20 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 .

THE ONCOMING DEBATE STORM GATHERS
Research, practice, strategy, preparation


|Members of the LDU at the Monday meeting |

It has a hectic time in Huber House on Monday. The seminar room was full of preparing debaters, some with paper spread out on the table others with laptops connected to the LDU wireless, the computer room was full of people online, the back porch was full of Burlington High School debaters prepping, Helen & Justin were discussing strategy with a team, Tuna was moaning about the latest Korea headlines, and THEN the crew arrived to start installing new carpets. You get the idea -- Huber House is a busy place.
With many returning debaters from an excellent season in 2004-2005, the prospect for success is considerable, but never a given.
With ten teams ready to go to Buffalo the first week in October and research assignments due on Friday, the pre-season is coming to an end. With over 40 students currently active in the LDU space, staff and funding are all at issue. "It is going to be a challenge to make it happen," noted LDU director Snider. "We have a lot of teams, and we just don't have the space for all of them to work. Practice debates are held on the back porch and people sort evidence on the floor. We are going to have a tough time finding enough judges to support the big crew we will probably be taking to West Point, and I am not sure where we will find the money to travel this big a group. Gas prices are going to take a bigger bite out of the budget, as those vans gulp that petrol down. But, as always, somehow, we will make it happen. We have to look at the end of the year and work backwards. "
Several new ideas for raising funds are beginning to take shape, including:
-A thorough fundraising effort directed at alumni, facilitated by a new and excellent list of alums supplied by development. Chuck Morton and Leslie Keller will be leading this effort.
-More UN Foundation grants. Hopefully the LDU will score a total of $3000 if they are all accepted.
-Entering a debate contest by the History Channel (more below) where the prize could be $5000.
-Supplemental funding from the SGA.
-Other ideas now percolating.


LDU ASSISTS HISTORY CHANNEL

For the last few months the LDU has been working with the History Channel on a way to use debating to teach about history. As you may know, Maxwell Schnurer and Alfred Snider wrote a book a while back [MANY SIDES; Debate across the curriculum] that has been pretty popular, has been in three printings, and now has a second edition on the way. The point of the book is to assist teachers in using debating to teach almost anything,
The History Channel has a new series coming out in November called THE CRUSADES. They wanted to start by encouraging teachers and students to engage in debates about this period in history with the television series serving as a springboard. They asked for a sample debate (Vermont/WDI did one), a set of topics, formats, preparation guides and support documents for students and teachers (already done).
There was a little concerned about this topic area and possible problems, but the program itself seems to be very evenly divided between the way it tells the story and the people working on the show seem very concerned about making the events productive given the current world political situation and the need to keep a strong balance between European and Islamic voices.
Their interest in debate seems to keep growing. Now they are going to offer a contest for high school and college students who want to stage a debate on this issue. More details will come, but it looks like big cash prizes will be given out, as much as $5000 to the winners, with smaller prizes to others. They will be announcing all of this in the beginning of October.
But wait, there is more...
But their interest seems to continue to grow. Now they want to stage a debate on one of these topics between two highly skilled college debate programs. The American parliamentary format will be used without points of information, with three persons on a side. The speeches might be slightly shorter.
The debate would be filmed in NYC. They are seeking debaters who are: articulate, experienced, and able in front of a camera. The History Channel would bring the students to NYC for a taping. The debate would be televised along with background material about the Crusades the day the series begins and might well be repeated.
|UVM has been asked to recruit teams for this event from among America's college debate teams. A number of schools will be sending in audition tapes, including Vermont.


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, Kichura-Anderson and at least three novice teams from the class. Danielle wants to go and needs a partner. Judges/coaches will include: Justin Morgan Parmett, Colin Kern, Greta Lockwood, Ethan Nelson, Emily Sanders. Tuna Snider.
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

CONGRATULATIONS TO CASEY GERVAIS AND JOE RAMSEY
Married this last weekend in Bristol, VT. Many LDU types attended and it was a joyous occasion. We hope to have a photo soon. Casey debated for the LDU and Joe was a national champion debater for Fort Hays State.

ANDREA LOOBY AMICANGELO andrea30@gmail.com
I hope everyone in the LDU family is doing well! I graduated from Syracuse University College of Law (cum laude!) this past May and took the bar exam in Pennsylvania. I am currently looking for a job and interviewed at a few firms; however, I am not 100% convinced I want to work in a law firm. I'm starting to lean toward academics because I love researching, writing and working with students. I'm also considering DA's offices, public defender's office, etc. Law school was enjoyable and I was a senior editor for a law journal and a research assistant in the law library. I can't get too far away from research!
Jay and I are still in Erie. He is a physical chemistry professor at Penn State Erie which is a great little campus. We enjoy Erie's summers on the lake and hope to get some kayaks soon. I've learned that the local Erie high schools have some decent debate teams. If my future employment allows for it, I might consider doing some volunteer coaching (even though it's been a long long time). I saw that you are going to a tournament in Buffalo but unfortunately I'll be out of town. I've attached a picture of Jay and me from a wedding we attended this summer on Keuka Lake.

 

SEEN AT HUBER HOUSE

Alumnae Sarah Jane Snider and Rae Lynn Schwartz dropped by for lunch and a visit, accompanied by long-time LDU ally Justin Green. Rae is finishing her doctoral work at Iowa, Sarah is beginning her graduate work at Kansas State, and Justin has accepted the position of director of debate at Kansas State.

Others in town for the Gervais-Ramsey wedding but not visiting Huber House included former coach Bill Shanahan and others.

 

 

 

 

SEEN IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Anthony Pagan and his wife Amanda ran into LDU director Snider in the Seoul Airport. Anthony is in the military based in Korea and will be back in the USA soon.

 


ALUMNI! PLEASE SEND US YOUR NEWS AND PHOTOS! SEND YOUR BIOS FOR THE ALUMNI DATABASE!

 


DOCTOR WHO THEATER RETURNS TO BURLINGTON
MONDAYS AT 8:15 PM. EMAIL alfred.snider@uvm.edu FOR A SCHEDULE!


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

Next taping: 10/29 if studio space is available.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ARE DEBATE WORK DAYS AT HUBER HOUSE!

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS WERE CONFIRMED, DUE 9/23.

BUFFALO TRIP -- WE WILL NEED TO LEAVE MIDDAY FRIDAY, PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.

EACH TEAM SHOULD DECIDE BY MONDAY WHAT THEIR DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR BUFFALO WILL BE.

TEAMS NEED TO BUILD FILES, ORGANIZE STRATEGIES, FINISH RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULE PRACTICE DEBATES.

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.

TEAMS MUST HAVE MEETINGS WITH COACHES -- STILL TO DO SO ARE WHITING-CLARK AND MEANY-FLETCHER.

WORK STUDY POSITIONS: RECEIVE JOB DESCRIPTIONS THIS WEEK.

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-KICHURA, BENJAMIN-PIGNATELLI, QUILL-HARRISON.

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

TO JOIN THE LDU DEBATER LISTSERV GO TO http://list.uvm.edu/archives/debater.html


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

NOVICE TRAINING PART TWO: THURSDAY 7 PM

PRACTICE DEBATES
THURSDAY 7 PM KICHURA-ANDERSON VS. WHITING-CLARK WITH TBA
FRIDAY 4 PM BENJAMIN-PIGNATELLI VS. KIMERER-WILSON WITH TBA
SATURDAY 1 PM KIMERER-WILSON VS. KICHURA-ANDERSON WITH TBA
SATURDAY TBA KELLER-HARLOW VS. HITCHCOCK-LANDSMAN-ROOS WITH TUNA


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!