16 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.

UVM DEBATE - #9 IN THE NATION FOR 2001-02 SEASON
SOLID NATIONALS PERFORMANCE HOLDS PLACE IN TOP TEN
NEW TEAM SEASON RECORDS - 438 WINS, 831 DEBATES
TWO UVM DEBATERS NAMED "ALL AMERICANS"
FISHBONE & WILKERSON MAKE ELIMS AT NATIONALS
UVM COACH WINS DEBATE SERVICE AWARD
JACKIE MASSEY'S DECISION IN THE FINAL ROUND ENDS THE SEASON


| Jackie Massey, coach, and Jillian Marty, president, hold national awards |

The 2001-2002 season came to a competitive close at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament held at California State University Fullerton. UVM kept its top ten standing to close at the year at #9 [see details below].

The LDU set new team season records for most wins (438) and most debates (831).

Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson were both named to CEDA's All American Debate team. This was the second such award for each, having been named All Americans in the 2000-2001 season. Then two were also 5-3 in the preliminary debates, but lost a difficult decision to Emporia State in the elimination rounds. The team got an enthusiastic round of applause from the debaters and coaches at the awards assembly.

Other teams, with considerably less experience, posted strong results. Jillian Mary and Sheila Limprevil were 4-4, Casey Gervais and Anthony Pagan were 4-4, and Claudia Greenman and Lana Langsweirdt were also 4-4. Brian Cole and Edwin Owusu were 2-6 as were Teresa Hill and Jill Witney. Abigail Trebilcock had been debating on a hybrid team with California State University at Long Beach's Nader Haddad and were 2-2 after the first day when Nader had to withdraw because of illness.

Jackie Massey had been selected to represent the East region as judge for the Final Round. The debate took place between Fort Hays State University (KS) and Michigan State University. The decision was 5-4 for Fort Hays with Jackie in the majority. It was an amazing debate, and a video will soon be available at the Debate Central website. Jackie was the last to give his decision.

The LDU also delivered a live webcast of the final round debate which was a new high in debate technology. Viewers reported excellent audio and good video from the webcast. Thanks to Wesley Wright for his help in this project.

UVM Coach Snider received the Don Brownlee Award for service to debate. His ability to inspire debaters to become coaches was noted. He was clearly embarrassed when the chant of "Tuna Tuna" accompanied his clasping of the award.

The tournament was also a good place to chat with candidates for the UVM faculty position being vacated by Jackie Massey. Several excellent candidates had a chance to meet with LDU staff and students during the tournament.

In summarizing the year, coach Jackie Massey remarked, "We did so well, and we never really compromised ourselves in our argument selection. We never sold out." Coach Snider saw it a bit differently, "As the season went on, the students became more and more committed to their own arguments and positions as a form of personal advocacy. The nice part is that by the end of the season each debater had developed their own major positions, and no two teams did the same thing."


UVM NINTH IN NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES RACE!
"LOOK WHO WE'RE AHEAD OF!"

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.              University of Rochester 557
2.               Northwestern University 555
3.               Michigan State University 538
4.               Emory University 533
5.               Liberty University 520
6.               University of California-Berkeley 488
7.               Whitman College 479
8.               Dartmouth College 447
9.               University of Vermont 447
10.          Mary Washington College 429
11.          Catholic University (The) 417
12.          University of Southern California 399
13.          Emporia State University 395
14.          Fort Hays State University 393
15.          Wake Forest University 392
16.          West Georgia State University 378
17.          University of Michigan 374
18.          Harvard University 372
19.          University of Pittsburgh 370
20.          Chico State-CSU 369
21.          New York University 369
22.          Wayne State University 368
23.          Fullerton-CSU 359
24.          University of North Texas 357
25.          University of Texas-Austin 355
26.          Gonzaga University 354
27.          Cornell University 350
28.          West Virginia University 347
29.          Arizona State University 320
30.          Weber State University 320
NOTABLE OTHERS IN THE TOP 100
33.          Boston College 303
34.          University of Kansas 296
35.          University of South Carolina 295
40.          University of Georgia 280
47.          University of Kentucky 262
56.          University of Iowa 233
57.          University of Oregon 232
60.          George Washington University 225
61.          Southwest Texas State University 225
62.          U.S. Naval Academy 225
67.          University of Louisville 208
76.          University of Florida 180
81.          Georgetown University 149
88.          MIT 100
93.          Stanford University 75

1 Michigan State EC
2 Rochester E
3 Northwestern NC
4 Emory SE
5 Whitman NW
6 Berkeley W
7 Liberty E
8 Dartmouth E
9 Vermont E
10 Southern California SCA
11 Catholic E
12 Wayne State EC
13 Army E
14 Fort Hays MA
15 CSUChico W
16 West Georgia SE
17 Mary Washington E
18 Gonzaga NW
19 New York E
20 CSUFullerton SCA
21 Wake Forest SE
22 Arizona State SCA
23 Pittsburgh E
24 North Texas SC
25 Harvard E
26 Michigan EC
27 Vanderbilt SEC
28 Emporia State MA
29 Texas SC
30 Boston College E
Notable others from the top 100
33 Kansas MA
36 Cornell E
38 Kentucky SEC
42 West Virginia EC
56 Pace E
57 Alabama SEC
59 South Carolina SE
60 Georgia SE
65 Chicago NC
67 Iowa NC
69 Baylor SC
71 Oregon NW
72 Columbia E
77 George Washington E
83 Florida SE
85 Claremont SCA
86 Navy E
87 Georgetown E
91 Richmond E
94 Missouri MA
99 Florida State SE
100 Loyola Chicago NC


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.


TRAVEL WITH THE LDU...
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.

The current CEDA National Champions, Joe Ramsey and Jason Regnier, were WDI students last summer.

For more information, go to http://debate.uvm.edu/wdi.html.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING...



EVENTS COMING UP....

PUBLIC DEBATE - THURSDAY 7 PM LAFAYETTE 207
"DO CURRENT MARIJUANA LAWS JUSTIFY CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE?"

COACH HIRING SESSION - COME AND EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
FRIDAY, 5 PM, SEMINAR ROOM

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

NO RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS UNTIL TOPIC AREA COMES OUT
NOMINATIONS NOW FOR RESEARCH DIRECTOR FOR 2002-03!


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

WE NEED TO DISCUSS BANQUET AND COACHING! ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

417

365

53

CEDA NATIONALS

21

28

 

TOTAL

438

393

52.7


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