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The LDU decided to use two of the most popular and outspoken professors on campus to highlight this event. With war raging in Yugoslavia and Kosovo, these two professors were paired with two graduating senior debaters. Will Miller of Philosophy and Justin Parmett '99 opposed USA as world police, while Robert Kaufman of Political Science and Robert Pontbriand '99 supported that role for the USA. After a month of publicity and planning, the event was a complete success with over 400 people attending and many turned away because they could not get into the room. The debate featured constructive speeches, cross examination of speakers, rebuttal speeches, and then questions from the audience. The debate itself took 60 minutes and the question period lasted another 60 minutes. Rae Lynn Schwartz LDU '99 was the moderator of the debate. The debate was a lead story that evening on the CBS affiliate. Adelphia Channel 15 taped the event and it will be airing on Channel 15. We hope to announce times next week.
The Affirmative Team -- The Negative Team
Part of huge campus publicity effort -- Pre-debate meeting held by Rae Schwartz
Cross Examination -- Will Miller Speaks to a packed house
LDU senior Carla Mirabelli has been chosen to represent the World Citizen Foundation at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference to be held in the Netherlands May 11-15, 1999. Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, and Queen Noor are scheduled to attend. For more information you can check out their website at: http://www.hagueappeal.org/
UVM debate is hosting an impromptu debating event this Friday at 5 PM. In an exercise designed to increase public speaking skills and argument invention, students will be assigned to teams or will choose them (experienced debaters are ready and willing to be partners with inexperienced debaters), sides, and topics. COME AND JOIN US THIS FRIDAY AT 5 PM! 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. Basic instructional materials are available at http://debate.uvm.edu/meanyparli.html .
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Citizen Debate League - ALL WELCOME - 5 PM Friday
#193: Culture of Violence, #194: Pets & Health - TAPING ON 5-2-99 AT 2 PM
Meet at office at 1:45 PM, Meet at Adelphia at 2 PM
FLASHPOINT TAPING WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE SUMMER.
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