2 October 2001

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.

HIGHS AND LOWS AT WEST POINT


OVERLOOKING THE HUDSON, WEST POINT WAS BEAUTIFUL THIS YEAR

The LDU sent ten debate teams into competition at the US Military Academy at West Point's traditional tournament this weekend. While the squad placed highly in both divisions, there was clearly room for improvement.

The team of Casey Gervais and Shawn Wilkerson were 5-1 in the Varsity division. In the quarterfinal round they defeated Cornell TJ 2-1. In the semifinal round they lost to Cornell KD 2-1. Thus, they took Third Place in varsity. Wilkerson received an individual speaker award for his excellent performance. The JV-eligible team of Vilasa Campbell and Jillian Marty were 4-2, and debated New York University GG in quarterfinals, losing a tough 2-1 decision. Thus, they took Fifth Place in Varsity. Other teams had a more difficult experience but had high spirits.

The team of Brian Cole and Teresa Hill were 4-2 in the Novice division. In the quarterfinal round they defeated Ithaca College GJ 3-0, before losing to Rochester NW 2-1 in the semifinals. Thus, they took Third Place in novice. Hill received an individual speaker award for her excellent performance. Stephen Gilpatric and Jacob Ricker also received speaker awards. Other debaters in novice were at their first debate tournament and learned a lot.

Special recognition should go to those attending their first LDU tournament: Ertan Barucic, Kayce Massey, Josh Grenier, Julianne Hellmuth, Adam Fronheiser, Sky Ganer, Nick Cantalupo, Jacob Ricker, and Peter Wright. Now they are debaters.

Special thanks also need to go to the coaching crew for West Point, including Greta Lockwood, Charles Hoag, Anthony Pagan, Jackie massey and A. C. Snider. Rodrigo Rojas, director of the Sociedad de Debate at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, was also able to attend, judge for us, and offer critical advice. Rojas is on a Fulbright at NYU for two years and we hope he can be with us more often.

The tournament was unique this year in that all vehicles and bags coming into the West Point grounds had to be searched, including under the hood and under the car inspection of the vans.


PUBLIC DEBATE PLANS GATHER STEAM

Our current plans are to hold a major public debate on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 PM in Marsh Life Science 235 (350+ seats). The topic will be military action against terrorism. The debate will feature a mix of professors and students. Precise topic and format are under investigation. Cole will time. Hoag will moderate. Muradian will work on a poster.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING...


MEETINGS AND EVENTS COMING UP....

Wed. 7 PM Mass evidence processing with Jackie
Thur. 6 PM Novice Practice Debates
Myers-Muradian v. Soverel-Winn
, Gilpatric-Cantalupo v. Gana-Brue, Hoag & Snider as judges.


RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

Aaron Fishbone is the research director.

Arts & Crafts Cole, Language Marty, Nuclear Power Hoag, FBI Marty Langsweirdt, Whaling Limprevil Soverel, Uranium Mining Myers, Taxation Hoag, Gaming Hoag, Criminal Justice Fishbone, Child Welfare Fishbone.


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

VILASA CAMPBELL IS THE TOPIC DIRECTOR.

10/6 taping session could be Rich-Poor Gap and US military action against terrorism.
Panelists: Hoag, Myers, Sweeney, Muradian, Snider

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


NEWS OF THE SUMMER

These stories and more from the Summer will be covered in the next few weeks.


SQUAD MEETING
NEXT MONDAY, 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

LOTS OF IMPORTANT ISSUES TO DEAL WITH!


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

34

22

60.7%

WEST POINT 26 40

TOTAL

60

62

49.1%


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