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.
| Jillian Marty & Colin Kern won 12 straight ballots this last weekend |
The Binghamton tournament billed itself as a Valentine's Day celebration of love and debate, what with kiss-o-grams and secret admirer messages part of the tournament procedures, but for the UVM varsity team of Jillian Marty and Colin Kern it was all business as they won the varsity division of the tournament. After racking up a 6-0 performance in the preliminary debates they defeated old rivals Cornell 3-0 in the semifinals and then blanked the University of Rochester 3-0 in the finals. They got every single ballot. Jillian was named the #6 speaker in the tournament while Colin was #7, but in their ability to work as a team they were clearly #1.
In the junior varsity division the team to reach the elimination rounds was Zoe Anderson and Michael McMahan, both current novices. They lost their quarterfinal debate to Vassar/Bard 2-1, the only split decision in the first wave of elimination rounds of the tournament. Michael McMahan was named the #3 jv speaker while Carlos Varela, returning to debate, was #4. The tournament featured the return of Lindsey Melander, the #1 novice debater in America last year, after her extended involvement in the presidential campaign, bringing Carlos back as her partner. The normally novice teams of Mimi Supernaw and Emily Sanders and Bent Cardan and Jason Hitchcock represented in the higher division and learned a lot. Kayce Massey and Nikki Muradian are determined to improve.
| Jillian & Colin listen to the decision | Andrea Aeschlimann & Carly Lehrer |
The novice division featured growth and outstanding performances by new debaters. Brady Fletcher and Tarik Yeasir reached the elimination rounds, posting their first winning record at their second tournament ever. Carly Lehrer and Andrea Aeschlimann chalked up their first winning record ever but barely missed the elimination rounds on speaker points. The same happened to Haroula Argiros and Ashley Hogan, who had a 3-2 record at their first tournament ever and almost made the elimination rounds. Jason Williams attended his first tournament and had a 2-3 record while debating with a Binghamton student. Haroula Argiros had a stunning performance, being named the #8 novice speaker while Brady Fletcher was #9.
| New debaters: Haroula Argiros, Ashley Hogan, Jason Williams |
Huge thanks go to the coaches, especially Gordie Miller who coordinated the staff and teams, as well as to Teresa Hill, Charlie Hoag, Jen Knops, Greta Lockwood, and Abigail Trebilcock, who rejoined our traveling group after a long stint working in a presidential campaign. Special mention goes to the Skylark Motor Lodge for once again providing the best in low-cost accommodations.
The tournament gave money to charities based on team performances. The LDU now has a check from the tournament that will go to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf for $315.00. Coach Snider remarked, "We speak truth to power, educate young people to become real citizens, and we help people in our community in need. But, more still needs to be done."
The next big trip has
the entire LDU crew descending on Poughkeepsie, New York to attend the District
8 NDT qualifying tournament and the CEDA East Championships to be hosted by
Marist College and their debate director, LDU alum Maxwell Schnurer.
Preliminary teams: Marty & Kern, Melander & Varela, Argiros & Hogan, Yeasir & Fletcher, Hitchcock & Cardan, Massey & Muradian, Williams & Anderson, and more can be added!
Preliminary coaches: Tuna, Gordie, Helen, Justin, Jen, and probably more.
Word comes from Brian Cole, aka Big Daddy, about his situation. He is a graduate student in Communication at Wichita State University and is coaching the debate team there. He writes: "Just wanted to say Hi and let you know that things are going well for me here in Wichita. I really like working with Jeff and the team is fun, but I do still miss traveling with the LDU. Wish the team good luck for me at Binghamton this weekend and know that I will miss returning home for a debate tournament, and most of all I will miss staying at the Skylark (ahh the memories)."
Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.
ASSIGNMENTS POSTED IN OFFICE.
NOW WITH 278
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.
NEW FLASHPOINTS NOW
#279: Korea Death Camps
#280: Budget This!
See them at http://debate.uvm.edu/flashpoint.html
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
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