Edwin W. Lawrence, '01
Edwin Lawrence wanted a banquet to be held at the end of each debate season to celebrate the forensic experience. Every Spring we invite a few honored guests and all LDU parents to join us for a good time. A booklet about the year is prepared, seniors say good-bye, there is a minimum of oratory, and the various prizes for debate achievement may be distributed. Many of these prizes are accompanied by substantial cash awards. These awards are distributed based on service to the LDU and others on the team, and achievement in representing the LDU and UVM in analysis and performance. These awards are given out by a committee appointed by the coaches.
Robert Huber & Debaters of the 1960's
Intercollegiate debate at the University of Vermont began in 1899 when Edwin W. Lawrence '01 started the University of Vermont debate team. Throughout the early part of this century debate was a constant part of life at UVM. After the Second World War, a cohesive national level of debate competition began to take shape, and Vermont was an important force. Dr. Robert Huber came to UVM in the late 1940's, and throughout the 1950's and 1960's he led the Vermont debate team to national dominance, including national titles at all levels. During this time, Edwin W. Lawrence gave generously to the University to establish an endowment for the debate team and a professorial chair to teach forensics and work with the team -- which became the Lawrence Debate Union. The 1980's replaced the doldrums of the 1970's with a revitalized and successful debate team stressing education, competition, and service. Throughout the 1980's and 1990's UVM has been a consistent top national competitor. Since the award was created three out of the four East Region Debater of the Year awards have gone to UVM students. During this period UVM has national championships in Novice Debate and Public Debate, and has placed as high as Third in Varsity Debate and as high as Fifth in the National Sweepstakes race. This is doubly impressive because the vast majority of our opponent schools have extensive scholarship programs for talented high school debaters and a substantially larger budget, while UVM has students with little or no high school experience and very high travel costs. Success is possible through a community of students, staff, faculty, alumni volunteers, and friends.
475 Main Street - we call it Huber House (unofficial)
The LDU is an endowed, co-curricular program at the University of Vermont. It is directed by the Lawrence Professor of Forensics and coaches hired by the University.
Members of the LDU are UVM students enrolled in at least six hours of undergraduate study per semester and who are working toward a Bachelor's degree. Members are expected to attend meetings, participate meaningfully in one of the three LDU areas of emphasis, provide information to the coaching staff about academic schedules and standing, and follow through on voluntary verbal commitments.
The coaching staff is composed of debate experts who teach debate, explore issues, and coach students to win in competition and in life. They are overworked and underpaid.
The primary budget for the LDU is the income generated each year by the Lawrence Fund to Encourage and Develop Debating. It is our generous bequest from Mr. Lawrence, and as such, the LDU is responsible for the highest standards of good stewardship. It may or may not be completely spent in any given year, and unspent funds are rolled forward to the next year.
The LDU is also sponsored by the Student Government Association. A small sum of money each year is used to travel and to promote community debates For these purposes, the LDU elects a student as S.G.A. Coordinator each year, and these funds are spent as directed by the S.G.A.
Megan Johnson (Trinity)
Mariellen Jewers (Trinity)
Jocelyn McCann (Trinity)
Rae Lynn Schwartz
Elizabeth Yori (Trinity)
Jeff Cedarfield Alumni
Rachel Hewitt Friend
Jackie Massey Faculty
Annalei McGreevy Student-Coach
Terry McKnight Friend
Gordie Miller Student-Coach
Alfred Snider Faculty
Trond Jacobson Friend
Jackie Massey -- Gordie Miller
Annalei McGreevy -- Terry McKnight
Trond Jacobson -- Alfred "Tuna" Snider
FACES FROM THE PAST SEEN AT NATIONALS THIS YEAR
Ten past and present UVM coaches were at the 1999 CEDA Nationals
Left: Terry McKnight, Jackie Massey, Gordie Miller, Bill Shanahan [Fort Hays State] (standing); David Berube [South Carolina], Alfred Snider, John Meany [Claremont Colleges], Steve Woods [William Jewell College]
Right: Sam Nelson [Rochester], Jan Hovden [Central Oklahoma]
#2 Debate Program, 1998-99 CEDA East Sweepstakes
[pictured, students with awards from Cornell tournament]
East Region 1998-99 Debater of the Year
Rae Lynn Schwartz
#17 Varsity Debate Team in the USA
Sarah Snider & Helen Morgan
#1 Varsity Debate Team in the East
Justin Parmett & Rae Lynn Schwartz
1998-99 Academic All American Debate Team
1998-99 All American Debate Team
#1 Varsity Debater in the East Regional Championships
Top Critic, CEDA Nationals
#9 Novice Debate Team in the USA
Jordan Clark & DELETED
#3 Novice Debate Team in the East
Aaron Fishbone & Peter Winfield
563 times we competitively debated other colleges and universities on the topic:
RESOLVED: that the United States Federal Government should amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, through legislation, to create additional protections against racial and/or gender discrimination
563 2 hour UVM debates means:
1126 hours of UVM debating
67,560 minutes of UVM debating
46.9 days of UVM debating
563 debates with 26 minutes of UVM speeches means:
14,638 minutes of UVM speeches
243.9 hours of UVM speeches
10.16 days of UVM speeches
563 debates with 12 minutes of cross examination means:
6756 minutes of cross examination
112.6 hours of cross examination
4.7 days of cross examination
WE TRAVEL TO TOURNAMENTS
CEDA Summer Meeting, St. Louis
Univ. of South Carolina
Univ. of Richmond
University of Kentucky
Univ. Central Oklahoma
Wake Forest University
NCA Convention, Chicago
Univ. of Missouri at Kansas City
William Jewell College
Southern Illinois Univ.
Towson State Univ.
University of Vermont
New York City (8 times)
CEDA Nationals at SIU
Ken Barton, Thrifty Car Rental
Marty Chausse, UVM Travel
Andrea Comtois, Theatre Dept.
Bill Gill, Library
Andrew Hendrickson, A&S Computing
Karen McGregor, Adelphia Cable
Sam & Matthew Miller, North Country Landscaping
Joan Smith, A&S Dean
Martin Thaler, Theatre Dept.
Wes Wright, CIT
David Berube, Univ. of South Carolina
Sallie Chafer, Ziggurat Consulting
Nicholas Danigelis, Univ. of Vermont
Steve Dolley, Nuclear Control Institute
Andy Ellis, Burlington Free Press
Rosemarie Graham Giacin, Providence, RI
Maryscott Greenwood, US Embassy-Canada
Pierre Heidrich, J.B. Nutter & Co., Kansasa City
Lisa Heller, Univ. of Richmond
Sherry Hovden, Starr Farm Homes
Paul Kerr, Univ. of South Carolina
John Meany, Claremont Colleges
Chuck Morton, Attorney
Eric Nelson, US Air Force
Paula Skowron, Electronic Data Services
Cheryl Wilson, Southern New England Law School
Weekly television show on Burlington Channel 15, Wed. 12:30 PM, Thur. 10:30 PM, Sat. 1 PM. 188 different shows so far.
WORLD DEBATE INSTITUTE
Two week intensive summer debate program held for 17 summers. The largest summer educational program in the USA for college debaters, in 1998 had students from 35 states and 7 nations. 1999 program received grantr to sponsor 140 attendees from NYC
The internet's largest and most complete resource for debate related instructional, theoretical, organizational, and reference material. http://debate.uvm.edu/
EASTERN EVIDENCE DEBATE HANDBOOKS & CD-ROM
Instructional materials and argument handbooks for high school debaters.
THE VOICE OF EDWIN
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LAWRENCE DEBATE UNION WEB SITE
Find out about us, see pictures from the last 50 years, refer interested students to it. http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html
NEW YORK URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE
Working with 28 inner city high schools sponsoring debate teams.
Email listserv for American college policy debate, now with 1100 subscribers.