18 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.

BUSY WORK WEEKEND IN BURLINGTON

LDU GEARS UP FOR STRETCH RUN OF SEASON


| DETERMINED LDU DEBATERS DO SPEAKING DRILLS |

LDU preparation for the run to the end of the season intensified this weekend. With no tournament to go to, LDU debaters and coaches still found lots of time to work in the debate offices in the hope of better performances to come. With Heart of America (University of Kansas) this weekend, followed by East Regionals at UVM, a weekend off, Towson's Novice & JV Nationals, followed immediately by CEDA Nationals in Phoenix, it is all coming rapidly to a head.

Weekend events included: a practice debate Helen Morgan called one of the best she has ever seen, intensive work to change and adapt affirmatives, extensive briefing of extensions to defend major negative arguments, speaking drills, file organization, poetry reading, original research, strategy meetings, and a lot more.


MORE HONORS FROM CORNELL TOURNAMENT

<== LDU President Jillian Marty is seen holding the second place sweepstakes trophy from the Cornell tournament. The trophy was awarded at the end of the tournament and was delivered to us last week by Gordie "Frosty G" Miller. Congratulations to all.

 

 


LDU ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES

DEBATE INSTITUTE IN CHINA

The LDU is ready to go public with plans for a ten day debate institute to be held in China this August with the sponsorship of Inner Mongolia Normal University. The program will run from August 14-23, 2003. Faculty is being assembled. The program will serve about 80-100 students from China and other parts of Asia and will be conducted in English. Brochures are now in preparation.

GLOBAL LECTURE HALL ON THE INTERNET

The LDU has announced a program to present debate instruction lectures to a global audience two times a month. The lectures will be streamed live, watched by a global audience, who will then send in email questions that will be answered immediately. The program will feature talented lecturers from America and around the world. The first test broadcast will be on March 5, 2003 at 3 PM ET. It will consist of a live webcast of the Debate Across the Curriculum workshop that the LDU will be presenting to UVM faculty. It can be viewed at http://www.uvm.edu/debate_theater/ . The webcasts will take place on a Wednesday, with morning webcasts aimed at Europe and evening webcasts aimed at Asia because of the time differential. This program involves the active collaboration of the LDU, the World Debate Institute, Claremont Colleges, and Pro & Contra NGO from Slovenia. Thanks to Wes Wright and UVM CIT for their assistance. A fill schedule will be announced.


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.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS I IS NEXT!
Marty & Limprevil, Hill & Langsweirdt, Varela & Kern
MEET AT THE OFFICE 8:30 AM ON FRIDAY, SHANE WILL DRIVE TO MANCHESTER, GORDIE WILL PICK UP.

East Regionals (tentative): Marty & Limprevil (NDT Qualifier), in CEDA Open Langsweirdt & Hill, Cole & Knops, in CEDA JV Muradian & Hellmuth, Owusu & Meany, in novice Mates & Melander, Malone & Velez, Massey & Reimer, Varela & Kern, O'Connor & TBA. Judges: Morgan (NDT), Parmett, Lockwood, Egizi, Hoag, Jackson, Gervais, Greenman.

Towson (tentative): JV Nationals Langsweirdt & Hill, Cole & Knops, Muradian & Hellmuth, Owusu & Meany, in Novice Nationals Varela & Kern, Mates & Melander, Reimer & Massey, Malone & Velez. Judges: Morgan, Parmett J, Parmett M, Miller, TBA.

CEDA Nationals, Phoenix (tentative): Marty & Limprevil, Knops & Cole, Langsweirdt & Hill, Varela & Kern, Massey & Reimer, Mates & Melander. Judges: Morgan, Parmett, Miller, Sweeney.

LDU travel schedule for Spring, 2003:
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


DEBATE SPOTLIGHT

LINDSEY MELANDER

Nickname: Lin to the Z
Home town: Williston, VT
Major: Business; Minor: Sociology
Career plans: Law
Level of competition: Novice
Favorite music in the van: Reggae
Pet peeve: Nail biting
I am grateful for: My parents and sisters
Worst moment in debate: My very first round
Favorite team to debate: Binghamton
Favorite team to beat: Wake Forest
Favorite judge: Any judge willing to hear our side of the story
Favorite tournament: UMKC
Favorite thing about debate: Having my words and ideas listened to
Least favorite thing about debate: Lack of sleep and food at tournaments
Favorite debate speech: 2NR
Most inspirational person on the team: Jillian - if I could be half the debater she is life would be complete!
What debate means to me: I feel that I have found my voice and learned so much about myself through the LDU.
Personal challenge: Win a round or two at CEDA Nationals
Comment: The Cat;s Meow are good Jillian, you'll see


RESEARCH THIS WEEK

Jillian Marty is our research director.
THE RESEARCH LIST IS POSTED IN THE OFFICE! ALL ARGUMENTS MUST BE FINISHED BY THURSDAY AT 5 PM!


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

BANQUET IS MAY 3, 2003! MAKE PLANS NOW!
BURLINGTON HS STUDENTS WANT TO DEBATE AGAINST US. SEE HELEN IF INTERESTED.
BURLINGTON HS NEEDS PEOPLE TO TRAVEL WITH THEM ON 3/8, SEE MATT FOR DETAILS.
SLAM POETRY EVENT RESCHEDULED TO AVOID CONFLICTS.


PRACTICE DEBATES THIS WEEK
WED 7 PM COLIN-CARLOS SHEILA-JILLIAN
THURS 8:30 PM SHEILA JILLIAN LANA-TERESA
WED 10:30 AM TERESA-LANA COLIN-KAYCE


MEETING THIS WEEK

THURSDAY 7 PM - PRE-HEART OF AMERICA MEETING
THIS WEEKEND - DEBATE WORK AT 475 MAIN STREET
TUNA WOULD LIKE TO JUDGE EACH NOVICE TEAM IN A DEBATE THIS WEEKEND!


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

LAST SATURDAY WE COMPLETED #260 PREEMPTIVE PEACE AND #261 INDOOR SMOKING BAN

NEXT TAPINGS SCHEDULED FOR 2/22 AT 2 PM

2 PM THIS SATURDAY, MEET AT OFFICE
TOPICS: FUTURE OF THE SPACE PROGRAM, DEATH PENALTY
PANELISTS: MALONE, COLE, MELANDER, MATES, LOCKWOOD, SNIDER

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

237

 


278

 

46.0%

OFF WEEKEND

 

 

NEW TOTAL

237

278

46.0%

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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