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28 February 2006

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. To unsubscribe from the email version of the newsletter go to http://list.uvm.edu/archives/topicnews.html .

VERMONT WINS BID TO NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT
Jason & Nick Join Elite Based on Strong Performance
BUT ... $3000 Funding Shortfall Threatens Trip


| Jason and Nick come through for the second year in a row |

It was the most competitive and stressful tournament of the year in the East region. Nineteen teams were competing at Western Connecticut State University for five spots to represent New England and New York state at the National Debate Tournament, to be held this year in Evanston, Illinois at Northwestern University on the third weekend of March . There were six preliminary debates, each with two judges, and the five teams with the most ballots would get their ticket punched to attend the NDT. The NDT can be thought of as the debate version of the NCAA basketball "big dance." Just as the NCAA picks the best 65 teams from the nation to take part, the NDT picks the best 72 teams to take part in the tournament held each Spring. It is, in a debate sense, March Madness without Dick Vitale. The sporting nature of the event has been accentuated by the fact that College Sports Television has covered and broadcast a program about the NDT for the last two years. Last year's program featured Nick and Jason along with coach Snider quite prominently.

After day #1 Nick and Jason were 7-1, with wins over West Point, Cornell, Bard, and a 1-1 split with Boston College. While disappointed over the split with BC, the pair were happy with their performance. Day #2 was a bit more challenging, with a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to tournament winner Harvard and a split with West Point in a heated debate about the role of the word "should" in the resolution and the debate. This left UVM at 8-4, not as good as their record of 10-2 last year, but good enough to earn a bid without being in a run-off round. "We qualified," said Nick, "and that was what we were interested in. Now we can get on with preparing to do well at Northwestern."

Now that they have qualified the struggle begins to find the funds to get the pair there. Also one of the year's most expensive tournaments in one of America's most expensive cities, the funding challenge is considerable. "We have already spent the rest of our budget before we get to the NDT," noted Snider. "We had to buy tickets to CEDA Nationals in Dallas long ago in order to get a good price, and we certainly can't cancel this weekend's novice and JV national championships at West Virginia University because we are the defending champions in BOTH divisions. If we had saved money for the NDT we might not have needed it because we might not have qualified. The tournament was very competitive and there are no guarantees." $3000 sounds like a lot to attend a debate tournament with one team, but the numbers are pretty clear. Because the NDT has three judges in each debate, each team must bring two judges, so it means a group of at least four, and with two coaches who have a young child it probably means a group of five. Low cost airfare was found for $270 each, entry fees are $460, housing in upscale Evanston, even at a two-star hotel, will be $800. One extra judge will cost $200 to reimburse an alum for missing two days of work at her law firm, and a rental car (can't carry debate tubs on the elevated train) will be a little under $200. "Even on a shoestring it is a budget buster," said Snider, "and I simply do not know where it is coming from."

If there is no funding the team will cancel their attendance and Binghamton, the first alternate, will take their place. "I cannot remember a time in the 50-plus year history of the NDT that a team has not attended for financial reasons, but there is always a first time. I just hope it is not us." Efforts are being made to find funds from alumni, parents, supporters, and others, but so much money is so short a time is difficult.

If you want to make a contribution please see the information below. Sending a check directly to the LDU is the best way to help quickly.

NOVICE AND JUNIOR VARSITY TEAMS PLACE AT TOURNAMENT

Western Connecticut State University was also the site for the CEDA East regional championships. Shane Clark and Chase Whiting were 5-1 and finished fifth in the JV tournament. Shane and Chase were both in the top ten speakers. In the novice division Matt Jokajtys and Sam Lavallee were 4-2 in prelims and also finished fifth.

SPECIAL THANKS TO WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THEIR HELP IN FINDING PLACES TO STAY THIS LAST WEEKEND. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR GENEROUSITY!

LDU ALUMNI NAMED EAST COACH OF THE YEAR

Gordie "Frosty G" Miller was named "Coach of the Year" for the eastern region of the United States. The award is presented each year by the Society Advocating More and Better Argumentation. Gordie was recognized not just for his outstanding coaching efforts this year at the University of Rochester, but for the tremendous contribution he has made to debaters and debate in this region. In his career Gordie has coached at UVM (twice), Cornell and now Rochester. He was extolled in the award presentation for his love of the activity, love of the students, and for his immense patience and high ethical standards. "Gordie has been an inspiration to us all," said Snider, "and he richly deserves this honor." Gordie has attended UVM's World Debate Institute as a high school and college student, and has also been a faculty member and an administrator.

Gordie was a debater at UVM and debated with Mark Smith, Paul Kerr and Maxwell Schnurer, among others. In his last year he was named the top speaker in the varsity division at the CEDA East regional championships. Gordie is also a Yankee and a Doctor Who fan.


FUNDRAISING DRIVE CONTINUES

Contributions have begun to appear in the mailbox at Huber House. Numerous alumni have contacted us about making a contribution soon, but checks arrived from Glenn and Laura Ellingson, while Erica Albin Marthage and others contributed online. All amounts are welcome, every bit helps, and every penny will be well-spent. Thanks to Joe Patrice, Kathryn Rubino and Christy Webster of the West Point coaching staff for their commitment to make a contribution.
Alumni are encouraged to contribute, which will be used to get Jason and Nick to the NDT in Illinois. Don't make them stay at home when they should be debating!
By request of some alums, meetings have been held with the Vermont Community Foundation to enable alumni to make larger gifts that will become an endowment to support Vermont Debate that will be housed at VCF.
Please make checks payable to "UVM Debate." You can mail them to Lawrence Debate Union, 475 Main Street, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. Gifts are tax deductible.
Gifts can now be made online at https://alumni.uvm.edu/giving/support.asp , but please make sure to designate your gift for "Debate."
If you would like to talk about a major gift or a bequest you should contact Randy Wilson who is our contact in Development, and you can contact him by phone - Desk: 802/656-4253, Cell: 802/598-3961, Toll Free: 888/458-8691, Fax: 802/656-8678, or by e-mail: randy.wilson@uvm.edu.


UVM TO DEFEND JV AND NOVICE NATIONAL TITLES AT WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY THIS WEEKEND -- 140 TOTAL TEAMS ENTERED

140 teams will be in Morgantown, West Virginia this weekend, and all of them will be looking to dethrone UVM. "Last year was incredible," noted Snider, "as we closed out the novice national championship, finishing first and second, and won the JV national championship as well, and for the third straight year. That will be a tough performance to repeat, and we don't want to put too much stress on our students, so we just hope they do as well as they can, and I know that will be good enough. It always takes luck to win a national title as well as a lot of work and skill, and we have done the work and probably have the students with the skills, so now we will see how luck treats us this time."

The funding for this tournament has been graciously enabled by the provision of free judging from Jen Knops, who will miss two days of work and drive 22+ hours to donate her services. Long time supporter Sallie Chafer will host the team at her country place in West Virginia on Thursday night where she will provide dinner and breakfast the next day, and then she will come to Morgantown and rent a suite with a kitchen where she will feed the crew some more as well as let people stay in her suite. Thanks Sallie! WVU has generously donated six rounds of judging to help meet our commitment. Thrifty has agreed to give us vans at a steep discount. Some students have announced that they will be foregoing their $10/day meal allowance to help the cause. Tuna plans to sleep on the floor in an overcrowded motel room, but that is nothing new.

JV teams: Brady-Steffi, Mike-Ethan N, Shane-Chase, Jeffrey-Sumeet, Megan-Leslie.
Novice teams: Danielle-Taylor, Josid-Mandy, Sam-Matt J, Ethan B-Justin B, Alex-Dave.
Coaches/Judges: Tuna, Helen, Justin MP, Jen, Emily, Jason H, Nick, and of course, Nakobe!

VANS LEAVE ON THURSDAY MORNING AT 10 AM! BE THERE ON TIME AND READY TO ROLL!

BRING SLEEPING BAGS BECAUSE WE WILL BE IN EXTREME ECONOMY MODE!


LDU TRAVEL SCHEDULE FOR 2005-2006

SEMESTER ONE Record Placed SEMESTER TWO

10/1-2 BUFFALO 32-36 1-3-5
10/15-16 UVM SCRIMMAGE
10/21-23 WEST POINT 50-59 1-5-9-9
10/29-31 HARVARD 4-4
11/04-06  CAP CITY DC 7-11
11/12-14 WAKE FOREST 7-9
11/13-14 UMASS 21-21
11/18-26 INTL DEBATE ACADEMY 10-3 1-3         

1/3-5 NORTH TEXAS 12-18 9
11/7-10  TEXAS-DALLAS 13-17 9
1/28-30 BARD 24-34 3-5-5
2/11-12  BINGHAMTON 33-29 1-5-5-9
2/25-26  D8/CEDA EAST WEST CT  24-27 5-5-5
3/3-5  NOV/JV NATS WEST VIRGINIA UNIV.  
3/23-27  NDT NORTHWESTERN 
3/31-4/03 CEDA NATS DALLAS


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 Tuesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10 PM, Saturday 1 PM.
Next taping: AFTER WEST VIRGINIA.
Zoe Anderson is the topic and program coordinator.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

DATE FOR THE BANQUET -- APRIL 29 COORDINATION BY HITCHCOCK. THE WATERMAN MANOR IS BOOKED, IDEAS ARE PENNY CLUSE, BOATHOUSE, PARIMA, BREAKWATERS, STONE SOUP, AND OTHERS.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS: DUE BY WEDNESDAY.

GRETA IS AVAILABLE FOR AM COACHING AND TRAINING, 264-6051.

SHANE & STEFFI LEAD A NEW SGA FUNDING REQUEST ON TUESDAY NIGHT. GOOD LUCK.

CEDA NATIONALS IN DALLAS: NICK-JASON, STEFFI-BRADY, LESLIE-MEGAN, SHANE-SAM. JUDGES/COACHES: TUNA, HELEN, JUSTIN, JILLIAN.

THE PC IN THE OFFICE IS ONLY FOR EVIDENCE ARCHIVING. PLEASE USE MACS OTHERWISE.

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PRACTICE DEBATES

MAKE SURE TO CATCH UP ON YOUR SCHOOLWORK!

REGULAR TUNA-TEAM MEETINGS CONTINUE.

REGULAR HELEN-JUSTIN-TEAM EVENING MEETINGS CONTINUE.


ALUMNI NEWS

<=== ERICA ALBIN MARTHAGE '97 (former novice national champ for UVM)

"After leaving UVM, I attended University of Connecticut School of Law graduated and was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 2000. I worked as a Deputy State's Attorney in various capacities but focusing on child protective work until 2005. In early 2005, I started my own practice in Bennington, VT doing mostly Family Law and Criminal Defense. In January 2006, I merged into the law firm Cormier & Cormier (where my husband also works) in Bennington and now practice Of Counsel with them.

Married longtime companion Rob Hunter in 1999. We lived in Manchester, VT where Rob started his own painting company. In 2004, Rob and I divorced after an 18 year relationship and Rob has relocated to Middlebury, VT where he manages the Frog Hollow Craft Center. In 2005, I married Brian Marthage, also an attorney in Bennington, VT. Brian and I have two golden retrievers and four cats that live with us
in our home in Manchester, VT. I've discovered the joys of traveling, something I never did outside of debate travel in college and now Brian and I travel as much as we can.
We play ice hockey in a league during the winter months and attend the Manchester Music Festival in the summer. As always, I am an avid cheesy movie buff and enjoy reading science fiction."

<=== SHANE EGIZI (Erica's partner as novice national champ for UVM)

"Happy Chinese New year from Harbin, China. Enjoying some time in arctic conditions during the ice festival here. Cool city with Russian influences. Puts Vermont winters to shame! "

Shane and his partner Jessica now live and work in Hong Kong, where Shane teaches English.

SARAH JANE SNIDER

Now a graduate student and debate coach at Kansas State University, she celebrated her 27th birthday on Monday after a weekend of rooting for UVM to qualify for the NDT. Check out http://debate.uvm.edu/sjsbday2006.htm .

RAE SCHWARTZ

Upon finishing her doctoral degree in communication at the University of Iowa has taken a faculty position at Western Washington University in Bellingham, her first choice among several offers.


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!
NOTE: NO MEETING NEXT MONDAY MARCH 6, 2006 BECAUSE OF TRIP TO WEST VIRGINIA.


2004-2005 NOVICE DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2004-2005 JV DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
UVM DEBATE WAS #6 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2004-2005
UVM DEBATE WAS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003

OUR RECORD
WINS
LOSSES
PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY
213
241
46.9
WESTERN CONNECTICUT
24
27
TOTAL
237
268
46.9%
2004-2005 RECORD
323
328
 49.6%
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
 45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384
46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!