Trials for the World Universities Debating Championships (held in The Hague from the 27th December-4th January) will be held on Sunday 16th October. Information on the trials process, costs and sponsorship are available on the sign-up form for trials which can be found here. This form is used regardless of whether you are applying as a debater or an adjudicator. Please note that you need to sign up by 10pm on Tuesday 11th October in order to trial. Additional information on the tournament can be found at the tournament website.
Congratulations to all of our teams who represented MUDS at the Australasian Women’s Debating Championships over the weekend. In particular, congratulations to Melbourne 1 (Sarah Bostock and Alessandra Chinsen) who made it to the Semi-Finals, Melbourne 3 (Stephanie Ponsonby and Priyanka Banerjee) who made it through to the Quarter Finals, and Melbourne 2 (Jane Carroll and Grace Zhang) who were the fifth ranked team at the tournament. Additionally, Alessandra and Jane were both equal 7th best speaker and the tournament, and Zoe Brown broke as an adjudicator through to the Grand Final.
We’re thrilled to announce our Committee for 2017! President: Stuart Dixon Vice-President: Ben O’Shea Secretary: Marie Liskaser Treasurer: Grace Zhang Media Officer: Manning Clifford Public Debates Officer: Alessandra Chinsen Internal Competitions Officers: Callum Simpson and Amanda Tan Schools Training Officers: Christopher Skliros and Carine Lim Member Training Officer: Paris Henkel Social Officer: Victoria Spiliopoulos Sponsorship Officer: James Moffat Women’s Officer: Sarah Bostock Male Equity Officer: Paris Henkel Female Equity Officer: Sarah Bostock Congratulations to everyone who was elected, and a massive thank you to everyone who put their name up to run for a position! We look forward to a great year ahead!
The Annual General Meeting of the Melbourne University Debating Society will be held on Tuesday 20th September at 5:30pm in Room 104 of the Melbourne Law School. It is very important that we have as many MUDS members present at the meeting as possible, as we need to reach a quorum of twenty or more non-committee members in order for the meeting to be valid. At the meeting we will be electing our committee for 2017 and making amendments to our constitution. These changes have the potential to affect what MUDS means for you, so we strongly encourage everyone to attend. (more…)
DAV Mini is a British Parliamentary tournament being hosted by the DAV on Saturday 17th September. The tournament comprises three rounds of debates followed by a final and post-tournament drinks. Registration is $35 for debaters ($30 for DAV members) and is FREE for adjudicators. You’re welcome to sign up either as a team or an individual. More information (as well as the link to registration) can be found on the DAV website or the Facebook event.
The Australasian Women’s Debating Championships are being co-hosted by Monash University and Deakin University in Melbourne this year from the 23rd-26th September. The tournament is open to female-identifying and non-binary participants. This year MUDS is sending six teams and three adjudicators (although we will likely gain more places if there is sufficient interest). (more…)
This week we’ll be meeting again on Tuesday in Room 104 of the Law School at 5:30pm. We’ll be running a session on how to debate in the British Parliamentary (BP) format, followed by a round of debates. Don’t worry if you’ve never debated before! This week and next week will be Pro-Am rounds, where anyone who hasn’t debated BP before (an Amateur) is paired up with an experienced debater (a Pro). To sign up to debate at internals this week, you can fill out the link here.
We’re currently looking for a new Socials Officer to join the Committee! A description of the role is available here. If you’re interested, please send a brief application (no more than 300 words) to email@example.com explaining why you are interested and what you would bring to the role. Applications will remain open until next Monday, and be considered at our committee meeting next week.
MUDS would like to extend a huge congratulations to all our member who attended and were involved in the running of the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championship in Perth last week! (more…)