When the Family found the Home

(Introducing PARTY HOUSE HOME to Gavel) When a bunch of people do get a chance to hang around at a home, the first problem they have is, they do not have a common place to go; but when they fix this problem, it becomes the greatest comfort to the spectrum of their relationship. Nishedha Indraratne, simply Nish, who is the motivator behind the Gavel Executive Committee 2020/2021, broke the barrier and invited them to her Read more…

“The Wonderful, Elusive World of Speech Evaluation”: A Guide, by Yours Truly and seasoned UoC Gaveliers across the board

As someone who has watched, noted, and delivered many speech evaluations in her short life, let me tell you – it’s FUN. Not what you expected me to say, was it? But, then again, how many times has dear old Nish told you something “isn’t a big deal” when it could potentially be a big deal? I remember, in my day, how I roped in unsuspecting Gaveliers to do Table Topics Evaluations on a whim Read more…

Hail Hitler

Until the moment our VP-Ed, Nish, suggested that I write about my experiences as your ever-loving insufferable president, I was under the illusion that being the president of the Gavel Club of the University was the hardest thing I’ve ever undertaken. Then I realized that writing about being president is way more difficult. There were many ups, many downs, and a whole lot of twists and turns. Unfortunately, most of the stories of the past Read more…

Letters From Nish

Although this whole “ExCo writes articles” thing was my idea, it took me until the last possible moment, to sit down and type this. This is because there is so much to say and only so many words that I can put in this before your eyes glaze over. Buckle up, kids. This is going to be long. I’m not one for visual theatrics, so I’ll try to make up for it with my words. Read more…

Mother Knows Best

“The responsibilities of the Vice-president Membership role involve recruiting new members and retaining current club members.”  Sounds easy, right? For someone who is termed the “Momma” of the club, this didn’t sound like a big deal, but before I knew it, I was the admin of more than 10 WhatsApp groups, my contact list has grown double in size overnight, I had a file named ‘orientation’ in every folder and pen drive, more contacts of Read more…

It’s Not About PR.

“No two Executive Committees are the same, and the plans you make and the situations you go through are unique.”                                  – Kaumadi Jayaweera, circa 2020. First, I must tell you that in this article I will not dive into an immaculate account of my trials and tribulations of 12 months as a Vice President of Public Relations, or dish out the intricate details behind the mechanism with which the 19/20 ExCo of Gavel UoC Read more…

A Rare Talk from the Money Man

It was two years ago when I first attended a Gavel meeting. I didn’t know much about what Gavel was except that it was a public speaking club, and the very first day I realized that it was such a friendly and supportive place with really nice people. I loved the experience so much that I ended up being a member and was lucky enough to be the Junior Treasurer for the past term. I Read more…

What’s Wrong with Secretary T?

What are the most ubiquitous ideas that penetrate your mind after hearing the word “Secretary”? Let me take a guess: Boring. Silent. Letters. Reports. Submissions. True. Being a Secretary does not sound very enthralling or adventurous, and frankly, I cannot blame anyone for being under that impression. A Secretary does not move around very often and does not stand out that much. Before being appointed as the Secretary of the Gavel Club of the University Read more…

A Totally Random Chat with Our Sergeant-At-Arms

Hello there! It’s been a year since I became the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Gavel Club of the University of Colombo. Even though it’s been a year, I still feel like it was yesterday. I had a great deal of responsibility because of my position in the club, but I enjoyed every bit of it. I learned a lot by working along with other ExCo members, developed a lot of communication skills, especially when it comes Read more…