23 October 2001

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.

HUBER DEBATES A HUGE SUCCESS
Many Awards, Winning Record for UVM teams


Margit Brue, Teresa Hill, Brian Cole, Adam Gana

UVM hosted the 2001 version of the Robert Huber Debates on the weekend of October 20-21, 2001. The tournament featured junior varsity and novice divisions. Sponsored by SAMBA [Society Advocating More and Better Argumentation] UVM teams were allowed to receive awards and did very well. The tournament had 40 novice and 20 jv teams.

Once again the greatest success was had by the novices, where the fearsome foursome of Adam Gana, Margit Brue, Brian Cole and Teresa Hill experienced high levels of success. Teresa Hill was the #1 debater in the novice division, while Brian Cole was #2, Margit Brue was #3, Adam Gana was #6, Stephen Gilpatric was #8 and Nick Cantalupo was #10. Adam and Margit were 6-0 in prelims while Teresa and Brian were 5-1. New stars appeared on the horizon as Jake Ricker and Peter Wright were 5-1 and Cody Rounds and Julianne Hellmuth were 4-2. The teams of Ertan Baucic & Kayce Massey, Adam Fronheiser &Sky Ganer, Keith Kosow & Jason Goralnick as well as Amy Myers & Nikki Muradian also participated. Cody, Nikki and Amy were at their first debate tournament, so congratulations to them.

In the novice elimination rounds Adam and Margit defeated Marist 3-0 in octafinals, advanced over Jake and Peter in quarterfinals, and then defeated Rochester 2-1 in semifinals. This put them in the final round facing New York University. Because of the shortage of eligible judges (unless we made Rochester's bus delay for 2.5 hours) the final round will be held at the Columbia tournament next month. Jake and Pete defeated Rochester 2-1 in octafinals and then deferred to Adam and Margit. Teresa and Brian defeated Marist 3-0 in octafinals before losing 2-1 to Rochester in quarterfinals. Cody and Julianne lost their octafinal debate 3-0 to Rochester.

In the Junior Varsity division teams also performed well. Meredith Parmett and Casey Gervais were 4-2, Anthony Pagan and Vilasa Campbell were 4-2, and Sheila Limprevil and Jillian Marty were also 4-2. Casey Gervais was rated the #2 debater in the tournament, Vilasa Campbell the #7 and Meredith Parmett the #9. Brian Hurley and Nick Soverel started their season with a 3-3 record, while Edwin Owusu and Claudia Greenman had one o those tournaments at 1-5, and we look for a strong comeback by both of them.

Both JV teams, however, lost their quarterfinal debates, to New York Univ. and Rochester.

The squad finished with a 49-42 record for 14 teams.

FISHBONE AND WILKERSON LOSE BREAK ROUND AT CAP CITIES

Meanwhile Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson represented at the Capital City Debates held at Catholic University in Washington, DC. They lost their break round to finish 3-3. That made for a long drive back, but the squad supports in victory and defeat.


USA MILITARY ACTION IN AFGHANISTAN?
PUBLIC DEBATE TUESDAY, 10/16

A good sized crowd gathered to hear a debate about military action in Afghanistan. Margit Brue and Jillian Marty defended government action, while Edwin Owusu and Adam Gana opposed it. Charles Hoag was the organizer and moderator while Matt Sweeney captured the event on video. The event was thought to be a success. The public speeches afterwards were fiery and active. One member of the audience had to be escorted away by police services after trying to disrupt the speeches of others.

More public debates will be planned.


LDU COACH SNIDER COMPLETES EUROPEAN TRIP

Left: David Bussey-ESU, ACS, Marc Whitmore-ESU, Lord Watson of Richmond-ESU, David Berube-South Carolina
Right: Banner for IDEA Conference in Prague

LDU coach Alfred Snider completed a 10 day trip to Europe to lecture and create ties between UVM debate and other debating nations. The trip was supported by the English Speaking Union, a London based charity which supports debate and public speaking all around the world.


Left: Marc Whitmore at launch of Tesco London Debate Programme
Right: Snider and Berube square off for a debate in Prague

First stop was the International Debate Education Association conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Events there included a public debate [simultaneously translated into Russian] on whether debate should be included in the secondary school curriculum, a paper presented on paradox and argument, meetings with publishers, and networking with debate leaders from around the world about future projects.


Left: Elementary School debaters and their arguments at Sir William Burrough school in London.
Right: Snider at the dispatch box in the Cambridge Union's debating chamber.

Then it was on to the United Kingdom for a speaking tour organized by the English Speaking Union, a London based charity which coordinates debating in over 40 nations around the world. Events included a workshop for advanced debaters at the Oxford Union, a lecture for beginning debaters at the Cambridge Union, a workshop for teachers and mentors in the new Tesco London Debate Program [modeled after the USA's Urban Debate League programs], a visit to a Tesco school, meetings at the English Speaking Union, two exhibition debates for elementary school students, a workshop for elementary school students which resulted in 32 students debating about "Single Faith Schools," and a tour of Westminster, parliament, and a working lunch at the House of Lords provided by Lord Watson of Richmond, head of the English Speaking Union. These events and meetings should result in considerable future cooperation.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING...



MEETINGS AND EVENTS COMING UP....

WED. 6 PM - NOVICE TRAINING [FLOWING] WITH TUNA & GRETA
WED. 9 PM - NEGATIVE WITH JACKIE
SUN. 5 PM - PRACTICE DEBATE FOR NOVICES - KLEIN, WINN, MYERS, MURADIAN


RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

Aaron Fishbone is the research director.

TELESCOPE AFF HOAG, BIO[PIRACY AFF BRUE, NEW PELLETIER PAGAN, ANTHRO MARTY, WHALING ECO SCAPEGOAT FISHBONE, NUCLEAR LANDSCAPE AFF TREBILCOCK, DEEP-SHALLOW ECOLOGY FISHBONE, SHADOWSPEAK PAGAN MARTY, CARTOGRAPHY/BORDERS OWUSU.


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

VILASA CAMPBELL IS THE TOPIC DIRECTOR.

10/27 taping session is at 1 PM this Saturday.
Panelists: Trebilcock, Lockwood, Gana, Snider

TOPICS: CIVIL LIBERTIES & TERRORISM, BIOTERRORISM

Channel 15, Burlington - Wednesday 12:30 PM, Thursday 10:30 PM, Saturday 1 PM
Also available at http://debate.uvm.edu/watchdiscussion.html



SQUAD MEETING
NEXT MONDAY, 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

LOTS OF IMPORTANT ISSUES TO DEAL WITH!


NEW LDU CLOTHING IS COMING!

Greta Lockwood will direct this effort. Designs by December 1, 2001 please.


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

64

66

49.2%

UVM & CAP CITY 52 45  

TOTAL

116

111

51.1%


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