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25 April 2006

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. To unsubscribe or subscribe to the email version of the newsletter go to http://list.uvm.edu/archives/topicnews.html .

DEBATE BANQUET TO END SUCCESSFUL YEAR
Fellowship, Awards, Farewells and a Beautiful View


| ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will be the location | Photo by Nick Laveccia |

Saturday April 29 2006 the Lawrence Debate Union will hold its year-end banquet at the beautiful ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain located on Burlington's waterfront. Every seat is filled in the space that will be used as 60 debaters, parents, friends and supporters will be on hand for the celebration. Even the menu, usually one of the most contentious issues of the year, has been agreed to.

The program will kick off at 6 PM with people arriving and communing while enjoying the spectacular view of Lake Champlain. For the first time in memory there will be a cash bar at the event, with IDs closely monitored. After a time of meeting and greeting and a lot of photo taking it will be time to move indoors for dinner. As dinner winds down the main part of the program will begin. It will consist of: welcome, thanks to parents, special awards (including Most Valuable Alumni), student awards (cash and non-cash), and then speeches by graduating seniors (six of them).

Leslie Keller and Megan Harlow are preparing a collage using photos from this year. Jason hitchcock will be acting as the host and will help seat people. Shane Clark, LDU treasurer, will be collecting meal costs from guests and also talking a bit about LDU fundraising. Jason will also bring just a few trophies for display.

The event should be over by 8:30 PM but we have the facility until 9 PM. It has been said that there will probably be an after-party, but unofficial and not sponsored by the University of Vermont and the LDU. For changes email Jason Hitchcock at jhitchco@uvm.edu .


LDU HOLDS SUCCESSFUL ECOLOGY DEBATE AS PART OF EARTH WEEK

PHOTO: Chase Whiting cross examines Prof. Jon Erickson

During Earth Week each year we are approached to have a debate about an ecological issue. Whenever possible we try to get teams of students and faculty for such events. This year we had an incredible number of sponsors, such as the College Democrats, College Republicans, Students for Peace, Freedom and Global Justice, SPEAKS residential program, STAR and VSTEP ecology group.

We had a cast of characters and we were in search of a suitable topic. We found Prof. Jon Erickson who was very willing to debate and four students were anxious to join in. Jon is a professor of Ecological Economics here at UVM and students say great things about him. Now I know why. The students were sophomore Chase Whiting (who is also editor of the campus newspaper, the CYNIC), Shane Clark (who is also director of Student Legal Services), Taylor Lalemand (who did most of the organizing for the debate) and Matt Jokajtys (who wants people to know he is a geography minor). At our meeting to discuss a topic it became clear that our plan to posit deep ecology vs. ecological economics was not going to work, because ecological economics largely embraced deep ecology. Jon volunteered to be on any side of any ecological debate topic, but we wanted to keep him in his chosen field because the debate would be better. We decided to go right to oppose ecological economics and we picked free market environmentalism. I volunteered to take the free market side because I really wanted the debate to happen, and Chase and Shane volunteered to be with me while Taylor and Matt volunteered to be with Jon. We discussed format and a few other issues and then went on our ways.

I know that Jon, Matt and Taylor had a few meetings, as did Chase, Shane and I. We searched through some backfiles but did mostly new research so we could argue this “property rights are the answer” position with some knowledge and examples. I sent the copy of my first speech outline to the other team, and soon we got Jon’s outline as well.

It seemed clear to me that we were going to have a very poorly attended debate, because it is near the end of the semester, it was raining, and it was at 8 PM. It was also on a somewhat esoteric topic. We had done some announcing and some postering, but not nearly enough. Surprisingly, we had a nice turn out of about 50 people, which was good. Not that we would cancel the debate, because the plan all along was to videotape it and post it on the web.

Brady Fletcher (one of the Burlington 5, as Jake Meany calls them) was the moderator. He introduced the debate and it began. Each side gave three six minute speeches, with the first four speeches being followed by a 3 minute cross examination period. Then we concluded with a four minute reply speech for each side and then questions from the audience. Everyone did a fine job, especially Jon, who was excellent. I look forward to being in more debates with him in the future. At the end we announced that “the views expressed in this debate are not necessarily those of the people speaking in the interests of exploring the issues.” The questions were thoughtful and tough to answer, especially since I do not personally subscribe to free market environmentalism.

Thanks to Alex Thibault for running the camera. The video is now available at http://web.mac.com/doctortuna/iWeb/Site/Videos/F0AEFD57-E6C5-44E1-8659-B8F90E2DDFFC.html


ALUMNI -- HELP US EXPAND OUR CONTACT LIST
MAKE THE 21st CENTURY FINANCIALLY SECURE FOR THE LDU


With this year's needs met, the LDU fundraising focus now turns to enhancing the long-term financial viability of the program. The goal is to enhance the endowment so that the program will be financially secure through the 21st century. Many alumni received a mailing in the last two weeks outlining the beginning of our campaign and the reasons for giving. If you did not, please email your mailing address to Tuna at alfred.snider@uvm.edu.
Specific efforts include:
-Collection and expansion of names and addresses to fill out the alumni contact list. PLEASE SEND US A LIST OF PEOPLE YOU REMEMBER AS BEING ON THE TEAM WITH YOU. EVEN IF YOU CANNOT MAKE A CONTRIBUTION YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE IN THIS IMPORTANT WAY.
-Establishment of relationships with debaters from the 1950's and 1960's about the LDU of the 21st Century.
-Creation of giving plans and recognition goals.
-Establishment of a alumni referral service so that former debaters can make contact with their team mates.
-Work to establish a companion endowment for bequests and targeted giving.
-Events to be held in major cities to bring together debate alumni and others.
-Creation of a "Distinguished Alumni Award" to be given to an outstanding alumni each year at the banquet.
"We need to score some big donations to raise another million dollars," said Snider, "and that includes working on planned giving, bequests and more, especially from the debaters of Doc Huber's era, who are now really making their debate experience pay off. They have the ability to give and the Development office at UVM is solidly behind us with all of their expertise. If Jerry Falwell's Liberty University can spend $500,000 a year on debate, we can achieve a goal of $130,000 for UVM."
BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT, GIVE NOW IF YOU CAN! Please make checks payable to "UVM Debate." You can mail them to Lawrence Debate Union, 475 Main Street, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. Gifts are tax deductible.
Gifts can now be made online at https://alumni.uvm.edu/giving/support.asp , but please make sure to designate your gift for "Debate." Email your pdf receipt to alfred.snider@uvm.edu.
If you would like to talk about a major gift or a bequest you should contact Randy Wilson who is our contact in Development, and you can contact him by phone - Desk: 802/656-4253, Cell: 802/598-3961, Toll Free: 888/458-8691, Fax: 802/656-8678, or by e-mail: randy.wilson@uvm.edu.
We will have a complete list of donors available soon on a new and expanded LDU alumni website.


DEBATERS ACTIVE IN LIVABLE WAGE CAMPAIGN

Several UVM debaters have been very involved in the Livable Wage Campaign being waged by student groups for the last two years. That came to a head with the construction of a tent city on the green and a week of activities to publicize the conditions of poorly paid workers at UVM. The permit for the tent city ran out but the tent city dod not move.

To read more about it, consult Tuna's personal web page that has a number of journal entries under the titles "Livable Wage Tent City." They can be found at http://web.mac.com/doctortuna/iWeb/Site/Journals/Archive.html

A Flashpoint program was done about the events and what happened and it involves people who were directly participating. You can access that program at http://www.uvm.edu/~debate/watch/0320livablewagetentcity.m4v . Click on the link to watch or right click on it to download the program video to your hard drive.

Many are predicting that if the issue is not resolved by the fall there will be considerable campus unrest.


MANY INTERESTING BITS AT TUNA'S WEBSITE

As of today the LDU Director's personal website is one month old. It now features:
-Almost daily journal posts about debate events, important issues, and other debate related news.
-A growing video archive where people can find debates and Flashpoint episodes.
-A growing archive of Reggae Lunch and College of Musical Knowledge radio programs that are legal to download.

Take at look at http://web.mac.com/doctortuna/


UVM SWITCHES TO ALL RECYCLED PRINTER PAPER
DEBATER TAYLOR LALEMAND DESERVES A LOT OF THE CREDIT

A group of ecologically concerned students, faculty and staff have been working with purchasing to try and engineer a switch to 100% recycled paper by UVM. One of the important members of that effort, and singled out for congratulations on the new policy, is UVM debater Taylor Lalemand. Congrats to Taylor and stay involved!


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION

Watch Flashpoint from your computer screen whenever you want! You will need RealPlayer and QuickTime 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. Many new episodes are now available at http://web.mac.com/doctortuna/iWeb/Site/Videos/Archive.html. Watch on Burlington Channel 15 Tuesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10 PM, Saturday 1 PM.
Next taping will be in early June.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

Banquet arrangements were made.
Input will be solicited from debaters on candidates for the lecturer/coach position being filled.
Files and belongings need to be stowed away.
Cigarette butts on the porch go in the ashtray, not over the side.

TO JOIN THE LDU DEBATER LISTSERV GO TO http://list.uvm.edu/archives/debater.html


BANQUET - SATURDAY NIGHT 6 PM ECHO CENTER


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


2005-2006 SWEEPSTAKES RESULTS EXPECTED NEXT WEEK
2004-2005 NOVICE DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2004-2005 JV DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
UVM DEBATE WAS #6 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2004-2005
UVM DEBATE WAS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003

OUR RECORD
WINS
LOSSES
2005-2006 RECORD
289
329
2004-2005 RECORD
323
328
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!