25 October 2005
from Vermont Debate AKA The Voice of Edwin is the weekly newsletter
of the Edwin Lawrence Debate Union at the University of Vermont,
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THE SWORD IS OURS!
VERMONT WINS WEST POINT TOURNAMENT
| Nick and Jason with final round judges and "the sword" |
To see a fun collection of photos
of the weekend to go http://debate.uvm.edu/wp2005.html
One hundred and one teams attended
the 38th annual West Point Invitational Debate Tournament last weekend at
the U.S. Military Academy, and one team came home with the award that everyone
wanted the most -- the sword. The sword is an antique military saber that
has been mounted on velvet along with its scabbard and encased in wood and
glass. Around the wooden case are engraved the schools that have won the
right to possess the sword for one year, the school that wins the open division
at the tournament. This year that school was Vermont and the team was Nick
Landsman-Roos and Jason Hitchcock, both UVM juniors. They were 5-1 in the
preliminary debates, losing only to Liberty University. Nick was named the
top speaker and received the award named after General Daniel Kaufman, former
debater and long-time commandant of the Academy. Nick had 171 out of a possible
180 points. In the octafinal debate they received a bye because they were
the #2 seed/ In the quarterfinals they defeated a fine team from Cornell
University on a 3-0 decision, with the ballots coming in very quickly. In
the semifinal round they met the team from Liberty that had defeated them
in the preliminary rounds, and defeated them 3-0 in what observers called
one of the quickest decisions they had ever seen a judging panel make. In
the final round they met Boston College and debated in front of a panel of
"soldiers and scholars," West Point has a tradition of having the open division
final round judged by three topic area experts with little or no debate
experience. This year the panel consisted of a general with specialization
in China's military policy, a colonel with
expertise in international relations focusing on East Asia, and a member
of the White House national security staff in the Bush first-term who directed
the global force posture review and is now teaching at West Point and at
the Hoover Institution at Stanford. The decision was 2-1 for Vermont, with
the general in the dissent. UVM was negative and argued that with the six
party talks at a critical stage now was not the right time to pressure China,
that a policy of engagement would better meet Boston College's goal of protecting
intellectual property rights, and that the process of using sanctions on
China would be counterproductive to both economies and relations. "This is
another of my important goals," said Hitchcock, "and that goal has now been
reached. The sword is ours."
The other open division teams did very well, considering that they are all
JV teams entering the open division because they want the challenge and they
want to develop in the long run. All four of them were 3-3, but Ethan Nelson
and Mike McMahan had high enough speaker points to make the octafinal round,
where they were defeated by Binghamton 3-0. The teams of Leslie Keller and Megan
Harlow, Shane Clark and Chase Whiting, and Brady Fletcher and Colin Kern
all were 3-3 and missed by a few speaker points. "With all of these JV teams
competing well in the open division, we hope to do well at JV nationals,"
said Coach Snider. UVM has won the JV national title in the last three consecutive
In the junior varsity division two teams reached the elimination rounds.
The team of Stephanie Kimerer and Sumeet Sharma were 4-2 in prelims, won
their octafinal debate 2-1, before losing in the quarterfinals. Stephanie
was the #4 speaker in the division. Sumeet is a first year student who was
attending his first tournament with the LDU. The team of Jeffrey Wilson and
Matt Jokajtys were 3-3 but had enough speaker points to reach the elimination
rounds, where they lost 3-0 in octafinals to Liberty. Jeffrey is a first
year student and Matt is a novice debater. Ethan Kichura and Zoe Anderson
showed progress and were 2-4. Novice Dave Bates and new LDU debater Noah
Lynn were 2-4 in their first college debate tournament, which was very encouraging.
The LDU had eight novice teams and none of them won any awards, but the results
were very encouraging. Seven of those eight teams had members who had never
been to a debate tournament before. "None of them went 0-for," said coach
Justin Parmett, "and that is very encouraging when you consider they were
at their first debate tournament ever and we had eight teams." Three of those
teams were 3-3 and just missed the elimination rounds, including Doug Helal
and Tim Dougherty, Cameron Lawler and Gabriel Mabil, and Adam Rostler and
Brennan Leene. Adam Scherr and Ari Diaconis were 2-4 along with Justin Brown
and Alex Thibault as well as Ethan Backus and Taylor Lalemand. Eric Hoke
and Corey Paradies as well as Tyler Brannan and Amadeus Kaelber were 1-5.
"I was pleased by the 1-5 teams and their approach, and I predict a lot of
good things from them in the future," said director Snider.
The contingent of 17 teams was the largest at the tournament. The total record
was 50-59, a losing record, but with seven teams debating up a division and
seven teams at their first tournament out of 17 teams, that record is very
good indeed. "We want to win all of our debates," said director Snider, "but
we have an agenda. That agenda involves teaching students how to debate the
right way for long term development and of challenging students with higher
levels of competition so that at the end of the year we will have our best
DOCTOR WHO THEATER
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10/1-2 BUFFALO 32-36 1-3-5
POINT 50-59 1-5-9-9
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NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:
SWEATSHIRTS AND SWEATPANTS ARE COMING. AFTER A LONG DISCUSSION CONCENSUS
WAS ARRIVED AT FOR "2+2=5 DOUBLETHINK" TO BE THE SLOGAN FOR THIS YEAR.
MEMBERS WANTED TO POINT OUT THE ORWELLIAN PROCESS OF DOUBLETHINK THAT
IS ALL TOO PREVALENT. ORDERS WILL BE TAKEN NEXT WEEK AND PRODUCT AVAILABLE
THE WEEK AFTER THAT.
ASSIGNMENTS WERE GIVEN OUT. ALL DUE THURSDAY.
REPORTED ON THE NEW FUNDRAISING PROGRAM IN COOPERATION WITH DEVELOPMENT.
ALUMS AARON FISHBONE AND CHUCK MORTON ARE ALSO INVOLVED. A MASSIVE MAILING
WILL GO OUT IN EARLY JANUARY.
& LANDSMAN-ROOS WITH JUSTIN & HELEN
CATHOLIC: FOUR TEAMS WITH EMILY
UMASS: EVERYONE SHOULD PLAN ON GOING
WAKE FOREST: HITCHCOCK & LANDSMAN-ROOS, KELLER & HARLOW WITH JUSTIN
INTL DEBATE ACADEMY IN SLOVENIA: KELLER, LANDSMAN-ROOS, MEANS WITH TUNA
WILL BE FILMED SATURDAY AT 5 PM. IT WILL BE TAPED AND WEBCAST THEN ARCHIVED
AT OUR WEBSITE. THE TOPIC MUST INVOLVE THE UNITED NATIONS AND TERRORISM.
DEBATERS: JULIA, SHANE, BRADY, CHASE, ETHAN, JEFFREY. THIS WILL BE DISCUSSED
ON THE LISTSERV.
STILL NEED TO GET DRIVER TRAINING FOR VANS!
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.
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TRAINING THURSDAY AT 7 PM
WEDNESDAY 7 PM MEGAN-JEFFREY VS. COLIN & STEFFI CRITIC TBA
It was great seeing you last weekend at the debate house which always brings
back such great memories! I spent so many hours at that house preparing for
tournaments, that it truly feels like a second home. You asked for a bio about
what I was currently doing... I am currently the Youth Director for Temple
B'nai Abraham where I have created and teach a post bar/bat mitzvah program
for teenagers. I currently have 85 students in my program where each week
we discuss hot topics that we are prominent in the media, our own lives,
and within politics. I have structured many debates for my students about
the Israeli disengagement, parental consent on abortion, and the death penalty.
I have traveled to Israel this past spring with a group from the Jewish Federation
and will have the opportunity to travel back there each year as a youth group
leader with my high school students. I am also going to Amsterdam in February
with the students to explore the Jewish culture in their society. I am really
excited about all the opportunities that this career has to offer! If any
of the UVM debate alumni's want to email and will be in the New York/New
Jersey area, please email email@example.com. Would love to hear what you all
SHANE EGIZI firstname.lastname@example.org
How are you doing? it's good to hear team is doing very well. Jess and I
are enjoying our second year here in Hong kong. I hope you got the webpage
to see our pics of Tibet this past summer. One of my highlights was watching
Tibetan monks debate in their monastery.
MATTHEW BYRNE email@example.com
Gravel and Shea, Burlington, Vermont, is pleased to announce that Matthew
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areas of business litigation and frequently represents clients in complex
commercial cases. He attended the University of Vermont and after graduating
with honors from the University of Chicago Law School praciced law in Chicago
where he was a partner at Kirkland and Ellis LLP.
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