19 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.

SPRING BREAK AT HUBER HOUSE
Students sacrifice Spring Break for debate preparation
Early AM practice debates, long strategy meetings


| Intensity marks the sessions | Jillian Marty makes her point |

With two tournaments left in what is already the winningest season in the history of Vermont debate, Spring Break has become a focus of hard work and preparation. Breaking stereotypes about college students and defying the call of warmer temperatures and creature comforts, over a dozen UVM debaters have given over their vacation time to prepare for two national tournaments -- the National Debate Tournament to be held in Springfield, MO, and the Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals to be held in southern California.

Coach Snider used this as an opportunity to refute comments made in the local media and by political critics of UVM students. "As we work during the days of Spring Break we challenge the uninformed and ridiculous stereotype some people have of UVM students. These students are diligent, intellectual, and not afraid of putting in the hard work needed to succeed. We didn't get to be a top ten debate school by taking it easy and riding on our laurels. UVM's critics need to see the kinds of things going on in Huber House before they go throwing around insults towards UVM students. I don't just see it during Spring Break, I see it all the time in our students. They are the best and the brightest."


| Anthony Pagan works on his files | Casey Gervais explains her argument |

Each work day includes practice debates, research sessions, argument strategy discussions, and smaller committee meetings as students prepare for every possible argument opposition teams might make against UVM's positions on both sides of the current resolution about federal control of Native American affairs. The emphasis was put on strategy and argument anticipation by coach Jackie Massey with decreased emphasis on new research. Of course, new evidence is always being found and processed, but now it is done for specific arguments and extensions. Each day's long argument strategy meeting involves exploring one negative positions completely and thoroughly, examining all possible affirmative answers and crafting responses. Special attention is being given for how debaters can establish a framework for the decision for the judge. An entire day is being set aside for the consideration and use of alternative forms of proof, including poetry, narratives, music, rap, and dance. Long a feature of UVM's attempt to broaden the scope of standard debate, these forms of proof will receive substantial treatment. The committee working on these issues is pouring over texts about literary criticism, social impact of narratives and music, and other issues about how various forms of discourse can be used in disputational discussions.


| Claudia Greenman and Sheila Limprevil discuss strategy | Teresa Hill and Jill Witney during a practice debate |

This is the last prep session for Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson before they leave on Thursday for the NDT. The larger group leaves for CEDA Nationals in California on April 4th.

The teams attending both nationals expressed that thanks at the beginning of the preparation week to alums and donors who have made these trips possible. Without donations from so many, the contingent of UVM students would be much smaller and some seniors would have to stay home.


THE NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES RACE!
COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE

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.


UVM DEBATE TO ATTEND SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SPANISH LANGUAGE DEBATE TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD IN PUERTO RICO IN MAY

Last year UVM entered the only team from the USA to attend the Torneo Hispanoamericano de Debate held at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. This year the UVM team has been invited back, and UVM coach Snider has been invited to present a workshop on judging and assist with the management of the tournament. The tournament will be held at Universidad Interamericano in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 6-11, 2002. Last year's event was truly groundbreaking, as for the first time UVM students debated in a second language at an international tournament, to the acclaim of the Spanish speaking teams who were deeply impressed by Americans who understood that to be truly international debate must occur in a variety of languages. "They are so used to Americans demanding that all debates be in English that they were impressed by our willingness to put ourselves at risk in a second language. The team performed well, receiving several standing ovations during the competition," said coach Snider. "This year, we hope to do even better."

Retiring UVM coach Jackie Massey will be attending the tournament. Friend of UVM debate and famous Spanish language debate coach Rodrigo Rojas of Universidad Diego Portales, now pursuing a Fulbright at New York University, has agreed to help coach the team before the tournament.


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



The program that the New York Times called "Boot camp for the brain and for free speech as well," [August 9, 2002, p. A12] returns for a 20th summer on the UVM campus. The World Debate Institute last year attracted over 300 people from more than 15 nations for high intensity training for two weeks. WDI will offer a two week high school policy workshop, a one week national high school leadership workshop, a college policy debate workshop, a college parliamentary workshop, an international debate workshop, as well as coach training programs.

For more information, go to http://debate.uvm.edu/wdi.html.


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.
COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN FORMED FOR SPECIFIC ARGUMENT WORK
EVERYTHING MUST BE DONE BY WED. PM FOR NDT!


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

NEXT TAPING - AFTER NATIONALS -- 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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