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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, 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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