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14 March 2006

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. To unsubscribe or subscribe to the email version of the newsletter go to http://list.uvm.edu/archives/topicnews.html .

DEBATE FUNDRAISING APPEAL IS WORKING
GOAL "IN SIGHT" FOR 2006; MORE FOR THE FUTURE


| LDU DEBATERS POSE IN THE FALL |

The alumni and supporters of the Lawrence Debate Union have responded to the call for donations and the financial goals are within sight as this newsletter goes to press. "We have been able to buy the plane tickets and get the hotel rooms for the NDT in Chicago, and now we just need funds for tournament fees and the rental car," said LDU Director Snider. "It has been nice to come in and find donations of many different amounts waiting for me in the office, but I would have to say that reading the touching notes and the warm regards that accompany the checks to be very heart warming and gratifying. People obviously hold the LDU in high regard, and they remember what it did for them."
This week over 400 mailers go out to alumni and supporters in an additional fundraising effort, mostly targeted at long-term finding. "The endowment has given us the security to focus on training and development, and not on a chase after trophies," said Snider, "and we need to make sure that that security is bolstered in the next generations." Asked if this meant he was nearing retirement, Snider smiled and said, "Well, I probably will retire within the next twelve to twenty years, but I want to start now because my goal is to raise a million dollars for the endowment. It may take longer than that, so a late retirement might be in store for me."
Other projects include a survey of past UVM yearbooks to gather more alumni names for future outreach as well as trying to get alumni already on the list to send us names of those who were on the team with them. The goal is to establish personal contacts with as many former debaters as possible to create long-term relationships that can lead to significant additions to the endowment later.
By request of some alums, meetings have been held with the Vermont Community Foundation to enable alumni to make larger gifts that
will become an endowment to support Vermont Debate that will be housed at VCF. Gifts can also be given to UVM to add to endowment funds. "We hope to have some exciting announcements in the weeks to come on the endowment front," said Snider.
IN THE MEANTIME....KEEP ON GIVING!
Please make checks payable to "UVM Debate." You can mail them to Lawrence Debate Union, 475 Main Street, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. Gifts are tax deductible.
Gifts can now be made online at https://alumni.uvm.edu/giving/support.asp , but please make sure to designate your gift for "Debate." Email your pdf receipt to alfred.snider@uvm.edu.
If you would like to talk about a major gift or a bequest you should contact Randy Wilson who is our contact in Development, and you can contact him by phone - Desk: 802/656-4253, Cell: 802/598-3961, Toll Free: 888/458-8691, Fax: 802/656-8678, or by e-mail: randy.wilson@uvm.edu.

We will have a complete list of donors available soon on a new and expanded LDU alumni website.


VERMONT DEBATE IN NATIONAL TOP TWENTY...

Here are the current standings for the Cross Examination Debate Association 2005-06 National Debate Sweepstakes top fifty.

School Total Points Tiebreaker Points School Total Points Tiebreaker Points
1. Liberty University 181 47
2. Missouri-Kansas City 161 42
3. Kansas (Univ. of) 151 28
4. U.S. Military Academy 148 29
5. Rochester 147 33
6. Wayne State Universi 146 32
7. Binghamton 142 32
8. Emory 135 18
9. Dartmouth 134 21
10. Whitman College 132 30
11. Harvard 131 24
12. Missouri State 130 15
13. Mary Washington 124 27
14. Northwestern 122 17
15. California 119 16
16. Oklahoma 118 21
17. Michigan State Univ. 117 19
18. Vermont 115 17
19. Cornell University 109 20
20. Wake Forest 107 10
21. Cal Poly 105 29
22. Central Oklahoma (Un 104 17
23. Georgia 103 18
24. Emporia State U. 103 13
25. Vanderbilt 102 32
26. Cal. State Chico 93 26
27. John Carroll Univers 91 15
28. Texas-Dallas 90 7
29. New York Univ. 88 4
30. Wichita State 86 15
31. Miami 86 8
32. Baylor 86 4
33. George Mason Univers 84 18
34. Kansas City Kansas C 84 18
35. George Washington 84 10
36. West Virginia Univer 83 12
37. San Francisco State 82 16
38. Kansas State 81 14
39. Clarion University 81 5
40. Idaho State 79 9
41. Richmond (Univ. of R 77 5
42. Trinity University 76 9
43. Pittsburgh 73 6
44. CSU Sacramento 72 14
45. CSU Fullerton 69 18
46. Concordia 69 6
47. Texas (Austin) 69 2
48. Samford 68 8
49. Northern Iowa (Univ. 68 5
50. Bard College 66 5

For more information about how these rankings are calculated, go to the listings at http://commweb.fullerton.edu/jbruschke/web/ as well as the CEDA home page at http://cedadebate.org/

The showing is quite excellent when you consider that most Vermont teams debate in a higher division than they are eligible for, thus damaging the ability to get points.

NEXT WEEK: How is Vermont doing in the AFA/NDT Sweepstakes?


NEXT STOP -- NATIONAL DEBATE TOURMAMENT IN CHICAGO AT NORTHWESTERN --IF WE HAVE THE FUNDS!

Nick Landsman-Roos and Jason Hitchcock

LAST STOP FOR 2005-06 -- CEDA NATIONALS IN DALLAS

Nick Landsman-Roos and Jason Hitchcock, Megan Harlow and Leslie Keller, Brady Fletcher and Stephanie Kimerer, Shane Clark and Sam Lavalle
We bought the plane tickets a long time ago and saved lots!


NEW INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES FOR VERMONT DEBATE

MACEDONIA-GREECE YOUTH DEBATE PROGRAM, May, 2006: "Forward together through debate," Greek and Macedonian youth come together to study debate and then debate each other on important topics concerning the relationship between the two countries. Using Snider & Huber Influencing through argument as text and inviting Snider as lecturer and consultant.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, November, 2006: "Thinking and speaking a better world: International Conference on Argumentation, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment." Held at Primorska University in Koper, Slovenia. Three day international conference, sponsored by World Debate Institute and ZIP Slovenia. Stay tuned for more news.

DEBATE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM TEACHER TRAINING, December, 2006: Sponsored by World Debate Institute and the Singapore Ministry of Education, hosted by Society of Associated Intertertiary Debaters Singapore. Using latest edition of book by Snider and (LDU alumni) Maxwell Schnurer, Many Sides: debate across the curriculum. Snider is invited to design and implement training for the event.


LDU TRAVEL SCHEDULE FOR 2005-2006

SEMESTER ONE Record Placed SEMESTER TWO

10/1-2 BUFFALO 32-36 1-3-5
10/15-16 UVM SCRIMMAGE
10/21-23 WEST POINT 50-59 1-5-9-9
10/29-31 HARVARD 4-4
11/04-06  CAP CITY DC 7-11
11/12-14 WAKE FOREST 7-9
11/13-14 UMASS 21-21
11/18-26 INTL DEBATE ACADEMY 10-3 1-3         

1/3-5 NORTH TEXAS 12-18 9
11/7-10  TEXAS-DALLAS 13-17 9
1/28-30 BARD 24-34 3-5-5
2/11-12  BINGHAMTON 33-29 1-5-5-9
2/25-26  D8/CEDA EAST WEST CT  24-27 5-5-5
3/3-5  NOV/JV NATS WEST VIRGINIA UNIV.  34-37 5-9-9-9
3/23-27  NDT NORTHWESTERN 
3/31-4/03 CEDA NATS DALLAS


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 Tuesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10 PM, Saturday 1 PM.
Next taping:March 18, meet at office at 1:45 PM. Topics: Eminent domain law changes, Hamas in charge. Panelists: Matt, Tuna, Steffi, Brady, Shane, Sam, Colin.
Zoe Anderson is the topic and program coordinator.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

NDT Shuttle next week: Matt, Shane, remind them!

Banquet: April 29, now we need a place to have it. These possibilities will be investigated by these people: Penny Cluse Matt, Boathouse Megan, Parima Colin.

LDU students are invited to attend the World Debate Institute July 28-August 11 to prepare for next year.

Work study students: do not go over your allotment.

Plans for a public debate on the environment in April. Matt, Megan and Taylor will organize.

TO JOIN THE LDU DEBATER LISTSERV GO TO http://list.uvm.edu/archives/debater.html


PRACTICE DEBATES

WED 8 PM SHANE-SAM VS. MEGAN-STEFFI CRITIC TBA


ALUMNI NEWS

 

LISA HELLER BORAGINE

3/8/06: "So today's the baby's due date, but our wee one has yet to make her grand entrance, in case you were curious. I stopped work on Friday, so now I can just sit around and eat bon-bons. Here is a photo taken over a month ago by my friend Judy (I'm actually bigger now, if you can believe it - more gravitational pull in my belly than several small moons). Speaking of moons - there's a full moon on Monday, so it will be interesting to see if it affects things, hmmm?"

From her mom Sarah Heller Monday 3/13/06 7:56 PM: "Lisa is in labor now. As of 5 PM she was having contractions about 5 minutes apart. She should be at the hospital by now. Send her, Dennis and Samantha your prayers and positive thoughts."

From Sarah Tuesday 3/14/06 9:47 AM: "Samantha Fern was born at 7:09 AM today. Everyone is doing bery well, if a bit tired. Samantha weighed in at 8 lbs 1 oz, 21 inches. She arrived wide awake, Mommy says, and very beautiful. Lisa thanks you all for your positive vibes as they definitely reacher her just when she needed them. Lisa managed to have a natural birth with all your help and an awesome doula, doctor and, of course, daddy Dennis."

 


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


2004-2005 NOVICE DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2004-2005 JV DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
UVM DEBATE WAS #6 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2004-2005
UVM DEBATE WAS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003

OUR RECORD
WINS
LOSSES
PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY
271
305
47%
TOTAL
271
305
47%
2004-2005 RECORD
323
328
 49.6%
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
 45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384
46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!