6 May 2003

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.

BANQUET CONCLUDES EXCELLENT YEAR


| LDU 2002-2003 Banquet photo |

| THE FOOD LINE, AND IT WAS GOOD | NIKKI MURADIAN & FAMILY - LARGEST ATTENDING |

| MICHAEL MALONE & FAMILY | ERIC MATES & FAMILY|

| RYAN O'CONNOR & FAMILY | KAYCE MASSEY & FAMILY |

| LANA LANGSWEIRDT & FAMILY | MARK DOUGLAS SPEAKS |

Seventy debaters, family members, coaches, and supporters gathered last Saturday evening in the Waterman Manor dining room at UVM for the 2002-2003 Lawrence Debate Union Banquet. The event was coordinated by Lindsey Melander and hosted by Nikki Muradian and Lana Langsweirdt. As usual it was long on jollity and short on lengthy speeches.

The UVM a capella singing group Cat's Meow performed to the rousing approval of the audience. They performed a redone version of "Son of a Preacher Man" that came out as "A Part of the LDU," lyrics written by Lana and lead vocal by Lindsey. They followed with a moving version of "Helplessly Hoping."

Matt Sweeney presented the first ever LDU Banquet video, and all thought that it would soon be a tradition now that non-linear video editing can be done in the debate office. Through the use of footage and still from the year, Matt created an entertaining and insightful video of the year. The video will soon be available at the LDU website, http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html . Continuing on the mutlimedia trail President Jillian Marty and Lindsey presented the "2002-2003 LDU Collage" that had been produced. The collage will be mounted in a special spot in the debate office.

The Roger and George Lawrence Awards were given to Colin Kern, Lindsey Melander, and Eric Mates. The Edward Butler Prizes for oratory went to Lana Langsweirdt and Kayce Massey. The Robert Ashton Lawrence Class of 1899 Prizes for Debating went to Brian Cole, Teresa Hill, Jen Knops, Jillian Marty, and Carlos Varela. Timm Reimer won the Sonneborn Award for best first year debater.

Senior speeches were given by Brian Cole, Shane Egizi, Lana Langsweirdt, Jennifer Knops, and in a surprise move Mark Douglas. Mark is a Middlebury student but has been active with the LDU in rejuvenating Middlebury's debate team over the last four years, and was asked to speak because of his long association with the program. All speeches were well received and heartfelt. Anthony Pagan, Julianne Hellmuth, and Whitney Smith were not able to come to the banquet, but we are proud of all of them.

The banquet program book is available in .pdf form, as Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.


RESEARCH -- BEGIN NOW FOR SUCCESS NEXT YEAR!

RESEARCH MEETING WEDNESDAY AT 11 AM, DEBATE OFFICE.

The cycle begins again as the LDU begins its preliminary research efforts towards next year's topic, which will concern USA-EU relations. The Wednesday 11 AM research meeting will set priorities and outline some initial ideas, and then the group will head off to the library to start extracting the books and journal articles they will need. Electronic research can begin later but the hard copy material should be examined now.



MANY NEW EPISODES AVAILABLE ONLINE

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.

Flashpoint #269-271: Speak Out on War and Militarism
Three programs airing comments and presentations made at the April 26, 2003 event held at the Lawrence Debate Union offices at UVM. Various speakers.| Part One | Part Two | Part Three |

Flashpoint #268: Patriot Act
An April, 2003 discussion about the trade offs between civil rights and security represented by the Patriot Act and other proposed similar legislation. Alfred Snider, Eric Mates, Kayce Massey, and Brian Cole.

Flashpoint #267: How many Parties?
April, 2003 discussion of the differences between political systems with two, three or more parties. Alfred Snider, Brian Cole, Michael Malone.

Flashpoint #266: Oil Conspiracy
April, 2003 discussion of the way the use of petroleum materials dominates economic life in the world. Alfred Snider, Brian Cole, Michael Malone.

Flashpoint #265: Korea Conundrum
April, 2003 discussion of the political and military situation on the Korean peninsula in light of North Korean revelations that they possess nuclear weapons. Alfred Snider, Lana Langsweirdt, Lindsey Melander, Eric Mates.

Flashpoint #264: Protest and You
April, 2003 discussion about the obligations and barriers involved in protest by citizens in a democracy. Alfred Snider, Lana Langsweirdt, Lindsey Melander, Eric Mates.

Flashpoint #263: Death Penalty
March, 2003 discussion of the arguments for and against the sue of the death penalty in the American criminal system. Alfred Snider, Lindsey Melander, Brian Cole, Greta Lockwood, Charles Hoag.

Flashpoint #262: Space Future
March, 2003 discussion about the costs and benefits of the USA space program in the light of the Columbia shuttle disaster. Alfred C. Snider, Lindsey Melander, Charles Hoag, Greta Lockwood, Brian Cole.

Flashpoint #261: Smoking Ban
March, 2003 discussion about Vermont's moves to ban smoking at all bars. Alfred C. Snider, Lana Langsweirdt, Lindsey Melander, Charles Hoag, Brian Cole, Kayce Massey.

Flashpoint #260: Preemptive Peace Movement
March, 2003 discussion about the peace movement and its organization before a military intervention takes place. Alfred C. Snider, Lana Langsweirdt, Lindsey Melander, Charles Hoag, Brian Cole, Kayce Massey.

Flashpoint #259: Free Trade Zone
A December, 2002 discussion on the impact of supposed "free trade" economic policies on majority world people, specifically women. Alfred Snider, Jillian Marty, Sheila Limprevil, Shana Bryce, and Greta Lockwood.

Flashpoint #258: Sex Trade
October, 2002 discussion of sex trade aspects ranging from prostitution, pornography, exotic dancing, to the sale of sex toys in stores. Alfred Snider, Kayce Massey, Charles Hoag.

Flashpoint #257: Ban Cars
October, 2002 discussion about the grip the automobile has on the American transportation system. Alfred Snider, Kayce Massey, Charles Hoag.


CORRECTION -- ERRATUM

Alumni Paul Kerr, now with the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC, disputes a comment made in the March 18 newsletter about a debate that he judged. An attribution that Paul said "rape just wasn't really a tangible or 'large' enough impact" is, in his opinion, "Just not true." Our apologies for not seeking his version of events sooner.


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OUR RECORD

UVM DEBATE IS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM Debate was #9 in national sweepstakes for debate in the USA for the 2001-2002 season.


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