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2 May 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 .

LAWRENCE DEBATE UNION BANQUET SUCCESS
Great setting, strong friendships, delicious food, awards, many parents and some fond farewells


| 2005-2006 Squad Photo in front of the bubble column |

            Edwin Lawrence wanted a banquet to be held at the end of each debate season to celebrate the forensic experience. Every spring we invite a few honored guests and all LDU parents to join us for a good time. A booklet about the year is prepared, seniors say good-bye, there is a minimum of oratory, and the various prizes for debate achievement may be distributed. Substantial cash awards accompany many of these prizes. These awards are distributed based on service to the LDU and others on the team, and achievement in representing the LDU and UVM in analysis and performance. A committee appointed by the coaches gives out these awards. This year and banquet was held ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a fine modern building on the waterfront here in Burlington, Vermont. The rates were reasonable and the setting fairly spectacular.

The fellowship was excellent as people gathered, visited and had photo opportunities on the veranda overlooking the lake. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful sunset was coming on. It was great to meet so many parents and see who these people I had been working with came from. I was also pleased that alumni Jillian Marty and Gordie Miller were there.


| Sumeet, Matt, Ethan, Justin | Nick Landsman-Roos & family | Justin, Helen & Nakobe |

Special awards were given to Jillian Marty, Alumni of the year, as well as Helen and Justin Morgan Parmett for their four years of dedicated service and excellence as coaches. Jillian was saluted for her willingness top travel great distances to coach LDU teams at far away tournaments and for her love for the LDU. Thanks to alumni Chuck Morton for founding this award and we plan to continue it. The farewell to Helen and Justin had three debaters past and present make this presentation, including Jen Knops, Shane Clark and Nick Landsman-Roos. During their four years here are some of their accomplishments:
-An average rank of 13 in the national sweepstakes during that period.
-The expansion of the team into the largest policy debate program in the nation.
-The winning of three consecutive junior varsity national championships.
-Two novice national championships and a second place.
-Qualifying two teams for the NDT.
-19 tournament championship first place winners.
The word “family” kept getting used about how Helen and Justin made students feel. It was quite appropriate. For more information about Helen and Justin you can consult the 11 April 2006 Voice of Edwin newsletter at http://debate.uvm.edu/vofe041106.html .


| Mike McMahan & Family | Hanna, Greta, Jen, Colin | Alex, Ethan, Dave, Justin |

The awards were presented to the students.
Edward Butler Prizes for Oratory - Brady Fletcher & Karen Quinn
Robert Ashton Lawrence Prizes for Excellence in Debate - Chase Whiting & Shane Clark
Class of 1899 Prizes for Debating - Jason Hitchcock, Megan Harlow, Leslie Keller, Stephanie Kimerer, Nick Landsman-Roos
Jackson Sonneborn Award for Best First Year Debater - Jeffrey WIlson

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
Largest policy debate team in America – 43 students compete at tournaments.
#20 Debate Program in America, 2005-2006 season, Cross Examination Debate Association national sweepstakes.
#19 Debate Program in America, 2005-2006 season, American Forensic Association national sweepstakes.
#3 Debate Program in the East 2005-2006 Cross Examination Debate Association national sweepstakes.
#5 Junior Varsity team in the nation – Leslie Keller & Megan Harlow
#9 Junior Varsity teams in the nation -- Brady Fletcher & Stephanie Kimerer, also Mike McMahan & Ethan Nelson
#9 Novice team in the nation – Matt Jokajtys & Sam Lavallee
Nick Landsman-Roos & Jason Hitchcock quality to attend National Debate Tournament.
First Place – West Point Tournament – Jason Hitchcock & Nick Landsman-Roos
First Place – Binghamton Tournament – Jason Hitchcock & Nick Landsman-Roos
John Jacobsohn Award for service to debate – Alfred Snider

618 2 1/2 hour competitive debates on USA-China policy means:
92,700 minutes of debating, 1545 hours of debating, 64.3 days of debating, and 2.14 MONTHS OF DEBATING!


| Megan Harlow & Family | Jason Hitchcock & Mom | Jillian Marty |

The final thing that happens at our banquet is that each of our graduating seniors gets to make a short speech of farewell or whatever they decide to say. They are always quite varied and also entertaining. This year we heard from Zoe Anderson, David Bates, Noah Lynn, Brady Fletcher, Matt Silverman and Mike McMahan. Zoe was spirited and sincere, David was provocative and introspective, Noah was cool and mellow, Brady was entertaining and passionate, Matt was reflective and sincere, and Mike was eloquent and thankful, especially to Ethan Nelson.

Then it ended. The food was great and the setting was wonderful. We have traditionally used the Waterman Manor up on campus, but might come back here to the ECHO for our banquet. LDU director Snider said, "This is my 24th LDU banquet. To me, it always seems like it is New Year’s Eve, the end of my year, and I get to start again and anew. Thanks to everyone who helped stage the banquet, including our official host Jason Hitchcock. Let’s do it again next year!"

See Tuna's journal report at http://web.mac.com/doctortuna/iWeb/Site/Journals/65EED125-AA8A-47C1-A1AF-D17C3BF1DB63.html

See the photo set at http://web.mac.com/doctortuna/iWeb/Site/Journals/6E367CDB-56DE-4D19-8AD1-43F87903EDEC.html


RESULTS ARE IN: VERMONT DEBATE #19 & #20 IN USA

NDT 1-25 NDT 26-50 CEDA 1-25 CEDA 26-50
1 Liberty 566
2 Kansas 521
3 Wayne State 494
4 Dartmouth 492
5 Missouri-Kansas City 487
6 Harvard 483
7 Rochester 480
8 Emory 476
9 Binghamton 471
10 Whitman 471
11 U.S. Military Acad 465
12 Missouri State 460
13 Mary Washington 454
14 Michigan State 441
15 California 429
16 Oklahoma 420
17 Northwestern 406
18 Cal Poly 402
19 Wake Forest 398
20 Vermont 393
21 Cornell 391
22 Central Oklahoma 382
23 Vanderbilt 367
24 Georgia 360
25 Emporia State 351
26 Baylor 349
27 George Mason 344
28 Cal. State Chico 339
29 Texas-Dallas 338
30 Clarion 334
31 Wichita State 334
32 Kansas State 325
33 John Carroll 319
34 New York 319
35 Idaho State 319
36 Miami 315
37 Kansas City KCC 310
38 Richmond 304
39 West Virginia 301
40 San Francisco St 299
41 Geo Washington 297
42 North Texas 290
43 Pittsburgh 289
44 Texas (Austin) 287
45 Trinity University 284
46 Concordia 284
47 CSU Fullerton 282
48 CSU Sacramento 281
49 Samford 279
50 Northern Iowa 276
1 Liberty 181 47
2 Kansas 165 33
3 Missouri-KC 161 42
4 Dartmouth 153 22
5 Harvard 151 29
6 Whitman 149 24
7 U.S. Military Acad 148 29
8 Rochester 147 33
9 Wayne State 146 28
10 Binghamton 142 32
11 Missouri State 141 14
12 Emory 140 19
13 Mary Washington 132 26
14 Northwestern 126 16
15 Cal Poly 123 40
16 Michigan State 121 23
17 Oklahoma 119 20
18 California 119 16
19 Vermont 115 17
20 Wake Forest 112 10
21 Cornell 109 20
22 Central Oklahoma 107 17
23 Georgia 103 18
24 Emporia State 103 13
25 Vanderbilt 102 32
26 Geo Washington 100 15
27 Texas-Dallas 94 7
28 Cal. State Chico 93 26
29 Idaho State 93 10
30 John Carroll 92 20
31 Wichita State 92 15
32 George Mason 89 21
33 Clarion University 88 9
34 New York 88 4
35 Miami 86 8
36 Baylor 86 4
37 Kansas City KCC 85 21
38 San Francisco St 83 16
39 West Virginia 83 12
40 Kansas State 81 14
41 Trinity University 80 10
42 CSU Fullerton 78 18
43 Richmond 77 5
44 Samford 75 8
45 Pittsburgh 73 6
46 CSU Sacramento 72 14
47 Concordia 72 6
48 Texas (Austin) 72 2
49 Bard College 71 5
50 North Texas 71 0

NDT = National Debate Tournament/American Forensic Association; CEDA = Cross Examination Debate Association


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.


MANY INTERESTING BITS AT TUNA'S WEBSITE

The site 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/


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:

Debaters had some input on candidates for the faculty position and coaching position.
The squad voted on topic areas for next year: 1. Courts, 2. Intellectual property rights, 3. Legal powers against terrorism.
Files and belongings need to be stowed away.
Cigarette butts on the porch go in the ashtray, not over the side.

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LAST NEWSLETTER UNTIL JUNE 2006


2005-2006 #19 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES
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!