4 October 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 .

BLAST OFF IN BUFFALO
5th Varsity, 1st JV, 3rd Novice


| Stephanie Kimerer and Jeffrey Wilson |

The University of Vermont debate team did very well in Buffalo last weekend, but it was difficult to match the high expectations that had been set. Although UVM did better than any other school not everyone met their expectations. There is still a lot of work to do and many skills to polish.
The varsity team of Jason Hitchcock and Nick Landsman-Roos lost in the quarterfinals to Case Western University on a 3-0 decision, which was a disappointment to these two hard-workers. They thus finished FIFTH. Other varsity teams consisted of JV debaters who are determined to debate varsity as much as possible to prepare for a UVM "four-peat" at JV nationals next spring. Leslie Keller and Megan Harlow were 2-4 as were Chase Whiting and Shane Clark. In speaker awards Nick was second, Shane was fourth and Chase was tenth. "The younger teams are making great progress," noted Snider, "and will be reaching elims in varsity soon, and should be very ready for JV nationals. Their big needs now are to work on specific skills and keeping their spirits up."
The junior varsity team of Stephanie Kimerer (last year's novice national champion) and Jeffrey Wilson (a first year student from NYC who was coached by alumna Meredith Parmett) won the tournament, defeating West Point in the final round to place FIRST. Their record for the tournament was 9-1. The team of Julia Benjamin and Toni Pignatelli (who is a novice) were 3-3 and the team of Zoe Anderson and Ethan Kichura (in his first tournament for UVM) were 2-4. "All three teams did well," said Snider, "and Steff & Jeff are probably ready for varsity now. Toni, Zoe and Ethan have a lot of rust to knock off their skills and Julia is bravely pursuing new argumentative approaches, so there is a lot of hope for all of them."
The novice team of Matt Jokajtys and Sam Lavallee lots to tournament champion Vanderbilt on a 2-1 decision in the semifinals to finish THIRD. Sam was at his first debate tournament ever. Other novice teams were at their first tournament and had their introduction to college policy debate. Taylor Laleman and Eric Hoke along with Ashley Corcoran and Eleanor Chapman went 2-4 and seemed to enjoy the experience. Alex Thibault and Justin Brown were 1-5 but declared that their debating got better with each round. "We are not hat concerned about wins at the first novice tournament," said Snider, "but helping people have a good time and grasping the basics. I think that this group did that very successfully. We try and teach the right skills early on so that they can do well later, unlike some of our competition who seem more interested in early cheap wins. We'll stick with our way because it works. Reading arguments prepared by coaches doesn't team them how to debate, and ultimately that is what they will have to do at the end of the year." Matt Jokajtys was the third speaker.
Special thanks have to go to the coaches and judges who came and helped, including alumnae Emily Sanders and Greta Lockwood as well as experienced debaters Colin Kern and Ethan Nelson. "The most impressive thing among the coaches," smiled Snider, "was the fantastic job done by Justin Morgan Parmett. You see why he was 'coach of the year' in the East last year. He is focused, patient, relaxed and totally prepared, helping everyone else to be that way as well. His coaching in the elimination rounds is especially impressive. We are very lucky to have both he and Helen with us."
The distance driven and the late departure from Buffalo highlights a real problem facing the team -- the last van arrived home at about 7 AM Monday morning. Every agrees that we need to continue to emphasize travel safety.
The overall record was 32-36, very good for a tournament where there were nine students traveling for the first time.


SPEAK OUTS THIS WEEK

Thursday between 1-3 PM there will be a speak-out. Posters available for distribution on Tuesday. Everyone needs to attend to speak out, help run things, and help gather signatures of attendees. If we gather 100 signatures we will receive $500 from the UN Foundation for sponsoring the event. Brady is in charge and has a sound system.


Julia Benjamin is also organizing a speak out to follow the Newt Gingrich speech on Thursday night. Everyone is also encouraged to attend and speak their mind.

<=== Alumna Jen Knops speaks at a previous speak out.



HISTORY CHANNEL AUDITIONS

Auditions to be videoed Friday starting at 3 PM. Those interested include Harlow, Jokajtys, Kichura, Fletcher, Benjamin, Nelson, McMahan, Kimerer.

Each student should give a short 3-4 minute speech about some issue they care a lot about, simulating a debate if possible. The HC is looking for articulate speakers who are comfortable in front of a camera. If UVM is selected the debaters will be flown to NYC for a taping of a debate against another school that will be shown on the HC's national feed. There will also be a separate debate competition with a $5000 prize for the school who stages the best debate.


TOURNAMENTS LOOM AHEAD: UVM SCRIMMAGE, WEST POINT, TEXAS

Teams began signing up for travel at the squad meeting this week.
WEST POINT: Nelson-McMahan, Clark-Whiting, Harlow-Keller, Benjamin-Pignatelli, Kimerer-Wilson, Landsman-Roos-Hitchcock, Brannan-Kaelber, Anderson-Kichura, and more.
UVM SCRIMMAGE: The LDU will also host a intra-squad tournament on campus. All will be debating and judging.
TEXAS IN JANUARY: Landsman-Roos-Hitchcock, Keller-Harlow, Clark-Whiting, Wilson-Kimmerer, and more can apply. Probably four teams will go.


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 Record Placed SEMESTER TWO

10/1-2 BUFFALO 32-36 1-3-5
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:

BRADY WILL START PLANNING THE OCTOBER 6 SPEAK OUT.

READ FILES THIS WEEK, CASE SPECIFIC NEGATIVE NEXT WEEK.

AN INTERNET DEBATE IS PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER. IT WILL BE TAPED AND WEBCAST THEN ARCHIVED AT OUR WEBSITE. THE TOPIC MUST INVOLVE THE UNITED NATIONS. DEBATERS: COREY, JULIA, SHANE, BRADY.

MORE PEOPLE STILL NEED TO GET DRIVER TRAINING FOR VANS!

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

WORK STUDY POSITIONS: CHASE IS EVIDENCE, JULIE IS MIDDLE SCHOOL, LESLIE IS FUNDRAISING, STEFFI IS EVIDENCE ARCHIVING, BUT ALL SHOULD HELP CHASE PRINT THE EVIDENCE.

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 THREE: THURSDAY 6 PM

PRACTICE DEBATES
ALXEX-JUSTIN VS. ERIC COREY SAT 3 PM 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
BUFFALO
32
36
TOTAL
32
36
47%
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!