missouri-Kansas City (David Kingston (Genco) and James Brian Johnston) Runner-Up: Kansas State University/Michigan State University (Dave Devereux/Elizabeth Repko)
- 1995 - Champion: Michigan State University (Elizabeth Repko and Jason Trice) Runner-Up: Gonzaga University (Blake Dias and Ian McLoughlin)
- 1996 - Champion: Southern Illinois University (Glen Frappier and Bill Shinn) Runner-Up: Fort Hays State University (Tim Carroll and Brandon Thompson)
- 1997 - Champion: Northwestern University (Terry Johnson and Brandon Fletcher) Runner-Up: Michigan State University (Erik Cornellier and John Sullivan)
- 1998 - Co-Champions: Emory University (Stephen Heidt and Dan Fitzmier) and Emory University (Anne Marie Todd and Vic Tabak)
- 1999 - Champion: Whitman College (Jessica Clarke and Adam Symonds) Runner-up: The State University of West Georgia (Rachel Saloom and Chris Bonilla)
- 2000 - Champion (policy): The State University of West Georgia (Rachel Saloom and Sarah Holbrook) Runner-up: Michigan State University (Aaron Monick and Steve Donald).
- 2000 - Champion (non-policy): Kansas State University (Kyle Wilson and Ben Sharp).
- 2001 - Champion (policy): The State University of West Georgia (Rashad Evans and Sarah Holbrook) Runner-up: Emory University (John Rains and Kacey Wolmer).
- 2001 - Champion (non-policy): University of Rochester (Carsten Hoppe and Sujata Menjoge).
- 2002 - Champion: Fort Hays State University (Joe Ramsey and Jason Regnier) Runner-up: Michigan State University (Calum Matheson & Austin Carson)
- 2003 - Champion: New York University (Richard Garner and Nate Gorelick) Runner-up: Whitman College (Thad Blank & Charles Olney).
- 2004 - Champion: Emory University (Mike Beckley and Henry Liu) Runner-up University of North Texas (Nirav Patel and John Prieur).
- 2005 - Champion: UC Berkeley (Craig Wickersham and Stacey Nathan) Runner-up: Dartmouth (Brian Smith and Kathryn Clark)
- 2006 - Champion: Harvard (Michael Klinger and Nikhil Mirchandani) Runner-up: Dartmouth (Brian Smith and Kathryn Clark).
- 2007 - Champion: University of Oklahoma (Conor Cleary and Blake Johnson) Runner-up: Dartmouth (Kathryn Clark and Kade Olsen).
- 2008 - Champion: Towson University (Dayvon Love and Deven Cooper) Runner-up: University of Kansas (Chris Stone and Nate Johnson).
- 2009 - Champion: University of Oklahoma (R.J. Giglio and Nick Watts) Runner-up: Towson University (Dayvon Love and Deven Cooper)
- 2010 - Champion University of Oklahoma (R.J. Giglio and Nick Watts) Runner-up: Whitman College (Nate Cohn and Daniel Straus)
- 2011 - Champion Kansas State University (Beth Mendenhall and Derek Ziegler) Runner-up: Towson University (Ben Crossan & Fernando Kirkman).
- 2012 - Champion University of Oklahoma (R.J. Giglio and Christopher Leonardi) Runner-up: Whitman College (Allison Humble and Alex Zendeh)
- 2013 - Champion Emporia State University (Ryan Wash and Eli Smith) Runner-up: University of West Georgia (Damiyr Davis and Miguel Feliciano)
- 2014 - Champion Towson University (Korey Johnson and Ameena Ruffin) Runner-up: University of Oklahoma (Rashid Campbell and George Lee, Jr.)
|1971–1972||RESOLVED: That the US should withdraw its ground combat forces from bases located outside the Western Hemisphere.|
|1972 Fall||RESOLVED: That the penal system in the US should be significantly improved.|
|1973 Spring||RESOLVED: That the US should seek to restore normal diplomatic and economic relations with the present government of Cuba.|
|1973 Fall||RESOLVED: That “victimless crimes” should be legalized.|
|1974 Spring||RESOLVED: That the US should reduce its commitment to Israel.|
|1974 Fall||RESOLVED: That the federal government should grant amnesty to all those who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War.|
|1975 Spring||RESOLVED: That American television has sacrificed quality for entertainment.|
|1975-1976||RESOLVED: That education has failed its mission in the US.|
|1976-1977||RESOLVED: That legal protection of accused persons in the US unnecessarily hinders law enforcement agencies.|
|1977-1978||RESOLVED: That Affirmative Action promotes deleterious hiring practices.|
|1978-1979||RESOLVED: That the US policy significantly directed toward the furtherance of human rights is desirable.|
|1979-1980||RESOLVED: That compulsory national service for all qualified US citizens is desirable.|
|1980 Fall||RESOLVED: That protection of the national environment is a more important goal than the satisfaction of American energy demands.|
|1981 Spring||RESOLVED: That activism in politics by religious groups harms the American political process|
|1981 Fall||RESOLVED: That unauthorized immigration into the US is seriously detrimental to the US.|
|1982 Spring||RESOLVED: That the American judicial system has overemphasized the rights of the accused.|
|1982 Fall||RESOLVED: That a unilateral freeze by the US on the production and development of nuclear weapons would be desirable.|
|1983 Spring||RESOLVED: That individual rights of privacy are more important than any other Constitutional right.|
|1983 Fall||RESOLVED: That US higher education has sacrificed quality for institutional survival.|
|1984 Spring||RESOLVED: That federal government censorship is justified to defend the national security of the US.|
|1984 Fall||RESOLVED: That the method of conducting presidential elections in the US is detrimental to democracy.|
|1985 Spring||RESOLVED: That the US is justified in providing military support to nondemocratic governments.|
|1985 Fall||RESOLVED: That significant government restrictions on coverage by US media of terrorist activity are justified.|
|1986 Spring||RESOLVED: That membership in the UN is no longer beneficial to the US.|
|1986 Fall||RESOLVED: That improved relations with the Soviet Union are a more important objective for the US than increased military preparedness.|
|1987 Spring||RESOLVED: That regulations in the US requiring employees to be tested for controlled substances are an unwarranted invasion of privacy.|
|1987 Fall||RESOLVED: That continued US covert involvement in Central America would be undesirable.|
|1988 Spring||RESOLVED: That the American judicial system has overemphasized freedom of the press.|
|1988 Fall||RESOLVED: That significantly stronger third party participation in the US presidential elections would benefit the political process.|
|1989 Spring||RESOLVED: That increased restrictions on the civilian possession of handguns in the US would be justified.|
|1989 Fall||RESOLVED: That violence is a justified response to political oppression.|
|1990 Spring||RESOLVED: That the trend toward increasing foreign investment in the US is detrimental to this nation.|
|1990 Fall||RESOLVED: That government censorship of public artistic expression in the US is an undesirable infringement of individual rights.|
|1991 Spring||RESOLVED: That the US Supreme Court, on balance, has granted excessive power to law enforcement agencies.|
|1991 Fall||RESOLVED: That US colleges and universities have inappropriately altered educational practices to address issues of race or gender.|
|1992 Spring||RESOLVED: That advertising degrades the quality of life in the US.|
|2007 - 2008||RESOLVED: That the United States Federal Government should increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of: Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and Syria, and it should include offering them a security guarantee(s) and/or a substantial increase in foreign assistance.|
|2008 - 2009||RESOLVED: That the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce its agricultural support, at least eliminating nearly all of the domestic subsidies, for biofuels, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, corn, cotton, dairy, fisheries, rice, soybeans, sugar and/or wheat.|
|2009 - 2010||RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce the size of its nuclear weapons arsenal, and/or substantially reduce and restrict the role and/or missions of its nuclear weapons arsenal.|
|2010 - 2011||RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase the number of and/or substantially expand beneficiary eligibility for its visas for one or more of the following: employment-based immigrant visas, nonimmigrant temporary worker visas, family-based visas, human trafficking-based visas.|
|2011 - 2012||RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its democracy assistance for one or more of the following: Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.|
|2012 - 2013||RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on and/or substantially increase financial incentives for energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.|
|2013 - 2014||RESOLVED: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.|
- "Hacking Traditional College Debate's White-Privilege Problem".
- "Prepare for outrage: Far left judges allow destruction of college debate clubs because RACISM".
- "CEDA Announcement Video".
- "College Wins US Debate Championship By Repeating the N-Word Over and Over, Speaking Incomprehensibly".
- "Debate Team Rewarded for Subservsion".
- "Never Meant to Survive the Debate: Sapphire Reclaims Her Performance".
- "CEDA Announcement Video".