Op 25 november was het weer tijd voor het gezelligste debattoernooi van zuidelijk Nederland: het Cicero Toernooi. Georganiseerd door Mike en Lotte, goed bezocht door iedereen die wist waar het feestje te vinden was dit weekend (en niet in Munich of Cork of Newcastle zat). Rond 10 uur begon de eerste ronde, enigszins vertraagd door een aantal laatkomers. Dit liet in ieder geval genoeg tijd over voor een rustig ontbijt.
Om het kaf van het koren te scheiden werd afgetrapt met de stelling “DK ontzegt kinderen zonder vaccinatiebewijs toegang tot crèche en basisschool.” Deze ronde werd vervolgd door “DK voert sterk verhoogd toezicht in (bijvoorbeeld camera’s), in gebieden met hoge niveaus van criminaliteit.” Vooral met deze tweede stelling hadden een aantal oppositieteams wat moeite.
Over moeite gesproken, na de tweede stelling begaf helaas ook het tabsysteem het. Binnen no-time was dit opgelost door Mike en Georgeena, de helden van de dag. Desondanks werd hier wel weer wat vertraging opgelopen. Gelukkig was het toernooi in AP-format, wat sneller gaat dan BP en ervoor zorgde dat er in elk geval geen rondes geschrapt hoefden te worden (Hoezee! AP heeft zich weer bewezen als een briljant format).
In ronde 3 werd gedebatteerd over het invoeren van maatwerkonderwijs, een onderwijssysteem op de middelbare school waarbinnen leerlingen vakken kunnen volgen op verschillende niveaus, bijvoorbeeld natuurkunde op VWO niveau en Nederlands op VMBO-T niveau. Om de spanning er goed in te houden, was het vanaf ronde 4 tijd voor gesloten rondes. De laatste twee stellingen luidden “DK gelooft dat alleen schrijvers uit etnische minderheidsgroepen boeken mogen schrijven waarin de hoofdpersonen uit die etnische minderheidsgroepen komen” en “DK steunt de vorming van een Europees leger.”
En toen was het moment daar. Hetgeen waar het Cicerotoernooi wél om geroemd wordt: het eten! Ooit geïntroduceerd door iemand die beter bekend staat als de Messias van Cicero, de heerlijkheden verschaft voor het genot van prominent debatterend Nederland werden gepresenteerd en aangeprezen door een opengetrokken blik Cicero-vrijwilligers. Waar menig lijp links stemmend individu nog wel was te paaien voor een maaltijd waar enkel plantenleed in vermengd was, ging het gros van ons sociale niche watertandend richting het dode vlees. Met Grolsch pils in de ene hand, en de lekkernijen van Eva in de andere, was de verbale veldslag van de dag tijdelijk vergeten. Broeder- en zusterschap keerde terug naar de aula van de pittoreske middelbare school.
De halve finalestelling werd aangekondigd: “DK steunt het demonetisatieproces (de afschaffing van contant geld als betaalmiddel) in opkomende economieën.” Toepasselijke woorden van Marcus Cicero: “The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.” In de halve finales moest de Aryan Brotherhood (Josse en Pieter) en Ceylan’s Angels (Wieger en Joeri) helaas het onderspit delven.
In de pro-am finale vonden Alex Klein en Marlise Huijzer zichzelf tegenover Axel Hirschel en Tom Huijdts om te debatteren over de stelling “DK gelooft dat volwassenen pas vlees mogen eten wanneer zij persoonlijk een dier hebben geslacht.” Terugdenkend aan het enthousiasme waarmee men zich luttele momenten daarvoor nog op de spaghetti bolognese had gestort, leek deze met het grootste gemak naar de oppositie te gaan. Met een hedonistische debatlijn waarin het geluk van een hamburger eten zegevierde, werd voor ééns en altijd de moraliteit van het veganisme uit het raam gegooid. Deze stelling zorgde naar het debat misschien wel het meest voor discussies, maar dat kon ook liggen aan het bier dat bij het avondeten werd geserveerd, dat nog steller op ging dan het eten. Wat echt heel snel ging. Er werden tot vier keer toe vrijwilligers de kou in gestuurd, terug naar de supermarkt.
Daarna was het eindelijk tijd voor de finale: “DK betreurt het narratief ‘gewoon jezelf zijn’.” De stelling was wellicht niet het gesprek van de avond, het debat zelf wel. Jan-Pjotr en Lana moesten het opnemen tegen Wieger er Veroniek om te bepalen of je nu wél, of niet jezelf moet zijn. Ook hierbij zijn de woorden van Marcus Cicero goed om naar te luisteren: “When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.” Het sociaal conformeren moest in een moeilijk te beoordelen strijd de meerdere erkennen in het ‘in je eigen kracht staan’. B’vo voor het individualisme! De prijzen werden tien minuten voordat het gebouw zou sluiten uitgereikt en de meeste vreugde was nog wel te vinden in kamp Amsterdam. Nadat Josse zich jarenlang gedwongen zag het meedoen belangrijker te achten dan het winnen, mocht hij nu eindelijk een medaille om zijn nek draperen. Ook de beste novicespreker (of beloftenspreker, zeggen we dat nog?) van de dag werd aangekondigd, deze prijs ging naar Marlise Huijzer.
Aan het eind van de avond was zowel het debatvolk als de aanwezige biervoorraad redelijk uitgedund. Verdriet en vreugde werden daarom in gelijke mate verdronken in een café met een Cubaanse naam, maar specifieke namen behoorden tegen die tijd al lang tot de vergetelheid. Volgend jaar bent u allen weer welkom in Tilburg!
– Lucia van de Ven, met aanvullingen van Jan-Willem van Wouw
Tonight is the second night of the Dutch Debating League. LDU has the honour to host this edition. After the previous edition in Delft, this is the current ranking:
Participating on behalf of the societies will be:
Leiden Debating Union: Floris Holstege & Emma Lucas
Utrecht Debating Society: Pieter van der Veere & Elvire Landstra
ASDV Bonaparte: Marike Breed & Josse van Proosdij
Erasmus Debating Society: Urmi Pahladsingh & Emma van der Horst
NSDV Trivium: Ike Lieshout & Daan Welling
GDS Kalliope: Linsey Keur & Lise van der Meer
TU Delft Debating Club: Fons van der Beek & Tanya Srivastava
TDV Cicero: Lisa van Vliet & Mike Weltevrede
Almost all societies are represented by other debaters than last time. Delft is the only society to send the same team, consisting of Fons “the always smiling man” van der Beek and Tanya Srivastava, who chaired the Maastricht Novice final. This team took twice a third in their home game, which resulted in four points. Fons: “We actually hoped we could take a second one of the rounds, but because of the points system, it looks like we’re going straight.” Tanya will be the only non-Dutch speaker in Leiden, but to Fons this is not really relevant. TUDDC has an international character, so he is used to it.
The other consistent factor is Cicero semi-finalist Pieter van der Veere. Pieter has been in the debating news, because of a crowdfunding that was started to make him wear high heels at the next tournament. Anonymous sources told me that UDS had some struggles finding their delegates. This is because Pieter only wanted to go if he had a team partner who is good enough for him. Fortunately, he found someone, because Mace finalist and UCU convenor Elvire Landstra joins him to make the UDS delegation complete. Elvire and Pieter feel a little rusty, because they have been judging a lot lately, but after the Cicero tournament, they are ready to fight!
Wise people say `never change a winning team’. Hosting society LDU doesn´t seem to agree upon that. Gigi and Roel did splendid jobs, winning both debates in Delft, but nevertheless they are exchanged for Warsaw EUDC Leiden A, consisting of Floris Holstege and Emma Lucas. When I asked them if they feel pressure, Floris replied ‘no’, but Emma replied that she wouldn’t dare to show her face at LDU again if they take less than five points. This notorious duo is loved and feared within the community. Not only because they became best and third ESL speaker in Tallinn, but also because of the memewar with Bonaparte. An anonymous source told me this juicy fact: “Emma was about to go with Marike, but apparently, Bona did not find her good enough, so now she’s speaking on behalf of Leiden.” Floris and Emma hold a little grudge and really want to beat Bona, but unfortunately, they won’t meet each other tomorrow.
Their old nemesis Bonaparte is represented by DTU Fantasy team House Targaryan, consisting of Roosevelt Open finalist Marike Breed and Josse van Proosdij, who was named best speaker at the Cicero tournament. To show their awesomeness, Bona brings a crapload of supporters. When I asked Marike the inevitable question, about whether she wants to perform better than LDU, Marike replied: “We always feel pressure to perform well, but with a bunch of Bonaparte supporters, that pressure is even bigger.” Rumour has it that Amber van Lochem was writing new Bona-songs last weekend, so the supporters are probably going to be enthusiastic (and annoying) as always.
Erasmus Debating Society also shows up with an entirely different team. Emma van der Horst, who was CA in Delft, is now going to prove her skills for her society. The UCU semi-finalist knows that she needs to live up to a lot of expectations, as EDS got ranked third in the predictions. With her will be speaking Urmi Pahladsingh, who does not show up at many student tournaments. Fun fact, Urmi was in the same team as David Metz and Louis Honée in the final for schoolies 2014/2015, which David can’t seem to get out of his head. Furthermore, she was a finalist at Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016.
NSDV Trivium is represented by UCU finalists Daan “vegan self-aware privilege boy (thanks Ike)” Welling and Ike “mama Trivium” Lieshout. Ike is known to be the fire feminist of the debating community and to have an amazing clothing style. Daan, as a former member of LDU, said that he wants to beat his old society in “the Lion’s den.” So far, Trivium has been living up to the expectations, as they are fifth in the ranking right know, but Ike and Daan want to change this.
GDS Kalliope will be represented by the Tilburg Women’s finalists, Linsey Keur and Lise van der Meer. Lise was last seen on a tournament at the KDT, where she was CA. Linsey was last seen on every tournament ever including the Cicero tournament, which she CA’ed. GDS got ranked eighth in the predictions, so the Groningers really want to prove everyone wrong. In the previous round they took four points. Linsey: “We are happy with four points, but Lise and I will try to do better, even though the other teams are very good. ”
Last but not least, TDV Cicero, who hosts the Dutch Nationals this year (congrats!), is represented by chairwoman Lisa van Vliet and Mighty Mike Weltevrede, who is known for his controversial speaker points analysis. This duo almost reached the break at Rotterdam Open last year and is not going easy on any of the other teams. It’s clear that they want to get rid of their place at the bottom of the ranking. Mike: “The competition is strong, but we are just going to do what we always do: our utmost. There is no specific strategy. (Although you never van really do wrong with determinism.”
It is clear that all the teams are very excited. We wish them the best of luck. May de motions be ever in their favour.
By: Daan Spackler
Good evening dear debaters,
Last Tuesday was the kick-off of the Dutch Debating League (DDL). For those who are not familiar with the DDL, eight institutions send two delegates to represent themselves and debate the other institutions. Every society hosts one night, which means there are eight nights. The debates will be held in the British Parliamentary format. When a team wins, it gets 4 points, second means 3 points, third means 2 points, fourth means 1 point, not showing up gives you 0 points.
The first night was in Delft. When I walked in, I noticed that the atmosphere was a little competitive, but still very nice. I interviewed some people to get to know their opinions and expectations.
Leiden (Gigi and Roel) gave the impression that they were going to bring their A-game. Roel used this opportunity as an excuse to wear his blazer and his tie. When I asked about it, he said “Jasje dasje, lul!”, which can’t really be translated. Everyone knows that Roel and Gigi would have been shamed if they did not take eight points. Marike already texted Roel “eight points or we’re done”. It was very clear that Leiden was not going to take it easy on anyone.
But neither was UDS, consisting of Pieter and Florine. “We are very excited for tonight,” is what Pieter told me. Florine agreed and said “I’m very happy to represent UDS for once”. When I asked her how the UDS/UCU construction worked, she pointed at her sweater and showed that she was the only one wearing a UDS sweater.
Trivium, represented by Ellen and Simone, hid in the corner, but I wanted to make sure I had spoken with my own society as well. When I asked them how the felt about tonight, the keyword was ‘nervous’. Simone: “I’m looking forward to the first round, but the nerves are coming right now.” I asked Ellen if she had faith in tonight, but she replied that she had faith in Simone, which is good enough.
Bjorn spoke on behalf of GDS. “Yes, of course, I think it’s going to be fun. I just hope that Joris is going to show up as soon as possible, otherwise, I have a problem.” I was surprised that GDS matriarch Linsey wasn’t coming, but she had other duties.
The last society I managed to interview before round one, was Cicero, represented by Euros team Cicero A, Jos and Lotte. Jos gave me a very inspiring analysis on the first DDL night: “We’re standing at the beginning of something beautiful, Daan. The beginning of a competition that is going to form a new generation of debaters. They will look back on this very day, as the beginning of a new debating world.” Wise words if you ask me. Lotte said that I can’t interview her after she did not do so well, so I left her with a compliment on her outfit.
Fun fact: Emma van der Horst, who was CA with Niels Buijssen, had made cupcakes. They were delicious, so here is an extra moment of appreciation for Emma’s cupcakes.
After round one, the results were announced. The two teams that took a first were LDU and Bona, UDS and Trivium second, Delft and Cicero third, and unfortunately a fourth to GDS and EDS.
I went to Zeno and Lana, who represented Bonaparte. The DAPDI winners seemed rather cool about their win. Zeno: “Such a pity that not everyone can take a fourth.” Lana agreed and said: “This was dramatic. We are happy that the panel bought our case.” I replied that I thought their case was quite solid. Steven from EDS: 80 speaks anyway! (He wasn’t judging.) Zeno added to this: “Please note that Ajax beat Feyenoord with 4-1!”
EDS, represented by Joeri and Jelle, wasn’t really in for a short interview. Joeri: “No comments at all.” Jelle: “Shut the fuck up with your SevenTwenty, it was way better when Jelte did it (Thanks Jelle, red.).” Even Sterre had no comments for me. (L)
Hosting society Delft was represented by Fons and Tanya. I asked: “When I say first DDL night, what do you say?” Tanya: “Yay, it’s awesomeeee! I’m super excited!” After that, she started laughing about the Febo stains in Roel’s shirt. Fons, as founder of TUDDC seemed very proud of his society, and rightly so!
Round two started quite quick. This debate was about redistributing donations for charity. The draws were made randomly, but it turned out that the teams that took a first or a second met each other and the teams that took a third or a fourth met each other. LDU and EDS took a first, UDS and GDS a second, Bona and Delft a third and Trivium and Cicero, unfortunately, a fourth.
This means two things. Firstly, these are the results after the first DDL night:
Secondly, Roel and Marike stay together! <3. I think the whole debating community is happy with this.
It was a nice start of the Dutch Debating League. I think Emma and Niels did splendid jobs by setting two awesome motions and judging the debates very good. I also want to give a big compliment to the organization of Delft and the DDL committee. Until next time!
By: Daan Spackler
Geschreven door: Jos Buijvoets
The first matchday of the Dutch Debating League will take place today! In this preview you’ll find all the predictions, statistics and analysis you need to get warmed up for this exciting day!
Participating on behalf of the societies will be:
Utrecht: Florine Rombach & Pieter van der Veere
Cicero: Lotte Claassen & Jos Buijvoets
Bonaparte: Zeno Glastra van Loon & Lana Moss
Delft: Fons van der Beek & Tanya Srivastava
Groningen: Joris Graff & Bjorn Bleumink
Erasmus: Jelle van Eijk & Joeri Willems
Trivium: Simone Landman & Ellen Goltstein
Leiden: Roel Becker & Gigi Gil
With close to perfect gender balance, these teams represent the best the Dutch debating scene has to offer. We’ll look at each of the teams and what they bring to the table. First however we would like to present to you the consensus predictions of the Dutch Debating Society as voted on by its members.
Note that Erasmus and Utrecht tied in these predictions, and therefore we gave the win to Erasmus for [reasons], which seemed the fairest solution.
Now on to the teams!
Representing Utrecht will be Florine and Pieter. Florine is known for advocating on behalf of her actual debating society, UCU, to be part of the Dutch Debating League. She has taken up quite the cause as within the current set of rules this not only does this require the elimination of one of the participating societies, but also for UCU to be given preference over (potential) members of the debating union such as Eindhoven, Maastricht and Wageningen. Pieter is known for being one of the best debaters of the Netherlands, breaking at a number of tournaments and doing really well at both EUDC 2016 and 2017, coming close to an ESL break twice. He’s also studying to be a doctor!
Representing organizational heavyweight Cicero will be Lotte and Jos, Cicero A. Lotte is an Oxford Women’s finalist, the Tilburg University campus poet and will be going to exchange on Japan in a few months, and you will be missed! She is also the Convenor of Cicero 2017, the most enjoyable debating tournament of The Netherlands. Jos is the founder of a bunch of stuff, we don’t really know what he does all day; and he also a number of speaker and judge breaks at debate tournaments, good for you Jos! He will be a CA at Maastricht Novice 2017, which you should attend.
Representing Bonaparte will be DAPDI 2017 champions, Bonaparte B: Zeno & Lana. Zeno is known for having a bunch of novice breaks and pursues two degrees, one of which is biology, I think? Lana is the chairwoman of Bonaparte and tasked with challenges such as managing Axel, Tom and Josse. You people know what I’m talking about. Sorry for including you Tom. The pressure is on for these two as they are considered the 2nd strongest team present by the Dutch Debating Community!
Home team Delft will be represented by Fons and Tanya. Fons is of course known as the founder of Delft and will have the audience rooting for him. He is also an aerospace engineer, making Pieter feel what other people feel when he tells them he’s going to be a doctor. Tanya is the only non-Dutch person participating, which now becomes awkward as it is pointed out explicitly. She is one of the key people behind Delft and would have showed some remarkable skill at EUDC 2017, if she had actually made the tournament.
Groningen will be represented by Joris and Bjorn. Joris is a philosopher, ranks 93th on the Dutch debating rankings and is as a board member one of the pillars of the Groningen Debating Society. Bjorn studies public administration and uses his debating skills for the greater good, teaching children on behalf of the organization known as Socrates. He is from Winterswijk which is officially the coldest place in The Netherlands, so expect him to bring the heat.
Erasmus will be represented by Jelle and Joeri. Jelle is known for his organizational contributions to debating such as being DAPDI convenor or a Dutch Worlds org com member. His self-professed biggest accomplishment in debating is beating Jos at tournaments! He also has some speaker breaks. Joeri is known for having a number of speaker breaks, reaching the finals of Bonaparte 2017. He also has a bunch of pets and there was a fire in his building recently. Hopefully the pets are alright!
Trivium will be sending Simone and Ellen. Simone is known for breaking at a bunch of tournaments as both speaker and judge. She was a judge at EUDC 2017 and an org com member at WUDC 2017. Ellen is a Trivium board member and known for getting tagged in memes a lot.
Gigi and Roel will be representing Leiden, the society that will shame them for not winning every round. Gigi broke open at WUDC 2017, is Dutch national debating champion and a EUDC 2018 CA, so she’s pretty good. Roel was 2nd best ESL speaker at EUDC 2015 and reached the open quarter-finals of EUDC 2017, using an extension he stole from Cicero A. He has retired multiple times from debating, but still shows up for this, what a character!
Dutch Worlds 2017 is officially over. Part of the Dutch delegation has made its way home again, while the organisation and some volunteers are still working hard. Time for one final look at Dutch Worlds for the Dutchies.
The teams that eventually broke were Leiden B and Leiden C in the ESL-category, and Leiden A in the Open-category. Leiden B and C topped the ESL tab, while Leiden A was the first ever Leiden team to make it to the Open break. Unfortunately, Maastricht A did not make the break in the end, just as all other Dutch teams who were already ‘dead’. Break night was a lot of fun, being the best attended social of Dutch Worlds. Although Leiden C missed the Open break by the narrowest margin possible (1 speak) and Leiden B by a mere 4 speaks, feelings of euphoria and pride dominated the Dutch delegation. Of course Leiden B and C were disappointed at first with just missing the Open break, however, once the beer started flowing these feelings were postponed to the next morning. The Dutch delegation celebrated New Year fanatical and controlled the dance floor.
The next morning, Leiden A had to perform in the Partial-double Octos (PDO). The motion read ‘This House believes that countries close to conflict zones should only grant long-term asylum to refugees who agree to one year of military service’ and Gigi and Emma were Closing Government. After a thrilling debate, the judges decided it was a first-half debate, thus Leiden A was eliminated. Still, the delegation was extraordinary proud of the best performing Dutch team this year.
Following the PDO were the ESL quarterfinals. On the motion ‘This House Believes That the US should provide significant campaign funding for federal and state congressman and senators who score highly on bipartisan matters’ Leiden B was CG, Leiden C was OG. Both teams managed to convince the judges they deserved to join the last 8 ESL teams left standing and advanced to the ESL-semis. On the Motion ‘This House, as the Pope, would abolish the requirement for clerical celibacy’, both Leiden teams drew CO. Leiden C was able to advance to the ESL finals. Leiden B was less fortunate. Having watched the debate, the call seemed impossible to make. Roel and Devin both delivered speeches that rank amongst the best I have ever seen. An extension that explained the Pope’s incentives like no other team in the debate had done, required in an actor-motion, combined with outstanding rebuttal seemed to guarantee them a well-deserved place in the ESL-final. When the results were announced at the social that night, the complete Dutch delegation was in disbelief. Bona and UDS expressed their anger, while Leiden was experiencing contradictory emotions. Everybody was happy Leiden C, on a 4-3 split, made it to the ESL-finals but at the same time grieved over the injustice that had been done to Leiden B.
Life went on, and Tuesday was the day Floris and Lisa could be crowned world champions. In the Zuiderstrandtheather just outside of Den Haag, three finals would be held. Starting with the EFL-final, followed by the ESL-final and lastly the Open-final. The EFL-final was messy and some Dutchies questioned the ‘EFL-ness’ of various speakers. Most viewers thought the win would go to CO, Belgrade C. After the EFL-final, it was time for the ESL-final. The tension was rising as the Dutch delegation took place in the audience and wished Leiden C all the best one last time. Floris and Lisa drew Closing Government, Floris’ favourite position. Tel Aviv B, Leiden’s biggest opponent got appointed CO. The motion read ‘THW force all news organisations to operate as a non-profit’.
The debate started out weird, when OG chose a model which included state subsidies, not only to set-up these news organisations, but also to keep them free. OO seemed to win the clash in opening half, but brought some uncomparative analysis. When first half was over, it was Floris’ time to shine. Over 7 minutes of sharp analysis followed about the influence of corporations and how that hurt the current news organisation, and in addition how this model would provide more diversity. Tel Aviv pointed out some tension between CG and OG. Furthermore, they talked about why nationalisation of news organisations is harmful and problematized the individuals that would set-up the new news organisations. Lisa clarified the tension between OG and CG in her speech and delivered a strong speech in which she tackled quite some of the points of rebuttal that had been made by Tel Aviv. Unfortunately, it proved insufficient. Tel Aviv was crowned world champion as they won the debate with a 4-3 split over OO.
Other results were as follows. In the Open-final, Sydney A managed to win as OG, the EFL-final was won by Belgrade C in CO. Floris became 5th best ESL-speaker, Roel and Devin shared a 9th place, Lisa became 11th. The Dutch teams ended up ranking as follows:
Leiden A – 18 points
Leiden B – 17 points
Leiden C – 17 points
Maastricht A – 13 points
Leiden D – 13 points
Utrecht A – 12 points
Wageningen A – 12 points
Maastricht B – 9 points
Bonaparte A – 9 points
The other Dutch speakers ranked on the ESL-list as follows:
Emma – 22nd
Gigi – 32nd
Katharina – 66th
Anna – 76th
Jelte – 94th
Pieter – 116th
Louis – 122nd
Alwin – 145th
Tom P – 159th
Tom G – 167th
Nathania – 167th
Zeno – 191st
Aljosa – 204th
Frederic – 224th
Concluding, Dutch WUDC was a huge success. The teams did well, with some even reaching to the finals. Some Dutch judges got to chair rounds and were even represented in the CA-team. The volunteers worked their butts off for 7 days straight and the orgcom for even longer. I want to thank everybody for contribution to what made Dutch Worlds one of the best world championships ever organised.
The in-rounds of Dutch Worlds are over and the Dutch delegation is anxiously awaiting the results. The teams that were still ‘live’ to break in either the Open-category or the ESL-category are: Leiden A, Leiden B, Leiden C and Maastricht A. Unfortunately, the other teams are no longer able to break. Tonight at 00:00 the results will be announced. For some the start of excessive drinking, for others the start of excitement about the out-rounds to come, for Roel probably both.
The last two days were filled with debating, organising and debating politics. Volunteers were, as always, busy with handing out food and drinks, delivering ballots and doing countless other things to ensure a smooth running of the tournament. Some missed the morning alarm, which allowed them to catch a night with more than 7 hours of sleep. The second day was, like day 1, run without any delays. As the tensions increased and judge allocations became more important than ever, the tab-team unfortunately could not prevent some delays. All in all, it is safe to say the Dutch Worlds in-rounds were almost always on times. The orgcom and the tab-team made running 92 rooms simultaneously easy.
Although some teams regrettably were not able to perform to the fullest of their capabilities (Bona and Utrecht), other teams have performed amazingly. All Leiden teams, but especially A, B and C, probably still have a shot at breaking open. Floris and Lisa (Leiden C) were in the 2nd best room of the tournament yesterday. Being up against teams from Auckland, Monash, Oxford they unfortunately took a 4th. However, Floris was very happy when he came out of the room. It was the second best debate he had ever been in. His goal this WUDC, to debate against the best debaters in the world, had been reached already in the fourth round. Later that day, Roel and Devin (Leiden B) competed against universities such as Harvard. This WUDC proves the Leiden teams are part of the top teams that can currently be found in the debating community.
Not only Leiden has been performing incredibly well, Maastricht A has been one of the pleasant surprises this tournament. Entering the third day on 10 points, they needed 5 points on the last day to have a chance to break in the ESL-category. Katherina and Anna were always very modest and conservative in their predictions after every round, but outperformed many of their opponents again and again. It would be great for the Dutch delegation to welcome another breaking team next to the teams from Leiden.
In addition, Marike has been chairing quite some rooms and winged top-rooms the last two days. In the first article published this WUDC, Marike was introduced as one of the most promising judges in the Dutch circuit. Her ranking in the last six rounds has proved this has not gone unnoticed by the CA team at Dutch Worlds. She judged teams such as Sydney, Cambridge, Zagreb, Belgrade and Stanford. All teams have a serious chance at breaking ESL or open. Either leading the discussion with skill or contributing in top-panels in high rooms, Marike is the hope of Amsterdam’s success this WUDC.
Let’s hope tonight will bring great news for the Dutch delegations, with numerous speaking and judging breaks. Stay tuned for more!
After an exciting, but tiring, first day, I bring you the first update on the Dutch delegation at Worlds. Starting with a quick recap of what happened today: we woke up at 6:30, ate breakfast and took a shower in Debater Town Kijkduin. We travelled with buses to the Haagse Hoge School, where all the debates would take place. After some briefings and fun announcements led by Senna and Tomas, it was finally debating time.
The motions today were:
Round 1: This House believes that post-genocidal regimes should destroy all places of extermination (for example, death camps)
Round 2: This House would allow members of the armed forces to form labour unions
Round 3: This House believes that sports leagues should significantly tax and redistribute from wealthier teams to poorer teams
The Dutch delegation ranks as follows:
Leiden C finished at 8 points.
Leiden B on 7.
Leiden A on 5.
Maastricht A on 5.
Maastricht B on 4.
Leiden D on 3.
Utrecht A on 3.
Bonaparte A on 3.
Wageningen A on 3.
But of course, I have not only debated the motions, I also conducted various interviews. I’m glad to tell you the interviews have gained some status in the Dutch delegation today, which allowed me to interview of the most promising teams at this competition: Leiden D. After round 2, these two Leiden youngsters were in a euphoric mood as they just won their first debate at a World Championships. Even though Tom and Louis are only student-debaters for a couple of months, they have extensive experience as debaters from when they were high-schoolers. Unfortunately, they took a 4th in the first round, but they were able to beat the other teams in their second room quite easily. They thought the motions were pretty decent and enjoyed the tournament so far. Asked about their goals, Leiden D told me they would not worry too much about the break and see where their journey would end. However, something tells me we should watch Leiden D closely the coming few days, as they showed the capacity to win rooms at WUDC and have a serious chance at breaking ESL.
Another team I interviewed today was Maastricht B. Alwin Bakker was dissatisfied with their third place in the first round, but this was not because of the call. He thought they had a winning case, but did not explain that well enough to the judges. I can confirm not explaining winning cases is an obstacle often faced when trying to win rooms. However, Alwin remained optimistic and down to earth about the coming rounds. At night, he is planning on playing videogames which allow him to be a dictator and ‘commit genocide if it is in his interest’. The enthusiasm he showed when telling me this might explain why he was not able to sway to judges in his first round of his winning case! In all seriousness, Maastricht B is a team that is often too modest about their debating skills and should be considered another Dutch force to be reckoned with.
Not only the debaters stressed out and performed to the best of their capabilities, today was another day for the volunteers in which they proved their importance for the tournament. I talked to Thomas, a volunteer that debates in Utrecht since August. His job today mainly consisted of delivering paper where necessary and obtaining the results from rooms. In his opinion an ‘easy, but important and rewarding task.’ Thomas is definitely having fun, mostly due to the people he gets to know from all around the world. ‘The volunteering is going well and I meet many different people. I talked to people from Harvard, Tel Aviv and Oxford, amongst others. Students from those universities are not ones I often encounter in Utrecht and make this experience extra enjoyable. The diversity in cultures and backgrounds people have here allows for some unique memories and fun times!’ Thomas, like most volunteers, sleeps little. Five hours last night to be precise. Nonetheless, Thomas is hanging in there and says ‘staying awake is a lot easier than I thought. Because you are constantly busy, there is no time for getting tired. Once you sit down though, tiredness can suddenly hit you in the face.’ The organization was too busy today to sit down for one of the interviews, but again huge thanks to all their efforts!
All in all, today brought some mixed feelings. Some teams are not quite satisfied with their performance quite yet (Utrecht A included) but the in-rounds are far from over. Everything is still possible and it now key for teams to start tomorrow with a fresh and positive mindset. The Dutch teams doing well obviously hope to continue their successful streak. For now, it is time to party for some and to sleep for others.
PS: Dutch Worlds has reached the national news! NOS visited the tournament. Link: http://nos.nl/op3/artikel/2150653-geef-drie-redenen-waarom-een-concentratiekamp-moet-worden-afgebroken.html
Dutch Worlds has started and the delegation from the Netherlands has made an excessive effort in travelling from all provinces and small towns to attend. Normally Daan takes care of these updates, but the next couple of days I, Jelte, will keep everyone interested up to date. For the non-debaters amongst you (hi mom), a quick recap of what a WUDC is.
There will be 9 in-rounds in which everyone will participate. Debaters can break to the out-rounds in three different categories: English as Primary Language (EPL), English as Second Language (ESL) and English as Foreign Language (EFL). The out-rounds are the finals that will determine who will be champion in their language category. All Dutch debaters qualify as ESL and will therefore be eligible to break in two categories: the Open-category, containing all teams participating, and in the ESL-category, containing all ESL and EFL teams. Your performance as a team in the first 9 rounds will determine whether you can debate in the out-rounds. The break will be announced at the start of the new year, around 00:00.
Starting tomorrow, we will thus have three days with three in-rounds each. The Dutch delegation obviously does not only consist of the debaters (who have been introduced by Daan in this article: http://www.debatbond.nl/2016/12/26/voorbeschouwing-het-wk-debatteren-in-nederland/), as there are judges, volunteers and organising members as well. In these reports, I’ll give updates about what the Dutch delegation have achieved, how they feel and what their goals are in the rest of the tournament.
My interviews have unfortunately not reached a notorious status (yet), but I found someone willing to take part in it. I was lucky Jos – a former member of the organization and now here to help as a volunteer – made time for my questions. Jos describes his task as: ‘answering all the stupid questions you actually do not want to answer when participants cannot go to anyone of the organization. In all seriousness, we are helping debaters and judges with all relevant questions at the Helpdesk. It is a very satisfying job, as you get to help lots of people.’ Jos is exemplary for the overall volunteer-crew at Dutch Worlds. It is often underestimated what volunteers have to deal with if debaters are frustrated, tired and hungry. Volunteers such as Jos are here to help out. ‘If I have already encountered a bad experience? There was one debater who was unreasonably angry at us because his credit card didn’t work. He expected us to solve everything, but contrary to common belief, volunteers cannot magically solve ALL your problems. But he was the only one, so overall the debaters have been genuinely nice to us. It makes me feel valued and I think it is one of the best aspects of the debating community: the genuine interest in everyone.’ After being awake for 21 hours, Jos managed to sleep for seven hours, which he thought was probably his biggest accomplishment so far at Dutch Worlds. Keep rocking Jos (and all the other volunteers)!
While the volunteers are incredibly busy, the debaters and judges are now waiting for the battle to start tomorrow. They are chilling in their houses, attending meetings and doing other random things. I interviewed Utrecht A to get a better understanding of all the emotions and thoughts they are experiencing right now. The informed reader might have already noticed I am myself part of Utrecht A, we could not find any other team at the moment. Utrecht A said they prepared in the following ways: (Pieter) ‘We debated at Leiden a couple of times.’ (Jelte): ‘Pieter means we got slaughtered a couple of times at Leiden. But what doesn’t kill you make you stronger right? (Pieter – continuing while ignoring Jelte who is interviewing himself) ‘In addition, I have read the Economist. Jelte probably mostly thought about what he could do in order to prep, without actually doing a thing because he is lazy.’
On their goals for the tournament: Utrecht A hopes to break in the ESL category but is rather pessimistic of the likelihood of that actually happening. (Pieter) ‘We just want to have fun. If we do well, we can always become nervous and then choke, just like we did at EUDC (The European Championships red.).’ Pieter is a bit nervous. In a healthy way he claims. He does feel the pressure to perform after the disastrous ending of the EUDC last summer. When I asked the question if Utrecht A wanted to say something to their parents, Pieter respectfully declined and Jelte said: ‘I want to use this moment to congratulate my father who turned 50 today. Unfortunately, I could not be there, but I’m sure he had a great day!’
In the next few days, I’ll interview more Dutch teams and see what their view is on their performances etc. In addition to the debaters, there are also quite some Dutch adjudicators who will be participating in the debates the coming few days. I arranged a conversation with one of the upcoming Dutch debaters/judges: Marike Breed from Bonaparte Amsterdam. Marike is planning on making Dutch Worlds ‘incredibly fun. I am planning to judge some good rooms and go hard at the socials.’ She is not really focused on breaking as a judge, but might try to approach Michael Dunn (one of the CA’s red.) in order to persuade him in some unconventional ways. It has to be noted Tom Pouw, her boyfriend, is starting to throw some uncomfortable looks in Marike’s way at this point in the conversations. Marike continues without paying attention to Tom and names quite some other well-known debaters. When asked if she prefers chairing the bin, or winging the top-room, Marike chose a position as wing without hesitation, but stressed she meant ‘no disrespect to lower-ranking teams.’
All in all, the Dutch delegation is incredibly excited for the tournament. The orgcom was very busy today, but did an incredible job so far in making the tournament run very smoothly. I hope to be able to bring you good results every day, stay tuned for more!
Op deze fijne en warme Tweede Kerstdag is het meerendeel van Nederland aan het uitslapen na een uitgebreid Kerstdiner of rent het koopjes achterna in de IKEA. Een kleine groep Nederlanders is zich echter aan het voorbereiden op een historisch evenement: het grootste debatevenement ooit gehouden in Nederland, het Wereldkampioenschap Debatteren voor Studenten in Den Haag, Dutch WUDC 2017.
SevenTwenty blikt vooruit: wat kun je verwachten van het toernooi, wie doet ermee en hoe houden wij jullie op de hoogte?
Het Wereldkampioenschap Debatteren bestaat uit 400 teams van 2 personen die gejureerd worden door nog eens bijna 400 juryleden. Het is daarmee het grootste jaarlijks terugkerende studentenevenement ter wereld, en een van de grootste congressen voor jongeren ter wereld. Het toernooi word officieel geopend door locoburgemeester Ingrid van Engelshoven op 28 december. Vervolgens strijden alle teams in drie voorrondedagen voor een plek in de prestigieuze eindrondes in drie taalcategorieëen: English as Proficient Language (EPL or “Open”), English as Second Language (“ESL”) en English as Foreign Language (EFL). Nederlandse teams dingen meestal mee om de ESL-titel, maar vorig jaar stoomde een Nederlands team voor het eerst ook door tot de EPL-kwartfinales.
Op 1 januari komen de deelnemers bij van het Nieuwjaarsfeest en de spanning van de voorrondedagen door deel te nemen aan culturele excursies door Nederland of door zich te wagen aan de traditionele nieuwjaarsduik. Er word een speciale WK Nieuwjaarsduik georganiseerd, waarbij alle opbrengsten naar de stichting Het Vergeten Kind gaan, die zich hard maakt voor kinderen die in Nederland in armoede op moeten groeien.
Nederlands eer is met verve verdedigd door het organisatiecomité die het WK brengt en geleid word door hoofd organisatie Bionda Merckens. Maar niet alleen maar organisatietechnisch zet Nederland haar beste beentje voor. Ze word ook vertegenwoordigd door de grootste delegatie sinds het WK 2013 in Berlijn:
Sprekers: Tom Pouw en Zeno Glastra van Loon (Amsterdam Bonaparte A), Emma Lucas en Gigi Gil (Leiden A), Devin van den Berg en Roel Becker (Leiden B), Floris Holstege en Lisa Schallenberg (Leiden C), Louis Honee en Tom Geukemijer (Leiden D), Anna Vasylyeva en Katharina Jansen (Maastricht A), Alwin Bakker en Frederic Augustin (Maastricht B), Jelte Schievels en Pieter van der Veere (Utrecht A), Nathania Engelhardt en Aljosa Slamersak (Wageningen A).
Juryleden: Marike Breed (Amsterdam Bonaparte), Vesela Krastanova (Maastricht A), Karin Merckens (hoofdjurylid, Leiden), Daan Welling (Leiden/Radboud), Arielle Dundas (Utrecht), Nour Khachnaoui (Utrecht).
Dit is een delegatie die prijzen binnen zou kunnen slepen. De Leidendelegatie is wat gewijzigd ten opzichte van het zeer succesvolle EK waar alle vier teams de eindrondes haalden, maar herbergt sprekers die het afgelopen jaar toernooien gewonnen hebben. Als eerste Nederlandse team haalde Devin van den Berg en Roel Becker de Open Halve Finale van de Oxford Intervarsity. Floris Holstege en Lisa Schallenberg wonnen zowel de Cambridge Intervarsity (ESL) en de Vice-President’s Cup in Dublin. Emma Lucas en Gigi Gil bonden op hun beurt de Riga Open aan hun zegekar. Louis Honee en Tom Geukemijer zijn eerstejaars studenten met een brede ervaring uit het scholierencircuit: het WK word hun eerste test.
Naast de Leidse delegatie timmeren de andere Nederlanders goed aan de weg. De Maastrichtse teams regen breaks aan elkaar op toernooien als de Roosevelt Open in Middelburg en Tilbury House IV in Köln. De Amsterdamse “Bonapartianen” haalde de finale van UCU Open in Utrecht, Jelte en Pieter blijven zeer in de buurt komen van finalerondes op de grootste Europese toernooien en Nathania van Wageningen gaat met een nieuwe partner op weg om, naast een finaleplaats op de Spaanstalige Wereldkampioenschappen, ook op de Engelstalige Wereldkampioenschappen de finale te halen.
Omdat het hét WK is, is de competitie niet mals. Tegenstrevers zoals regerend Europees Kampioen Tel Aviv uit Israël en regerend Australaziatisch Kampioen IIUM uit Maleisië zullen vast en zeker stevige oppositie bieden. Naast deze teams zullen grootmachten zoals Oxford, Sydney en Harvard ook acte de presence geven.
Hoe houd SevenTwenty jullie op de hoogte?
Jelte Schievels houdt voor ons een dagboek bij, en geeft ons alle ins en outs van het WK. Daarnaast zal de organisatie alle deelnemers – en daarmee ook alle thuisblijvers – informeren over elke gebeurtenis via hun Facebook, hun Twitter en hun Instagram. Watch this space!
Aanstaande zondag begint hét jaarlijkse debatevent van Europa en het grootste studentenevenement van het continent: de European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC, ook vaak ‘Euros’ genoemd). Ook Nederlandse teams zijn hier op volle oorlogssterkte aanwezig. SevenTwenty blikt vooruit en laat weten hoe zij u live van nieuws zal voorzien!
Nederlands’ trots wordt niet alleen op Rio verdedigd. De volgende debaters vertegenwoordigen Nederlandse universiteiten op Euros.
ASDV Bonaparte A (UvA/VU): Marike Breed en Tom Pouw
ASDV Bonaparte B (UvA/VU): Axel Hirschel en Sofija Stefanovic
Cicero A (Tilburg): Jos Buijvoets en Joshua Paas
Cicero B (Tilburg): Nikolai Bentvelzen en Mike Weltevrede
Erasmus Debating Society A: Przemek Baran en Nicolas Berneman
Leiden A: Floris Holstege en Emma Lucas
Leiden B: Devin van den Berg en Gigi Gil
Leiden C: Roel Becker en Ybo Buruma
Leiden D: Simon Martina Perez en Lisa Schallenberg
Trivium A (Radboud): Bart Hordijk en Lydia Vlagsma
Utrecht A: Jelte Schievels en Pieter van der Veere
Wageningen A: Nathania Engelhardt en Perly Kruys
Juryleden: Alex ten Brink, Monique Bouffé, Nina Fokkink, Davy Fung, Senna Maatoug, Karin Merckens, Sjoerd Stikvoort, Anne Valkering en Daan Welling
Aan Euros doen 220 teams van universiteiten over heel Europa mee, van Oxford tot Tel Aviv. Het evenement duurt 5 dagen: de eerste drie dagen worden besteed aan 9 voorrondes, waarna twee dagen de tijd wordt genomen voor zinderend spannende finalerondes. Teams kunnen in finalerondes terechtkomen binnen de English als Second Language of de Open categorieën. De voertaal op het toernooi is dan ook Engels.
Er wordt gedebatteerd in het Brits Parlementaire format, waarbij twee teams voor en twee teams tegen een stelling pleiten. Onderwerpen hebben de vorm van This House would legalise drugs of This House Believes That the Euro has done more harm than good. Dit format is ook al jaren de huisstijl van het officiële NK Debatteren.
Laten we ons aan het koffiedik wagen: wordt Nederland na 4 jaar weer Europees kampioen?
Op papier stuurt Nederland een mooie mix aan ervaring en talent. Zo was Leiden C vorig jaar slechts één jurylid verwijderd van de eindzege. Andere teams van Leiden hebben dit jaar ook al finaleplaatsen en kampioenschappen gepakt op prestigieuze Intervarsities zoals Dublin en Berlijn. Wageningen A stond deze zomer in de tweede taalfinale van de Spaanstalige Wereldkampioenschappen, en hopen dit trucje ook in het Engels te kunnen herhalen.
Daarnaast staat veel toptalent op het juiste moment op. Bonaparte – uit Amsterdam – sturen een A-team die op haar voorlaatste toernooi voor het EK hun eerste titel grepen. Zij worden vergezeld door zeer succesvolle eerstejaars van Utrecht, die al veel finaleplaatsen op hun naam hebben staan en dit toernooi wel eens hun doorbraak kunnen gaan beleven. Ook de andere teams in bovenstaand lijstje zijn dicht bij breaks op internationale toernooien gekomen en loeren dit EK op hun kansen.
De competitie is echter ijzersterk. De winnaars van de twee vorige edities doen met nieuwe partners mee aan dit kampioenschap. Ook word internationaal veel verwacht van teams uit Moskou (winnaars van een zomertoernooi in Dublin) en Tel Aviv (verliezend finalisten in de open categorie van vorig jaar). Naast deze sterke teams treden vertrouwde grootmachten als Oxford, Cambridge en Durham ook op volle oorlogssterkte aan. De competitie zal dus ongemeen spannend zijn.
SevenTwenty verzorgt ook dit jaar weer live updates van de Nederlandse prestaties. We gebruiken hierbij vooral ons Twitteraccount (@SevenTwentyNDB). Naast scores plaatsen wij daar ook stellingen en andere scoops. Op deze website zult u een overzichtsartikel vinden met daarop de teamscores van alle teams. Deze word aan het einde van elke dag bijgewerkt. De voertaal voor deze updates zal overwegend Engels zijn, om een zo breed mogelijk debatpubliek te kunnen bereiken.
The Live Updates
SevenTwenty will update you with the Dutch performances at Euros this year. Apart from that, we will also provide you with motions and other scoops. Our main outlet will be our Twitterfeed (handle: @SevenTwentyNDB, tweets with #eudc or #eudc2016). We will also provide you with an overview at the end of each day on this website. Our updates will mainly be in English, to ensure you won’t miss a thing!