18 January 2005

News from Vermont Debate AKA The Voice of Edwin is the weekly newsletter of the Edwin Lawrence Debate Union at the University of Vermont, an endowed co-curricular program which trains students in debating and sponsors national competition and community events. The newsletter is published every Tuesday during the school year and infrequently at other times. Alfred C. Snider is the Director. 802-656-0097 voice, 802-238-8345 mobile, 802-656-4275 fax, alfred.snider@uvm.edu email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.

NEW YEAR, SAME LDU STORY
Prep week and then a Texas adventure

The LDU continued its holiday tradition as debaters returned to Huber House after Christmas to engage in extensive preparation for a swing of tournaments in early January. This time the squad was bound, as last year, for two tournaments in Texas, at the University of North Texas and at the University of Texas at Dallas. The teams were a mix and match affair of people who were willing to give up extensive portions of their holiday for debate. They included the teams of Nick Landsman-Roos and Leslie Keller, Emily Sanders and Brady Fletcher, Jason Hitchcock and Julia Benjamin, along with Shane Clark and Chase Whiting. They are a very young group, with only Nick being of varsity status, only Jason and Emily having junior varsity status, and the rest are enthusiastic novices.
The preparation period was remarkable. Largely handled by Helen and Justin Morgan Parmett, the prep week was characterized by high levels of debate commitment and productivity. Starting and 9 AM and supposedly going until 5 PM each day, almost all of the debaters stayed far later and many until the early hours of the morning. Helen and Justin indicated that this was the hardest working swing prep period in their memory, which is fairly long. LDU regulars Jillian Marty (now on a PhD fellowship at the University of Alabama) and Gordie Miller (now coaching at the University of Rochester) also dropped in. Jillian led speaking drills and judged practice debates.
On January 3 bright and early the crew set off for Texas. A 5:30 AM flight meant early rising. Everyone was at Huber House on time and ready to go. The service quality of USAirways almost led the group to being late, but the connections were made. The first six people arrived in Dallas on time and our new best friend, David Register of North texas, was there to meet the group. He brought everyone out to Denton (about 30 miles from Dallas) and we moved into the Radisson Denton, a hotel the likes of which the LDU very rarely gets to visit. This time, however, the rates were only $65 per room and we got one room free. As coach Snider was tabbing both tournaments the hospitality was even higher than normal. In return for tabbing the tournaments, both tournaments waived fees and helped cover judging, and North Texas threw in a free hotel room and David Register and a 15-passenger van to haul the LDU around for both tournaments. Snider estimated that this saved the LDU at least $1300 for the trip. Nick arrived later, as did Julia, and Register picked them up at the airport. Nick lost one tub of evidence, but it founds its way to him a few days later. Alumnae Sarah Snider, now the director of the DC Urban Debate League, came in to coach along with her father.
At North Texas three teams entered in varsity and one in junior varsity. Nick and Leslie were 3-3 and missed clearing on points, a remarkable achievement given that Leslie was only at her fourth debate tournament ever. Other varsity teams had tough sledding as Emily and Brady as well as Julia and Jason went 1-5. Shane and Chase were in JV and were 3-3, missing clearing by .5 speaker points. Shane Clark was named the #7 speaker in the jv division. The tournament had fantastic food and hospitality, and big fun parties in the evenings, although the LDU was its usual low key self when it came to nighttime parties.
Between tournament there was an off day and instead of playing or sightseeing, the crew went to work, took research assignments, and produced over 370 pages of new briefs. The move was on to Dallas for the next tournament.
In Dallas the crew moved into the hyper-swank Regency Crown Suites, where gigantic suite rooms were only $60 per night. The tournament started up with teams in some different divisions. Nick and Leslie stayed in varsity as did Emily and Brady, while Jason and Julia and Shane and Chase were in JV. The results were somewhat the same. Nick and Leslie lost their break round to finish 3-4, Emily and Brady improved to 2-5, while both JV teams finished at 2-4. Jason was sick during one round (Julia won debating by her self) but Jason rallied to finish the tournament.
The LDU folks watched the varsity elimination rounds on the last day, learning and getting evidence citations every step of the way. The flight back the next day was harrowing, as the shuttle arrived late at the airport and the crew had to fly two legs of the trip on stand-by (and succeeded) and arrived in Burlington on time.
The wins and losses could have been better, but the trip was judged to be a big success. Everyone had entered up into a higher division to gain experience and skills for the second semester, and all could see considerable growth and development during prep and the tournaments. It wasn't like those two years in Kansas City when the LDU won the squad sweepstakes two years in a row, but it was a great start for what should be a very successful second semester.
Special thanks to David Register, Brian Lain, Chris Burk, Scott Herndon and Sarah Snider for all of their help during our Texas adventure.


LDU CASH CRUNCH -- A POVERTY OF WEALTH

Because the LDU has its biggest team in years (a good thing) and because we are being forced to pay 38% benefits for part-time coaching, this looks like a tight budget year for the LDU. Plans are afoot to deal with this and include:
--Economy on trips, look for limited housing luxury and more crowding.
--Not all flying trips hoped for will be made.
--Office and related expenses will be examined and cut whenever possible. No equipment purchases this year.
Fundraising efforts will include:
--A new alumni outreach program spearheaded by Aaron Fishbone, Chuck Morton has already chipped in with ideas and enthusiasm. Look for this initiative very soon.
--An award for the most outstanding and supportive alum. Chuck Morton has offered to fly the winner of this award to Burlington to attend the banquet at the end of the year.
--Fundraising request from alumni, specifically asking them to buy one air ticket for a student to attend CEDA Nationals in San Francisco. Personal emails will be going out soon.
--Extra funding request to SGA.
--Offering LDU items (Flashpoint DVDs, etc.) to alumni in exchange for donations. Watch for these offers soon.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

Wendy O'Connor, wendpsyd@stanford.edu:
"While packing to visit Vermont for Christmas, I began to think about the LDU and decided to read the latest newsletters to catch myself up! As I looked at old pictures, I became nostalgic remembering the good times I had in Vermont, and on the debate team. I sit here, in my home outside of San Francisco wondering where the years have gone. I am now halfway through my second year of graduate school at Stanford, and will (if all goes as planned) graduate with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the spring of
2008. I miss you all, and hope everyone is happy and healthy wherever you may be! Contact me if you can! wendpsyd@stanford.edu. I hope, Tuna, to drop in this weekend, perhaps on Friday and see if you're around. I think often about the incredible experience I had under your leadership and thank you for all of those memories."


SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO
10/2 Buffalo 47-40
10/16 Rochester 37-42
10/30 Harvard 2-6
10/30 West Point 34-35
11/6 Oklahoma 2-4

11/20 Wake Forest 3-5
12/4 U Mass 16-8
1/4-6 North Texas 8-16
1/8-10 Texas at Dallas 9-17

1/29 Cornell
2/5 Northwestern
2/12 Binghamton
2/26 CEDA East/District 8 (Vermont)
3/5 JV/Novice Nats at Georgetown
3/19 CEDA Nats at San Francisco State
4/? NDT Nats at Gonzaga, Spokane, Washington

FLASHPOINT TELEVISION -- NOW WITH OVER 297 DIFFERENT PROGRAMS!
Watch Flashpoint from your computer screen whenever you want! You will need RealPlayer installed on your computer to become a part of our growing audience. Here are some recent programs now available at http://debate.uvm.edu/flashpoint.html. Watch on Burlington Channel 15 Wednesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10 PM, Saturday 1 PM.
PROGRAM #300 IS COMING! The goal for taping is February 19, 2005.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

NOVICE RECRUITMENT: Meeting next Monday at 5 PM. Chse, brady, Megan, Emily will be there.
NOVICE RECRUITMENT POSTERS: Put up early and then again on Friday & Saturday.
ASSIGNMENTS: Waterman Chris, Billings Jacqui, Lafayette Emily, Library & sign board Matt, Williams Sheila, Aiken Karen, Bookstore Matt, CWP Jason, WDW Megan, Simpson Nick, LL Megan, MAT Jacqui, Harris Millis Chase.

NEW SEMESTER, NEW PARTNERSHIPS! All partnerships are dissolved until you tell us you will continue with your old partner or you find a new one. Hurry, supplies of good partners are extensive but limited!

The LDU has committed to a major initiative to begin debate programs in middle schools all over Vermont. Stay tuned for this organized and state wide affair.

WORK STUDY: Each employee will be reviewed at the end of the semester for reappointment.

A trip to NYC to judge at an NYUDL tournament was brought up by Sheila. She will coordinate. Dates possible are 2/19, 3/5, 5/7.

CEDA NATIONALS: The following have requested to attend and stay over in California: Andrea, Julia, Emily, Megan, Stephanie, Edwin, Leslie, Shane, Brady, Chase, Matt, Jason, Jake. The following have requested to attend and return right after the tournament: Tarik, Nick. NOT EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO GO UNLESS WE RAISE MORE MONEY SOON!

LDU 2005 Sweatshirts - Charlie Hoag will have info soon about costs and colors. Designs have been decided and will be disclosed later when the final versions go in to be printed. Estimated cost: between $20 and $25.



SKILLS/THEORY TRAINING -- ALL SHOULD ATTEND THESE WEEKLY EVENTS
FRIDAY 5 PM -- COUNTERPLAN THEORY AND PRACTICE

NOVICE RECRUITMENT MEETING -- MONDAY 1/24 5 PM. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE IS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 140 139  
NORTH TEXAS 8 16  
TEXAS AT DALLAS 9 17  
2004-2005 RECORD 157 172  47.7%
2003-2004 RECORD 315 374  45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD 334 384 46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!