12 October 2004

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.

WEEK OF FREE SPEECH
AND ACTIVISM


| Ethan Nelson at Speak Out | Helen and Nakobe Morgan Parmett at Speak Out |

With a free weekend between the Buffalo and Rochester tournaments the LDU kept up the pressure by researching and practicing, but also put in a tremendous amount of effort in stimulating public discourse and a celebration of free speech. While these events had been planned anyway, it was also beneficial that the LDU received four $500 grants from the International Debate Education Association and the United Nations Foundation.

One unfunded program was to stage a "debate watch" for the vice presidential debates. The debaters and coaches gathered in the Edwin W. Lawrence room at Huber House to watch the debate and give their commentary and evaluations, and Jon Reidel of UVM communications was there. It was a spirited debate and was an even more time as the debaters pointed out mistake, statistical skullduggery and bad public speaking. A full article on the debate watch can be found at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/vpdebatearticle1004.pdf .

<=== Debate Watch

Thursday saw the Fall Speak Out in front of the Royall Tyler Theatre, the traditional place for rallies and speeches on campus. With a small amplifier and some microphones, the debaters warmed up the crowd by speaking their minds and soon many members of the audience joined in. There were about 18 speeches given at the event and 126 people signed up as having attended. While some found this a bit disappointing, it is true that some free speech is better than none. "What I have been saying recently," said LDU Director Snider, "is that we don't need to worry as much about losing free speech as we need to worry about the fact that people may have nothing to say. While many people in the crowd were too apathetic or afraid to speak, we put on a demonstration of what free speech can be like."

Saturday saw the LDU tape two more episodes of Flashpoint, its weekly television program. Charles Hoag, Jen Knops, Brady Fletcher and Snider helped tape shows #295 and #296. The topics were "Debating the Debates" about the presidential and vice presidential debates, and "UVM Visions" about UVM's plan, spearheaded by President Daniel Fogel, to recreate UVM as a larger and more prestigious university. The panelists thought they were two of the best shows in recent months.

Monday saw the webcast of a public debate on the subject of wind power as a substitute for fossil fuels. Jason Hitchcock and Nick Landsman-Roos were affirmative and defended wind power, while Chris Preble and Stephanie Kimerer criticized it. The debate was webcast from the Edwin Lawrence Debate theater located at http://www.uvm.edu/debate_theater/. The debate has now been archived and is available for on-demand viewing at http://debate.uvm.edu/watchdebate.html.

The LDU will keep up the pace this week by sponsoring a poetry slam Thursday night at 8 PM in Living & Learning's Fireplace Lounge.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

Paula Skowron at doubleturn@earthlink.net writes: "Just to bring everyone up to date on my life over the past several years: I finally finished my graduate work in May and received 2 Masters degrees: MBA and MSIS (Master of Science in Information Systems). It took 4 years to complete this dual degree program, but it was worth it in the end. Though currently employed, I am job hunting in order to put my degrees to use. Further updates will follow when something develops!"

Sarah Snider at sarah@dcdebate.org continues to be the Program Director of the District of Columbia Urban Debate League, and she has a lot of events going on. Check out this description of all the events she and her students and teachers are holding located in a pdf file for for perusal at http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/dcudltpsevents1004.pdf .

Abigail Trebilcock at atrebilcock@pedersen.com writes: Hi Tuna: It is a uncharacteristically quiet day in the office and I was searching for news on tonight's VP Debate when of course the first thing to pop up when googleing the word debate is "Debate Central". I was so happy to hear about the huge squad and success of our first tournament! I wanted to say a personal hello, and to give you updated contact information so that I can again receive the Voice of Edwin (which I love). Also its so nice to read about what all the alum are doing I thought I would update everyone as well. I am now living and working in San Francisco, CA. After 18 months working on a Presidential campaign I was ready for a change. I made the decision to leave Vermont and move west very shortly after Dean withdraw from the race. I took a week to rest and play in DC with LDU Debate Alums and friends: Sarah Snider, Aaron Fishbone and Justin Green. Traveling the country alone is highly recommended for a bit decompression. Life in SF is going very well and I am beginning to create a much need normal (as normal gets) life after almost two years of working and traveling. I work at a Creative Communications Company that focuses on media production. I am learning tons about the technical aspects of film, video and web production. I hope to someday merge my two interests and produce political media."

Ken Dannet writes about another UVM debate alum: "I thought you might find the fact of this, if not the content, of interest. Max Ansbacher was on the UVM debating team in the 1950's; he graduated in 1957, I believe. He was one of UVM's top debater." A simple Google search shows that Max has, indeed, done well for himself. We will try to get into contact with him.

Aaron Fishbone at FISHBONE@cua.edu writes: "Still living in Washington D.C., but all the traveling that I've been doing makes the District feel more like a stopover than a home. I am the Assistant Director of Debate Summer Programs at the Catholic University of America-my job is to develop and run summer programs so I'm in charge of hiring faculty and staff, curricular development, dealing with the other departments on campus, organizing field trips, advertising, web site development, and day to day administration of the programs while they are in session. So far I've run 4 camps in 2 summers-and now looking ahead to summer number 3! Since graduating I've also had the amazing good fortune to be able to parlay my debate skills into international travel opportunities, and have been to Slovenia, Estonia, China, and Israel---and all to teach debate! I also volunteer coach at a high school in the D.C. Urban Debate League and was just last week interviewed on local DC news about the first Bush-Kerry debate. All the many things that i have done with my debate skills......In the near future I plan to go to grad school and maybe even live abroad for a while."

SEND US NEWS ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND EVENTS IN IT! LDU ALUMNI LOVE TO KEEP IN TOUCH!


SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO
10/2 Buffalo 47-40
10/16 Rochester
10/30 Harvard,
10/30 West Point
11/6 Oklahoma
11/20 Columbia
11/20 Wake Forest
12/4 U Mass
1/5-7 North Texas
1/9-11 Texas at Dallas
1/29 Cornell
2/5 Northwestern
2/12 Binghamton
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

FLASHPOINT TELEVISION -- 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 taping: 10/23 2 PM.

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.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

NEW RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY!
CONGRATULATIONS ON GOOD COMPLETION OF RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS LAST WEEK!
ROCHESTER: Yeasir & Hogan, Landsman-Roos & Owusu, Anderson & Cardan, Clark & Whiting, Hitchcock & Sanders, Perez & Rosato, Aeschlimann & Kimerer, Gagnon & Silverman, plus more teams to be decided on Wednesday. Judges: Snider, H & J Morgan Parmett, lockwood, Hoag, Knops, Massey, and (hopefully) Limprevil.
ROCHESTER DEPARTURE: Vans will leave Friday afternoon, we will post a list of departures in the office and on the debater listserv.
GOVERNOR DEBATE: At VPR on 10/26, ask questions as well as be in audience. Charlie, Brady, Nick, Chris, Greta, Chase, Jason, Shane, Emily, Helen, and maybe Kayce.
POETRY SLAM: Thursday 10/14 8 PM L&L Fireplace lounge. Charlie is coordinating.
EVIDENCE STORAGE: Store evidence in the basement so that we can turn the back room into work space with tables and chairs.

POTLUCK DINNER: 7 PM Thursday October 21 at 446 Colchester Ave, space of Zoe Anderson. BRING FOOD. Use the debater listserv to plan for this!



MEETINGS TO BE HELD THIS WEEK

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Watch the final presidential debate and comment for the press, 10/13, 8:30 PM. Burlington Free Press' Susan Green and Seven Days' Peter Freyne (hopefully) will be there.

NOVICE TRAINING TUESDAY AT 3:30 PM WED IN LAFAYETTE 411!

TUESDAY AT 6 PM & THURSDAY AT 6:30 PM SPEAKING DRILLS WITH LOCKWOOD

NATHAN AND MATT MEET WITH TUNA WEDNESDAY AT 2:30 PM

THURSDAY 7:30 PM MANDATORY STRATEGY MEETING AT HUBER HOUSE!

PRACTICE DEBATES:
TUESDAY 4:30 PM KIMERER & AESCHLIMANN VS. HOGAN & YEASIR
THURSDAY 3 PM HOGAN & YEASIR VS. ANDERSON & CARDAN
THURSDAY 5 PM FLETCHER & GAGNON VS. NELSON & McMAHAN
THURSDAY 8:30 PM HITCHCOCK & SANDERS VS. CLARK & WHITING


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE IS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 47 40  
       
       
2004-2005 RECORD 47 40  54%
2003-2004 RECORD 315 374  45.7%
2003-2003 RECORD 334 384 46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!