4 February 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.

GOOD SHOWING AT CORNELL TOURNAMENT

Four teams reach elimination rounds, all lose
Speaker awards in every division


| Colin Kern| Lindsey Melander | Lana & Teresa | Eric Mates |

| Timm Reimer | Kayce Massey & Nikki M
uradian | Matt Sweeney, now engaged | Teresa |

The LDU sent eight teams to Cornell this weekend, a tournament hosted by LDU alums Jethro Hayman and his partner Cleopatra Jones. The competition was stiff and the hospitality was excellent. Four teams reached the elimination rounds, including Teresa Hill and Lana Langsweirdt in varsity, Colin Kern and Carlos Varela in junior varsity, Kayce Massey and Timm Reimer along with Lindsey Melander and Eric Mates in novice. Teresa was the seventh speaker, Colin was the fifth, and Lindsey was the eighth in their divisions. All four teams lost their first elimination round, three of them on 2-1 decisions. Special props go to Colin & Carlos who, although novices, cleared in the junior varsity division and lost 2-1 in their elimination round, while Colin was the fifth speaker in a division above his eligibility level. Sheila Limprevil and Jillian Marty just missed on points in varsity (although both still have jv eligibility), while Brian Cole and Jen Knops were 2-4. Nikki Muradian and Leo Velez were 1-5 in jv. Welcome back to Nikki, who was away last semester and jumped in right away to debate, and also props to Leo who although a novice debated in jv. Mike Malone and Ryan O'Connor were 2-4 in novice.

Coach Matt Sweeney announced his engagement this weekend, congratulations!


INTERNET DEBATE VS MARIST COLLEGE


| Jen and Brian during the debate | Computers on parade, Marist on screen |

The LDU made history again last week when it cooperated with Marist College and LDU alum Maxwell Schnurer to stage the first ever Internet video distance debate using Internet 2. Internet 2 is a new super bandwidth connection now available to select American universities. The result is a television-quality video stream. The debate was about the USA ratification of the International Criminal Court and UVM was in opposition. Jen Knops and Brian Cole represented the LDU with distinction. The debate was also streamed over regular Internet through our live events page at http://www.uvm.edu/debate_theater/.

Future streamed video events will include the CEDA National finals from Phoenix in March, the NFL high school national finals from Atlanta in June, and other events, including a planned debate between China and Slovenia. Thanks for Wesley Wright and CIT for making it all possible.


LDU WELCOMES NEW COACHES


| Joe Ramsey | Renee Jackson with partner Crystal | Aaron Fishbone with his 2002 All American pen |

Burlington, Vermont is a wonderful place to live, and the LDU is a friendly debate team always seeking people to help our large and young squad. As the year begins three very talented new people have arrived and become part of our operation. Joe Ramsey, former national champion at Fort Hays State University in Kansas has moved to Burlington where he is engaged to be married to LDU alum Casey Gervais. Renee Jackson and her partner Crystal were joined in civil union in 2002 and have decided to make Burlington their home. Renee debated for Towson and has been a WDI faculty member. Graduate Aaron Fishbone had finished his stint at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, and is now in Burlington working on the Dean for America campaign. At Dean for America LDU alum Abigail Trebilcock has been promoted to office manager. Welcome to all!


SIXTY MINUTES DEBATE STORY IS COMING, BUT SNIDER INTERVIEW EDITED OUT

Karen Shagrue, CBS producer, called to tell us that although the interview coach Snider had with Lesley Stahl was excellent, it was edited out of the urban debate league story that will run any Sunday now, we are told. Although anxious to get the publicity for UVM, Snider remarked, "Better to cut this old guy out of the story and leave in more of the coaches and the students who are the real urban debate league story."

The story has been delayed for airing because it is not "time sensitive" and because Lesley Stahl cannot have more than one segment in any given weekly broadcast.

Further information about an airing date will be shared in this newsletter.

| Lesley Stahl and Snider |


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.

WESTERN WASHINGTON IS NEXT!
Marty & Limprevil, Cole & Knops, along with Snider
Depart from offices at 4:30 AM on Thursday.

LDU travel schedule for Spring, 2003:
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


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 ATTEND CEDA NATIONALS MUST ANNOUNCE BY NEXT WEEK.
SWEATSHIRTS ARE COMING SOON.
TERESA IS PLANNING A PUBLIC POETRY SLAM, COMING SOON.
PLEASE RESPECT THE BACKFILES, WE NEED THEM.
LDU BANQUET INITIALLY PLANNED FOR MAY 3, 2003.


PRACTICE DEBATES THIS WEEK
3:15 THURSDAY TERESA-LANA CARLOS-COLIN
6:30 WEDNESDAY LEO-MIKE COLIN-CARLOS
3:30 FRIDAY KAYCE-TIME LINDSEY-ERIC


MEETING THIS WEEK

2 PM SATURDAY PREP DAY - BRING FLOWS, FILES, ETC.
6:30 TUESDAY SHEILA & JILLIAN SPEECH REPEATS
8 TUESDAY BRIAN & JEN SPEECH REPEATS


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 TAPINGS SCHEDULED FOR 2/15 AT 11 AM & 2/22 AT 2 PM

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


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


OUR RECORD

 

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

211

 


240

 

46.7%

CORNELL

21

31

NEW TOTAL

232

271

46.1%

UVM DEBATE IS CURRENTLY #12 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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