Category Archives: 2014

Summer is Coming!

Summer is Coming

It is with a great sadness that we say goodbye to our regularly scheduled programming for 2014. We had an excellent turnout for our final training session of the year, and the video from that session (and all the remaining ones from this year) will be online shortly (and just in time for procrastinating from your exams).

But, as it does every year, summer is coming, and with it Australia’s exceptional debating calendar. There are two excellent Minis in Melbourne and Sydney for everyone to attend, before we say farewell to our Worlds teams at the annual sendoff debate (and obsessively track their progress over the Christmas break – livestream and Twitter updates will be available). Details of the latter will be online soon; keep your eyes peeled for updates on our Facebook Page or even our Facebook Group, Twitter Feed, or Google+ page. Don’t forget our YouTube Channel and Ustream account, both of which will be updated very frequently over the summer.

A big thank you to the 2014 executive, our President Sam Whitney, all those graduating this year and everyone who came along to MAD this year, old and new. We hope to see you all next year.

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A New Hope

As well as being a seminal piece of cinema from the late 70s, ‘A New Hope’ adeptly describes our move to a new Content Management System: WordPress. To stay abreast of the best the internet has to offer, we’re taking advantage of the superior flexibility and reliability offered by WordPress, and are completely transitioning all of our old server’s content onto this new platform.

As of this post, all site content has been moved and all links to the old website are now propagating as redirects to this one. However, as this is a major transition, there are undoubtedly going to be some gremlins. If you spot any links that no longer work, content that links to the old website (easy to spot, as the Footer will not say ‘Proudly Powered by WordPress‘ at the bottom), or if you just have any suggestions in general, please don’t hestitate to send me an email at webmaster@monashdebaters.com.

“It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy … Let’s go exploring.”

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2014 Annual General Meeting

MAD’s Annual General Meeting is coming up, and we need you to help us out! The AGM is where we elect our Executive for 2015, vote on amendments to the Constitution and have hours of fun at Monash’s own on-campus Cinema.

The details of the AGM are as follows:

Monday, 15th September
1.15pm, Campus Cinema
Campus Centre, Building 10, Monash University Clayton

For information on how to run for a position, voting, and proxies for the AGM, please visit the full 2014 Annual General Meeting page, or contact our Secretary, Swetha, directly.

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Monash Debating Review: Sub-Editors

The Monash Debating Review is looking for Associate Editors! This presents an exciting opportunity for experienced debaters, adjudicators and coaches to get involved in the publication of a peer-reviewed journal. In addition to the resume experience, this is your chance to help shape important conversations about debating. Details about the journal, the positions, and applications are found below.

About the MDR

First published in 2002, the MDR is an annual publication that aims to both inform readers and provide a forum for discussion of issues as they relate to debating and adjudicating. The MDR draws on the opinions and experiences of some of the best debaters, adjudicators and coaches from around the world.

The MDR is the world’s only international debating journal. It is a scholarly, interdisciplinary journal that has featured articles from Australia, Russia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, as well as interviews with prominent public intellectuals and policy-makers.

Position Description

Associate Editor positions are open to all members of the international debating community. In 2013, Associate Editors were appointed from Europe, Africa, North America and Australasia and this year we hope to appoint applicants representative of all geographic regions.

An Associate Editor will:

  • Encourage the submission of manuscripts from the worldwide debating community;
  • Analyse and critically evaluate each submission;
  • Proofread and edit submitted articles; and
  • Report regularly to the Editor-in-Chief.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be judged based on the best combination of:

  • Previous editorial and/or publication experience;
  • Debating and/or adjudicating experience; and
  • Responses to the questions in the application form

Compensation

The Associate Editor role is a volunteer position

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply by completing this form. Any questions should be directed to rmeredith4@gmail.com. The deadline is midnight, BST, on Saturday August 30th, and applicants will be notified about the outcome within a week.

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Week 2 Update

Hope you’ve had an enjoyable first week back! Welcome to all our new members for Semester 2. We look forward to seeing you all at H2 this upcoming Monday the 4th of August for Member Training.

Training Sessions

If you weren’t able to attend this Monday’s training session, don’t worry; not only will be uploaded later this week (and you can catch all of our previous sessions on the Monash Association of Debaters Youtube Channel), you can still catch the Wednesday matter session on ‘Islam and the Middle East’ with Amy this Wednesday at 5pm in the MAD Office.

British Parliamentary Pro-Am

Sign-ups are now open for MAD’s introductory British Parliamentary tournament! Running on Monday nights in Weeks 3 & 4, this Pro-Am is a great opportunity for debaters new to the British Parliamentary style of debating to be paired up with a more experienced member to be taught its nuances.

You can use the Pro-Am sign-up form now, or contact our Internals Officer Andrew with any questions you have.

Alumni Trivia Night

All club members (current and past) are invited to participate in the best and biggest alumni event of the year – the Trivia Night! It will be held on Friday the 15th of August at 6 pm, at the Local Hotel in Port Melbourne (at the end of the 109 tram line).

In addition to the excellent trivia, there will also be a silent auction and a raffle, to help fundraise for the club.

You can check out the Alumni Trivia Facebook Event for more details, or RSVP right away using the Alumni Trivia Night sign-up form. Please email our Member Services Officer Bec with any questions!

Upcoming Competitions

It’s getting busy in the debating circuit! There are lots of competitions (large and small) being held in cities all around the country this semester, and they’re all great ways to improve at debating.

Some of the popular options include: The Australasian Womens Debating Championships (Women’s), Vic Cup, UNSW IV and ANU Spring.

If you are new to debating or are trying BP style debating for the first time, MAD recommends Vic Cup or Women’s. New debaters will be paired up with more experienced mentors to develop a better understanding of BP style.

For those interested in Womens, sign-ups for trials are open now for novices and pros. Sign-ups will close on Monday the 11th of August.

Please contact our Externals Officer Sasha with any questions!

Bain Sponsorship Opportunity

MAD is proud to present the Bain True North Scholarship for Women.

The scholarship is open to penultimate year female students in Australia and NZ. Applicants have the chance to win a $15,000 cash scholarship, a Bain mentor, and the opportunity to be selected as 1 of 10 people to attend a Bain workshop focused on achieving their full career potential (including the option of starting that career in management consulting at Bain). Applications for the scholarship will close on the 15th of August.

You can check out the Bain Scholarship Flyer for more information!

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Sorensen Internal Debating Competition

For weeks 8, 9 and 10, MAD will be hosting the Sorensen Internal Debating Competition! This means that while Wednesday matter sessions will continue to run, Monday nights will now feature two rounds of intense 3-on-3 debating!

Teams may be composed of no more than one ‘Experienced’ debater, and must contain at least one ‘Novice’. The criteria are as follows:

  • Experienced: Broken at Australs or Worlds as a debater
  • Intermediate: Attended Australs or Worlds as a debater
  • Novice = All others

Registration has now closed, but if you would like to join a team for any of the rounds, you can email our internals officer Andrew.

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2014 Sponsorship Policy

MAD’s Executive has just passed the 2014 sponsorship policy, which applies to all second years and above who plan on attending Australs and Worlds in 2014.

As of this year, in order to be eligible to receive sponsorship to attend either Australs or Worlds (as a second year or above), attendees must undertake a specified number of activities aimed at benefiting the club as a whole.

Full details on the policy (including a list of activities) can be found on the Sponsorship Policy page, and questions can be directed towards our Externals Officer Sasha at externals@monashdebaters.com.

You can cross-reference your sponsorship records with the Executive’s roll on this form!

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Australs 2014 Trials

The Australasian Debating Championships (‘Australs’) is an annual competition that is held in the mid-year break, bringing together over 400 students from across the Asia Pacific region. Australs 2014 will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Australs consistently attracts large contingents of Monash debaters due to its top class debating, high quality accommodation and exceptional socials. All members are encouraged to apply, including first years – there are often limited adjudicator and very limited debating spots for new members. Find out more details on the tournament at the Australs 2014 website.

Regarding trials, there will be 2-3 stages depending on demand following sign-ups. Sign-ups for trials will open Monday the 28th of April at 9 am and close Friday the 2nd of May at 5 pm. You can access the Australs Trials sign-up form here.

Debaters who have broken to finals at Australs or Worlds, and all prospective adjudicators should keep Sunday the 18th of May free. All other members should keep May 10, May 17 and May 18 free.

If you have any questions please contact our Externals officer Sasha.

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