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
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| Teresa Hill gets speaker award | Kayce Massey & Chris Pettrone |
| LDU crew waits for awards | Casual snapshot: Parmett, Morgan, Varela, Velez |
Over 110 people from ten schools gathered on the UVM campus last weekend for a regional tournament, the 2002 Logic & Love debate tournament. The tournament featured strong performances by the University of Rochester squad, who closed out open and won novice, and the Binghamton squad, who were strong overall and finished second in novice.
UVM had its share of laurels
Teresa Hill and Brian Cole were 4-1 in prelims before losing in semifinals to the Rochester team them had beaten in prelims. Teresa Hill was 3rd speaker, Jen Knops 4th, and Brian Cole 8th. Lana Langsweirdt & Jen Knops as well as Jill Witney & Shana Bryce debated in the open division.
The novice division had many strong UVM performances. The teams of Tim Reimer & Christine Welch as well as Carlos Varela & Leo Velez both had 4-1 records and advanced through the quarterfinals before both losing in the semifinal's. Ryan O'Connor & Amy Vaillancourt were 4-1 and lots in quarterfinals. Kayce Massey & Chris Pettrone were also 4-1 but met Carlos & Leo in quarterfinals. Eric Mates & Whitney Smith were 4-1 but just missed the elimination rounds on points. Other teams making progress since their last outing included Oliver Matthews & Sarah Ptalis, Ani Mukherjee & Michael Malone, and Cody Rounds & Lindsey Melander. Carlos Varela was the 5th speaker, Sarah Ptalis was the 7th speaker, and Tim Reimer was 9th.
Special awards were presented to Anoop Prabhu of Marist College (Outstanding Critic Award) and Maxwell Schnurer of Marist College (Friend of UVM Debate).
The squad record for the weekend
The LDU schedule is crammed with tournaments from now until December.
This weekend is the
CAPITAL CITY DEBATES at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Three teams
will attend: Langsweirdt-Knops, Cole-Hill, Marty-Meany. Coaches will include
Morgan, Parmett, and Snider.
LEAVE OFFICE AT 6:15 AM FRIDAY MORNING FOR A DRIVE TO WASHINGTON IN A VAN THAT IS SOME COLOR OTHER THAN WHITE. We will return sometime late Monday, or perhaps even Tuesday early AM.
Next comes the HARVARD UNIVERSITY TOURNAMENT in Cambridge, Mass. One of the toughest tournaments of the year and one of the most traditional, UVM hopes to enter two teams.
The first weekend in November the UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT TOURNAMENT will take place on the banks of the Hudson River. The LDU plans to send a huge contingent to the tournament, and all debaters should gear up for the trip. NOTE: WE WILL LEAVE ON FRIDAY MORNING AS THERE WILL BE ONE ROUND ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
The second weekend in November finds the LDU at the JOE JACKSON INVITATIONAL in Oklahoma City. Long a common travel stop for the LDU, there will be three teams and two coaches. The teams will include Brian Cole & Teresa Hill, Jillian Marty & Jake Meany, and Lana Langsweirdt & Jen Knops. Coaches will include Parmett and Snider.
The third weekend in November UVM will be at two different tournaments, one in Binghamton, NY at Binghamton University and the other in North Carolina at Wake Forest University. At Binghamton the LDU will enter as many of its teams as possible, especially younger teams. Coach Snider will accompany the group. Meanwhile, three varsity teams will go to Wake Forest to one of the year's largest varsity tournaments, accompanied by Helen Morgan and Justin Parmett.
The final weekend before Thanksgiving the LDU will be in New York City for the Columbia tournament to finish off the Fall semester. Teams who haven't yet had enough debate will be entered in the GOTHAM CITY DEBATES.
Other travel with LDU connections includes a trip by coach Snider to the University of Kansas for their "Debate Reunion." He coached there in the late 1970's and has been pestered by his debaters to return. Snider continues his globe-trotting at the end of November. He has accepted an invitation to be flown to Chile and hosted for a series of workshops and training sessions there. The trip is sponsored by the Corporacion Cultural de lo Barnechea, Universidad Diego Portales, and United Airlines. A trip to Venezuela is also rumored for December.
The event was held
on October 10, 2002, 8 PM, Lafayette 108. Rob Hunt was the coordinator. The
Topic was: USA military action against Iraq is justified. The Affirmative
was: Teresa Hill & Shana Bryce. The Negative was: Charles Hoag & Tim
Reimer. The turnout was good but could have been better. The performances
by the youngest members of the teams, Tim and Shana, were reported as strong
and very promising.
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, 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
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HOME TOWN: DA BRONX
CAREER PLANS (IF ANY):Too early to decide but time will tell
LEVEL OF DEBATE COMPETITION:Open
FAVORITE MUSIC IN THE VAN: Any kind of hip hop or reggae
PET PEEVE: Sheila's Country music, especially when she wants to blast it in the hotel room at 7 o'clock in the morning
I AM GRATEFUL FOR: The sun, the moon, the earth, the debate house, my family and a nice place to sleep while I go to school
WORST MOMENT IN DEBATE:Losing to a team that has repulsive arguments , i.e.: Genocide good
FAVORITE TEAM TO DEBATE:Edwin and Sheila, something always comes up with them two
FAVORITE JUDGE: Every judge is my favorite judge
FAVORITE TOURNAMENT: CEDA Nationals - because I get to sleep in a bed
FAVORITE THING ABOUT DEBATE: Making new friends, and maybe having an opportunity to change some peoples minds
LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT DEBATE:My friends leaving debate, whether through graduation or for personal reasons
FAVORITE DEBATE SPEECH: 2ac
MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERSON ON THE TEAM (AND WHY):Its a tie between Helen and Justin because when things are at their worst they always have this way of telling you it's OK, always offer a helping hand
SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT:To be a leader is to sometimes be the follower, just a word to da wise
UVM Debate was #9 in both major national polls for debate in the USA for the 2001-2002 season.
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