5 March 2002

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.

VERMONT DEBATE ACHIEVES GOALS

LDU gets 400 wins for the first time ever - 414 is a new record
Fishbone & Wilkerson win bid to the National Debate Tournament
East Regionals: Third in both divisions
Cole & Gana: #2 Novice team in America
Gervais & Parmett: #9 JV team in America
7 out of 10 LDU teams reach elimination rounds at Towson
Charles Hoag wins judging award, keeps UVM's streak live


| Brian Cole & Adam Gana | Shawn Wilkerson & Aaron Fishbone |

Things all seem to happen at once. The last two weeks have been that way for Vermont Debate. CEDA East Regionals saw considerable Vermont success, Novice & JV Nationals did as well, but also the team racked up win #400 for the first time in history and Vermont got a bid to the NDT.

At CEDA East Regionals, held at Marist College and hosted by LDU alum Maxwell Schnurer, UVM did well in both divisions offered. In JV all four UVM teams reached the elimination rounds after posting good records in prelims (Vilasa Campbell & Jillian Marty 5-1, Casey Gervais & Meredith Parmett 5-1, Edwin Owusu & Anthony Pagan 4-2, and Lana Langsweirdt & Claudia Greenman 4-2. Pagan and Owusu defeated Pace 2-1 to advanced to semifinals, where they lost a 2-1 decision to Cornell. Top seed Campbell & Marty lost a disputed 2-1 decision to Cornell. Gervais & Parmett advanced over teammates Langsweirdt & Greenman by virtue of a superior record, but then lost to, you guessed it, Cornell in the semifinals. Thus, UVM took Third JV team in the East twice. In JV speaker awards Jillian Marty was 3rd, Vilasa Campbell was 7th, and Claudia Greenman was 8th. In the Novice division the team of Brian Cole & Adam Gana were 4-2 in prelims. In the quarterfinals they defeated Marist College 3-0, then then lost to Rochester in the semifinals 2-1, thus becoming the 3rd Novice team in the East. Brian Cole was the 4th speaker, Teresa Hill was the 6th speaker, and Adam Gana was the 9th speaker. Sky Ganer & Josh Grenier were 3-3, Julianne Hellmuth & Jake Ricker were 2-4, as were Amy Myers & Nikki Muradian and Jill Witney & Teresa Hill. While the teams had finished well, there was a feeling that it wasn't good enough. But, a lot of wins had been added as the LDU went 34-27.

The most difficult part of the weekend was the fact that Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson failed to quality for the NDT at the qualifier for varsity teams held at Marist. More on this later.

The squad returned from East Regionals early Monday morning, and with a departure for Novice and JV Nationals at Towson in Baltimore scheduled for Thursday, it was such a busy week the newsletter did not appear.


| Cozy arrangements at Sallie Chafer's house | Carlos Varella & Jill Witney prepare |

The trip to Towson takes place every year, and once again it began with a stop on Thursday night at the home of strong LDU supporter Sallie Chafer. Sallie let us use her home even though she was out of town with a seriously ill relative, which was greatly appreciated. The team awoke on Friday morning for some last minute preparation before heading into Towson and the first round, held at 3 PM last Friday.


| Meredith Parmett & Casey Gervais | Adam Gana gets some coaching from Jackie Massey |

This large tournament features the best JV and Novice teams from all over the nation as they compete for the JV and Novice national title. The preliminary debates were very well, with seven of UVM's ten teams qualifying for the elimination rounds. In the JV division Marty & Campbell as well as Gervais & Parmett finished with 5-2 records, while Lana Langsweirdt & Claudia Greenman were 4-3. Marty & Campbell as well as Langsweirdt & Greenman lost in their first elimination. Gervais and Parmett lost in the second elimination round to finish as the #9 JV debate team in America. Greenman was the #14 speaker and Gervais was #20. In the novice division four UVM teams reached the elimination rounds. Gana & Cole were 5-2 along with Marget Brue & Teresa Hill, while Jake Ricker & Julianne Hellmuth as well as Jill Witney & Carlos Varella were 4-3. It was a special treat for these last two teams, who had to buckle down and win their last debates in order to reach the elimination rounds, which they did. Jake & Julianne eliminated two Rochester teams on the way. Both 5-2 teams survived the first elimination round while the two 4-3 teams did not. In the octafinals Brue & Hill barely lost, to finish as the #9 Novice debate team in America. Cole and Gana won their octafinal 3-0 easily, and then managed to win a close 2-1 decision over Rochester in the quarterfinals. They defeated University of Central Oklahoma 2-1 in the semifinals to reach the final round, where they narrowly lost 2-1 to Liberty, finishing as the #2 Novice debate team in America. In speaker awards Gana was 5th, Cole 6th, and Hill 22nd.

During all of this the wins kept piling up and the LDU kept getting closer and closer to 400 wins, a total never reached by Vermont debate before. As the last preliminary debate was ending the squad stood at 399 with one decision left, which was late in coming. Then, the report came in, and Marget Brue & Teresa Hill brought home that historic 400th win.

Suddenly on elimination day, as the novice final was about to start, word came that the NDT Committee had named Fishbone & Wilkerson to be invited to attend the National Debate Tournament based on their year-long record. Shawn & Aaron had been coaching all weekend and were already on the way home with groups of students, but mobile phone use informed them that their season will be one tournament longer. This was very gratifying after a year of very hard work.

One more important honor from the weekend -- Charles Hoag won the judging excellence award based on the votes of the student debaters. This was important because it made four years in a row that the winner of this award has been either a UVM judge or alum, with Justin Parmett, Maxwell Schnurer, and Lisa Heller as previous recipients.

So now you can see why the newsletter missed a week. We have been busy.


THE NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES RACE!

NDT sweepstakes can be found at http://www.whitman.edu/offices_departments/rhetoric/ndt/00zoverall.htm
CEDA sweepstakes can be found at http://esc.wichita.edu/ceda/ceda0102.htm

NDT SWEEPSTAKES RACE

CEDA SWEEPSTAKES RACE

1. Northwestern University 543
2. University of Rochester 525
3. Liberty University 485
4. Emory University 482
5. Michigan State University 446
6. University of California-Berkeley 444
7. Dartmouth College 433
8. University of Vermont 427

9. Whitman College 425
10. Mary Washington College 403
1 Northwestern 160 24
2 Rochester 154 44
3 Emory SE 152 25
4 Michigan State 146 20
5 Whitman 132 39
6 Liberty 131 29
7 Dartmouth 130 23
8 Berkeley 127 17
9 Vermont 124 22
10 Southern California 117 29

By the way, the American Debate Association rankings have us at #8.


COMING SOON - 2002 LDU CLOTHING

Matt Sweeney has agreed to coordinate this effort. Designs and items selected next week.


TRAVEL WITH THE LDU...
National Debate Tournament, Missouri 3/22-25/2002
CEDA Nationals, California 4/5-8/2002
Universidad Interamericano, Puerto Rico, 5/6-11/2002



LDU DEBATER WINS VERMONT HS COACH OF THE YEAR!

Matt Sweeney has been named Vermont High School debate Coach of the year by the Vermont Principal's Association. Matt's work at Burlington High School has revitalized that traditional debate program!


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING...



EVENTS COMING UP....

NATIONALS PREP - MARCH 15-19 - ALL DAY LONG!

LDU 2001-2002 AWARDS BANQUET
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2002
PARENTS & FRIENDS - MAKE PLANS NOW!
INVITES GOING OUT NOW, THINK OF SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS, THINK OF SPECIAL GUESTS WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE, WE NEED TO WORK ON MENU!


RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

Aaron Fishbone is the research director.
TAKING IDEAS FOR NEW ARGUMENTS TO USE AT NATIONALS!


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

GET READY FOR OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY THIS SPRING!

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/watchdiscussion.html

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 - NEXT TAPING
Meet at Debate office at 2 PM
Topics: Abenaki Recognition, Stem Cell Research
All welcome! Panelists so far: Hoag, Snider, Myers, Brue.


SQUAD MEETING
NEXT MONDAY 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

329

285

53

MARIST/NDT QUALIFIER/TOWSON 85 75  

TOTAL

414

360

53


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