Maandelijks archief november 2013

doorBionda Merckens

IDAS 2013

Now for the eleventh time in a row Za in Proti, the national debate program of Slovenia, and the World Debate Institute of the University of Vermont (USA) are organising the International Debate Academy Slovenia (IDAS). This week is a bootcamp for students, trainers and those who want to organise a tournament. The event closes with a tournament (6 rounds, Worlds Format) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Saturday November 23:

Today is arrival day, about 110 persons (including trainers) from all over the world. Think: China, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Kazahstan, Kosovo, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela. We are staying in the incredibly nice Alpine Resort Hotel Špik near the border of Slovenia with Austria and Italy. After dinner we get an introduction to the program of coming week and we get a show debate on the motion: THW ban unpaid internships. Everyone is happy when the debate is over and one can sleep of another part of their jetlag. But not before all teams for the debate tournament have been formed and communicated.


Sunday till Thursday:

After breakfast a short introduction of the day is given and then we start. At 9:00h our first lecture, we are divided in three groups based on level, experience (in years and number of tournaments) and on the basis of nationality. The given lectures are on for example strategy. After an hour we continue with a round of exercises. Also divided in smaller groups, we discuss different strategies and approaches to different motions. Right after we are finished, the motion of the first round drops: TH regrets the Sochi Olympics. Worlds format, seven minute speeches, feedback and results followed, finally, by lunch. We have a bit time left to relax before two rounds of electives start. These are small classes on specific subjects or on specific techniques. Think of POIs for beginners, the ABC of human rights, statehood and secession, advocacy and lobbying and so on. Followed by, yes, another debate. We help ourselves to dinner and in the evening we got a social.

Motions on Sunday:

Morning debate: TH regrets the Sochi Olympics.

Afternoon debate: THW support the right to secession.

Social on Sunday:

All the countries brought something special of their country and in the bar downstairs we are organising a country exhibition. Which means we spend the evening drinking vodka, eating stroopwafels while being covered in protective eyes of Turkey. Although it is nice and cosy, all know where to find their beds early in the evening. A combination of jetlag and exhaustion due to active participation I would guess.


Monday November 25

The sun is shining and while we have an incredible view on the Alps, we continue sucking up debating strategies, tactics and theories. Here are today’s motions and a short overview of the social.

Motions on Monday:

Morning debate: When applying for adoption, THW positively discriminate in favor fo same-sex couples.

Afternoon debate: TH regrets German domination of the EU.

Social on Monday:

Exhaustion doesn’t play a role here at all. They come by our rooms, drag us out of our beds, ok more or less voluntary and with help of room mates. There is no choice but going down to the bar and enjoy the ‘Squirrel games’. And where most of you would directly think of the debate implications, no it was simply about succeeding in tasks to escape our imprisonment by the squirrels in the forest that surrounds us. From pictionary to drinking games to human knots, we got it all. In the end the ‘Whoehaha’s’ unfortunately took the title of Master of the Squirrels  over the ‘What’s left’? Well let’s just say that sometimes it is better not to be able to mimic THB there is no day after tomorrow, than to be called ‘Master of the Squirrels’ for the rest of the week.


Tuesday November 26

Another day of debating, lectures and fun.

Motions on Tuesday:

Morning debate: THBT the Nobel Prize Committee should cancel the Nobel Peace Prize of Barack Obama.

Afternoon debate: THW make all public toilets unisex.

Social on Tuesday:

Today the afternoon debate and the social were switched. For those who do not know yet, we are in one of the most amazing hotels in the Alps enjoying the well-deserved good life of a debater. To give us the chance to actually use the inside pool, a pool party in the afternoon is welcomed widely. This gives us a pool full of debaters playing Marco Polo, the guys showing off on each others shoulders and all in turns relaxing in the Jacuzzi.


Wednesday November 27

Today lectures are about poi’s mainly. What to do, when to do it and how to do it.

Motions on Wednesday:

Morning debate: THBT governments should actively discourage consumer lifestyles.

Afternoon debate: TH supports the force feeding of incarcerated hunger strikers.

Social on Wednesday:

Those who wanted to do an act were invited to sign up and come to the bar downstairs. When in the end no one signed up at all, it was said that each country should do something. This created an evening of very bad Romanian music, although very much appreciated, classical American songs in karaoke, guitar playing, dancing and even an martial arts demonstration.


Thursday November 28

Last day of trainings, last day in the hotel and the last day of practise debates.

Motions on Thursday:

Morning debate: THW ban multinational beverage corporations.

Afternoon debate: THW grant to all indigenous groups the right to their own legal system based on their traditions.

Social on Thursday:

Just a tip for those who organise socials: providing debaters with a kitsch party might just get you the evening of a life time. Clothes were exchanged, swim suits came out to have a whole other purpose and a lot of the stereotypes were met. Even though the internet wasn’t always supporting the music, enough Ipods came up with classic songs and music to go all the way.

The motions of the tournament:

Round 1: TH will impose a tax to reduce the gender pay gap.

Round 2: THBT EU nations should stop cooperating with the USA on intelligence matters.

Round 3: THW not watch pornography.

Round 4: THW pay reparations to European Roma.

Round 5: THBT all corporations should become cooperatives owned and operated by workers.

Round 6: THBT the dead are the property of the state.


Breaking teams: Team (points, speaks)

1. Woodward Beaton (16, 979)

2. Senghas Solnick (15, 950)

3. Koruza Medvedsek (13, 937)

4. Kukavica Munda (13, 928)

5. Groenewald Craffert (13, 928)

6. Hrzic Cvikl (12, 947)

7. Surdea Toade (12, 936)

8. Kruchkow Munsil (12, 909)

9. Lukomska Decharne (12, 909)

10. Aggerwal Tumas (11, 927)

11. Smigoc Persak (11, 919)

12. Mehedinti Cimpeanu (11, 916)

13. Polsak Svagan (11, 911)

14. Berger Cvikl (11, 907)

(15.) Porter Cope (10, 937)

(16.) Mata Villegas (10, 902)

Motion quarterfinals: THW not induce a tax on bitcoins.




OG: Aggerwal Tumas

OO: Senghas Solnick

CG: Berger Cvikl

CO Koruza Medvedsek

Room 13

OG: Mehedinti Cimpeanu

OO: Groenewald Craffert

CG: Lukomska Decharne

CO: Woodward Beaton

Motion semi-finals: THW apply universal jurisdiction to crimes against the environment.



OG: Aggerwal Tumas

OO: Koruza Medvedsek

CG: Woodward Beaton

CO: Lukomska Decharne

Motion final: THBT the recent Geneva agreement with Iran will fail.

Congratulations to Stephen Beaton and Trevor Woodward of the US Air Force Academy on winning IDAS 2013, as well to Stephen for being best speaker (82,33 average).

Thanks also to Za in Pronti and the University of Vermont for organising, the huge faculty of providing the best trainings and never be tired of giving feedback.

doorMascha Bloemer

Thessaloniki Bids for WUDC 2016

This article was originally posted on Achteminute, the German equivalent of Seventwenty. You can find it here.

Here you can find the link to the actual bid video of Thessaloniki WUDC 2016.

When on Saturday a teaser video poped up in Facebook, promising that a “debate related event will take place in 2016″ accompany by Syrtaki music,  rumours araised that Greece will bid for World Universities Debating Championship 2016.  The Debating Society of Greece and the Open Communication Debating Network then proudly presented the University of Macedonia bid for WUDC 2016 at the Cambridge IV. The Championship are to be held 27 December 2015 – 4 January 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The host city of Thessaloniki has been a metropolis of international standing since the Roman times, being an important trade and cultural centre for the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Today, as a major hub in Southeastern Europe, it is one of the world’s ultimate party cities according to Lonely Planet and will be the European Youth Capital for 2014.

Not very much is know so far. The Orgcom is a joint effort of the Debating Society of Greece with Open Communication. It will feature people that will have run two editions of EUDC by next year and a number of large IVs and Opens around the region. They hey only stated that they have secured a four star city centre hotel, the tournament will be hosted in a modern urban campus and that they have the full backing of both the City of Thessaloniki and the University of Macedonia.  The Org Comm confirmed, that they are getting ready to put their website online on Friday: “We have a lot of details in place already but we’re keeping them for our big launch!”

You can watch their video, and check out their Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter. Lets see if debating comes home eventually.

doorBionda Merckens

EurOpen: Break Rounds and Results!

Team tab

Speaker tab


The winner of the EurOpen 2013 is Canada East! Congratulations.

Best non-native team: Czech Republic Red

Top speakers:

1. Peter Coczanski (Canada West; average 73,4583)

2. Nasra Moumin (Canada West; average 73,2000)

3. Jangkyu Lee (Korea; average 73,1282)

4. Karl Valentini (Canada East; average 72,9000)

5. Swish Goswami (Canada East; average 72,8333)

6. Anzal Faran Baig (Czech Four; average 72,7708)

7. Graeme Climie (Canada West; average 72,5667)

8. Amy Bakx (Netherlands 1; average 72,3194)

9. Behbod Negahban (Canada West; average 72,3000)

10. Lloyd Liall (Canada East; average 72,2456)


Top non-native speakers:

1. Jangkyu Lee (Korea; average 73,1282)

2. Anzal Faran Baig (Czech Four; average 72,7708)

3. Amy Bakx (Netherlands 1; average 72,3194)



Motion: THW offer dictators immunity in return for leaving power

Canada West 3 – 6 Canada East



Motion: THW tie development aid to women’s rights

Semifinal 1: Korea 0 – 7 Canada West

Semifinal 2: Canada East 6 – 1 Czech Republic Red



Motion: THBT doctors should be required to report cases of domestic abuse to the police

Quarterfinal 1: Canada West 3 – 2 Israel

Quarterfinal 2: Canada East  –  England 2

Quarterfinal 3: Karlsgymnasium Stuttgart  –  Czech Republic Red

Quarterfinal 4: Netherlands 2 1 – 4 Korea



Motion: THBT censorship of the media has no place in the modern age

Octofinal 1: Canada West  –  Romania Central

Octofinal 2: Canada East –  Denmark

Octofinal 3: Karlsgymnasium Stuttgart  –  Israel 2

Octofinal 4: Korea Underestimated 0 – 3 Netherlands 2

Octofinal 5: Korea  –  Czech Republic Four

Octofinal 6: Czech Republic Red  –  Czech Republic White

Octofinal 7: Toron Korea  –  England 2

Octofinal 8: Germany Black  –  Israel

The break:

1. Canada West (8 wins, 21 judges, 6092 speaks)
2. Canada East (7 wins, 22 judges, 6080,5 speaks)
3. Karlsgymnasium Stuttgart (7 wins, 21 judges, 5938 speaks)
4. Netherlands 2 (7 wins, 20 judges, 6033,5 speaks)
5. Korea (7 wins, 20 judges, 6030,5 speaks)
6. Czech Republic Red (7 wins, 19 judges, 5976 speaks)
7. Toron Korea (6 wins, 17 judges, 5973,5 speaks)
8. Germany Black (6 wins, 17 judges, 5931,5 speaks)
9. Israel 1 (6 wins, 16 judges, 5964,5 speaks)
10. England 2 (6 wins, 16 judges, 5908 speaks)
11. Czech Republic White (5 wins, 15 judges, 5877 speaks)
12. Czech Republic Four (5 wins, 14 judges, 5944 speaks)
13. Korea Underestimated (5 wins, 14 judges, 5933,5 speaks)
14. Israel 2 (5 wins, 14 judges, 5892 speaks)
15. Denmark (5 wins, 13 judges, 5925,5 speaks)
16. Romania Central (4 wins, 16 judges, 5881 speaks)

doorBionda Merckens

EurOpen: Live Blog

The setup of the tournament is explained here. The daily impressions and stories are retold here.

Netherlands 1: 4 wins 14 judges

Netherlands 2: 7 wins 20 judges


Rd 1: TH demands that citizens wishing to vote must pass a competency test

Rd 2: THW prohibit the sale of goods produced under conditions which harm the workers or put them at avoidable risk

Rd 3: THW not give organs to non-donors

Rd 4: THBT the European Union did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

Rd 5: THW legalise performance enhancing drugs in sports

Rd 6: THBT migrants should only be granted permanent residency based on economic contribution

Rd 7: THW prohibit the sale of goods produced under conditions which harm the workers or put them at avoidable risk

Rd 8: THBT the European Union did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize



Round 1:

-Netherlands 1 1 – 2 CZE Red

-Netherlands 2 1 – 2 Canada West

Round 2:

-Israel 2 1 – 2 Netherlands 1

-Germany Red 1 – 2 Netherlands 2

Round 3:

-CZE White 0  – 3 Netherlands 1

-St. Benno Dresden 1 – 2 Netherlands 2

Round 4:

-Lithuania 2 – 1 Netherlands 1

-Netherlands 2 3 – 0 Viking Denmark

Round 5:

-Netherlands 1 0 – 3 Karlsgymnasium Stgt

-Netherlands 2 3 – 0 CZE Red

Round 6:

-Canada West 2 – 1 Netherlands 1

-Aci High School Istanbul 0 – 3 Netherlands 2

Round 7:

-Netherlands 1 3 – 0 GBG Winnenden

-Joh. Kepler Gymnasium Stgt 0 – 3 Netherlands 2

Round 8:

-Netherlands 1 3 – 0 Israel 3

-Netherlands 2 3 – 0 CZE Four

doorBionda Merckens

EurOpen: Introduction and Explanation

Tomorrow, the six debaters still in the pre-selection track for the World Schools team 2014 will travel to Stuttgart to participate in the European Open Debating Championships. How does the selection process work, what is the function of this tournament, and what is the setup of the tournament? Editor and pre-selection participant Simon Toussaint dissects these issues for you.


WSDC Selection Track

The Dutch schools debating circuit has been growing for years – both in terms of quality and quantity. One of the best indicators of our circuit’s relative and absolute strength is its track record in the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC). For years, Team Netherlands has participated in this prestigious tournament, reaching the octofinals in four occasions in the last five years. Next WSDC will take place in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2014. This long period of time has enabled the WSDC coaching team – headed by former European ESL champion Menno Schellekens – to set up an extensive selection track. The selection process started last May with the Roosevelt World Schools Academy, where 48 bright debaters got taught by some of the best student debaters, and participated in four rounds of debate. On this weekend, 16 debaters were chosen for the next selection round. These debaters then trained in weekly sessions until the Summer Holidays. Afterwards, the 6 remaining debaters continued to train weekly – and continue to do so right now. They will continue to train together until next February, when the final team of four will be chosen.


The six remaining debaters as of this moment are:

-Amy Bakx (Wolfert van Borselen Tweetalig)

-Emma van der Horst (Sint Willibrord Gymnasium)

-Emma Lucas (Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen)

-Uche Odikanwa (Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest)

-Urmi Pahladsingh (Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen)

-Simon Toussaint (Utrechts Stedelijk Gymnasium)


Training to become better doesn’t just mean spending every Saturday on debate while getting taught by incredibly good debaters. It also means participating in tournaments. That is why all six of us have participated in this year’s Roosevelt Open. It is also why we will participate in the European Open Debating Championships 2013, which is held from 7th – 13th of November.



The EurOpen is an annual tournament held in Stuttgart, Germany. It is an open championship, meaning that teams from outside Europe can register as well. This year’s edition, for example, will see teams from South Korea,  Qatar and Canada. Additionally, many German schools send a team as well. The tournament is held in the WSDC-format (an explanation can be found here). Concretely, this means that all debates will feature six eight-minute speeches, and two four-minute reply speeches. The language will be English. Speakers can qualify as Native, ESL (English as a Second Language), or EFL (English as a Foreign Language). There will be eight preliminary rounds, with a break to octofinals. Each debate, both teams (proposition and opposition) are judged on style, content, and strategy by three adjudicators. Each of these adjudicators then decides for him/herself who won. The team that gets the majority of votes wins the debate. A team can thus have won or lost, and have collected 3, 2, 1, or 0 judges per debate. Teams are ranked primarily by their number of wins; secondarily by their number of judges; lastly by their total amount of speaker points.

There are two prepared motions:

-This House Would prohibit the sale of goods produced under conditions  which harm the workers or put them at avoidable risk

-This House Believes That the European Union didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

Both motions will be debated twice (once from proposition and once from opposition), meaning that four out of eight preliminary rounds will be inpromptu. The draw is not power-ranked, so it is already available here.


Further information can be found on the organisation’s website.


SevenTwenty will maintain a live blog and will post daily impressions as well.