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DKWien wins the SOAS IV 2015!

SOAS IV 2015 delegation

Our delegation for SOAS IV 2015: Madlen, Melanie, Mark, Ingo, Katja, Miri.

The SOAS IV, held annually by the SOAS Debating Society, is one of the largest and most well-known tournaments in Europe. This year’s event, CAd by Joe Dyer, Helena Ivanov, Michael DG and Jamie Batchelor became especially appealing to us after the announcement that there would be no registration fees for international teams.

As with many UK tournaments though, part of the challenge is to get there and organize yourself a place to sleep. Using three different London airports and accommodations, our three teams all made it there in time.

After five preliminary rounds, Vienna B (Miri Muntean and Mark Etzel) broke 1st in the ESL category, missing the open break only on speaker points. Vienna A (Melanie Sindelar and Madlen Stottmeyer) did excellent as well, breaking 2nd and capturing ranks 2 and 3 respectively on the ESL Speaker-Tab.

The ESL-Final was completed by Berlin B (Pegah Maham, Fabian Bickel) and Sheffield Subconscious Judging Biases (Lucía Arce, Magdalena Wąwoźna). After a very intense debate Miri and Mark won from Closing Opposition.

After two previous final appearances (Jakob and Mark in 2012, Madlen and Melanie in 2014), we are incredibly proud to finally lift the trophy (figuratively, we didn’t get an actual trophy). Moreover, this victory marks the first time that a DKWien team wins an international IV!

In a very high quality as well as entertaining debate, Oxford C (Raffy Marshall, Jamie Jackson) won the Grand Final from Opening Opposition.

Aside from the competitive side, the tournament also offered two enjoyable socials. Saturday evening, we enjoyed sandwiches and a beer at the SOAS Student Union Bar. Due to exhaustion however, it did not end up being one of the most exciting nights in our society’s history. Thus, we were pleasantly surprised to learn, that daylight savings time ended and we would all get an extra hour in bed. Sunday’s social and the winner announcement took place in the Big Chill House near King’s Cross.

 

All motions:

R1: This House Would give 2 votes to women in Political elections

R2: This House believes that law enforcement organisations should never provide incentives to gang members to inform on their superiors (e.g. plea bargains or monetary rewards).

R3: This house regrets the decline in oil prices over the last 18 months.

R4: This house believes that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is good for America.

R5: This house would allow countries to pay other countries to settle refugees who reach their borders.

Quarter Final: This House Believes That the state should reclaim a fixed proportion of all charitable giving and redistribute it to other charities on the basis of their effectiveness

Open Semi Final: This House believes that the trans movement should actively seek to separate themselves, their issues and their collective identity from the LGBTQ movement in their campaigns and in the public consciousness.

Open Final: This House Would prefer a world in which there are no extreme emotions such as boiling rage, falling madly in love and extreme grief.

ESL Final: This House Believes that countries, like Switzerland, that were neutral in World War 2 should pay financial reparations to states occupied by the Nazis.

Wienerwald Cup 2015

Wienerwald Cup 2015

Rund drei Monate vor den European Universities Debating Championship richtete der Debattierklub Wien am 15. und 16. Mai 2015 ein kleines deutschsprachiges Turnier aus: Den 1. Wienerwald Cup. Cheforganisator Roman Korecky hatte in den Wochen zuvor alle Register gezogen, um unser erstes Turner auf dem FH Technikum zu einem vollen Erfolg zu machen. Chefjuroren waren Pascal Schaefer aus Leipzig und Mark Etzel vom DKWien. Tabmaster Jakob Reiter nutzte das Turnier zudem als ersten Testlauf für das von ihm mitentwickelte Programm Tabbie2.

Finalisten und CJ Wienerwald Cup 2015

Die Finalisten und Chefjuroren des Wienerwald Cup 2015

Los ging es am Freitag mit einem Workshop von Pascal über Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Spieltheorie. Nach drei Vorrunden und endete der Turniertag schließlich mit einem Abendesse und gemütlichen Beisammensein bei Wiens ältestem Heurigen, der 10er-Marie. Nach der abschließenden vierten Vorrunde am Samstagmorgen, standen unsere Finalisten fest. Bester Redner der Vorrunden war Amin Oueslati.

In einem spannenden und unterhaltsamen Finale konnte sich schließlich das Team „AFA – Arsch für Alles“ (Antonio Messner, Maximilian Schmidt) aus der Position der schließenden Regierung gegen die Teams „Redesalz“ (Amin Oueslati, Christoph Pirringer), „POI Colada“ (Lisa Duschek, Yasmin Fareed) und „Need better directions to Disneyland“ (Miriana Muntean, Katarina Kuzman) durchsetzen. Juriert wurde das Finale von Melanie Sindelar als Chair mit Unterstützung von Regina Puthenpurayil und Pascal. Eine Videoaufzeichnung des Finales ist auf unserem Youtube-Kanal zu finden.

Alle Themen im Überblick:

R1: Infolide: Ashley Madison ist ein 2002 gegründetes Onlineportal zum Finden eines Sexualpartners für Seitensprünge. Mit laut eigenen Angaben über 35 Millionen Nutzern in 30 Ländern ist Ashley Madison die größte derartige Internetbörse. Es existieren jedoch weitere vergleichbare Anbieter wie z.B. seitensprung.de, lonelywivesaffairs.com oder marriedcafe.com. Der CEO des Unternehmens, Noel Biderman, sagt über sich selbst: “I’m one of the most important feminists that the world has seen”. Dieses Haus würde Seitensprungportale verbieten.

R2: Infoslide: Definition: Die Kompetenzprüfung bezeichnet im Folgenden einen umfangreichen standardisierten Test, in welchem neben Intelligenz und Fremdsprachenkenntnis auch fachliche Kompetenzen wie wirtschaftliches, politisches, historisches oder wissenschaftliches Verständnis geprüft werden. Dieses Haus würde eine umfangreiche verpflichtende Kompetenzprüfung für Kandidaten politischer Ämter einführen und dessen Ergebnisse veröffentlichen.

R3: Dieses Haus würde gewaltverherrlichende Passagen religiöser Texte zensieren.

R4: Infoslide: Die Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) ist eine multilaterale Entwicklungsbank mit Fokus auf regionalen Infrastrukturprojekten. Aufgrund von Meinungsverschiedenheiten bei der Anpassung der Stimmrechtsverhältnisse in Weltbank und IWF wurde sie im Jahr 2014 unter der Führung Chinas gegründet. Seither steht die AIIB im Wettbewerb zur Weltbank ($223 Mrd.), dem Internationalen Währungsfond (IWF, $755 Mrd.) und der Asian Development Bank (ADB, $160 Mrd.). Sowohl regionale als auch nicht-regionale Staaten können Stimmrechte erwerben. Das Stimmgewicht ist hierbei proportional zum Kapitaleinsatz eines Geberlandes. Die ADB schätzt den Kapitalbedarf in der Region bis 2020 auf $8 Billionen. Die Kapitalisierung der AIIB soll zwischen $50 Mrd. – $100 Mrd. liegen, wovon China die Mehrheit beisteuert. Dieses Haus glaubt, dass westliche Staaten nicht in die AIIB investieren sollten.

Finale: Dieses Haus bedauert die Erfindung des Fernsehens.

We are the ESL champions of Cambridge Women’s Open 2014!

Melanie and Madlen in Cambridge

The ESL Champions of Cambridge Women’s Open and ESL Finalists of Cambridge IV 2014, Madlen Stottmeyer and Melanie Sindelar.

We are incredibly proud to announce that Melanie Sindelar and Madlen Stottmeyer are the winners of this years’ Cambridge Women’s Open in the ESL Category. They also did incredibly well on the speaker tab and were declared 5th and 8th best ESL speaker respectively. Vienna A (also their teamname for the upcoming World Championships) also broke into the semi-finals of the Cambridge IV, and, having defeated the current European Champions Belgrade A and an excellent team from Malaysia (IIUM), moved right into the ESL Final. Melanie was also declared 8th best ESL speaker of the Cambridge IV.  That was not yet all the good news coming from England last weekend, as our judge Elisabeth Vikydal broke to the ESL semi-final of the IV!
The Cambridge IV and the Cambridge Women’s Open are prestigious tournaments held on an annual basis which attract the best speakers from Europe, North America and Asia and are seen as one of the integral preparation tournaments for the upcoming World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malysia. Madlen and Melanie will be representing Austria in Malysia as Vienna A.

Wir sind irrsinnig stolz, verkünden zu dürfen, dass unsere Debattantinnen Melanie Sindelar und Madlen Stottmeyer die diesjährigen Gewinner des Cambridge Women’s Open in der Kategorie Englisch als Fremdsprache (ESL) sind. Auch als Einzelrednerinnen haben sie sich hervorragend geschlagen und wurden zur fünft- beziehungsweise achtbesten Rednerin dieser Kategorie gekürt. Vienna A (diesen Teamnamen werden die beiden auch bei den Weltmeisterschaften tragen) schaffte es auch ins Semifinale des Cambridge IV und kamen nach einem Sieg gegen die derzeitigen Europameister Belgrade A und gegen ein ausgezeichnetes Team aus Malaysien (IIUM) weiter ins ESL-Finale. Melanie wurde hier auch zur achtbesten ESL-Rednerin gekürt. Zu diesen guten Nachrichten kam noch dazu, dass unsere Jurorin Elisabeth Vikydal den Break ins Semifinale des IV schaffte!
Das Cambridge IV und das Cambridge Women’s Open sind prestigeträchtige Turniere, die jährlich ausgetragen werden und die besten Redner aus Europa, Nordamerika und Asien anziehen.

DK Wien Rocking BBU Open

BBU Open was *the* prep tournament for all DK Teams for Zagreb Euros. And we must say, the prep was not only good, it was very successful!

Romanian roads included some challenges for the DKWien contingent that arrived in 3 cars.

Romanian roads included some challenges for the DKWien contingent that arrived in 3 cars.

We all went to the land of Dracula (or also, Western Romania) by car – taking shifts, and starting at 2pm at night. Especially team Napoléon had quite an adventurous start. Instead of driving on normal roads, our Navi (which we have abandoned since then) took us right into the Romanian countryside, very hilly, and with just a few farms here and there. We really enjoyed the insight into rural Romanian life and the fact that there was no traffic at all, besides a few cows. They were easy to overtake, though. After 2 hours of driving at about 20mk/h, we eventually found back to a paved road and drove quickly to Cluj.

The BBU tournament, organized by the Babes-Bolyai Debating Society was outstandingly well organized, especially given the fact that this was the first tournament held in Cluj-Napoca ever! Food, socials and accommodation were great, and so were the motions set by Amanda Moorghen, Michael Shapira, Karin Merckens and Calin Muresanu.

DKWien sent a total of 5 teams to BBU, and we have to say all of them did very well, especially so our three Vienna teams that are competing at this year’s Euros in Zagreb. For them, it was the ultimate prep, and it was very successful. Especially Vienna A (Melanie and Stefan) excelled once again, breaking 4th and reaching the Semi finals, in which they had a really good first half against Lund the beards. Vienna A was even filmed in one of the top-rooms, and is now in Romanian television! Have a look here.

Melanie speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open

Melanie speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open

Stefan speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open

Stefan speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks also to the CA team, which provided well thought-through motions, and thanks to BBU for a superb tournament!

See you at Euros!

Have a look at the performance of all DK teams here: BBU Open Tab

Motions:

Rd 1: This House would ban schools from catering to a specific religion. (such as Catholic schools, Hebrew schools or Muslim schools

Rd 2: THBT Brazilian footballers should have boycotted the entire 2014 World Cup

Rd 3: TH would allow inmates to pay for substantially better prison conditions

Rd 4: THW revoke the citizenship of Western citizens who travell to the Middle East to join Jihadi groups

Rd 5: THBT western European states should adopt the eastern European ban on all Communist symbols

Semi: Assuming the technology to do so safely and easily exist, THW force everyone to undergo periodical sex changes

Final: You are a scientist and found irrefutable evidence that God does not exist. You would destroy all evidence.

 

The full DKWien contingent at BBU Open

The full DKWien contingent at BBU Open

Vienna IV 2014 – Motions and tab

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The Winners from Team Belgrado, Marija Simić and Djordje Jovicevic, together with the CA-Team Stefan Zweiker, Christine Simpson and Nicole Loiter.

 

With the OrgCom and all others involved having more or less recovered, it is now time to officially thank everyone for this year’s edition of the Vienna InterVarsity Debating Tournament!

Convened by the Dynamic Duo of Melanie Sindelar and Regina Puthenpurayil and with an outstanding CA Team – Christine Simpson, Nicole Loiter and our very own Stefan Zweiker – the tournament saw us celebrate the tenth anniversary of Austrian Debating, with nearly 100 teams from all over the world joining us for the tournament and party. Vienna IV 2014 was the biggest Intervarsity ever held in Europe.

After six rounds, challenging quarter- and semifinals and a Grand Final in the Festive Hall of the University of Vienna as well as some fun socials along the way, it was Marija Simic and Djordje Jovicevic from the team “Belgrado” (Closing Government) who took home the coveted trophy.

Following teams debated in the Finals of the Vienna IV 2014:

  • OG: Warsaw A (Karolina Partyga, Maja Łukomska)
  • OO: Vermont GW (Rebecca White, Mariel Golden)
  • CG: Belgrado (Marija Simić, Djordje Jovicevic)
  • CO: Vermont SS. (Jacob Senghas, Franny Solnick)

Congratulations to all and once again thank you for this amazing weekend! Many thanks from Debattierklub Wien to our sponsors, importantly our key partner Baker & McKenzie, the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, the Universität Wien, Ströck, Esarom, Red Bull, Jede Dose zählt, Wien Tourismus, and especially JEF – the young European federalists.

Goodbye from Vienna – we hope to see you in 2015!

Motions:

Final: THBT No state in any situation has the right to demand, encourage or promote its citizens to fight or die for the country

Semi final: THBT that media aimed at children should stop depicting the ‘happily ever after’ (For the purpose of the debate the ‘happily ever after means the end of a movie where the main characters end up happy in a romantic relationship)

QF: Given a machine to predict a person’s life 95% accurately, thw not use it

R1: THBT NGOS should reject sponsorship from companies whose actions are not consistent (= who do not act in accordance with) with the charities aims

R2: In situations where it is not possible to achieve both aims and the decision is upon the doctor, THBT doctors should prioritise prolonging life over the quality of that life

R3: Context slide: The current population growth in the Vienna neighbourhood of Ottakring is almost exclusively driven by immigration from beyond Austria’s borders. It ranks among the areas with the highest percentage of immigrants and is particularly popular with immigrants from Eastern Europe, the large majority of which come from the former Yugoslavia.

THBT that Vienna should devote Ottakring to immigrants from Eastern Europe (i.e.: An Eastern European ‘China Town’)

R4: THBT the US and the EU should support a Russian annexation of Crimea in exchange for an otherwise independent Ukraine.

R5: Infoslide: The Thirst Games is a reality tv show in which contestants compete against each other and battle to the death. The games continue until only one contestant remains alive, and that person wins fame, glory and riches.

Assuming participants have consented freely and in full knowledge of the risks and possible consequences, THW allow its citizens to participate in the “Thirst Games”

R6: Infoslide: For the purpose of this debate “good time tourism” refers to every form of tourism that satisfies human desires and is commonly forbidden in Western states (sex, drugs, chewing gum).

THS nations that market themselves as destinations for good time tourism.

 

The Tab can be accessed here.

 

 

Andreas Villareal

Cambridge IV 2013 – A Debater’s Pilgrimage

King's College Cambridge on a foggy autumn day - debating has a long history on this Imperial place

King’s College Cambridge on a foggy autumn day – debating has a long history in this imperial place

Stansted airport, Monday morning, 3:38am. I spent the night at the airport and the security just drove me away from the more or less good piece of floor where I tried to get to get my second hour of sleep. Looking at the tab of Cambridge IV, I just recognised that Madlen and I actually were one point farther away from the break than we had hoped for. Does that sound like a successful weekend? It was, I can tell.

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