4 March 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.

UVM POWERFUL AT EAST REGION CHAMPS!

NOVICES CLOSE OUT CHAMPIONSHIP - UVM DOMINATES SPEAKER AWARDS


| TOP TWO VARSITY SPEAKERS IN THE EAST | TWO EAST REGION NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS |

The Cross Examination Debate Association and the national debate tournament brought their regional tournaments to Burlington last weekend, and the home team showed its strength. With a healthy overall winning record and courageous showing by all teams, the squad outperformed all other schools.

Speaker awards were a good example. In the varsity division Teresa Hill was TOP SPEAKER and Lana Langsweirdt was SECOND SPEAKER as they finished the tournament off with an unprecedented two rounds of double THIRTIES (perfect scores) from the judges. The two debaters continue to explore new rhetorical forms and new channels of discourse as they readjust the fabric of contemporary argumentation, often through the use of original poetry. In the JV division Edwin Owusu was the NINTH speaker. In the novice division, UVM debaters dominated the speaker awards, with Colin Kern as the TOP SPEAKER, Carlos Varela as the SECOND SPEAKER, Tim Reimer as the FOURTH SPEAKER, and Lindsey Melander as the TENTH speaker.

In the elimination rounds the novice teams performed extremely well. In the quarterfinals Carlos Varela and Colin Kern defeated Cornell 2-1 while Lindsey Melander and Eric Mates defeated Rochester 2-1. In the semifinals Lindsey and Eric continued their Rochester domination by sweeping them aside 3-0, while Colin and Carlos gained steam and defeated West Point 3-0. This put both teams in the final round, and the Vermont close-out was accomplished.

In other results Brian Cole and Jennifer Knops defeated three of the four varsity teams in the semifinals, but although 4-2 were out of the semifinals by .8 speaker point. Lana Langsweirdt and Theresa Hill were 3-3. In junior varsity the teams of Edwin Owusu and Jill Witney were 3-3 along with Nikki Muradian and Julianne Hellmuth. In novice Tim Reimer debated by himself when Kayce Massey lost her voice and finished 3-3, a valiant effort. Ryan O'Connor and frank Friel finished 2-4 while Leo Velez and Michael Malone finished 1-5.

In the NDT District 8 tournament there were three bids to nationals, and those went to New York University, Cornell University, and Boston College. Sheila Limprevil and Jillian Marty represented UVM with class and style.

The tournament featured FANTASTIC FOOD provided by parents and supporters of the LDU, creating a family dining atmosphere that built a lot of community spirit among the attendees. Huge thanks go to alumni and supporters, people like Gordie Miller, Sam Miller, Charlie Hoag, Shane Egizi, Matt Sweeney, Abigail Trebilcock, Renee Jackson, Casey Gervais, Joe Ramsey, and many more.


| Justin Parmett, Helen Morgan, coaches | Crowd eats pizza on Sunday | Tim Reimer with Jillian Marty |


DEBATE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM WORKSHOP WEBCAST

This event 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 at the Center for Teaching and Learning. It can be viewed at http://www.uvm.edu/debate_theater/ and requires QuickTime 6 installed. This is the first of a series of webcasts designed to meet the needs of a global audience.


SWEATSHIRTS ARE COMING!

LDU sweatshirts are fabulous garb for critical thinkers! Show your support and keep the message going!
FRONT: "Peaceful Warrior"
BACK: "Breaking Traditional Chains, Vermont Debate 2K3"
Available in black and red, zip up or pull over hooded sweatshirts.
Pricing and ordering next week. Approximate cost $30.


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.

Towson: JV Nationals Langsweirdt & Hill, Cole & Knops, Muradian & Hellmuth, in Novice Nationals Varela & Kern, Mates & Melander, Reimer & Massey, O'Connor & Velez. Judges: Morgan, Parmett J, Parmett M, Miller, Fishbone (1/2)

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

LDU travel schedule for Spring, 2003:
March, 14-16 Towson, 20-24 CEDA Nationals, AZ


RESEARCH THIS WEEK

Jillian Marty is our research director.
THE RESEARCH LIST IS POSTED IN THE OFFICE! ALL ARGUMENTS MUST BE FINISHED BY MONDAY NIGHT!


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

BANQUET IS MAY 3, 2003! MAKE PLANS NOW!
LINDSEY MELANDER IS IN CHARGE OF THE BANQUET
BRIAN COLE HAS BEEN NAMES UVM HONORS GRADUATE FOR DEBATE 2003
POETRY SLAM TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY APRIL 10, 7 PM

THE SEMINAR ROOM MUST BE KEPT CLEANER OR WE MAY LOSE IT!


PRACTICE DEBATES THIS WEEK
Sunday Noon Reimer-Massey Mates-Melander


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

WED. 6:30-8:30 PM TERESA & LEO WITH JUSTIN
THUR. 2-3 PM COLIN WITH TUNA
THUR 4-5 PM ERIC, NIKKI, TERESA WITH TUNA
FRI 2-3 PM LINDSEY & LANA WITH TUNA

SATURDAY: TUNA IS COACHING 9-5
SUNDAY: HELEN & JUSTIN COACHING 12-7


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

NEXT TAPINGS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY AT 3 PM

TOPICS: #264 PROTEST AND YOU; #265 NORTH KOREA
PANELISTS: LINDSEY, ERIC, LANA, TUNA

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

244

 


292

 

45.5%

LAST WEEKEND

34

31

NEW TOTAL

278

323

46.2%

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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