28 May 2002

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.

VERMONT DEBATE ANNOUNCES NEW COACHES
You can go home again, thankfully!


| Helen Morgan '00 | Justin Parmett '99 |

The LDU announced its coaching staff for 2002-2003. Jackie Massey's position as lecturer and coach will be filled by Helen Morgan '00, who has just completed her masters degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a star student, teacher, and coach. Helen was twice named All-American while at UVM and qualified for the elimination rounds at both CEDA Nationals and the NDT. She was named "most valuable debater" in spring, 2000. Helen has one of the highest GPAs of any LDU debater and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her work at the World Debate Institute has been outstanding, and the LDU debaters are very excited to be working with her.

Justin Parmett '99 will also be joining the coaching staff. Justin will also be teaching Effective Speaking through Continuing Education. Justin was an outstanding debater for UVM and was named top varsity speaker at the East regional championships in spring, 1999. He has since completed a masters degree at the University of South Carolina where he also served as debate coach. Justin has received the judging award for excellence at Towson University and has been an outstanding faculty member at the World Debate Institute.

Greta Lockwood '01 will continue her work as debate coach, where she has received rave reviews. Abigail Trebilcock '02 will be coaching in addition to her duties with Howard Dean's Fund for a Healthy America. Shawn Wilkerson '03 has run out of debate eligibility but will be joining the coaching team. Shawn was named to the All-American team in 2001 and 2002.


UVM TEAM PERFORMS WELL IN PUERTO RICO

The LDU fielded a team at the Segundo Torneo Hispanoamericano de Debate, held in Puerto Rico at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. This is the second year UVM has entered a Spanish speaking team at this event.

A complete journal of the experience along with many, many pictures can be found at http://debate.uvm.edu/travel/puertorico/pr0502.html


OF VERMONT DEBATE ALUMNI...

Rae Lynn Schwartz '00 has accepted a fellowship for doctoral study in communication from the University of Iowa.

Sarah Snider '01 is rumored to be the new Program Coordinator for the newly established Washington, DC Urban Debate League sponsored by the Open Society Institute, American University, Catholic University, and the University of the District of Columbia.

David Berube, former LDU coach, has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation to study the social effects of nanotechnology.


UVM STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING WDI NEED TO EMAIL LIONEL AT debate@zoo.uvm.edu

The program that the New York Times called "Boot camp for the brain and for free speech as well," [August 9, 2002, p. A12] returns for a 20th summer on the UVM campus. The World Debate Institute last year attracted over 300 people from more than 15 nations for high intensity training for two weeks. WDI will offer a two week high school policy workshop, a one week national high school leadership workshop, a college policy debate workshop, a college parliamentary workshop, an international debate workshop, as well as coach training programs.

The current CEDA National Champions, Joe Ramsey and Jason Regnier, were WDI students last summer.

For more information, go to http://debate.uvm.edu/wdi.html.



TOPIC AREA ANNOUNCED

The area is "international treaties." Topics will be crafted and voted on this summer with a final announcement late in July.


DEBATERS' CHOICE AWARDS HONOR UVM

The Second Annual Debaters' Choice Awards, where debaters nationally vote in a number of categories, recognized UVM debate for the second year in a row as the "Best Squad for Novices."


RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

NO RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS UNTIL TOPIC AREA COMES OUT
NOMINATIONS NOW FOR RESEARCH DIRECTOR FOR 2002-03!


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

GET READY FOR OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY THIS SUMMER!

Vermont Community Access Media, Channel 15, Burlington - Wednesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10:30 PM, Saturday 1 PM
Also available at http://debate.uvm.edu/flashpoint.html


ABENAKI NATION
STEM CELL RESEARCH

BIOTERRORISM
ISRAELI INCURSION


SQUAD MEETING
NO SQUAD MEETINGS THIS SUMMER!


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

438

393

52.7

UVM Debate is #9 in both major national polls for debate in the USA for the 2001-2002 season.


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