Monthly Archives: February 2016

ENTER THE 03/03/16 WoW CANDIDATES!!!

#UHPrevent themed WoW in support of the government’s inititative to stop students becoming involved with terrorism and other criminal activity

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 3rd March at 6pm in N002 (near the entrance to the Weston Auditorium):

1. That if ‘freedom of expression’ is not given as an absolute right, then it does not exist at all – Mariam Bafo

2. That some cultures are never going to be compatible with UK values – Jesse Bunton-Cole

3. That it is impossible to radicalise anyone – Brandon Toh

4. That random drug-testing of University of Hertfordshire students should be implemented immediately – Senay Kahsay

5. That all new migrants to the UK should be electronically tagged for 5 years – Joye Oyekan

6. That gangster rap should be banned – Anthonia Offiah

N.B. Candidates are picked entirely at random: Candidates are assigned positions completely randomly – not on a first-come-first-served basis.

The next WoW taking place on Thursday 10th March is the first SEMI-FINAL of the YEAR– positions will be assigned to the best WoWers of the year so far, a few days prior.

The second SEMI-FINAL will be held on Thursday 17th March, with the WoW GRAND FINAL on Thursday 21st April.

See you Thursday!

Dan

Winners and pics from the WoW on 25/02/16

Dear Warriors,

Four of the six Candidates successfully fended-off the crowd this week, on the following topics:

That, contrary to a recent UK ruling,  prisoners should not be allowed hardcore porn in their cells – Abbie Strich

That ‘feminism studies’ should be on the school curriculumSimran Srinivasan

That the Oscars are racist and should be boycottedAsher Kodjo-Soroh

That diagnosing children with ADHD actually harms themGreta Grochal

Here are some photos of the evening:

See you on Thursday 3rd March at 6pm in N002 for the next WoW!

Dan

Weekly WoW positions released for 03/03/16!!!

#UHPrevent themed WoW in support of the government’s inititative to stop students becoming involved with terrorism and other criminal activity

Dear Warriors,

Which of the University’s 10 Schools produces the most analytical, brave, persuasive, intelligent Warriors???

To discover the answer to this question, I am delighted to release the WoW positions  – for all students across the university – for THURSDAY 3rd MARCH, to be held in N002 (entrance near to the Weston Auditorium entrance) at 6pm.

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

1. That if ‘freedom of expression’ is not given as an absolute right, then it does not exist at all

2. That some cultures are never going to be compatible with UK values

3. That it is impossible to radicalise anyone

4. That random drug-testing of University of Hertfordshire students should be implemented immediately

5. That all new migrants to the UK should be electronically tagged for 5 years

6. That gangster rap should be banned

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, and how well you controlled the crowd; and (c) popularity – the public vote. The judge’s decision is final – and I will be your judge! N.B. If you volunteer, then you MUST attend and participate – no ‘cold feet’.

See you on the 3rd!

Dan

ENTER THE 25/02/16 WoW CANDIDATES!!!

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 25th February at 6pm in N002 (near the entrance to the Weston Auditorium):

1. That, contrary to a recent UK ruling,  prisoners should not be allowed hardcore porn in their cells – Abbie Strich

2. That you cannot teach leadership skills – Jago Penrose

3. That ‘feminism studies’ should be on the school curriculumSimran Srinivasan

4. That ‘fat shaming’ or ‘thin shaming’ should be encouragedAma Lawrence

5. That the Oscars are racist and should be boycottedAsher Kodjo-Soroh

6. That diagnosing children with ADHD actually harms themGreta Grochal

N.B. Candidates are picked entirely at random: (i) Candidates are assigned positions completely randomly – not on a first-come-first-served basis; (ii) If you have requested to participate and were not picked, please apply for the next WoW taking place on Thursday 3rd March – positions will be advertised a few days prior, as usual.

See you Thursday!

Dan

Winners and pics from the WoW on 18/02/16

Dear Warriors,

All six Candidates successfully annihilated the crowd this week, on the following topics:

That ‘sting operations’ to catch online child predators should be banned – Ben Sytri Brown

That convicting people, now, of their historic crimes, does more harm than good – Mark Johnson

That our fears of UK mass immigration are unreasonable – Anisha Kiri

That our trust in the media is at an all-time low – Raymond Molade Adekolu

That belief in astrology is crazy and a bit sad – Joye Oyekan

That Vladimir Putin is the best national leader on Earth right now – Travis Taylor

…and our ‘Judge of the Day’ – Nouha Rakeeb , who came up with some excellent rebuttals.

Here are some photos of the evening:

See you on Thursday 25th February at 6pm in N002 for the next WoW!

Dan

Weekly WoW positions released for 25/02/16!!!!!

Dear Warriors,

Which of the University’s 10 Schools produces the most analytical, brave, persuasive, intelligent Warriors???

To discover the answer to this question, I am delighted to release the WoW positions  – for all students across the university – for THURSDAY 25th FEBRUARY, to be held in N002 (near the entrance to the Weston Auditorium) at 6pm.

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

1. That, contrary to a recent UK ruling,  prisoners should not be allowed hardcore porn in their cells

2. That you cannot teach leadership skills

3. That ‘feminism studies’ should be on the school curriculum

4. That ‘fat shaming’ or ‘thin shaming’ should be encouraged

5. That the Oscars are racist and should be boycotted

6. That diagnosing children with ADHD actually harms them

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, and how well you controlled the crowd; and (c) popularity – the public vote. The judge’s decision is final – and I will be your judge! N.B. If you volunteer, then you MUST attend and participate – no ‘cold feet’.

See you on the 25th!

Dan

ENTER THE 18/02/16 WoW CANDIDATES!!!

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 18th February at 6pm in the Weston Auditorium:

1. That ‘sting operations’ to catch online child predators should be banned – Ben Sytri Brown

2. That convicting people, now, of their historic crimes, does more harm than good – Mark Johnson

3. That our fears of UK mass immigration are unreasonable – Anisha Kiri

4. That our trust in the media is at an all-time low – Raymond Molade Adekolu

5. That belief in astrology is crazy and a bit sad – Joye Oyekan

6. That Vladimir Putin is the best national leader on Earth right now – Travis Taylor

N.B. Candidates are picked entirely at random: (i) Candidates are assigned positions completely randomly – not on a first-come-first-served basis; (ii) If you have requested to participate and were not picked, please apply for the next WoW taking place on Thursday 25th February – positions will be advertised a few days prior, as usual.

See you Thursday!

Dan

Winners and pics from the WoW on 11/02/16

Dear Warriors,

Four Candidates managed to take on the crowd and win this week, on the following topics:

That if you cannot find work near where you live, then move – Mariam Bafo

That our society makes it too easy to get divorced – Ahmad Ali

That politics should never be a career – Asher Kodjo-Soroh

That the current UK minimum wage should be doubled – Prisca Mboma

Here are some photos of the evening:

See you on Thursday 18th February at 6pm in the Weston Auditorium for the next WoW!

Dan

Weekly WoW positions released for 18/02/16!!!

Dear Warriors,

Which of the University’s 10 Schools produces the most analytical, brave, persuasive, intelligent Warriors???

To discover the answer to this question, I am delighted to release the WoW positions  – for all students across the university – for THURSDAY 18th FEBRUARY, to be held in the Weston Auditorium at 6pm.

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

1. That ‘sting operations’ to catch online child predators should be banned

2. That convicting people, now, of their historic crimes, does more harm than good

3. That our fears of UK mass immigration are unreasonable

4. That our trust in the media is at an all-time low

5. That belief in astrology is crazy and a bit sad

6. That Vladimir Putin is the best national leader on Earth right now

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, and how well you controlled the crowd; and (c) popularity – the public vote. The judge’s decision is final – and I will be your judge! N.B. If you volunteer, then you MUST attend and participate – no ‘cold feet’.

See you on the 18th!

Dan

ENTER THE 11/02/16 WoW CANDIDATES!!!

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 11th February at 6pm in the Weston Auditorium:

1. That families were happier when mothers were generally housewives – Motunrayo Olowu

2. That parents must never smack their children – Xinia James

3. That if you cannot find work near where you live, then move – Mariam Bafo

4. That our society makes it too easy to get divorced – Ahmad Ali

5. That politics should never be a career – Asher Kodjo-Soroh

6. That the current UK minimum wage should be doubled – Prisca Mboma

N.B. Candidates are picked entirely at random: (i) Candidates are assigned positions completely randomly – not on a first-come-first-served basis; (ii) If you have requested to participate and were not picked, please apply for the next WoW taking place on Thursday 18th February – positions will be advertised a few days prior, as usual.

See you Thursday!

Dan