24 October 2000

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. Alfred C. Snider is the Director. 802-656-0097 voice, 802-238-8345 mobile, 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 HOSTS LOGIC & LOVE DEBATES


(L-R) Marvin & Martin with Massey - Yadav & Sillin - Parmett with Fishbone

(L-R) Hoag & Sweeney - Robinson & Langswierdt - Lockwood with Greenman

UVM hosted the Logic & Love Debates this last weekend. The tournament had novice and junior varsity divisions only in an attempt to give extra opportunities to younger debaters. 42 teams from the East attended the tournament.
The good news was that three UVM teams made it to the elimination rounds. Brian Hurley & Claudia Greenman were 4-2, won their octafinal debate, before losing to Rochester in quarters, thus finishing fifth. Jillian Marty and Vilasa Campbell were also 4-2 and then lost in octafinals, as did Sanjeev Yadav and Nat Sillin, who were also 4-2.
Casey Gervais and Charles Hoag won speaker awards in the JV division, as did Nat Sillin in the novice division.
The bad news was that two UVM teams missed the elimination rounds by a combined total of 5 points, and three JV teams just barely missed, including Meredith Parmett & Casey Gervais, Lana Langswierdt & Lisbeth Robinson, and Charles Hoag & Matt Sweeney in JV, as well as David Moss & Adam Nilson and Marisa Kelly & Abigail Trebilcock in novice.
The tournament featured the homecoming of many LDU past heroes - including national semifinalist Jethro Hayman (now coaching at Cornell), two time All American Max Schnurer (now coaching at Marist), LDU debater and coach Jeff Nichelson (now a television personality), past Novice National Champion Erica Albin (now an attorney), and ex-debater Sam Young (now a web designer).
The squad record for the weekend was 35-35.


LDU CHANGES TOURNAMENT PREP

Because of universal disappointment with recent debate performances, a long discussion at Monday's meeting produced the following new procedures:
* Speaking Drills following Monday night meetings, starting next week
* Thursday night strategy meetings before a tournament weekend
* Saturday night strategy meetings on tournament weekends
* Increased use of team-coach three-person weekly meetings
* Commitment to watch elimination rounds after being eliminated
* Increased research output and instruction on research methods
* Emphasis on flowing drills and improved flowing techniques
* Commitment to better organization of files and use of overnight evidence
* Commitment to more and better practice debates, starting on time


OTHER LDU NEWS

HARVARD IS NEXT
Fishbone-Wilkerson, Massey, S. Snider
Depart at 1 PM Friday

LDU alums Lisa Heller and Lori Sherman featured in PEOPLE magazine for grassroots environmental activism

Coach Snider to edit December issue of NFL's THE ROSTRUM


COMPLETE DEBATE INSTRUCTION NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Debate and argument training texts, huge number of instructional videos, and more available at the LDU website, DEBATE CENTRAL, the largest and most comprehensive debate website in the world.

Learning: http://debate.uvm.edu/learndebate.html
Videos: http://debate.uvm.edu/policyvideo.html


NEXT SQUAD MEETING
MONDAY, 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET


MEETINGS & EVENTS THIS WEEK

TUESDAY 9 PM - RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
THURSDAY 9 PM - HARVARD STRATEGY MEETING

PRACTICE DEBATES
WED 9:30 EGIZI-KNOPS FISHBONE-WILKERSON
THUR 7 PM EGIZI-X MARTY-CAMPBELL
SAT 5:30 PM EGIZI-KNOPS SWEENEY-HOAG
SUN 7 PM SILLIN-YADAV MARTY-CAMPBELL

FRI 9 AM SWEENEY-HOAG WITH SNIDER


SGA ISSUES

LDU President - Matt Sweeney
LDU VP - Greta Lockwood


RESEARCH SYSTEM

Aaron Fishbone is the Research Coordinator.
RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY EVENING:
USAID Fishbone; Ebola Campbell, Parmett, Lockwood; Kenya forestry Lockwood, Egizi, Marty; Sustainable agriculture in Kenya-Ethiopia Wilkerson; Elections-politics S. Snider; Genetic foods Massey; Environmental ethic Massey Egizi; Irony/Narration S. Snider; Rwanda-Burundi Genocide A. Snider
LONGER TERM RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS:
Beaudrilliard Knops, Debt Cancellation Hoag, Bio-piracy Sweeney


FLASHPOINT - WEEKLY TELEVISION SHOW

Greta Lockwood is the topic coordinator for this program.
Channel 15, Burlington - 12:30 PM Wed, 10:30 PM Thur, 1 PM Sat.
Next taping is NOVEMBER 4th. Topics: Civil Unions, Development Discourse


THE 2000-2001 YEAR-LONG TOPIC:
Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should substantially increase its development assistance, including increasing government to government assistance, within the Greater Horn of Africa.

THE PLANNED TOURNAMENT TRAVEL SCHEDULE:
October 28-30 Harvard varsity
November 3-5 Central Oklahoma v-jv 11-12 Binghamton all 18-19 Columbia University all 17-20 Wake Forest varsity
January 2-7 KC Swing a few 19-21 Miami (Fla) varsity
February 3-4 Vermont all 10-11 Cornell all 17-19 Heart of America varsity 23-24 East Regionals at BC all
March 3 VT HS States 7-8 Towson all 24-27 CEDA Nationals a few 29-2 NDT Nationals qualifiers only


LDU ADDRESS-PHONE-EMAIL LIST NOW AVAILABLE
at http://debate.uvm.edu/ldulist.html


LDU 2000-2001 SWEATSHIRTS ARE COMING!

Matt Sweeney is coordinator.


OUR RECORD

2000-2001 Season WINS LOSSES %
Previously 45 58 43%
UVM Tournament 35 35

TOTAL

80

93

46%

1999-2000 Record: 376-349 52%


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