17 September 2002

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, 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.

VARSITY BEGINS SEASON IN ATLANTA
THEN ON TO ROCHESTER


|Jillian Marty and Jake Meany | Edwin Owusu and Sheila Limprevil |


| Jen Knops and Lana Langsweirdt | Teresa Hill and Brian Cole |

Four varsity teams (pictured above) were debating at the same time this weekend, while others worked on research assignments in the office. The offices were buzzing with activity all weekend long as students used their free days to prepare for the beginning of the 2002-03 debate season. The season kicks off in Atlanta as two teams (Owusu-Limprevil and Meany-Marty) will attend a tournament at Georgia State University along with over 120 other teams. Helen Morgan and Justin Parmett will be attending as coaches and judges. The new season is always filled with suspense, with questions like, "Did we read the topic right?" "Will our arguments apply?" and the ever popular "What will they say against our case?" After the tournament and a comprehensive argument scouting opportunity it provides these questions will be answered, but for now it is preparation in a vacuum.

The Georgia State posse leaves the offices Friday at 6:30 AM, with Brian and Tuna helping with transportation. On their return, after 10:06 PM Monday, Brian and Rob will provide airport pickup.

<=== Novices in training

The novices are in full swing and training sessions have been well attended. The topic seems to be interesting and attracting students, al;ways a good thing. Although tentative at first the new debaters are now largely paired up in teams and ready for their first practice debates this weekend. In fact, there is an unusually large number of debaters, both experienced and inexperienced, who want to take the first opportunity for competition, and that will be the tournament the weekend after this at the University of Rochester.

Teams asking to be entered at Rochester include:
Open division: Cole & Hill, Meany & Marty, Langsweirdt & Knops, Limprevil-Owusu, Bryce Hellmuth.
Novice division: Balas & Suyarkulova, Welch & Reimer, Velez & Varela, Vaillancourt & O'Connor, Rounds & Melander, and hopefully Mukherjee & Gillespie.
Coaches: Lockwood, Parmett, Morgan, Sweeney, McDonald, Hoag, and Snider.

The rest of the new debaters will open at the UVM tournament on October 12-13, 2002. There are five teams from the Fundamentals of Debate class that will be joining the competition in October. UVM debate now has 17 teams in operation and hopes to keep that number or grow the squad.


TOPIC AND TRAVEL

2002-2003 topic:
Resolved that the United States Federal Government should ratify or accede to, and implement, one or more of the following: The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; The Kyoto Protocol; The Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court; The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty; The treaty between the United States of America and the Russian federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions, if not ratified by the United States.

LDU preliminary travel schedule:
September, 20-23 Georgia State, 28-29 Rochester;
October, 12-13 Vermont, 19-20 Cap Cities, 26-28 Harvard
November, 1-3 West Point , 8-10 Central Oklahoma, 15-17 Wake Forest, 16-17 Binghamton, 23-24 Columbia
January, TBA UMKC, TBA William Jewell, TBA Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Open

February, 1-2 Cornell, 7-9 Western Washington, 14-16 Kansas, 21-23 East Regionals/D8
March, 28-02 Towson, 20-24 CEDA Nationals, AZ
April, 3-7 NDT, GA
May, TBA Tercer Torneo Hispanoamericano de Debate


RESEARCH THIS WEEK

Jillian Marty is our research director.
RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY BY 5 PM - PRINTED FOR ALL!
ASSIGNMENTS POSTED IN THE OFFICE, NO LONGER IN THE NEWSLETTER (SORRY TO OUR OPPONENTS WHO LOOK FOR THEM)


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

SHEILA LIMPREVIL WILL BE THE EVIDENCE EMPRESS FOR THIS YEAR.
PROCEDURES FOR THE MASTERFILE WERE DISCUSSED -- PUT BACK WHAT YOU TAKE OUT!
THE BINGHAMTON TOURNAMENT DATE HAS MOVED AND THE COLUMBIA DATE IS NOW CONFIRMED.
WE ARE PLANNING A PUBLIC DEBATE ABOUT THE INVASION OF IRAQ ON THUR. OCTOBER 10 AT 7 PM. WE NEED DEBATERS WHO WILL SUPPORT MILITARY ACTION.
JILL WITNEY AND MARGET BRUE ANNOUNCED THEIR PARTNERSHIP.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

NOVICE TRAINING #4: FILE BUILDING THURSDAY 8:15 PM
ADVANCED TRAINING TUESDAY 8 PM

PRACTICE DEBATES
FRIDAY 3:30 BALAS & SUYARKULOVA VS. REIMER & WELCH WITH McDONALD
FRIDAY 3:30 O'CONNOR & VAILLANCOURT VS. MUKHERJEE & GILLESPIE (?) WITH SNIDER
SATURDAY 3:30 REIMER & WELCH VS. MUKHERJEE & COLE WITH COLE
SUNDAY 12:30 PM O'CONNOR & VAILLANCOURT VS. BALAS & SUYARKULOVA WITH HILL


EVENTS OF NOTE

Thursday AM CBS 60 minutes interviews coach Snider about his urban debate league work.
The Adelphia Channel on Burlington cable is showing public debates and closing ceremonies from this summer's World Debate Institute.
Monday AM Vermont Public Television will tape an interview with coach Snider about political debates.
On September 26 coach Snider will deliver a lecture about Jamaica at the Fleming Museum to kick off their Jamaica art exhibition.
On September 27 coach Snider has been asked to give the keynote speech at the Pan American Schools Debate Championship in NYC.


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

Vermont Community Access Media, Channel 15, Burlington - Wednesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10:30 PM, Saturday 1 PM
Also available at http://debate.uvm.edu/flashpoint.html

WANTED: PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND TOPIC COORDINATOR FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR

LAST TAPING - END OF THE AUTOMOBILE, SNIDER, HOAG, MASSEY
NEXT TAPING - FIRST WEEKEND IN OCTOBER


SQUAD MEETING
EVERY MONDAY, 6 PM, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

 

WINS

LOSSES

%

2001-2002 SEASON

438

393

52.7

2002-2003 SEASON

0

0

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

UVM Debate was #9 in both major national polls for debate in the USA for the 2001-2002 season.


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