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, firstname.lastname@example.org email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
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The Lawrence debate Union began its 2004-2005 debate season on a high note as the huge squad at Buffalo also showed that size and depth could go together. Riding on what has been the best recruiting year in the last 20, debaters at all levels showed their abilities. The squad compiled an impressive 47-40 record, which while not mathematically impressive is remarkable given that so many people attended (not just the supposedly "best" debaters) and that so many people were attending their first ever debate tournament.
In the novice division it was a clean sweep for UVM. Stephanie Kimerer (her first tournament for UVM) and partner Andrea Aeschlimann had a 5-1 preliminary record and then defeated West Virginia 3-0 in the quarterfinals and Binghamton 3-0 in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Tarik Yeasir and Brady Fletcher were 4-2 in prelims and then defeated West Virginia 3-0 in quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Toni Pignatelli and Julia Benjamin were 4-2 in prelims and then defeated Bard College 3-0 in the quarterfinals and then found themselves facing Yeasir and Fletcher in the semifinals. That debate did not take place (as UVM only debates UVM in practice debates or in public exhibition debates) and by virtue of their slightly higher seeding Yeasir and Fletcher advanced to the finals. The final round was not held, because Kimerer and Aeschlimann from UVM were waiting, having won the semifinal debate. Thus, UVM finished 1-2-3. Other novice teams were also successful, as Robert Len and Kemerer Whalen were 4-2 but lost in the first elimination round 3-0 to West Virginia. UVM also did will in individual speaker awards. Chris Preble was the #2 speaker in her first appearance for UVM, while Stephanie was #5 and Brady was #8. The other novice teams also did very well, and out of ten teams attending in novice none had a record worse than 2-4.
In the varsity division there was also considerable success. The team of Nick Landsman-Roos and Edwin Owusu were 4-2 in prelims along with Ethan Nelson (again, his first UVM tournament) and Michael McMahan, also 4-2. In the quarterfinal debate Nick and Edwin defeated Bard College 2-1 and while Ethan and Mike lost to a vastly more experienced Cornell team 3-0. Nick and Edwin then lost the semifinal debate to Binghamton 2-1. Nick was the #1 speaker while Edwin was the #5 speaker. Jason Hitchcock and Emily Sanders were 2-4 in their first varsity tournament ever and vowed to do better next time at Rochester.
The coaches attributed the success of the overall squad to excellent training by Justin Morgan Parmett and the experienced debaters who helped in, the strong recruiting effort in September, and the strength of team research and arguments. LDU Director Alfred Snider said he looked forward to an excellent season based on the strong starting effort, and hoped for a top 5 or top 10 program finished by the end of the year.
NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY
Swedish debate trainee Maja Malovrh who has worked with the LDU both abroad and here during the last summer, reports on her debate training activities in Sweden: "Just thought I'd keep you up to date with my debate activities in Sweden. I've had my first lectures this monday. At the university only 4 people showed up. We worked full time though and we're having a debate next time. I also hope that new people will come if we keep working at it. There's one half american half swedish girl who's been interested in debate for a longer time but has never done it before, that seems keen on coming to Slovenia. So if we manage to find some funds then there might be a "swedish delegation" of two in Ormoz this november. High school was another story though. 15 students came and we were very productive. They worked well and we had a lot of work done. Next time a couple of new ones are coming as well, since they were absent on a trip today. This kids were amazing and are already preparing for debate next time. I'm also writing around the Baltic to find team that we could possibly meet and debate. That's it from me this time around. Hope you're having a good time and that debate is going well. I read that you have an amazing number of novice debaters. Way to go!"
UVM alumni Maxwell Schnurer will be chairing an impressive international panel in Istanbul in November at the International Debate Education Association's global conference. The panel brings people from eight nations together to talk about the implementation of debate across the curriculum, the subject of a very popular book written by Schnurer with LDU Director Snider.
LDU veteran debate
and coach Gordie Miller is now coaching at the University
of Rochester. He sends this note: "I just wanted to write a short note
expressing my best wishes for the LDU's 2004-2005 season! Reading the Voice
of Edwin makes me realize just how hard my job will be this year.
As some of you know, I am now coaching across the region at the University of Rochester.Even though you will often see me coaching on the other side of the room, my spirit soars when i see members of the LDU in action! So don't think of me so much as coaching against you, but more continuing to coach you to be even more successful! (Think of me as your very own Perm- a simple test of competition.) Anyway, Best of Luck! Work Hard and Trust your coaches! email- email@example.com"
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|SEMESTER ONE||SEMESTER TWO|
10/30 West Point
11/20 Wake Forest
12/4 U Mass
|1/5-7 North Texas
1/9-11 Texas at Dallas
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
-- NOW WITH OVER 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: 10/9 2 PM, 10/23 2 PM.
10/9 is the
next taping, meet at 2 PM at the office for a ride. Panelists include Hoag,
Knops, Snider, Fletcher, Clark, Lockwood. Topics include the presidential debates
and also the future of UVM (the new strategic plan).
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.
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA
NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE IS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.