Small Societies’ Ball 2013 — Photographs

Photography by Daniel McAvoy.

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Annual General Meeting 2013

Hello everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed the Small Societies Ball on Saturday. The photos will be available soon from here:

Tomorrow night we are having a BBQ at Froghall at 5pm. Bring your own burgers and drinks and come make the most of the great weather we’ve been having.

This Thursday we are hosting our AGM in MacRobert Lecture Theatre at 7pm. There will be some short reports on what has happening this year, a humorous review of the year and then some prizes awarded. Always an entertaining evening where we hand over to the new council so please join us. If those who won trophies last year could either bring them along or return them to me before Thursday that would be fantastic.

The AGM will be our final event of the year so I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped out this year! I hope the exams go well and that you all enjoy your summer.

Many thanks,

Sarah Beverstock

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Limited number of dance-only tickets!

A limted number of dance-only tickets (£10) are available for the Small Societies’ Ball, Saturday 4 May @ Copthorne Hotel.


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Small Societies’ Ball 2013 – Tickets on sale today (11–4) in Butchart!

Tickets for the Small Societies’ Ball are available to buy in Butchart today for £30.  This includes a three-course meal and live music from ceilidh band, Aurora (

Menus: Meat, Vegetarian, and Vegan.

Please select your table at


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This House Appreciates Thatcher’s Legacy

Ladies and gentlemen,

The time for the motion many of you have been waiting to debate in our chambers has finally arrived. This week, we will be debating the controversial legacy a powerful woman has left behind.

This debate is about Thatcher’s ideas and the changes she brought about ideologically. The core of this debate is to talk about her policies and the changes she brought to the Conservative party, and their effects on our society.

After the debate, the floor will be opened to the floor as usual, so even if you have just come to watch the debate you will get a chance to say what you think and respond to what the speakers have brought to you in the debate! Afterwards we will head to the PUB. See you all there!

Speakers in Proposition:

Prop1: Nicholas Layden
Prop2: Dan McCroskrie
Prop3: Chad West MacGregor
Prop4: Alina Dugina

Speakers in Opposition

Opp1: Jordan Lee
Opp2: Mark Joe Wilson
Opp3: Harry Naio
Opp4: Jess Anderson

Alicia Jensen

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North Korea Debate – 25/04/2012

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome back, hope you have all had a wonderful vacation! We will start the last part of this academic year what I believe will be an interesting and controversial debate, namely, a debate on invading North Korea.

Do you believe that invading north korea is a good idea, or even necessary? Or do you think it would have disastrous concequences? Is an invastion only viable solution to deal with escalating threat from North Korea? Or are there other means to deal with this threat?

Come and watch what promises to be an interesting and very lively debate this Thursday! Afterwards, we will head to the pub.

Also, a reminder that we’re having a Ball! Taking place on the 4th of May, tickets are 30 pounds for dinner and a ceilidh. Drop me or Charlotte a message if you want to buy a ticket!

See you all there!

Alicia Jensen

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Elections and ball tickets

Hello everyone,

On Thursday 21st we will be holding our Electoral General Meeting at 7pm in the Old Senate Room to elect our council for next year who will take over following the AGM in May. It’s a great way to get involved in Debater and decide what motions are debated. To vote in the elections you must be a matriculated student at Aberdeen and bring along you STUDENT CARD (you will be asked to show this on the day and won’t be able to vote without it).

If you would like to run please fill in the attached form, getting signatures from any matriculated students of the university along with their student number and hand it to myself by THIS WEDNESDAY at the latest. There are three executive positions, President, Vice-President and Treasurer for which you must have served at least one term on council and require 20 signatures. There are six positions for Ordinary Council Members which anyone is welcome to stand for and require 10 signatures. If you can’t make it on the night someone can make a short speech on your behalf about why you are suitable.

On 4th May we are hosting the Small Societies Ball. Tickets are £30 for a ceilidh and three course meal at the Copthorne Hotel and can be purchased at the elections on Thursday or every day this week at lunchtime in Butchart.

Additionally, if anyone is intersted in judging at Heriot Watt on 30th March please get in touch. We pay travel expenses to Edinburgh and it’s a great way to learn a bit more about debating.

Many thanks,
Sarah Beverstock

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Photographs from the Earl Marischal Debate 2013

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EU Debate – Thursday 14th March @ 7PM in Old Senate Room

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Leaving or staying within the EU is currently a very topical issue, an important issue to discuss. This is particularly important for the UK, and would have serious consequences, but is also a viable policy option.

This Thursday we will let the speakers make the case for and against the EU, and find out what the house would do. The floor will also be open to the audience for discussion over this issue.

Speaking in proposition:

Prop 1: Alicia Jensen
Prop 2: Dainius Tomas Balcytis
Prop 3: Dan McCroskrie
Prop 4: Michael Kusznir

Speaking in opposition:

Opp 1: Kriss Cunningham
Opp 2: Anne-Claire Deseilligny
Opp 3: Finlay Archibald
Opp 4: Seamus Salt

Alicia Jensen

Weekly Debates Secretary

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Small Societies’ Ball 2013

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce that the University of Aberdeen Small Societies’ Ball will be taking place once again this year!

Tickets will be £30, which includes a three course meal followed by a Ceilidh afterwards (there are alternative menu choices too, e.g. gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian etc, you will just need to let me know in advance). You will have the opportunity earlier in the evening to have your photograph professionally taken too. Finally I, with a few other societies, will be selling tickets on campus over the next few weeks, so watch this space!

If there is anyone from a society who is interested in coming, please let me know soon, so we can have an idea of numbers. This evening always proves to be a success and very enjoyable for all!

I look forward to hearing from you,

Charlotte x

Aberdeen University Debater, Socials

Small Societies' Ball 2013

Small Societies Ball 2013

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