12 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.

JACKIE MASSEY ANNOUNCES DECISION TO LEAVE VERMONT DEBATE

"It will take at least two people to replace him," Tuna
Debaters and staff sad, but support his reasons


| With Coach of the Year Award, 2001 | Coaching Helen Morgan '00 before round in 2000 |


| Jackie models LDU hoodie | Jackie led many expeditions down to NYC to judge at NYUDL tournaments |

Everyone involved in the Lawrence Debate Union knows that Jackie Massey has been the heart and the soul of the squad for the last four years. He has been to more tournaments, judged more debates, done more research, done more pre-round coaching, and lifted more spirits than anyone else on the team. While the mutual admiration between the LDU and Jackie continues at a high level, Jackie has announced that he will be leaving the LDU and UVM at the end of this year.

Jackie indicated that he strongly feels the need to be much closer to his daughter in Texas and also feels the call to study law and begin to apply some of his strong beliefs and extensive skills in ways that can lead to individual and societal change.

Jackie has had an amazing coaching career. Before arriving at UVM he coached at Eastern New Mexico, and brought that previously unknown school into national prominence with strong showings at CEDA Nationals and the National Debate Tournament. Since coming to UVM his hard work, creative sense of argument, and soft heart have strengthened UVM debate. In 1999 UVM reached the elimination rounds at CEDA Nationals, in 2000 they reached the elimination rounds at both CEDA Nationals and the NDT, and in 2001 again at CEDA Nationals. This year the squad has set new records for wins and total debates, and has been riding high in the national sweepstakes race. While these results have clearly been a team effort by students and coaches, few would deny that Jackie is the one in the vanguard.

LDU fellow coach Snider was lavish in his praise of Jackie. "I have been continuously impressed by his dedication and determination over the last four years. He has set high standards for our students and has also exhibited them as a role model. Jackie has inspired our students to view their debate arguments as an opportunity for advocacy of ideas and causes they believe in, and has thus given them skills they will use throughout their lives as they make a difference wherever they go. It will take at least two people to replace him."

Everyone wishes Jackie the best of luck and the team hopes to send Jackie off with a competitive flourish at both upcoming national tournaments. Upcoming issues of this newsletter will feature comments from students about working with Jackie. Alums are invited to send in their comments and memories. Jackie's position as a lecturer will be filled this Spring after an extensive search in which students will be directly involved.


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 CONTINUES OUTREACH THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND

The LDU sponsored two workshops this weekend to further its program of debate evangelism. On Friday, coach Snider staged a workshop for 45 high school teachers in Brattleboro about how to use debate as a classroom method for studying Asia. The event was hosted by Juefei Wang of the Asian Studies Outreach Program at UVM, now a partner in a number of joint initiatives. On Saturday, coach Snider staged a workshop for high school debate coaches of the Providence Urban Debate League held at Textron/Chambers HS in Providence. The event was hosted by Brown University and the Providence Urban Debate League, both of which have been partners with the LDU in launching the Providence program and sending students to the World Debate Institute.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING...



EVENTS COMING UP....

NATIONALS PREP - MARCH 15-19 - ALL DAY LONG!
BEGINS FRIDAY, 3/15 AT 11 AM! BE THERE!

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 TAPING
Topics: Abenaki Recognition, Stem Cell Research

NEXT TAPING - SUNDAY, MARCH 31 -- WE NEED TOPICS


SQUAD MEETING
NEXT MONDAY 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

414

360

53

       

TOTAL

414

360

53


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