13 September 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 .

HUGE TEAM GEARING UP FOR SEASON
40+ DEBATERS IN MOTION

This time of the season the LDU is recruiting, training and researching before the season begins. By all accounts the season ahead looms as one of promise and challenge.
Recruiting has gone very well. Many new debaters have signed up for the class taught by Justin Morgan Parmett and many others have come to meetings and begin training this week. First year students as well as seniors looking to diversify their college experience are in the fold. Incoming first year Jeffrey Wilson had Justin's sister Meredith (also an LDU alumna) as a high school coach and now he is part of the LDU. People have been trying to recruit Dave Bates, senior, for some time and he is finally joining the squad. And in between there are a flock of fresh energetic faces, brains and mouths gearing up.
The returning teams also reflect a strong squad. Nick Landsman-Roos and Jason Hitchcock are back after their successful end of season last year, qualifying for the NDT and Jason winning JV Nationals. Brady Fletcher, last year's novice national co-champion, will team with Jake Meany, last year's JV National champ, this season. Leslie Keller and Megan Harlow, who debated together last year and were Novice National co-champions, are back and energized for the season. Mike McMahan and Ethan Nelson will be debating together again and hope to stage an innovative argumentative set of performances. Shane Clark and Chase Whiting are back again, and their work effort has been awesome as they develop their own new affirmative case. Julia Benjamin will be debating with Toni Pignatelli who has returned from a semester in South Africa. Novice National co-champion Steffi Kimerer will be debating with incoming Jeffrey Wilson. Matt SIlverman, now editor in chief of THE CYNIC, and Zoe Anderson are paired together for the season, and Zoe has been working exceptionally hard. Debaters Karen Quill and Abram Harrison who joined late last year will be debating together as novices to start the campaign. Matt Jokajtys has recruited a new novice partner and both are in the class. PLUS seven novice teams are in the class and five other novice teams are being trained outside of the class.
The research effort is being closely scrutinized by research director Nick Landsman-Roos and reports indicate that all is coming along well. Coaches are also gearing up for research. the goal is to have a broad variety of arguments so that no one research assignment can stop Vermont due to our argumentative unpredictability.
The coaching staff has been bolstered by former debaters who want to give back. Emily Sanders, Colin Kern, Jen Knops and Kayce Massey will be judging, coaching and training.
And what could it all mean. "It is too early to tell," noted LDU director Snider, "but I like our chances. We have dedicated people, a lot of people, strong support staff and a lot of creative ideas. Whatever our final outcome in terms of national sweepstakes, this is going to be a good year." Time will tell.


LDU STUDENTS AND STAFF ASSIST BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

Burlington High School as a lot of extremely talented debaters but no real coaching -- until now. With the retirement of Brett Kernoff the team was left without a formal coach, but has moved to reach out to the LDU to guarantee that their success will continue. Nick Landsman-Roos, a BHS alum, will be coaching them during the week and already they have had several meetings at Huber House. Emily Sanders and Jen Knops will also be doing some traveling with BHS. Now if we could only coordinate research assignments!


TOURNAMENTS LOOM AHEAD: BUFFALO, UVM SCRIMMAGE, WEST POINT

Teams began signing up for travel at the squad meeting this week. More should be signing up, and novices will sign up later. Not all can attend Buffalo as that is LSAT weekend.
BUFFALO: Clark-Whiting, Hitchcock-Landsman-Roos, Harlow-Keller, Benjamin-Pignatelli, Kimerer-Wilson, and more.
WEST POINT: Nelson-McMahan, Clark-Whiting, Harlow-Keller, Benjamin-Pignatelli, Kimerer-Wilson, and more.
JUDGES: Are needed for both tournaments.
UVM SCRIMMAGE: The LDU will also host a intra-squad tournament on campus. All will be debating and judging.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

Kat Koller Tosi
email: kat@katswindow.net
Graduated UVM: 1992 BA English, Secondary Education Teaching License
Graduated University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, MA TESOL,
2003
Business Manager for LDU for 4 years.
Left the USA in 1996.
Now teaching in Pohang, South Korea (August 2005)
Previously teaching in Switzerland (1996-1999), Thailand (1999-2002),
Australia (2003) and Burma (2004-2005)
Specializing in ESL/EFL and working at private language schools.

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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 17, Saturday 2 PM. Topics: Caribbean Colonies; Hurricane, Environment & health. Panelists: Fletcher, Atwood, Anderson, Snider, Whiting.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS WERE CONFIRMED, DUE 9/23.

PLEASE MOVE EVIDENCE BOXES TO THE BASEMENT.

MORE PEOPLE STILL NEED TO GET DRIVER TRAINING FOR VANS!

HELEN AND BRADY ARE WORKING TO SCHEDULE A SPEAK OUT DOWNTOWN. BRADY IS WORKING ON A CAMPUS SPEAK OUT THE SECOND WEEK IN OCTOBER.

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. NEW TEAMS ARE: KELLER-HARLOW, NELSON-McMAHAN, WHITING-CLARK, MEANY-FLETCHER, HITCHCOCK-LANDSMAN-ROOS, ANDERSON-SILVERMAN, BENJAMIN-PIGNATELLI, QUILL-HARRISON.

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

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

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MEETINGS THIS WEEK

NOVICE TRAINING PART ONE: TUESDAY 7 PM
REPEAT OF NOVICE TRAINING PART ONE: FRIDAY 5 PM

TEAM MEETINGS:
WILSON-KIMERER THUR 4 PM WITH JUSTIN
KELLER-HARLOW NEXT MON 5 PM WITH JUSTIN
NELSON-McMAHAN FRI 1 PM WITH TUNA
WHITING-CLARK WED NOON WITH TUNA

PRACTICE DEBATES (WE NEED JUDGES TO SIGN UP)
THUR 5 PM HITCHCOCK-LANDSMAN-ROOMS VS. WILSON-KIMERER
FRI 4:30 PM HARLOW-KELLER VS. CLARK-WHITING


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!