Mark Etzel

Mark Etzel

Mark is all about energy. He studies Energy in Applied Physics at the Technical University of Vienna and works in a laboratory where he conducts experiments and simulations with high energy levels. Whether that includes the construction of the laser cannon for the new Death Star? Mark smiles and waves off the question, apparently a secret that ought not to be told. Is it all just a great disguise that in his real life as a debater he is our caring club president, always friendly, often with an air of happy calmness, except when he is destroying the debate opposition with his well-structured 1st, 2nd, 3rd-point speeches? He enjoys debating for the competitive element of speaking with and against other smart people, and occupying himself with topics that would not cross his mind in his studies. It speaks for Mark’s purist understanding of debating that he is really fond of debates such as whether fines (e.g. for traffic violations) should be set proportional to the violator’s income. Very little expert knowledge is needed is there, just persuasive arguments.

Mark hopes to convince other people too of the enthusiasm he shows for debating, so he should be exactly in the right position as a member of DKWien’s board and debate trainer for school pupils. Now that most of the society’s attention is focused on EUDC and all gears are turning for the project, he sees it as his job to keep the society itself running as a merry group of friends that enjoys its common passion: debating.

Mark also believes in the good atmosphere in the OrgCom as a recipe for success at Vienna Euros. Once our participants understand that we ourselves feel pleasure in hosting them, the good vibrations will flash over. ¬†Welcoming Euros are about much more than just “let’s debate a few rounds”, thus they should aim to cater for everyone’s wishes; satisfying accommodation, good motions and a pretty final will be parts of a recipe that does not leave anyone disappointed, regardless of their athletic performance. The same counts for the OrgCom, he thinks: Setbacks such as bureaucratic issues should not distract from the goal: Celebrating a festival of debating in August 2015. This goal gives us the energy to reach towards it.

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