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.
Students: $5 (suggested)
Everyone else: $10
• November 6th, 10am–3:30pm, Student Central, MBC
• Participating faculty (see roster below)
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?
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Faculty Smackdown Roster (2019)
The Moderator – Michael “RINGA-DINGA” Ling
Michael “PROFFY McPROFFACE” Brydon
Paul “BAM BAM” Budra
Nic “THE RENEGADE LOGICIAN” Fillion
Simon “MODEL T” Ford
Yuthika "EUREKA!” Girme
Nathan “MR. HYPERBOLIC” Ilten
Michael "MEOWVELOUS" Laurence
Emily “EMAIL ME!” O'Brien
History and Humanities
James “AND THE GIANT PEACH” Pflanz
Stewart “ON THE OTHER HAND” Prest
Jon “JON SMITH” Smith
Rochelle “MOTHER” Tucker
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).
SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 29, 2018
SFU Faculty Smackdown Debate November 28, 2017
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)
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.