Alanna Mustin, PA

Staff Writer

When Conference Life Committee Representative Erin Agnew of Pennsylvania asked delegates to vote on bringing back debatability into proposal scoring at the Pennsylvania delegation meeting, 22 of the 25 delegates’ hands instantly shot up.

Currently, proposals are scored on five criteria: national or international importance, evidence of the author’s research, feasibility, the author’s preparation and presentation, and the proposal’s originality. Many CLC representatives believe that debatability has a strong chance of being reintroduced as a part of scoring, but it is not definite. Due to that area of criteria being very subjective, CLC continues to debate the idea.

“Most proposal sponsors try to get the other committee members to rank based off of how debatable it is anyway,” Agnew explained, “so adding it back will just help keep the score as accurate as possible.” One advantage of the return of debatability is that it sparks passion in delegates, as idea sharing at the Conference on National Affairs should. “If it is brought back, I think a lot more current events will be found as proposal subjects rather than humanitarian topics,” said Agnew. For the time being, delegates will have to wait until next year’s Mountain Manual is printed to figure out if debateability will be added back to proposal scoring.