10 February 2004

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.

FLASHPOINT TELEVISION REACHES 280 SHOWS
#279 & #280 Taped with Gusto


| Flashpoint crew last weekend - Greta, Charlie, Ashley, Kayce, (seated are) Nikki, Haroula |

Weekends when lots of LDU debaters are at home have something in common -- they usually involve the taping of the Lawrence Debate Union's television program, FLASHPOINT. The show is aired locally on Burlington cable Channel 15 courtesy of Vermont Community Access Media. The show airs at three regular times during the week, but now is also being viewed more and more on an on-demand basis through the internet.

The show has become very well-known both in Burlington and around the country. In Burlington people who have been on FLASHPOINT are often talked to by people they meet in a very positive fashion. Whether you are a shopper in City Market or Jerry the owner of Five Space, FLASHPOINT is known for informed discourse and a willingness to tackle tough issues that the media often choose to ignore. While training students is the main goal of the LDU, that training reaches out into the community through FLASHPOINT to trigger discussion and discourse. The aim of the show has always been to eschew expert guests and prove that with a little effort and preparation citizens can have informed opinions about important subjects and make good decisions about them. This is why the show almost always features LDU debaters, coaches, and alumni. Alumni interest has been unusually high, and they seem to see it as a way to remain active and exercise the talents they developed as a debater. Greta Lockwood, Charles Hoag, and Jen Knops have all been strong supporters of the show, appearing often. FLASHPOINT is generally taped in the VCAM studios in Burlington, but has also been taped at Huber House as well as in locations such as Chile, China and Korea.

This last taping involved a large panel and two very hot issues. Greta Lockwood, Charlie Hoag, Ashley Logan, Kayce Massey, Nikki Muradian, Haroula Argiros and Alfred Snider comprised the panel. Show #279 dealt with the new revelations about human rights abuses in North Korea and especially about events taking place at "Camp 22," a concentration camp for political prisoners where newborns are kicked to death in front of their mothers and whole families are gassed in tests of chemical weapons. Show #280 dealt with the looming USA budget deficit and involved a lot of large numbers and plenty of points of comparison so viewers could better understand the issues.

The LDU will be working its way towards show #300. Show #200 was aired live from the Tyler Theatre and involved over a dozen panelists who had been regulars on the program. Let us know if you have any ideas for what we should do when show #300 comes up.


NORTHWESTERN RESULTS

A bad first day kept the LDU team of Jillian Marty and Colin Kern from meeting their goals at Northwestern University in Chicago this last weekend. After a bad first day the team bounced back to a 3-5 record, but that was not what they were hoping and working for. They did, however, return full of citations to research after observing in the elimination rounds before flying home on Monday evening. In a trivial detail, this was the first flying debate trip in memory where they got to take a non-stop flight -- from Burlington to Chicago.


BINGHAMTON BOUND

The LDU will be taking NINE teams to Binghamton this weekend. Binghamton has announced that their awards will be cash donations to the charity of choice. The LDU has decided to debate for the BLURLINGTONB FOOD SHELF to help make sure the cupboards of people in our community are not bare.
OPEN: Jillian Marty-Colin Kern; JUNIOR VARSITY DIVISION: Kayce Massey & Nikki Muradian, Mimi Supernaw & Emily Sanders, Lindsey Melander & Carlos Varela, Bent Cardan & Jason Hitchcock; NOVICE TEAMS: Jason Williams & Michael McMahan, Brady Fletcher & Tarik Yeasir, Ashley Logan & Haroula Argiros, Carly Lehrer & Andrea Aeschlimann. COACHES & JUDGES: Snider, Miller, Knops, Trebilcock, Lockwood, Hill, Hoag.
VAN #1 LEAVES AT 12:30, VANS #2 & #3 LEAVE AT 4 PM. VAN ROSTERS WILL GO OUT ON THE DEBATER LISTSERV.


Vermont State Debate Tournament, March 6, UVM
Public Debate, April, 2004
Speak Out, warm weekend, Spring, 2004
New England High School Parliamentary Debate Championship, Brown University, Providence, April 3-4, 2004


Poetry Slam - Wed February 18, 2004, 9 PM, L&L Fireplace Lounge
LDU BANQUET - Dinner, Saturday, May 1, 2004.



2A FRONTLINE MEETING - WED 7:30 PM
2N FRONTLINE MEETING - THU 5 PM

PRACTICE DEBATES:
TUE 3:30 JASON-MIKE ASHLEY-HAROULA WITH GORDIE
TUE 6 PM NIKKI-KAYCE JASON-EMILY WITH GRETA
THU 3:30 PM HAROULA-ASHLEY ZOE-NIKKI WITH TBA
THU 3:30 PM BRADY-JASON MIKE-MIKE WITH TBA


SEEN AT HUBER HOUSE - ABIGAIL TREBILCOCK

Abigail Trebilcock dropped by Huber House to say hello. She has left her job at Dean for America and is in the process of searching for a new job, probably on the west coast. She tells us that through the Dean campaign she has made many, many new contacts and is excited about her opportunities. It didn't take long for her to be roped into coming to Binghamton as a judge in the meantime.


SEMESTER TWO

FEBRUARY
2/14-15 Binghamton

2/28-29 DISTRICT8/CEDA East at Marist

MARCH
3/12-14 Towson
3/19-22 CEDA Nats Louisville

APRIL
4/1-5 NDT Catholic Univ., DC


Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.

ASSIGNMENTS POSTED IN OFFICE. THIS WEEK ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURS 5 PM


NOW WITH 278 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.

Next tapings: 2/21, 3/27, 4/3, 5/1 all Saturdays.
SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR NEXT TAPING: Diet Craze, Missing WMD, Armenian Genocide, Remembering Edward Said.
Topics and panelists decided next week.



BEGINNING TEAM LIST FOR CEDA NATIONALS: Colin, Jillian, Emily, Mimi, Kayce, Brady, Tarik, Jason, and perhaps more.
SWEATSHIRT DESIGNS TO BE FINALIZED NEXT WEEK!
SLOGANS INCLUDE: Decidebate, Mind over matters, Debate this, I never learned anything from anyone I agreed with, Oops, I forgot my evidence, Concert tour style with list of tournaments.


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


UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 174 216  44.6%
NORTHWESTERN 3 5  
 TOTAL 177 221  44.4%
LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME 237 278  46.0%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!