22 January 2002

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, asnider@zoo.uvm.edu email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
The LDU meets every Monday night at 6 PM at 475 Main Street.

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.


STUDENTS BEGIN FUNDRAISING DRIVE FOR NATIONALS

With as many as seven teams strongly committed to attending CEDA Nationals in California in April, the LDU has begun a fundraising drive to fund the next three teams beyond the four teams already budgeted for. Current estimates indicate that it costs about $1000 to fly a team to LA for the four day debate tournament to end the 2001-2002 season.
Students will be carrying out a number of intiatives to achieve this goal, including supplemental funding request to SGA, private fundraising, appeals to current employers, and solicitation of friends and supporters. A suggestion to stage a $10 ticket "Naked Debate" was overwhelmingly rejected at the Monday meeting.


TRAVEL WITH THE LDU...

Northwestern University 2/2-4/2002
Cornell University 2/8-10/2002
Kansas University 2/15-17/2002
Marist College/East Champs 2/22-24/2002
Towson University/Novice & JV Nats 3/1-3/2002
National Debate Tournament, Missouri 3/22-25/2002
CEDA Nationals, California 4/5-8/2002


JUDGE VERMONT HIGH SCHOOL DEBATES!

South Burlington High School's successful debate team is coached by the LDU's Matt Sweeney and Meredith Parmett. They are asking all LDU members and supporters to consider judging at local high school tournaments. Email Tuna if you are interested.
-BHS tournament 16 February
-Vermont States 2 March Montpelier (Towson weekend)


PARTNER ROSTER

TEAMS
IN SEARCH OF PARTNER

FISHBONE-WILKERSON
MARTY-CAMPBELL
TREBILCOCK-LIMPREVIL
GERVAIS-PARMETT
LANGSWEIRDT-GREENMAN
GANA-COLE
BRUE-HILL
MURADIAN-MYERS
HELLMUTH-RICKER

EXPERIENCED:
EGIZI
HURLEY
MOSS
OWUSU
PAGAN

NOVICE:
GANER
KELLY
KLEIN
MASSEY
SOVEREL
VARELLA
VANDERKYL
WITNEY

 


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING...



MEETINGS AND EVENTS COMING UP....

WEDNESDAY 6PM - SEMINAR FOR BRAND NEW DEBATERS

NEGATIVE MEETING [BE THERE!] - FRIDAY 2 PM

PRACTICE DEBATES THIS WEEKEND
11 AM SATURDAY LANGSWEIRDT/GREENMAN-GANA/COLE
11 AM SATURDAY BRUE/HILL-TREBILCOCK/LIMPREVIL
11 AM SATURDAY JUDGES: EGIZI, GERVAIS, HOAG
2 PM SATURDAY MARTY/CAMPBELL-FISHBONE/WILKERSON WITH MASSEY

11 AM SUNDAY MASSEY/GRENIER-HELLMUTH/RICKER WITH MARTY

LDU 2001-2002 AWARDS BANQUET
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2002
PARENTS & FRIENDS - MAKE PLANS NOW!


RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

Aaron Fishbone is the research director.
Nuclear escalation: Fishbone; Movements ENW: Marty
ADA Scouting: Liberty, Catholic, George Mason, Mary Washington - Gana, Soverel, Marty, Witney


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

Vermont Community Access Media, Channel 15, Burlington - Wednesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10:30 PM, Saturday 1 PM
Also available at http://debate.uvm.edu/watchdiscussion.html

NEXT TAPING: SATURDAY OR SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2 OR 3, 1 PM - MEET AT OFFICE
Topics: Terror & rights, Abenaki rights, Intervention in Philippines, Televise terror trials
Panelists: Sign up next week



SQUAD MEETING
NEXT MONDAY 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

BE THERE TO ORGANIZE FOR THE SEMESTER KICK-OFF


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

278

243

53.3

       

TOTAL

278

243

53.3


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