8 October 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.

UVM DEBATE EXTENDS ITS GLOBAL REACH
Krakow, Poland Hosts 35 Nation Debate Summit


| Summit Table | UVM Alumni Max Schnurer (now Prof. at Marist College) asks a probing question |


| Sign at Auschwitz | Gates at Auschwitz |

UVM's role in spreading debate globally advanced another step this weekend in Krakow, Poland. The International Debate Education Association held its annual conference [http://207.21.244.48/events/krakow/] entitled "Debate and Argumentation:Opening Minds, Borders & Societies." Attended by representatives of over 35 nations, the conference also featured a "Summit" for international debate leaders to share ideas and create opportunities for cooperation. A lot happened, and here are a few highlights:
* Kazakhstan presented their program whereby debaters work as interns for members of parliament, the debaters take legislation and debate it amongst themselves, and then propose changes in the legislation as well as urge acceptance or rejection. A strong ,majority of advice from the debaters has been adopted by the legislators.
* Bulgaria presented their program whereby debaters follow city councils and regional legislative bodies and then present awards to politicians who are the best models of strong public debate.
*Estonia presented their program whereby their pick a significant national problem that is NOT being addressed (in their case, corruption) and then hold a series of workshops and debates on the issue to mobilize public support and legislative action on that issue, eventually debating in front of policy makers.
* UVM presented its plans for holding a summer debate institute in China to jump start debating there, as well as a number of other ongoing programs for supporting debate in Spanish and organizing debates over the Internet.

UVM specifically made a number of important connections that will pay off in the future, and a few of them include:
* Japan will send an experienced faculty member (Saturo Aounuma) to WDI next summer to serve as faculty, and he will also attend the China program in late August.
* Mongolia and Kazakhstan will also support the program and will also send students to WDI in Vermont next summer.
* Extended and ongoing cooperation has begun with the debate program in Slovenia.
* Kazakhstan, Slovenia, and Uzbekistan agreed to host the "Around-the-world Debate tour" UVM is currently designing for December, 2003-January, 2004.
* UVM will develop a data base of graduate assistantships in debate related areas in the USA for outstanding foreign debate graduates to apply for.

UVM was represented by Alfred Snider, as well as former UVM debater Maxwell Schnurer. Former coaches John Meany of Claremont, David Berube of South Carolina, and former debater Jethro Hayman of Cornell have also been very involved in international activities with IDEA countries.

It would be wrong not to mention the impact on Snider and Schnurer of their visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps near Krakow. Both were moved to tears on many occasions, and both experienced increased determination to use the tools of reason and discourse against the mindset of weapons and death. A more complete trip report will be coming in future weeks.


UVM TO HOST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND

UVM will host a small tournament this weekend with a novice and an open division. A strong regional attendance is expected.

Open: Langsweirdt-Knops, Hill-Cole, Witney-Bryce
Novice: Balas-Suyarkulova, O'Connor-Vaillancourt, Welch-Reimer, Malone-Mukherjee, Velez-Varela, Massey-Pettrone, Rounds-Melander, Mates-Smith, Matthews-Ptalis, Freil-Steerd, Linder-???
Judges: Meany, Sweeney, Hoag, Owusu, Marty, McDonald
Helpers: Hunt, BHS students.
Housing: Hill, Langsweirdt, Cole, Hoag, Knops, Marty, Bryce, Vaillancourt

Saturday: 8 AM snacks, 8:30 pairings, 9 round one, 11 round two, 1 lunch, 2 round three, 4 round four.
Sunday: 8:00 AM snacks and pairings, 8:30 round five, 11 first elim, 1:30 PM awards, 2 elims, 4 elims, 6 elims.


PUBLIC DEBATE -- USA MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ IS THE ISSUE

October 10, 2002, 8 PM, Lafayette 108.
Rob Hunt is the coordinator.
Topic: USA military action against Iraq is justified.
Affirmative: Teresa Hill & Shana Bryce
Negative: Charles Hoag & Tim Reimer
Poster design: Tuna. Bryce
Postering: Linder, Balas, Reimer, Massey, Meany, Cole, Bryce
PR: Tuna

REMEMBER TO DO LOTS OF POSTERING!


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 travel schedule:
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)


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

LDU GARB IS NOW IN THE PLANNING STAGE. KAYCE MASSEY BROUGHT OPTIONS FOR US, EVERYONE SHOULD COME UP WITH A SLOGAN OR DESIGN IF THEY WANT TO.
COPYING PROBLEMS EXIST - PUT FOLDERS BACK, KEEP THEM IN ORDER, DON'T MANGLE PAGES.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

FRIDAY -- ALL DAY, THE OFFICE IS OPEN FOR PRE-TOURNAMENT PREP


PRACTICE DEBATES

WED 7 PM MARTY-MEANY HILL-COLE [UVM PHOTO OPPORTUNITY]


DEBATE SPOTLIGHT!

SHAYANI MUKHERJEE

Nick name: Ani
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Major: Political Science
Career: Lobby for special interest groups
Level of Competition: Novice
Favorite music: R&B, Hip-hop
I'm grateful that my dad survived 9/11
Favorite thing about debate: Making new friends and meeting people
Most Inspirational Person: Tuna because he makes the best come out in everyone
through debate.
Debate means a fun way to learn about current political events.
My personal challenge is to be an individualist, not a conformist.


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


SQUAD MEETING
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OUR RECORD

 

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

5

11

ROCHESTER

44

42

2002-2003 SEASON

49

53

48%

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


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