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Breaking at the EUDC for the first time: An interview with Helsinki A

Breaking at the EUDC for the first time: An interview with Helsinki AAt the EUDC, many teams come together. Some of them are very ambitious and worked hard to have a chance to make the break. So did Milla Huuskonen and Joona Suhonen from Helsinki A. In this interview we asked them about their strategy and more. ...
Aug 25th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere |

EUDC 2017 Day 2: First Timers at Euros

EUDC 2017 Day 2: First Timers at EurosThe EUDC is attracting many of the same people again and again every year. But there are also always the people who come to Euros the first time and don’t know what to expect and what will be happening. The Achte Minute has talked to some of the people who are at their first EUDC here in Tallinn about their experiences, expectations and how those expectations were met. Hilla Schwartz Tudor Musat Emma van der Horst and Fenna ten Haaf Rachel Mullally Mrinal Kumar Hila Schwartz, Ben Guiron University of the Negev (Israel) [caption id="attachment_32549" align="alignleft" width="213"] Hila Schwartz - © H.Hecke[/caption] AM: So for how long have you ...
Aug 17th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen |

New applicant to the European circuit – the UAE team interviewed

New applicant to the European circuit - the UAE team interviewedThis year, a new country applied to join the European circuit at Tallinn EUDC 2017: The United Arab Emirates. Jan-Gunther Gosselke interviewed Nicolaj Thor from their team for the Achte Minute. ...
Aug 17th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere |

Day 1: TH supports coming to Tallinn EUDC

Day 1: TH supports coming to Tallinn EUDCDay one is over and the participants of Tallinn EUDC are still hopeful and excited. At least it seems like it. The Achte Minute went around asking participant to deliver their best case for either Government or Opposition on the motions “TH supports coming to Tallinn EUDC” The overwhelming majority proposed that it was a great idea to join and also the voice who regrets coming, can’t really been taken seriously. Some of the arguments focused on the beauty of the city: I generally like traveling. The city and the old town is fun to go around and the waterfront is beautiful. There is ...
Aug 15th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere |

“I am really looking forward to it” – Selene Gnadenteich in her interview about convening the EUDC 2017 in Tallinn

"I am really looking forward to it" - Selene Gnadenteich in her interview about convening the EUDC 2017 in TallinnWith the EUDC 2017 in Tallinn coming closer, people might want to prepare their trip - but what to prepare for? We've asked convenor Selene Gnadenteich about the tournament, including the questions we got from the community. ...
Jul 13th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere |

What to expect at Cape Town WUDC 2019?

What to expect at Cape Town WUDC 2019?Five days ago the WUDC council announced that Cape Town won the vote to be WUDC host for 2019. We took the opportunity to ask the conveners about everything you might want to know. Have fun! Who are you and what's your role at Cape Town WUDC? [caption id="attachment_31168" align="alignleft" width="400"] Matthew Barry: External relations, debating and operations - © private[/caption] Matthew Barry: I'm one of the two co-conveners and I'm going to be hitting up the logistical side of things. I'm communicating with the tab team and doing the more debate-related stuff. That's what I'm handling. I study mechanical engineering and ...
Feb 7th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on What to expect at Cape Town WUDC 2019?

Spotlight: Teams that made the break

Spotlight: Teams that made the breakBefore the break we asked seasoned veterans for their background and strategies - now the time has come to talk with some of this year's most successful teams. In this article you will find: James Penn and James Rankin, Auckland A Lisa Schallenberg, Leiden C James Penn and James Rankin, Auckland A [caption id="attachment_30968" align="alignright" width="400"] James Penn and James Rankin - © private[/caption] James and James ranked third in the EPL break. They are debaters from Auckland, New Zealand. The interview was conducted by Lennart Lokstein. AM: Hey guys! Congratulations to your break. Did you party a lot? JP: Yeah, too much. Felt it this ...
Jan 9th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on Spotlight: Teams that made the break

Debaters at WUDC – Part 4

Debaters at WUDC - Part 4The tournament is over which means this series is also coming to an end, at least for now. But before that, we still have some debaters we'd like you to meet! Erika Martinez and Alexis Hernando, Peru Aneeq Ali Sawar and Shayan Shaukat, Pakistan Erika Martinez and Alexis Hernando, Peru [caption id="attachment_30880" align="alignleft" width="400"] Erika Martinez and Alexis Hernando - © Johannes Meiborg[/caption] AM: Hi, can you give us a quick introduction of you and how you started debating? EM: I study philosophy at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and have been debating in Spanish for four years now in our debating society called Sociedad ...
Jan 6th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen | Comments Off on Debaters at WUDC – Part 4

Debaters at WUDC – Part 3

Debaters at WUDC - Part 3There are a lot of different people from a lot of different countries participating at the WUDC and we try to introduce you to as many as possible! In this part you will find interviews with the following participants: Beatriz de León and Yolanda González, Spain Charlotte Gabriel and Nathanael Revaldi, Indonesia Jan-Gunther Gosselke, Switzerland   Beatriz de León and Yolanda González, Spain [caption id="attachment_30845" align="alignleft" width="400"] Beatriz de León and Yolanda González - © Johannes Meiborg[/caption] AM: Hello who are you two and what brought you into debating? BdL: I'm Beatriz, 20 years old and I study law and international relations at the University Francisco de Vitania in ...
Jan 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on Debaters at WUDC – Part 3

WUDC Tips and Tricks from Veterans – Part 2

WUDC Tips and Tricks from Veterans - Part 2There’s no other time in the year where more outstanding, successful, brilliant, superb, mind-blowing, astonishing, fascinating debaters meet at one location then whilst WUDC. That makes worlds the perfect time to talk to some of these people and get them to share their secrets to success. We have spoken to three more people from The Netherlands, Israel, Bangladesh and Germany. The interviews were conducted by Helena Hecke. In this Article you’ll hear about the tricks of the trade from Marc-Andre Schulz – Aachen Emma Lucas and Gigi Gil – Leiden Monica Forman - Tel Aviv Ratib Ali - Dhaka [caption id="attachment_30787" align="alignright" width="229"] Marc-Andre Schulz - ...
Jan 1st, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on WUDC Tips and Tricks from Veterans – Part 2

Debaters at WUDC – Part 2

Debaters at WUDC - Part 2The second day of the World Universities Debating Championship in The Hague is coming to an end and of course the Achte Minute was there once again and has interviewed some of the participants from all around the world. Today six people from three continents were interviewed and there will be more coming the following days. The interviews were conducted by Helena Hecke. In this part you can find the interviews with: Ngozi Sibulele and Inga Macingwano – South Africa Charles Lewis and Alan Chan – Canada Minji Kim and Do Hyung Shin – South Korea   Ngozi Sibulele and Inga Macingwano – South Africa [caption id="attachment_30797" align="alignleft" ...
Dec 31st, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on Debaters at WUDC – Part 2

WUDC Tips and Tricks from Veterans – Part 1

WUDC Tips and Tricks from Veterans - Part 1There is no other time in the year where more outstanding, successful, brilliant, superb, mind-blowing, astonishing, fascinating debaters meet at one location than whilst at WUDC. This makes Worlds the perfect time to talk to some of those people and get them to share their secrets to success. Today on the day of the first rounds, the Achte Minute has spoken to three different people from Sweden and New Zealand. In this article you’ll find the tricks of the trade. Gustaf Lundgren and Johan Båge – Stockholm Sebastian Templeton – Wellington Gustaf Lundgren and Johan Båge – Stockholm Gustaf and Johan are ...
Dec 30th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on WUDC Tips and Tricks from Veterans – Part 1

Debaters at WUDC – Part 1

Debaters at WUDC - Part 1The first day of the World University Debating Championship 2017 in The Hague is coming to an end and of course the Achte Minute was there and interviewed some of the participants from all around the world. Today seven people from three continents were interviewed and more will be coming the following days. Interviewing for the Achte Minute was Helena Hecke. In this part you can find the interviews with: Pradeepta Adhikari and Shreya Josmi – Nepal Roshelle Pinnock, Patrice Minto and Germaine Barrett – Jamaica Tyler Whitney and Lemuel Daher, Northwest University Kirkland – USA Pradeepta Adhikari and Shreya Josmi – Nepal [caption id="attachment_30746" align="alignleft" ...
Dec 28th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on Debaters at WUDC – Part 1

Debaters at the WSDC – Part 2

Debaters at the WSDC - Part 2On the 19th-29th Juli the World Schools Debating Championships take place in and around Stuttgart, Germany (an article about the WSDC 2016 can be found here). The Achte Minute was visiting the event and we’ve interviewed some of the participating debaters from all around the world. Because of the large number of interviews the first part of this Mittwochs-Feature was already published yesterday. In this part you can find the interviews with: Naz Gocek, Branksome Hall - Canada Barbara Krumpholz, Europäisches Gymnasium Bertha-von-Suttner - Germany Thomas Murphy, Dubai College - United Arabic Emirates Abhaya Gauchan, Ratobangala School - Nepal   Naz Gocek, Branksome Hall - Canada [caption id="attachment_29517" ...
Jul 27th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Debaters at the WSDC – Part 2

Debaters at the WSDC – Part 1

Debaters at the WSDC - Part 1On the 19th-29th Juli the World Schools Debating Championships take place in and around Stuttgart, Germany (an article about the WSDC 2016 can be found here). The Achte Minute was visiting the event and has interviewed some of the participating debaters from all around the world. Because of the large number of interviews, the first part of this Mittwochs-Feature is already published today. The second part will be published regularly at 10am on Wednesday. In this part you can find the interviews with: Kenza Wilks, Dulwich College - England Alejo Gonzalez Virgili, Belgrano Day School - Argentina Jay Tanatswa Muzhingi, Kutama College - Zimbabwe Kenza ...
Jul 26th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Debaters at the WSDC – Part 1

“I took the first step”: Interview with Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter

"I took the first step": Interview with Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter  Worlds are over, but some questions remain. Why was there a delay during the preliminary rounds every day? Did Tabbie2 malfunction at any time? Or were the adjudicator scores lost? Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter from DK Wien talked to Achte Minute about tabbing the biggest international tournament, his software Tabbie2, and other technical details. Achte Minute: Dear Jakob, you were one of the Tab Masters at the World University Debating Championships in Thessaloniki. How do you feel after this tournament? Jakob: I am really happy I had the opportunity to be the Tab Master. It is always a great challenge to ...
Jan 13th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on “I took the first step”: Interview with Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter

„Let’s not reinvent the wheel every year“ – Dessislava Kirova on South Africa’s bid for WUDC 2017

„Let's not reinvent the wheel every year“ – Dessislava Kirova on South Africa's bid for WUDC 2017South Africa is currently applying to host the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) in 2017. Should the bid be successful, Dessislava Kirova would form the Chief Adjudication panel, together with Gemma Buckley from Australia and Syed Saddiq from Malaysia. Anne Gaa spoke with her about her plans for the Worlds.Achte Minute: How did you get to be nominated by the South African OrgCom? Is there a special relationship between the German and South African debating communities?Dessislava Kirova: It was quite surprising. At the Paris Open 2013, I met someone who was, at that time, part of the organizing team. That connection ...
Jan 28th, 2015 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature | Mit einem Kommentar

Team spirit, bureaucracy, and the prospect of an amazing party: An interview with Stefan Zweiker, convenor of Vienna EUDC

Team spirit, bureaucracy, and the prospect of an amazing party: An interview with Stefan Zweiker, convenor of Vienna EUDCThe preparations for the European Universities Debating Championship (EUDC) 2015 in Vienna are in full swing. Stefan Zweiker convenes the event, which will host 800 participants in Austria’s capital. Press representative of Debattierklub Wien (DKWien) Damita Pressl conducted a short interview. Stefan, how is the organisation going at the moment? What details have been confirmed so far? For one thing, we have a key organisation committee, meaning that up to this point, we had around 20 people completing most tasks. That number is now set to grow, and I would guess around another 20 people are going to join us and take ...
Nov 19th, 2014 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Team spirit, bureaucracy, and the prospect of an amazing party: An interview with Stefan Zweiker, convenor of Vienna EUDC

New editor-in-chief of Achte Minute

New editor-in-chief of Achte MinuteAfter Florian Umscheid has run the Achte Minute along with Annette Kirste since January 2013, he will assume a new task now: The representatives of german-speaking debating clubs elected him the president of VDCH (Verband der Debattierclubs an Hochschulen), the umbrella organisation of over 70 mostly German and Austrian debating clubs at universities. Along with Annette, Sarah Kempf will now run the Achte Minute as editor-in-chief. She has been Chief Convenor of the German Universities Debating Championship 2009 and the Gutenberg-Cup 2009 and 2010. Since 2010, she reports on local affairs and culture for the daily newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung in Mainz. ...
Sep 7th, 2013 | By | Category: In eigener Sache, Menschen | mit 3 Kommentaren

General assembly of VDCH elects new executive board

General assembly of VDCH elects new executive boardThe general assembly of VDCH (Verband der Debattierclubs an Hochschulen), the umbrella organisation of over 70 german-speaking debating clubs at universities, has elected a new executive board on August 31. Florian Umscheid (Berlin/Bamberg) was elected president by the representatives; vice presidents are Tobias Kube (Marburg), Jennifer Holm (Heidelberg) and Alexander Labinsky (Dresden).   The Achte Minute congratulates the new board and wishes them best of success for their term of office! kem
Aug 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Menschen, VDCH | Comments Off on General assembly of VDCH elects new executive board

“An incredibly awesome surprise”- Interview with ESL Champions Peer & Emilia

“An incredibly awesome surprise”-  Interview with ESL Champions Peer & EmiliaLast weekend a dream that many debaters dream came true for Peer Klüßendorf and Emilia Carlqvist: They became European Debating Champions in English as a second language. Peer started debating in highschool when he attended "Jugend debattiert" and advanced to its national and international final in 2007. One year ago, he resumed debating when he moved to Lund. Emilia just moved to Lund in 2011 and tried debating at a local tournament. Despite liking it, she was too busy and did not debate again until 2012 when she decided to run for the board of Lund Debate Society. Achte Minute ...
Aug 28th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Mit einem Kommentar

The Appointment of DCAs for Durham EUDC 2014

The Appointment of DCAs for Durham EUDC 2014[caption id="attachment_17141" align="alignright" width="324"] Beyond black and white: Danique van Koppenhagen (l) and Fred Cowell (r) are looking for Co-DCAs[/caption] The DCAs of the Durham EUDC 2014 bid contacted Achte Minute about the application process for Druham EUDC DCAs. Below are all the informations you need if you want to consider an application. "We will not be appointing DCAs on a specifically regional basis but will instead be appointing those individuals who meet the qualifications and are best placed to fulfil the duties and expectations of a DCA. The qualifications and duties of a DCA are set out below, we will be ...
Jul 15th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | Comments Off on The Appointment of DCAs for Durham EUDC 2014

Applications process for adjudicators at Chennai

The Org Com of Chennai Worlds released informations about the application process for those who would like to participate in Worlds as a adjudicator. This includes Individuals applying to be ‘Independent Adjudicators’ (i.e. an adjudicator unaffiliated with any institution) or Representatives from institutions that have requested one or more adjudicator spots in excess of the ‘N-1’ requirement.  Independent Adjudicators Independent adjudicators are those that wish to judge at Worlds but are not officially part of an institution's WUDC contingent. Independent adjudicators can either be self funded or can apply for a subsidy from Chennai Worlds. Applicants need to fill out the following form and answer several questions. Chennai ...
Jun 25th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen | Comments Off on Applications process for adjudicators at Chennai

The International Debate Education Association

The International Debate Education Association[caption id="attachment_15655" align="alignright" width="267"] (Photo by Ton Zonneveldt)[/caption] Anne Valkering is a former debater and well known figure in the Debate circle. For Achte Minute she writes about IDEA- the International Debate Education Association. Anne is a program officer and develops projects like Debate changing Europe  does fundraising, implements and coordinates them. What is IDEA? The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) aims to bring debate to places where it is not practiced. IDEA develops, organises and promotes debate and debate-related activities in communities throughout the world to promote civic engagement, focused on young people between 15 and 25. IDEA was created out of the Open Society ...
Apr 8th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen | Mit einem Kommentar

“If I were asked to do it again, I would most probably decline”

"If I were asked to do it again, I would most probably decline"[caption id="attachment_15088" align="alignleft" width="280"] Patrick Ehmann (Photo: Henrik Mädler)[/caption] Achte Minute was able to catch up with Patrick Ehmann, convener of the WUDC Berlin 2013, to talk about the challenges faced in hosting WUDC Berlin 2013, the legacy of the tournament, the general perspective of world debating and his personal evaluation. Achte Minute: Patrick, now that two months have passed after the WUDC Berlin 2013, how do you feel? Patrick Ehmann: Well, immediately after the tournament I wanted to have nothing to do with the WUDC Berlin 2013 ever again. I was physically and emotionally drained. Now, from a distance I can see ...
Mar 17th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Turniere | mit 3 Kommentaren

Abolish Points of Information? Doug Cochran’s thoughts on how to improve POIs.

Abolish Points of Information? Doug Cochran’s thoughts on how to improve POIs.At the World Debate Forum in Berlin 2013, debaters from across the world talked about using debating in tournaments, trainings and youth projects. In the opening speech, Doug Cochran presented “Ten suggestions for a better Worlds”. Among these points, he suggested to abloish or reform Points of Information during BP debates. As these thoughts might interest you aswell, Achte Minute asked Doug to write down his thoughts. Doug Cohran: Two Potential Reforms to Points of Information At the World Debating Forum, there was a discussion about potential reforms to WUDC debating. I put forward a number of suggestions, including abolition of points ...
Feb 5th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Debattieren in der Öffentlichkeit, Menschen, Presseschau | mit 7 Kommentaren

“We just want to debate as well as possible” – our German and Austrian teams competing

Or may be here?[caption id="attachment_14010" align="alignright" width="400"] Where do they hide among  Announcement Hall der WUDC 2013[/caption] "I was really eager to be part of the largest debating tournament on earth," says Lucas Danco. The 20-year old experiences his first Worlds and is enthusiastic. "It's totally fascinating to see so many different people from so many different cultures come together and compete by the same rules. " Lucas is one of 28 speakers from VDCH clubs that compete at the Worlds in Berlin. The umbrella association VDCH (Verband der Debattierclubs an Hochschulen, engl. Association of Debating Societies at Universities) represents more than 70 debating societies ...
Dec 31st, 2012 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen | Mit einem Kommentar

“Super, super cool!” / Interview with Tobias Kube

DDG-Nachwuchspreisträger Tobias Kube (Mitte) mit Mitgliedern des DDG-Vorstands (2011/2012), Bastian Laubner, Marietta Gädecke und Nicolas Eberle.Tobias Kube was awarded for being the most promising debater new on the German language deating circuit at the German Language Debating Championship in Vienna in June this year. Deutsche Debattiergesellschaft, the alumni debating society of Germany, grants this award every year to one of the up-and-coming debaters. Read here the interview of a first year who will soon be debating with and against old stagers at the Masters’ Cup in Eisenach. Read the complete interview in German.
Oct 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Menschen | mit 4 Kommentaren

“Es wurde zu wenig über Politik geredet”: Allison Jones gewinnt ZDF-Sendung “Ich kann Kanzler!”

Ich kann Kanzler-Gewinnerin Allison Jones umringt von der Jury: Maybrit Illner, Michael Spreng, Oliver Welke und Jörg Pilawa, Foto: (C) ZDF, Max Kohr 
May 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Menschen | Comments Off on “Es wurde zu wenig über Politik geredet”: Allison Jones gewinnt ZDF-Sendung “Ich kann Kanzler!”

Almost a millionaire: Jan Castel in an interview

To learn more about the astonishing success of the debater and medical student Jan Castel in the German version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", please read the German version of the article. xzy / glx
May 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Menschen | Comments Off on Almost a millionaire: Jan Castel in an interview

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