11 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 POISED TO FINISH SEASON STRONG

SQUAD PERFORMANCES PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
NOVICE AND JUNIOR VARSITY NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND
BUSY PREPARATION WEEKEND FOR SQUAD


| FLASHPOINT #264 & #265: LANA, LINDSEY, TUNA, ERIC | ALUMNI MORGAN BARBER VISITED THIS WEEKEND |

It was a busy preparation weekend for the LDU in anticipation of two straight weekends of debate that will gobble up the spring break of most debaters and coaches. While there were practice debates in the seminar room and research in the computer room, there was a lot more going on. On Friday the LDU recorded two new editions of their television show, Flashpoint. Aired in Channel 15 three times a week and available on the Internet as streamed video at http://debate.uvm.edu/flashpoint.html, the show has become a solid foundation of public discourse the LDU initiates on all manner of subjects. Show #264 was "Protest and You" about the ways in which people express political dissent and the benefits and deficits involved with various forms of expression. Show #265 was "Korea Conundrum" about the situation on the Korean peninsula and possible policy alternatives for the USA and northeast Asian nations. Morgan Barber, former LDU debater during the University Heights days, dropped in to visit with debaters and coaches. He is now pursuing writing and artistic careers and has some recent publications and shows.

Alumni will also be in evidence this weekend at the Novice and Junior varsity nationals held in Towson, MD. Aaron Fishbone '02, Meredith Parmett '02, and Claudia Greenman '02 will all be on hand to judge and support the team. Other coaches will include more alumni, Helen Morgan, Justin Parmett, and Gordie Miller.

The tournament itself will, for the first time all year, feature all teams in their qualified divisions. Most of the JV teams going have been debating varsity all year, while many of the novice teams going have been debating in higher divisions as well. Hopes are high for a novice national championship AND for a junior varsity national championship, but the ballots will tell all. With eight teams entered UVM has the largest squad at the tournament.

Special thanks to Environmental Products and Services of Vermont, a company that made a substantial donation to cover the food allowances for both remaining tournaments. The debaters and coaches will be preparing a suitable thank you for such support!


SWEATSHIRTS ARE HERE!


| JACKIE MASSEY MODELS LAST YEAR'S HOODIE |

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.
SPECIFY: RED OR BLACK, ZIP OR PULL OVER, SIZES.

ORDER NOW, PAY LATER. Approximate cost $30.

EMAIL: alfred.snider@uvm.edu


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), Greenman.

VAN #1 LEAVES AT 9 AM THURSDAY!
Cole, Knops, Melander, Miller, Massey, Marty, Reimer, Kern, Varela, Owusu

VAN #2 LEAVES AT 12:30 PM THURSDAY!
Snider, Parmett, Morgan, Velez, Mates, Muradian, Julianne, O'Connor, Langsweirdt, Hill

THURSDAY NIGHT AT SALLIE'S HOUSE, BRING SLEEPING THINGS. FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT AT RAMADA INN, TOWSON.

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 AND PRINTED BY WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 PM!


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

BANQUET IS MAY 3, 2003! MAKE PLANS NOW!
LINDSEY MELANDER IS IN CHARGE OF THE BANQUET
LDU WILL HELP ECONOMICS STAGE A GLOBALIZATION DEBATE 3/27 THURSDAY 8:30 PM
POETRY SLAM TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY APRIL 10, 7 PM
LDU WILL BE STARTING A COOPERATIVE PROGRAM WITH CLINTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IN NY. DETAILS COMING.
LDU STUDENTS SHOULD BEGIN THINKING NOW ABOUT ATTENDING THE WORLD DEBATE INSTITUTE THIS SUMMER.

KEEP EVIDENCE TUBS CLEAR OF THE BACK DOOR SO HANDICAPPED ACCESS IS GUARANTEED!


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

MANDATORY STRATEGY MEETING WED. 8:30 PM!


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 HOPEFULLY SCHEDULED FOR SAT. OR SUN. MARCH 29 OR 30.

LAST TAPING : #264 PROTEST AND YOU; #265 KOREA CONUNDRUM
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

278

 


323

 

46.2%

OFF WEEKEND

 

 

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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