23 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.

END OF YEAR BANQUET CELEBRATES ACHIEVEMENTS
ALL WELCOME - PLEASE RESERVE A SPOT NOW!
5:30 PM SATURDAY 4/27 WATERMAN MANOR, UVM


| Join us on the Waterman Manor Porch (scene from 2000) | Hugs in 1999 |


|Tasty meal by banquet standards | Awards will be on display |

The official activities of the Lawrence Debate Union come to a conclusion this Saturday evening in a celebration. The 2002 LDU Banquet will be held at the Waterman Manor, atop the Waterman Administration building, which overlooks Lake Champlain and downtown Burlington. Saturday, April 27, the festivities will have doors open at 5:30 PM, and people are invited to gather on the porch (or indoors of the weather is unfriendly) for fellowship and mutual introduction of friends and family. Sometime between 6 PM and 6:15 we will be open the food line for a buffet style meal. The salads will include deluxe Greek and Mozzarella, tomato and basil. The main course are cranberry Dijon chicken and baked ziti. There will be a variety of cheesecakes for desert. After cheesecake begins to vanish the formal part of the program will begin. The program will include: greetings, thank yous, special awards presentations, student awards presentations, senior speeches, and then farewell.

An event which is long on celebration and short on boring speeches, the event does feature short farewell speeches by those leaving their status as undergraduate students at UVM. This year's list includes a dazzling array of student talent in Aaron Fishbone, Casey Gervais, Claudia Greenman, Adam Gana, Charles Hoag, Jake Ricker, Matthew Sweeney, and Abigail Trebilcock.

The cash prizes come from three endowments left by Edwin Lawrence which now provide over $7000 in prizes each year.

The event will also feature a program book covering all of the triumphs and tribulations of a record-breaking debate season.

If you are reading this you are invited! Contact Tuna at 802-238-8345 if you would like to join us. Debaters and staff are free and guests are $20 each.

Lana Langsweirdt and Charles Hoag will be your hosts at the event. Brian Cole and Aaron Fishbone will be providing the display of awards. Tuna will construct the booklet.


4/20 PUBLIC DEBATE A SUCCESS

LDU students staged a very topical public debate last week on the question, "Do current marijuana laws justify civil disobedience?" President Jillian Marty presided. Matt Sweeney, Teresa Hill, Adam Gana, and Meredith Parmett were the debaters. The event was of considerable importance in that it directly addressed the issue of the "4/20" demonstrations and the issues surrounding them, something that was absent in much of the rest of the weekend events at UVM. A good crowd showed up ands the discussion was spirited. Jill Witney made a digital video of the debate that will be available for viewing soon.


UVM NINTH IN NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES RACE!
WE ARE PROUD TO SAY IT FOR ONE MORE ISSUE

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

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


UVM DEBATE TO ATTEND SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SPANISH LANGUAGE DEBATE TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD IN PUERTO RICO IN MAY

DEPART FROM NYC - LAGUARDIA 6:35 AM MONDAY 6 MAY, 2002
RETURN TO NYC - LAGUARDIA 1:59 PM MONDAY 13 MAY 2002
TEAM: Anthony Pagan and Carlos Varela; Jackie Massey, Coach

| UVM Coach Snider lectures last year |

UVM's World Debate Institute and the newly formed World Debate Organization are proud sponsors of this event. The tournament website is at http://bc.inter.edu/cit_form.nsf/contactanos_debate .

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 7-11, 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.

There will be a series of live webcasts of debates and other parts of the tournament, presented by the Debate Central website http://debate.uvm.edu .


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....

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 - SUNDAY 11 AM IF POSSIBLE - MEET AT THE OFFICE
TWO SHOWS ON PALESTINE - HOAG, PAGAN, MASSEY, GANA, MARTY, SNIDER


SQUAD MEETING
EVERY MONDAY 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

438

393

52.7


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