5 April 2005

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.

MISSION COMPLETED
UVM #6 in Nation Overall
Final Tournaments Disappoint

While the results from the final tournaments could have been better, the Lawrence Debate Union completed its 2004-2005 season and
placed highly in all levels. When the dust settled and Berkeley Defeated Dartmouth for the Cross Examination Debate Association national varsity championship at CEDA Nationals in San Francisco and Northwestern had defeated Berkeley for the American Forensic Association National Debate Tournament varsity championship in Spokane, UVM could hold is collective heads high. The young squad graduates only two debaters and looks forward to more success in the future.


| LDU alums in San Francisco | LDU group at Golden Gate |

In the CEDA national sweepstakes race Vermont finished #6 overall. This sweepstakes keeps track of results at all tournaments in all divisions and recognizes success through the season. Although Vermont had entered the last CEDA tournament at #5 a strong showing by Dartmouth enabled them to edge UVM and push the Catamounts back to #6. The standings of the top 50 are below.

Programs 1-15
Programs 16-30 Programs 31-50
1 California Berkeley
2 Harvard
3 Liberty
4 Emory
5 Dartmouth
6 Vermont
7 Northwestern
8 Mary Washington
9 Army
10 Binghamton
11 Wayne State
12 Rochester
13 Cornell
14 UMKC
15 Oklahoma



16 Kansas
17 Texas
18 Idaho State
19 SW Missouri
20 Michigan State
21 Wake Forest
22 Pittsburgh
23 Whitman
24 Augustana IL
25 Trinity
26 Clarion
27 Central Oklahoma
28 Alabama
29 Kansas City CC
30 Samford

31 West Virginia
32 Wyoming
33 Vanderbilt
34 Case Western
35 CSUFullerton
36 Los Angeles CC
37 CSUChico
38 Georgia
39 Emporia State
40 West Georgia
41 San Francisco St
42 Cal Poly SLO
43 Redlands
44 Michigan
45 Arizona State
46 Louisville
47 CSUNorthridge
48 Texas San Antonio
49 Iowa
50 Florida State

At the CEDA National tournament five teams attended, but unfortunately none made the elimination rounds. "Our youth finally caught up to us, that and jet lag," noted coach Snider. "We arrived very late on Friday night (5 AM ET) and had to debate early the next morning. As a result we lost some of our usual sharpness, and in debate a little difference makes all the difference." Teams included Jason Hitchcock and Nick Landsman-Roos, Emily Sanders and Aimee Rosato, Shane Clark and Chase Whiting, Jake Meany and Brady Fletcher, and Leslie Keller and Megan Harlow. At the tournament Nick Landsman-Roos was named to the All American National Debate Team. "We took a lot of young debaters to CEDA nationals and all of them won a couple of debates," noted Justin Morgan Parmett, "and three of our teams had members with novice eligibility."

The trip certainly would not have been possible without the gracious support of LDU alumni both financially and personally. Teresa Hill flew up from Los Angeles to judge, Abigail Trebilcock now works in SF and was gracious enough to judge, Eric Mates was on the west coast and served as a judge. Current coaches and alumni Helen and Justin Morgan Parmett along with vibrant offspring Nakobe provided their usual excellent coaching. Meanwhile alumni Laura and Glenn Ellingson supplied housing and food and Mike Calore served as entertainment guide and host. Mike also handed out buttons to debaters with the color face of Edwin Lawrence on them to provide identity within obscurity. Laura and Glenn staged a lavish lasagna feast, Abigail provided a dinner at tournament end, and Mike took people on sightseeing tours and cultural visits.

<== Marty, Green, Landsman-Roos, Hitchcock and Snider in Spokane

After a one day break Nick and Jason proceeded to Spokane, Washington the attend the AFA's NDT. Unlike CEDA nationals with an open invitation policy, the NDT takes only the nation's top teams after they survive a qualifying process. Nick and Jason were the surprise winners of the District 8 (New York and New England) tournament and earned a coveted NDT bid although they are only sophomores. Because of the extended trip and family obligation the coaching staff was reshuffled for the NDT. Alumna Jillian Marty, now a doctoral fellow at the University of Alabama, volunteered to come along to coach and judge as did long-time LDU friend Justin Green of Georgetown. The NDT requires two judges for each team. The squad was closely followed by the College Sports Television Network and will be featured in the coming program on the event. Stay tuned for details. The tournament was challenging and difficult, resulting in many split 2-1 decisions, usually not in UVM's favor. The team did not reach the elimination rounds. "Youth and determination are on our side." noted Snider, "and I predict we will be back again and again. Personally, I did a horrible coaching job, as I was as sick as I have been at a debate tournament in 30 years, but you have to keep on going. The debaters seemed to understand that some of my coaching advice was a bit feverish." It could be that the 110 travel days for debate Snider has logged this season were catching up to him.

It was a huge trip lasting thirteen days and involving twenty people. The generosity of alums really made it all possible. They gave of their time, homes and income to make this huge undertaking possible. "We could have done better," noted Snider, "but number six will have to do. Just about every school in the top twenty has twice a big a budget as we do, and most of them recruit top high school debaters and put them on scholarship. It hurts sometimes, but we can compete even with fewer resources and less experience. That speaks to the determination of our students and coaches."


BANQUET THIS WEEKEND FEATURES 2004-05 SUCCESSES


<=== | 2004 Banquet photo |

Edwin Lawrence thought that the debate team should have a banquet at the end of the year. We agree. This year's banquet will take place this Saturday, April 9, 2005 starting at 6:30 PM at the Waterman Manor on the top floor of Waterman on the UVM campus.

The event will be long on fellowship and short on boring speeches. The program will include:
- 6:30 PM social on the porch of the Manor overlooking Lake Champlain and the "million dollar view."
-Dinner buffet style.
-Recap of the year and thanks you's.
-Special awards, including "Friend of Debate" award and the Sonneborn Award for top first year student debater.
-Senior farewell speeches.
-Cash prizes amounting to over $8000.

Debates and coaches are paid for, guests are $15 each. Please confirm to jason.hitchcock@uvm.edu by Wednesday night.

All friends of the LDU are invited.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

LINDSEY MELANDER: melander@gmail.com
I just wanted to send out a mass email letting people know that after 10 LONG months I will be leaving my post at the League of Conservation
Voters in the beginning of April and will be starting at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (if you are inside the beltway the D-trip www.dccc.org). I will be the Deputy Finance Director of the Washington, DC region- basically working for Leader Pelosi and Chairman Emanuel. I am really excited to start this position- and although my work load will most likely increase by about 100% I am up for the challenge! Please stay in touch- and if you are ever around the DNC building at 430 South Capitol- let's meet for lunch!

WHITNEY SMITH: Whitney.Smith@mail.house.gov
My boyfriend and I just closed on our condo in Fairfax, VA and things have been pretty hectic moving and unpacking.  I just read on UVM newsletter that you all were at Georgetown U. debating and did really well! Congrats! Are there more plans for the team to visit DC again soon? Sorry I missed you all! I hope that things are well with you and the team and please keep in touch! Committee on Resources, United States House of Representatives.

SHANE EGIZI: shane_egizi@hotmail.com
Congratulations on the great success. LDU is going strong. I am doing very well here in Hong Kong. I am still teaching at same school. All the children have improved immensely with their English. My Cantonese is still very bad, but at least I can tell the bus driver to stop...lol. My girlfriend, Jessica, have been to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, and Mainland China so far. We are going to Beijing in a month to check out the Great Wall and other tourist delights. I have just bought this computer so hopefully I will be able to send some pics soon. Again, well done.

STEVE DOLLEY: Steven_Dolley@platts.com
I just saw the latest newsletter. Some truly resounding victories for the massive power of applied thought, not to mention the Spewarchy, if that's still a relevant term of art. I'm very proud and happy for you all. Last time I saw Jake he was in diapers, and now he's winning national championships. All's pretty good here with the job and band. I plan to be up in Vermont sometime this summer, and hope to see you then. Associate Editor, Platts Nuclear.

RAE LYNN SCHWARTZ: raelynn-schwartz@uiowa.edu
CONGRATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am so proud to be a member of the LDU. This seems like a really amazing time in the history of the program and I am so proud of your debaters and coaches. All my love and support!!!! I cannot want to hang with the team in cally.



SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO
10/2 Buffalo 47-40
10/16 Rochester 37-42
10/30 Harvard 2-6
10/30 West Point 34-35
11/6 Oklahoma 2-4

11/20 Wake Forest 3-5
12/4 U Mass 16-8
1/4-6 North Texas 8-16
1/8-10 Texas at Dallas 9-17

1/29 Cornell 20-31
2/5 Northwestern 4-4
2/12 Binghamton 39-29
2/26 CEDA East/District 8 (Vermont) 41-34
3/5 JV/Novice Nats at Georgetown 46-26
3/19 CEDA Nats at San Francisco State 16-32
3/25-28 NDT Nats at Gonzaga, Spokane, Washington 1-7

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 Wednesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10 PM, Saturday 1 PM.
Last Saturday we taped #301: China & Taiwan, #302: Right to Die.
Next taping: April 30, Saturday. Topics to be decided.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

The menu for the Banquet was discussed. Jake Meany and brady Fletcher will serve as hosts and help seating people. Jason Hitchcock will coordinate dining list and arrange trophy display. Final changes to Hitchcock by Wednesday night.

The LDU voted on topic areas for next year: 1. Courts, 2. Democracy promotion, 3. China, 4. Internet regulation.

REMINDER: Take Tuna's Ivan Illich seminar and TA for Justin's debate class next semester.

NFL national debate qualifier tournament this Saturday. We will need judges.

Because we only have 3 sweatshirt orders they have ben cancelled for this semester. We will try again in the fall.

We plan to have a public debate this Spring. We want to dedicate one public debate each year to the memory of Will Miller.

Leslie Keller is organizing an effort to plant trees to make up for all the paper we use. More info to come in the spring. Greta Lockwood and Abram Harrison have become involved as well.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

NO OTHER MEETINGS THIS WEEK! WORK ON CLASSES!


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


UVM DEBATE WAS #6 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2004-2005
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE WAS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.

OUR RECORD
WINS
LOSSES
PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY
307
296
CEDA/NDT NATS
16
32
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!