27 January 2003

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.

UVM DEBATE SPANS CONTINENTS FOR COMPETITION AND TRAINING

UVM Debate attends two tournaments in Kansas City
UVM sends team to international tournament in Serbia
UVM holds training seminars in Serbia & Slovenia

The Lawrence Debate Union showed its wide reach and its determination in a flurry of activities since the last newsletter. We have been busy and now here are some details! For a more complete report on these four weeks see Coach Snider's journal of the trip (with many photos) available later this week at http://debate.uvm.edu/travel/2continents03/2continents03.html.

 


| Speaking drills during prep week | Alumni visitors: Aby Trebilcock, Sarah Snider, Dan Gareau |

PREP WEEK

LDU debaters gathered for an intense week of preparation between Christmas and the new year. Days consisted of practice debates, speaking drills, research, strategy sessions, developing answers, and organizing of files. Several social occasions also marked that time. Thanks to alumni who stopped by, including Abigail Trebilcock, office manager of Dean for President, Sarah Snider, program manager of the Marshall Brennan Urban Debate League in Washington, DC, Dan Gareau, biomedical laser engineer at Oregon Health & Science University, and Michael Calore, now operating as DJ Snackfight in San Francisco.


| Group shot in KC | Coaches consult and plan | Carlos Varela & Colin Kern | Inside Arthur Bryant's famous barbecue pit |

THE KANSAS CITY SWING

The LDU sent a young squad to the Midwest to test their strengths at tournaments held by William Jewell College and the university of Missouri at Kansas City. Four teams attended, including Brian Cole & Jillian Marty, Carlos Varela & Colin Kern, Kayce Massey & Michael Malone, and Lindsey Melander & Eric Mates. All teams entered divisions above their eligibility level, so it was clear that it would be a learning experience. At the first tournament no teams reached the elimination rounds, but Carlos & Colin made the novice break out round and defeated the University of Rochester 3-0. At the second tournament the records were better but the elimination results were still the same, except that Colin & Carlos lost the novice breakout final to Northern Iowa 2-1. Thus, the LDU did not get a three-peat of winning the swing sweepstakes awards, but it was clear that the debaters benefited hugely from the experience and grew visibly as the tournaments went on, finishing the UMKC tournament with a 7-1 run in the last two debates. Records at Jewell were 9-20 and at UMKC 13-20. LDU took first place novice at Jewell & second place novice at UMKC. Special thanks to supporter Greg Turner for feeding us and making us feel welcome in KC!


| Serbia Vs Bosnia & Herzegovina debaters after round | Jen Knops, Coach Snider, & Brian Cole in Serbian national parliament chamber |

THE BELGRADE OPEN

Having been involved in the rise of debating in the former Yugoslavia since 1995, it was a great honor to return to Belgrade for the 2003 Belgrade open. Teams from 12 different nations entered this English language tournament with parliamentary debating (receive topic 15 minutes before the debate, no quoted material may be used). Brian Cole & Jen Knops represented the LDU at its first parliamentary debate competition and had a 3-3 record, losing their break round to Kazakhstan. The tournament was a fantastic experience, allowing for a lot of international networking and involvement. LDU debater Brian Cole also performed at the poetry slam. Both Jen and Brian had very glowing reports about both international debating and parliamentary debating. After the tournament Coach Snider held a day-long debate training seminar for debaters from a number of different nations, sponsored by the Yugoslav University Debate Network.


| Workshop for teachers in Ljutomer, Slovenia | Coach Snider is interviewed by Slovenian national television |

TOUR OF SLOVENIA

Coach Snider was invited by the Slovenian national debate program (ZiP, Za in Proti, "Pro and Contra") to come to Slovenia for five days after the Belgrade Open for training seminars with teachers and students. The program featured over eight workshops and seven media interviews. There were also two requested public lectures on current public policy issues of national interest in Slovenia, namely USA unilateralism, the wars on terrorism and Iraq, and the role of the media in the USA. The lectures were entitled "The American mind in the age of terrorism" and were very warmly received. Special thanks go to Bojana Skrt and the Slovenian organizers for their hospitality and support.


INTERNET DEBATE VS MARIST COLLEGE
TOPIC: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
NOON, JANUARY 29, 2003
TUNE IN AT http://www.uvm.edu/debate_theater/

THE WORLD'S FIRST INTERNET VIDEO DISTANCE DEBATE USING THE POWER OF INTERNET 2!


TOPIC AND TRAVEL

2002-2003 topic:
Resolved that the United States Federal Government should ratify or accede to, and implement, one or more of the following: The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; The Kyoto Protocol; The Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court; The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty; The treaty between the United States of America and the Russian federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions, if not ratified by the United States.

CORNELL IS NEXT!
VANS LEAVE FRIDAY AT NOON, 2 PM & 5:15 PM
Teams: Colin & Carlos, Jillian & Sheila, Brian & Jen, Lana & Teresa, Eric & Lindsey, Tim & Kayce, Leo & KT, Michael & Ryan
Judges: Tuna, Helen, Justin, Aaron, Matt, Gordie, Greta & perhaps more!

We stay at the Wonderland Motel, 654 Elmira Street, Ithaca

LDU travel schedule for Spring, 2003:
February, 1-2 Cornell, 7-9 Western Washington, 21-23 Kansas, 2/28-3/2 East Regionals/D8 at UVM
March, 14-16 Towson, 20-24 CEDA Nationals, AZ
April, 3-7 NDT, GA
May, TBA Tercer Torneo Hispanoamericano de Debate in Honduras


RESEARCH THIS WEEK

Jillian Marty is our research director.
THE RESEARCH LIST IS POSTED IN THE OFFICE! ALL ARGUMENTS MUST BE FINISHED BY THURSDAY EVENING!


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

TEAMS WISHING TO QUALIFY FOR THE NDT MUST ANNOUNCE THEIR INTENTION THIS WEEK.
TEAMS WISHING TO GO TO HEART OF AMERICA IN KANSAS MUST DECLARE THIS WEEK.
TEAMS WISHING TO ATTEND CEDA NATIONALS MUST ANNOUNCE BY NEXT WEEK.
SWEATSHIRTS ARE COMING SOON.
ELECTIONS: PRESIDENT, JILLIAN MARTY; TREASURER, TIM REIMER.


PRACTICE DEBATES THIS WEEK
WED 4 PM CARLOS & COLIN VS TIM & KAYCE WITH TBA
WED 8 PM JEN & BRIAN VS CARLOS & COLIN WITH TBA
THUR 6 PM NIKKI & JILL VS MIKE & RYAN WITH TBA
THUR 6:15 PM TERESA & LANA VS SHEILA & JILLIAN WITH JOE RAMSEY


MEETING THIS WEEK

MEETING ABOUT THE REGGAE STRATEGY WED 7 PM
MEET THE INTERNATIONAL LAW NEGATIVE POSITION THUR 8 PM
MANDATORY STRATEGY MEETING THUR 9:30 PM


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/flashpoint.html

NEXT TAPING SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK!

GRETA LOCKWOOD IS OUR PROGRAM COORDINATOR, LEAVE TOPICS IN HER MAILBOX.


SQUAD MEETING
MONDAYS, 6 PM, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!

NO SQUAD MEETING 12/16 OR 12/23!


OUR RECORD

 

WINS

LOSSES

%

SEMESTER ONE

189

 


200

 

48.5%

WJC, UMKC, BELGRADE

22

40

211

240

46.7%

UVM DEBATE IS CURRENTLY #8 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003
UVM Debate was #9 in both major national polls for debate in the USA for the 2001-2002 season.


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