21 September 2004

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.

HUGE SQUAD GEARS UP FOR SEASON


| LDU at Monday squad meeting |

Sometimes recruitment works and sometimes it doesn't work. It is hard to predict and how why these things happen, but it seems to be happening for the LDU this year. "The best advertising is word of mouth," noted LDU director Snider, "and the word seems to be out that the Lawrence Debate Union is a good place for active intellects on campus to get a brain workout as well as have a good time." With nearly 40 debaters signed up and receiving training, coaches have quite a job on their hands to train new people and get them ready for their first debate tournament. AND there are 18 people in Justin Morgan Parmett's debate class who will be going to some tournaments!



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

LISA HELLER got married! Last Sunday down in Woodstock, Connecticut, Lisa Heller got married to Dennis Boregina (sorry if we spelled it wrong). It was a lovely service and swank reception, and the party wasn't bad either. Many LDU friends were there, including LDU director Snider, Jeff "Scud" Cedarfield (more news about him in future weeks), LDU supporter Sallie Chafer, Sarah Snider, and Justin Green. Many of Lisa's friends from her debate coaching history were also there, including people from her work with the Rhode Island Debate League. Family members came from Columbia (Lisa is a dual citizen of the USA and Columbia) as well as from all over America. They plan to vacation and honeymoon in December. Lisa is now a faculty member in Speech Communication at Cape Cod Community College.

<=== Lisa and Dennis do their wedding dance

KAT KOLLER TOSI reports: "Just to bring you the update: I am teaching in Mandalay, in the middle of Myanmar. This is proving quite challenging. Although the owner of the school wished to implement many positive changes, the military dictatorship (members of which MUST be employed by the school in high positions although they are totally clueless) stopped the whole thing. So, I was offered the position of DOS and then un-offered it due to politics. The whole thing was a bummer and an eye opener. Life in Mandalay is rather dull as it is a Chinese trading town without much to do or see. They are chopping down trees like mad to build these big communist inspired cement houses. Communication is difficult as the mail service doesn't work and email is sometimes on, sometimes off. At present, I'm working on developing research for a publication based on the impact of rote learning specific to how it further supports dictatorial psychology in Burma. Don't know if they will let me conduct it, though. The next plan is to look for a job for 2005/2006 elsewhere. I plan to go to Yangon to work for 3 months after this contract ends. Rangon is quite impressive: green and mellow and quiet (beeping of horns, bicycles and mopeds banned by THE MAN). In any case, wanted to drop you a line and say a big hello. Hope all is well with you. And that the LDU kicks butt this season."

SEND US NEWS ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND EVENTS IN IT! LDU ALUMNI LOVE TO KEEP IN TOUCH!


SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO
10/2 Buffalo
10/16 Rochester
10/30 Harvard,
10/30 West Point
11/6 Oklahoma
11/20 Columbia
11/20 Wake Forest
12/4 U Mass
1/5-7 North Texas
1/9-11 Texas at Dallas
1/29 Cornell
2/5 Northwestern
2/12 Binghamton
2/26 CEDA East/District 8 (Vermont)
3/5 JV/Novice Nats at Georgetown
3/19 CEDA Nats at San Francisco State
4/? NDT Nats at Gonzaga, Spokane, Washington

FLASHPOINT TELEVISION -- NOW WITH 290 DIFFERENT PROGRAMS!
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 tapings: 9/25 2 PM, 10/19 2 PM, 10/23 2 PM.

9/25 taping, meet at 2 PM at the office for a ride. Topics to be decided by the panelists. These will be worked out on email. Panelists include: Whiting, Snider, Hoag and Brown Valera.

Suggested Future Topics: Free speech and protesting, Cars and the Environment, Fogel's Vision for UVM.
COUNTDOWN TO PROGRAM #300 BEGINS
Now in the 290s it is only a matter of time (and not a very long time) until Flashpoint reaches its 300th show. Ideas are being sought for how this show should be done. Let us know of any ideas.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

ALL RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE NEXT MONDAY! CONTACT NICK LANDSMAN-ROOS OR A COACH IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS AND WE WILL HELP YOU!

PARTNERSHIPS: New partners include Yeasir-Hogan, Perez-Rosato, Clark-Barone.
BUFFALO: Nelson-McMahan, King-Barone, Kimerer-Aeschlimann, Whiting-Brown Varela, Hitchcock-Sanders, Hogan-Yeasir, Landsman-Roos. Preble and Park seek partners.
ROCHESTER (preliminary): Whiting-Brown Varela, Hitchcock-Sanders, Rosato-Perez, Landsman-Roos, Kimerer-Aeschlimann, Preble seeks a partner.
CAMPUS SPEAK OUT: Zoe has a sound system and it is a go for 9/28 starting at noon. We will need postering help and set up help as well as lots of debaters to speak. Watch for posters coming Monday. Thanks to DJ BLT for helping us out.
INTERNET DEBATE: Cardan and Landsman-Roos will debate Preble and Kimerer, with a taping 27 September for a showing on 28 September at 4 PM ET.
WORK STUDY: Jobs have been handed out, and they need to be done. Ebonie Kirkland, Andrea Aeschlimann, and Nick Diehl still need to attend orientation with Tuna.
POETRY SLAM: Thursday 10/14 L&L Fireplace lounge. Charlie is coordinating.
SEMINAR ROOM: Stop leaving your stuff (orphaned piles of briefs mostly) in the room, as it also hosts Asian language classes.
HANDICAP ACCESS TO HUBER HOUSE: Stop blocking the back door with your evidence. We MUST remain accessible to all of our brothers and sisters who want to use this building.


NOVICE TRAINING THURSDAY AT 5 PM FOR GAGNON, SILVERMAN, CLARK, BARONE

DEBATE WEEKEND AT HUBER HOUSE! COACHES WILL BE AVAILABLE ALL DAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY TO HELP PEOPLE GET READY FOR BUFFALO! FILING, SPEAKING DRILLS, ARGUMENT DRILLS, ETC.

Practice debate: Thur 6 PM Nelson-McMahan vs Landsman-Roos with Jen
Practice debate: Sat 4:30 PM Fletcher-Silverman vs. Aeschlimann-Kimerer
Practice debate: Sun 3 PM Clark-Barone vs. Whiting-Brown Varela


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE IS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY      
BUFFALO COMING UP!      
       
2004-2005 RECORD      
2003-2004 RECORD 315 374  45.7%
2003-2003 RECORD 334 384 46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!