| JILLIAN MARTY AND TERESA HILL | LANA LANGSWEIRDT AND CLAUDIA GRENMAN |
The day begins at 8 AM as eight teams are involved in four practice debates. The action is fast and furious. By 8:30 all four debates are intensely taking place in four different parts of the debate office. After the debates, a critique and a short business meeting students do research, prepare arguments, organize their files and share evidence and arguments with each other. After a brief lunch students are back in the offices continuing the morning activities. At 2 PM the debaters assemble for 30 minutes of speaking drills. At 2:30 PM negative argument drills begin. Students choose one of their major negative positions and are given a list of affirmative responses prepared by the coaches. They prepare to extend their position answering those arguments, and then give a 4-6 minute speech to a coach. After receiving criticism and suggestions the students make changes and give their speeches again. Some days at 4 PM there is a training session for the younger debaters. At 5 PM the day official ends, except that many students stay later or return to the offices after dinner for more work.
| SPEAKING DRILLS HELD EACH DAY |
| EX-CCV, NOW UVM STUDENT, SHAWN WILKERSON | VILASA CAMPBELL |
This was the schedule for December 27, 28, 39, 30 and 31. Major new argument positions and new affirmative cases were completed before these preparation days began, so there is a lot of new information to absorb.
| CASEY GERVAIS AND MEREDITH PARMETT |
"It has been a very easy preparation for the coaches," said Coach "Tuna" Snider. "The students just show up and do their work, they arrange their own speaking drills, and you practically have to kick them out of the office to make sure they get some play time and down time. The coaches were NOT in favor of 8 AM practice debates, but the students demanded it. There's just no understanding kids today."
| Abigail Trebilcock and Sheila Limprevil | Aaron Fishbone |
The group takes New Year's Day off and then departs early on the morning of January 2 for a two-day winter drive to Kansas City, where they will be attending two major debate tournaments. The original plan had been to fly but students wanted to drive so that more could attend. Because of this UVM will have the biggest contingent at the two tournaments, with eight teams.
|Aaron Fishbone, #1 UVM Debater | Meredith Parmett, Casey Gervais |
Twenty-six hour drive from Vermont to Kansas City. Six days of debating. Twenty-six hours driving back. A ten day trip, preceeded by five full days of work and preparation.
The finest college debate teams in America were in the Midwest for six brutal days of debating at William Jewell College (100+ teams) and the University of Missouri at Kansas City (90+ teams), and although UVM did not win any of the tournaments outright, the LDU did compile the best overall record and brought home the combined sweepstakes award. The award is given to the school whose top four teams have the best record at both tournaments. UVM had 39 wins, four ahead of Emory University with 35. At the first tournament Vermont was 4th in sweepstakes behind Northwestern, Emory and Rochester. But, after it was all over, UVM was alone at the top.
|Abigail Trebilcock, Sheila Limprevil | Jillian Marty, Vilasa Campbell, Jackie Massey |
Every LDU student (14) received an award on the trip, including Seniors Aaron Fishbone (13th speaker, 3rd speaker, 17th place team twice), Claudia Grenman (5th speaker, 5th place team, 9th place team), Casey Gervais (1st speaker, 6th speaker, 5th place team), Meredith Parmett (5th place team), Adam Gana (2nd place team) and Abigail Trebilcock (3rd speaker, 7th speaker, 5th place team, 5th place team). Juniors Shawn Wilkerson (17th place team twice), Anthony Pagan (4th speaker, 9th [place team), Vilasa Campbell (3rd place team), Lana Langsweirdt (8th speaker, 9th speaker, 5th place team, 9th place team) all won awards. Sophomores Brian Cole (2nd place team, 10th speaker), Teresa Hill (9th place team) and Jillian Marty (3rd place team) were also award winners, along with Frosh Sheila Limprevil (9th speaker, 5th place team, 5th place team).
Overall the squad was 68-45. Coaches included Jackie Massey, Greta Lockwood, Shane Egizi and Alfred Snider.
DEBATING COUPLE HAS HOLIDAY BABY
Cleopatra Jones and Jethro Hayman celebrated New Year's Day with the birth of their second son, as of yet without a name. Mom and baby are doing well. The new arrival joins other holiday children born on Valentine's Day and Independence Day. All babies were born at home.
ANDREA (LOOBY) AMICANGELO RELOCATES
"I just wanted to let everyone know that Jay officially accepted the position at Penn State Erie. We are starting to look for houses and we will probably be moving to Erie at the end of June! We are very excited to be back east."
EX-COACH BERUBE ANNOUNCES END TO POLICY DEBATE COACHING CAREER
"As some of you may or may not be aware, this is my least year coaching policy debating. There are a lot of reasons from ageism in debate to other opportunities and challenges. I am asking the Dean to hire a substitute and will advise a parley team if she refuses to replace me.
22 January 2002
THE ROAD TO 400 WINS
LDU GEARS UP FOR DASH TO SEASON'S END -- BUT STILL NEEDS HELP
COACHING CORNER: ALFRED C. "TUNA" SNIDER
The Lawrence Debate Union faces challenges and opportunities in the Spring semester. One opportunity is to follow up on the hot performance in the first semester that shot UVM to near the top of the national sweepstakes races. A strong performance could make a huge difference between finishing first in the nation and tenth in the nation. Another opportunity is to eclipse the record for total squad wins and perhaps reach the unimaginable 400 win total from the current mark of 278 wins. It was quite a "big deal" when the 300 barrier was shattered a few years ago, so 400 is an impressive figure. One challenge is to keep the edge on and the momentum going. Squad members have been very devout the last few months and that kind of intensity may be difficult to maintain. Another challenge is the clear improvement and hard work being put in by all of the schools we debate against, with lots of teams who are also committed to serious debate and defeating UVM.
A huge turnout of debaters means that there will be a full roster of debaters to take advantage of all of these situations. The second semester happens quickly and is all but over for most squad members after the beginning of March. New debaters have signed on, students who took the debate class have come into the fold, everyone from the current squad seems to be returning, so it will be a struggle to get everyone to all of the tournaments but it just simply must be done. I don't want to have to go to Nationals and leave seniors at home.
We look forward to the help, generosity, and good wishes of all our supporters. Tax deductible donations are always welcome. To those of you who have already contributed, thank you so much. Please contact me for details.
29 January 2002
LDU STUDENTS START NEW STATEWIDE TELEVISION PROGRAM FOR DEMOCRATIC PARTY
| Abigail Trebilcock (right) with former partner Marisa Kelly | Aaron Fishbone |
Under the sponsorship of the LDU Abigail Trebilcock and Aaron Fishbone will be planning, arranging and hosting a regular television program to be shown on all cable access stations in Vermont. The show will be taped on Wednesdays at the state house in Montpelier and will feature democratic lawmakers. The show was arranged through the cooperation of the LDU and UVM alumni John Tracy who now is a democratic leader in the state legislature.
Other UVM students will be helping with production and technical aspects. The program will pose issues and tough questions to lawmakers to attempt to help voters throughout the state understand the challenges facing Vermont and the democratic party's proposals.
Other political parties can contact the LDU if they are interested in similar arrangements.
LDU ELECTS 2002-3 OFFICERS
MARTY PRESIDENT, LANGSWEIRDT VICE PRESIDENT, LIMPREVIL TREASURER
| Jillian Marty | Lana Langsweirdt | Sheila Limprevil (right) with former treasurer Abigail Trebilcock (left) |
LDU elections for the 2002-3 year took place at the squad meeting so that new officers could be involved with the budget request for 2002-3 that will be submitted soon to the SGA. Usually LDU elections are calm affairs, but this year there were active races, speeches, and considerable deliberation by the team. Although Lana ran unopposed the races for president and treasurer were tight.
Congratulations and good luck.
5 February 2002
UVM DEBATE REMAINS HIGH IN NATIONAL DEBATE POLLS
Vermont debate remained firmly in the top ten as new sweepstakes rankings were released. The NDT sweeps had Vermont in sixth, while the CEDA sweeps had Vermont as eighth. Both represented a slight fall from earlier ranking of third. The LDU just finishes a few weeks off, and has three major point tournaments coming up. Coach Jackie Massey has been boldly predicting a move up the rankings for UVM as "our best tournaments are still ahead of us!" Coach Snider added, "As is our tradition, nothing is changing just because we are in a national sweepstakes race. Our goal remains the personal growth and development of our students, and we encourage them to enter higher divisions in order to gain skills even if lower division competition would net the team more sweeps points."
12 February 2002
BIG WINS AT CORNELL
| Team Photo | Seniors Casey Gervais & Abigail Trebilcock with some of the weekend's awards|
Second Place, Sweepstakes
3rd, 2nd, 3rd in three different divisions
Fishbone Top Speaker in Varsity
10 Students Win Speaker Awards
The Lawrence Debate Union sent ten teams to Cornell last weekend and won a lot of debates, won Second in Sweepstakes (and the trophy is huge), finishing highly in all divisions, but failed to win first place in any of the divisions, coming oh so close to competitive dominance. One person who was alone at the top was Aaron Fishbone, senior and research director, who was named the Top Speaker in the varsity division. Aaron received a standing ovation from the assembled crowd of competitors indicating the appreciation they have for his debating and contribution to the debate community.
In the varsity division Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson were 4-2 and finished Third, losing an elimination round debate to Rochester. Aaron was the Top Speaker and Shawn was tenth. Jillian Marty and Vilasa Campbell were 3-3, but both received speaker awards, with Vilasa ninth and Jillian fifth, especially impressive since they are junior varsity eligible.
In the junior varsity division Claudia Greenman and Edwin Owusu were 5-1 and top seed. Casey Gervais and Meredith Parmett were also 5-1. Sheila Limprevil and Abigail Trebilcock were 4-2. All three teams reached the quarterfinals and won their debates, advancing to the semifinals. In the semifinals Claudia and Edwin advanced over Casey and Meredith based on their slightly better record in preliminary debates, while Sheila and Abigail lost their semifinal to Binghamton. Binghamton then went on to defeat Claudia and Edwin in the finals. Thus, Sheila, Abigail, Casey, and Meredith finished Third in JV, Claudia and Edwin Second. In individual speaker awards Claudia was Second, Edwin Fourth, Abigail Sixth, and Casey Tenth.
In the novice division Brian Cole and Adam Gana were the only UVM team to reach the elimination rounds, but did so in style. After a 5-1 preliminary record, they win their octafinal debate and their quarterfinal debate before losing in the semifinals 2-1. Brian was the Third Speaker while Adam was Fifth. Other UVM teams had promising starts to their semester. Sky Ganer and Josh Grenier were 2-4, as were Jill Witney and Casey Massey. Jake Ricker and Julianne Hellmuth were 3-3. Special congratulations to Nikki Muradian and Carlos Varela where were 2-4 in Carlos' first debate tournament ever.
The team had a 35-25 prelim record and a 6-4 elim record for a total of 41-29.
Brian Cole and Nikki Muradian celebrated their birthday on Sunday.
|Birthdays for Brian Cole & Nikki Muradian |
19 February 2002
GOOD SHOWING IN KANSAS
Fishbone #7 Debater at Heart of America Tournament
UVM continued to represent with a strong showing on the national circuit at the prestigious "Heart of America" debate tournament this last weekend at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. For over 30 years this tournament has characterized national excellence in debating. The team of Shawn Wilkerson and Aaron Fishbone debated well at 4-3 and reached the elimination rounds before losing to Lewis & Clark College of Portland, OR. Far more impressive was Aaron Fishbone's achievement of being named the #7 debater in one of America's most difficult varsity debate tournaments. Second year debaters Jillian Marty and Vilasa Campbell were on the trip and scored a 2-5 record, an excellent preparation for them to compete for the East JV title this upcoming weekend at Marist College. Thus, the squad record was 6-9.
5 March 2002
VERMONT DEBATE ACHIEVES GOALS
LDU gets 400 wins for the first time ever - 414 is a new record
Fishbone & Wilkerson win bid to the National Debate Tournament
East Regionals: Third in both divisions
Cole & Gana: #2 Novice team in America
Gervais & Parmett: #9 JV team in America
7 out of 10 LDU teams reach elimination rounds at Towson
Charles Hoag wins judging award, keeps UVM's streak live
| Brian Cole & Adam Gana | Shawn Wilkerson & Aaron Fishbone |
Things all seem to happen at once. The last two weeks have been that way for Vermont Debate. CEDA East Regionals saw considerable Vermont success, Novice & JV Nationals did as well, but also the team racked up win #400 for the first time in history and Vermont got a bid to the NDT.
At CEDA East Regionals, held at Marist College and hosted by LDU alum Maxwell Schnurer, UVM did well in both divisions offered. In JV all four UVM teams reached the elimination rounds after posting good records in prelims (Vilasa Campbell & Jillian Marty 5-1, Casey Gervais & Meredith Parmett 5-1, Edwin Owusu & Anthony Pagan 4-2, and Lana Langsweirdt & Claudia Greenman 4-2. Pagan and Owusu defeated Pace 2-1 to advanced to semifinals, where they lost a 2-1 decision to Cornell. Top seed Campbell & Marty lost a disputed 2-1 decision to Cornell. Gervais & Parmett advanced over teammates Langsweirdt & Greenman by virtue of a superior record, but then lost to, you guessed it, Cornell in the semifinals. Thus, UVM took Third JV team in the East twice. In JV speaker awards Jillian Marty was 3rd, Vilasa Campbell was 7th, and Claudia Greenman was 8th. In the Novice division the team of Brian Cole & Adam Gana were 4-2 in prelims. In the quarterfinals they defeated Marist College 3-0, then then lost to Rochester in the semifinals 2-1, thus becoming the 3rd Novice team in the East. Brian Cole was the 4th speaker, Teresa Hill was the 6th speaker, and Adam Gana was the 9th speaker. Sky Ganer & Josh Grenier were 3-3, Julianne Hellmuth & Jake Ricker were 2-4, as were Amy Myers & Nikki Muradian and Jill Witney & Teresa Hill. While the teams had finished well, there was a feeling that it wasn't good enough. But, a lot of wins had been added as the LDU went 34-27.
The most difficult part of the weekend was the fact that Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson failed to quality for the NDT at the qualifier for varsity teams held at Marist. More on this later.
The squad returned from East Regionals early Monday morning, and with a departure for Novice and JV Nationals at Towson in Baltimore scheduled for Thursday, it was such a busy week the newsletter did not appear.
| Cozy arrangements at Sallie Chafer's house | Carlos Varella & Jill Witney prepare |
The trip to Towson takes place every year, and once again it began with a stop on Thursday night at the home of strong LDU supporter Sallie Chafer. Sallie let us use her home even though she was out of town with a seriously ill relative, which was greatly appreciated. The team awoke on Friday morning for some last minute preparation before heading into Towson and the first round, held at 3 PM last Friday.
| Meredith Parmett & Casey Gervais | Adam Gana gets some coaching from Jackie Massey |
This large tournament features the best JV and Novice teams from all over the nation as they compete for the JV and Novice national title. The preliminary debates were very well, with seven of UVM's ten teams qualifying for the elimination rounds. In the JV division Marty & Campbell as well as Gervais & Parmett finished with 5-2 records, while Lana Langsweirdt & Claudia Greenman were 4-3. Marty & Campbell as well as Langsweirdt & Greenman lost in their first elimination. Gervais and Parmett lost in the second elimination round to finish as the #9 JV debate team in America. Greenman was the #14 speaker and Gervais was #20. In the novice division four UVM teams reached the elimination rounds. Gana & Cole were 5-2 along with Marget Brue & Teresa Hill, while Jake Ricker & Julianne Hellmuth as well as Jill Witney & Carlos Varella were 4-3. It was a special treat for these last two teams, who had to buckle down and win their last debates in order to reach the elimination rounds, which they did. Jake & Julianne eliminated two Rochester teams on the way. Both 5-2 teams survived the first elimination round while the two 4-3 teams did not. In the octafinals Brue & Hill barely lost, to finish as the #9 Novice debate team in America. Cole and Gana won their octafinal 3-0 easily, and then managed to win a close 2-1 decision over Rochester in the quarterfinals. They defeated University of Central Oklahoma 2-1 in the semifinals to reach the final round, where they narrowly lost 2-1 to Liberty, finishing as the #2 Novice debate team in America. In speaker awards Gana was 5th, Cole 6th, and Hill 22nd.
During all of this the wins kept piling up and the LDU kept getting closer and closer to 400 wins, a total never reached by Vermont debate before. As the last preliminary debate was ending the squad stood at 399 with one decision left, which was late in coming. Then, the report came in, and Marget Brue & Teresa Hill brought home that historic 400th win.
Suddenly on elimination day, as the novice final was about to start, word came that the NDT Committee had named Fishbone & Wilkerson to be invited to attend the National Debate Tournament based on their year-long record. Shawn & Aaron had been coaching all weekend and were already on the way home with groups of students, but mobile phone use informed them that their season will be one tournament longer. This was very gratifying after a year of very hard work.
One more important honor from the weekend -- Charles Hoag won the judging excellence award based on the votes of the student debaters. This was important because it made four years in a row that the winner of this award has been either a UVM judge or alum, with Justin Parmett, Maxwell Schnurer, and Lisa Heller as previous recipients.
So now you can see why the newsletter missed a week. We have been busy.
12 March 2002
JACKIE MASSEY ANNOUNCES DECISION TO LEAVE VERMONT DEBATE
"It will take at least two people to replace him," Tuna
Debaters and staff sad, but support his reasons
| With Coach of the Year Award, 2001 | Coaching Helen Morgan '00 before round in 2000 |
| Jackie models LDU hoodie | Jackie led many expeditions down to NYC to judge at NYUDL tournaments |
Everyone involved in the Lawrence Debate Union knows that Jackie Massey has been the heart and the soul of the squad for the last four years. He has been to more tournaments, judged more debates, done more research, done more pre-round coaching, and lifted more spirits than anyone else on the team. While the mutual admiration between the LDU and Jackie continues at a high level, Jackie has announced that he will be leaving the LDU and UVM at the end of this year.
Jackie indicated that he strongly feels the need to be much closer to his daughter in Texas and also feels the call to study law and begin to apply some of his strong beliefs and extensive skills in ways that can lead to individual and societal change.
Jackie has had an amazing coaching career. Before arriving at UVM he coached at Eastern New Mexico, and brought that previously unknown school into national prominence with strong showings at CEDA Nationals and the National Debate Tournament. Since coming to UVM his hard work, creative sense of argument, and soft heart have strengthened UVM debate. In 1999 UVM reached the elimination rounds at CEDA Nationals, in 2000 they reached the elimination rounds at both CEDA Nationals and the NDT, and in 2001 again at CEDA Nationals. This year the squad has set new records for wins and total debates, and has been riding high in the national sweepstakes race. While these results have clearly been a team effort by students and coaches, few would deny that Jackie is the one in the vanguard.
LDU fellow coach Snider was lavish in his praise of Jackie. "I have been continuously impressed by his dedication and determination over the last four years. He has set high standards for our students and has also exhibited them as a role model. Jackie has inspired our students to view their debate arguments as an opportunity for advocacy of ideas and causes they believe in, and has thus given them skills they will use throughout their lives as they make a difference wherever they go. It will take at least two people to replace him."
Everyone wishes Jackie the best of luck and the team hopes to send Jackie off with a competitive flourish at both upcoming national tournaments. Upcoming issues of this newsletter will feature comments from students about working with Jackie. Alums are invited to send in their comments and memories. Jackie's position as a lecturer will be filled this Spring after an extensive search in which students will be directly involved.
19 March 2002
SPRING BREAK AT HUBER HOUSE
Students sacrifice Spring Break for debate preparation
Early AM practice debates, long strategy meetings
| Intensity marks the sessions | Jillian Marty makes her point |
With two tournaments left in what is already the winningest season in the history of Vermont debate, Spring Break has become a focus of hard work and preparation. Breaking stereotypes about college students and defying the call of warmer temperatures and creature comforts, over a dozen UVM debaters have given over their vacation time to prepare for two national tournaments -- the National Debate Tournament to be held in Springfield, MO, and the Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals to be held in southern California.
Coach Snider used this as an opportunity to refute comments made in the local media and by political critics of UVM students. "As we work during the days of Spring Break we challenge the uninformed and ridiculous stereotype some people have of UVM students. These students are diligent, intellectual, and not afraid of putting in the hard work needed to succeed. We didn't get to be a top ten debate school by taking it easy and riding on our laurels. UVM's critics need to see the kinds of things going on in Huber House before they go throwing around insults towards UVM students. I don't just see it during Spring Break, I see it all the time in our students. They are the best and the brightest."
| Anthony Pagan works on his files | Casey Gervais explains her argument |
Each work day includes practice debates, research sessions, argument strategy discussions, and smaller committee meetings as students prepare for every possible argument opposition teams might make against UVM's positions on both sides of the current resolution about federal control of Native American affairs. The emphasis was put on strategy and argument anticipation by coach Jackie Massey with decreased emphasis on new research. Of course, new evidence is always being found and processed, but now it is done for specific arguments and extensions. Each day's long argument strategy meeting involves exploring one negative positions completely and thoroughly, examining all possible affirmative answers and crafting responses. Special attention is being given for how debaters can establish a framework for the decision for the judge. An entire day is being set aside for the consideration and use of alternative forms of proof, including poetry, narratives, music, rap, and dance. Long a feature of UVM's attempt to broaden the scope of standard debate, these forms of proof will receive substantial treatment. The committee working on these issues is pouring over texts about literary criticism, social impact of narratives and music, and other issues about how various forms of discourse can be used in disputational discussions.
| Claudia Greenman and Sheila Limprevil discuss strategy | Teresa Hill and Jill Witney during a practice debate |
This is the last prep session for Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson before they leave on Thursday for the NDT. The larger group leaves for CEDA Nationals in California on April 4th.
The teams attending both nationals expressed that thanks at the beginning of the preparation week to alums and donors who have made these trips possible. Without donations from so many, the contingent of UVM students would be much smaller and some seniors would have to stay home.
2 April 2002
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME...
Vermont debate heads into end of season...
Seven teams attend CEDA Nationals in California...
National standings on the line...
The final tournament of the 2001-2002 debate season looms the weekend after next. Because of healthy donations from supporters, UVM will be sending the largest contingent of any school to the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship to be held at the University of California at Fullerton, and which will be attended by over 220 two person debate teams. The size of the tournament is up substantially from previous years, which has changed the schedule of the tournament. The LDU had scored very inexpensive group fare tickets to the West Coast, but now with the schedule change they will be arriving on Thursday evening and then debating right away the next morning, not the kind of start we would want but unavoidable at this point.
Students attending include seniors Aaron Fishbone, Shawn Wilkerson, Charles Hoag, Casey Gervais, Abigail Trebilcock, and Claudia Greenman. Also on the trip will be Anthony Pagan, Lana Langsweirdt, Edwin Owusu, Sheila Limprevil, Jillian Marty, Brian Cole, Jill Witney, and Teresa Hill. Jackie Massey will lead the coaching crew along with Alfred Snider and outside judging-coaching assistance from longtime friends of the program Eric Marlow and Regina Paulose. Justin Green, formerly of Wake Forest and Kansas State, will also be there to lend a helping hand.
BE AT THE DEBATE OFFICE AT THURSDAY 9 AM TO PACK AND GET READY!
VEHICLES FOR THE AIRPORT DEPART AT 9:45 AM!
REMEMBER, ONLY TWO PIECES PER PERSON, MUST HAVE PICTURE ID!
RIDES TO THE AIRPORT PROVIDED BY JILL'S TRUCK, NIKKI'S CAR, AND A FRIEND OF TERESA'S VAN.
16 April 2002
UVM DEBATE - #9 IN THE NATION FOR 2001-02 SEASON
SOLID NATIONALS PERFORMANCE HOLDS PLACE IN TOP TEN
NEW TEAM SEASON RECORDS - 438 WINS, 831 DEBATES
TWO UVM DEBATERS NAMED "ALL AMERICANS"
FISHBONE & WILKERSON MAKE ELIMS AT NATIONALS
UVM COACH WINS DEBATE SERVICE AWARD
JACKIE MASSEY'S DECISION IN THE FINAL ROUND ENDS THE SEASON
| Jackie Massey, coach, and Jillian Marty, president, hold national awards |
The 2001-2002 season came to a competitive close at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament held at California State University Fullerton. UVM kept its top ten standing to close at the year at #9 [see details below].
The LDU set new team season records for most wins (438) and most debates (831).
Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson were both named to CEDA's All American Debate team. This was the second such award for each, having been named All Americans in the 2000-2001 season. Then two were also 5-3 in the preliminary debates, but lost a difficult decision to Emporia State in the elimination rounds. The team got an enthusiastic round of applause from the debaters and coaches at the awards assembly.
Other teams, with considerably less experience, posted strong results. Jillian Mary and Sheila Limprevil were 4-4, Casey Gervais and Anthony Pagan were 4-4, and Claudia Greenman and Lana Langsweirdt were also 4-4. Brian Cole and Edwin Owusu were 2-6 as were Teresa Hill and Jill Witney. Abigail Trebilcock had been debating on a hybrid team with California State University at Long Beach's Nader Haddad and were 2-2 after the first day when Nader had to withdraw because of illness.
Jackie Massey had been selected to represent the East region as judge for the Final Round. The debate took place between Fort Hays State University (KS) and Michigan State University. The decision was 5-4 for Fort Hays with Jackie in the majority. It was an amazing debate, and a video will soon be available at the Debate Central website. Jackie was the last to give his decision.
The LDU also delivered a live webcast of the final round debate which was a new high in debate technology. Viewers reported excellent audio and good video from the webcast. Thanks to Wesley Wright for his help in this project.
UVM Coach Snider received the Don Brownlee Award for service to debate. His ability to inspire debaters to become coaches was noted. He was clearly embarrassed when the chant of "Tuna Tuna" accompanied his clasping of the award.
The tournament was also a good place to chat with candidates for the UVM faculty position being vacated by Jackie Massey. Several excellent candidates had a chance to meet with LDU staff and students during the tournament.
In summarizing the year, coach Jackie Massey remarked, "We did so well, and we never really compromised ourselves in our argument selection. We never sold out." Coach Snider saw it a bit differently, "As the season went on, the students became more and more committed to their own arguments and positions as a form of personal advocacy. The nice part is that by the end of the season each debater had developed their own major positions, and no two teams did the same thing."
UVM NINTH IN NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES RACE!
"LOOK WHO WE'RE AHEAD OF!"
NDT sweepstakes can be found at http://www.whitman.edu/offices_departments/rhetoric/ndt/00zoverall.htm
CEDA sweepstakes can be found at http://esc.wichita.edu/ceda/ceda0102.htm
1. University of Rochester 557
2. Northwestern University 555
3. Michigan State University 538
4. Emory University 533
5. Liberty University 520
6. University of California-Berkeley 488
7. Whitman College 479
8. Dartmouth College 447
9. University of Vermont 447
10. Mary Washington College 429
11. Catholic University (The) 417
12. University of Southern California 399
13. Emporia State University 395
14. Fort Hays State University 393
15. Wake Forest University 392
16. West Georgia State University 378
17. University of Michigan 374
18. Harvard University 372
19. University of Pittsburgh 370
20. Chico State-CSU 369
21. New York University 369
22. Wayne State University 368
23. Fullerton-CSU 359
24. University of North Texas 357
25. University of Texas-Austin 355
26. Gonzaga University 354
27. Cornell University 350
28. West Virginia University 347
29. Arizona State University 320
30. Weber State University 320
NOTABLE OTHERS IN THE TOP 100
33. Boston College 303
34. University of Kansas 296
35. University of South Carolina 295
40. University of Georgia 280
47. University of Kentucky 262
56. University of Iowa 233
57. University of Oregon 232
60. George Washington University 225
61. Southwest Texas State University 225
62. U.S. Naval Academy 225
67. University of Louisville 208
76. University of Florida 180
81. Georgetown University 149
88. MIT 100
93. Stanford University 75
1 Michigan State EC
2 Rochester E
3 Northwestern NC
4 Emory SE
5 Whitman NW
6 Berkeley W
7 Liberty E
8 Dartmouth E
9 Vermont E
10 Southern California SCA
11 Catholic E
12 Wayne State EC
13 Army E
14 Fort Hays MA
15 CSUChico W
16 West Georgia SE
17 Mary Washington E
18 Gonzaga NW
19 New York E
20 CSUFullerton SCA
21 Wake Forest SE
22 Arizona State SCA
23 Pittsburgh E
24 North Texas SC
25 Harvard E
26 Michigan EC
27 Vanderbilt SEC
28 Emporia State MA
29 Texas SC
30 Boston College E
Notable others from the top 100
33 Kansas MA
36 Cornell E
38 Kentucky SEC
42 West Virginia EC
56 Pace E
57 Alabama SEC
59 South Carolina SE
60 Georgia SE
65 Chicago NC
67 Iowa NC
69 Baylor SC
71 Oregon NW
72 Columbia E
77 George Washington E
83 Florida SE
85 Claremont SCA
86 Navy E
87 Georgetown E
91 Richmond E
94 Missouri MA
99 Florida State SE
100 Loyola Chicago NC
UVM DEBATE TO ATTEND SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SPANISH LANGUAGE DEBATE TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD IN PUERTO RICO IN MAY
Last year UVM entered the only team from the USA to attend the Torneo Hispanoamericano de Debate held at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. This year the UVM team has been invited back, and UVM coach Snider has been invited to present a workshop on judging and assist with the management of the tournament. The tournament will be held at Universidad Interamericano in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 6-11, 2002. Last year's event was truly groundbreaking, as for the first time UVM students debated in a second language at an international tournament, to the acclaim of the Spanish speaking teams who were deeply impressed by Americans who understood that to be truly international debate must occur in a variety of languages. "They are so used to Americans demanding that all debates be in English that they were impressed by our willingness to put ourselves at risk in a second language. The team performed well, receiving several standing ovations during the competition," said coach Snider. "This year, we hope to do even better."
Retiring UVM coach Jackie Massey will be attending the tournament. Friend of UVM debate and famous Spanish language debate coach Rodrigo Rojas of Universidad Diego Portales, now pursuing a Fulbright at New York University, has agreed to help coach the team before the tournament.
23 April 2002
END OF YEAR BANQUET CELEBRATES ACHIEVEMENTS
ALL WELCOME - PLEASE RESERVE A SPOT NOW!
5:30 PM SATURDAY 4/27 WATERMAN MANOR, UVM
| Join us on the Waterman Manor Porch (scene from 2000) | Hugs in 1999 |
|Tasty meal by banquet standards | Awards will be on display |
The official activities of the Lawrence Debate Union come to a conclusion this Saturday evening in a celebration. The 2002 LDU Banquet will be held at the Waterman Manor, atop the Waterman Administration building, which overlooks Lake Champlain and downtown Burlington. Saturday, April 27, the festivities will have doors opemn at 5:30 PM, and people are oinvited to gather on the porch (or indoors of the weather is unfriendly) for fellowship and mutual introduction of friends and family. Sometime between 6 PM and 6:15 we will be open the food line for a buddet style meal. The salads will include delixe Greek and Mozarella, tomato and basil. The main course are cranberry Dijon chicken and baked ziti. There will be a variety of cheesecakes for desert. After cheesecake begins to vanish the formal part of the program will begin. The program will include: greetings, thank yous, special awards presentations, student awards presentations, senior speeches, and then farewell.
An event which is long on celebration and short on boring speeches, the event does feature short farewell speeches by those leaving their status as undergraduate students at UVM. This year's list includes a dazzling array of student talent in Aaron Fishbone, Casey Gervais, Claudia Greenman, Adam Gana, Charles Hoag, Jake Ricker, Matthew Sweeney, and Abigail Trebilcock.
The cash prizes come from three endowments left by Edwin Lawrence which now provide over $7000 in prizes each year.
The event will also feature a program book covering all of the triumphs and tribulations of a record-breaking debate season.
If you are reading this you are invited! Contact Tuna at 802-238-8345 if you would like to join us. Debaters and staff are free and guests are $20 each.
Lana Langsweirdt and Charles Hoag will be your hosts at the event. Brian Cole and Aaron Fishbone will be providing the display of awards. Tuna will construct the booklet.
4/20 PUBLIC DEBATE A SUCCESS
LDU students staged a very topical public debate last week on the question, "Do current marijuana laws justify civil disobedience?" President Jillian Marty presided. Matt Sweeney, Teresa Hill, Adam Gana, and Meredith Parmett were the debaters. The event was of considerable importance in that it directly addressed the issue of the "4/20" demonstrations and the issues surrounding them, something that was absent in much pof the rest of the weekend events at UVM. A good crowd showed up ands the discussion was spirited. Jill Witney made a digital video of the debate that will be available for viewing soon.