31 August 2004

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.

LAWRENCE DEBATE UNION BEGINS YEAR 106
Training Students to Speak Truth to Power
Busy Summer in the Rearview Mirror

The LDU reconvened on Monday night and a good crowd turned out to welcome each other back, to welcome some new people, and to welcome back those we have missed. Students and staff recounted their adventures from the summer.

WELCOME: Stephanie Kimmerer of Florida, an incoming first year who was at WDI and has joined the team.

WELCOME BACK: Jake Meany and Edwin Owusu, after absences from UVM.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

NAKOBE MORGAN PARMETT

On May 19th 2004
Nakobe Shai came knocking on our door
He weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces
For as this poem now announces
He's entered our world -- forever changed
Life is being rearranged
Our family has grown by one
With the birth of our new son
With all our love, we're so glad to say
Welcome to the world, Nakobe Shai!
-Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett

 

ADAM LEE, formerly of the University of Texas and most recently the University of Rochester coaching staff, has joined the LDU as a coach. Long one of our favorite judges and most respecting coaching opponents, Adam is joined the LDU while he attends Vermont Law School.

JEN KNOPS, an LDU alumna and now at Schoenberg Law in Burlington, has joined the LDU as a coach for the upcoming year.

GRETA LOCKOOD and CHARLIE HOAG will be coaching again this year, and will be joined by KAYCE MASSEY.

AFGAHNISTAN may well be the training destination of LDU coach ALFRED "TUNA" SNIDER. He has been contacted by a group there to come and train Afghani debaters for a series of radio debates. He recently finished a book on the subject entitled, VOICES IN THE SKY: RADIO DEBATES.

ALFRED SNIDER had a busy summer, including a Mexico vacation, chairing the UDL Ideafest in Chicago, tabbing the NFL National high school speech and debate tournament in Salt Lake City, teaching at a debate workshop in Slovenia, running the World Debate Institute at UVM for four weeks, and then finishing the summer with two books sent to the publisher.

All of our best wishes go to long-time LDU supporter JOAN SMITH, UVM Dean of Arts and Sciences, whose medical condition has worsened. Joan is at home in Hartland, now under the care of Hospice, and will spend her remaining days with her five children, four grandchildren, and husband. Joan is not receiving visitors or calls. Letters are welcome and may be addressed to her at 346 Town Farm Hill Road, Hartland, VT 05048.



THE NEXT GENERATION OF DEBATERS

The LDU is swinging into action to recruit new debaters to the team. 20 students have signed up for Justin's debate class, but we want more! Recruitment meetings are scheduled for next week. Students will attend these meetings if they see our posters and LDU members will be there to tell them our story. Monday 9/6 Zoe, Bent, brady. Tuesday 9/7 Stephanie, Ashley, Zoe. Wednesday 9/8 Jake, Edwin, Stephanie. All meetings are at 5 PM in Huber House.
Posters need to be put up and we need to keep putting them up. Stephanie: Waterman, Williams, Haris-Millis. Charlie: Billings. Nick Lafayette, Simpson. Zoe: Library, Votey. Ashley: Kalkin. Justin: Bookstore. Jason: CWP. Bent: WDW. Brady: L&L, MAT.



This is the tentative travel schedule.

SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO
10/2 Buffalo
10/16 Rochester
10/30 Harvard,
10/30 West Point
11/6 Oklahoma
11/20 Columbia
11/20 Wake Forest
12/4 U Mass
1/5-7 North Texas
1/9-11 Texas at Dallas
1/29 Cornell
2/5 Northwestern
2/12 Binghamton
2/26 CEDA East/District 8 (Vermont)
3/5 JV/Novice Nats at Georgetown
3/19 CEDA Nats at San Francisco State
4/? NDT Nats at Gonzaga, Spokane, Washington

FLASHPOINT TELEVISION -- NOW WITH 290 DIFFERENT PROGRAMS!
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: Hopefully Saturday 9/11 at VCAM in the afternoon. Topics to be decided next week.
COUNTDOWN TO PROGRAM #300 BEGINS
Now in the 290s it is only a matter of time (and not a very long time) until Flashpoint reaches its 300th show. Ideas are being sought for how this show should be done. Let us know of any ideas.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:
TEAMS ANNOUNCED: Cardan-Anderson, Kern-LandsmanRoos, Kimmerer-Aeschlimann, Meany-Owusu, Hitchcock-Sanders.
OFFICE: Clean up shelves, label evidence tubs, or they will all be liquidated and reassigned.
MAIL BOXES: Please put your names on new mailboxes in evidence room.
TRAVEL: Early plane ticket purchases are desired, so confirm your status soon. CEDA Nats is in San Francisco and UVM spring break is right after it, so people might consider staying on the west coast after the tournament.
CAMPUS SPEAK OUT: Zoe will coordinate a date and a sound system.
SGA: Bent is treasurer and will consult about our account.
TEACHING ASSISTANTS: South by Justin for his debate class, and by Tuna for his reggae class.
WORK STUDY: If you have a grant, let Tuna see your paperwork soon.
POETRY SLAM: Thursday 10/14 L&L Fireplace lounge. Charlie is coordinating.


TOPIC REFRESHER MEETING WITH JUSTIN - FRIDAY 4 PM.
THE FOLLOWING WILL GET CDs WITH THE WDI TOPIC LECTURES ON THEM, WATCH THEM BEFORE THE MEETING: Zoe, Charlie, Bent, Tarik, Ashley, Kayce, Mike, Justin, Greta, Jen. Available for others who ask.


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


UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE IS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY      
       
       
2004-2005 RECORD      
2003-2004 RECORD 315 374  45.7%
2003-2003 RECORD 334 384 46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!