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26 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, alfred.snider@uvm.edu email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.

AS YEAR ENDS, ACTIVITIES CONTINUE

Speak Out, Pubic Debate
Middle School Debate Program
Workshop, Lecture in Europe
Busy Summer Ahead

As the academic year draws to a close and students focus more and more on their classes, papers and exams, there is still a great deal of activity for Vermont debate at home and abroad.

PUBLIC EVENTS

This week the LDU will sponsor an open Speak Out in front of Royall Tyler Theatre Wednesday between 2 PM and 4 PM. Planned by students the hope is that rainy weather will subside. Next week a long-awaited public debate will take place. The plan is for a 7 PM debate on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in which the students of the LDU will debate alongside UVM professors. The topic will be, "Vermont should secede from the United States." Long-time advocate and skilled debater professor Frank Bryan will team with UVM debater Julia Benjamin to affirm, while Lawrence Professor Alfred Snider will team with Ethan Nelson to negate. There will be a video and copies will be available online and on DVD. Snider indicated his motivation by saying, "I kind of agree with the affirmative, but I think this is an important issue. Frank is such a formidable debater that the community needs to see him debate, and I wanted the teams to be fairly equal so I will be in a public debate for the first time since the divestment days of the 1980's. I expect to have a lot of fun and entertain the crowd."

MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE

The LDU has launched its Vermont Middle School Debate Program initiative. The new website is available at http://debate.uvm.edu/vtmiddleschool.htm . The program is designed to help start debate programs in Vermont middle schools by training teachers and students and jump-starting a small league in Fall of 2005. recruitment mailings have gone out to over 100 schools and follow-up will continue in the spring and summer. There are plans to offer a free teacher training workshop in July, a student and teacher workshop in September, and hopefully two tournaments in the Fall followed by three in the Spring including a state championship tournament. Interested persons should contact Prof. Snider at alfred@snider.name.

SNIDER IN EUROPE

Prof. Snider was invited to Slovenia and was there for a little over a week. The national debate program of Slovenia (Z.I.P., stands for "Pro and Contra: creating a culture of dialogue") arranged the visit in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Slovenia. Events included visiting a middle school debate tournament to study and learn from their success. Monday April 18 was "Debate Day in Parliament" as debaters took over the national parliament chambers for a series of events, including the final reading of essays from a contest on European Union citizenship, a national open forum for youth to discuss issues important to them (carried by radio and television), and then the final round of the national high school debate tournament. The event was attended by the president of the parliament and the mayor of Ljubljana, Slovenia's largest and capital city. On Tuesday and Wednesday a workshop was held for the Ministry of Education where the subject area experts for Slovenia's schools got sixteen hours of training in how to use debate in the classroom. A follow-on from Snider's June, 2005 lecture at the ministry introducing the concept, this workshop tried to prepare the subject area experts for the full implementation of the "debate across the curriculum" concept introduced in Snider and Maxwell Schnurer's (Max is an LDU alumni) book, MANY SIDES: Debate across the curriculum, with a second edition due out later this year. The workshop was a huge success and got rave reviews, with plans to introduce the concept in the next school year, translation of the book into Slovenian and providing extensive teacher training workshops implemented by Z.I.P. On Thursday Prof. Snider delivered an invited lecture at the faculty of fine arts of the University of Primorska located on the Adriatic coast in the beautiful city of Koper on the subject "Rhetoric of reggae music." Invited by rhetoric and argumentation professor Igor Zagar the lecture drew a nice crowd and had a vigorous question period at the end. Zagar also discussed with Snider the possibility of becoming a guest faculty member there during a possible sabbatical in Fall of 2006. Many thanks to Bojana Skrt of Z.I.P., the Ministry of Education and Igor Zagar for making this trip and its events possible.

BUSY SUMMER AHEAD

When the newsletter returns there will be many things to report, including:
***Prof. Snider has once again been invited to serve as the Director of Tournament Operations for the National Forensic League's national championship speech and debate tournament to be held in June in Philadelphia. The largest speech and debate event in the world, this six-day content will feature over 2400 contestants and 1200 judges in four divisions of debate and eight varieties of competitive speaking events. This will be Snider's fourth year in this role.
***The World Debate Institute will be held on UVM's campus for another exciting four weeks of debate instruction. The program is an intensive residential instructional program for high school, middle school and university students as well as for coaches and teachers from all over the nation and the world. The program will hold sessions focusing on policy debate, parliamentary debate and public debate. This year he program is being offered in cooperation with UVM;s Division of Continuing Education. Hopefully between 250 and 300 will attend.
***The History Channel has asked the LDU to assist it in adding a debate component to their major series to be aired in November, 2005 on the subject of the "Crusades." Initial talks indicate preparation of subject matter for schools to use to debate issues related to this historical event as well as the taping of a sample debate on the subject to be streamed from both UVM and the History Channel websites. Look for more information in the Fall.
***Prof. Snider will be teaching abroad during the summer as well as at WDI. In August he has been invited to Seoul, Korea to teach at the Asian Debate Institute, a partner in the growing WDI network of training programs around the world. The two week program will work with high school and university students as well as teachers and coaches. Prof. Snider will work in all session but direct the teacher and coach workshops. Prof. Snider will also be teaching at the Slovenian National Debate Workshop in June and July, 2005. He will work with teams preparing for international competition in the English language.

PHOTOS FROM EUROPE



| Middle school winners from Ljutomir | Final round of middle school tournament |


| President of Parliament speaks | National high school champions |


| Snider with subject area experts at the workshop | Igor Zagar and Bojana Skrt in Koper after reggae lecture |



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

LORI SHERMAN : vtsherman@hotmail.com
"I am proud to announce the completion of my website and the official grand opening of my business Straightup Aromatherapy. For those of you who don't know, Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils which come directly from plant sources and can replace all synthetic scents one currently uses on a daily basis. Straightup Aromatherapy provides you with an alternative to scent that is man-made. The word fragrance listed on any label of a product you use is synthetic. There is no ingredients listed on the container to let you know what makes up the fragrance in the bottle, and most of the time they can contain harmful chemicals that can exacerbate conditions such as asthma, allergies and epilepsy. Straightup Aromatherapy also provides education through written word, teleconference and in person coaching to help you make that transition out of chemical-based living and into as much of an organic, pure way as possible. I encourage everyone to try at least one of the oils just to use it and experience the difference between synthetic and organic scent. http://straightuparomatherapy.com/"

JACKIE MASSEY: debate@ou.edu
Now Director of Debate at the University of Oklahoma, this former LDU coach had his teams finish in the elimination rounds at novice and junior varsity nationals as well as the Cross Examination Debate Association nationals and the National Debate Tournament. No other school achieved this feat, Oklahoma finished second to UVM at JV Nationals in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Jackie and all the Sooners.

AARON FISHBONE: afishbone@gmail.com
Continues to teach debate, travel and learn Arabic in Israel and Palestine. He has been writing a series of long journal entries about his adventures. He is also working with Chuck Morton CJMorton@venable.com on a fundraising drive for alumni.

RAE LYNN SCHWARTZ: raelynn-schwartz@uiowa.edu
Finishing her doctoral work at the University of Iowa, Rae is now working on an initiative to assist women debating in high school to make the transition to debating in college. Contact her to offer support.

JETHRO HAYMAN AND CLEOPATRA JONES:
This dynamic pair has moved back to Vermont with their family after several years in Ithaca, NY where Jethro directed the Cornell University debate program. Jethro has taken a new job in the Montpelier area and may well be doing some coaching for the LDU in the future. WELCOME HOME!


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION

Watch Flashpoint from your computer screen whenever you want! You will need RealPlayer 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. Watch on Burlington Channel 15 Wednesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10 PM, Saturday 1 PM.
Next taping: April 30, Saturday. Topics: Walmart; Vagina Revolution.
Meet at the office at 1:30 PM, taping begins at 2 PM.



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.

Speakout Scheduled for Wednesday at 2--Brady is coordinating. Jake taking care
of a lot of the sound issues. Still more posters to be put up. Look to see if
posters already put up have been pulled down.

Em asked people to submit to the Zine

Research assignments are available but were not distributed since not enough
people were there.

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.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

NO MEETINGS THIS WEEK! WORK ON CLASSES!


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


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.

OUR RECORD
WINS
LOSSES
PERCENTAGE
2004-2005 RECORD
323
328
 49.6%
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
 45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384
46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!

LAST REGULAR NEWSLETTER UNTIL MID-SUMMER UPDATE!