04-13-99

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. Alfred C. Snider is the Director. 802-656-0097 voice, 802-238-8345 mobile, 656-4275 fax, asnider@zoo.uvm.edu email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.

 

USA AS WORLD POLICE?
FACULTY AND STUDENTS IN BIG PUBLIC DEBATE

Thursday, 7 PM, April 22, 1999 a public debate will be held in Marsh Life Science Auditorium (holds 300+) on one of today's hottest topics, US military intervention in other countries. Organized by the LDU, this debate features two of the most well-known faculty members on campus and two senior debaters. Will Miller, faculty in Philosophy and longtime UVM political activist, will be partnered with Justin Parmett, top varsity debater at the East Regional Debate Championships will be on the affirmative to argue that the US should end its current role of being the world's police force. Robert Kaufman, Political Science professor, will be paired with Robert Pontbriand, senior debater and VP of the Student Government Association, to uphold the negative and the status quo. The debate will follow an American parliamentary format with four constructives and two rebuttals, but will add cross examination periods after each constructive speech. Posters are up and all around. It will be videotaped and later we will broadcast it on the Internet. Stay tuned for pictures next week.
TASKS: Library table Kenan, Banner Rae Greta Sarah, Set up Anna, Peter, Helen, Heather, WRUV Tuna, Follow up calls Kenan.

CITIZEN DEBATE LEAGUE BEGINS

Televised Execution Debate -- USA as Titanic Debate

UVM debate hosted an impromptu debating event last Friday. In an exercise designed to increase public speaking skills and argument invention, students were randomly assigned to teams, sides, and topics. They were given 15 minutes to prepare, and then two debates were held. The topics were, "Executions should be televised," and "America is like the Titanic." In the first debate, Matt Sweeney and Charlie Hoag were affirmative while Kenan Osmanovic and Aaron Fishbone were negative. Terry McKnight, Greta Lockwood, and Andy Ellis were the critics. In the other debate, Rob Bernstein (in his first debate ever) and Pete Winfield were affirmative while Helen Morgan and Mariellen Jewers (of Trinity) were negative. Jackie Massey, Sarah Snider, and Fiona Mahoney served as critics. Students and observers had good things to say afterwards. Future plans involve creating regular citizen debating opportunities for students, faculty, and citizens, perhaps on regular days each month or every other week. The goal is to create more of a "debating culture" on our campus and in our community. The Televised execution debate will soon be available over the Internet as a sound file you can download. We will use the upcoming public debate to promote this process

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Public Debate Publicity Meeting - 9 PM Tuesday
Handbook Planning - 6:00 PM Wednesday
Set Up for Public Debate - 6 PM Saturday

 

FLASHPOINT!
NOW YOU CAN WATCH IT ON THE INTERNET

Just go to the Debate Central video page http://debate.uvm.edu/broadcast.html and get help downloading the free RealPlayer software, and then check out the first Flashpoint to be streamed to the Internet at pnm://real.uvm.edu/flashpoint/0499.rm

UPCOMING SHOWS:
#192: Ecofeminism - TAPING ON 5-2-99 AT 2 PM
Meet at office at 1:45 PM, Meet at Adelphia at 2 PM

WATCH FLASHPOINT! Channel 15, Burlington Wed. 12:30 PM, Thurs. 10:30 PM, Sat. 1 PM

FLASHPOINT IS NOW AIRING IN SHELBURNE OVER SMALL CITIES CABLE, MONDAYS AT 8 PM

TRIP TO NY URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE THIS WEEKEND

Jackie, Aaron, Peter, Sarah, Helen, Greta, Gordie. Leave on Friday at 4 PM, return on Saturday night. Sarah will coordinate housing.

ALUMNI: YOU CAN STILL LISTEN TO THE REGGAE LUNCH

LDU coach Tuna still has his regular Wednesday noontime reggae radio show on WRUV-FM. But now, you can listen to it live through the WRUV website (http://www.uvm.edu/~wruv) or download and listen to various shows as mp3 files at the Reggae Lunch website (http://debate.uvm.edu/reggaelunch.html).

ALUMNI NEWS

Chris Greenwood of Ben & Jerry's, Jim Greenwood attorney & mediator (famous LDU alumni), and Sarah Snider. Jim and his wife, Maryscott (also a former LDU debater) are stationed in Ottawa where she is #2 at the US Embassy there as an appointee of the President. News also came that LDU alum Eric Nelson, the military attaché in the US Embassy in Belgrade, has been relocated to Sarajevo. Good luck, Eric.

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