Once again the TDS has had the occasion to host the largest World Style debating Competition in France. 56 teams and more than 40 judges from all over the world (the UK, Ireland, Ukraine, Portugal, Belarus, the US ...) have rubbed shoulders on motions written by our CAs (Chief Adjudicators) Christine Simpson and Rebecca Meredith:
R3: INFO SLIDE: The Diamond Club is a dating website which aims to pair male millionaires with physically attractive females. Male members pay upwards of £100,000 to join the site, while female members are ranked out of 100 for their physical attractiveness and do not pay a fee to join. No other qualities, such as skills or interests, are taken into account when ranking female members. The site is for linking of dates, and not for prostitution.
THBT feminists should not oppose dating sites which seek to romantically link rich men and physically attractive women
The Telecom ParisTech Debating Society has been awarded with 'Special Prize from the Jury' during the competition for the best Student Union organised by EY.
This prize will enable two teams from Telecom to compete in the WUDC 2015 in Malaysia.
On the 24th and 25th of January, the Telecom ParisTech Debating society sent two teams and two judges to the Trinity IV 2014 at the Trinity College, Dublin. This IV which is organised by both the Hist and the Phil (which are Trinity College's debating societieS) was a great opportunity for the TDS to compete aginst teams from the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Turkey, Ireland (University College of Cork and University College of Dublin were particularily well represented!) and many other countries.
After four rounds of intense and fierce debates, we were pleased to hear that both our teams (Telecom A : Pierre Bréchet & Noémie Bristol-Courgeon ; Telecom B : Agathe Gilain & Edouard Mifsud) « broke » a.k.a. were selected for the ESL (English as Second Language) final of the Trinity IV !! Although our positions in the debate were randomly chosen, both our teams were put on the same bench for the final and had the occasion to propose together on the motion : THBT children should be authorised to question authority at schoool, even when it undermine obedience and discipline.
The debate wich then took place in the debating chamber of the Trinity College's Graduate Memorial Building opposing Telecom A as Oppening Government, Telecom B as Closing Government, Bogazici, Turkey as Opening Opposition and Roosevelt, Netherlands as Closing Opposition, was both fierce and passionate. And even though our teams demonstrated the best of their debating skills that night, they were finally found beaten by Bogazici…
We now wait with bated breath for the next tournament for which we are ready tol demonstrate the best of our debating skills!
As you might know, the Telecom Debating Society sent 2 teams and one judge to the Cambridge IV 2013 (15th-16th of December). During this IV, which is one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe, We’ve had the pleasure to competein BP style at the Cambridge Union Society against teams from all over the world : Oxford, St Andrews, Yale, Princeton, Trinity College Dublin, Leiden, Vienna, etc. The debates were fierce and the motions varied :
We also had the occasion to attend to the Grand Final in the Cambridge Union Society great chamber and witness St Andrews win against Hart House, Princeton and Harvard.
The Telecom Debating Society in association with Assas Rhetorique and the Descartes Debating Club have organised the first friendly of the school year at Telecom ParisTech on September the 20th.
It was the occasion for many debaters from Parisian schools (Telecom, assas, Science po, Descartes, Centrale) to meet again and for the newbies from >Telecom to debate for the first time on the motion : “This House, as the parent of a child with social disabilities (i.e. Asperger’s), would prefer to send their child to a regular school”.
It also was a good occasion for our newbies to debate in BP style for the first time after a workshop organised by Albertine Aquenin from Assas and Noémie Bristol-Courgeon from Telecom.
Last March, our club sent one team and one judge to Budapest for the Budapest Open 2013. This was the second edition of this tournament and we had the occasion to debate against many ESL teams, from eastern Europe or from Asia. But we also debated against Americans ( notably in the first Round ... They went first and we went second ...)
The motions for this Tournament were:
Last January we sent one team and two judges to the Trinity IV 2013. This tournament took place at the Trinity College of Dublin and was organised by the Hist and the Phil which are the debating clubs of this University ( They have two of them ! ). Many Irish adn Britishh teams were present, but we also had the occasion to meet other French teams ( from Assas, Science Po and Paris Descartes ).
We enjoyed fierce debates on the following motions:
As you might have heard about it, two teams and one judge from Telecom Paristech went to the Oxford IV last weekend (9th-11th of November of 2012). The Oxford IV is the largest and most prestigious debating competition on the UK University circuit. It is hosted by the famous Oxford Union. During this debating tournament, we rubbed shoulders with students from Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, SOAS…And our teams ranked 1rst and 3rd in the last round. We also advertised the Paris Open (held at Télécom Paristech in April of 2013 ) and we recruited Talheel Lateef, a debating officer of the Cambridge Union Society, to give a an expert World Style debating workshop at Telecom Paristech.
And last but not least, we enjoyed nice feisty and brilliant debates and of course, we tried to make the most of our cultural immersion in the oldest academic city