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.
| Jason Hitchcock & Nick Landsman-Roos pose with others after going 10-2 at NDT qualifier |
| Justin Morgan Parmett, Coach of the Year | Ethan & Mike | Emily & Aimee |
| Helen, Coach of the Year | Chase & Shane with Tarik (flashing UVM) |
The East came to UVM as the Lawrence Debate Union hosted The Robert Huber Debates. The two parts of the tournament included the District 8 (New England & New York) qualifier the the NDT (National Debate Tournament, the equivalent of the NCAA field of 64 for basketball) and the CEDA East regional championships in junior varsity and novice debate. The tournament featured the best food of any in the region this year, efficient management, great hospitality and, one last thing, an apparent home field advantage. The teams and the coaches had a great weekend, racking up a 41-34 record, and pulling in important special awards as well.
Nick Landsman-Roos and Jason Hitchcock entered the NDT qualifier. The coaches poll before the tournament had them at #9 going in, but they came out as #1. They started with a 1-1 split (two judges in each debate) against the #1 ranked team from Rochester and never looked back. After a 7-1 first day they had a 3-1 second day to finish 10-2 and in first place. #1 pre-tournament ranked Rochester was bumped to #2 at 9-3. This wins them a berth at the NDT, to be held later in March at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Nick was the #4 individual speaker. Hard work and excellent strategies paid off for Nick and Jason. "These two were really prepared," noted LDU Director Snider, "for example, ready to answer the six most popular arguments team X uses, and when they ran four of them against us, we could stand up and smash them without using any preparation time. There were extensive strategies for both affirmative and negative. I would have to say that the excellent work done by Helen and Justin was also critical. They really are the Coaches of the Year." Also qualifying behind UVM were Boston College, Rochester and Binghamton. Early favorites Cornell were left behind after a very slow start. Twp LDU coaches were honored at the awards assembly as "Coaches of the Year." The UVM team of Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett were recognized for their outstanding coaching during the year, propelling the young LDU squad to impressive success. Usually only one award is given out, but this year it had to be to two. Also accepting was Nakobe Morgan Parmett, seen above in Helen's arms.In the junior varsity division Emily Sanders & Aimee Rosato were 5-1 losing in quarters. Ethan Nelson & Mike McMahan were 4-2 and also lost in quarters. Brady Fletcher was the 4th best speaker. The other teams wished for a better result but debated well.In the novice division Chase Whiting & Shane Clark blitzed through the tournament and almost won it all. After being 6-0 in prelims, they defeated Western Connecticut 3-0 in quarters, defeated Cornell 3-0 in semis, and then lost a difficult 2-1 decision to Binghamton in finals. Shane Clark was the #8 speaker, Chase Whiting was the #6, second tournament novice Abram Harrison was #4, and third tournament novice Matt Jokajtys was #3. Other teams wished for a better result but debated well.The rave of the tournament was the food, prepared by the LDU staff, debaters, alums and supporters. It was spectacular, from Greta's quinoa to LJs curry chicken noodle salad to Helen & Justin's chick saag to Ms. Mantone's lasagna to Carlos' rice and beans to oh-so-many-other dishes.
Now, we need to figure out how to get to Spokane, Washington. The LDU plans to ask SGA for special funding.
There are many deserving LDU debaters who are going to go to CEDA Nationals in March, they have been working hard. They have received your support. Pledges have come in and some checks have actually been received. We know those other checks are "in the mail."
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! Mike Calore and Mimi Supernaw also chipped in. Lindsey Melander is hosting a cocktail party fundraiser for the LDU on Wednesday night down in Washington, DC. To see her evite go to http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/evite0305.pdf .
Meanwhile, West Coast alums are gearing up to host and support. Laura and Glenn Ellingson will be hosting the team at their house on Friday and Saturday night as the tournament begins, saving many hundreds of dollars in hotel fees. Abigail Trebilcock and Teresa Hill will be judging for the team, also saving many hundreds of dollars. Mike Calore is working on a social calendar and rare music shopping spree.
Tuesday night there will be a supplemental funding meeting wi9th the UVM student government, and pending that the last tickets will be purchased. Hotel rooms for part of the tournament were confirmed March 1.
Now with the NDT to attend new financial burdens present themselves. Already on the west coast for CEDA nationals, the existing tickets can be changed and fairly inexpensive tickets can be purchased from the SF Bay area to Washington, either Spokane or Seattle. There is a Red Lion Inn that isn't too expensive, and with one team a modest rental car will suffice. Alum and former coach Gordie Miller, now with Rochester, will be there and will volunteer his judging services, saving a lot of money. Alumna Jillian Marty, now at Alabama, has offered to attend as coach and judge just for the cost of a connecting flight from SFBay to Spokane. The trip is being priced as the newsletter goes out.
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.
Will Miller, of philosophy, has been an inspiration and a motivation for twenty years of LDU students. he has organized, appeared in our debates, and spoken out at public events. He writes on his UVM website: "Note: I am on medical leave for cancer treatment. The unfolding medical situation is such that I will remain on disability leave until I retire at the end of the summer (2005). But I might be able to drop back to teach the Marxism course, if my health permits. My life partner Ann Lipsitt and my dear friend Jay Moore have constructed a testimonials web page for me at http://www.willmiller.org/"
<=== AP News Photo of Will addressing Anti-War Rally at UVM Bailey-Howe Library
Snider posted this note: " Will has been my model and colleague for
over 20 years. We didn't see each other that often (usually when the empire
was cranking up a new atrocity) but we always knew of each other's work.
As a teacher of philosophy Will seemed in harmony with my role as a teacher
of debate and the debate coach here at UVM -- teach, inspire, lead, criticize
and engage students so that they felt like they both wanted to and could
think for themselves and then use the power of their voice to make a difference.
Will was at times a bit too doctrinaire for me, but he always seemed to be
on the right side of the issues and was always activist and speaking out.
My students were always talking about how Will gave them new perspectives
that other faculty would not, and how he inspired them to take it out of
the classroom and make it real. My favorite Will Miller moment was April
22, 1999 when he and my current debate coach Justin Morgan Parmett (then
a UVM debater) squared off in a public debate against arch-conservative UVM
professor Robert Kaufman and the president of College Republicans Robert
Pontbriand (also a UVM debater) on the topic that the USA should discontinue
its role as the world's police force. Marsh 325 (biggest room on campus)
was overflowing with over 400 people and they were stacked up outside to
listen. It was a moving debate. There is a grainy (1999 was a bit early)
streaming video of the debate at http://debate.uvm.edu/watchdebate.html listed
under public debates. You can watch it for yourself. I am moved by Will's current
plight, and I am determined in response to do what I should have been doing
anyway, speaking out more against this insane war in Iraq and standing against
USA imperialism everywhere The Lawrence Debate Union http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html
is planning a series of public debates. I will propose to the membership and
campaign for the idea that one major debate each year focusing on these issues
will be held in honor of Will Miller. Let the voices of those who knew him
and those who did not carry forward the task of speaking out, even when it
is unpopular, for what they believe is right. Silence is complicity. Will was
NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY
[email@example.com] now in graduate school at the University of Alabama
and coaching debate:
CONGRATS COACH!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY PULLED IT OFF AND WERE FIRST PLACE!!! NOW WHAT TO MAKE THE SEASON A PERFECT ONE WOULD TO WIN NOVICE OR JV NATIONALS!!! Good Luck this weekend, and send everyone my love!
Mimi Supernaw [Metimes2@aol.com]:
I really wanted to show my support and fly up to VT this weekend, however I'm a slave to the man. (So I might a well do something wonderful with the $) I do want to show my support of the LDU with their pursuit in Nats. I would like to donate at least $100, however let's make it more than that. I want to donate $20 for every team that qualifies for finals & $10 more dollars for every speaker award. I wish everyone the absolute best, and make me GO FOR BROKE!!!
Katherine Tosi [firstname.lastname@example.org]:
Triple K here. I have survived living for one year in Mandalay, Burma. Don't ask me how, but I've made my peace with some things here. The
plan is to take the summer off (I need a break from this country and to experience some civilization!) and travel through Laos, Malaysia and
Indonesia (Sumatra)and chill big time in Thailand. After that, it is back to live in Yangon for one year. Life in the big city! Hope you
are well and not freezing. I also intend to get back to VT next summer and will come see you. Love, K
Cheryl Wilson [email@example.com]:
Debate shaped my confidence in myself in every way that I can think of...and without it, I know that I would not have had the confidence to
accomplish all that I have. (Thank you Tuna!) Since graduating from UVM in 1996, I attended Western New England College School of Law in
Springfield, MA, graduating in 1999. I interned for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination throughout my law school experience, and following graduation moved to Boston to work for them as an Attorney Investigator. In 2000 I decided that I wanted to get a higher paying job with benefits, so I got a position at my current company, Chubb Specialty Insurance as a Claims Examiner handling employment practices liability claims. I live in Springfield with my boyfriend who is also an attorney that has his own practice. We hope to purchase a home in the Spring of 2005. So far, that's my news....I'd love to hear from those I was on the team with.....
|SEMESTER ONE||SEMESTER TWO|
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
1/8-10 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) 41-34
3/5 JV/Novice Nats at Georgetown
3/19 CEDA Nats at San Francisco State
3/25-28 NDT Nats at Gonzaga, Spokane, Washington
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
The next taping will be in March.
NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:
GOING TO GEORGETOWN:
Van #1: 6 AM - Tuna, Brady, Stephanie, Ethan, Mike
Vans #2 & #3 - 8 AM - everyone else.
Ask for class excuse memos now!
THE LDU BANQUET IS BEING PLANNED FOR APRIL 9. JASON WILL COORDINATE.
SGA BUDGET HEARING AT 6:15 PM. MEET AT HUBER HOUSE AT 6 PM
RESEARCH FOR GEORGETOWN DUE WEDNESDAY.
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! PLEASE GO NOW!
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.
CEDA NATIONALS: Teams with tickets include Nick & Jason, Leslie & Megan, Shane & Chase, Brady & Jake, Emily & Aimee. Looking to buy tickets for Aimee, Julia, Matt S.
Jake is organizing a public speaking group for the spring.
Brady and Karen announced that their L&L residential group S.P.E.A.K.S. was approved for next year. They invite people to join them and move in.
Poetry Slam Wed 3/9 8 PM Fireplace Lounge, L&L
Charlie annoinced that a new UVM group, Men Advocating Change, meets every Tuesday at 7 PM in Christy-Wright-Patterson.
LDU 2005 Sweatshirts - Order forms out on 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.
DEBATES: we need judges!
WED 5 PM Ethan-Mike Chase-Shane with Greta
Wed 4:30 PM Leslie-Megan Matt-Julia Helen, Karen to baby sit.
Thur 8 AM Jake-Jason Brady Stephanie, Justin
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.