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
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| Debaters and coaches from last year get excited for an even better season this year |
A good turnout of people appeared in the offices at Huber Hall on Labor Day to kick off season #104 for the LDU. Almost all returning students were present and a few new ones. Members greeted Amy Myers on her return from a year abroad (Mexico and Spain), as well as aspiring debater Pascal Potier.
Recruiting was the first order of the day, and posters and hanging assignments went out as the LDU will try and cover the campus with eight different kinds of notices to attract members to orientation sessions later this week. Students and staff were urged to recruit students to enroll in the fundaments of debate class being offered on Tuesdays. Coach Snider also tried to recruit TAs for that class from among the experienced debaters. Eric Mates answered the call, and Nick Landsman-Roos (a new student from Burlington High School with considerable debate experience) is already on board.
Teams should be formed and a list of "aspirational" tournaments should be submitted by those teams. No team can only go to out of region tournaments. No team failing to submit a list should expect to go out of region.
The travel schedule was reviewed, with considerable discussion about what to do in January. The traditional two-tournament swing in Kansas City is no more, and a replacement swing is being offered in Dallas, hosted by he University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas. This is about eight hours farther to drive to than Kansas City, and the plan is to fly via group rate and not take as many teams. Kayce Massey suggested that a fundraising drive begin to take more teams to Texas, and that plan will be formulated next week. The rest of the schedule seemed fine to everyone, with Snider asking three times for comments (to be mentioned later when some complain).
Kayce Massey indicated that her father might be willing to let the LDU use his new 18-seat super-SUV limo on select trips.
The nature of the newsletter was discussed. There was some concern about the newsletter being too oriented towards winning and losing. After a discussion it was decided that the newsletter represents us to alumni and supporters, and since we do like to win it would seem strange to deemphasize this. Students agreed to send bios to the newsletter starting with next week. Students indicated they would very much like to have an LDU only listserv, and Snider promised to establish one right away.
Office issues were discussed, including new copier, work space, keeping the seminar room clean, and fair allocation of shelf space.
PM TOPIC INTRODUCTION MEETING
TUESDAY 8 PM RESEARCH AND ARGUMENT MEETING
THURSDAY 5 PM NOVICE ORIENTATION (SHEILA, CARLOS, ERIC)
FRIDAY 5 PM NOVICE ORIENTATION (SHEILA, CARLOS, TERESA)
FRIDAY 6 PM MINI-DEBATES AND PRACTICE SPEECHES (HELEN, JUSTIN, TUNA)
SATURDAY 11:45 AM FLASHPOINT TAPINGS (TUNA, ERIC, COLIN, TERESA, GRETA INVITED)
SATURDAY 3 PM ON POTLUCK AT HELEN & JUSTIN'S (RED ROCKS CONDOS #67)
SUNDAY 2 PM OFFICE CLEAN-UP (GET YOUR STUFF OR LOSE IT)
9/20-22 Georgia State
10/31-11/2 West Point
11/7-9 Central Oklahoma
11/15-17 Wake Forest
1/3-8 North Texas-Texas Dallas swing
2/6-8 West Virginia
2/28-29 DISTRICT8/CEDA East at Marist
3/19-22 CEDA Nats Louisville
Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.
MEETING TUESDAY EVENING AT 8 PM!
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.
Next taping is Saturday, meet at the office at 11:45 AM. Programs will be: Dean Phenomenon (Snider, Mates, Kern, Lockwood) and US Occupation of Iraq (Snider, Hill, Mates, Kern).
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
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