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 at time of selection 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, Matt Moore, Craig Stanton
Reserves: Dan Doughty, Keegan Burrow
We will be conducting the selection process for our three judge spots over the next few weeks so keep updated on our Facebook page for more information.
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.
We are 1/4 through the first semester and bluff cup is still going strong.
A big thank you has to go to Connor Seddon who has now finished his debating 101 series and has shown that debating i
Sadly bluff cup wont be back until the 2nd of May due to Easter and ANZAC day but of courese their is alawys more debating for those who want to participate, just keep an eye on our Facebook page
OUDS is very proud to announce our squad for the 2017 Easters debating championships in Hamilton (April 14-17th) :
Congratulations to everyone!
With another week of high turn out it was packed this week at bluff cup. Don't worry though we can always fit more people in next week, so don't hesitate to bring your friends along next Tuesday night.
Over the course of the weekend 15 members of OUDS assisted in the judging of the Otago-Southand regional Russell McVeagh high school debating championships.
Their was two long days of debating with 25 teams participating some from as far away as Queenstown and Invercargill.
Congratulations to Columba College who were crowned Champions and Otago Girls High School who came second in a close grand final debate on the motion:
“This house would aggressively raise the age of superannuation.”
On Tuesday night this week we kicked off our in house competition, better known as bluff cup. This will be healed every Tuesday night during first semester.
With over 10 teams participating in the first week alone it is shaping up to be a highly competitive event this year, and new speakers or judges are always welcome.