OUDS has announced the date of the AGM for 2017. This will be on Thursday the 25th of September 2017. This will in Seminar Room 5, Richardson Building.
If you want any information on how the AGM will run please refer to our constitution which can be found here.
If you have any further questions please contact any member of the sitting executive.
If you don't think you can make it please follow Otago's Facebook page to find out about what lands up happening.
All Life and General members are able to vote so come along and partake in democracy.
It may not come as a surprise to those who are aware of the long and storied history of South Island debating that Otago and Canterbury have the pleasure of holding the most exclusive tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
SIIV (not to be confused with The Sieve) remains one of the few debating tournaments in the world that requires an invitation to attend.
The tournament this year will be hosted by Otago. The style is British Parliamentary and teams are pro-am.
This year the tournament will be the weekend of the 30th of September.
If you are lucky enough to be on the invite list we look forward to seeing you their.
If you have not received an invitation we are sorry but we have limited places and a long list of speakers who are eligible. However don't worry their is always next year.
For updates on Cantago's next big adventure please follow Otago's Facebook page
One of the hardest parts of debating is coming up with a fair and balanced motion.
That is why here at OUDS we have come up with a random motion generator.
Please find the Motion generator Here
This is pre-progamed with over 500 motions from the top international debating tournaments world wide. Just keep on clicking until you find a motion you want to debate.
This motion generator has been prepared with the kind assistance of the OUDS membership and has been reproduced here with their permission.
If you have any questions, or any motions you wish us to add to the generator please let us know.
Auckland Joynt Scroll 2017 is coming to a end today.
Otago however has plenty to celebrate. Both John BP and Courtney C have made it onto the prestigious Grand Final panel as Judges. This is on top of Emily Williams who also made it to the Semi-Finals as a Judge.
The full tab can be found here
We are looking forward to everyone storeys once the whole squad gets back.
For updates on Otago's next big adventure please follow our Facebook page
This weekend 4 teams from Otago will be competing in the Joynt Scroll prepared debating tournament.
This is the oldest inter-varsity sporting competition in New Zealand.
We wish all the participants the best of luck.
For updates on their antics please follow our Facebook page
The members representing Otago are as follows:
Otago 1: Joe Ascroft, Nick Robertson, Grace Belworthy
Otago 2: Connor Seddon, Kelly Stitley, Joe Garry
Otago 3: Matthew Moore, Savanna Gaskell, Josh MacKay
Otago 4: Matt Handford, Beth Clearwater, Caroline Moratti
Judges: Daniel Doughty Emily Williams John Brinslie Pirie
Member of Adj Core: Courtney Cunningham
Once again good luck
Yesterday Joe Ascroft and Emily Williams represented OUDS up in Wellington for the The New Zealand Initiative Next Generation Debates (NZI).
They argued the affirmative in favour of the motion that "millennials needs to get better with money in order to buy a house."
Sadly they lost to Victoria University of Wellington but certainly put up some stiff competition.
(Video credit: john Brinsley-Pirie)
Good luck to Joe Ascroft and Emily Williams who are representing the Otago University Debating Society at the NZ Initiative's semi-final on Tuesday August 15th 2017.
Sadly this event is in Wellington but we will be chairing you on from home.
If you happen to be in wellington and wish to attend you can find the event details here
We will also keep you updated on our Facebook page
We will be holding a series of development events across the course of second semester this year. Including seminars and workshops with guest speakers and a range of other events.
If you are at all interested please contact Dan Doughty or follow our Facebook page
OUDS had Joynt Scroll trials this afternoon. Firstly a big thank you must go to Courtney and Jamie for giving up their Saturday to help with the selection process. With 10 min speeches its not exactly a small task to pay attention to a whole debate.
The teams selected for 2017 are:
Otago 1: Grace B., Joe A., Nick R.
Otago 2: Kelly S., Joe G., Connor S.
Otago 3: Matthew M., Josh M., Savanna G.
Otago 4: Matt H., Caroline M., Beth F.
Judge selections will be announced at a later date