This weekend Otago had the honour of hosting SIIV with the assistance of Alice Sowry, who was kind enough to make the trip down to Dunedin and be our CA.
In addition we were able to edge out the competition and in a great grand final debate Factory A (Joe Ascroft and Joe Garry) were crowned the winners for 2017. Joe and Joe also managed to win Best Speaker and Best Otago Novice, respectively.
Congratulations also goes to Harrison Smith (Best Canterbury Novice) and Bridget Scott (best School Age Speaker).
This event shows the Cantago spirit still runs strong; we are already looking forward to SIIV 2018!
Last night OUDS healed its 2017 AGM. In what I must say was record time.
Firstly a big thank you must go to our outgoing president Joe A alongside all of the other outgoing members of the 2017 executive.
Secondly congratulations (or in some peoples opinion commiserations) to the 2018 executive
President : Connor Seddon
Vice president : Grace Belworthy
Secretary-treasurer: Keegan Burrow
Development officer: Emily Williams
Novice development officer : Joe Garry
Schools representative: Nick Robertson
Externals officer: Caroline Moratti
Equity officer: Selena Ballantyne
Women's portfolio: Emily Williams
As part of the AGM we also gave out the 2017 awards these went to:
Most promising speaker: Selena Ballantyne
Best adjudicator: Courtney Cunningham
Best speaker: Emily Williams
President's award for contribution to the executive: Keegan Burrow
Motupohue Medal for Service To Bluff Cup: Craig Stanton
For the full AGM records please look here
Also make sure to follow our Facebook page as we will be posting plenty of updates over the coming days for SIIV
Otago is doing amazingly well this year at Aus Wom*ns. We have broken a team (O1) as well as two judges.
The quarter finals have just finished and we are now weighting with bated breath to find out if Otago will make it through to the next round.
A link to a video of the debate can be found here
For further updates on Otago's success please follow our Facebook page
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