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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Motion Assignments: March Debates

Hello, all. Here are the assignments, by motion, for the March 4 debates:

Squad 1 v. Squad 2

Motion 1: This House believes that governance is best reserved for men.

Squad 3 v. Squad 4

Motion 3: This House would require professional schools in the Gulf (medicine, law, etc.) to reserve half of their seats for women.

Squad 5 v. Squad 6

Motion 2: This House believes that the best boss is a woman boss.

Odd numbered squads will be the proposition, even numbered squads will be the opposition. 

Squad lists have been sent to all members and advisors. Please check with me if you have problems/questions.

Reminder: squads should meet this week to discuss and debate the motion, select a team of 3 to represent them on March 4, and help them prepare.

Good luck, and we'll see you on March 4!

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