22 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.

FLASHPOINT TAPES 300th PROGRAM


| Flashpoint 300 crew: Justin, Helen & Nakobe Morgan Parmett, Greta Lockwood, Karen McGregor (standing) |
| Charlie Hoag, Brady Fletcher, Jill Witney, Karen Quill (seated) |

| The new high tech control room | Nakobe gets all the attention |

It started in 1992 in a very small and low tech studio out in Williston, located at the end of "Industrial Avenue." Since then it has been filmed at Adelphia Cable Offices, at spanking new and swank studios of Vermont Community Access Media, as well as in Korea, China, Chile, and even in Royall Tyler Theatre, University Heights, as well as Huber House. Thirteen years later the continuing participants look a little older (and a little slimmer) while the debater panelists stay forever young and chipper. The program has handled topics as wide ranging as the world, as profound as "Female Genital Mutilation" and "North Korea death Camps" to topics as gentle as "Burlington Restaurant Review" and "Burial in Outer Space." The program has spotlighted local events such as the National Debate Institute/World Debate Institute, the Vermont Reggae festival, UVM debate and Vermont elections. The program has featured speak outs at Huber House and in front of Royall Tyler Theatre. Panelists have been UVM debaters and coaches, debate coaches from other schools, alumni, international coaches from Serbia, Korea, Haiti, Chile, Puerto Rico and Uzbekistan. And now, it has filmed its 300th program.

A hearty group of Flashpoint enthusiasts gathered on a cold Saturday to tape #300. Karen Quill was at her first Flashpoint, Charlie Hoag and Greta Lockwood have been on between 30-40 programs, and facilitator Alfred "Tuna" Snider was in the middle chair again saying some of the things he has been saying for these thirteen years, especially "Think for yourself." Karen McGregor was there as director once again, as she has been for most of the show's history. It was, after all, her idea for the LDU to have a regular television program. John Meany, who has chaired the second highest number of programs, called in from California, while Lisa Heller, a regular early panelist and a participant in Flashpoint #1, called in from Massachusetts. Emails were received from Jethro Hayman, now at Cornell, and Matt Byrne (also on #1) from Chicago.

One major part of the program was a collage assembled by Karen McGregor of the first 299 programs. Many familiar faces were seen, many hair styles have changed, the look of the program has shifted, and many chuckles were had. The collage was excellent and entertaining, and it will be available soon at the Flashpoint website for your viewing.

New ideas were tossed about, such as standing, bringing back the bluescreen, call-ins, revisiting older programs and updating them, filming from the debate-related suite in Living and Learning and new formats.

"Flashpoint is an exercise in intelligent citizen commentary," noted program founder Snider. "It shows we don't need experts or media pundits in order for us to research, prepare, think critically and then have a meaningful and useful discussion about issues. Citizens can select issue agendas without media prompting." The program ended with the traditional "think for yourself" refrain, and dreams started circulating about what to do for show #400. That may seem silly, but it seemed silly after program #200 to think about #300, but it happened.

You can watch a large number of Flashpoint programs on demand at the Flashpoint website at http://debate.uvm.edu/flashpoint.html .


SEND A STUDENT TO CEDA NATIONALS


| Photo from CEDA Nationals 2004 |

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: Matt Byrne and Erynne Ross $500, Paula Skowron 2 tickets, Laura Ellingson 1 ticket, Glenn Ellingson 1 ticket, Paul Kerr 1/2 ticket, Claudia Greenman 1/2 ticket. Please send those checks in soon!

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.


WORLD DEBATE INSTITUTE MOVES TO CONTINUING EDUCATION

In an administrative shift WDI, the LDU's internationally known summer debate training program, has moved to Continuing Education. The program's content will continue to be directed by Lawrence Professor Snider, but CE will be there it add extra administrative support. They can offer professional publicity work, online registration and payment, excellent accounting services, strong links to Res Life, and a fabulous staff. "I am excited about the possibilities," said Snider, "The staff they have is excellent and very excited about WDI."

Information about this year's program can be found at http://debate,uvm.edu/wdi.html .


| CE staff working with WDI this year: Mikyung, Janet, Tracery, Alison |



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

Jillian Marty [marty002@bama.ua.edu] now in graduate school at the University of Alabama and coaching debate:
Oh boy how I have missed you all. Things at Bama are going well. School is not so bad now, first semester was definitely a killer. With all the
readings and writing assignments, I barely had any time to party . I don't know, maybe that was a good thing. This semester is going well, still
lots of reading and writing but now I figured out what is needed and what is not so I can finally have some time to relax. Debate is going
well. Bama debate is definitely way different than Vermont Debate, but you know different places, different experiences, what can I say- its
okay. One thing I do like about Bama though is the weather. All winter it Hasn't gotten below 32 degrees, which I must say is fantastic. But I do
miss the snow and wearing long shelve t shirts. With that being said, I'm doing fine in the dirty south, but I do miss each one of you. But
hey, it seems like yall have been doing good this semester so far!!!! Good luck this weekend at districts and at Novi/ JV Nats- lets make it a
three peat in JV and a win in Novice!! But that's it for me, hopefully I will see some of you at CEDA. Oh one last thing, don't be strangers, if
you know my email address or cell give me a buzz I want to hear from you. Ba donk (a donk)


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

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.
The next taping will be in March.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

UVM HOSTS CEDA EAST REGIONALS AND DISTRICT 8 NDT QUALIFIER: Feb. 26-27.
Teams: NDT Qualifier: Hitchcock & Landsman-Roos; JV Nelson & McMahan, Keller & Harlow, Rosato & Sanders, Fletcher & Kimerer, Reimer & Cardan, Silverman & Benjamin; Novice: Clark & Whiting, Schaefer & Jokajtys, Mantone & Ottman, Harrison & Callanan, Quill & Lehrer (??). Judges: Hoag, Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett, Varela, Limprevil, Hunte, Lockwood, and more!
Food: Helen & Justin, Crystal, Bojana, LJ, Carlos, Greta, Ms. Quill. Maybe even more. Justin is coordinating food, shopping will take place on Wednesday.
Registration packet: Justin
Clean-up crews needed after each meal and on Sunday.

RESEARCH FOR REGIONALS/DISTRICTS DUE THURSDAY 4 PM; 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. Thanks to Eric Mates & Lindsey Melander for judging!

DRIVER TRAINING: Fletcher, Keller, Landsman-Roos, Cardan, Clark, Hitchcock, Whiting, Schaefer. Instructions have been sent, please get training soon. Sanders needs to get her license checked!

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.

SGA News: Great budget presentation on Sunday, we are hopeful of a funding increase. Matt Silverman got $1000 emergency funding from SGA for Georgetown tournament.

CEDA NATIONALS: Teams with tickets include Nick & Jason, Leslie & Megan, Shane & Chase, Brady & Jake, Emily. Looking to buy tickets for Aimee, Julia, Matt S. NOT EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO GO UNLESS WE RAISE MORE MONEY SOON!

LDU 2005 Sweatshirts - Order forms go out to the listserv this week. Return them quickly.

Leslie Keller is organizing an effort to plant trees to make up for all the paper we use. More info to come in the spring.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

STRATEGY/SKILLS SESSION: DISADVANTASGE LESSON WITH TUNA, WEDNESDAY 7 PM.

PRACTICE DEBATES: we need judges!
Wed 8 PM Brady-Stephanie vs. Timm-Bent, with Greta
Friday 1:30 PM Brady-Stephanie seek an opponent
Friday 4 PM Matt-Bill vs. Matt-Paul, with Carlos
Friday 4 PM Chase-Shane vs. Timm-Bent, with TBA


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


UVM DEBATE IS CURRENTLY #17 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!