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, firstname.lastname@example.org email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
| CEDA Nats: Jillian, Colin, Helen | Rae, Karamae, Colin, Lindsey, Helen, Jillian, Sarah, Sheila |
| JV/Novice Nats: whole crew | JV National Champs: Nick Landsman-Roos, Colin Kern |
The LDU finished the 2003-2004 season with a flurry of activity. Because the last two tournaments straddled Spring Break. To make sure that as many students as possible could take advantage of this opportunity it was determined that there would be one trip -- in vans. The crew left Burlington for friend and supporter Sallie Chafer's house in West Virginia where they stayed and prepared, then on to Towson University in Maryland for the three-day JV/Novice Nationals. A few students not going on to CEDA Nationals returned to Vermont on one van, while the other two took a day to rest at Sallie's house before proceeding on to Louisville, Kentucky, where CEDA Nationals would be. Arriving on Tuesday night the crew rest and prepared for the four-day CEDA tournament which ended on Monday evening. One van left Monday afternoon and the last van departed on Tuesday morning. Wednesday morning at 2:30 AM the final van pulled into Huber House after a 13 day trip. Special thanks go to an awesome group of coaches and support personnel who made it all possible, including Eric Mates (alumni, who went the whole 13 days), Jen Knops (alumnae, who did the first leg and brought the first van back to Huber House), Sheila Limprevil (debater who went along as coaching support), Gordie Miller (coach, who did the whole trip), Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett who did the trip but had to leave Louisville due to a death in the family, and special props top Helen for coaching a full load this semester while carrying their first child, and of course the "old coach" (as Jim greenwood would say) who went, once again, all the way. Students on this trip willingly gave up their spring break for debate, and that deserves a lot of credit.
Towson's JV/Novice Nationals had its good and bad parts. Faulty tab room operation kept assigning judges we had struck or rated very low over and over again, but the students dealt with the situation well. Overall performances were not as good as had been hoped for, but then at the LDU hopes are always high. In the JV division UVM cooperated with the Lawrence-endowed Middlebury debate team. Nick Landsman-Roos had attended UVM in the fall before he started at Middlebury in the Spring, and he had established deep links with the UVM squad. UVM-Middlebury cooperation has been in operation for the last five years. Nick debated with Colin Kern from UVM. Likewise, Middlebury's Miosotis Perez (an NYUDL star and a WDI assistant) debated with UVM's Lindsey Melander.
Colin and Nick were 6-1 in prelims and were given a bye in the octafinals because of their record. In the quarterfinals they defeated Catholic University 3-0 on the negative, as Colin's outrageously good evidence on human trafficking finally found a target. In the semifinals they defeated what may well have been the best team in the tournament, Rochester (Syverson and Sondey) who had been first and fourth speakers on a 2-1 decision. Nick saw an error in the first affirmative rebuttal and spent all six minutes talking about it in the last negative rebuttal to scratch out a win. In the final round they met Catholic University Pope and Mageto and again wrangled out a 2-1 decision to become JV national champions. The award consists of a beautiful ceramic jar that was full of delicious cookies. This was the second year in a row the LDU has claimed this title. Lindsey and Miosotis list their round seven match to miss the elimination rounds and finish at 3-4. Kayce Massey and Nikki Muradian were 2-5. Nick was the 9th speaker, Miosotis was the 12th, and Colin was the 13th. Special recognition should be given to Jillian Marty who, having won the tournament the year before, served as a very valuable coach. It is also worth noting that the coaches for Catholic University in the JV final were LDU alumni Paul Kerr and Aaron Fishbone.
In the novice division it was a disappointing finish for a novice squad who has done well all year long. Michael McMahan and Jason Hitchcock were 5-2 before losing their octafinal debate to Cornell 2-1. Andrea Aeschlimann and Carly Lehrer lost their break round to finish 3-4. Mimi Supernaw and Emily Sanders finished at 3-4. Tarik Yeasir and Brady Fletcher finished at 2-5.
One interesting note that says a lot about the squad is what happened after the JV finals. Sallie Chafer had set up a party for us to celebrate right away, but every single debater said that they wanted to stay an extra 2.5 hours and watch the novice final round between two favorites, Vassar/Bard coached by UVM alumni Maxwell Schnurer and Oklahoma, coached by UVM former coach Jackie Massey. Tuna and Gordie drove off to the party, and were head to exclaim, "What's the matter with kids today?" Seriously, it says a lot about the team that after a long weekend they wanted to see one more debate. Vassar/Bard won 2-1 with a panel of three UVM judges (both teams had rated all three as #1 judges) Justin Morgan Parmett, Jen Knops, and Eric Mates.
After a day of rest, walks in the apple orchards at Sallie's country home,sleeping, and eating her excellent food, Tuesday morning saw two vans take off for Louisville. They arrived there that evening about 7 PM and checked into the hotel. The next two days were spent preparing and practicing as well as a it of recreation.
The CEDA National tournament featured 177 teams in attendance. UVM has traditionally brought many of its younger debaters so that they can get a taste of national varsity competition, and this tournament was no different. Of the five teams attending, four had at least one novice. The results were satisfying. Generally, the LDU expects such teams to rack up a 2-6 record against varsity opponents. Most did better. The top team was expected to reach the elimination rounds, and Jillian Marty and Colin Kern did, only to have a disappointing loss to Emory University. Lindsey Melander and Jason Hitchcock had quite a run, and finished at 4-4 after losing their round 8 to Oklahoma, an impressive finish for a JV and a novice debater. Kayce Massey and Emily Sanders continued their project to create awareness of the problems in the USA occupation of Iraq and had a 3-5 record. Novices Zoe Anderson and Mimi Supernaw as well as Tarik Yeasir and Brady Fletcher finished 2-6 with pride.
The awards assembly held special rewards to LDU debaters. Kayce Massey and Jillian Marty were named to the national All-American debate team, an honor given to the top 30 debaters in America. Teresa Hill was named to the national Academic All-American debate team. Jillian was named the #25 speaker at the tournament, impressive out of over 300 contestants. Finally, Jillian was named the recipient of the Melissa Wade scholarship and also received a $1000 check to use towards graduate school. We hope that Jillian will be attending the University of Alabama on a teaching fellowship.
As the tournament ended the final sweepstakes standings for the year were not yet announced and we hope to announce them next week. It looks like UVM will finish at #16 or #17 in the nation.
Burlington High school, under the leadership of Brett Kernoff, dominated the Vermont States tournament like no other school ever has. BHS had the top teams in both divisions and won every speaker award. Joshua Kernoff and Lindsey Bouton were the varsity champs, and Brett received the coaching award. Congratulations on this historic feat! UVM hosted the tournament and many UVM debaters and alumni served as judges.
| CEDA Nats 04: Snider, Miller, Mates, Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett, Limprevil | Rae Schwartz (Iowa) and Gordie |
| Justin, Andy Ellis (ex-UVM coach, now Vassar/Bard) | Justin Green (Georgetown) and Aaron Fishbone (Catholic) |
It was a great year for the extended UVM coaching family. Jackie Massey (now at Oklahoma) guided his first year squad to a #5 national sweepstakes rating. Maxwell Schnurer and Andy Ellis coached the novice national champions at Vassar/Bard. Sarah Snider's UMKC made the elimination rounds at CEDA nats and finished at #8 in sweepstakes. Jethro Hayman's Cornell squad got to quarters at CEDA Nats and finished at #7 in the national sweepstakes. Former UVM coach Sam Nelson's Rochester squad finished at #4. That means UVM alums coached the 4-5-7-8 national sweepstakes winners. The LDU not only does well on its own, but the people it produces continually enrich the debate community.
At CEDA Nationals 14 judges had LDU pedigrees, including Brian Cole (Wichita State), Andy Ellis (Vassar/Bard), Jethro Hayman (Cornell), Jackie Massey (Oklahoma), Eric Mates, Gordie Miller, Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett, Sam Nelson (Rochester), Maxwell Schnurer (Marist), Rae Schwartz (Iowa), and Sarah Snider (UMKC). Aaron Fishbone (Catholic) flew to Louisville on his own to be there to support the team even though his squad was not attending. Our posse is big.
LDU hopes to announce 2004-05 tentative travel schedule soon.
Off season research assignments will be made for the summer.
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FRONT: Lawrence Debate Union 2004
BACK: DEBATE THIS! or DEBATE THIS! with a concert style listing of places visited this year. Places include: Atlanta, Rochester, Croatia, Burlington, Cambridge, West Point, Miami, Oklahoma City, New York City, Winston-Salem, Slovenia, Denton, Dallas, Montreal, Ithaca, Chicago, Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Baltimore, Louisville, Washington, Beijing.
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.