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ByMike Weltevrede

Meet The Dino: Danique van Koppenhagen

It’s early February. A white blanket of snow has fallen over the Netherlands. This is the perfect time to talk over a cup of tea with the first person to be in the spotlight in our new section “Meet The Dino”: Danique van Koppenhagen! We’re talking about her personal (debating) history but also on how debating can be framed in job interviews and applied in the workplace. Read on to find out more!

Profile Danique van Koppenhagen
Age: 31
Alma mater: Utrecht University (LLM European Law and MSc Economics)
Current position: Teamlead Detecting Financial Crime – Specials at ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Debate achievements (among others): Two-time Dutch national champion, Best ESL speaker EUDC 2012, 3rd best ESL speaker WUDC 2012, DCA WUDC 2015

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ByYige Liu

Should the education system use personality tests to stream children?

Source cover image: The Varsity

THBT the education system should use personality tests to stream children from a young age.

Leiden Open 2021 – Round 3

In the past, I had come across quite a few motions on academic streaming. However, I found this one motion at Leiden Open 2021 particularly interesting as it involved the use of personality tests. When I read the motion, the first thought that came to mind were sketchy online quizzes that told you what flavour of ice cream you were. But not to fret, there is actually quite an interesting discussion to be had here. 

These are just a few general ideas that came up during my debate which I found intriguing. If you have any other ideas, feel free to share your ideas and comment!

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ByYige Liu

[Leiden Open 2021] Definitely a memorable experience

Source cover image: Phys.org

This year, the first-ever online Leiden Open was held on the 27th and 28th of March. The tournament ran on a mixture of online platforms including Discord and Zoom. After 5 preliminary rounds of debate, the top 16 teams broke to the quarterfinals as well as the top 4 Pro-Am teams who broke to the Pro-Am final. At the end of the weekend, Klaudia Maciejewska and Kat Jansen brought the trophy home by winning the Grand Final!

As someone fairly new to the Dutch debate circuit, debating at Leiden Open 2021 was definitely a memorable experience for me. With teams from Croatia to the Philippines, you were bound to run into experienced opponents from all over the world. On top of that, the qualified adjudicators only added to the quality of the tournament. 

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ByMike Weltevrede

Should Trump not have been banned from social media?

Source cover image: ABC News

At the Bonapartian Debate Tournament 2021, the debates immediately were spicy with the following motion:

This House regrets the decision of social media giants to ban Trump’s accounts.

BDT 2021 – Round 1

The ban of Donald J. Trump from social media channels was, of course, big news. This motion discussed whether that was a good idea. Before analyzing both sides of the motion, let me emphasize that the motion is not (necessarily) about defending Trump and his ideals. Therefore, the strategy is probably more focused on the decision itself and its effects on society as a whole. The average intelligent voter, at least in the Netherlands, is generally more in agreement with the Democratic side of the political spectrum, so it is not wrong to focus on that in this case.

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ByMike Weltevrede

[Bonapartian Debate Tournament 2021] Unfortunately, no “Axel bun” or “Amber pistolet”

One of the most useful skills you gain from competitive debating is to be able to think and react quickly. You can use this in your studies, your work, and sometimes even at the kitchen table. You may learn this even better in the American Parliamentary debate format than in British Parliamentary debates (especially when the debates are in your native tongue). I really like that about AP and that’s why I participated with Jos Buijvoets (who doesn’t know him?) in the Bonapartian Debate Tournament 2021.

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ByTom Steenblok

Valentine’s Day: Romantic love should not be the primary consideration in a marriage

It is February, the coldest months of the year are almost over, and that’s how the most romantic day of the year arrives: Valentine’s Day! That is why in this article I will analyze a motion on that age-old subject: love. I will analyze the following motion:

TH prefers a world where romantic love is not the primary consideration in a marriage.

What an unromantic motion for this time of year! But the first question that naturally arises when you claim that something shouldn’t be the most important is, of course, what should be the most important? And while the proposition may not necessarily want to prove that something else is most important, it will likely happen that they will cite some examples. The motion can also be approached from different perspectives. You can approach this motion from the individual, but you can also quote society as a whole, or the family.

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ByJoris Graff

Should environmental activists support sabotage and destruction against major polluting companies?

This house believes that environmental activist organizations should start a campaign of sabotage and destruction against major polluting companies

Round 3 – Utrecht Online Open 2021

This motion was set in round three of Utrecht Online Open 2021 and was the most interesting debate I was allowed to judge this tournament. If a motion concerns the climate problem, then I am already interested. As far as I am concerned, the motion is also interesting because it offers the possibility for principled arguments (do environmentalists have a right, or even an obligation, to self-defense, even when it takes on violent forms?) and for the analysis of a large number of stakeholders (environmentalists themselves, large companies, the general public, the government). It is necessary for teams to go into detail about the motives of these different stakeholders and the way in which these motives are influenced by the motion. Below, I will briefly discuss some arguments for the proposition and opposition and the way in which these can be weighed against each other. Since in my debate hardly any attention was paid to principled arguments, I will omit them, which does not mean that these arguments cannot be effective.

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ByJoris Graff

[Utrecht Online Open 2021] The highest echelon of online debate tournaments

Although the Utrecht Debating Society has long been one of the reliable pillars of the Dutch debating world, the association had never organized an international tournament. Until 2018, the English-language UCU Opens, which were organized by the independent University College Utrecht, took place but after this small association collapsed, a gaping void in the middle of the Netherlands emerged on the international debate map. Until January 2021, because the association seized the transition to online debating to organize the first Utrecht Online Open, without being dependent on the excessive rates that Utrecht University demands for accommodation. Thus, on Saturday, January 16, debaters from the American West Coast to India gathered in a shared cyberspace to experience the organizational science of the Dom city.

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ByLinsey Keur

The best books of 2020

Like many debaters, during the last year I turned to books to provide me some escapism and entertainment. Helped by the extra free time at home and the decreased number of mandatory readings for university, I managed to read a wide variety of books. Below, I will review three very different books that I each enjoyed in their own way. Of course, it was very difficult to pick only three books to highlight here, since there are so many great books. So if you ever want to chat about books, feel free to reach out to me! Or if you want more book recommendations, you can follow @linseyreads on Instagram.

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ByRoel Becker

[Nijmegen Open 2020] Getting more and more used to online debating

Source cover image: Holland.com

On December 19, 2020, the first Nijmegen Online Open took place. It was great to see the lovely Trivium organize another competition, especially because the society has certainly seen its ups and downs over the last years. On top of that, it was a special competition for me personally: Nijmegen is where I grew up, started debating, and the place where I CAd my first (and now probably last) competition.

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