15 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.

BIG WIN WEEKEND IN BINGHAMTON
1st in Sweepstakes, 1st in Novice, 2nd in JV, 5th in Open


| Schaefer & Jokajtys, 1st in Novice | Silverman & Benjamin, 2nd in JV |

| McMahan & Nelson after Open Quarters | Benjamin & Silverman during JV Semis |

The Vermont strategy of entering teams in higher divisions to gain skill and confidence is beginning to pay off. Once again, novice teams entered JV, JV teams entered open, and the novice teams in attendance are very, very new. The result was a surge of successful debating that led the squad to capture the #1 sweepstakes award, nosing out Rochester. The Binghamton tournament gives money to identified charities instead of buying trophies. The LDU earned $350 for Spectrum Youth Services in Burlington, while Rochester earned $340 for their charity. The check will be presented later this week so look for a story in next week's Voice of Edwin. The squad piled up a 39-29 record and went a long way towards pulling the year's record towards .500 after it took a dip when the "entering up" strategy began. Now with two tournaments coming up (CEDA East regionals and Novice/JV Nationals at Georgetown) where students will move back down to their normal eligible divisions, the wins should accelerate.

The LDU's success was most stunning in the performance of novices Paul Schaefer and Matt Jokajtys. Joining debate this semester and debating at their first tournament at Cornell, the team won the novice division in only their second tournament. After posting a frustrating 4-2 record in prelims, they defeated Cornell 2-1, Rochester 2-1 and then defeated Bard College 2-1 in the finals. Matt Jokajtys was the 8th best individual speaker. Two other novice teams acquitted themselves well. Abram Harrison and Jacqui Callanan attended their first tournament and were 3-3 while Abram was the 9th best individual speaker. Karen Quill (first tournament) and Sam King (second tournament) were also 3-3 and showed considerable promise.

It was also novices who excelled in the JV division. Novice debaters Julia Benjamin and Matt Silverman were 5-1 in prelims, and then unfortunately met the Vermont team (also novices) of Chase Whiting and Shane Clark who were 4-2 and advanced. In the semifinals Julia and Matt defeated Bard College, but lost the final round to West Point 3-0. Leslie Keller and Megan Harlow (also novices) were 3-3 and reached the quarterfinals where they lost to West Point 2-1. Thus, Vermont novices were a combined 14-8 in the JV division. Shane Clark was the 3rd best speaker while his partner Chase Whiting was 7th.

In the open division there was excitement and disappointment. Mike McMahan and Ethan Nelson were 5-1 in prelims but lost their quarterfinal round to Rochester 2-1. Nick Landsman-Roos and Jason Hitchcock were 3-3, Emily Sanders and Bent Cardan were 2-4 as were Sheila Limprevil and Curlene Hunte. Nick Landsman-Roos was the 2nd speaker and Mike McMahan was 3rd. It was interesting to note that all of these debaters are technically still JV eligible.

Special thanks must go to those who made the tournament possible -- our crew of judges. With a lot of teams going the LDU was short on judges. Alumnae Kayce Massey and Greta Lockwood stepped forward to fill the gap. Also, Timm Reimer (returning after a year in Australia) filled in to judge novice debate and save the day. The fact that people step forward in times of need is a tribute to what the LDU means to these people. We are very thankful to them.


SEND A STUDENT TO CEDA NATIONALS


| Eating lunch on the floor at Binghamton, dreaming of San Francisco |

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: Paula Skowron 2 tickets, 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. Thanks to Jerome Spencer for answering our call for judge support.

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

LINDSEY MELANDER [melander@gmail.com] reports from Washington, DC:
A few of us here in DC are going to put together a little fundraiser here at a local bar to raise money for Ceda Nats. When would you need the money by--- basically I am trying to pick a date that would get as many people there as possible. Let me know!

Shane Egizi [shane_egizi@hotmail.com] dropped by Burlington for a visit, as did Gordie Miller. Shane is currently a teacher in Hong Kong, China.


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 39-29
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 -- THE TIME FOR SHOW #300 IS NOW!

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.

February 19, 2005 at 2 PM is the taping time. Gather at Huber House at 1:30 PM to go to the studio [Tuna, Charlie, Greta, Bent, Julia, Brady, Karen]. All welcome. Flashpoint regulars and vets will be dropping in. We will be featuring a collage of the first 299 shows as well as remembering the past and planning for the future. Those out of town who wish to be in the show can call 802-651-0589 between 2:15 PM and 2:45 PM to be on live.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

RESEARCH FOR REGIONALS/DISTRICTS DUE A WEEK FROM WEDNESDAY; RESEARCH FOR GEORGETOWN DUE THE WEDNESDAY AFTER THAT.

GEORGETOWN JV-NOVICE NATIONALS ENTRIES: JV: McMahan-Nelson, Sanders-Cardan, Hitchcock-Meany; Novice: Keller-Harlow, Fletcher-Kimerer, Whiting-Clark, Silverman-Benjamin, Schaefer-Jokajtys. 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.

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

STRATEGY/SKILLS SESSION: KICK OUT AND COMPLETION LESSON BY TUNA, WEDNESDAY 7 PM.

SUNDAY IS WORK DAY AT HUBER HOUSE. HELEN AND JUSTIN WILL BE HERE TO HELP

SGA BUDGET MEETING -- ALL COME -- SUNDAY AT 4 PM. MEET AT HUBER HOUSE AT 3:30 PM.

CARLOS WILL BE SCHEDULING MEETINGS WITH NEW DEBATERS.

PRACTICE DEBATES: we need judges!
Kimerer-Fletcher vs. Clark-TBA Sat 4 PM.
Schaefer-Jokajtys vs. Mantone-Ottman Sat/Sun evening (please inform the list of the precise schedule)


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
181
207
BINGHAMTON
39
29
2004-2005 RECORD
220
236
 48.2%
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
 45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384
46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!