11 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 .

BUSY WEEK FOR DEBATE TEAM
Grants, Speak Out, History Channel, and More

The Lawrence Debate Union remains very busy last week and this as preparations for a flock of tournaments accelerated in the midst of many other activities.

SPEAK OUT

With the sponsorship of the UN Foundation and the International Debate Education Association the LDU sponsored a speak out on campus last thursday afternoon. While not as many people spoke as we usually like, the discourse was thoughtful and provocative. Brady Fletcher and the SPEAKS Living & Learning program helped put on the event. Over 150 signatures were gathered from attendees. Additional such events are difficult given the approaching winter, but an additional speak out will probably take place in the spring.

 

HISTORY CHANNEL AUDITION

LDU members recorded an audition video for the History Channel in an attempt to win a spot as one of two college debate teams that will debate on a nationally broadcast edition of the History Center. Stephanie Kimerer, Mike McMahan and Brady Fletcher were selected from those students auditioning. If selected these three students will fly to NYC for taping. This is part of the on-going debate related promotion that the History Channel is using for its upcoming mini-series on the Crusades. For more information about all of the events go to http://www.historychannel.com/crusades/ . LDU director Snider has served as the primary consultant for this event, but he added that "I won't be selecting the teams, as I might be biased in favor of our students. Executives of the History Channel will do that."

INTERNET DEBATE BEING ORGANIZED

The LDU is organizing an Internet streaming video debate with the support of the UN Foundation and the International Debate Education Association. The debate will be on the topic of UN efforts to stop terrorism and will feature four LDU students. The debate will be scheduled soon and then webcast live from the Debate Central live webcast site. The debate will then be archived for on-demand viewing. The LDU will receive a $500 grant from the UN Foundation and IDEA once the event has been completed.

DEBATE SCRIMMAGE THIS WEEKEND

Over 45 debaters and coaches will be participating in a four round debate scrimmage this weekend to prepare for competitions coming up. Experienced debaters will debate and judge, while less experienced debaters will get in as many as four practice rounds. Breakfast snacks and a tasty lunch will be served.
Schedule: Saturday
8 AM Coffee, juice, snacks at 475 Main, 8:30 AM Round One, 11:00 AM Round Two, 1:30 PM Lunch served at 475 Main, 2:30 PM Round Three, 4:30 PM Round Four, 6:30 PM Awards at 475 Main
EXPERIENCED: Clark-Whiting judge 1-2, perhaps debate 3-4, Sharma-Kimerer debate all four if possible, Landsman-Roos-Hitchcock judge all 4, Kichura-Anderson debate all 4 if possible, Keller-Harlow judge 2, debate 2 if possible, Kern-Fletcher debate all 4 if possible, McMahan-Nelson debate all 4 if possible, Benjamin-Wilson debate all 4 if possible
NOVICE:
All 8 class teams debate all 4, Brannan-Kaelber debate all 4, Lynn-Bates debate all 4 if possible. Still wondering if we can get Silverman-Jokajtus in the experienced category to debate all 4. Hoping we can get Backus-Pignatelli to debate all 4 in novice. We would like to have Kamilla Shakirova here as well to get in a debate or so if possible, even though her partner Danielle Goldschneider can't be here this weekend. Anybody else? WE NEED MORE JUDGES!

WEST POINT -- LOTS OF TEAMS, NOT ENOUGH JUDGES

The LDU will be taking 17 or 18 teams to West Point the following weekend. This huge contingent means four vans, ten hotel rooms, and lots of judges. WE NEED MORE JUDGES! Please contact us. We can pay! Bring sleeping bags and towels, as we will be stacking them in at the Days Inn.
VARSITY: Landsman-Roos & Hitchcock, Keller & Harlow, Clark & Whiting, Kern & Fletcher, McMahan & Nelson.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Sharma & Kimerer, Wilson & Benjamin, Kichura & Anderson, Lynn & Bates
NOVICE: 4 debate class teams, Hoke & Paradies, Brannan & Kaelber, Goldschnieder & Shakirova
TO BE PAIRED: Pignateli, Backus, Jokajtys, Silverman
We are really hurting for judges. So far: Justin, Helen, Emily, Greta, Jen....
Also hope to recruit.... Renee Jackson, Timm Reimer, Kayce Massey, Edwin Owusu, and anyone else we can think of!


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.
WATCH FOR NEW FLASHPOINT EPISODES AT THE WEB SITE BY THE END OF THE WEEK!
Next taping: 10/29 if studio space is available.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

HOODED SWEATS ARE COMING! BEGIN DISCUSSION OF DESIGN. MATCHING SWEATPANTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE. LESLIE AND ZOE WILL HEAD UP THIS EFFORT.

RESEARCH ASSOGNMENTS WERE GIVEN OUT. DUE WEDNESDAY 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 FOUR: THURSDAY 7 PM

LDU SCRIMMAGE SATURDAY STARTS AT 8 AM!


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!