Monthly Archives: October 2014

Coming up: This Week’s UHWoW and Hallowe’en Party!

Dear Warriors,

You are invited to come, watch and question the six candidates of the week who have been selected, at random, to attempt to defend the following positions on Thursday 30th October at 6pm in the Courtroom:

1. That zoos are unnatural and should be banned – Amelia Jong

2. That no-one can ever win a ‘war on terror’ – Conor Eccleston

3. That imprisoned convicted criminals should be punished while in prison – Jason Tang

4. That there should be no borders and no passports – Nehal Mangrio

5. That due to recent rapid technological advancement, human beings are becoming more stupid – Simran Srinivasan

6. That people having unnecessary cosmetic surgery causes body issues in other members of society – Oyinkansola Ogunlaja

NB. Candidates are picked at random: (i) If a candidate has requested a position that is not available, he/she has been assigned a different position; (ii) If you have requested to participate and were not picked, please apply for the next WoW taking place on Thursday 13th October – positions will be advertised a few days prior, as usual.

Don’t forget that there will be the School of Law’s Hallowe’en Party Zombie Cheerleaders v Vampire Jocks at the Comet Room, Club DeHavilland straight afterwards at 7pm (costumes not compulsory, but much appreciated!).

See you Thursday,

Dan

CALLING FOR ‘SCHOOLS WoW’ MENTORS!!!

Dear Warriors,

We are now accepting applications for ‘Schools WoW’ mentors to go into Hertfordshire schools and give a 45 minute training session on how to deliver a 1 minute position defence.

Please note that this defence will not be performed live, as it is for Weekly WoW, but will be uploaded onto the pupils’ own Youtube accounts for rating by each other and marked by the Schools’ mentors.

Full instructions on how this is achieved, and the format of the year’s competition, will be provided in a ‘Schools WoW Handbook’ by myself and my colleague Chamu Kuppuswamy.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email me at d.berger@herts.ac.uk ASAP (and before this Wednesday at 6pm).

We will need to meet with all applicants at the Courtroom this Thursday at 5pm for a briefing, so please make sure you are available.

Thanks,

Dan

Second Weekly WoW Positions released!

Dear Warriors,

I am delighted to release the second UHWoW positions for THIS COMING THURSDAY, to be held in the Courtroom at 6pm on 30th October, immediately prior to the School’s Hallowe’en Party ‘Zombie Cheerleaders v Vampire Jocks‘, to be held in the Comet Room in Club DeHavilland from 7pm ’til late.

If you would like to defend any of these positions, please volunteer, using the ‘comments’ box below, and I will assign you a position at random (subject to availability):

1. That zoos are unnatural and should be banned

2. That no-one can ever win a ‘war on terror’

3. That imprisoned convicted criminals should be punished while in prison

4. That there should be no borders and no passports

5. That due to recent rapid technological advancement, human beings are becoming more stupid

6. That people having unnecessary cosmetic surgery causes body issues in other members of society

You will need to consider the position, research it carefully and then defend it for one minute – then be subjected to questions from the audience. You will be marked on three criteria; (i) content – what you say initially and in response to questions; (b) presentation – how you say it; (c) popularity – the public vote. The judge’s decision is final – and I will be your judge!

This week, as mentioned above, the law social in Club DeHavilland will be replaced by our Hallowe’en party from 7pm onwards.

See you on Thursday!

Dan

Pics and winners of this week’s WoW!

Dear Warriors,

A fantastic WoW this week, with  six out of eight candidates picking up valuable points to place them into the frame for a place in the knockout stages of the competition later this academic year.

Here are some pics of this week’s exciting event:

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The following picked up this week’s points:

COURTNEY LUDGATE

ZARA FINLAYSON

MOTUNRAYO

KATIE EMMS

TAYLA ROBINSON

MERVIN OJK

The positions for next week’s WoW will be posted shortly – and don’t forget that straight after is the School of Law’s Hallowe’en Party: ‘Zombie Cheerleaders v Vampire Jocks‘ in the Comet Room at Club DeHavilland from 7pm.

Speak soon,

Dan

ENTER THE UHWoW CANDIDATES!!!

Dear Warriors,

You are invited to come, watch and question the first eight candidates of the year who have been selected to attempt to defend the following positions on Thursday 23rd October at 6pm in the Courtroom:

1. That the alcohol drinking age should be raised to 21 – COURTNEY LUDGATE

2. That there is no such thing as a ‘terrorist’ – HAMID SHAFIQI

3. That the European Union is finished – ZARA FINLAYSON

4. That lawyers are overpaid – MOHAMMAD SAM

5. That pornography is good for society – MOTUNRAYO

6. That the death penalty should be reintroduced into the UK – KATIE EMMS

7. That whatever The Beatles may say, money CAN buy me love – TAYLA ROBINSON

8. That democracy is no great thing – MERVIN OJK

NB. If a candidate has requested a position that is not available, he/she has been assigned a different position.

Don’t forget that there will be the second weekly law social of the year at Club DeHavilland straight afterwards at 7pm.

See you Thursday!

Dan

First (non-practice) Weekly WoW Positions released!

Dear all,

I am delighted to release the first ‘assessed’ WoW positions for THIS COMING THURSDAY, to be held in the Courtroom at 6pm on 23rd October.

If you would like to defend any of these positions, please volunteer, using the ‘comments’ box below, and I will assign you a position at random (subject to availability):

1. That the alcohol drinking age should be raised to 21

2. That there is no such thing as a ‘terrorist’

3. That the European Union is finished

4. That lawyers are overpaid

5. That pornography is good for society

6. That the death penalty should be reintroduced into the UK

7. That whatever The Beatles may say, money CAN buy me love

8. That democracy is no great thing

You will need to consider the position, research it carefully and then defend it for one minute – then be subjected to questions from the audience. You will be marked on three criteria; (i) content – what you say initially and in response to questions; (b) presentation – how you say it; (c) popularity – the public vote. The judge’s decision is final – and I will be your judge!

As usual WoW will be followed by drinks at Club Dehavilland from 7pm onwards at the weekly law social.

See you on Thursday!

ENTER THE FIRST UHWoW CANDIDATES!!!

Dear Warriors,

You are invited to come, watch and question the first ten candidates of the year who have been selected to attempt to defend the following positions on Thursday 16th October at 6pm in the Courtroom:

1. That reality television is bad for society – JUDITH BAHATI

2. That babysitters should be licensed – MOTUNRAYO

3. That men are better drivers than women – PATRICIA DRGONOVA

4. That Page 3 of The Sun Newspaper should be banned – MARIAM

5. That recreational drugs should be legalised – TAYLA ROBINSON

6. That the UK Press should not be regulated – SAM YEATES

7. That Scotland should have voted ‘yes’ to leave the UK – ALI HASSAN ABBAS

8. That it would have been better to have been born in the 1970’s – DIANA SANDU

9. That National Service should be resumed – CONOR ECCLESTON

10. That there is no such thing as gravity – ANISHA KIRI

NB. If a candidate has requested a position that is not available, he/she has been assigned a different position.

Don’t forget that there will be the first weekly law social of the year at Club DeHavilland straight afterwards at 7pm.

See you Thursday!

Dan

First UHWoW meeting practice positions are here!

Dear Word Warriors,

I am delighted to announce the first 10 practice positions for the first UHWoW meeting of the year – to be held in the Courtroom at 6pm on Thursday 16th October!

If you would like to defend any of these positions, please volunteer, using the ‘comments’ box below, and I will assign you a position at random (subject to availablity):

1. That reality television is bad for society

2. That babysitters should be licensed

3. That men are better drivers than women

4. That Page 3 of The Sun Newspaper should be banned

5. That recreational drugs should be legalised

6. That the UK Press should not be regulated

7. That Scotland should have voted ‘yes’ to leave the UK

8. That it would have been better to have been born in the 1970’s

9. That National Service should be resumed

10. That there is no such thing as gravity

You will need to consider the position, research it carefully and then defend it for one minute – then be subjected to a minute of questions from the audience. You will be marked on three criteria; (i) content; (b) presentation; (c) popularity. The judge’s decision is final – and I will be your judge!

Since these are practice postions, there will be no credits awarded for successful defences in the first week, and feedback will be given to help you improve in the future.

It promises to be a really fun evening, followed by drinks at Club Dehavilland from 7pm onwards at the weekly law social.

See you on Thursday next week!

Dan