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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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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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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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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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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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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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