24 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.

HERE COME THE NOVICES


| Novice debaters at the weekly squad meeting |

There have been years when many new debaters indicate interest and start training, but that doesn't mean they end up going to tournaments, as preparation and early practice debates can be somewhat discouraging. Not this year. Not only was the turnout strong for new debaters, but they have been very diligent at attending training, copying and working with their evidence, and arranging for and following through on practice debates. This weekend saw a number of practice debates, and everyone showed for them. At one point on Friday there were three practice debates going on at once in the LDU offices.

A number of the new novices have indicated they will be going to Rochester even though it is very early in the season. Five novice teams are scheduled to attend Rochester next weekend, compared to three teams willing to take the early splash last year. More experienced debaters have been extremely useful in serving as critics for practice debates and advisors for the new debaters. Special thanks go to Brian Cole, Teresa Hill, Steph McDonald, and Shana Bryce for their efforts.


LIVE AND LEARN....
Varsity feels positive about Georgia State even with a less than stellar record

The season began at Georgia State with mixed results. The young teams [two sophomores one one team, a junior and a fresher on the other]. The good outcome was that all four debaters and both coaches were very enthusiastic about their argument choices and their debate abilities against the nation's best. The other outcome was that the teams were 3-5 [Sheila Limprevil and Edwin Owusu] and 2-6 [Jillian Marty and Jake Meany]. Coach Helen Morgan also was encouraged, as she and Justin Parmett watched several debates and had some insight on what needs to be done. It was clear that the main problem was a lack of frontlines, as preparation time before the tournament had featured producing arguments as opposed to being ready to defend those arguments in specific. There was also a lack of organization so that needed arguments were not always close at hand. The coaches and debaters concluded that these were matters that could be resolved and set aside Tuesday evening to begin working on them.


ROCHESTER IS NEXT

Open: Langsweirdt & Knops, Cole & Hill, Limprevil & Owusu, Marty & Meany, Bryce & swing.
Novice: Balas & Suyarkulova, Velez & Varela, Reimer & Welch, O'Connor 7 Vaillancourt, Mukherjee & swing.
Coaches/Judges: Snider, Morgan, Parmett, Hoag, McDonald, Sweeney, Lockwood, Hellmuth.

DEPARTING AT 2:30 - SHIP #1: Morgan, Parmett, Bryce, Hill, Limprevil, Owusu, Marty, Meany; SHIP #2: Cole, Varela, Velez, Vaillancourt, Mukherjee, Hellmuth; DEPARTING AT 4 PM - SHIP #3: Sweeney, McDonald, Knops, Lockwood, Langsweirdt, Reimer, O'Connor, Balas, Suyarkulova, Welch [Lockwood should be picked up at corner of Main & Church phone 355-0480; Knops to be picked up at her home 80 Monroe 860-1696].

BE ON TIME OR EARLY!


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, 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, 6-8 UMKC, 3-5 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)

UNFINISHED RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS FROM LAST WEEK MUST BE DONE THIS WEEK!

WILLING TO DO EXTRA SHORT-TERM RESEARCH: HILL, KNOPS, COLE.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

PROCEDURES FOR TRAVEL WERE DISCUSSED SO ALL NEW DEBATERS WILL BE ON THE SAME PAGE.

ROB HUNT VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE TUNA TO THE AIRPORT FOR HIS FLIGHT TO NYC, 5:50 PM FROM FLEMING MUSEUM.

WE ARE PLANNING A PUBLIC DEBATE ABOUT THE INVASION OF IRAQ ON THUR. OCTOBER 10 AT 7 PM. ROB HUNT WILL BE THE COORDINATOR AND RESERVE A ROOM. GRETA AND TUNA WILL DESIGN POSTERS. HILL AND BRYCE AGREED TO SUPPORT MILITARY ACTION, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE PERSONALLY IN FAVOR, BUT SO THAT A DEBATE CAN TAKE PLACE. ALL WILL BE NEEDED FOR POSTERING.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

NOVICE TRAINING #5: ANSWERING & FIRST TOURNAMENT, 9 PM TUESDAY WITH TUNA
ADVANCED TRAINING AT THE MORGAN-PARMETT PLACE TUESDAY NIGHT, COLE & KNOPS CAN GIVE RIDES
ALEX & MOHIRA MEET WITH TUNA WED 2:30 PM
RYAN & AMY MEET WITH TUNA THUR 4 PM
ADVANCED TRAINING THURSDAY 9 PM

PRACTICE DEBATES

Wed 7 PM Bryce-Hill Knops-Langsweirdt
Wed 8 PM Hunt-Linder Reimer-Welch
Thur 7 PM O'Connor-Vaillancourt Balas-Suyarkulova


EVENTS OF NOTE

On Friday December 27 coach Snider will be interviewed about urban debate leagues in NYC by Lesley Stahl for CBS News 60 Minutes.
On September 26 coach Snider will deliver a lecture about Jamaica at the Fleming Museum to kick off their Jamaica art exhibition 5:30 PM, free, music will follow.
On September 27 coach Snider has been asked to give the keynote speech at the Pan American Schools Debate Championship in NYC, 3 PM midtown Manhattan.


NEW FEATURE NEXT WEEK -- LDU SPOTLIGHT
EACH WEEK WE WILL PROFILE ONE MEMBER OF THE SQUAD, LET THEM TELL YOU ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR DEBATE INVOLVEMENT, AND GIVE YOU A M UG SHOT AS WELL. THIS WILL THEN BE USED TO BUILD A COMPREHENSIVE BIOGRAPHY PAGE AT THE LDU WEBSITE, HTTP://DEBATE.UVM.EDU/LDU.HTML


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

%

GEORGIA STATE

5

11

 

2002-2003 SEASON

5

11

31.5%

 

 

 

 

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


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