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Panamerican Schools Debating Championships 2014 Bid Document

Contents
WELCOMING NOTES
Letter from the Convenor Letter from the Chief Adjudicator Letter from the General Director of Host School

MEET OUR TEAM
Convenor Deputy Convenor Tournament Director Chief Adjudicator Organizing Committee Members CAP Adjudication Team

ABOUT MEXICO AND DEBATE
Our Mission Debate in Mexico Mexico City Host School

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Tournament Details Registration Policy Adjudication Accommodation Schedule

Post PANAM Activities

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Letter  from  the  Convenor
Dear Pan-American Debating Community,

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opening trip now five years the PSDC 2012 in Chile, we behind us. In addition, the believe it is our duty to give strong bonds we have something back to the Our fast-growing debate made with debaters from international debate community is glad to around the world, the life community and invite you present the bid to host the experiences we have to join us in our magnificent PanAmerican Schools shared with friends from country. Debating Championships Argentina, Bermuda, 2014 in Mexico City. Almost We have built a team of Canada, Chile, Peru, and five years ago, a small extraordinary individuals the USA motivate us to group of five motivated, that are working arduously contribute back to the excited, and to turn the PANAMS 2014 regional debating dedicated in Mexico City from a community by Mexican dream into a firm reality. hosting the 2014 teenagers Thus, we aspire to making “Come live PANAMS in embarked our hard work pay off by Mexico City . this on a new seeing more countries Debating has adventure participate, elevate the experience changed the way at the 2008 debating to a whole new we see the world, with us” World level of excellence, and the manner in Schools make your participation an which we Debating unforgettable experience. approach our Our challenges are many daily lives, and Championship (WSDC) in and the bar is already set fundamentally contributed Washington, D.C with little very high but with a wellto our educational, knowledge of the important organised high quality emotional, and professional impact their incursion into tournament, superb growth. As such, we seek international competitive adjudication, and precise to make the 2014 PANAMS debating would have on the logistics, I am confident in Mexico City, yet another future of the Mexican that the world debating integral cog in the motor debating circuit. community look at the 2014 that runs our multicultural PANAMS in Mexico City Today, what started out as and multinational, debating and realize that debating in a humble participation in a world. the Americas region is world class debating event Mexico is one of the most getting bigger and better. has become the corner diverse countries in the stone upon which debating Mexico awaits!!! world, with many wonders in Mexico has been built. to see and try, with a rich Regards, Our strong multi-school culture and the friendliest debating circuit, annual people you could hope to national tournament Marco Vinicio Bárcena meet thus making it an organization, and Rodríguez ideal place to host continuously growing PANAMS 2014. After Convener debating community is a successfully participating in direct result of that eye Mexico 2014 PANAMS

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Letter  from  the  Chief  Adjudicator
Dear Panamerican Debating Community, the challenge of playing host to a debating event of such magnitude and importance as are the PANAMS. As such, we are delighted to present the first ever Mexican bid for the Panamerican Schools Debating Championships for 2014. The adjudication team considers it our duty to guarantee a top quality tournament that will not only par previous PANAM events but demonstrate as well to all those who attend that Mexican debating has reached international competitive standards. In addition to the glamour of travelling to a new destination and having all the accommodations far surpass your expectations, we will strive to ensure that the competitive, debating, and educational portions of the 2014 PANAMS are raised to a whole new standard. Precise and transparent tabbing and draw schemes, superbly trained and committed judges, new standards for feedbacks, interesting and challenging motions, and perfectly managed schedules, among others, will make the 2014 PANAMS a really enjoyable experience for all those who attend. Within our bid document, you will find all the details relevant to hosting the PANAMS in Mexico City. As effective and efficient communication is also at the core of a successful event, we will also develop a system of periodical newsletters to keep you up to date with all relevant information before your registration and arrival to our beautiful capital city. We are very happy to work towards the goal of making the 2014 PANAMS a complete and total success. Most of all, we aspire to continue boosting both Mexican and regional debating, into growing levels of excellence.

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For a couple of years now Mexican debaters have fantasized with the idea of hosting a big international debating tournament in Mexico. After years of hard work in building a strong debating circuit and community, hosting several annual multischool tournaments, performing well at both the World Schools level and the PANAMS division, we feel we are more than ready and capable to face

“Enjoy the unique experience of competitive debate in a fabulous location”

Jesús Romo Morales
Chief Adjudicator
Mexico 2014 PANAMS

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Letter  from  the  General  Director  of  Host  School

Panamerican Schools Debating Championships 2014 Bid Document

Meet  Our  Team
CONVENER
Marco Vinicio Bárcena Rodríguez
• • • • • • 2008, 2009: WSDC Team Mexico Member 2009 – Present: Team Mexico Jr. Coach 2012, 2013: WSDC Judge 2011 – Present: President at Red Mexicana de Debate 2012: General Director at Debate ITAM 2013: Tournaments Coordinator at Debate ITAM

DEPUTY CONVENER
Patricia Martínez Pérez-Vargas
• • • • • • 2009: Team Mexico Reserve Member 2010, 2011: WSDC Team Mexico Member 2011 – Present: Team Mexico Jr. Coach 2011 – Present: Vice-President at Red Mexicana de Debate 2011 – 2013: Debate ITAM Secretary 2013: WSDC Judge

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Viernes Gordillo
• • • • 2010 – Present: Tecnológico de Monterrey CSF Debate Coach 2012 – Present: Panamerican Team Mexico Coach 2013: Team Mexico Jr. Coach 2013: WSDC Judge

CHIEF ADJUDICATOR
Jesús Romo Morales
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2008, 2009, 2010: WSDC Team Mexico Member 2010 – Present: Team Mexico Jr. Coach 2012: Treasurer at Debate ITAM 2012: ITAM IV, ITAM MINI CA 2012, 2013: WUDC Best Speaker in Latin America 2012, 2013: CA CC Schools Debate Tournament 2013 – Present: President at Debate ITAM

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Organizing  Committee  Members

Logistics Coordinator Mariano Muñoz

Communications Transfers Coordinator Coordinator Diego Villafuerte Tomás Sánchez

Funds Coordinator Andrea Pagola

TEC Coordinator Alfonso Suárez Meade

Hotel Coordinator Adrian Tame

Events Coordinator Volunteers Coordinator Alfonso Garrido Patricio Dávila

CAP  Adjudication  Team

Ariel de la Garza

Miguel Raz Guzmán

Rodolfo Flores

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Our  Mission

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With one of the fastest growing debate circuits in the continent, Mexico is glad to bid as a host for the 2014 Panamerican Schools Debating Championships. Our goal is to organize a high quality tournament, that gives the international debate community an opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of competitive debate in a fabulous location as Mexico. We are eager to provide you with the finest food, accommodation and tournament administration that Mexico has to offer, in an effort to set a positive precedent for this important international event. The Organizing Committee aims to provide a tournament that not only furthers the aims set forth
by the Panamerican

Schools Debating Championships but also contributes to furthering debating excellence within Mexico and the Americas regions.

Our mission is clear and our challenges are many. However, we are confident that the 2014 PANAMS in Mexico City will: Be remembered by all the participants in years to come as a standard for competitive debating. With this tournament, we want you to fall in love with debating all over again. Promote and increase the participation of countries from the Americas in the the World Schools Debating Championships. Strengthen and develop new links for the Panamerican Schools Debating Circuit, guarantying clear and solid guidelines future events.

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Achieve excellence in debating Encourage debating throughout the Americas Promote international understanding Promote freedom of speech Develop analytical and critical thinking in the participating students

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MEXICO

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Debate  in  Mexico

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Mexico is home to a vibrant and ever-growing debating community with new schools and institutions joining the national circuit every year. Despite the fact that debating is not part of the Mexican culture, our debating circuit has grown to include more than 150 students under WSDCstyle, rules, and regulations. The growth in participation and interest in debating within Mexico can be accredited to the hard work, persistence, and dedication that the faculty, students, and administrators of participating schools have put into the Mexican Debating Circuit. There is also no doubt that the

Coaches and Debaters are the fuel that continue to help spread the joys of debating within our nation, investing time and resources in this great educational experience that is competitive debating. Red Mexicana de Debate The Red Mexicana de Debate (RMD) is a nonprofit organization, which started activities in 2011 as a direct result of the exponential growth that debating has had within Mexico. Our main objective is to promote the culture of debate within all corners Mexico. In the last years the RMD can be accredited with organizing and

maintaining the Mexican Schools Debating Championships (2012, 2013), Annual Debate Camps (2012, 2013) and the difficult selection process for the Mexican team that participates at the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) and at the Panamerican Schools Debating Championships. The RMD played an integral part in formalizing the Mexican Schools Debating Circuit by helping schools start their debate clubs and organizing the debate season in Mexico City.

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Host  School
The Sante Fe Campus is located in the most important and modern business centers in the city. that fact helps students to get employed by huge corporations as Ford, Nokia, and Telcel among others. The campus is divided into three buildings for professional studies and a preparatory building with its own hall, green areas, library and snack bar. The professional area has 3 main halls, an auditorium, a library (one of the biggest libraries in Mexico's universities) and a bookstore, along with an information technologies center featuring 70 computers divided by the type of software installed: Business, Programming, Multimedia, Design. There is a Business center and a Gessel Dome used for marketing studies. There are nine engineering laboratories: • • • • • • • • • Manufacture and Productivity Integrating Cell Mechanics and Metallography Laboratory Integral Electronics and Potency Systems Laboratory Telecommunications and Instrumentation Laboratory Computational Laboratory of Design and Manufacture Networks and Informatics Security Laboratory

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The Tecnológico de Monterrey, is one of the largest private, nonsectarian and coeducational multi-campus universities in Latin America with over 90,000 students at the high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, the institute has 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout the country. The 2014 Panamerican Schools Debating Championships will be held in the Santa Fe Campus in Mexico City. The campus features modern architecture designed by world renowned Ricardo Legorreta and has state of the art facilities that cater to more than 3,000 students on a daily basis.

Energy Transfer Laboratory For more information please visit: Information Technologies http://www.itesm.edu/wps/wcm/ Center connect/Campus/CSF/Santa+Fe/ Advanced Control and Industrial Networking Laboratory

There are two basketball courts, two tennis courts and a full-size (soccer and football) court along with a running track. A gym with various fitness apparatus is also available. Along with the various snack bars and coffee shops, there is a buffet called "Cafeteria La Fuente" Where students have a place to eat, along with a recreation area.

DID YOU KNOW? Ricardo Legorreta is also accredited with designing the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City, the IBM Factory in Guadalajara and the Cathedral of Managua

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Mexico  City
refurbished Revolution Monument and National Museum. Chapultepec Park, the largest in Mexico City, is divided into three sections and home to several of capital’s top tourist attractions, including Chapultepec Castle, the Modern Art Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology. Keep in mind that, with a few exceptions, most museums and archaeological sites in Mexico City are closed on Mondays. The University Cultural Center hosts a variety of events and performances. Once the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City was originally constructed in the Valley of Mexico over the ancient Lake Texcoco. The Aztecs built an intricate network of canals to navigate the city. After the arrival of the Spanish in 1519, most of the Aztec structures and canals were destroyed and replaced with modern roads and buildings. History buffs will find the best remaining examples of ancient Aztec city planning in the southern Xochimilco borough of Mexico City and north of the city at the Teotihuacán archaeological site. In Xochimilco you can hire a colorful trajinera (wooden boat) to tour the canals and gardens. Plan a day trip to the ancient Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacán, located 50km (31 miles) northeast of the city.
Source:www.visitmexico.com/en/mexicocity

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Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the You’ll also want to explore the world, with 16 boroughs and more than 300 neighborhoods, it neighborhoods of Zona Rosa, Roma, Condesa, Coyoacan and might seem a bit overwhelming to the first-time visitor, though it San Angel. Home to lovely doesn’t have to be. Many of the parks, plazas, shops, markets, most visited tourist attractions in cafes and some of the top Mexico City are concentrated in tourist attractions in Mexico the historic center, including the City, these artsy neighborhoods are especially popular among Plaza de la Constitucion or visitors to the city and foreign Zocalo, the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo residents. Nearby, in the trendy posh neighborhood of Polanco Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts and you’ll find some of Mexico City’s Alameda Park. A few blocks top nightspots north of and chic the restaurants. Palace of DID YOU KNOW? Fine Arts, Mexico City is one of the oldest Further south, Plaza cities in America. It was the University Garibaldi recognized as Heritage City in City campus of is one of 1987 due to its Historic Center Mexico’s the best and its Xochimilco National Park. National places in Autonomous Mexico University is City to hear live mariachi music. known for its modern architecture and impressive Located west of the historic murals that are the work of center, the Plaza de la some of Mexico’s top artists. Republica is home to the newly

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Executive  Summary  
DATES 13 - 20 April 2014 VENUE Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe ACCOMODATIONS Information to be provided in next newsletter
that all participant nations will have 3 slots. The host nation will be allowed to have more slots. We will have an efficient newsletter system with prompt registration information. We will either use Google-forms or fast-rego to do the registration. We encourage all nations to adhere by an N-1 Rule and bring N-1 judges per team if possible. Adjudication Our proposals for PANAMS 2014 include several changes to organize the tournament: Motions: In our first newsletter we will open an application process to be part of the PANAMS 2014 Motions Committee. The CAP will publish a shortlist of the candidates and all PANAMS nations will do an online blind vote for the candidates in order to fill the 6 positions. The motions committee will have the following composition: 1 Member from the host nation.

LOCATION Mexico City, Mexico COSTS Complete: U$D 500.00 ONLY English: U$D 400.00

CONTACT INFO psdc2014@gmail.com

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Panams 2014 will start with the Spanish 6 pre-elimination rounds, then after the outings day we will have the 6 initial rounds of the English tournament. Ultimately the semifinals and finals of both tournaments will occur on the final day. Spanish Tournament: Preelimination rounds 14-15 April 2014 Outings Day: 16 April 2014 English Tournament: Preelimination rounds 17-18 April 2014 Final day: Semis and Finals 19 April 2014 Registration Policy Team cap: We will use the registration policy that has been used and approved by PANAMS Council, allowing all participant nations to have three slots in the competition, four debaters per team, with possible extra spaces if the host nation has the ability to host them. We can guarantee

2 International members from non Panams nations 3 members from Panams nations Adjudication: To us it is very important to have a pool of top quality judges. We will provide training materials in order to help you prepare your judges and we will also organize the final judges training session here in Mexico before the tournament starts. We will have an adjudication test to evaluate the judges travelling with each nation before the competition. Judges categories to have balanced panels. Judges feedback forms, with the feedback of all judges being updated into our system at least every day if not between rounds. Tabbing and Power-matching: According to the last vote of countries in Panams council, the tournaments will be powermatched after round 2.

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Schedule  
SUNDAY, 13 APR. 2014 Teams Participating in Spanish Tournament Arrive MONDAY, 14 APR. 2014 07:00 – 09:00 09:00 – 11:00 11:00 – 11:30 11:30 – 12:30 12:30 – 14:00 14:00 – 14:15 14:15 – 15:45 15:45 – 16:00 16:00 – 17:00 17:00 – 18: 30 18:30 – 19:00 19:00 – 21:00 Breakfast Judges training/International morning for debaters Transport from hotel to host school Opening Ceremony Lunch at Host School Debate announcements Spanish Round 1: Prepared Motion Debate announcements Preparation for Spanish round 2 Spanish Round 2: Impromptu motion Transport from host school to hotel Dinner TUESDAY, 15 APR. 2014 07:00 – 08:00 08:00 – 08:30 08:30 – 08:45 08:45 – 10:15 10:15 – 10:30 10:30 – 11:30 11:30 – 13:00 13:00 – 14:00 14:00 – 14:15 14:15 – 15:45 15:45 – 16:00 16:00 – 17:00 17:00 – 18:30 18:30 – 19:00 19:00 – 21:00 Breakfast Transport from hotel to host school Debate announcements Spanish Round 3: Prepared motion Debate announcements Preparation for Spanish round 4 Spanish Round 4: Impromptu motion Lunch Debate announcements Spanish Round 5: Prepared motion Debate announcements Preparation for Spanish round 6 Spanish Round 6: Impromptu motion Transport from host school to hotel Dinner

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Schedule  (cont..)  

WEDNESDAY, 16 APR. 2014 Teams Participating in English Tournament Arrive 07:00 – 09:00 09:00 – 19:00 19:00 – 21:00 Breakfast Outings Dinner

THURSDAY, 17 APR. 2014 07:00 – 08:00 08:00 – 08:30 08:30 – 08:45 08:45 – 10:15 10:15 – 10:30 10:30 – 11:30 11:30 – 13:00 13:00 – 14:00 14:00 – 14:15 14:15 – 15:45 15:45 – 16:00 16:00 – 17:00 17:00 – 18:30 18:30 – 19:00 19:00 – 21:00 Breakfast Transport from hotel to host school Debate announcements English Round 1: Prepared motion Debate announcements Preparation for English round 2 English Round 2: Impromptu motion Lunch Debate announcements English Round 3: Prepared motion Debate announcements Preparation for English round 4 English Round 4: Impromptu motion Transport from host school to hotel Dinner

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Schedule  (cont..)  
FRIDAY, 18 APR. 2014 07:00 – 08:00 08:00 – 08:30 08:30 – 08:45 08:45 – 10:15 10:15 – 10:30 10:30 – 11:30 11:30 – 13:00 13:00 – 14:00 14:00 – 14:30 14:30 – 18:30 18:30 – 19:30 20:30 – 21:00 21:00 – 00:00 00:00 – 00:30 Breakfast Transport from hotel to host school Debate announcements English Round 5: Prepared motion Debate announcements Preparation for English round 6 English Round 6: Impromptu motion Lunch Transport from host school to hotel Free afternoon/PSDC Council Meeting Dinner/Separate dinner for team coaches Transport from hotel to break party venue Break Night Party Transport from break night party venue to hotel SATURDAY., 19 APR. 2014 07:00 – 08:00 08:00 – 08:30 08:30 – 08:45 08:45 – 09:45 09:45 – 11:15 11:15 – 11:30 11:30 – 12:30 12:30 – 14:00 14:00 – 15:00 15:00 – 15:15 15:15 – 16:45 16:45 – 17:00 17:00 – 18:30 18:30 – 19:30 19:30 – 20:00 20:00 – 22:00 Breakfast Transport from hotel to host school Debate announcements Preparation for Spanish Semi-final Spanish Semi-Final: Impromptu motion Debate announcements Preparation for English Semi-final English Semi-Final: Impromptu motion Lunch Debate announcement Spanish Final: Prepared motion Debate announcements English Final: Prepared motion Closing Ceremony Transport from host school to hotel Dinner SUNDAY, 20 APR. 2014 ALL Teams Depart

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Post  PANAM  Activities

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Mexico is a vibrant country with a diverse culture, beautiful beaches, a vast culinary tradition, and many places to explore. While you are here, you may want to take advantage of the marvels that compose this wonderful land. As such, we will be providing information throughout the upcoming months starting with the first newsletter that may peak your interest and, hopefully, after an intense week of debating, you will consider extending your stay a couple of more days. Let us know how we can help make your stay unforgettable.

SEE YOU SOON!!!

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