My dear readers,
Today I have to both thank you for following my posts and give you all a big HUZZAH, because our mini blog series has ended—just in time for all of the flyers for Thursday’s debate to go up. This Thursday night, at 8 pm in Healy 208 (the Philodemic Room), will be the first debate of the semester. We will be debating Resolved: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has done more harm than good. You now have 48 hours to digest all these posts, find yourself some business attire (Western or otherwise!), and find out where the Philodemic Room is. Oh, and spread the word! Tomorrow I may be posting some background on the debate, and some terms/ideas to play around with.
But here are a few tips for the rest of the semester for those of you who decide that you want to stick around with us. First of all, come to Martin’s! After the debates almost every week, a huge group of us go to Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin. Martin’s is the absolute best way to meet other members and non-members alike and really feel the Philodemic culture. Because, let’s be real, the Philodemic doesn’t just end after the debate. And, although nobody can physically drag you to come (or can they..?) And please do reach out—I have found some of my best friends in the Philodemic by starting small conversations at Martin’s or at other social events.
Second, some of you may want to go through the process for membership. There’s no formal application to become a member of the Society, but there are a few criteria. First, you must speak at least three times during the non-member speaking portion of debates. That means that at some point of the semester you too will gather the courage to take a stance on the resolution and share it with the Society. In between those speeches, you will also have to attend a Speaker’s Workshop, a mini Philodemic session that we use to improve our speaking styles. At that point, you will be assigned a mentor who will not only answer any questions you have about the Philodemic and probably take you out for coffee or brunch, but who will also be the person who helps you shape your keynote speech for your induction. Your mentor is the person who will vouch for you, listen to you, and give you advice on your speaking style. And, many times your mentor will become one of your favorite speakers and faces at Philodemic. Hopefully you decide to go through with this process and, if you do, I can promise it will be one of the best decisions you have made here.
Well, once again thank you and, as always,