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, firstname.lastname@example.org email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
| Group Poses after the banquet |
| Sheila, Jillian, Shana | Jen, Tarik, Nikki, Ashley |
| Sarah, Helen, Justin, Aaron, Crystal, Renee | Zoe, Paula, Bent, Greta, Carlos |
Edwin Lawrence wanted there to be a banquet each year where the students did not have to pay for the food. Well, once again he got it in more ways than one! This year's banquet was more than the Waterman manor dining room could hold and the guests spilled out into another room. A lively group of students, parents, alums and supporters gathered. The event began with the usual greeting and photo taking on the porch of the manor (the million dollar view where Dan Rather interviewed Howard Dean) and soaked up the sunshine and the view of Lake Champlain. The crowd was prompt arriving and dinner was served just before 7 PM. As institutional food goes it was, once again, quite good.
The events themselves included a short welcome speech from LDU Director Snider (a bit tired after a flight from China the night before). After that there was a special presentation as Jackson Sonneborn was on hand to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award (given to the top first year debater) named to honor his father. Jackson told us some interesting stories about his father and UVM in those days before handing the award to Jason Hitchcock.
The special award for the "Friend of the LDU" was given to long time supporter Sallie Chafer for her willingness to house and feed as many as 24 LDU debaters for so many years as we attended novice and JV nationals. Her willingness to offer her home and her excellent food were eclipsed by her solid support for the students, often checking in by phone and dropping in to watch the big rounds. We look forward to many more great experiences with Sallie and thank her for her never wavering support.
Next came the cash awards. The Edward Butler Prizes for Oratory, recognizing students who have taken debate beyond competition into the community) were awarded to Lindsey Melander and Nikki Muradian. The Robert and George Lawrence Prizes for special services to debate were given to Sheila Limprevil, Mimi Supernaw and Jason Hitchcock. The Robert Ashton Lawrence Class of 1899 Prizes for excellence in debating go to five students who work hard, help others, and represent UVM in competition with distinction. The winners are rank ordered, and included: Nick Landsman-Roos, Emily Sanders, Kayce massey, Colin Kern, and Jillian Marty. A total of about $8000 was distributed through these awards.
Finally came the senior farewell speeches, usually the high point of the evening. They were brutally frank and very touching, if a bit long, and left everyone with a much better idea of what the LDU is all about -- what the people in it mean to each other. Speeches were given by Teresa Hill, Eric Mates, Jillian Marty, Lindsey Melander, Nikki Muradian, and Kayce Massey.
The event concluded with photo taking and farewells. Alumni Aaron Fishbone, who flew up from Washington, DC for the event, said it was one of the strongest showings of LDU love he had ever seen. And that is pretty strong.
You can get a copy of the banquet booklet at http://debate.uvm.edu/ldubanquet2004.pdf .
| Gordie Miller and Sam Press | Sunset from the porch |
The LDU offered two more public events to liven up the springtime on campus. One was a huge success and the other less s.
On April 20 the LDU hosted a "Speak Out" on the steps of Royall Tyler Theatre. A sound system kicked it off with music, which helped to draw a considerable crowd, and then the open microphone took center stage. Students and others talked about a number of concerns they have, from the war in Iraq to racism on campus and in Burlington. The event was taped and will be edited into a series of Flashpoint television programs.
On April 29 the LDU hosted a public debate about whether the Bush Doctrine of preemptive military force is justified. There had been a considerable effort to recruit professors to be in the debate, but that effort had again failed. Four students took up the burden and staged a lively debate, but the audience was less than hoped for, probably because of the time pressures inherent in the end of the semester. But, that didn't stop the issues from being discussed!
LDU Director Snider returned from a two week trip to China. The trip included an academic conference (Sino-American Seminar on Educational Leadership) where he presented a paper on using debate within various components of the curriculum. The main feature of the trip, however, was an attempt to finalize arrangements for a ten-day debate institute to be held in China this August. The idea was created after students from China attended WDI in 2001, and after WDI invited China to send more students, their idea was that it would be more economical to bring the debate institute to China. Inner Mongolia Normal University offered to be the host, and the program was moving ahead when SARS shut it down last summer. Now, with SARS in remission, negotiations moved forward between the LDU, Inner Mongolia Normal University, and the Chinese government to host a 100+ student program this August in English. While negotiations and planning sessions were difficult (the LDU offers no money, just expertise) the details were agreed to and the program is now in its recruitment phase. A new section at the WDI web site (http://debate.uvm.edu/wdi.html) should be open later this week.
A full photo journal of the trip will be available later this summer and stay tuned for details.
NOW WITH 288
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 after the school year.
LAST TAPING: #286-287-288: Speak Out from April 20, 2004
NEW FLASHPOINT NOW AVAILABLE
#281: Censored Genocides
#283: Diet Daze
See them at http://debate.uvm.edu/flashpoint.html
NEXT MEETING WILL BE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2004 AT 6 PM
$30 each for alums
and supporters. Send orders to email@example.com or 475 Main, UVM, Burlington,
VT 05405. Make checks payable to Alfred Snider. This is not a UVM project
(so Waterman bureaucrats stay away).
Choose between: Zipper/hooded or Pullover/hooded.
Colors: Black, Blue, Gray, Green, Heather.
FRONT: Lawrence Debate Union 2004
BACK: DEBATE THIS! (very large) or DEBATE THIS! with a concert style listing of places visited this year. Places include: Atlanta, Rochester, Croatia, Burlington, Cambridge, West Point, Miami, Oklahoma City, New York City, Winston-Salem, Slovenia, Denton, Dallas, Montreal, Ithaca, Chicago, Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Baltimore, Louisville, Washington, Beijing.
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA
NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE IS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.