The New Ethos

The New Ethos

Ethos Community, If you are reading this, first of all, thank you! I will go ahead and address the elephant in the room: Isaiah McPeak the debate deity, has left the building. I get it – you’re probably a tad confused, and cautious about the change Ethos...
I’m Retiring From Ethos

I’m Retiring From Ethos

Purple Killer Bunnies. That was the name of Ethos for two years before we decided to get a name with some credibility (“Ethos,” get it? Har har). In 2003, when I truly fell in love with debate, I admired debate coaches so much. Never did I think you all might let me...

Code of the Debater

I will… … Move my audience towards the good, never using my weapon for ill … Give more than I receive … Seek the joy of sharing ideas and finding agreement, not the high of conflict … Help people make better decisions … Protect my...

Democracy 101

Democracy 101 Voting and Popular Will What do you first think of when you hear the word democracy? Do you think of freedom or of liberty? What about the constitution? Or America? Maybe you think of the right to vote. Regardless of what you think of, or what you’ve...
ABCs of Debate Attire

ABCs of Debate Attire

I still remember those awful words creeping into my ears on my first day of speech camp: “Competitors must dress professionally.” I remember looking down at my dog hair-coated black capris and pink Paris t-shirt and wondering exactly what that meant. Would I have to...