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WUDC 2012: Day 2

For debaters at De La Salle Worlds in Manila today was launch day, with three preliminary rounds taking place at De La Salle University (DLSU). During preliminary rounds, no distinction is made between different language levels (Open/ESL/EFL), so especially round 1 saw a wild mix of debaters from all over the world, clashing over the motion "This house would make fathers take paternity leave", a nice and not-too-hard start into the day. ...
Dec 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | mit 2 Kommentaren

Heidelberg Debating wins Streitkultur Cup

Die Sieger des Streitkultur-Cups 2011 (v.l.n.r.): Sven Hirschfeld, Franzi Kriegelstein und Daniel Sommer - die Hütchen sind Teil des Titels. (Foto: Philipp Stiel)Heidelberg Debating A (Sven Hirschfeld, Daniel Sommer and Franzi Kriegelstein) won the final of the renown Streitkultur Cup 2011 in Tübingen. They defeated Streitkultur Pheme from Tübingen (Peter Croonenbroeck, Anne Suffel and Jonathan Spanos).Free speakers were Philipp Stiel, Lukas Windhager and Dominic Hildebrand. The final was judged by Vanessa Schilling, Tobias Kube, Oliver Hörtensteiner, Sarah Kempf and Leo Vogel. Mario Dießner functioned as president of the final debate. The audience chose Peter Croonenbroeck as best speaker of the final who was awarded with a traditional cactus. [caption id="attachment_11479" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The winners of the Streitkultur Cup 2011: Sven Hirschfeld, Franzi Kriegelstein ...
Dec 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Heidelberg Debating wins Streitkultur Cup

Streitkultur-Cup 2011: The final break

The break of Streitkultur-Cup is here: The first team to break in Tübingen is Heidelberg Debating A (Sven Hirschfeld, Daniel Sommer, Franzi Kriegelstein), the second is Streitkultur Pheme (Peter Croonenbroeck, Anne Suffel, Jonathan Spanos). Free speakers breaking: Philipp Stiel, Lukas Windhager and Dominic Hildebrand. The top-of-the-tab team Xavers Zamperl from Munich (Franziska Schuster-Städter, Almut Graebsch, Jan-Felix Schneider)were not eligible to break since the broke something else: the pro-am rule. The fresher in the team must not have started debating before September 2011. Read more on this in the German version of this article.
Dec 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Mit einem Kommentar

First Saxony-Anhalt Derby

Die Neulinge der sachsen-anhaltinischen Debattierclubs in Magdeburg und Halle (Foto: Miriam Hauft)Debaters of Saxony-Anhalt competed in the first Saxony-Anhalt Derby. Read the German version to learn which society defeated the other.
Dec 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on First Saxony-Anhalt Derby

Cambridge vs Oxford – Melanie Sindelar on the most famous IVs

der VDCH beim Cambridge IV 2011 Two of the most prestigious debating tournaments took place over the last weekends, the Oxford (November 10 and 11) and the Cambridge IV (November 18 and 19), and Achte Minute was there! Because there is a long tradition of comparison between the two Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, also this report will try to compare both tournaments since IV stands for intervarsity, a competition between universities. The first tournament that took place was the Oxford IV – which started on Friday (for international arrivals on Thursday evening) and took place at the impressive Oxford ...
Dec 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | mit 3 Kommentaren

DCJG startet “SkypeDebate”

SkypeDebate - online debates via Skype, initiated by Debattierclub Johannes Gutenberg. Curious? Read more on this in the German version of this article.
Nov 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen | mit 4 Kommentaren

Bluff: Mainz is not a carnival club!

Robert Epple aus Frankfurt überzeugte als Freier Redner im Finale Jury wie Publikum - zurecht bester Redner! (Foto: Max Fritz) Please read the very, very entertaining report that Sven Hirschfeld has written for Achte Minute on the Gutenberg Cup, the expertise on carnival in Mainz and an obviously superb tournament. Please got the German version to do so. Pleeeeease!
Nov 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | mit 2 Kommentaren

Debating goes online: Two debate platforms compared

Please check the German version of this article to read our review on two German online debating platforms, debatare.de and sagwas.net. xzy / apf
Nov 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Politik und Gesellschaft, Themen | Comments Off on Debating goes online: Two debate platforms compared

Helau! Mainz gewinnt den Gutenberg-Cup

Mainz won the Gutenberg Cup! Please read the German version of this article to learn more about the details.
Nov 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Helau! Mainz gewinnt den Gutenberg-Cup

Gutenberg-Cup: The final break

The final break at the Gutenberg Cup in Mainz: Mainz (prop) vs. Freiburg (opp), Free Speakers are Robert Epple (Frankfurt), Michael Powala (Mannheim) and Victoria Reuter (Heidelberg). On the panel are CAs Sarah Kempf and Torsten Rössing, by their sides Marion Seiche (president), Pauline Leopold (chair), Ruben Brandhofer, Sven Hirschfeld and Daniel Jurjew. The final motion: God is a woman.
Nov 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Gutenberg-Cup: The final break

Between tiger parents and debates – Leonhard Weese on the Hong Kong Debate Open

Hongkong, Sonderverwaltungszone, Metropole - und unser Chinakorrespondent Leonhard Weese mittendrin! (Foto: Leonhard Weese) Leonhard Weese of Debattierklub Wien is now doing his master studies in Hong Kong. Inbetween studies he finds time to take part in debating tournaments, for instance in Beijing. This time, he made it to the Hong Kong Open which was staged in Hong Kong for the second time. Read here his exklusive report from China. Being known for their academic achievements as much as their students’ performances in the natural sciences for years, Hong Kong schools look for other fields to distinguish their students. And tiger parents are too. Fully loaded with (almost) untaxed income from the plenty of booming ...
Nov 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Between tiger parents and debates – Leonhard Weese on the Hong Kong Debate Open

Masters’ Cup 2011: Lukas Haffert may now call himself Master of the Masters

At the Masters' Cup in the famous fortress of Wartburg in the middle of the Thuringian Forest, Lukas Haffert defeated his competitors. His fellow finalists were Marietta Gädeke, Torsten Rössing and Marcus Ewald. Lukas may now call himself Master of the Masters. The exclusive tourney is hosted by Deutsche Debattiergesellschaft (DDG), the German alumni debating society. The motions read as follows: Round 1: "Dieses Haus würde Palästina als Vollmitglied in die UN aufnehmen." Round 2: "Dieses Haus bestraft eine erwiesene Falschbeschuldigung nach der Strafe, die der Beschuldigte erhalten hätte, wenn er aufgrund der Beschuldigung verurteilt worden wäre." Round 3: "Dieses Haus wandelt ...
Sep 24th, 2011 | By | Category: DDG, Themen | mit 4 Kommentaren

Masters’ Cup 2011: Break to Semis

The motion of the break semi-finals read: “Dieses Haus würde dem Wutbürger einen Maulkorb verpassen.” Semi 1: Bastian Laubner Lukas Haffert Almut Graebsch Marcus Ewald Judges: Verena Gräf, Mario Dießner, Andrea Gau, Bernd Hoefer Semi 2: Torsten Rössing Farid Schwuchow Jan Lüken Marietta Gädecke Judges: Allison Jones, Marion Seiche, Alexander Postinett, Benedikt Nufer The Masters’ Cup is the annual tournament which is staged at Eisenach since 2005. The venue for the final is the ballroom at the world heritage site Wartburg. The Masters’ style was specifically developed for the Masters’ Cup where teams will be allocated by drawing lots. In teams of two, every speaker gets ...
Sep 24th, 2011 | By | Category: DDG, Themen | Mit einem Kommentar

Debating is no witchery

A workshop on BPS was the reason why debaters from all over Germany assembled in Mainz where Marcus Ewald and Lukas Haffert coached participants on how to make an economy argument out of any motion. In exercises such as switch debate and oppy proppy debaters learned a lot, Teresa Widlok summed up the past weekend. Read more on this in her report in German.
Sep 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Themen | Mit einem Kommentar

Development aid in northern Europe – Manuel Adams on the Berlin mission to Oslo

Development aid in northern Europe - Manuel Adams on the Berlin mission to Oslo[caption id="attachment_11004" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Die Berlin Debating Union leistet Aufbauhilfe im Norden Europas. Der deutsche Hauptstadtclub debattiert, trainiert und tauscht Tipps aus mit Debattanten aus der norwegischen Hauptstadt. (Foto: Manuel Adams)"][/caption] Norway is one of those geek countries who always appear superior in statistics. No other country is that richt, that educated, that peaceful and that fair. Or so so Manuel Adams sees it. Please read the German version of this article to find out what kind of development aid Berlin provided in Oslo.
Sep 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Themen | mit 2 Kommentaren

Red Sea Open 2011

The Winning Team: Manos Moschopoulos & Oskar Avery The sparkling sun on wet skin, the smell of sun lotion and tasty food, motions challenging our debater-skills and interesting debates with people from Russia, Germany, Austria, Israel, Greece, England – this year’s Red Sea Open (RSO) was the perfect combination of all of that. ...
Sep 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Mit einem Kommentar

Galway Euros 2011: Press Review 3

Eleven months until Belgrade Euros start - and here's some news about it in the media! Also found: More statements concerning the ESL final motion of the European Universities Debating Championsips (EUDC or Euros). And the Israeli press is delighted about team Tel Aviv winning that very final. ...
Sep 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Galway Euros 2011: Press Review 3

Reinhold Koch wins in Portugal – G. Rhydian Morgan about the International Debate Camp

Die gute Nachricht gleich mal vorneweg: Reinhold Koch vom Debattierclub München hat das Turnier beim International Debate Camp in Porto, Portugal, gewonnen. Lest hier den Bericht von G. Rhydian Morgan, der als Debattiertrainer schon die ganze Welt bereiste - diesmal das westlichste Land Europas. It started as an idea, back in November 2010, when the first Portuguese participants attended the renowned IDAS training held annually in Slovenia. Impressed and encouraged by the quality of instruction and the intensity of the programme, a group of debaters from the University of Porto Debating Society (SdDUP) headed by their President, Ary ...
Sep 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Menschen, Themen, Turniere | mit 3 Kommentaren

Facebook vs. real life – Christopher Sanchez about the World Schools Debating Championships 2011

Facebook vs. real life - Christopher Sanchez about the World Schools Debating Championships 2011Ahhhh, summer holidays! Finally: Sleeping in, extended breakfast, enjoy the summer day, relax from school. A good book might compete with the all-too-fast online world. Uhm, well, the German delegation who went to the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC or World Schools) 2011 in Dundee obviuosly meant to do the oppositie of all this: Long trip to Scottland, getting up early in the morning, out into Scottish weather, in to the next debate, out of the  debate, doing late night online research for the next day. Tired, hungry, disappointed by losses, totally euphoric from wins, running between venues, competing with ...
Aug 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Facebook vs. real life – Christopher Sanchez about the World Schools Debating Championships 2011

Sophie Binas and Franziska Bröker win at first women only tourney

From 17 to 19 August the first women only debating tournament took place in Germany organized by the Debattiergesellschaft Jena. 16 speakers argued in five preliminary rounds and the final. Sophie Binas (Klartext Halle) and Franziska Bröker (S.A.E.C.L.O. Greifswald), the latter just finished grammar school, won the final from the position of Closing Opposition. To learn more about the tournament and its motions, please read the German version of this article. Get an impression of the tournament from the video that broadcaster Jena-TV published on their website. vro / apf
Aug 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | mit 3 Kommentaren

Galway Euros 2011: Press review 2

Furor on the web about the ESL final motion and more blogs and articles that report from the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC or Euros): That’s what we found for you on the internet. ...
Aug 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Galway Euros 2011: Press review 2

What if God was one of us? Thoughts on Eric’s criticism of the ESL final motion.

Disclaimer: This article reflects my (Manos Moschopoulos’) own personal point of view, which does not necessarily reflect the opinion of anyone else involved with the Adjudication core or Organizing Committee of Belgrade EUDC 2012. Addendum: Manos' text refers to a Facebook group where a Dutch debater complains about the motion of the ESL final at the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC or Euros) at Galway, Ireland. This very debater, Eric Stam, has also voiced his opinion on the website of the Dutch debating assosication. By the way, the motion read "This house believes ...
Aug 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on What if God was one of us? Thoughts on Eric’s criticism of the ESL final motion.

Galway Euros 2011: Press Review 1

Galway Euros 2011: Press Review 1 Numbers, winners, facts and pictures! That and more is to be found in international media about the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC or Euros) that were held at Galway, Ireland from August 7 to 13. Since we assume that our appreciated readers do not want to waste their precious time on thorough research, but still wanna know what's going on - well, your Achte Minute team provides you with a quick overview. ...
Aug 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Galway Euros 2011: Press Review 1

Galway Euros 2011: Facts and Figures

Since we guess that our appreciated readers follow us on Twitter your head will most probably be replete with impressions from Galway Euros. But what are the facts and figures about the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC or Euros)? Or maybe you have been there yourself and want to sort things out now? Your Achte Minute team provides you with all you might want to know - and even beyond. By the way, you still might wanna follow the Hashtag #EUDC on Twitter - you'll find funny stories and how everybody copes with the ...
Aug 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | mit 6 Kommentaren

Galway Euros 2011: The Champions are from Tel Aviv and Oxford

One week of debating, nine preliminary rounds, quarters, semis and now the final! This year's European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC or Euros) held at Glaway, Ireland, produced new champions in the open break as well as in the category ESL, English as a Second Language. ...
Aug 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Galway Euros 2011: The Champions are from Tel Aviv and Oxford

Galway Euros 2011: Break to Semis and Finals

Diner is over, everybody is well fed, veeeery sweet "sticky toffee" fudge as dessert. But here is, what you're probably really interested in instead of our diet. Maybe the motions of the quarters? Open break quarters: "This house would never fight for King and Country." ESL break quarters: "This house would ban all EU arms companies from selling arms outside the EU." From quarters, it was the following teams who advanced to semis: ...
Aug 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Comments Off on Galway Euros 2011: Break to Semis and Finals

Galway Euros 2011: Day Three

Wow, great applause to our volunteers here at Galway! They are doing a great job and more than deserved the standing ovations they were payed to. They're doing an amazing job. We're right now enjoying a nice and decent soial with traditional Irish music. Everybody's a little tired after nine prelims up to now - but at the same time rrrrrrrreally excited: Who is going to break tonight? Who will compete in tomorrow's quarter finals? It's a tough competition - yeah, really, what else are we supposed to say about it? It is ...
Aug 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | mit 3 Kommentaren

Galway Euros 2011: Day Two

swifObama's taxation failure, donor siblings and hacking - yesterday's motions swiftly summed up. The first was about the debt deal in the United states, the second about siblings selected as donors for much looked-after tissue for their older brothers or sisters and the third was about the question if hacking is an appropriate means of protest. We hope all our much appreciated readers followed us on Twitter during the debates, so we would not bother you with boring summaries of the debates. Two great news from yesterday, the first: There was no rain! ...
Aug 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Mit einem Kommentar

Galway Euros 2011: Day One

“This house would bring back death penalty.“ Thus read the motion of round one. Easy starting for the first round of a major competition. Everybody would have discussed that topic before, be it as a debater or in an essay back at secondary school. On the other side, that made it quite difficult for the lower half of the tables to find good extension – opening fractions wouldn’t leave any arguments. In our room it ended up being a bit too much about psychopaths we’d say. But valid arguments on both sides helped ...
Aug 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | Mit einem Kommentar

Wo der Bär steppt – Manuel Adams über das Berlin Humboldt IV 2011

Wo der Bär steppt – Manuel Adams über das Berlin Humboldt IV 2011 Mixing cocktails, strolling through Berlin, the German women football team losing to Japan, prospective Worlds and Euros convenors beating each other in distributing their giveaways ... All that and much more is the Berlin IV. Find here the motions, the break to (semi-)finals and the tab! And read the German version of this article to learn more about how Manuel Adams saw the Berlin IV or what it is called these days. The motions: [caption id="attachment_10365" align="alignright" width="226" caption="Convenor Dessislava Kirova talking to a participant of the Berlin IV.  (Picture: Manuel Adams)"][/caption] 1. Vorrunde: This house would financially incentivise parents to have two ...
Jul 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Themen, Turniere | mit 2 Kommentaren

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