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28 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 .

NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT UPS AND DOWNS


| NICK AND JASON POSE AFTER WINNING BINGHAMTON TOURNAMENT |

It took three things to get to the National Debate Tournament held last weekend in Evanston, Illinois at Northwestern University. First, it took a lot of hard work on the part of Jason Hitchcock and Nick Landsman-Roos, work they have been doing all year but which accelerated during their spring break -- which took place mostly in the Lawrence Seminar Room at Huber Hall, not on some beach. Second, it took a lot of talent and skill. Talents and skills in debate are not really something you are "born with" at this level but are things that need to be developed. The two juniors came by different paths. Nick debated in high school and had some success but it still left him hungry for more. He has honed his skills and changed himself from a "policy" debater to more of a "critical" debater. From a quiet and mild person he has become a squad leader. Jason did not debate in high school at all, and started debating in his first year at UVM. He did not have an extremely successful novice year but kept at it as his knowledge, abilities and commitment grew. In his sophomore year we qualified for the NDT but he and Nick had a disappointing 1-7 record. The third thing that was necessary to get to the NDT was the support of alumni, donors and friends of UVM debate. The trip is a very expensive one, but a coalition of donors came through with contributions small and large. The result was that they took the trip without the LDU having to sacrifice taking four teams to CEDA Nationals in Dallas and the ability to stage a year-end banquet. Those three things worked together to make it happen.
Helen and Justin Morgan Parmett (with youngest coach Nakobe) led the group to Chicago. They were very lucky to be joined by Jen Knops who went along as the additional judge, taking time off from her job and donating her services.
While hopes were high and the tournament had some high point victories (over the Rochester team Nick and Jason had been struggling against all year long, and against Catholic University and Trinity University) the overall result was a 3-5 record. Most disturbing were losses to Richmond and Michigan State where the performance was good but the results were losses. Still, it was a long way from the 1-7 record of a year ago. "We improved by two wins from last year to this year," said Jason, "and if we do that again we will be 5-3 and debating in elimination rounds next year." With the three keys still in place -- hard work, developing talents and skills, and the support of the Vermont debate community -- everyone hopes that it will be true. Sarah Snider, now at Kansas State, was following them by phone all weekend, and said that they should be proud of their accomplishments, and added, "Nick and Jason may very well end up being the first Vermont team to qualify for the NDT three years in a row." Sitting in La Guardia airport on the way home, Nick called in this statement, "Dreams really can come true." Michigan State defeated Wake Forest in the final round 6-1.
All eyes are now on the future. And that future starts next weekend at CEDA Nationals in Dallas, where 222 teams are registered for the final debate tournament of the year. Nick and Jason watched every elimination round at the NDT, gathering arguments, citations to research and pointers for success. Stay tuned for the results.


FUNDRAISING APPEAL SHIFTS FROM SHORT TO LONG TERM


With this year's needs met, the LDU fundraising focus now turns to enhancing the long-term financial viability of the program. The goal is to enhance the endowment so that the program will be financially secure through the 21st century. Many alumni received a mailing in the last two weeks outlining the beginning of our campaign and the reasons for giving. If you did not, please email your mailing address to Tuna at alfred.snider@uvm.edu. Look for a follow-up mailing, personal contacts, an alumni directory, events in some major cities and plans for creating additional endowments -- all coming in the next six months. Also coming are special offers for alumni donors, including hooded sweatshirts and copies of Flashpoint episodes -- maybe even an episode with YOU in it! Help us with ideas and moral support as well as with donations.
"We need to score some big donations to raise another million dollars," said Snider, "and that includes working on planned giving, bequests and more, especially from the debaters of Doc Huber's era, who are now really making their debate experience pay off. They have the ability to give and the Development office at UVM is solidly behind us with all of their expertise. If Liberty University can spend $500,000 a year on debate, we can achieve a goal of $130,000 for UVM."
Special thanks go to some people who have helped in extraordinary ways that were inadvertently left out of the newsletter. Emily Sanders' parents in Pennsylvania opened their home to us after the West Virginia tournament so we could avoid a dangerous drive home while tired. Thank you so much for your hospitality, and for raising an awesome daughter. Thanks also go to Houston-based space businessman Charles Chafer for his sponsorship of the team on the upcoming trip to Dallas.
BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT, GIVE NOW IF YOU CAN! 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.


LDU ANNOUNCES PUBLIC DEBATE DURING EARTH WEEK

The LDU will hold a major public debate on campus on April 18, 2006. The event will be co-sponsored by the SPEAKS residential group in the Living and Learning Center, and more sponsors will probably be added. Now the task is to find students and professors to debate about a hot topic concerning the ecology. Suggestions currently include: Wind power, global warming, environmentalism vs. deep ecology, and more are being sought.

Taylor Lalemand is leading the effort but seeks help and advice.


VERMONT DEBATE IN NATIONAL TOP 20

Last week we looked at the CEDA sweepstakes where Vermont was #18. Here are the current standings for the American Forensic Association/National Debate Tournament 2005-06 National Debate Sweepstakes top fifty.

School Total Points School Total Points
1. Liberty University 566**
2. Wayne State Universi 494
3. Missouri-Kansas City 487
4. Rochester 480
5. Kansas (Univ. of) 473
6. Binghamton 471
7. Emory 471
8. U.S. Military Academy 465
9. Dartmouth 455
10. Mary Washington 454
11. Whitman College 448
12. Missouri State 438
13. Michigan State Univ. 432
14. California 429
15. Harvard 418
16. Oklahoma 407
17. Cal Poly 402
18. Vermont 393
19. Cornell University 391
20. Northwestern 389
21. Wake Forest 386
22. Vanderbilt 367
23. Georgia 360
24. Central Oklahoma (Un 358
25. Baylor 349
26. Emporia State U. 347
27. George Mason Univers 344
28. Cal. State Chico 339
29. Clarion University 334
30. Texas-Dallas 325
31. Kansas State 325
32. John Carroll Univers 319
33. New York Univ. 318
34. Miami 315
35. Richmond (Univ. of R 304
36. Kansas City Kansas C 303
37. Wichita State 302
38. West Virginia Univer 299
39. San Francisco State 296
40. Pittsburgh 289
41. George Washington 284
42. CSU Sacramento 281
43. Idaho State 280
44. Texas (Austin) 279
45. Concordia 279
46. Samford 279
47. Northern Iowa (Univ. 275
48. Trinity University 273
49. Southern California 272
50. CSU Fullerton 269

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. Also, most of these teams have twice the budget as UVM, a reason why the endowment must be built up.

**A story in Newsweek 6 February 2006 notes that Liberty University has a $500,000 annual commitment to debate.


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. Snider and Justin & Helen Morgan Parmett (and Nakobe) will be attending, along with alumna Jillian Marty who will be judging and coaching the LDU in Dallas.
DEPART OFFICE ON FRIDAY MARCH 31 AT 4:30 AM (SORRY).
MAKE SURE TO PACK APPROPRIATELY TO MEET BAGGAGE LIMITS.


TUNA JOINS THE BLOG MOVEMENT

LDU Director and Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna has started a personal home page with a blog. "I had been using my personal website at http://debate.uvm.edu/tuna.html for a long time, but it does not have an easy to use blog function. I got a copy of iWeb (Mac, of course) and found it very easy to make attractive pages and the blog features are certainly easy to use. I will use the blog for debate and personal news as well as ranting about current issues that concern me, and maybe even a few giggle items from time to time."

Take at look at http://web.mac.com/doctortuna/


HERE COMES THE BANQUET -- APRIL 29 2006

THE DATE IS SET, THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE, STAY TUNED FOR PRECISE DETAILS AFTER CEDA NATIONALS.


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 3-5
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: April 8, Saturday. We need topics and panelists.
Zoe Anderson is the topic and program coordinator.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS WERE GIVEN -- DUE THURSDAY NIGHT!

Debaters who have finished their season (or their career) should decommission their evidence. If you are returning, label it clearly and store it in the basement. If you are graduating, share your tubs and expandos with the younger set. Always save folders for re-use next year.

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.

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


PRACTICE DEBATES

NICK-JASON VS. MEGAN-LESLIE TIME TBA
SAM-SHANE VS. STEFFI-BRADY TIME TBA


ALUMNI NEWS

 

LISA HELLER BORAGINE

She's just 12 days old, but Samantha Fern already has everyone captivated by her winning personality. My mom put up some new pictures up on the web - take a look!  :)  She's getting cuter every day.
Go to the site:
http://homepage.mac.com/gohls/Samantha/PhotoAlbum16.html

<== Lisa's caption: "I think Mommy and Daddy like me."

 

 

DAWN RABINOWITZ NORRIS

I checked in a couple of weeks ago to see what was up with UVM Debate and saw that you guys needed some funds -- Please find attached my receipt for a donation per the request on the news section of the website - I donated online and hope they got those funds processed quickly for you folks.  I do hope that UVM debate reaches the mark on the fundraising.  Debate truly did change my life and I still recall the long trips, the "camping" on floors, the late night snowstorms, ALL of it with warmth and affection - it made me a better person - someone who can talk to issues intelligently, feel passionate about solving problems, and to have a voice I didn't have prior to becoming a debater.  There are no limits to what debating did for me.

A quick update with photos to come - I'll send to the link on the alumni page soon - I'm pregnant expecting identical twin girls in 8 weeks and can't believe how much life is about to change.  My husband Adam and I are thrilled and we will send news and photos once they arrive.  The amazing thing is - we weren't supposed to be able to have children according to the doctors and were looking into adoption and then found out we were pregnant!  LIfe is one amazing trip.  I'm on hiatus from my photography business (can't lift a thing - on partial bed rest) and just trying to enjoy reading books, resting, and the quiet before the babies arrive.  We've also got a blog up if you want to check it out: http://norrisfamilyblogger.blogspot.com/
I'm so glad you continue to do what you do - you are an incredible coach both for life and for debate:)

NIKKI MURADIAN

I HOPE you remember me!!! it has been way too long since I have touched base, and while my daily schedule pales in comparison to yours, I have in fact been very busy over the past year...  (I'll admit that the year immediately following my graduation was not so busy... and i did not take advantage of it as i should).
Right now, I am working at a Boston-based public affairs/consulting firm - aka, i'm working for lobbyists...  I think it is fun and exciting, and a good way to test the fields that I'm considering... at minimum, its been quite a learning experience - an eye opener for sure.
The reason I write is to let you know that, although I haven't made much contact, I think about you, debate, debaters, and all the classes you taught very often...  here are just a few examples:
- while listening to Roll Call at the State House - speed reading through various bills: the familiar sounds of debaters...
- at a public hearing - a girl stood up to speak to the legislative panel and a very large crowd.  I didn't even have to ask - by the way she spoke, it was CLEAR that she was a debater... (speed, articulation, and a well thought out and backed up argument)
- i have been searching high and low, and finally consulted amazon.com and purchased 2 dvds:  "Dance Hall Queen" and "Country Man" (Plans are in the works to reunite a small group of "The Rhetoric of Reggae Music" students - from various semesters, at my apartment for a Jamaican film night)
- people don't understand why i find it so easy to stand up in front of significant sized groups and ask questions, make suggestions, and argue my opinion.  I attribute it all to debate, where i learned how to think critically and became more confident in speaking my mind in front of anyone!
and Tuna, this is where I drew the line and said: "I HAVE TO TELL TUNA!"
 - I ordered a few expandos and used the skills i learned through debate to organize a massive project we are working on right now.  Not only do i have a master file for the office containing every piece of information that ever passed through my office, but i can produce it for anyone in a matter of seconds.  Maybe you aren't so impressed by that, but coming from one extremely disorganized girl, even I am impressed with my beautiful expandos.
I know that you are very busy, and so i will reluctantly end this e-mail.  I just wanted to say hello, thank you, and let you know that you have influenced my life in various ways...  (by the way, my father and I are closely monitoring Armenian affairs - particularly genocide recognition which is really heating up right now - and we've been getting involved in a lot of Armenian community groups... so if you ever need any articles for a disad or anything, let me know!)
I hope to see you soon.  Good luck with everything, and say hi to the group for me!


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

BUT NO SQUAD MEETING NEXT WEEK BECAUSE OF CEDA NATIONALS!


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%
NDT
3
5
TOTAL
274
310
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!