8 March 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.

VERMONT WINS TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hitchcock & Meany win JV National Championship *threepeat* for UVM
Fletcher, Kimerer, Keller, Harlow place #1 & #2 in Novice National Championship
Fletcher & Kimerer win 19 straight ballots, UVM goes 14-1 in Elimination Rounds


| Jason Hitchcock & Jake Meany pose with championship cup after final round |

It was being called the greatest day in Vermont debate since UVM won the National Debate Tournament in 1950. It was a dream that seemed impossible, yet it came true with a sure swiftness that surprised everyone including Vermont debaters, coaches and the rest of the American debate community. Some things just do not happen. Here are some of the stunning aspects of UVM's double win of the Novice and Junior Varsity USA Debate Championships.
* The team racked up 38 national sweepstakes points, the most ever, moving UVM from #17 to #5 in the year-long race. Standings now are: 1. Berkeley, 2. Harvard, 3. Liberty, 4. Emory, 5. Vermont, 6. Northwestern, 7. West Point, 8. Dartmouth, 9. Mary Washington, 10. Wayne State.
* The team had a 14-1 record in elimination rounds. Having that number of elimination round debates at one tournament is almost impossible, and the 14-1 record was beyond impossible, as in the elimination rounds you debate the best teams.
* Brady Fletcher and Stephanie Kimerer ruled the day, winning 19 straight ballots, including being 7-0 in prelims and winning 12 straight ballots in elimination debates.
* The JV National Championship is a "threepeat" for UVM, having won it three years in a row. Nick Landsman-Ross
* UVM didn't just win the Novice National Championship, they closed it out, as UVM won both semifinals and when they met in finals just took the trophies and began the celebration as Jason & Jake prepared to win JV Nationals.
* UVM won TWO national championships in one weekend, something never done before.
* The squad record surged above 50%, and we hope it stays there!


| Justin Green of Georgetown presents national championship to Leslie, Megan, Stephanie, Brady |

"We knew who we had to beat and we aggressively prepared to beat them," remarked LDU Director Snider. "Liberty, Oklahoma, Binghamton, Mary Washington, Rochester, and others have excellent teams and we were worried about them. The keys to victory seem to have been the extremely hard work of the students, the incredible talents of the student, strong strategies built on a vast assortment of arguments so that we could appeal to any panel and keep the opposition guessing, and a superb coaching job by Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett along with varsity debaters Nick Landsman-Roos and Sheila Limprevil. I just kept saying 'Continue with the program' all weekend long since we were in such a smooth groove."

Hitchcock & Meany Defeated:
Fletcher & Kimerer Defeated:
Keller & Harlow Defeated:
Mary Washington University
Western Connecticut
University of Rochester
Liberty University
New York University
Mary Washington University
West Point
Florida State University
Mary Washington University
Southwest Missouri State
Liberty University
Florida State University
Mary Washington University
University of Oklahoma
Liberty University
University of Rochester
Mary Washington University
University of Rochester
Kansas State University
Mary Washington University
Mary Washington University
Binghamton University
West Virginia University
Liberty University
Oklahoma/SE Louisiana
University of Oklahoma
New York University
Binghamton University

In speaker awards Jake Meany was #5 in JV along with Emily Sanders who was #19. In novice Brady Fletcher was #3, Megan Harlow was #8 and Stephanie Kimerer was #20. Carlos Varela received a special award for judging based on ballots cast by all of the students at the tournament. Over 340 debaters and coaches were in attendance at Georgetown.


| Snapshots of preparation for late elimination round debates |

Other teams had excellent performances. Shane Clark and Chase Whiting were 6-1 in prelims, met another UVM team (Julia Benjamin & Matt Silverman, who were 4-3), and advanced before losing a disputed 2-1 octafinal decision to Binghamton. In JV Mike McMahan & Ethan Nelson were 2-5, Emily Sanders and Aimee Rosato were 3-4. Matt Mantone & Bill Ottman, just learning how to debate after joining the squad late, filled in for Matt Jokajtys & Paul Schaefer who could not attend, and had a 1-6 record.

Accolades from supporters and opponents alike have been flooding in. Sam Nelson, coach at Rochester, said, "I am speechless. I never imagined that anyone could do what Vermont did this last weekend." Brett O'Donnell from Liberty said, "Tell your kids congratulations on an incredible performance and we'll see them next year." Neil Berch of West Virginia said, "Congratulations to you and your squad! What a fantastic showing, and a well-deserved one! I hope you arrive home soon and in one piece."

The performance would not have been possible if not for the volunteer judging of two LDU alums, Lindsey Melander and Eric Mates. Long-time supporter Sallie Chafer provided moral support and freshly baked pastries to keep spirits high. Sallie also hosted the group on their return as they needed a place to shelter from the snowstorm that swept the East Monday night and Tuesday morning. The team arrived back in Burlington at about 2:30 AM Wednesday morning. They were tired but victorious.

The squad record was 46-26 for the weekend.


STUDENTS SENT TO CEDA NATIONALS AND THE NDT
Now, to take care of them there...


<=== | Helen with Lindsey Melander in 2003 after winning top speaker at novice nationals. Lindsey held a cocktail party in DC last week and raised $250 |

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 $1000, 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 hosted a cocktail party fundraiser for the LDU last Wednesday night down in Washington, DC and raised over $250. Chuck Morton sent $500.
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.
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.


COLLEGE SPORTS TELEVISION TO FOCUS ON UVM DEBATE

College Sports Television did a special broadcast of the events surrounding the National Debate Tournament, an event sponsored by the American Forensic Association that is the equivalent of the NCAA playoffs for college policy debate. The other national tournament is the Cross Examination Association nationals with a policy of open entry. Teams must go through a rigorous qualification process, winning regional tournaments. UVM's Jason Hitchcock & Nick Landsman-Roos won the qualifying tournament for New England and New York state with a 10-2 record on the last weekend in February. This year College Sports Television plans expanded coverage of the NDT and has asked for permission to follow the UVM team through their tournament experience. Nick and Jason, two sophomores, indicated that they were excited about the prospect. CSTV said they were interested in following UVM because they have a tradition of training new debaters instead of relying on proven high school stars. "We have been talking and they seem very excited," said LDU Director Snider. "We look forward to the publicity and hope we do not disappoint." Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

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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) 41-34
3/5 JV/Novice Nats at Georgetown 46-26
3/19 CEDA Nats at San Francisco State
3/25-28 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:

NO MEETING WAS HELD MONDAY NIGHT!

THE LDU BANQUET IS BEING PLANNED FOR APRIL 9. JASON WILL COORDINATE.

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.

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 announced 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. 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

BECAUSE OF LATE RETURN FROM GEORGETOWN MEETING AND EVENTS WILL BE SCHEDULED THROUGH THE DEBATER LISTSERV.


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
261
270
JV/NOVICE NATS
46
26
2004-2005 RECORD
307
296
 50.9%
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
 45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384
46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!