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Rest of Semester 1 (2018) Events!

Semester 1 may be winding down but that does not mean MAD is slowing down!

Sorensons
Week 8 to Week 10
MAD holds one of its main internals over the next few weeks. Grab a couple of friends and form a team of 3 for exciting 3v3 action.  Sign up here!!! – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1SV4dK6ra-Jdn4ySQ_d0t1eUr8UTSuqNOC5qoXLp17vAgZg/viewform
There are two rounds during week 8 and week 9  training (instead of the usual training session and then debate) with grand finals for the novice and open category in week 10.
Form your team, have fun and win!!!

Regressive (or is that Regressives?)
27th of April
Location TBC
This is MAD’s biggest social of the year and is not an event to be missed! Regressive is a MAD tradition where the entire debate is held backwards, starting at the adjudication and then going on to 3rd neg before ending at 1st aff.  The food will follow a similar pattern, first years bring dessert,  older members bring mains, second years being entrees/sides and alumni (or the ancient ones bring bevs). This is a night where memes that stand the test of time will be created, bevs will be drunk and members will be roasted!
Find the event here – https://www.facebook.com/events/770242099991252/

Australs
In Malaysia from the 27th June to 5th July is the biggest Australasian 3v3 tournament.
See the facebook page for details – https://www.facebook.com/malayaaustrals2018/
MAD will be holding trials in the next few weeks. Look out for posts on our facebook group for details on how to sign up!

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2018 Mid-Year Update!!!

We bring you an update on MAD’s progress throughout the beginning of 2018!!! So far we have attended two major tournaments and hosted the annual tournament MAD Mini (Which was a very good tournament, all should come for a chill debating start to the year in 2019!!!). All members should be proud of how they have done so early in the year and be excited for all the opportunities and events coming up for the rest of the year!

 

Easters 2018 (Held at the University of Sydney, over the mid-semester break)

MAD 1
Laura Gilbertson
Katie Polus
Debbie Clark

MAD 2 
Mollie Ashworth
Stephanie Vesel
Gabby Good

MAD 3
Boris Lam
James Pan
Richard Huang

MAD 4
Lia Diamantopolous
Alisdair Gurling
Vishrut Pande

MAD 5
Gabby Stolzenhain
Caroline Li
Arman Riazati

MAD 6
Mary Pirozek
Cree Oliveira
Michael Patrick

MAD 7
Andrew Moore
Anita Nair
Pravind Easwaran

MAD 8
Liam Tomlinson
Danigan Keecha-Milsom
Deepak Manchikanti

MAD 9
Andie Downie
Maria Chamakala
Isobel Orford

MAD 10
Joshua Sim
Iam Kabil Felix
Alexander Tashevski-Beckwith

ADJs
Glenn Donohoo, Tamika Chikulin, Andrew Polus, Steven Dickson, Ian Kabil, Mahi Joshi, Amy Liu, Wen Wong, Laurel Trinh, Daniel Liebrich
Nikhil Puppala (IA)

Congratulations to all teams on another fantastic Easters! You all did MAD proud and came so much closer as a contingent. All of you should be extremely proud of how much you developed and how well you performed at your first university tournament!!!

A further congratulations are needed for Andrew Polus, Nikhil Puppala and Laurel Trinh for all breaking as adjs!!! (Well done on Nikhil paneling the grand final and Andrew Polus for paneling the semi-final!!!!!!) Each of you should be very proud of your efforts at the tournament and best of luck for the rest of the year! Well done to Mary tabbing in the top 10 pro speakers at the tournament!!!!!

Selectors:
Molly Dale, Keefe Chan, Joseph Nguyen, Amy Liu, Tamika Chikulin, Glenn Donahoo
Thank you all for giving up so much of your time to listen to the novices give their speeches and then to pair them up into teams with pros. Considering the amazing and wholesomeness this year in each of the teams, it was a job very well done. Helping MAD be the best contingent at Easters (let’s be honest it was not ANU in the slightest, we were robbed)
Thank you especially to Keefe Chan for coming back to help out with the club at Easters, having older debaters coming back to help is always very appreciated!

 

WUDC 2018

MAD A
Molly Dale
Mary Pirozek

MAD B
Andrew Moore
Alex Lawrence

MAD C
Daniel Liebrich
Amy Liu

ADJs
Joseph Nguyen, Tanvi Gokhale
Stephen Moore (IA)

Congratulations to MAD A for breaking 31st and then making it to the Quarter Finals (can find the double Octo’s debate here – https://youtu.be/TakS5GOKwL4 – Apologies for the bad camera work and heavy breathing!). Furthermore, congratulations to Stephen for breaking as an Adj!!!

All teams should feel very proud of how they did at the tournament. All were very competitive and held their own against the world to represent MAD on the world stage!

Selectors:
Sam Whitney, Bec Lew
A big thank you to both of the selectors coming back after so many years to help us out in trialing teams!!! We appreciate all the time you spent out of your weekend to watch debates and help us form teams.

MAD A: 18 points
MAD B: 14 points
MAD C: 11 points

 

MAD Mini 2018

To start the year off in style MAD always holds its MAD mini. Its a nice quirky 3v3 tournament with POIs to get the debating energy and theme for the year started on the right foot. We hope all participants had a huge amount of fun (at what was I hope a very well catered tournament, with some yummy food?) and had a weekend well spent before uni begins again.
Congrats to Jess Musulin, Phil Gracen, and Stuart Dixon for winning the Grand final!
Thank you to our wonderful CAs Alex Paterson, Annie Hazelton and William Berthelot for a fantastic tournament with excellent motions!

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2017 (A year in review) MAD Update!

After a Hiatus, the website is back up and running. Over the next few weeks, the website will be updated to where the Monash of Association of Debaters is as of right now. This by no means detracts from the successors we have had as a club over the past year and a half! All members should be very proud of doing their absolute best and making MAD such an inclusive and happy club!

 

Wom*n’s 2017 (AWDC – Held at ANU)

Congrats to our contingent at ANU Wom*n’s! All should be very proud of their efforts at this tournament and the improvement made over the tournament, not to mention all the new friends too!

MAD 1
Mollie Ashworth
Lia Diamantopoulos

MAD 2
Shara Teo
Laura Gibertson

MAD 3
Alex Lawrence
Katie Polus

MAD 4
Gabby Stolzenhain
Tamika Kate

ADJs
Tanvi Gokhale and Amy Liu

Also a very big thank you to our selectors Swetha Prabhakaran and Mary Pirozek for putting together fantastic teams and taking time out of their lives to watch even more debates!

A further congratulations is needed for MAD 2 who broke all the way to semi-finals! Well done to Shara and Laura!

 

Australs 2017 (Held at UQ)

Our Australs contingent was as follows

MAD 1
Keith James, Liam Tomlinson, Laurel Trinh

MAD 2
Wallace Huang, Mary Pirozek, Gabby Stolzenhain

MAD 3
Peter Vicary, Mollie Ashworth, Joshua Sim

MAD 4
Rohan Waring, Steven Dickson, Kelvin Ng

MAD 5
Boris Lam, Lia Diamantopoulos, Amy Liu

MAD 6
Andy Downie, Laura Gilbertson, Tamika Chikulin

ADJs
Andrew Moore, Andrew Polus, Daniel Liebreich, Katie Polus and
Tanvi Gokhale

Congrats on all members for having a fantastic tournament and becoming so much closer as a contingent post-tournament. All members should feel very proud for doing their best and be prepared to go even further at 2018 Australs in Malaysia.

Also, a big shout out to our selectors Tim Sonnreich and Viv Jones for returning to the club after so many years and giving up their very valuable weekend to watch us debate. Their hard work paid off when it came to the formation of the teams and we wish them all the best (hopefully they were able to find ways to relax around the debates before the working week resumed).

 

Easters 2017 (Held at Wollongong)

MAD 1
Gabby Stolzenhain, Mary Pirozek, Katie Polus

MAD 2
Wallace Huang, Yasmin Poole, Mollie Ashworth

MAD 3
Allan Quanchi, Alisdair Gurling, Lia Diamantopoulos

MAD 4
Ovindu Rajasinghe, Andrew Polus, Hasitha Jayatilake

MAD 5
Keith James, Laura Gilbertson, Liam O’Shea

MAD 6
Liam Tomlinson, Tamika Chikulin, Rahul Sathish

MAD 7
Angie Arteaga, Joseph Nguyen, Loren Pugh

MAD 8
Laurel Trinh, Boris Lam, Janet Chhean

MAD 9
Peter Vicary, Austin Bond, Eric Xie

ADJs
Andrew Downie, Glenn Donahoo, Shara Teo, Andrew Moore, Steven Dickson, Tanaya Joshi, Joshua Sim
Nikhil Puppla (IA)
Andrew Elder (DCA)

Congratulations to all our teams (especially the novices who were attending their first ever University tournament!!!) for doing so well at the tournament!!! You should all be very proud of how much you developed and the friendships you went on to form over the course of those few days. We hope you all had a very rewarding experience and came back keen for more debating and help contribute to the club to make it as fantastic as possible!

A further congratulations to Shara breaking as an adjudicator to the Semi-Final and Nikhil breaking to the Quarter Final. Further, shout out to Andrew (Elder…..but the other Andrew’s are great too) for helping set amazing topics/making the tournament fantastic as well as getting to panel the grand final!!!

A very big thank you to Shara Teo, Gabrielle Stolzehain, Tanaya Joshi, Harrison Jones and Steven Dickson for giving up their time to watch who knows how many debates of nervous novices awaiting the results of trials. Then spending the time to pair novices up with pros (a job very well done!!!).

 

Worlds 2017 (WUDC held in the Netherlands)

Monash A
Molly Dale
Andrew Elder

Monash B
Amy Gilbertson
Amelia Kearney

Monash C
Liam Tomlinson
Keith James

Monash D
Peter Vicary
Kelvin Ng

ADJs
Rohan Waring, Joseph Nguyen, Tanvi Gokhale, Andy Downie
Allan Quanchi (IA)

Congratulations to Molly and Andrew breaking to the Double Octo-Finals!!! You all did MAD proud and held your own against the best in the World!!!

Please stay tuned for a 2018 update which will come out imminently!!! MAD performed very well in 2017, we wish all teams and members the best for 2018!

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Latest happenings

The internals competition Freehills is currently happening at Monash for the next two weeks. If you still want to get involved by adjudicating, observing or possibly debating if there’s an opening, come rock up to see some good ol’ debating!

We’re also very proud to announce our contingent for the Australasian Women’s Debating Championships 2016 held by Monash University and Deakin University – which will run from the 23rd – 26th of September! Keep an eye out for these talented MADdies!

MAD 1:
Freya Rich
Tash Pace

MAD 2:
Amelia Kearney
Tanaya Joshi

MAD 3:
Gabby Stolzenhain
Debbie Clark

MAD 4:
Shara Teo
Judith Apte

MAD 5:
Alex Lawrence
Tamika Chikulin

MAD 6:
Rhea Navani
Mary Pirozek

Adjudicators: Laurel Trinh, Astrid Dunkley, Loren Pugh

This is very exciting as Monash and Deakin will be joint hosting this exciting tournament! We appreciate all the effort the organising committee has put in preparation, namely the convenors Amy Gilbertson, Rebekah de Keijzer and Swetha Prabhakaran. It is also great to see MAD legends Nisha Dutta and Melissa Matteo returning as chief-adjudicators!

Lastly, the AGM is on tomorrow, Monday the 12th of September. Starting from 1:30pm in S12 (16 Rainforest Walk), though do come early to get signed off so we can start the meeting quickly! Elections will take place to vote in the new committee of 2017. If you cannot attend the entire duration of the AGM (expected to several hours), please send Albert, the returning officer, an email regarding a proxy vote (directed or undirected) via webmaster@monashdebaters.com.

Link to the AGM event description: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753455221609396/

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Mid Year Update

Now that the federal election has passed, our members can once again fully devote themselves to debating! What better way to do this than going to the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships 2016, held at the University of Western Australia (which has kicked off today). Having already competed in numerous minis such as ADAM, our members are ready to show everyone what we’ve got!

Again, here is the list of our fantastic MAD representatives who will do us proud for the tournament as both debaters and adjudicators!

MONASH 1
Andrew Elder, Beatrice Paull, Andrew Belyea-Tate
MONASH 2
Molly Dale, Sam Scott, Amy Gilbertson
MONASH 3
Rhea Navani, Amelia Kearney, Andy Downie
MONASH 4
Keefe Chan, Kelvin Ng, Rohan Waring
MONASH 5
Laurel Trinh, Freya Boppha Rich, Martha O’Hagan
MONASH 6
Peter Vicary, Ovindu Rajasinghe, Alex Lawrence
MONASH 7
Mayank Adlakha, Ryan Ahern, Maria Angelica Arteaga
MONASH 8
Tanaya Joshi, Andrew Moore, Judith Apte
MONASH 9
Daniel Liebrich, Joshua Sim, Steven Dickson

ADJUDICATORS:
Joseph Nguyen
Emina Besirevic
Boris Lam
Sophia McNamara
Gabby Stolzenhain
Andrew Polus
Glenn Donahoo
Jessie Lu
Debbie Clark

We wish everyone the best!

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Post Mid-Semester Break

What a break it has been, especially with Easters and all that. Congratulations to all teams and adjudicators in this exciting tournament, especially:
Monash 7 (Beatrice Paull, Laurel Trinh, Prithi Rajiv – Octo Finals)
Molly Dale (DCA)
Andrew Belyea-Tate (Grand Final judge) and
Nikhil Puppala (Breaking judge)

However, everyone should be immensely proud of their efforts they have put in into debating. Looking retrospectively from the commencement of the tournament to the end, it is undeniable that there has been so much improvement and many friendships made in the progress. We hope that this sustains throughout the rest of the year!

Other important news to cover: SORENSEN REGISTRATIONS are still live! The internal tournament has been pushed back due to unforeseen circumstances. Build up your team and enter either the open or novice category! There is something for everyone! The regulations can be found under the internal tournament schedule part of this website. Link to registration is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CfXsb-1WqPB6nMHpZnWN4YhL8lQGeH7l4wx8B_95OT8/viewform?c=0&w=1

Moreover, get excited for Regressive! On the 15th of April, we will be kicking off the debate right from the adjudication and desserts! Then slowly reach the start like some psychological thriller mystery film, but funny! It will feature Shara Teo as the chairman and Andrew Elder as the adjudicator. For the affirmative, there’ll be Nathan Steinkoler, Beatrice Paull and Andrew Moore. For the negative, it’s Amelia Kearney, Albert Ho and Mary Pirozek. More info can be found through the Facebook group and page.

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Easters Update

The Australian Intervarsity Debating Tournament (also simply known as Easters) is right around the corner, going on from the 27th to the 31st of March). It will be held this year at our neighbours Melbourne University! We are very proud to announce our contingent and wish them well for the tournament!

MONASH 1
Alex Lawrence, Gabby Stolzenhain, Subi Ramesh

MONASH 2
Amy Gilbertson, Mary Pirozek, Andy Downie

MONASH 3
Allan Quanchi, Tanaya Joshi, Andrew Moore

MONASH 4
Andrew Elder, Martha O’Hagan, Judith Apte

MONASH 5
Reece Hooker, Ryan Ahern, Karan Luthra

MONASH 6
Peter Vicary, Harrison Jones, Murphy Bong

MONASH 7
Beatrice Paull, Prithi Rajiv, Laurel Trinh

MONASH 8
Shara Teo, Nicholas Campbell, Ashwin Agarwal

MONASH 9
Amelia Kearney, Natasha Pace, Steven Dickson

MONASH 10
Keefe Chan, Laura McArthur, Boris Lam

MONASH 11
Albert Ho, Emma Buckthorpe, Seamus Horan

MONASH 12
Nathan Steinkoler, Glenn Donahoo, Joshua Sim

ADJUDICATORS:
Freya Rich
Shourye Dwivendi
Maria Angelica Arteaga Jaime
Mayank Adlakha
Rohan Waring
Wallace Huang
Kelvin Ng
Keith James
Joseph Nguyen
Sophia McNamara
Joyce Li
Andrew Polus
Carlo Spada
Paul Vrazas
Rhea Navani (Independent)
Ovindu Rajasinghe (Independent)
Andrew Belyea-Tate (Independent)
Thomas Stansfield (Independent)
Molly Dale (DCA)

Also special thanks to Andrew Belyea-Tate, Shourye Swindi, Swetha Prahabkaran, Rhea Navani and Molly Dale for dedicating a large portion of their time to being in the Selections Committee! There was huge amount of members signing up for trials and everyone should be congratulated for their efforts. There are other exciting debating opportunities coming up for those who trialled, namely President’s Cup and the Two Week Novice Program. Be on the watch on the calendar for when they come!

 

In other news, it has been lovely seeing new members participate in the training program that our member training officer Allan Quanchi has devised. If you have any feedback, please send your opinions to training@monashdebaters.com.

Commencement Picnic has also been a wonderful event, seeing many new and old faces alike for an evening of friends and fun. Special thanks to Ovi, our socials officer for ensuring everyone had a great time. If you have missed out on this event, do not fret – there will be more social events throughout the year!

Also note that the Sponsorship Contract is available for public viewing through the members section of this website. It is a requirement to perform certain activities should you wish to receive sponsorship for Australs and Worlds (Get on it before it’s too late!). If you would like to know your progress this year, please send an email to Albert through webmaster@monashdebaters.com.

 

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The University Year for 2016 Commences!

We, at MAD, would like to welcome back returning members for the new university year and also warmly welcome anyone wishing to join our fantastic association. It has been a busy start to the year with tournaments such as Thessanoliki Worlds and MAD Mini keeping us keen debaters occupied. What an amazing effort everyone has been putting into debating!

Speaking of MAD Mini (which concluded very recently), we would like to congratulate Alessandra Chinsen, Chris Skliros and Henry Hamilton for being this year’s champions! What a wonderful show that they have put on!
We would also like to commend the convenors (Keith James and Sameer Sharma), the CAs (Sam Scott and Molly Dale), tab directors (Angie Arteaga and Phil Belesky) and all volunteers involved in running this wonderful tournament.

For those who wish to join our organisation (or perhaps you just want to see the lovely exec), you can find us at our MAD stall during Orientation Week from Monday the 22nd to Thursday the 25th. This will be at the Clayton campus of Monash University, specifically in stall C9 (in the middle of Lemon Scented Lawns, north of Campus Centre). We will be there from 11am to 3pm on each of those days. Come say hello and ask anything you want about the club. We would love you meet you!

Furthermore, our next proper social event, Commencement Picnic and Drinks, is planned for Saturday the 19th of March. Save the date! Though, watch out for our weekly Monday night meetings and training sessions (location soon to be confirmed) to start when school resumes. It will be a great way to catch up with old buddies and meet new people.

Enjoy the last week of holidays and let us kick off the school with with a blast!

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End of Year News

It is almost the end of 2015 and what a year it has been! MAD congratulates all members for their hard work and devotion towards debating. After seeing success by way of reaching finals in highly competitive tournaments, in both debating and adjudicating prowess, we are proud of those who really uphold the principles of what it means to be a MADdie. Just a few announcements keep you in the loop:

 

Thessaloniki

The World Universities Debating Championship is returning for another year, promising high quality debates from the top representatives around the world! It will be held over New Year’s from the 27th of December to the 4th of January 2016. Flying in to the other side of the world to Macedonia University in Thessaloniki, Greece, here are MAD’s ambassadors:

MONASH A
Andrew Belyea-Tate
Thomas Stansfield

MONASH B
Andrew Elder
Beatrice Paull

MONASH C
Stephen Moore
Shara Teo

ADJUDICATORS:
Liam Tomlinson
Amy Jack
Amy Gilbertson
Nikhil Puppala
Gen Li
Peter Vicary

We wish them all the best!
(Note: You will be able to follow a livestream of our debaters through our Twitter account)

Also, be on the lookout for the exclusive MAD Mini. This fun mash-up of traditional 3v3 style with POIs will surely start the debating year with a bang! We anticipate that it will be held in February, more information to be published on the MAD website and Facebook page. Stay tuned for our classic MAD Mini promo video!

MAD hopes that you all have a wonderful end of year holidays! We also can’t wait to see both new and familiar faces show up next year to kick off the debating season.

UPDATE:

MAD Mini dates have been set for the 19th – 21st of February 2016. You may find out more info and follow any updates in the following link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/803058796469199/

In the meantime, enjoy this highly amusing promotional video:

Furthermore, our debaters have arrived in Greece! We hope that they have an exciting start to the WUDC!

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Mid Year Update

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With Semester 1 in the books, a semester filled with exciting socials, fantastic debating and all-around general merriment, MAD would like to thank everyone who has been involved this semester. The executive feels that this semester has seen a significant new member base take an active role in Monday night and Wednesday Night training sessions, as well as tournaments, and feel that this has been a great success for the Club!

Importantly, MAD has sent an amazing contingent to SolBridge Australs in Deajeon, South Korea, with debates starting on July 17th. The full list of partcipants is as follows:

MONASH 1
Beatrice Paull
Andrew Elder
Andrew Belyea-Tate
MONASH 2
Molly Dale
Stephen Moore
Sam Scott
MONASH 3
Tom Stansfield
Amy Jack
Nikhil Puppala
MONASH 4
Ambika Wakhlu
Reece Hooker
Amy Gilbertson
MONASH 5
Shara Teo
Wallace Huang
Keefe Chan
MONASH 6
Britt Jeffs
Sameer Sharma
Liam Tomlinson
MONASH 7
Gen Trinh
Alex Lawrence
Peter Vicary

ADJUDICATORS
Freya Rich, Rohan Waring (ind.), Vidya Datta, Hayley Sorel, Ovindu Rajasinghe, Sarah Christie

The Executive wishes them the best of luck for the tournament, and for those who would like to follow their progress throughout the tournament, results will be posted on the MAD twitter account.

Hope to see everyone in Semester 2!

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