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, firstname.lastname@example.org email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
| Squad at Cornell | Helen & Jillian coach Mike & Nick before final round |
| Mimi & Emily | Nick & Mike |
The LDU rolled into Ithaca, New York, a town that claims to be as progressive as Burlington, and scored well at the 2004 "Tournament of Love" held at Cornell University. The weekend had strong debate performances, courage by our new debaters, and fantastic hospitality offered by Cornell Director of Debate Jethro Hayman and Cleopatra Jones, both alums of our program.
The hot team consisted of Nick landsman-Roos and Michael McMahan in the JV division. They were 6-0 in prelims and Nick was the #1 speaker in the division. They won 3-0 over Binghamton in quarters and then won 2-1 over Texas San Antonio in semis. In the final round they met #2 seed Rochester, Czapla and Carter. The final round was a different sort of event. J. R. Carter gave his first affirmative wearing shackles, claiming that the Farm Bill is racist, and then he added to the speech a personal narrative about racial barriers he as an African American has faced, including being asked while at the UVM tournament if he was a "delivery man" when he drive up in a van. Apologies for that, JR, and we often face the same kind of thing. The decision was for UVM, but involved one of the judges (Linda Collier from Missouri Kansas City) giving each speaker in the debate one-quarter of her ballot. The other two judges, Joe Patrice and Kathryn Rubino from NYU, voted for UVM on the "speaking for others" argument, thus UVM won 2.5-0.5. It was a dramatic final round that included McMahan giving his rebuttal without his shirt on to point out the oppression that overweight people face.
In the novice division there were kudos all around for performances. Mimi Supernaw and Emily Sanders reached the elimination rounds where they defeated Texas San Antonio 3-0 before losing in semifinals to Rochester 3-0, thus placing third in the tournament. Bent Cardan and Jason Hitchcock had a breakout weekend, qualifying for the first time in four tournaments, but then lost to Rochester 3-0 in quarterfinals. Both received speaker awards with Jason being 6th and Bent being 7th. It was clear that hard work pays off. Carly Lehrer and new debater Andrea Aeschlimann were 3-3. The rookie team of Tarik Yeasir and Brady Fletcher did well in their first tournament, and even got a win. All three new debaters seemed very excited and motivated about doing better in the future.
In the varsity division it was tough sledding for Jillian Marty and Colin Kern in their first tournament together. They ended up with a 2-4 record in a very tough division and Jillian was the 7th individual speaker. We trust they will be bouncing back because they are the two hardest working people on the squad in the eyes of many.
UVM finished second in the overall squad sweepstakes, finishing behind Rochester and ahead of NYU.
- Wed February 18, 2004, 9 PM, L&L Fireplace Lounge
LDU BANQUET - Dinner, Saturday, May 1, 2004.
New England HS Parliamentary Debate Championship, Brown Univ., April 3-4, 2004. Sponsored by Brown and the LDU.
"Hey all. I just wanted to drop a line before Cornell to wish you all some good debating. I wish that I was debating with you all, but alas I actually graduated surprising everyone including myself. For those who don't know, I was in Iowa with the Dean campaign working as a field organizer and am now in Wisconsin organizing 10 counties out here and continuing to fight the good fight. And as for Jillian and Colin, I'll be looking forward to seeing you in the newsletter with some nice piece of hardware (which I'm sure that you will have). So go forth and do good as you always do."
Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.
ASSIGNMENTS POSTED IN OFFICE. THIS WEEK ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURS 5 PM
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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.
Next tapings: 2/7, 2/21, 3/27, 4/3, 5/1 all Saturdays.
TOPICS FOR SATURDAY 2/7 NOON TAPING: Deficits, North Korea human rights (Camp-22)
PANELISTS: Massey, Argiros, Lockwood, Snider, Hogan, Hoag
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
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