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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The Tories Snap Back

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Apr 192017
 
The Tories Snap Back

Will you all please welcome the Supreme Chancellor of the United Kingdom……. Teresa May. Sounds like something from a dystopian nightmare doesn’t it. Something that could never happen to a country like the United Kingdom so full of its ideals of justice, equality and “mature democracy”. A country world renowned for fair play. Yet that

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Never Kick a Gorilla in the Bollocks

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Apr 022017
 
Never Kick a Gorilla in the Bollocks

So Spain have had their way and have managed to persuade the European Union to allow it to be able to veto any Brexit deal with the United Kingdom, if they don’t agree to their claim to Gibraltar. Oh Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear… this is not going to end well. Let me go back

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