2 April 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.

DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME...
Vermont debate heads into end of season...
Seven teams attend CEDA Nationals in California...
National standings on the line...

The final tournament of the 2001-2002 debate season looms this weekend. Because of healthy donations from supporters, UVM will be sending the largest contingent of any school to the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship to be held at the University of California at Fullerton, and which will be attended by over 220 two person debate teams. The size of the tournament is up substantially from previous years, which has changed the schedule of the tournament. The LDU had scored very inexpensive group fare tickets to the West Coast, but now with the schedule change they will be arriving on Thursday evening and then debating right away the next morning, not the kind of start we would want but unavoidable at this point.

Students attending include seniors Aaron Fishbone, Shawn Wilkerson, Charles Hoag, Casey Gervais, Abigail Trebilcock, and Claudia Greenman. Also on the trip will be Anthony Pagan, Lana Langsweirdt, Edwin Owusu, Sheila Limprevil, Jillian Marty, Brian Cole, Jill Witney, and Teresa Hill. Jackie Massey will lead the coaching crew along with Alfred Snider and outside judging-coaching assistance from longtime friends of the program Eric Marlow and Regina Paulose. Justin Green, formerly of Wake Forest and Kansas State, will also be there to lend a helping hand.

BE AT THE DEBATE OFFICE AT THURSDAY 9 AM TO PACK AND GET READY!
VEHICLES FOR THE AIRPORT DEPART AT 9:45 AM!
REMEMBER, ONLY TWO PIECES PER PERSON, MUST HAVE PICTURE ID!
RIDES TO THE AIRPORT PROVIDED BY JILL'S TRUCK, NIKKI'S CAR, AND A FRIEND OF TERESA'S VAN.


FRIENDS AND ALUMNI MAKE CEDA NATIONALS TRIP POSSIBLE

This year the LDU has had a very large and nationally competitive squad, putting undue stress on already overextended resources. Early in 2002 the call went out for help to maker sure our deserving students, many of them seniors, finished their debate careers at nationals, not sitting at home hoping they were there. The response has been outstanding, and we want to recognize some of the donors who have helped us. If we don't have you on the list, we apologize, but this is from UVM's donation records.

Bloomberg Foundation
Budin, Greenman and Greenman
Steve Dolley, Nuclear Control Institute
Matthew Byrne ’94
Glenn Ellingson ’91
Laura LaPierre Ellingson ’91
Jeffrey Fernandez ’76
Jewish Communal Fund, NYC
Kirkland & Ellis Foundation
Ashlyn Murphy Lembree ‘91
Erynne Ross '94
Paula Skowron ’95
Larry Stempler
Verizon Wireless Foundation

Thanks again, and we will be sending you personalized thanks from students after nationals.


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 #10.


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.


UVM COACH INVITED TO PAIR AND TABULATE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH AND DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

4800 contestants will attend the National Forensic League's 2002 National Championship in Charlotte, NC in June, competing for national titles in three different kinds of debate and individual speaking events ranging from original oratory to dramatic interpretation to impromptu speaking to storytelling. The one thing they will have in common is that their pairings and results will be administered by LDU coach Alfred C. Snider. A complex event which lasts an entire week, it is the largest speech and debate tournament in the world.

This last weekend the NFL flew coach Snider to Wisconsin to meet with tournament organizers to discuss procedures, software, and administrative issues. After two intensive days of discussion coach Snider agreed to take on the task. "I love organizing tournaments, and this is the biggest one there is, so I might as well give it a try," said Snider on his return. Snider has worked in the policy debate tab room at the tournament the last two years and takes on this task with a very serious approach. "The chance for error and misadventure are high, but the challenge is there. I will do my best and hope for the best. I was impressed by the people who will be working with me," was his reaction.


TRAVEL WITH THE LDU...
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 MEETING - WEDNESDAY 7:30 PM

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!


RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

Aaron Fishbone is the research director.
New cites researched by Aaron, Shaw, Jackie.


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
APRIL 15, MONDAY 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

417

365

53

 

TOTAL

417

365

53


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