2009 News Archive

Week 11 Update

Martin Sorensen Grand Final

After five rounds and semi-finals, the Grand Final of the Martin Sorensen Competition will be contested by “Sideways Vagina” and “Tit Mints”. It will be held at the Notting Hill Hotel on Wednesday 27 May from 7pm – come along a bit earlier and grab dinner before the debate.

Alumni Drinks

The Monash Association of Debaters (MAD) will be holding an inaugural Alumni Night this year, which all former and current MAD members are warmly invited to attend. This event will be held shortly before the 2009 Australasian Debating Championships (Australs), which will be hosted by Monash University in July.

The Alumni Cocktail Night will launch the first MAD Alumni membership activity. We plan to hold regular events over the coming years which will allow past members the valuable opportunity to reconnect with old friends and reminisce about fond memories of debating at university.

The club is looking forward to celebrating the successes of former and current debaters, both at university and in the workplace. We have a range of special events planned for the night, including a tribute to Martin Sorensen and a celebration of MAD’s rich history at Australs, allowing attendees to reflect on MAD’s unique culture and intervarsity success, and helping to guarantee the club’s successful future.

The alumni night will be a cocktail event, with finger food and drinks provided. Tickets will cost $50 each for Alumni, with all funds raised going directly to assist with the costs of running Australs. Current students can purchase tickets for $20. The night will also include a charity auction and a raffle.

This event will be held on Friday 19 June at the Monash University Law Chambers, which is located at 472 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The event will commence at 6.30 pm and end at 9.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.trybooking.com/ZJ.

If you have any questions about the night, or if you are interested in contributing to Australs or MAD more generally, please send an email to Rhys Campbell at .

Surveys

MAD is conducting two surveys at the moment to try and help us improve your experiences at the club, both socially and in terms of debating. This is part of a process which is evaluating the current activities of the club and how they can be improved. The surveys are an important way for you to be able to give us honest, anonymous feedback and to shape the future direction of the club. We would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to fill out the two surveys below. Please do them – remember, it is ultimately in your own interest to give us honest feedback!

Australs

MAD has selected its teams for Australs:

Monash 1: Amit Golder, Tim Jeffrie, Fiona Prowse
Monash 2: Gemma Buckley, Meredith Prior, Melanie Tedja
Monash 3: Dominic Guinane, Colette Mintz, Madeline Schultz
Monash 4: Ravi Dutta, Viv Jones, Nita Rao

Next Monday will see the traditional Monash 1 v Monash 2 send-off debate. Come see MAD’s finest battle it out before Australs in our last Monday meeting for the semester.

President’s Cup

The location has changed – the tournament will now be held at Melbourne High School. It’s on the last weekend in May and includes a guarantee of 5 debates for everyone, followed by both a novice and a main grand final, as well as social events on both nights (dinner on Saturday and drinks on Sunday). Registration costs will be $30 for debaters and $20 for adjudicators, which gets you 5 rounds of debating, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea both days, and dinner on the Saturday night.

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Week 10 Update

Regressive

Regressive is MAD’s biggest and most entertaining social events. It’s basically a debate done backwards – the catch being that anyone who speaks earlier (who would normally speak last, like a 3rd speaker) gets to dare the people who are going to come after them (who would normally speak first, like the 1st speakers) to do all sorts of crazy things. It’s completely free and always a lot of fun.

When: Friday 15th of May, from 7:00. Debate starts at 8:00.
Where: Nita’s house, 54 Lum Rd, Wheelers Hill
Cars will be ferrying people from Glen Waverley station if they need to train in or catch one of the many buses that go to that station.v If people need to stay the night there will be spaces to crash at Nita’s, Scott’s, Dom’s and other people near by. Just contact them or Rhys in advance to arrange to stay over.
Speakers:
1st Aff: Kiran Iyer 1st Neg: Nita Rao
2nd Aff: Laura Aston 2nd Neg: James Beavis
3rd Aff: Luke McGreevy 3rd Neg: Colette Mintz
Chair: Damien Bruckard
Adjudicator: Mel Birch
Topic will be announced on the night.
Free drinks all night and food provided! 1st years bring desert, Exec members bring main course, all others bring entree and snacks.

Martin Sorensen Competition

Don’t forget that Martin Sorensen continues for the final round and the semi-finals, with pizza in between.

Australs

The next major tournament on the calendar, the Australasian Debating Championships, will be held in July and hosted by Monash. Details will be available soon for those who wish to volunteer for the tournament. The final stage of trials will also be held this Sunday – there will be a meeting at 1pm in H6 on Monday to decide the final makeup of the teams. For those wishing to adjudicate, you are required to email an adjudication CV to Scott by Friday, or hand it in to him on Sunday at trials. The template for the adjudication CV has been emailed out to interested persons, and can be found here.

President’s Cup

The DAV is holding a 3-on-3 tournament on the last weekend in May at Melbourne Girls College and includes a guarantee of 5 debates for everyone, followed by both a novice and a main grand final, as well as social events on both nights (dinner on Saturday and drinks on Sunday).Registration costs will be $30 for debaters and $20 for adjudicators, which gets you 5 rounds of debating, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea both days, and dinner on the Saturday night.

NOVICE RULE: For a team to be eligible for the novice break EVERY speaker must be a novice. A novice is someone who has not debated at Worlds, Australs or 2 or more Easters or broken at Easters. You can register as a team or an individual, teams may have up to 4 people registered, but only 3 may prepare any given topic. Visit http://www.dav.com.au/adults/pres_cup_reg.php to register (registration closes Wednesday 27 May).

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End of Semester Update

Monday Meeting – End of Year BBQ

We’ll be finishing off the year with a final BBQ to reflect on the year that was and farewell the teams going to Worlds. It’ll be held on the lawns outside the Menzies – also note that as it is Week 13, there will be no monday night activities this week.

Public Debate

With Central 1 packed to beyond bursting, we were still turning away several hundred people on the night of the Public Debate. We’ll be posting a link to the recording as soon as it becomes available, but in the meantime here are a couple of articles on the debate, one from the Australians For Palestine website, and one from the Jewish News website.

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Mid-Semester Update

Public Debate

As part of MAD’s commitment to fostering debate in the wider community, the club will once again be holding our annual Vice-Chancellor’s Public Debate. This year the topic is “That The West Should Engage With Hamas: A Solution To The Israel/Palestine Conflict?”, and will be held in Central 1 lecture theatre at Monash Clayton Campus on Tuesday 13 October, from 6:30pm. The debate will be chaired by the new Vice-Chancellor, Ed Byrne, and light refreshments will be provided.

We have a star-studded line-up for the evening. On the Affirmative:
Malcolm Fraser: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Michael Shaik: Public Advocate, Australians for Palestine
Debra Smith:Terrorism Expert

Speaking in the Negative:
Mark Dreyfus: Labor MP
Dr Danny Lam: President, Zionist Council of Victoria
Tim Jeffrie: Australasian Debating Champion

Annual Party

From Rhys (who seems to have a very odd conception of the word “free”, especially for a hobo): “This year, as with every year, we get together and have a party. It’s an annual event in MAD. I guess you could say it was an annual party. Well, you’re right and the aptly named Annual Party is coming up and you ALL will be there for MAD’s rockin’est night out!

Get ready to groove in the city this year and drink the tasty tasty bar tab provided by MAD for the low low price of $15 for a ticket (non-club members are $20 a ticket. We’re trying to be inclusive, but not that inclusive.) Dinner is not provided so you should eat first, but we will have some hot finger food for you when you get the munchies later on!

So make sure to be there at 8:00 on Friday the 2nd of October. FREE FOOD! FREE DRINK! FREE COMPANY! You can’t afford not to go! And all this free stuff for just $15! (It still counts as free…)

Location: Element Lounge, 85 Queen Street in the City (between Collins and Little Collins, and next to the IGA)”

Women’s Results

MAD sent a small contingent to the annual Women’s Debating Championships, held in Macquarie this year. Monash A (Colette Mintz and Viv Jones) broke 6th and were knocked out in the semis, with Viv and Colette ranking 7th and 8th best for the tournament respectively. Jacqui Duong also broke as an adjudicator, and adjudicated the semi-finals.

Freehills Results

Congratulations to Viv Jones, Sam Whitney and Damien Bruckard, who won the Freehills Final last held last night. In a close debate, they prevailed from closing opposition against Sashi and Colette, Dom and Gemma and Nicole, Pralabh and Sasha. Congratulations also to the Best Speaker, Colette Mintz, and the Best Novice, Pralabh Gupta.

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Week 9 Update

Regressive

Regressive is MAD’s biggest and most entertaining social events. It’s basically a debate done backwards – the catch being that anyone who speaks earlier (who would normally speak last, like a 3rd speaker) gets to dare the people who are going to come after them (who would normally speak first, like the 1st speakers) to do all sorts of crazy things. It’s completely free and always a lot of fun.

When: Friday 15th of May, from 7:00. Debate starts at 8:00.
Where: Nita’s house, 54 Lum Rd, Wheelers Hill
Cars will be ferrying people from Glen Waverley station if they need to train in or catch one of the many buses that go to that station.v If people need to stay the night there will be spaces to crash at Nita’s, Scott’s, Dom’s and other people near by. Just contact them or Rhys in advance to arrange to stay over.
Speakers:
1st Aff: Kiran Iyer 1st Neg: Nita Rao
2nd Aff: Laura Aston 2nd Neg: James Beavis
3rd Aff: Luke McGreevy 3rd Neg: Colette Mintz
Chair: Damien Bruckard
Adjudicator: Mel Birch
Topic will be announced on the night.
Free drinks all night and food provided! 1st years bring desert, Exec members bring main course, all others bring entree and snacks.

Martin Sorensen Competition

Don’t forget that Martin Sorensen continues for the next two weeks, 2 debates per night and pizza in between.

Australs

The next major tournament on the calendar, the Australasian Debating Championships, will be held in July and hosted by Monash. Applications to trial for a debating position are now closed. Stage 1 will be held this Saturday – those who have registered to trial will receive further information shortly. Additionally, Stage 2 has been cancelled – we will now have the final stage of trials on Sunday 17 May (again, details for those participating will be provided shortly). However, if you wish to adjudicate, you will be required to submit an adjudication CV to Scott by May 15 – a template for this will also be available soon.

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Week 3 Update

Post-Australs Party

Now that everyone’s back in the country (and we’ve actually checked that Victor’s house is free), MAD is holding its post-australs party from 7:30pm ovwards on Friday 7 August at Victor’s house (see Tastebud for address). There’ll be limited food and drink provided, so what you bring is dependent on how much you intend to eat/drink (though we’d advise getting a burger or something beforehand).

Executive Vacancy

The MAD Executive is looking to co-opt a member of the club to join the Executive as the new Publications Officer. The role comprises of three elements:
– Publishing Silvertongue: Silvertongue is MAD’s main publication, and the role involves sourcing, proofing, editing and collating articles into a presentable magazine. There are numerous copies of old Silvertongues lying around the MAD office, or you could ask some of the previous Silvertongue Editors (Nita or Mel Birch) about their experiences. Sourcing articles is usually the hardest part, as it involves pestering people until they actually write something.
– Liaising with the MDR Editorial Committee: The Monash Debating Review is MAD’s peer-reviewed academic journal on debating, published annually. This year the Editorial Board is comprised largely of people from overseas, and thus there is a need for a dedicated liaison between the MAD Executive and the Editorial Board. The Publications Officer will mainly be required to monitor the Board’s progress, and report this to the Executive.
– Publishing the Alumni Newsletter: MAD has recently established an Alumni Network, and a central part of this will be the publication of an Alumni Newsletter to keep ex-MADdies informed about what MAD is doing, what upcoming events they are invited to and other ways they can be involved in the club. The Publications Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the newsletter is produced at least bi-annually (probably in email form but potentially in hardcopy as well), as well as providing content for the Alumni Network page and acting as a point of call for any inquiries Alumni may have.

For those interested in applying, send your application to , outlining why you want to join the MAD Executive and why you would like to be Publications Officer, as well as the skills you could bring and any other relevant experience. Applications close Sunday16 August.

BP Debating Exercises

After coming up with a whole bunch of games for various training tours, we’re going to try them on the MAD membership this Monday, with a range of fun(ish) exercises and drills to get people more familiar with BP. Come along and see the things we’ve subjected various university and school debaters to over the years, as we hone your BP skills.

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Week 5 Update

Womens

The Australian Women’s Debating Championships are fast approaching! Held from the 25th-28th of September at Macquarie University in Sydney, Women’s is a Pro-Am tournament aimed at encouraging Women to be involved in BP style debating.

If you’re interested in coming along, email Nita at . Please do this as soon as possible, as registration closes this Monday! You can find out more information about the competition at the Women’s website: http://www.macwomens09.ozdw.com.

Freehills

Freehills is the main BP internal competition of semester 2. Sponsored by our favourite law firm, Freehills, the competition has 5 rounds, a semi final and a grand final at the firm’s shiny Collins St offices! It’ll be on the next three Monday nights (24 and 31 August, and 7 September) at the usual time and place. There are no rules on team composition, so register as a team or individual, by emailing Amit at by midday on Monday 24 August. Additionally, if you are interested in adjudicating, Amit will love you long time (possibly forever).

Open competition

New this year MAD is running an ‘open’ BP competition, just in case you felt that regular debating was too rigid and boring for you!

It’s on Sunday 30 August, and is open to anyone! That’s right, ANYONE. You can debate with friends or family, with old hacks, with people from other unis, other states, other countries – whatever! The open competition will involve “open” motions – that is, topics that indicate a certain subject area or idea which can be debated as is or defined further by the opening government team. Eg. “That the economy is more important than the environment”. These sorts of topics help to improve your principled debating skills as well as your reactive abilities, plus are often just more fun!

Email Amit at by 5pm Saturday 29 August with your team (or as an individual if you’d like to be put in a team). Additionally, if you are interested in adjudicating, Amit will love you long time (possibly forever).

Women’s Debate

This Monday will feature the Women’s BP debate. Come see some of MAD’s finest in a somewhat early precursor to the Women’s Debating Championships later this year.

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Week 8 Update

Guest Speaker – George Negus

Next Monday MAD is very lucky to be hosting journalist and author George Negus. George has been a reporter for 60 Minutes and hosted Foreign Correspondent, and is currently the host of Dateline on SBS. He will be speaking on contemporary political journalism, and all MADdies are encouraged to take advantage of this fantastic event.

EGM

MAD will be holding a General Meeting at 1pm on Monday 11 May, in H6 in the Menzies Building. The current proposed constitutional amendments are here, and also to insert the following clause as S2.7, and re-number what currently is clause 2.7 and 2.8 as clauses 2.8 and 2.9, respectively:

*2.7. Supporting Membership*

2.7.1 Supporting Membership shall be open to:

  • i. all persons who subscribe to the aims and objectives of the club, and who have held an ordinary membership or were eligible to hold an ordinary membership in the past;
  • ii. schools participating in events run by the club; and
  • iii. organizations which subscribe to the aims and objectives of the club

2.7.2 Supporting members will be entitled to annual updates on the activities and events of the club deemed to be relevant to their interests, and may receive other benefits accorded to ordinary members at the Executive’s discretion.

2.7.3 Notwithstanding s2.7.2 above, supporting members shall not be eligible to vote or hold committee positions.

Martin Sorensen Competition

It’s time for MAD’s second internal competition of the year… the Martin Sorensen Competition! Sorensen is a five round competition for the entire club to take part in.

When? Monday 4th, 11th and 18th May from 5.00 – 9.30pm
Where? Basement of the Law Building (we meet in L4)
What? It’s 5 rounds of hot 3-on-3 debating, then a semi final to determine the Grand Finalists, who will debate at the Nott. Awesome.
Who? YOU! Register as an individual or in a team. Teams are of 3 – 4 people and can have up to:

  • 1 experienced person (broken at Australs/Worlds)
  • 2 intermediate person (debated at 1 Australs, 1 Worlds or 2 Easters’); and/or
  • As many novices (debated at a maximum of 1 Easters) as you’d like!

Confused? That’s OK, just email Amit with a proposed team and I’ll tell you if it’s illegal. Also, if you’d like to adjudicate the competition, email your interest to Amit. He’ll love you longtime. Oh, as always MAD will provide a free pizza dinner for all competitors and adjudicators… Bueno!

SO: if you are interested email Amit on with your name and number and any teammates you’ve roped in. Registration closes 11am, Monday 4 April 2009.

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Week 2 Update

Post-Australs Party

Now that everyone’s back in the country (and we’ve actually checked that Victor’s house is free), MAD is holding its post-australs party from 7:30pm ovwards on Friday 7 August at Victor’s house (see Tastebud for address). There’ll be limited food and drink provided, so what you bring is dependent on how much you intend to eat/drink.

Internal Competitions Galore!

With a new style of debating, there’s heaps of chances to get involved in BP debating, and MAD is holding 3 different competitions this year (to quote Amit, “and ZOMFG do we have some super fun internal competitions for you!”). Click here for a full rundown of everything that’s on offer, or email with your questions/teams.

First up is the BP Pro-Am, which will involve pairing people who have done BP before with speakers new to the style. It’ll be held over the next two Monday nights and is a great way to learn the ropes of BP with someone who’s done it before. Later in August we’ll have an Open Competition, as well as MAD’s major internal competition for the semester, Freehills (more details closer to the events, or click here).

External Competitions Galore!

In case MAD doesn’t offer you enough debating (as if that’s possible), there are plenty of external competitions on offer this year. At the end of the year we have the biggest tournament on the calendar, the World Championships. But before that, there are numerous other tournaments including WUPID, Womens and a series of weekend tournaments colloquially referred to as “the minis”. The first of these is the Spring tournament in ANU – held on 4-6 September in Canberra, it’s a really fun, relaxed tournament that is a great way to experience BP debating against other universities. Contact Scott for more details on this and other tournaments.

Exhibition Debate

Next Monday will see an all-star BP exhibition debate, featuring Worlds Grand-Finalists, Australs Finalists and Champions, as well as top ten speakers galore. Come along to see MAD’s finest rip into each other for an hour or so – all in good fun, of course.

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BEST. AUSTRALS. EVER.

MAD has capped off one of its most dominant performances at Australs ever. In a performance eerily reminiscent of the last time Monash hosted Australs, Monash 1 (Tim Jeffrie, Amit Golder and Fiona Prowse) stormed through the tournament undefeated, not dropping a single adjudicator till the last day, to claim MAD’s 8th Australasian title against the University of Victoria Wellington. All three were also within the top 5 – Fiona ranked 5th, Tim ranked 3rd and Amit was crowned Best Speaker. Amit was also awarded Best Speaker in the Grand Final, becoming the second person to win all three major trophies in one tournament. This will no doubt go down as one of MAD’s finest victories.

But it wasn’t just Monash 1 that made this one of the most successful Australs ever – 3 MAD teams broke for the first time since 2005, and amazingly all three were in the top 6, with each ranking directly ahead of a Sydney team. Monash 3 (Dom Guinane, Madeline Schultz, Colette Mintz), with a combined debating experience of one prior Australs and one prior Worlds broke 3rd on 7 wins, having defeated during the rounds eventual quarter-finalists Ateneo 1 and eventual Grand Finalists Victoria Wellington 1. After defeating Melbourne 2 in the octos, they set up an all-Monash quarter final against Monash 4. In what was a nail-bitingly close decision, with margins of 1 or .5 points common, they were eventually beaten in a 3-2 split decision. With all three speakers at their first or second Australs, the future is clearly very promising for MAD.

Monash 4 (Viv Jones, Ravi Dutta, Nita Rao) also carried the flag proudly for MAD. After breaking 6th, and being the beneficiaries of a tight split decision in the quarters, they were themselves knocked out in a close 4-3 split decision by Victoria Wellington 1, meaning MAD was just one adjudicator away from achieving the dream of the all-Monash Grand Final. Additionally, Viv Jones, at her first Australs, ranked as the 7th best speaker of the tournament, with her two teammates in the top 15 as well.

MAD’s debating success restricted how far our adjudicators could go, but nonetheless MAD had tournament CA Jake Clifton, cantankerous old MADdie Tom “Captain” Chapman, Claire Lindsay and MAD hobo Rhys Campbell adjudicating the quarters, with former President Mel “5-er” Birch adjudicating the ESL semi-finals. Special mention should also go to Mel Tedja, who was awarded 2nd best ESL speaker. The tournament itself was regarded a great success, a tribute to the hard work of the Monash organizing committee. In particular, special mention should go to the small group of volunteers who were the lifeblood of the tournament. Though there were only a handful of them, they somehow managed to do the work of a small army, and seemed to have an uncanny ability to always be around to help out wherever needed.

Having hosted and won the tournament, broken three teams, had four speakers in the top 10 and six in the top 15, broken 5 adjudicators and generally dominated the tournament, there’s clearly a party brewing so stay tuned for details…

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Week 7 Update

Freshers Grand Final (for real this time)

After four rounds of debating, Freshers is down to just two teams. The Grand Final will be Ken vs. Guile, and will take place at the next Monday meeting in H6. Additionally, we will be announcing the top 5 speakers of the competition and the best speaker, who will receive a special prize.

Martin Sorensen Competition

It’s time for MAD’s second internal competition of the year… the Martin Sorensen Competition! Sorensen is a five round competition for the entire club to take part in.

When? Monday 4th, 11th and 18th May from 5.00 – 9.30pm
Where? Basement of the Law Building (we meet in L4)
What? It’s 5 rounds of hot 3-on-3 debating, then a semi final to determine the Grand Finalists, who will debate at the Nott. Awesome.
Who? YOU! Register as an individual or in a team. Teams are of 3 – 4 people and can have up to:

  • 1 experienced person (broken at Australs/Worlds)
  • 2 intermediate person (debated at 1 Australs, 1 Worlds or 2 Easters’); and/or
  • As many novices (debated at a maximum of 1 Easters) as you’d like!

Confused? That’s OK, just email Amit with a proposed team and I’ll tell you if it’s illegal. Also, if you’d like to adjudicate the competition, email your interest to Amit. He’ll love you longtime. Oh, as always MAD will provide a free pizza dinner for all competitors and adjudicators… Bueno!

SO: if you are interested email Amit on with your name and number and any teammates you’ve roped in. Registration closes 11am, Monday 4 April 2009.

Australs

The next major tournament on the calendar, the Australasian Debating Championships, will be held in July and hosted by Monash. Since Australs is one of the two most prestigious tournaments MAD attends, and places are limited, MAD will be holding a series of trials to select its teams. Everyone who’s interested should register for trials – it’s great practice and even if you don’t make a team this year the experience will stand you in good stead for future years. Check out the Intervarsities page for more details.

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Easters Recap – Keep the cap!

MAD continued its fine run at Easters, breaking a team, five adjudicators and achieving the highest pick-ups per capita of any MAD contingent in recent memory. The stars were of course Monash 9 (Nita Rao, Lachlan Saunders and Sam Whitney) who broke amongst raucous chants of “Keep the Cap! Keep the Cap!”. Monash 9 did MAD proud, taking the fight to the top breaking team and even convincing the chair of the panel that they’d won. They unfortunately went down on a 2-1 split decision, but not before giving the old enemy Sydney a few scares.

MAD’s other teams also did well, with a number of teams a few spots off the break, and all teams finishing on at least 2 wins. On the adjudication front, MAD stalwart Sammy K broke to the octos, and Kiran Iyer to the semis. MAD’s own DCA Tim Jeffrie managed to save not only himself, but fellow MADdies Ravi Dutta and Amit Golder, a spot on the Grand Final panel as well.

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Week 13 Update

Alumni Drinks

The Monash Association of Debaters (MAD) will be holding an inaugural Alumni Night this year, which all former and current MAD members are warmly invited to attend. This event will be held shortly before the 2009 Australasian Debating Championships (Australs), which will be hosted by Monash University in July.

The Alumni Cocktail Night will launch the first MAD Alumni membership activity. We plan to hold regular events over the coming years which will allow past members the valuable opportunity to reconnect with old friends and reminisce about fond memories of debating at university.

The club is looking forward to celebrating the successes of former and current debaters, both at university and in the workplace. We have a range of special events planned for the night, including a tribute to Martin Sorensen and a celebration of MAD’s rich history at Australs, allowing attendees to reflect on MAD’s unique culture and intervarsity success, and helping to guarantee the club’s successful future.

The alumni night will be a cocktail event, with finger food and drinks provided. Tickets will cost $50 each for Alumni, with all funds raised going directly to assist with the costs of running Australs. Current students can purchase tickets for $20. The night will also include a charity auction and a raffle.

This event will be held on Friday 19 June at the Monash University Law Chambers, which is located at 472 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The event will commence at 6.30 pm and end at 9.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.trybooking.com/ZJ.

If you have any questions about the night, or if you are interested in contributing to Australs or MAD more generally, please send an email to Rhys Campbell at .

President’s Cup Results

MAD put in a dominant display at President’s Cup over the weekend, with an all Monash Grand Final and four of the top 5 speakers. Congratulations to Fiona Prowse, Nita Rao and Nicole Franklin who won the Grand Final in a 3-2 split decision over Meredith Prior, Gemma Buckley and Melania Tedja. Along with Victor Finkel, Gemma and Mel were also in the top 5 speaker. Special congratulations to Meredith Prior, who was ranked best speaker overall, and Callum Sargent who was awarded best novice. Amit Golder, Dom Guinane, Tom Chapman, Vera Lam and Scott Dawson adjudicated the Grand Final. Congratulations must also go to Amit and Dom for running the tournament in the capacity of Chief Adjudicator and Convenor, respectively.

ADAM

ADAM is a pre-australs warm-up tournament, held the weekend before Australs at Melbourne University. It’s a fantastic opportunity to debate against a wide range of teams, especially for those not going to Australs. Email Scott for more details.

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Week 12 Update

Alumni Drinks

The Monash Association of Debaters (MAD) will be holding an inaugural Alumni Night this year, which all former and current MAD members are warmly invited to attend. This event will be held shortly before the 2009 Australasian Debating Championships (Australs), which will be hosted by Monash University in July.

The Alumni Cocktail Night will launch the first MAD Alumni membership activity. We plan to hold regular events over the coming years which will allow past members the valuable opportunity to reconnect with old friends and reminisce about fond memories of debating at university.

The club is looking forward to celebrating the successes of former and current debaters, both at university and in the workplace. We have a range of special events planned for the night, including a tribute to Martin Sorensen and a celebration of MAD’s rich history at Australs, allowing attendees to reflect on MAD’s unique culture and intervarsity success, and helping to guarantee the club’s successful future.

The alumni night will be a cocktail event, with finger food and drinks provided. Tickets will cost $50 each for Alumni, with all funds raised going directly to assist with the costs of running Australs. Current students can purchase tickets for $20. The night will also include a charity auction and a raffle.

This event will be held on Friday 19 June at the Monash University Law Chambers, which is located at 472 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The event will commence at 6.30 pm and end at 9.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.trybooking.com/ZJ.

If you have any questions about the night, or if you are interested in contributing to Australs or MAD more generally, please send an email to Rhys Campbell at .

Surveys

MAD is conducting two surveys at the moment to try and help us improve your experiences at the club, both socially and in terms of debating. This is part of a process which is evaluating the current activities of the club and how they can be improved. The surveys are an important way for you to be able to give us honest, anonymous feedback and to shape the future direction of the club. We would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to fill out the two surveys below. Please do them – remember, it is ultimately in your own interest to give us honest feedback!

Martin Sorensen Results

Congratulations to Tim Jeffrie, Meredith Prior and Callum Sargeant who won the Sorensen Grand Final last night in a unanimous decision, defeating Viv Jones, Colette Mintz, Carmel Wallis and Sam Whitney. Congratulations also to Tim and Callum who were awarded Best Speaker and Best Novice, respectively.

ADAM

ADAM is a pre-australs warm-up tournament, held the weekend before Australs at Melbourne University. It’s a fantastic opportunity to debate against a wide range of teams, especially for those not going to Australs. Email Scott for more details.

President’s Cup

The location has changed – the tournament will now be held at Melbourne High School. It’s on the last weekend in May and includes a guarantee of 5 debates for everyone, followed by both a novice and a main grand final, as well as social events on both nights (dinner on Saturday and drinks on Sunday). Registration costs will be $30 for debaters and $20 for adjudicators, which gets you 5 rounds of debating, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea both days, and dinner on the Saturday night.

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Pre-Australs Update

MAD v. MUDS Send-off Debate

One of the great annual traditions, the Monash 1 v. Melbourne 1 Australs send-off debate will be held this year on 30 June 2008, right before Australs. Traditionally the last chance to farewell the flagship Victorian teams, this year it’s being held at the Corkman, 160 Leicester Street in Carlton (ironically, the pub is further away from Monash Clayton than the location of Australs itself). There’s no cost, just rock up and cheer on Tim, Fi and Amit as they take on Alex Chapman, Chris Hibbard and Chris Bisset.

ADAM results

MAD had a fantastic ADAM over the weekend, thoroughly dominating proceedings. Three of MAD’s australs teams made the break, with Monash 2 (Mel Tedja, Meredith Prior and Gemma Buckly) making the quarters, Monash 3 (Colette Mintz, Dom Guinane and Madeline Schultz) breaking 1st and making the semis and Monash 1 making the Grand Final, losing what was apparently a very close debate. Congratulations must go to MADdie Ned Douglas, who was a part of the winning team, along with ex-MAD member Phil “Darth” Barker and Seamus Coleman from MUDS.

Australs – Live Results!

MAD will once again be providing live round-by-round results from australs, which will be available to access from the Live Results page. Check back to see how MAD’s doing through the rounds and (hopefully) during the finals.

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Week 6 Update – Easters!

A massive contingent of 13 teams and 16 adjudicators is heading up to Brisbane for Easters on Thursday for what should be an awesome tournament. As per usual, we’ll be texting live updates to the website, so those of you who can’t join us should keep an eye on the Live Results page.

There’s no other events on during the mid-semester break, but coming back from Easters we’ll have a jam-packed second half of the semester. Member training will be ramping up, we’ll have the Martin Sorensen Competition (our second internal competition), Regressive (MAD’s wackiest social event for the year) and of course, the Australasian Debating Championships, hosted by Monash. Stay tuned for more details on all of these

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Week 5 Update – Freshers Final and Easters

After four rounds of debating, Freshers is down to just two teams. The Grand Final will be Ken vs. Guile, and will take place at the next Monday meeting in H6. Additionally, we will be announcing the top 5 speakers of the competition and the best speaker, who will receive a special prize.

Details should already be in people’s inboxes about Easters, and next Monday night we’ll be having some practice debates for the Easters teams. It’s a good chance to meet your teammates if you haven’t already, and get a couple of debates under your belt before you head up to Brisbane.

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Week 6 Update

Monday Meeting – Pub Trivia

We’re heading to the Bar an hour early for some Pub Trivia for this week’s Monday Meeting, so head straight to Sir John’s Bar at 1pm (NOT M3).

Womens

The Australian Women’s Debating Championships are fast approaching! Held from the 25th-28th of September at Macquarie University in Sydney, Women’s is a Pro-Am tournament aimed at encouraging Women to be involved in BP style debating. MAD will be providing sponsorship to cover the cost of registration, so all you need to do is get yourself there.

If you’re interested in coming along, email Nita at monash.debaters.pr@gmail.com. Please do this as soon as possible, as registration closes soon! You can find out more information about the competition at the Women’s website: http://www.macwomens09.ozdw.com.

Open competition – CANCELLED

Note that this has been cancelled (or possibly postponed for now, depends how things pan out).

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Monday, 14 September at 1pm. Official notice and more information will be provided shortly, however, consider this a reminder to attend. We need a lot of people to get quorum, and this is your chance to have a say on how the club is run so make sure you attend.

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Week 4 Update – Freshers and Easters

Freshers night 1 was a great success, and there’s another two debates next Monday night. After this, the top two teams will meet in the final on the Monday lunchtime before Easter. Email Amit at to let him know if you can’t make the second night.

MAD has also selected a massive 13 teams for Easters, which is now less than two weeks away. In years gone by we’ve had a road trip to get to know each other, but since everyone’s catching a flight up to Brisbane, we’ll be having a pre-Easters social event for the contingent to get to know each other, get some t-shirts and learn the MAD song. It’s likely to be on Thursday, 2 April (next week), at a location to be advised. We’ve also got some practice debates on the Monday night before Easters for all the teams to get to know each other and get in a couple of debates before the tournament.

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Week 4 Update

First-Year Party

We were remarkably close to booking out a McDonald’s for a kid’s birthday party, but instead we’ve decided to go with Fun City for MAD’s First-Year Event. It starts at 7pm, and will include 3 hours of laserforce, sumo suits, dodgem cars, bowling and plenty of other fun activities, with a BBQ dinner included. Tickets are $15 for first years and $25 for non-first years, and will be available at the Monday meeting or at Member Training. Fun City is located at 234 Ballarat Rd/Western Hwy Braybrook, and we’ll probably have some carpooling organised (the nearest public transport is Tottenham Station). If you can drive, or need a lift, please let Gemma or Scott know when you buy your tickets.

Executive Vacancy

The MAD Executive is looking to co-opt a member of the club to join the Executive as the new Publications Officer. The role comprises of three elements:
– Publishing Silvertongue: Silvertongue is MAD’s main publication, and the role involves sourcing, proofing, editing and collating articles into a presentable magazine. There are numerous copies of old Silvertongues lying around the MAD office, or you could ask some of the previous Silvertongue Editors (Nita or Mel Birch) about their experiences. Sourcing articles is usually the hardest part, as it involves pestering people until they actually write something.
– Liaising with the MDR Editorial Committee: The Monash Debating Review is MAD’s peer-reviewed academic journal on debating, published annually. This year the Editorial Board is comprised largely of people from overseas, and thus there is a need for a dedicated liaison between the MAD Executive and the Editorial Board. The Publications Officer will mainly be required to monitor the Board’s progress, and report this to the Executive.
– Publishing the Alumni Newsletter: MAD has recently established an Alumni Network, and a central part of this will be the publication of an Alumni Newsletter to keep ex-MADdies informed about what MAD is doing, what upcoming events they are invited to and other ways they can be involved in the club. The Publications Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the newsletter is produced at least bi-annually (probably in email form but potentially in hardcopy as well), as well as providing content for the Alumni Network page and acting as a point of call for any inquiries Alumni may have.

For those interested in applying, send your application to monash.debaters.president@gmail.com, outlining why you want to join the MAD Executive and why you would like to be Publications Officer, as well as the skills you could bring and any other relevant experience. Applications close Sunday 16 August.

Pro-Am Grand Final and BP Adjudication

This Monday will see the culmination of MAD’s first BP Pro-Am tournament. Come along to the Monday meeting to support the four teams in the final.

That evening, we’ll be running a session on BP adjudication, which will be useful for people wanting to learn more about adjudicating and will hopefully also help people new to the style understand it a little better. With four teams and consensus adjudications, things are a little bit more complicated than the usual style of adjudication most people would be used to from the DAV or Australs.

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Week 3 Update – Freshers and Commencement Dinner

Now that you’ve experienced MAD’s training, it’s time to put those skills into action during our Freshers Internal Competition. It’s open to all new members of the club, and is designed as a fun and easy way to get more experience with University debating. It will be held across the next two Monday nights, with the Grand Final on the Monday before Easter. You can enter as an individual or as a team – email Amit at to register.

Also, don’t forget to come to Commencement Dinner this Friday (details in the post below or in the sidebar on the left) – we’ve got unlimited food, beer, wine and soft drink, all for only $20 with a Culture Card ($25 non-Culture Card).

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Holiday Update 2

End of Year Awards Night – CANCELLED

The end of year awards night has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. There will still be some people heading to the Racecourse hotel at around 6:30, so drop by if you’re free but the bbq has been cancelled.

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Pre-Worlds Update

Worlds – Live Results!

MAD is sending three teams and five adjudicators to this year’s World Championships in Antalya, Turkey. As in the past, we’ll be posting live results to the website – you can access the Live Results page here. In other news, Tim Jeffrie has been recently appointed a Deputy Chief Adjudicator for Botswana Worlds 2011, in addition to already being a DCA for Australs next year. Congratulations to Tim on his appointment, especially given the high-quality candidates he had to beat to secure his position!

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Week 2 Update – Commencement Dinner and Easters sign-up

Rhys is a slow learner, but even he’s realised the folly of holding a social event outdoors given Melbourne’s volatile weather. As a result, he’s organised an exciting – and indoor – location for MAD’s next social event, Commencement Dinner. Details are below:
When: Friday March 20th, 7:30pm start.
Where: Sophia’s, 857 Burke rd, Camberwell, right near Camberwell station.
Cost: $20 culture card, $25 non-culture card. (Covers unlimited food, beer, wine and some spirits)
Tickets can be bought at the Monday meeting and member training session, as well as on the door. Discounted price of $10 culture card and $15 non culture card for those who will be arriving after 9:00 and not eating. For more info, contact Rhys on 0423 304 262 or email monash.debaters.socials@gmail.com

Also, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for Easters. There really is no better way to get an idea of what MAD’s all about than going to Easters – check out the IV’s page for more details.

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Holiday Update 1

Alumni Drinks

The Monash Association of Debaters (MAD) will be holding an inaugural Alumni Night this year, which all former and current MAD members are warmly invited to attend. This event will be held shortly before the 2009 Australasian Debating Championships (Australs), which will be hosted by Monash University in July.

The Alumni Cocktail Night will launch the first MAD Alumni membership activity. We plan to hold regular events over the coming years which will allow past members the valuable opportunity to reconnect with old friends and reminisce about fond memories of debating at university.

The club is looking forward to celebrating the successes of former and current debaters, both at university and in the workplace. We have a range of special events planned for the night, including a tribute to Martin Sorensen and a celebration of MAD’s rich history at Australs, allowing attendees to reflect on MAD’s unique culture and intervarsity success, and helping to guarantee the club’s successful future.

The alumni night will be a cocktail event, with finger food and drinks provided. Tickets will cost $50 each for Alumni, with all funds raised going directly to assist with the costs of running Australs. Current students can purchase tickets for $25. The night will also include a charity auction and a raffle.

This event will be held on Friday 19 June at the Monash University Law Chambers, which is located at 472 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The event will commence at 6.30 pm and end at 9.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.trybooking.com/ZJ.

If you have any questions about the night, or if you are interested in contributing to Australs or MAD more generally, please send an email to Rhys Campbell at .

Hong Kong Parliamentary Debate Workshop

The Hong Kong Parliamentary Society has for several years invited trainers from MAD to participate in their Summer Workshop. This year there are four assistant trainer positions available for MADdies.The workshop runs from the 20th-25th of July at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Assistant trainers will receive a small amount of funding (approx. $500) to help cover the cost of flights – meals and accommodation will be provided. The exact amount of sponsorship will be confirmed this week, but is likely to be around half the cost of flights.

If you’re interested in participating, send your application to Damien at by Thursday, June 18. Your application should outline your debating, adjudication and training experience, as well as why you’d like to particpate in the program.

If you have any questions, contact Fiona at

MAD v. MUDS Send-off Debate

One of the great annual traditions, the Monash 1 v. Melbourne 1 Australs send-off debate will be held this year on 30 June 2008, right before Australs. Traditionally the last chance to farewell the flagship Victorian teams, this year it’s being held at the Corkman, 160 Leicester Street in Carlton (ironically, the pub is further away from Monash Clayton than the location of Australs itself). There’s no cost, just rock up and cheer on Tim, Fi and Amit as they take on Alex Chapman, Chris Hibbard and Chris Bisset.

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Holiday Update 3

Sydney Mini Results

MAD had one of its most successful Sydney Mini campaigns in years, with Monash A (Amit Golder and Tim Jeffrie) and Monash C (Colette Mintz and Nita Rao) from MAD’s Worlds contingent representing the club in the Grand Final, and itinerant vagrant Rhys Campbell breaking as a judge to the final. Both MAD teams put in strong performances, but were ultimately beaten. Individually, Amit and Tim along with Victor Finkel ranked in the top 10 speakers for the tournament, Colette ranked in the top 5 novice speakers, and Gemma Buckley was awarded the Best Novice prize.

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Week 1 Update – First Year BBQ and Easters sign-up

For all those who want to unwind from their first week of uni and meet fellow debaters, whilst also enjoying free food and drinks, then our first year BBQ is for you! It kicks off at 5:00pm at Caulfield Park, on the corners of Princess Highway, Sir John Monash drive, and Dudley St. Parking is available on Dudley St, and we’ll be at the BBQ area near the Cricket club. It’s a short walk from the station and Monash Caulfield. Afterwards, we’ll be heading into South Yarra for the Arts pub crawl. So definitely come along for free stuff and good times!

Speaking of good times, there’s no better way to spend Easter weekend than with MAD at the annual Easters tournament in Brisbane. Check out the IV’s page for more details.

On the debating side of things, next Monday lunchtime we have our Exhibition Debate, showcasing an all-star cast of some of MAD’s finest. In the evening, Australasian and Worlds Grand Finalist Victor Finkel will be running the first member training session on an introduction to University Debating.

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