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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)

Laura Gilbertson
Katie Polus
Debbie Clark

MAD 2 
Mollie Ashworth
Stephanie Vesel
Gabby Good

Boris Lam
James Pan
Richard Huang

Lia Diamantopolous
Alisdair Gurling
Vishrut Pande

Gabby Stolzenhain
Caroline Li
Arman Riazati

Mary Pirozek
Cree Oliveira
Michael Patrick

Andrew Moore
Anita Nair
Pravind Easwaran

Liam Tomlinson
Danigan Keecha-Milsom
Deepak Manchikanti

Andie Downie
Maria Chamakala
Isobel Orford

MAD 10
Joshua Sim
Iam Kabil Felix
Alexander Tashevski-Beckwith

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!!!!!

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

Molly Dale
Mary Pirozek

Andrew Moore
Alex Lawrence

Daniel Liebrich
Amy Liu

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!

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!

Mollie Ashworth
Lia Diamantopoulos

Shara Teo
Laura Gibertson

Alex Lawrence
Katie Polus

Gabby Stolzenhain
Tamika Kate

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

Keith James, Liam Tomlinson, Laurel Trinh

Wallace Huang, Mary Pirozek, Gabby Stolzenhain

Peter Vicary, Mollie Ashworth, Joshua Sim

Rohan Waring, Steven Dickson, Kelvin Ng

Boris Lam, Lia Diamantopoulos, Amy Liu

Andy Downie, Laura Gilbertson, Tamika Chikulin

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)

Gabby Stolzenhain, Mary Pirozek, Katie Polus

Wallace Huang, Yasmin Poole, Mollie Ashworth

Allan Quanchi, Alisdair Gurling, Lia Diamantopoulos

Ovindu Rajasinghe, Andrew Polus, Hasitha Jayatilake

Keith James, Laura Gilbertson, Liam O’Shea

Liam Tomlinson, Tamika Chikulin, Rahul Sathish

Angie Arteaga, Joseph Nguyen, Loren Pugh

Laurel Trinh, Boris Lam, Janet Chhean

Peter Vicary, Austin Bond, Eric Xie

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

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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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!

Alex Lawrence, Gabby Stolzenhain, Subi Ramesh

Amy Gilbertson, Mary Pirozek, Andy Downie

Allan Quanchi, Tanaya Joshi, Andrew Moore

Andrew Elder, Martha O’Hagan, Judith Apte

Reece Hooker, Ryan Ahern, Karan Luthra

Peter Vicary, Harrison Jones, Murphy Bong

Beatrice Paull, Prithi Rajiv, Laurel Trinh

Shara Teo, Nicholas Campbell, Ashwin Agarwal

Amelia Kearney, Natasha Pace, Steven Dickson

Keefe Chan, Laura McArthur, Boris Lam

Albert Ho, Emma Buckthorpe, Seamus Horan

Nathan Steinkoler, Glenn Donahoo, Joshua Sim

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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Easters 2014 Wrap-up

Easters 2014 is now over! A huge congratulations to our conveners Matt and Nisha for planning and running an amazing Easters 2014! The event was a huge success, with great topics, logistics and socials, and we wish Matt and Nisha all the best with their future endeavours.

A hearty thank you to our Chief Adjudicators James Beavis and Gemma Buckley for their dedication in taking on this demanding role, as well as the Deputy Chief Adjudicators Dom Bowes, Daniel Kirkby and Jessica Musulin.

To the team behind the scenes – the organising committee – thank you all for your planning, dedication and enthusiasm that made this event into the success it was. Our volunteers also deserve a special note – thank you for giving up your holiday to help out at Easters.

Congratulations to our contingent for their overall performance at Easters. In particular, Monash 8 (Stephen Moore, Kimberly Clarke, Keith James) made it to octo-finals, and Monash 3 (Andrew Gaulke, Sameer Sharma, Ninad Kulkarni) made it to quarter-finals. Congratulations are also in order for our breaking adjudicators: James Beavis, Rebecca Lew, Sasha Lytas, Nikhil Puppula, Madeleine Schultz.

A final special mention must go to Stephen Moore for ranking as the 5th best speaker, Beatrice Paull for ranking as the 9th best speaker, and Sameer Sharma for being the best Monash novice. Congratulations all around!

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Easters 2014

Easters, more formally known as the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships, will be the first major competition for 2014. Held in a different city every year, it attracts debaters from all over the nation for a week days of debating, and much fun! As a novice tournament, all teams can only have one experienced member at most. It is thus a great opportunity for new members to gain experience, but also for older members wanting to lead a team.

It is a great honour to host this competition at Monash this year. Let’s make the most of the home ground advantage!

When: 21st – 25th April, 2014

Where: Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne

Registration and Sponsorship: The cost of tournament is $360 which covers your accommodation, socials and most food and transport. The first 24 novices who sign up and are offered a debating or adjudicating spot will receive $100 sponsorship.

How to get involved: If you are a new member to the club, you are eligible to attend the Novice Selections Day, which will include selections for Easters teams. If you are a returning member and would like to be a team leader, please fill out the Team Leader Application form. You can also fill out the adjudicator sign-up form if you are interested in adjudicating!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Externals officer Sasha at externals@monashdebaters.com.

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Monash Contingent returns from Griffith Easters

Photo by Amelia Kearney

Another massive tournament for MAD

Monash once again has returned a stellar result at the 2013 Australian Novice Intervarsity Debating Championships.

Sending a whopping 11 teams and over 10 adjudicators MAD was once again one of the largest contingents represented and saw amazing development in our new debaters and seasoned team leaders alike. With five teams in contention to break a tense Championship Dinner turned to riotous celebration as Monash 5: Britt Jeffs and Jacqui Duong led by Beatrice Paull, advanced to the Octofinals along with adjudicators Nisha Dutta, Madeline Schultz, James Beavis and Sam Whitney.

After a stunningly well fought debate Monash 5 lost out to hometown rivals University of Melbourne. With Madeline Schultz and Monash’s Own™ DCA Chris Bisset judging through to the Grand Finals the club representation remained strong.

Throughout a tournament run amazingly well by hosts Griffith University, the true MAD spirit shined through with contingent trips to Movie World and Wet and Wild, bar tabs truly serviced and our very own first year Lucinda Williams pocketing $150 after dominating the Saturday night dance off.

A massive congratulations goes to Externals Officer Nisha Dutta for orchestrating another fantastic Monash contingent

Monash to host Easters 2014

Capping off an amazing tournament, Monash has won its bid to host Easters in 2014 Convenors Nisha Dutta and Matthew Guy delivered a brilliant bid to AIDA council so comprehensive that the two competing bids, including frontrunner UQ Gatton withdrew before a vote was held. The Convenors have begun assembling the Organising Committee and were thrilled to announce at the tournament Chief Adjudicators Gemma Buckley and James Beavis would head the judging core next year.

Monash looks forward to welcoming the Australian debating community to Melbourne in 2014 and more information on Monash Easters 2014 can be found here

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Easters Trials

Don’t forget Easters ‘trials’ for all novices will be held this weekend. Sign ups for debating and adjudicating spots have now closed. If you had any questions about your registration or other issues please don’t hesitate to contact Externals Officer Nisha Dutta

Offers of debating and adjudicating places in the Monash contingent will be sent out at the end of trials this weekend. Details regarding payment and the tournament will be sent out soon after. If you’re after further information on the week, Griffith have set up this helpful Facebook page

Offers of debating and adjudicating places in the Monash contingent will be sent out at the end of trials this weekend. Details regarding payment and the tournament will be sent out soon after. If you’re after further information on the week, Griffith have set up this helpful Facebook page

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