8 February 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.

LAWRENCE DEBATE UNION BEGINS ALUMNI ORGANIZING

The Lawrence Debate Union has created the beginnings of an alumni association. Sparked by volunteer efforts and encouragement from Aaron Fishbone and Charles Morton, efforts are beginning to take shape and further development is on the way. The current efforts involve creating a website for LDU alums to use for networking and to keep each other posted on their lives and affairs. The address is http://debate.uvm.edu/ldualumni.htm . Charles Morton has also created an award for Most Valuable Alumni, with the winner being flown to the LDU banquet in the spring. Other efforts include short-term fundraising for students to attend CEDA nationals. More projects and more long-term fundraising will follow after consolidation of the alumni list and after cooperation with UVM Advancement has been finalized.

<==== Aaron Fishbone '02

Here is the message from Aaron Fishbone:
"My name is Aaron Fishbone and I graduated from UVM in 2002. It seems so long ago that I stumbled into the Huber House, a bright eyed freshman, and, lo and behold, ended up debating for UVM for the next 4 years. Through ups and downs, wins and losses, and many different groups of compadres and friends, many of who are among my closest still, I now look back at my time with the LDU as one of the
monumental experiences of my life. Even after leaving Burlington for Washington D.C., the two roommates that I had have both been LDU alums.
In Washington I learned the importance of networking; of meeting people and developing contacts that can lead to friendships, jobs, joint projects, or new unforeseen paths in life.
After talking for a while, Tuna and I hit upon this idea: Why not, we thought, combine the fact that we all share our LDU past, with all that implies, with our knowledge of what it takes to succeed in that world? LDU alums work in a wide variety of fields, went to all manner of graduate programs, and live all over the place. This is an incredible network of intelligent, resourceful people, and the
purpose of this cite is to allow us to interact, reunite long lost friends, provide a forum for discussions, and provide professional or educational counseling, job opportunities, or anything else of value to each other, current, and future LDUers.
In addition, it can, at some point in the future, serve as a way to develop and fundraise for the LDU, which is clearly warranted by the current group of eager debaters seeking to go to CEDA Nats this year.
These are all goals that Tuna and I think are worth pursuing.
We would like each of you to please send a bio of yourself, in as much detail as you would like, including the year you graduated UVM,
graduate degree(s)/school(s) (if any), occupation(s) and where you currently live, along with a picture, to Tuna (subject heading: bio for alumni site). Oh, and let's not exclude our many fine coaches! They have been an invaluable part of our experiences! The plan is to develop a search engine where people can search by year of graduation, graduate degree, occupation, and geography to find those whom they might like to solicit advice from or just get in contact with.
Of course, if any of you have ideas or suggestions on how to enhance or develop the site please email me (afishbone@gmail.com) and Tuna and let us know.
Fret not-you will all still get your weekly fix of the Voice of Edwin. This site is supplemental, and designed to further unite us and
provide any manner of opportunities.
As Tuna mentioned in the Voice two weeks ago, I am currently in Haifa, Israel developing a national and regional debate program and
developing and conducting human rights training. I sincerely hope that you all like this idea and get involved, for its success relies entirely upon the desire of us alums to make it a success.
Salem and Shalom, Aaron Fishbone"

More announcements will be forthcoming.


DEBATERS BREAK EVEN AT NORTHWSTERN

Nick Landsman-Roos and Jason hitchcock were in Chicago this last weekend debating at the Northwestern tournament. After a bad first day they did much better and finished at 4-4. Some disappointing losses were balanced by some hopeful wins over some strong competition. Justin Morgan Parmett was with the crew. The tournament featured over 140 teams and Harvard defeated Berkeley in the final round. Justin reports that excellent judge adaptation paved the way for a couple of important wins on Sunday.


SEND A STUDENT TO CEDA NATIONALS


| After working hard they want to go and you can help send them |

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.

Current response to this plea has been excellent: Laura Ellingson 1 ticket, Glenn Ellingson 1 ticket, Paul Kerr 1/2 ticket, Claudia Greenman 1/2 ticket. We hope to hear from more of you.

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.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

CLAUDIA GREENMAN [Claud662@aol.com] reports: I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy reading the LDU web site and receiving updates on friends and colleges from the debate team. I can't help but smile and feel proud at the success of my fellow peers and of your current debates (especially my old partner Edwin!). Please give everyone in Vermont my love and regards!
As for myself...I finished up my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University back in May and I am currently residing in New Jersey. I am the Youth Director at a synagogue as well as a swim coach for two different teams. I was given the responsibility back in September to create, teach, and implement a new Confirmation Program for high school kids and the Program has been a success. I currently have almost 60 students and this job has given me the opportunity to utilize my debate skills and past research to educate and open the eyes of many "sheltered" teenagers. I often bring in contemporary and controversial subjects and then have the students debate  the various sides. Subjects include abortion, death penalty, war and Israel, etc.
I often think of my debate experience and how the power of debate changed my life and way of thinking. I would feel honored to pay for half the trip ($150) for one of your debaters to go to CEDA Nationals. I know the positive experience it had on my life and I would love for someone else to have that opportunity. Please let me know where to send the check and who to make it out to!!


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 20-31
2/5 Northwestern 4-4
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:

BINGHAMTON TOURNAMENT NEWS:
TEAMS: Open: Hunte-Limprevil, Hitchcock-Landsman-Roos, Fletcher-Kimerer, Sanders-Cardan, Nelson-McMahan; JV: Keller-Harlow, Clark-Whiting, Benjamin-Silverman; Novice: Ottman-Mantone, Jokajtys-Schaefer, Harrison-Callanan, Quill-Beltzer. WE ARE VERY SHORT ON JUDGES AND NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS!
LEAVING: VAN LIST IS POSTED IN THE OFFICE AND ON THE DEBATER LISTSERV.
REMEMBER TO BRINBG SLEEPING BAG, PILLOW AND TOWEL AS IT WILL BE A TIGHT SQUEEZE AT THE SKYLARK MOTOR LODGE!
DONATION: Our awards will become a donation to Spectrum Youth Services.

GEORGETOWN JV-NOVICE NATIONALS ENTRIES: JV: McMahan-Nelson, Sanders-Cardan, Hitchcock-Meany; Novice: Keller-Harlow, Fletcher-Kimerer, Whiting-Clark, Silverman-Benjamin. Looking for judges in the DC area.

UVM HOSTS CEDA EAST REGIONALS AND DISTRICT 8 NDT QUALIFIER: Feb. 26-27. We will need people to help feed our guests.

DRIVER TRAINING: Fletcher, Keller, Landsman-Roos, Cardan, Clark, Hitchcock, Whiting, Schaefer. Instructions have been sent, please get training soon.

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, 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.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS FOR BINGHAMTON DUE THURSDAY AT 4 PM!

POETRY SLAM: 3 famous women poets, Friday 2/11 8 PM Ira Allen. LDU member Andrea Aeschlimann will also be performing.

Leslie Keller is organizing an effort to plant trees to make up for all the paper we use. More info to come.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

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

THURSDAY NIGHT -- WORK NIGHT AT HUBER HOUSE

CARLOS WILL BE SCHEDULING MEETINGS WITH NEW DEBATERS.

PRACTICE DEBATES: we need judges!
Wed 7:30 PM Quill-Beltzer vs. Schaeffer-Jokajtys
Thur 7 PM Hunte-Limprevil vs. Nelson-McMahan

MEETING NEXT WEEK: LONG TERM RESEARCH, MONDAY 4:30 PM!


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


UVM DEBATE IS CURRENTLY #16 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2004-2005
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE WAS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 177 203  
NORTHWESTERN 4 4  
       
2004-2005 RECORD 181 207  46.6%
2003-2004 RECORD 315 374  45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD 334 384 46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!