By Chris Oshiro

Published April 7, 2014

Remembering the Good Ole Days

The first revision of JUDL.org (Jersey Urban Debate League) was back in 2001. Brent Farrand asked me to help out with this league. "There's a movement of urban debate," Brent said to me with his usual enthusiasm. So we embarked on a new journey: formulating a city-wide high school debate league. While Brent and his staff went about the foot work of developing debate teams and mentoring coaches, I had a simpler calling: run the tournaments and put together the website.

I learned quite a bit about working with a visionary like Brent Farrand in those days. I inherited logos and color schemes without my input. So we ended up with a cute albeit puke-colored site. First JUDL.org:

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Despite the color scheme, this site was a huge success. The mission of the site was to serve the debaters. We use to deliver evidence via the site back in the day (kind of ahead of our time). After some 4-5 years, the site's mission began to change. So we took the amateurish look and revamped to the current JUDL.org:

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A new path was forged. Cleaner. More Content. More Dynamic.

But the mission changed once more. So 8 years later, we introduce the new NewarkDebateAcademy.org:

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It's been quite the journey. Changing over to the Newark Debate Academy is more than just a fancy new website, but it's my little corner of the world right now. I hope you enjoy it.

Big shout out to Rich Abad of ABADKNACK.com (http://abadknack.com/). Rich did the artwork and website framework. Give him a ring if you need outstanding website and graphic artwork.