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12 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, firstname.lastname@example.org email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
The traditional Lawrence Debate Union banquet took place last Saturday night. As has become usual in recent years, it was held in the Waterman Manor on top of the Waterman administration building. The porch features a lovely view of the Champlain Valley and Lake Champlain, called by many the "million dollar view." Many parents, alumni and supporters joined the students and coaches to celebrate what has been one of the more successful debate years in recent memory. The LDU was in 651 2.5 hour debates. That's a lot of debating. In fact, it is 97,650 minutes, 1627.5 hours, 67.8 days, and 2.26 months of debating, all about energy policy. The LDU was #6 in the nation overall, while winning the junior varsity national championship tournament (for the third year in a row) and closing out (#1 & #2) the novice national championship tournament.
For those of you unlucky enough not to be there, it is possible to get copies of the program booklet for the event as well as a look at many of the photos from the event. The program is available at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/ldubanquet05.pdf (caution, this is a large file). The photos are available at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/banq05pixlp,pdf (also a large file).
| Carlos Varela | Emily Sanders |
After brief welcoming remarks (that praised parents and bragged about the LDU's showing this year) the traditional senior speeches were given. This year there were only two. Carlos Varela spoke about how debate changed his life and orientation to academic and education, and about how he hopes to work with high school students in at-risk schools in Washington, DC to give them the life-transforming debate experience that he received. Good luck, Carlos! Emily Sanders spoke next, and in her own way, told her story. She used a picture book that she had written and drawn herself to tell a story of a "traveler" who discovered debate. It was very funny as well as very moving. We are proud of you, Emily!
Alfred Snider presented four special recognition awards. The annual "Friend of Debate" award was presented to Theatre Department chair Jeff Modereger, who has been a strong supporter of the program as well as the coaches and the staff in ways too numerous to mention. H remarked that he wants to make sure that the UVM community knows what a great program the LDU has. Special recognition was given to alumni and long time coach and judge, Charlie Hoag, who is off to do doctoral work at the University of North Carolina. He has made a deep impression on many, many debaters and has also been a regular on close to 50 Flashpoint television programs. The final recognition Snider gave out was the Jackson Sonneborn Award recognizing the top performance by a first year student debater, and the award went to Chase Whiting.
| Charlie Hoag | Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett with Nakobe |
The "Most Valuable Alumni" award was given to an alumna, class of 1991, Laura Ellingson. Although this award included a free trip to the banquet, Laura was unable to take advantage of that because of a exceptional academic opportunity, and we understand because she is well on her way to gaining tenure as a communication professor at Santa Clara University with expertise in health communication as well as gender and communication. Laura has been a tireless supporter of the LDU, has raised funds and contributed funds, but also goes the extra distance of inviting 15 people to stay in her home and even prepared a fantastic homemade lasagna feast at the end of a day of competition. Thank you Laura!
The two dynamite LDU coaches who had been named "Coaches of the Year" in the Eastern USA for the 2004-05 season made the presentations of the many cash prizes given to debaters from endowments previously established. Over $8000 was given out to students.
The Edward P. Butler Prizes for oratory went to two people who have done a lot to use debate to find their voice to speak out on public issues and who have also brought that to others. Recipients were Julia Benjamin and Carlos Varela. The George and Robert Lawrence Awards for Debating are given to young debaters who work hard and succeed as a result. These awards went to the fearsome novice foursome of Leslie Keller, Megan Harlow, Chase Whiting and Shane Clark. The Robert Ashton Lawrence Class of 1899 Memorial Awards for Debating are always given to five students who represent UVM with distinction, who work hard towards success and who help others become more successful as well. These awards went to Brady Fletcher, Jason Hitchcock, Nick Landsman-Roos, Emily Sanders and Matt Silverman.
The banquet ended, people, lingered, remembering events, hugging each other, parents basking in the glow of seeing their offspring in such a positive light, but then it was over. "I treat this like New Year's Eve," said Snider. "It is the end of my year of debate, and the next day begins a new year of challenge and community. I'll take tomorrow off, sleep in, read some science fiction, and then on Monday I will start my new year. No year will be like the last one, it will be different, but something also tells me that it will be wonderful."
| Clark family with Chase | Quill family |
Finishing #6 in the CEDA sweepstakes, now comes the American Forensic Association's NDT sweepstakes results. This sweepstakes uses a slightly different formula for calculating results, but also uses the results of the entire team for the entire 2004-05 year. The LDU traditionally accepts the CEDA sweepstakes as the final word, but offers these standings for informational purposes. UVM finished #7 in this sweepstakes.
|Programs 21-35||Programs 35-50|
1 Liberty University
2 Cal Berkeley
3 Mary Washington (Univ of)
9 U.S. Military Academy
11 Wayne State University
12 Cornell University
13 Missouri-Kansas City
14 Rochester (Univ. of
16 Texas (Austin)
17 Kansas (Univ. of)
18 Clarion University
19 Michigan State Univ.
20 Whitman College
21 SW Missouri State U
22 Wake Forest
23 Idaho State
25 West Virginia University
26 CSU Fullerton
27 Trinity University
29 Kansas City Kansas C
31 New York Univ.
32 Augustana IL
33 Emporia State U.
34 Cal. Poly San Luis O
37 San Francisco State
38 Cal. State Chico
42 Los Angeles City Col
43 Central Oklahoma (Un
44 Case Western
45 Cal. State Long Beach
47 George Mason University
49 Michigan University
50 North Texas (Univ. o
AND MANY AFTER THIS
As if there wasn't enough going on with the banquet on Saturday, the LDU also hosted the National Forensic League qualifying tournament for high schools, striving for the one spot available to go to the NFL nationals in Philadelphia in June. Burlington High School finished first and second, with Hanover High School of New Hampshire finishing third. Huge thanks to all of the debaters who took time out of their busy schedules to judge.
The NFL national tournament is the largest forensic tournament in the world, and involves over 2400 contestants and 1200 judges in 13 different debate a speech events. This June Prof. Snider has been, for the fourth year in a row, invited to be the director of tournament operations for the ten-day event. He will be assisted by LDU alumna Sarah Snider.
NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY
I am writing you to let you know that one of my debaters from Freedom Academy, Jeffery Wilson, got into UVM and he is very eager to get involved with the debate team. He will be sending you an email as well with some of his questions, but I just wanted to update you on what I have been doing. I was on the UVM debate webpage the other day and I was reading some of the Voices of Edwins from this year and it brought back so many wonderful memories. Debate has truly brought so much to me and I am so glad that one of my students that I have been working with this year will be apart of the LDU. This year has been very busy for me. I have been traveling almost every other weekend with the debate team and applying to grad school for educational leadership and administration. I hope to be going to Columbia for a summer program and interning during the year, so I can continue to teach at the same time. Well, I will be up to Vermont in June and parts of July so I am sure I will see you, and I hope everything is going well with you.
I've been thinking a lot about you recently as I've been running the Washington Philosophers Society's Philosophy Night here in Washington, DC since last summer. We meet weekly and discuss issues similar to Flashpoint's issues (I even used the 1993 CEDA resolution on human rights one week). Your legacy is living on here in the nation's capital (and for a while, inside the nation's Capitol, during my time working in the senate). I hope everything is going great and LDU is kicking ass and taking names this year. If you're in the Washington area and need a place for the team to crash, just let me know.
|SEMESTER ONE||SEMESTER TWO|
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
1/8-10 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
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Last Saturday we taped #301: China & Taiwan, #302: Right to Die.
Next taping: April 30, Saturday. Topics: Walmart; Vagina Revolution.
NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:
REMINDER: Take Tuna's Ivan Illich seminar and TA for Justin's debate class next semester.
OFFICE DECOMMISSIONING: Gather all your stuff, evidence, etc. and box it up, clearly label it, and move it to the basement. This includes evidence shelves. As of May 1 everything not decommissioned is public domain.
LDU students should attend WDI. You will need to find your own housing. Dates are 7/28-8/11/2005.
TWO PUBLIC EVENTS
are being planned:
4/27/2005 Speak Out in front of RTT, brady is organizing
Public debate on Vermont secession, featuring Frank Bryan and Alfred Snider teamed up with students. Date and venue to be announced.
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.
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.