30 August 2005

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 from the email version of the newsletter go to http://list.uvm.edu/archives/topicnews.html .

YEAR 107 OF VERMONT DEBATE BEGINS
Team Plans for More Success and More Fun

As the school year began the first Lawrence Debate Union meeting of the year was well-attended and had a very positive atmosphere. The team that swept the novice national titles, won the JV national title for the third straight year and finished #6 overall in the national standings began implementing its plan to move on to increased success and even more fun than the many good times students and staff had last year.

The plan involved the usual as well as the unexpected:
-Rigorous novice recruitment and training program to cultivate debaters for now and for the future.
-Integration of larger numbers of experienced debaters into a more advanced research and preparation regime.
-Creation of digital library of all research and back files for instant access on the road.
-International travel.
-A UVM scrimmage to prepare everyone early in the season.
-Encouragement of debaters to "compete up" a division to prepare for later national success.
-Better utilization of alumni and volunteer skills in training and traveling.


ACTIVE SUMMER AS LDU ACTIVITIES SPAN THE GLOBE AND ALL LEVELS OF FORENSICS

SNIDER DIRECTS TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS AT USA HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH AND DEBATE NATIONALS

The National forensic League held the largest speech and debate tournament ever in Philadelphia and Delaware in June, and LDU director Snider was the Director of Tournament Operations for the fourth consecutive year. Over 5000 contestants and judges were involved in thirteen events. The contests stretched over five days and events took place at two locations in Philadelphia and two locations in Delaware. "It was a daunting administrative task," Snider noted, "but this is so important to so many students that I really enjoy trying to make it work for them. The opening session was at Philadelphia Eagles stadium, and Snider was interviewed by a crew from ESPN Sportscenter producing a fluff piece for the event. Look for a film clip in coming weeks. LDU alumna Sarah Snider also helped run the event.

LDU HELPS EUROPEAN DEBATE WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The LDU helped design the curriculum and implement the program at a one week high school debate training program in Slovenia. The students then went on to represent Slovenia at the International Debate Education Association's Youth Forum (where Aaron Fishbone, LDU alumni, was a trainer) and won numerous awards. The program is sponsored by Za in Proti (Z.I.P.) the NGO sponsoring the slovenian national debater program. High school students in the program had previously won first place in the English as a Foreign Language division at the World Schools Debating Championship held in Canada, and placed 9th overall.

WORLD DEBATE INSTITUTE BRINGS STUDENTS TO BURLINGTON FOR ANOTHER SUMMER

The 23rd World Debate Institute took place on the UVM campus again this summer. The program featured programs for high school students, university students, as well as teachers and coaches. The program taught public debate, parliamentary debate, policy debate, middle school debate and debate across the curriculum. Former LDU veterans Jillian Marty, Gordie Miller, Sarah Snider, Sam Nelson, Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett, and Jackie Massey, as well as others, were on hand to instruct. "My highlight," noted Snider, "was the public debate we had in Spanish between two Venezuelan debaters about whether the Chavez government had been good for Venezuela. They set an excellent example of how difficult situations can be handled through debate." This was the first year the program was administered through Continuing Education and the verdict was that this new partnership is working out very well.

WORLD DEBATE INSTITUTE-ASIA CREATES LDU-KOREA PARTNERSHIP

Jason Jarvis was an Emory debater who was a student at WDI and later a faculty member. After WDI trained Dr. Geyong-ho Hur of Kyung Hee University of Korea in 2000 and debate in Korea began, Jason Jarvis went there as a faculty member at Kyung Hee is help jump start debate in Korea. This summer the Asian Debate Institute was held for 65 high school students debating in English, and WDI-Asia was held for 68 college and university students from eight different countries. Both programs were modeled after WDI with modifications as appropriate for the Asian debate scene. The LDU-WDI-WDIAsia partnership was worked out last spring. The faculty consisted of debate trainers from countries such as Canada, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Slovenia, USA, and others. Students came from as far away as Russia. "I was stunned to see the WDI model operating so successfully in Asia," Snider noted, "but it really is a tribute to what Jason Jarvis has done to make Korea a center for debate training in Asia. I also got to learn from experienced Asian colleagues about techniques and methods of debate training I was not yet familiar with." The final rounds will be posted as videos at Debate Central soon, so stay tuned for that news.

THREE NEW BOOKS FROM LDU FOLK

The second edition of Alfred Snider and Maxwell Schnurer's popular book MANY SIDES: DEBATE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM will be coming out this fall.
Alfred Snider has finished a book entitled VOICES IN THE SKY: RADIO DEBATING, aimed at being a production manual for using national radio debates to help The book will be released in September.
Robert Huber's excellent 1964 book INFLUENCING THROUGH ARGUMENT has been updated for the 21st century by Alfred Snider and will be released in September.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

CARLOS VARELA
Has taken the position of Program Director at the District of Columbia Urban Debate League, replacing LDU alumna Sarah Snider.

SARAH SNIDER
Has accepted a graduate fellowship in Speech Communication at Kansas State University. She will be coaching the debate team while working on her degree.

SAM NELSON
The Director of debate at the University of Rochester for many years made a surprise announcement that he was taking a similar position at Cornell University. He plans to built the program and make it financially secure as his last major effort in debate before retirement.

ALUMNI! PLEASE SEND US YOUR NEWS AND PHOTOS!


LDU TRAVEL SCHEDULE FOR 2005-2006

SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO

10/1-2 BUFFALO
10/15-16 UVM SCRIMMAGE
10/21-23 WEST POINT
10/29-31 HARVARD
11/04-06  CATHOLIC
11/12-14 WAKE FOREST
11/13-14 UMASS 
11/18-26 INTL DEBATE ACADEMY            

1/3-5 NORTH TEXAS
11/7-10  TEXAS-DALLAS
1/28-30 BARD 
2/04-06  TEXAS 
2/11-12  BINGHAMTON 
2/25-26  D8/CEDA EAST WEST CT  
3/3-5  NOV/JV NATS GEORGETOWN  
3/23-27  NDT NORTHWESTERN 
3/31-4/03 CEDA NATS DALLAS


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION

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: September 10, Saturday. Topics to be decided.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

NOVICE RECRUITMENT NEXT WEEK!
TUESDAY 9/6 5 PM; WEDNESDAY 9/7 ACTIVITIES FAIR ALL DAY; THURSDAY 9/8 5 PM; FRIDAY 9/9 4 PM.
POSTERS: Waterman Cark, Billings & Lafayette Anderson, Library Meany, Williams Keller, Aiken Kichura, Terril Kimerer, Bookstore Harlow, CWP Kichura, WDW Meany, Simpson Kichura, MAT Benjamin, Harris-Millis Wilson.

THE TRAVEL SCHEDULE WAS CIRCULATED AND DISCUSSED. STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BE CONSIDERED TO ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL DEBATE ACADEMY IN EUROPE OVER THANKSGIVIGN HAVE UNTIL NEXT MEETING TO EXPRESS INTEREST.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS WERE CONFIRMED, DUE 9/23.

WORK STUDY POSITIONS: ALL DEBATERS SEEKING LDU WORK STUDY JOBS NEED TO SEE TUNA SOON WITH THEIR PAPERS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A POSITION.

TEAMS NEED TO BE FORMED SO THAT THEY CAN RECEIVE AN EVIDENCE SET. TEAMS MUST FORMALLY DECLARE.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR TELEPHONE, ADDRESS AND EMAIL FOR THE CONTACT LIST.

JULIA IS COORDINATING A POTLUCK DINNER FOR LDU FOLKS ON FRIDAY NIGHT. INFO WILL BE ON THE DEBATER LISTSERV.

THE PC IN THE OFFICE IS ONLY FOR EVIDENCE ARCHIVING. PLEASE USE MACS OTHERWISE.

TO JOIN THE LDU DEBATER LISTSERV GO TO http://list.uvm.edu/archives/debater.html


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

NONE! CONTINUE RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS!


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


2004-2005 NOVICE DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2004-2005 JV DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
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
PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY
0
0
NEW
0
0
TOTAL
0
0
2004-2005 RECORD
323
328
 49.6%
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
 45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384
46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!