09-07-99

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. Alfred C. Snider is the Director. 802-656-0097 voice, 802-238-8345 mobile, 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 ENDS ACTIVE SUMMER

THE SUMMER OF 1999 .... was an extremely active time for the LDU and its members.
May - Students and staff worked voluntarily to complete two huge research projects on the 1999-2000 national high school debate topic on academic achievement in secondary schools - a 384 page compendium of research and arguments [Eastern Evidence Debate Handbook] and a first-ever CD-ROM [Policy Debate 2000] containing evidence, argument, instructional materials, extensive research links, and a video exhibition debate. The sale of these materials supports computer purchases to research next year's products!
May - Prof. Snider chairs the Third Annual Debate Ideafest, sponsored by the Open Society Institute in NYC, to explore and plan for the expansion of high school debating in urban centers nationwide. Other LDU students and staff judge at a NY Urban Debate League tournament and attend the annual awards banquet. Anthony Pagan, NYUDL 1998-99 Champion, announces he will attend UVM.
June - Prof. Snider and Sarah Snider both teach at the Emory National Debate Institute in Atlanta. They are joined by LDU alums Lisa Heller, Paul Kerr, and former LDU coaches John Meany and Jan Hovden.
July - LDU website [Debate Central] begins live broadcasting over the internet using RealPlayer.
August - LDU hosts 400 people at the 17th World Debate Institute held at UVM. High school and college students, coaches and faculty, policy and parliamentary debaters all join to make it a huge success. First live global broadcast of a debate using the internet. Reviews by global viewers are positive, but they complain about American accents.
August - 200th Flashpoint television show is broadcast live over the internet and is taped for viewing on Adelphia Channel 15 in Burlington. Many longtime Flashpoint panelists return to appear on the show.
August - Prof. Snider joins graduates Rae Schwartz and Justin Parmett serving as faculty at the NYUDL Refresher Workshop held at Manhattan Community College in NYC.

THE TRINITY CONNECTION

For several years Trinity College students have been learning, debating, and traveling with the LDU in an effort to expand debating in Vermont. The LDU has now established a formal working relationship with Joanne Farrell, Trinity faculty, to work cooperatively to enhance debate experiences for all students. The plan is to recruit 2-4 Trinity students, train them, and then have them travel with us to competitions. An argumentation teacher, Joanne plans to develop her coaching abilities and then accompanying the LDU and Trinity groups to tournaments. Thanks Joanne!

LDU ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE 1999-2000 COMPETITION SCHEDULE

One or more may have to be cut based on travel costs.
September: 18-20 Northern Iowa Helen-Sarah 22-23 South Carolina RR Helen-Sarah 24-26 South Carolina 2-3 teams
October: 16-17 Rochester All 29-31 Harvard Helen-Sarah 30-31 West Point All
November: 6-7 Binghamton All JV-Novice 12-14 Central Oklahoma Varsity 20-21 Columbia Many 20-22 Wake Forest Varsity
January: 5-7 UMKC Vanload 8-10 Wm. Jewell Vanload 22-24 Baylor or Dartmouth RR Helen-Sarah
February: 5-6 Cornell All 12-13 Marist Many 19-20 Kansas Varsity 26-27 East Regionals at UVM All
March: 3-5 Towson-JV & Nov Nats Many 17-20 CEDA Nats-KC 4 24-27 NDT in KC Qualifiers only

CAMPUS RECRUITMENT CONTINUES
Wednesday, 9/8/99 6 PM -- Sarah & Daniel Host
Thursday, 9/9/99 6 PM -- Aaron & Adam Host

Posters: Billings Sarah, Library Helen, MAT & HM Danny, L&L Anthony Jaime, CWP-WDW-Slade Danny Aaron, HSM Coolidge-Redstone Jaime, CBW Teddy Peter, Waterman Greta, Lafayette Old Mill Helen, Williams Greta, Marsh Aiken Adam, Kalkin Aaron, Torrey-Votey Anthony. KEEP PUTTING THEM UP AGAIN AND AGAIN. DO NOT PUT THEM WHERE THEY DO NOT BELONG!

PARTNERSHIPS DECLARED:
HELEN-SARAH, ADAM-MARIELLEN, ANTHONY-STEPH, GRETA-PETE, DANIEL-AARON, BEN-STEVE

THIS WEEK

SPEAKING DRILLS THURS 6:30 PM

ALL ARGUMENTS MUST BE FINISHED BY SATURDAY!
Globalism: Jackie, Pete, Teddy, Trond
Proliferation: Tuna
Israel Backlash: Helen
Germany: Andy
Feminist International Relations: Sarah
Islam: Tuna
Secrecy: Daniel, Trond
North Korea: Andy, Helen, Anthony
Russia: Aaron


PRACTICE DEBATES:
Wed 7 PM A: Aaron-Daniel N: Steph-Anthony
Thu 9 PM A: Greta-Pete N: Sarah-Helen

WORK STUDY POSITIONS AVAILABLE
MANDATORY MEETING TUES 6 PM

So far: Peter, Greta, Anthony, Jaime, Helen, Steph

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