25 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.

ON TO CORNELL
LARGE GROUP KICKS OFF SPRING SEMESTER


|Nick, Mike, Mimi and Emily at Cornell last year |

It isn't anything like spring in Burlington, Vermont, but the LDU is gearing up for another big semester. After a weekend with lows down to -19F and highs never getting into positive numbers the energy is running high at Huber House as the LDU prepares to kick it off at Cornell.
The Cornell tournament symbolizes the LDU's approach to competition in the second half of this year -- debate in higher divisions to prepare for the last two tournaments of the year, novice and JV nationals at Georgetown and CEDA nationals in San Francisco. For example, at Cornell all returning novice debaters will be entered in JV, all JV debaters will be entered in open, and both novice teams attending are brand new recruits going to their first debate tournament. The tournament also represents new cost cutting measures, with many of the teams women staying with Cornell female debaters, many bunking at Cornell director Jethro Hayman's house, and the rest crammed six to a hotel room at the traditional Ithaca housing spot, the Wonderland Motel. Director Snider will be tabbing the tournament in exchange for fee reduction.
OPEN DIVISION: Emily Sanders & Stephanie Kimerer, Ethan Nelson & Mike McMahan, Nick Landsman-Roos & Jason hitchcock, Brady Fletcher & Jake Meany. JV: Megan Harlow & Leslie Keller, Julia Benjamin & Tarik Yeasir, Chase Whiting & Shane Clark. NOVICE: Matt Jokajtys & Paul Schaefer, Matt Mantone & Bill Ottman. Big cheers for the novices, who joined on Monday night and immediately wanted to go to a debate tournament.
DEPARTURE: 7 AM FROM HUBER HOUSE, YOU NEED TO BE ON TIME!
BRING SLEEPING BAG, PILLOW AND TOWEL.


SEND A STUDENT TO CEDA NATIONALS


| Leslie & Megan want to go | Shane and Matt want to go |

There are many deserving LDU debaters who would really like to go to CEDA Nationals in March, they have been working hard, but they need your financial support. For $300 you can send a student to CEDA nationals.

Send your donation check, payable to "Lawrence Debate" to 475 Main, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405. You will get a personal note from the student you sponsor and also a report after the tournament. All donations will be tax deductible through UVM. We will also honor donors here in the newsletter.


NEW COACH JOINS GROUP -- CARLOS VARELA

Graduating senior Carlos Varela has come back to the LDU as a coach. His honors thesis is about teaching people to debate environmental issues, and he plans to work with the LDU, especially younger debaters, to turn his thesis into an action project. Carlos was a very successful debater for the LDU before taking a leave of absence to focus on academics. Carlos will attend four tournaments and judge novice debates, work with new debaters, hold regular office hours and keep track of round report forms and the LDU's argument lists.

Carlos has won several tournaments for the LDU and was the top novice speaker in the East. He has represented the LDU in international debates in Spanish. He is from Puerto Rico and plans a career in law.

Thanks a lot to Carlos for helping us just when our squad has become so large!



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

Laura and Glenn Ellingson are excited about hosting LDU folks who come to CEDA nationals in San Francisco, as they live very near there. Abigail Trebilcock has volunteered to judge eight rounds at the tournament to save money. We hope that Teresa Hill will be able to come up from LA, and that the ever-so-suave Mike Calore (DJ Snackfight) will be along with us as well. The LDU has quite the west coast posse!

Aaron Fishbone is leaving next week for Palestine where he will be working with Palestinian youth on debate training. Nice work Aaron! We hope to get a report on his return. Aaron also is working on alumni issues and will have news for the next newsletter.


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 299 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.

ALL FLASHPOINT VETERANS ARE WELCOME AT THE TAPING, THOSE WHO CANNOT COME UP TO VERMONT CAN CALL IN DURING THE TAPING AND BE PART OF THE EVENT.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

NEW TEAMS: McMahan-Nelson, Keller-Harlow, Landsman-Roos-Hitchcock, Sanders-Kimerer, Clark-Whiting, Benjamin-Yeasir, Jokajtys-Schaefer, Ottman-Mantone, Fletcher-Meany.
LOOKING FOR PARTNERS: Kim, Callanan, Cardan, King, and others.

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.

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.

POTLUCK DINNER PLANNED FOR THURSDAY 2/3. ETHAN IS WORKING ON A LOCATION.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY AT 4 PM!



SKILLS/THEORY TRAINING -- ALL SHOULD ATTEND THESE WEEKLY EVENTS
WEDNESDAY 6:30 PM -- CRITIQUE THEORY AND PRACTICE

THURSDAY NIGHT IS WORK NIGHT AT HUBER HOUSE. WE BEGIN AT 5 PM. TUNA WILL BE THERE TO PROVIDE ENCOURAGEMENT AND INFORMATION

PRACTICE DEBATES:
Tuesday 4 PM Meany-Fletcher Limprevil-Silverman, no critic
Tuesday 6:30 PM Keller-Harlow Sanders-Kimerer, Carlos critic
Wednesday 7:30 PM Clark-Whiting Landsman-Roos-Hitchcock, Justin critic
Novices will have a practice debate later this week, Carlos critic


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


UVM DEBATE IS CURRENTLY #21 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2004-2005
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 157 172  
       
       
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!