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4 April 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 .

SUCCESSFUL CEDA NATIONALS ENDS SEASON
Year ends with 2-1 loss to Harvard; Younger teams do well


| Nick and Jason | Leslie and Megan|

| Brady and Stephanie | Shane and Sam |

A 2-1 elimination round loss to Harvard ended the University of Vermont’s 2005-2006 debate season. In the elimination rounds at CEDA Nationals in Dallas Nick and Jason won the toss and picked negative. The judges were Cade Hamilton of North Texas, Calum Matheson of North Texas and Todd Jordan of Wake Forest. It was a spirited debate and the judges took almost 40 minutes to make a decision. Hamilton voted for Vermont, noting that there was a disconnect between Harvard’s two rebuttals, while the other two judges voted affirmative for Harvard on the permutation of the critique Vermont was running. While disappointed, Nick took responsibility, saying that spending more time on the permutation in the last negative rebuttal could have made all the difference. During the season Jason and Nick were one of the nation’s better negative teams with a 70% win-loss record. The pair won two tournaments and had a 66% win-loss record in elimination rounds. They will return as seniors next year.
Jason is a poster boy of sorts for the Vermont debate program. He saw a sign about the debate team as a first year student and decided to join. Even with a lackluster novice season he stuck with it and has advanced rapidly. We say that you can join our debate team with no previous experience and with hard work and determination you can rise to debate at the highest levels of national competition against people with four years of high school experience and often on scholarship. Jason proves that it can be and has been done.
Nick has been the leader of the squad all year long. He serves as research director and never requests things of others that he does not demand of himself. His tireless research efforts and his eye for argumentative innovation have placed him in a position to not only perform well himself, but to lift up all those around him. Jason and the entire squad could not have done it without him.
The three other teams did Vermont proud and suggest that next year will, indeed, be a very good year. Megan Harlow and Leslie Keller, now in their JV year after being novice national champions last year, were 4-3 going into round 8, and a win would have meant participation in the elimination rounds, but it was not to be after a tough loss. Senior Brady Fletcher and sophomore Stephanie Kimerer (former novice national champs last year as well) finished 3-5, with Brady claiming to be satisfied and Stephanie vowing to be back. JV debater Shane Clark and novice Sam Lavallee posted a respectable 2-6 at a varsity national championship tournament and called it valuable experience.
The tournament may well have been the last tournament for the powerhouse coaching combination of Helen and Justin Morgan Parmett. The demands of family and advanced academic career are calling, and both announced their resignation earlier in the year but will probably still remain involved at some level. Their young son Nakobe has been a joy to travel with and watch grow. "Their contribution has been immense," said Snider, "and we will be recalling all of that in the weeks to come."
<== Charlie Chafer with Bill Clinton
Special thanks should go to Charles Chafer, President and CEO of Space Services, Inc. who came up to Dallas to support the LDU by taking them out to a celebratory dinner and providing moral support. An NDT finalist for Georgetown University, Charlie has been a long-time supporter of the program and has visited the team while on the road a number of times. His activities currently involve organizing commercial space ventures, solar storm warning spacecraft, and space burials (he will be launching James Doohan's ashes, Scotty of Star trek fame, into space next year). He has previously launched he ashes of Timothy Leary, Gene Roddenberry and Gerard O'Neill into space. Charlie received the 1996 National Space Society Pioneer Award for Space Business, and the 1997 Space Frontier Foundation “From Vision to Reality” award for his commercial space leadership.


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.
Specific efforts include:
-Collection and expansion of names and addresses to fill out the alumni contact list.
-Establishment of relationships with debaters from the 1950's and 1960's about the LDU of the 21st Century.
-Creation of giving plans and recognition goals.
-Establishment of a alumni referral service so that former debaters can make contact with their team mates.
-Work to establish a companion endowment for bequests and targeted giving.
-Events to be held in major cities to bring together debate alumni and others.
-Creation of a "Distinguished Alumni Award" to be given to an outstanding alumni each year at the banquet.
"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 Jerry Falwell's 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.


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. Check it out every so often for some debate team news as well as downloadable copies of classic radio programs from my stay at WRUV. "

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


HERE COMES THE BANQUET -- APRIL 29 2006

The 2006 Lawrence Debate Union Banquet will take place the evening of April 29th at ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a beautiful museum and science center directly on the lake. The catered dinner event will feature the celebration of the debate season, the presentation of over $9000 in cash prizes to debaters, the recognition of the Alumni of the Year, the presentation of the Jackson Sonneborn presentation of the Special Contribution Award to a person who has shown substantial support for the team, as well as senior speeches and and considerable fellowship. There is limited room (60 seats) so reserve your spot now! Email Jason hitchcock at jhitchco@uvm.edu. The fee is $20 each for parents and friends. Photo by Nick Laveccia.


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 15-19


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:

NO MEETING LAST MONDAY NIGHT.

MEETING NEXT MONDAY NIGHT TO DISCUSS BANQUET, PUBLIC DEBATE, SUMMER ACTIVITIES, AND FUNDRAISING EFFORTS.

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


STUDY AND SUCCEED


ALUMNI NEWS

MAXWELL SCHNURER

I'm currently teaching in the department of communication at Humboldt State University. I'm active in the community, showing films, helping with protests, and working as a community organizer. I'm helping to fight a big mall development, organizing with hip hop-oriented students to do prison outreach, and working on local sustainable agriculture with a group called the Peak Oil Action Group.
The second edition of Many Sides (Tuna and Max's book) is coming out soon, and I have a chapter in the new AK press book "Igniting a Revolution: voices in defense of mother earth" which will be available on earth day.
I love living in ecotopia -- a direct result of too many years teaching and ranting about radical ecology. Our health food coops are the size of regular grocery stores. Everywhere offers vegan food. More farms than chain stores up here.
I keep a regular blog at: http://kingmaxwell.livejournal.com/ which has political rants, music reviews and other stuff.
Love to the LDU family and props to the LDU debaters who carry on the tradition.

CHESTER S. KETCHAM

I was a member of the debate team between 1947 and 1951. These were the days when Tom Hayes and John Harrington were national champions. Upon graduation from UVM in 1951 I entered Yale Law School and graduated in 1954.
I practiced in Vermont until my retirement in 1999. I served in the Vermont House from 1974-1980 serving as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. In 1986 I was elected to the Vermont Senate and served one term. In the 1990s I served two terms as Probate Judge of Addison County. After retirement I wrote a book about my experiences entitled, Nonsense, No Nonsense & Other Things.
In my practice I came to know Edwin Lawrence personally when he was a partner in the law firm Lawrence and O'Brien in Rutland. He was a tall man with distinct features. I was not a close friend but did admire him for his work with the Vermont debate team. I remember traveling in a Plymouth vehicle marked in memory of Mr. lawrence.
I recall working with Doctor Huber in debate as well as several courses including Argumentation and Speech.
My wife and I presently live in Brandon and sometime travel to Florida in the winter.


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
PREVIOUSLY
274
310
CEDA NATIONALS
15
19
TOTAL
289
329
2004-2005 RECORD
323
328
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!