Good news! Maastricht Open was happening from April 22nd-24th. Tilbury House sent a huge delegation to the tournament -just like we did last year (:-. In total we sent 3 teams (Whitney Nokashare & Ruben Dillmann, Artem Korchemsky & Helena Hecke, Zoe Sandle & Linda Nolden) and 3 adjudicators (Bodo Bützler, Seraphim Kirjuchin, Agnes Putri).
All in all, we did an amazing job! First of all, Whitney and Ruben broke 8th with 9 points to the Semi-finals. Note that this is Whitney’s first tournament and she was even the 3rd best Novice speaker. Ruben was doing awesome too as he’s ranked 12th in the speaker tab. The motion for the Semis is „THBT the UN should hire private military corporations to carry out its peacekeeping operations.“ Although Artem and Helena really did a good job too as they slightly missed the break and are ranked 10th in the team tab. Linda and our novice debater, Zoe, weren’t doing so bad either as they’re ranked 12th in the tab.
Agnes also broke as a judge and adjudicated the (other) Semi and the Grand final. The motion for the Grand Final is „THW require all 18-year-olds in western liberal democracies to go on a Rumspringa.“
Congratulations to all of them! It was indeed an awesome weekend for us!
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Agnes Putri and Leonard M. broke to the ESL Final at Manchester IV 2016!
After five rounds competing mostly with native speaker teams, they made it to the ESL Grand final! The motion of the final was „THW create and fund schools that exclusively admit children from ethnic minorities.“They were CO in the final along with Lund (OG), Helsinki (OO) and BUDA (CG). In a close decision between opp bench, the win finally was given to OO. It was still a great success and an awesome experience!
As a reference, two years ago Tilbury House (Lukas Thiel and Moritz Justen) won the ESL final at the Manchester IV.
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On Friday, January 22nd, we had our traditional Annual Winter Final! We’re very happy to announce that it was a great success as the Neuer Senatssaal was filling up pretty quickly.
We also had our wonderful honorary judging pool which consisted of Mr. Derek Kelly (US Vice-Consul General in Düsseldorf) and Ms. Ursula Roth (Director of German-British Association). They were also accompanied by our successful Tilbury alumni: Felix Lamouroux (EUDC Koc Quarter Finalist, Oxford IV ESL Winner) and Kai Menzel (WUDC Thailand Vice Champion!).
If you missed it, the motion for our grand final read: „THBT neither journalists nor police should publish the ethnicity, nationality, religious affiliation or residence status of an alleged criminal.“
Tilbury debaters who made it to our final are: Ibo and Freddy (Opening Government), Julian and Whitney (Oppening Opposition), Ruben and Linda (Closing Government), Bozhidar and Agnes (Closing Opposition).
It was a heated round of debate where we had closing-half debate. Eventually, the debate was won by Closing Government team with Ruben as the Best Speaker. Whitney was also awarded as the Best Newcomer. Congratulations to every single one of them!
The audience was also entertained by a hilarious round of fun debate by Sofia & Artem and Lukas & Moritz. The motion read „THBT this debate is a huge waste of time„. Not only that, the gavel speech was also held by Dirk followed by an inspiring pre-tapped video by Mr. Paul Drew-Bear (Tilbury Founder!).
All in all. It was a great success and we’re very excited to organize our next final next year!
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This year’s European Universities Debating Championship (EUDC/Euros) took place 2-8 August and were hosted by Debattierklub Wien in the lovely Austrian capital. Euros are the second-biggest debating tournament (next to Worlds) with over 600 participants and Tilbury House sent an enormous delegation accordingly. With six teams and three judges our society was able to even slightly increase the numbers from last year. During nine rounds our members debated motions such as „This House believes that the European Union should lift its arms embargo on China“ or „This House believes that it is legitimate for individuals to punish people they deem to have committed online harassment by revealing their identity online“. Although none of our teams could break, Tilbury A (Ruben Dillmann & Linda Nolden) scored 14 points and Ruben was Tilbury’s best speaker at the tournament, being 60th out of 228 ESL-speakers with 674 speaker points. Tilbury B (Artem Korchemsky & Leo Mittag) did very well! They were among the top third of ESL-teams at Vienna EUDC. They had 14 points and therefore missed the break only by 1 point! Congratulations also to Tilbury C (Helena Hecke & Joachim Wend). Last but not least a big „Thank you“ to our three judges Sevilay Özcay, Bozhidar Kamburov, and Caroline Baum.
All Tilburies had a lot of fun at the various socials, met an amazing cast of new people from around the world and also learnt a lot.
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It’s time for learning again.
We give you the opportunity to get a broad introduction to debating, that will help you improving on a fast scale. At our workshop you will learn, among other things, how to fulfill the roles of different positions, what a good argument is and how to use and respond to POIs strategically.
With that knowledge you will rock every debate or presentation and are more than fit for tournaments. We strongly encourage all Tilburies to come, also more experienced debaters (who missed it last semester), as it might help clearify one or another issue.
NOTE: This workshop is designed for people who already partcipated in AT LEAST 1-2 debates. So if you want to participate but never attended any sessions of Tilbury House, we strongly encourage you to join our next session!
- Date: 23.05.2015
- Time: 11:00 am
- Room: HS XII (Hauptgebäude Uni Köln)
- Duration: ~ 5h
Why debating is the best thing happening to you at university and why you should start NOW!
If you just started your studies, you might postpone joining Tilbury House, because you think there will be plenty of time still and you have soo much to do right now. Wrong. It won’t get better the more you progress at university, debating will actually help you at your studies and finally, what else are you doing on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. See? No Rebuttal possible – we win – you join!
You might already have heard that it is not special anymore to be fluent in English. In fact, it is so common, that a lot of companies just expect you to communicate in Rooney’s language. If you can’t, another one will and he’ll land the job. However, learning a language is essentially based on using it and that’s what we do each week. We debate in English about a broad variety of topics. For a lot of people their perceived bad English skills are a reason not to join, but that is completely wrong. Only by joining Tilbury House you will eventually improve your skills. A one-semester course on “Business English“ with a lot of powerpoint slides and some exercises won’t help you.
And what about the university improvement? Debating is essentially what you do in your daily student life. Thinking about an argument and about ways to either prove or disprove it is the same as reading a new paper and having to give your opinion on it or writing an essay and having to justify the outcomes. Through debating your way of thinking will get clearer and your grades better.
If you read till here, you’re obviously already hooked. So we can now reveal the true reasons for joining a debating society: booze and party. Tilbury House gives you the opportunity to mingle with students from a variety of backgrounds. After destroying each other with words we enjoy destroying each other with drinks afterwards. Furthermore we send teams to debating tournaments in Germany and abroad, giving you the chance to meet students from literally around the world and to engage in some serious partying.
For all of the given reasons, we beg you to join Tilbury House. See you next Tuesday, Room S01 (Ground Floor), Seminargebäude, 7.30 pm.
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The semester started again, spring finally arose from its winterly sleep and that means it’s time for our Semester Kick-off on April 21. We will debate as usual, but require each and everyone to join us for drinks afterwards. This will be a good opportunity for new and old Tilburies to mingle and show the social side of debaters (after they tried to kill each other with POIs and arguments in S01).
Every day is a new start, and every Tuesday could be the start for your debating career. Don’t miss out. The next couple of weeks will be ideal for joining, as we will run extensive training sessions prior to debating. However, you can always join – regardless if it is early, mid, or end-semester or semester break.