Otago 1 has blown the competition out of the water to break 14th at UQ Australs. Congratulations to Joe Ascroft, Grace Belworthy and Emily Williams. Likewise a huge congratulations must go to John Brinsley-Pirie who has broken as a judge.
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Good luck to the 4 Otago teams and Judges at this years Australasian intervarsity debating championships (Australs) hosted in Brisbane Austraia.
Australs is known as one of the toughest yet most fun debating events in the world with teams participating from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Korea and many other countries across the wider Asia pacific region.
We know you will do Otago proud
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Thank you to all of the speakers who participated in Bluff cup for 2017.
The final this year was between Adam Sangster, Jeann-Mare Bonnet and Josh Mackay, Caroline Moratti was a close one.
After a hard fought battle and a split panel of judges we are proud to announce that Adam Sangster and Jeann-Mare Bonnet have been crowned the 2017 bluff cup champions.
Firstly thanks yet again (and I am sure not for the last time) to all the speakers who have attended bluff cup this year.
A further congratulation is in order to all of the teams who participates in the two semi finals last night. But sadly only two teams can progress to the final.
This will be between:
Jeanne-Marie and Adam will face Kelly and Josh Mackay
The final will be at 6pm in the Otago Room at OUSA Clubs and Socs. Followed by a prize giving and dinner (Location TBD).
Please come along and support our fantastic speakers. I am sure that Simon has some amazing motions lined up for the final.
The Bluff Cup break rounds start this coming Tuesday (30/5/2017) with the semi-finals in Burns 1 at 6 pm.
Debates will be between:
Semi-final 1: Jeanne-Marie and Adam versus Brandon and Zoe.
Semi-final 2: Kelly and Josh Mackay versus Caroline and Josh Meikle.
These should be some really good debates, so it'd be awesome to have a high turnout to watch the semis.
The victorious two teams will then go through to the Final on Friday (2/5/2017) in the Otago Room at OUSA (debates will start at 6pm).
This will be followed by dinner and prize giving (location TBD).
After two long days of debating, cold weather and no cellphone reception, Claytons is sadly over for another year.
But it was well worth it as yet again we are proud to have another victorious Otago team etched into the history of Raincliff Youth Camp. Congratulations to the winning team, 'Simon's Sex Tape' (Kelly Stitely, Selena Ballantyne, Joe Garry). They won in a unanimous decision against 'A Night in Hamilton' (Cody Kirby, Beth Clearwater, Caroline Moratti) on the motion: THBT liberals should prioritise social over economic change.
Also a big congratulations to the other breaking Otago team, Straight 69s (Naomii Seah, Harvey Barron, Zoe Hetfield).
We also have two new accredited adjudicators, Savannah Gaskell and Emily Williams.
A huge thank you to all the people who helped make this Claytons happen, especially John, Tim and Alice. Canterbury DebSoc also deserves mad props for all their effort organising the tournament this year.
On the 9th of May OUDS held a special general meeting to conduct a number of constitutional changes and to fill vacant positions on the executive.
A number of constitutional reforms were passed and an up to date version of the constitution can be found here.
In addition a number positions on the executive were filled.
Congratulations to Daniel Doughty, who is the new novice development officer for the OUDS exec.
Also congratulations to Keegan Burrow, who has moved to the new Secretary-Treasurer role, and Emily Williams, who has moved to the new Externals Officer role.
The Minutes from the meeting can be found below.
Over the weekend OUDS held a development tournament.
This was in the Australs style and was a great warm up to the upcoming Claytons.
Thanks to our esteemed chief adjudicator Joe Ascroft all of the participants, and judges.
Some of the highlights of the weekend included motions such as:
In true Otago style the final was close but clear with the final (just like the French election) being won by The team Macron who bet out Marine le pen in a unanimous panel decision.
Claytons will be held on the 19th to the 22nd of May and by the looks of this event Otago is going to be well on form.
Photos of the weekend will be posted soon.
And don't forget we will be carrying out further development opportunities and socials all year long so keep yourself updated on our Facebook page
This year the Australasian inter varsity debating championships is being healed in Brisbane Australia by the University of Queensland.
Otago is sending four teams and would like to kindly thank John B.P., Courtney Cunningham and Matilda Phillips for all the work they put in as selectors over the course of Saturday.
The teams are:
O1: Grace Belworthy, Joe Ascroft, Emily Williams
O2: Connor Seddon, Simon Williams, Savanna Gaskell
O3: Joe Garry, Selena Ballantyne, Kelly Stitely
O4: Jeanne-Marie Bonnet, Dan Doughty , Craig Stanton
UPDATE: We have selected (in no particular order) Nathaniel Brown, Caroline Moratti and Kerrin R-S to represent OUDS as judges. They will be accompanied by Otago Alumni John B-P who has gained a independent Judge spot.
After a long weakened of debating (and chocolate) Otago has made it back from the mighty metropolis of Hamilton and has some amazing success.
Otago 1 (J. Ascroft and E. Williams) broke the highest it has at Easters in living memory. That success is a product of the huge efforts that people have put into our society.
In addition we had three judges break to the semi-finals (C. Cunningham, A. Sowry and John BP).
The full tab for Easters can be found here
Now our sights are turning to Australis 2017 in Brisbane with members of the society using the holiday break to brush up on 3v3 debating before trials in a weeks time.