Start new year

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Sep 032018
 

Tonight (3 september) will be the first Kalliope meeting. In the following weeks the standard Monday-evening meetings will be about introducing new members, often with none or little debating experience. This is a good time to get to know each other and the society as a whole and to learn something about debating. If you

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GDS Kalliope in the KEI week

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Aug 122018
 
GDS Kalliope in the KEI week

Are you coming to study in Groningen and do you wonder what GDS Kalliope is really about? Come visit us during the KEI week! We will be represented at the following events: Monday August 13th 10 am – 5 pm: Stand at the Information Market @Vismarkt 2:20 pm – 5 pm: Stand at the Welcome

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The Official Kalliope EUDC Report

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Aug 082018
 
The Official Kalliope EUDC Report

Last week, the yearly pinnacle of European university debating, the European University Debating Championship (EUDC), took place in the Serbian city of Novi Sad. Having had two days to regain my normal state of consciousness after going through days of the weird activity that is debating, I feel I am capable to write this short

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4 October Welcome Dinner for New Members!

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Sep 302017
 
4 October Welcome Dinner for New Members!

Kalliope has entered the new academic year and new members have joined our ranks. Now it is time for new and old members to meet each other with a great dinner, where everyone will bring something they cooked or baked (or bought). The dinner will be on Wednesday October 4th from 7 pm in Café

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Record of the European Debating Championship, Part 3: Then All of a Sudden, It Was Over

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Aug 312017
 
Record of the European Debating Championship, Part 3: Then All of a Sudden, It Was Over

As I sit down to write this report of Tallinn EUDC 2017, the only thing I can think about is how incredibly fast everything went. I am already back in the Netherlands for 1.5 weeks, but it feels like it was yesterday that I was debating in a university in Estonia. It is hard to

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Record of the European Debating Championship, Part 2: Up, up and away

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Aug 132017
 
Record of the European Debating Championship, Part 2: Up, up and away

Time is flying and I will be flying soon as well. I am writing this post somewhere in the night from 12 – 13 August. It really is time to go to bed, but nerves and excitement about what is gonna come in the upcoming week are keeping me awake. In the past couple of

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GDS Kalliope During the KEI week

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Aug 112017
 

Next week, GDS Kalliope will be represented during the KEI week, the yearly introduction week for new students in Groningen. So if you are a beginning student in Groningen and are interested in Groningen’s one and only student debating society, come have a look at one of our events: Monday August 14th 10:00- 17:00: Information

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The Real Problem with ‘Political Correctness’

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Aug 072017
 
The Real Problem with 'Political Correctness'

Three weeks ago, it was announced that the thirteenth incarnation (or, to use the official term, ‘regeneration’) of the Doctor – the protagonist of the legendary BBC science fiction show Doctor Who – will be portrayed by Jodie Whittaker. As much as one would have hoped this casting news to engender no special media attention

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Record of the European Debating Championship, Part 1: One Month to Go

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Aug 022017
 

While most of you are enjoying the holiday and volatile weather some people are still very busy with debating. In exactly one month from today (14-7) the European University Debating Championships (EUDC) in Tallinn will start. GDS Kalliope will be represented by one team this year. Groningen A will consist of Jon Barry and myself,

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The War on Information

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Aug 022017
 
The War on Information

I hate to start out yet another Spraakwater article by mentioning Donald Trump, but the slightly dystopian state of the world makes me feel obliged to postpone merrier topics for another occasion. As we are in the midst of a precarious special investigation to the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, we are once again

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