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
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It usually doesn't happen
like this for the LDU, so it needs to be reported straight when it does. Two
weekends in a row the LDU posted disappointing results at debate tournaments.
A variety of circumstances may have led to this reality, and the squad is examining
these circumstances and planning for a turn around in the near future.
At the 2003 Huber debates the decision was made that no UVM teams would be allowed to reach the elimination rounds in order for us to focus on being better hosts. Perhaps it was this, or perhaps it was that four of the team debating from UVM were at their first tournament ever, or perhaps a combination of things, but the squad ended up with a 27-43 record at what was a tournament with strong competition. Bright spots included Mimi Supernaw being named the #2 speaker in the novice division.
At Harvard things were not much better. After a horrific first day, the teams bounced back slightly on the second day of what many feel is the most difficult tournament of the year. Jillian Marty and Edwin Owusu were 3-5, Teresa Hill and Sheila Limprevil were 2-6, and Colin Kern and Carlos Varela were 1-7, pulling out a win against Binghamton. The debaters remained at the tournament on Monday to watch the elimination rounds and learn as much as they could.
Some coaches were heard to say that lack of preparation, especially lack of knowledge of the files we have, was a critical element in the performances. One has to recall, however, that UVM had its worst tournament in history last year (Capital Cities) and still had an excellent year, finishing in the top ten nationally. Time will tell about this year.
DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN
UVM coach Snider attended the International Debate Education Association annual conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia in an effort to network with debate programs from all over the world. The conference was well attended and featured some of the leading academic figures in argumentation in the world, specifically Frans van Eemeren of the Netherlands. As a result of the activities at the conference Snider has been ask to coordinate the program for the 2004 event to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. As well, he was invited to begin designing and directing an annual debate workshop for university students to be held over the Thanksgiving holiday each year, beginning in 2003.
TROPHY POINT AT THE US MILITARY ACADEMY
The LDU sends a large
number of teams to the US Military Academy at West Point, NY this weekend
in an attempt to change their luck.
VANS LEAVE AT 9:30 AM FROM THE DEBATE OFFICE. ROUND ONE IS AT 4:15 PM.
Varsity: Marty-Owusu, Kern-Hill. JV: Perez-Landsman-Roos, Massey-Mates, Reimer-Velez. Novice: Anderson-Harrington, Greenbaum-McMahan, Blumberg-Sanders, Lehrer-Wright, Hitchcock-Cardan.
Coaches include: Snider, Justin & Helen Morgan Parmett, Cole, Witney, Miller, and hopefully more.
After seven dependable years our digital camera has gone to a better life. Watch for new pictures next week from our new digital camera.
10/31-11/2 West Point
11/7-9 Central Oklahoma
11/15-17 Wake Forest
1/3-8 North Texas-Texas Dallas swing
2/6-8 West Virginia
2/28-29 DISTRICT8/CEDA East at Marist
3/19-22 CEDA Nats Louisville
Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.
RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS DUE THIS WEEK: THURSDAY 5 PM
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.
TWO SHOWS WERE RECORDED ON OCTOBER 25 BY SNIDER, HOAG AND LOCKWOOD -- #275 POETRY IN MOTION & #276 IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION.
NOW LOOKING FOIR NEW TOPICS. NEXT TAPING DECEMBER 6, 2003.
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
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