Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Leslie and Gordon Diamond Family Auditorium, Burnaby campus

 

Many thanks to all students who nominated professors to participate in this year's 8th annual Faculty Smackdown Debate – a FUNdraiser for charity where twelve faculty members debate silly topics and vie for laughs.

Students, check your email if you nominated a professor. Winners of the free tickets were notified on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

All proceeds go to United Way of the Lower Mainland, a charity that supports and advocates for agencies that help vulnerable children and seniors where we live, work, and play. 

Don't wait. Get your tickets in advance.

#SFUSmackdownEvent

Tickets
 

Students: $5 (suggested)
Everyone else
: $10

PURCHASE TICKETS

Online
https://sfusmackdown2019.eventbrite.ca

In person
  • November 6th, 10am–3:30pm, Student Central, MBC
  • Participating faculty (see roster below)

At door
November 13 (Wed), 12:00-12:30, Diamond Family Auditorium foyer.

All proceeds go to UWLM.

Event doors open at 12:00 p.m., November 13th.
Event starts promptly at 12:30 p.m.
Ends approximately at 1:30 p.m.
 

Questions? Want to get involved?
Contact gwynne_roseborough@sfu.ca

Help spread the word:
#sfusmackdownevent
#sfuunitedway

Faculty Smackdown Roster (2019)


     The Moderator – Michael “RINGA-DINGA” Ling

(Education)

Michael “PROFFY McPROFFACE” Brydon
Business

Paul “BAM BAM” Budra
English

Nic “THE RENEGADE LOGICIAN” Fillion
Philosophy

Simon “MODEL T” Ford
Business

Yuthika "EUREKA!” Girme
Psychology

Nathan “MR. HYPERBOLIC” Ilten
Mathematics

Michael "MEOWVELOUS" Laurence
Political Science

Emily “EMAIL ME!” O'Brien
History and Humanities

James “AND THE GIANT PEACH” Pflanz
Business

Stewart “ON THE OTHER HAND” Prest
Political Science

Jon “JON SMITH” Smith
English

Rochelle “MOTHER” Tucker
Health Sciences

What's Smackdown all about?

If you've heard of the Oxford Union Debates, well let's say that SFU's Faculty Smackdown event is loosely based on that society's format. Inspiration also came from CBC Radio's comedy program called The Debaters. BUT, our event is wildly different because:

(1) SFU students nominate faculty to participate, and
(2) faculty debate topics of a nonsensical nature to raise money for charity. Hence the tagline: "serious professors | silly questions | smashing good time"!

Each faculty member must:
(1) be known for having a sense of humour,
(2) have the ability to talk about anything, and
(3) possess an appreciation for volunteerism or the act of giving.

In this FUNdraising event, 12 faculty debate topics of no real importance in a quasi-moderated debate. Winners receive the Gnome-it-all Award.

Questions? Contact Gwynne Roseborough, Faculty Smackdown Event producer and past SFU/UW campaign chair (2012-2014).

Email: grosebor@sfu.ca
Twitter: @GwynneSFU

 

 

PREVIOUS DEBATES

 

       

 


SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 29, 2018

SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 28, 2017

More

SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 24, 2016

SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 25, 2015

SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 6, 2014

 

SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 7, 2013

 

SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 8, 2012

PAST WINNERS of the GNOME-IT-ALL AWARD


2018 – Moderator – Paul "BAM BAM" Budra

1st debate: Be it resolved that a hot dog is really a sandwich.
Champions: "The Wiener's Circle" Team (S Wiley, B Ward, C Burgess)

2nd debate: Be it resolved that reading stinks, and stuff.
Champions: Team "Reading Frenzy" (E Young, H McGregor, D Coley)

2017 – Moderator – Paul "BAM BAM" Budra

1st debate: Be it resolved that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Champions: Team "No Pictures, Please" (M Pickup, C Lewis, M Lechner)

2nd debate: Be it resolved that a little learning is a dangerous thing.
Champions: Team "The Dilletantes" (T Donaldson, S Fabian, G Mann)
____

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2016 – Moderator – Paul "BAM BAM" Budra

1st debate: Be it resolved that pie is better than cake.
Champions:
Team "Eat it too" (C. Gibson, D. Maxwell, L. Aknin)

2nd debate: Be it resolved that SFU should adopt a school uniform.
Champions: 
Team "Uniposers" (D. Allen, B. Kinney, R. Tucker)
____

2015 – Moderator
– Geoff "Gnarly" Mann

1st debate: Be it resolved that the devil IS in the details.
Champions:
"The Exorcists" team ( J. Jedwab, D. Sandgathe, D. Coley)

2nd debate: Be it resolved that the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
Champions:
"Three Sheets to the Wind" team (K. Oldknow, P, Budra, R. Ward)
____

2014 – Moderator – Geoff "Gnarly" Mann

1st debate: Be it resolved that the frying pan is better than the fire.
Champions
: "The Incendiaries" team (J. Jones, K. Pendakur, J-H Harter)

2nd debate: Be it resolved that debates resolve nothing.
Champions:
"Agents of Enlightenment" team (J. Jedwab, E. Tiffany, R. Ward)
____

2013 – Moderator – "Bribable" Billy Dow

1st debate: Be it resolved that big words are better than little words.
Champions
: Team "Risible Researchers" (J. Jones, N. Fillion, L. Aknin)

2nd debate: Be it resolved that every class should have a class clown.
Champions
: Team "Size Does Matter" (J. Brown, H. Morden, G. Mann)
____

2012 – Moderator – D.D. Kugler

1st debate: Be it resolved the importance of umms and ahhhs.
Champions
: Team "Umms Uhh Us" (B. Fraser, S. Zwagerman, K. Burke)

2nd debate: Be it resolved the importance of arriving to class on time.
Champions
: Team "Slacktastics" (P. Pennefather, P. Dickinson, E. Chenier)

The United Way campaign fundraises to support programs and services that help vulnerable children and seniors living locally.