Thanks for taking on this journey with us over the past 12 weeks! We truly appreciate the passion and dedication you have shown to us.
Internal Grand Final next week
We are hosting a non-serious grand final for our internals next Tuesday. There may be alcohol and joke topics to kill the stress for exams. The event is completely voluntary - we have not invited anyone officially, so there is no pressure to attend. You have done the heavy lifting of practice debates over the past weeks, and you are not missing out on anything substantive if you choose to not attend.
That said, please feel free to click join on the event page and do the poll about what you want to see at the Grand Final: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374028616015330/?active_tab=about
Attached are the training materials from last week on case construction.
Thank you again for all your support over the semester & hope to see you again next term :)
Hope you are all surviving as the exams approach! We know it is a huge time commitment for you to stay engaged with debating while keeping up with work, so thank you to all who had attended internals over this semester.
Below are the updates for the coming week:
You have elected Tandee and Amelia as your First-Year Representatives, so now it is your chance to speak with them about how you find debating so far, and how you would like debating to go from here.
Tandee and Amelia are organising the First-Year Forum this year, which will happen next Tuesday at 6 pm in instead of training. This is an exclusive event for first-years at our Society, so you can speak freely without the pressuring stare of older-year debaters. Afterwards, Tandee and Amelia will summarise your representations and report them at the next committee meeting.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/776740355836377/
(I heard there might be pides, so that is a good incentive)
The trial is happening next weekend. If you are interested in going to Australs, you should fill out the sign-up form (this is NOT the EOI form you filled out a while ago).
If you are not going, but you want some practice outside internals, you can also sign up there, and just note in the comment section that you would like to use it as a training opportunity :)
If you would like to use a video trial because you are unable to make it to the trial dates (20-21 May next weekend), there is a form you can fill out linked below.
Remember that although the registration fee is $770, we have scholarships on both merits and equity.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/426402934386529/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1494496757011898
Sign-up form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1u41B4tFlwdQVuGiSSc-TLRHrg83-SZiF0BYCYkTbQn0/edit
Video trial form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctCM5q1Atgo7lQ6QiW34QinAoh-KMoF_12hfCW4lFmEHJFFQ/viewform
Sharmila would like to see all of you on Movie Night (an annual social we have) next Friday 19 May. I heard the movie this time is going to be spicy :o.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479893308722631/
Women's Mentorship Program
Our Society has started a new round of intake for non-cis-male identifying mentorship. Eli has created this comprehensive EOI form you can use to request for a senior non-cis-male identifying member of our Society to mentor you for debating. Activities range from catching up for coffees and serious extra training outside internals. And the good thing about our program is its flexibility - it is completely up to you what you would like to do in the program. And we will match you with a mentor who best meets your demands.
Mentee EOI: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeE-p_4xD7WdZcFwflGJ1HeWEnb7V-JDvba4TN6c7xcNggL1A/viewform?c=0&w=1
Happy to see all of you there at last week's internal, please join us again this week on Tuesday at 7 pm in MCCT6 (opposite of MCCT3) after the First-Year Forum to train with your team. Attached are the training slides from last week.
Best wishes for a productive week :)
Hope you all had a psyched week 8! We are certainly excited to come back from our hiatus and hear more from you.
We had an absolute blast at Easters this year. ANU had three teams (one unfortunately capped out) and three adjudicators breaking into the finals. Two of our breaking teams made it to the Semi-Final, and one competed against a team from University of Sydney at the Grand Final.
Other than breaking, we are also fortunate to see many young talents fast developing and bonding with each other in our society. You are all champions in our heart.
ANU media made a news link about our achievements. You can read it here if you want to bathe with us in the momentary glory of campus news: http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/anu-team-reaches-grand-final-of-debating-nationals
But remember that your moral worth is non-contingent of your achievements in debating, and you are all great humans whether breaking or not.
For those who did not attend Easters, please stay keen, because there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us and create memories together - here are some that are happening soon:
Internals are back! This term (week 8-12) the rules are slightly different: you will join a team of up to 5 people led by one experienced debater. You can rotate adjudicating and debating duties between your team members and even choose to kick back for a couple of weeks. There is no need to find teammates before you sign up, as we will sort the teams out for you. You will be guaranteed a team if you sign up.
If you do not feel like joining a team, feel free to rock up to any of our internals this term and let Toni know that you want to debate/ adjudicate for the night.
But otherwise, see you next Tuesday 6pm at MCCT2 :)
Sign-up to internals: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tLTBDbVM9z2PUSrFgJz_JDy9eLJXMinVtDWmwSSPkoo/viewform?edit_requested=true
OGM Next Week
Next Tuesday at 6pm before the internals start, we will have the OGM. Please come to join us, as we want to elect new positions and meet quorum. If you have not seen the post by Bec on Facebook Group yet, here are the positions to be elected:
(1) First-year representatives
The First-Year Representatives are a voice for first-year members in our society. Their duties include:
- Running at least one first-year social night
- Communicating with first-year members of the society, including but not limited to via a First-Year Forum (Facebook Group)
- Attending committee meetings to ensure the interests of first-year members of our society are considered in all committee decision-making, including but not limited to decisions in relation to intervarsity trials.
We will elect at least one non-cis-male First-Year Representative, and only first-years present at the OGM will be eligible to vote unless they exercise the right to vote through a proxy.
(2) Media officer (i.e. Publication Officer)
The Publications Officer is responsible for maintaining ANU Debating's publications, including but not limited to:
- Developing a Twitter and Instagram presence
- Maintaining the ANU Debating Website
- Maintaining the ANU Debating Facebook page & group
- Weekly updates on the Facebook page on minis, socials, announcements
- Advertising events
- Involved in decision-making for publicity duties
The positions are run from the floor, so please attend.
Australs is the next major intervarsity debating tournament this year. It is held in Brisbane at the University of Queensland from 1 July - 9 July. It is not Pro-Am structured, and the debating style is slightly different from the pure 3 v 3 at Easters. We will talk about them at next week's internal.
You do not need to have come to Easters to trial for Australs! The trial is a super fun experience where you get to practise some debates with your friends in front of an external selector.
We have not finalised trial dates yet, but there is no stress if you cannot attend the trial on the dates, because we will organise video trials for you.
To express your interests in attending Australs, please sign up:
Minis - Sydney Open next weekend
It is hosted by the University of Sydney as a weekend tournament. You have to be on a team of 4, with at least one novice. The teams will rotate in adjudicating duty.
To sign-up: https://www.facebook.com/events/319411671810566/
Women's Socials next Saturday 6 May
Our lovely women's officer Eli is organising a Women/ Non-cis-male's social next weekend. This is a very chilled social exclusive to non-cis-male members of our society. The theme is High Tea, and the venue is an apartment (carpool available) in Belconnen.
Hit up the event page to learn more:
Sharm is organising a movie night open to all members of our society on 13 May. She will tell you more about it next week at the internal.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Hope you are all surviving the mid-sem assessments!
Below are the updates for the upcoming week.
I have attached training materials for both week 3 and week 4 internals. Apologies for the delay in week 3.
If you are interested in practising some debating with good topics set by external adjudicators over the weekend, make sure you sign up to Fall! It will be a good chance to sass out the dynamics in your Easters team.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1146089662177393/
Sign-up link: https://goo.gl/forms/LeN403Bcialh3MjI2
If you have signed up, please remember to pay us. The more of you who pay, the more likely we will get hot food for the tournament and get a nice bar tab at the social. Remember to send out a screenshot of payment!
Account name: ANU Debating Society
Account number: 0090 6371
BSB number: 062 903
Internal week 5
Internal is coming up this week at 6pm at MCCT2. Remember to come in this week for a good training session on case prep :)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1145345245591083/
Sign-up link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJM_Y7Snbjg7FQYz9xqKFM4Yryfr6Y731o2Hu6hu2K_Ak1tA/viewform
First Year Social
This will happen this Friday at Guild, we have paid the entry fee, so you just need to click 'going' for us to gauge the number: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754163581560611/
Congratulations to everyone who trialled! We are immensely proud of your commitment and efforts over the last week and a half. If you have any query about the trial outcome, please ask Penny (our External VP). We will announce the list of teams and adjudicators soon.
Hope you have a great week and good luck with assessments!
Sorry for the late update, I waited to collect some training material from Pro Am yesterday.
Thank you for all who attended internal/ Pro Am last week, we are glad to see your enthusiasm.
As you can see in the attachments, I have included the training materials from Week 2 Internals and 2 additional training slides we used at ProAm Internal Intensive yesterday. In order the first three are the slides from Pro Am, and the next two are from Internal 2 in Week 2. The aim is that those who did not attend will get to catch up on what we have learned so far, and keep coming back to practise.
Trialling for Easters (the first major tournament of the year) is up and live. Remember to sign-up if you are interested in a bit more practice with people from other institutions over a 5-day intensive with 3 preliminary rounds each day for the first 2 days, and a break into the finals over the next two days. The tournament is about development, so each team will consist of 2 novices (people who are new to debating) and 1 pro (people who have competed at university tournaments).
You can sign up as either an adjudicator or a debater for this tournament. The trials for debaters are happening from Wed 8 March to Thu 16 March over a week. The trial will also be a good chance for you to practise debating.
Sign up link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_Q2rRA0ptOgmgJo7hCXUcufkxsOFamkfmuA6-60eZlQ/viewform?edit_requested=true
Internal Week 3
This is happening tomorrow, and we are really excited that we get to see you there. Like last week, we will see you at MCCT2 at 6pm for the training session. Remember to (A) sign up on the link below and (B) when you arrived, find Toni to confirm your attendance in the evening.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1937390249880817/
Sign-up Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oAYJrNfNYh1GiFaKVQCkLC06DMDO99zyO-ubQZfgPco/viewform?edit_requested=true
I have received enough EOIs to start a room for training. Further details will come tomorrow morning to the emails of those who have expressed their interests and/or those who have expressed their interests to me in person. For now, if anyone would like to join us but have not filled out the form or contacted me, please fill out the form
Wish you a happy week 3,
Thank you for those who attended our Demo Debate last Tuesday! We were glad to see so many of you keen at learning more about debating.
Here are things happening this week,
For those who have yet to pay the $15 annual membership fee, please find me (Julia) at Internal this Tuesday to pay.
This Tuesday evening is our first internal of the year. Come and join us with some light food for a training session and a practice debate on Tuesday 28 February at 6 pm at Manning Clarke Theatre 2.
Remember to fill in the sign-up form, because Toni (our Internal VP) will use the information you submitted there to allocate you to the correct training session and to pair you up with people with similar debating experiences as you.
Event FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1041268942646310/
Sign-Up Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTWibW0GixEcsAjA6lg_NKnUC-usOAnuCzgiWglI3hhxCUOA/viewform
ESL Training Session
We are running supplementary training sessions for ESL debaters this semester. I am in charge of ESL Training, and this is the first year we are implementing the program. So I would like to gauge the interest and see what you would like to see in this program.
To be an ESL (English as Second Language) Speaker, you must have received a substantial period of your education in a language that is not English, or have lived for a substantial period of time in a country where the mainstream or official language is not English.
If you think this applies to you, and if you are interested in improving your debating skills in addition to the training sessions for all debaters on Tuesday evenings, please fill in this Expression of Interest form:
If we decide the number of expressions of interest is sufficient for our program, we will form a contact group for you to gain further information.
ANU's first weekend intensive of the year is happening this Sunday. This is the first chance you will get to debate with experienced members of our society and to make friends outside Tuesday internals.
The payment is $15 per person for a 3 round intensive on Sunday 5 March. The venue is HW Arndt Building (Opposite to College of Business and Economics and next to Copland Theatre/ Davey Lodge). The registration fee covers food for the day and a social afterward.
We are happy to see many who have already signed up. But we also need to receive a proof of payment of registration from you for us to register you on the list (unless you pay us in cash on the day). This means you need to take either a photo or a screenshot of your successful payment, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up, please go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedHyCm5BjGjPBxVScrd0zzZtMWbfkeWZzZQg4ebM0sJaNcew/viewform
Account name: ANU Debating Society
Account number: 0090 6371
BSB number: 062 903
Easters is the first national tournament happening in mid-April. It is your chance to compete on a wider platform and make friends who love debating from other institutions. We will have more updates on the trial for Easters closer to the event.
Lastly, Committee Photo
Some of you have requested for our photos to identify us. So I attached a screenshot of the demo debate slide I made for the committee member photos :)
See you all on Tuesday eve!
There are lots of things coming up this week in debating! Come along and take your mind off exams.
INTERNALS – happening as usual!
FIRST YEAR FORUM – here is a message from your first year reps Penny and James.
Come this Tuesday at 6pm to The Tank for the First Year Forum with your loyal first year reps, James and Penny. We’re providing food, bants and laffs so bring all your family, friends, acquaintances and frenemies. But seriously, also bring some thoughts on how debating could be improved.
Emily, our awesome women’s officer, is running women’s forum on XXX. This is a great opportunity for women in debating to get together and talk about the various problems they face on the debating circuit! We’re very keen to hear as many perspectives and experiences as possible, so make sure you come along. The event will be posted on the ANU Debating Facebook page very soon.
Dom, the resident economics guru at ANU, will be coming this Saturday from 10am-12pm to run a seminar on economics and how to talk about it in debating. This is good preparation for Australs people, but everyone is welcome! Venue TBC, keep an eye out for the Facebook event!
INTERNALS GRAND FINAL
Next Tuesday is the internals grand final!! Come and watch the finalists fight it out in what should be a high quality debate. It will also be heaps of fun, there will be alcohol provided and also a drinking game which I think someone has already written for all of us. Afterwards we’ll be heading off to UniPub, and there will be a tab!! I’m sure you’ll all need a break before exams so come! !!FUN!!
That’s all for now, message if you have any questions!
Sorry for the late email this week – it’s getting to the pointy end of the term, so I’m sure we’re all very busy!
Trials to attend the Australasian Debating Championships are happening THIS SUNDAY (May 8th). Australs is a fantastic, challenging tournament. It’s a heap of fun and a great opportunity to meet people from all around Asia! This year it will be held in Perth. Registration will cost approx. $770. If you’d like to trial, check out the Facebook event here and make sure you sign up here.
We are continuing to accept applications for mentor and mentee positions in our womens’ mentoring program! The mentor form is here and the mentee form is here. If you’re interested in this, be sure to joint the ANU Debating Women Facebook group too.
As ever, if you have any questions shoot me a message!
Hope you’ve all enjoyed the public holiday, and are keen for internals tomorrow at 6pm! Don’t forget that, as ever, internals are happening on Tuesday and Friday. We will be debating in regular teams this term – if you haven’t signed up for a team yet then let us know!
Another cool thing that’s happening are Australs trials. The Australasian Debating Championship (affectionately known as Australs) is happening on July 13th – 21st in Perth. Teams from universities all around Asia will be attending the week-long tournament. Australs is a high-quality and high-intensity competition – it is also a lot of fun! Registration is $770 plus the cost of flights to Perth (we are trying to get your flights to Perth subsidised though, but no guarantees at the moment).
We’ll be trialling teams on Sunday May 8th, but don’t worry if you can’t make this date because you can also trial by recording a debate on Saturday May 7th. You will need to do two debates to trial, so it is best if you are available for the whole day. There will be a sign-up form coming out soon!
ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
Next Tuesday before internals (at 6pm) we will be holding our OGM. At the meeting we will be electing two first-year representatives and also a socials officer. These positions are great experience and a good chance to get an insight into the way the debating society is run, so come along to apply and vote!
See you soon,
I hope you’ve all had a very restful break and are keeeeen for uni to go back next week!
Debating will be back this TUESDAY and FRIDAY, and it’s the same drill as last term. In case you’ve forgotten, that means:
When: 6pm every Tuesday
Where: The Tank (near Copland Courtyard)
What: A training session, dinner, and then a practice debate. This is for people who have had experience debating in the past! If you've done more than one year of high school practice, please come to this event. Don't worry, it's not high pressure, it's just for people who already know the rules.
When: 6pm every Friday
Where: Manning Clark Centre
What: A training session and dinner. If you've debated for one year or less, come along to this session. If you have more experience and still want to come, please send us an email or a message and we can talk about the most appropriate group for you to be in.
Hope to see you there!