Monthly Archives: March 2016

BILETA WoW positions released for 11/04/16!!!

THIS SPECIAL EDITION WoW IS OPEN TO BOTH BILETA DELEGATES AND UH STUDENTS, BUT THE POSITIONS ARE OPEN TO DELEGATES ONLY – STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND,  TO QUESTION AND JUDGE!

Dear Warriors,

Which British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA) delegate is the most analytical, brave, persuasive, intelligent Warrior???

To discover the answer to this question, I am delighted to release the Special Edition BILETA WoW positions  for MONDAY 11th APRIL, to be held in the Courtroom (in the Law Building on DeHavilland campus) at 5-6pm.

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

1. That government surveillance reduces terrorism

2. That individuals do not ‘own’ their internet identity

3. That online piracy is killing the music industry

4. That there is no such thing as ‘teaching excellence’

5. That China is correct in banning Western social media platforms

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 11th April!

Dan

ENTER THE 17/03/16 WoW SEMI-FINALIST CANDIDATES!

Dear Warriors,

You are invited to come, watch and question the second (of two sessions) seven SEMI-FINALIST candidates of the week who have been selected to attempt to defend the following positions on Thursday 17th March at 6pm in N002 (near the entrance to the Weston Auditorium):

1. That politicians have a duty to tell the absolute complete truth at all times – Elizabeth Sangobiyi

2. That the EU is trying to implement a New World Order – Brandon Toh

3. That parents should never kiss their children on the lips – Rayvin Nair

4. That a ‘boom and bust’ economy is an unhealthy one – Jesse Bunton-Cole

5. That stereotyping people saves time and effort – Greta Grochal

6. That Darwin was wrong, evolution is ‘survival of the richest’, not ‘fittest’ – Rayz Khan

7. That full sexual intercourse should only be used for procreation purposes – Asher Kodjo-Soroh

The WoW GRAND FINAL is at 5.30pm (not 6pm) on Thursday 21st April in the Comet Room, ClubDeHavilland.

See you then!

Dan

ENTER THE 10/03/16 SEMI-FINALIST WoW CANDIDATES!!!

Dear Warriors,

You are invited to come, watch and question the first (of two sessions) seven SEMI-FINALIST candidates of the week who have been selected to attempt to defend the following positions on Thursday 10th March at 6pm in N002 (near the entrance to the Weston Auditorium):

1. That it is wrong to choose the sex of your IVF baby – Mariam Bafo

2. That its good to have a world war once in a while – Mark Johnson

3. That paedophilia should be treated as a disorder – Anisha Kiri

4. That job adverts specifying ‘applicants should have looks of 8/10 or above’ are uncontroversial – Prisca Mboma

5. That Steve Jobs was enlightened – Raymond Adekolu

6. That I’d rather be rich and dishonest than honest and poor – Jago Penrose

7. That it’s impossible to have ‘too much of a good thing’ – Felistus Kasongu

The second SEMI-FINAL will be held on Thursday 17th March at 6pm in N002, with the WoW GRAND FINAL at 5.30pm (not 6pm) on Thursday 21st April in the Comet Room, Club DeHavilland.

See you Thursday!

Dan

Winners and pics from the WoW on 03/03/16 ( and a MASSIVE thanks to the #UHPrevent Team)

Dear Warriors,

All six of our Candidates successfully defended their #UHPrevent-themed positions in front of the 200+ strong crowd this week, on the following topics:

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

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

That it is impossible to radicalise anyone – Brandon Toh

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

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

That gangster rap should be banned – Anthonia Offiah

The team that helped me put together this amazing session deserve a HUGE thanks for sorting out flyers, photos, a video, pizzas, a Facebook event, social media promotion, and not least, arguing succinctly that ‘gangster rap should be banned’. Incredible work guys:

Rayvin Nair, Adit Wol, Anya Boucher, Ben Brown, Sam Yeates, Dan McKenna, Abbie Strich, Brandon Toh, Elysia Vaughan, Anthonia Offiah, Felistus Kasongu, Dan McCarthy-Stott, Jago Penrose, Niki Ioannou, Mariam Bafo, Travis Taylor

Well done!

Here are some photos of the evening:

See you next Thursday for the WoW taking place on 10th March, which is the first SEMI-FINAL of the YEAR– positions have now been assigned to some of the best WoWers of the year so far.

See you Thursday!

Dan