29 October 2002

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.

MORE CHALLENGES AT HARVARD

The young varsity squad continued to face challenges but continued to work and debate hard as the Harvard tournament, normally the most competitive tournament of the Fall, offered more lessons and learning experiences. Jake Meany and Jillian Marty had a 3-5 record and Sheila Limprevil and Edwin Owusu had a 2-6 record. The teams remained at the tournament throughout the day of eliminations and watched all of the debates, scouting arguments, evidence, and techniques.


BLITZ OF TRAVEL TO FINISH FALL SEMESTER

WEST POINT HERE WE COME!
HUGE GROUP TO VISIT U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY THIS WEEKEND

This coming weekend we attend the UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT TOURNAMENT 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.
VAN #1 WILL LEAVE AT 9 AM, OTHER VANS WILL LEAVE AT 10 AM. JEN KNOPS WILL TAKE HERSELF, ABIGAIL, OLIVER AT 11:30. EVERYONE MUST BE PROMPT AND READY TO LEAVE ON TIME!

FIFTEEN Teams signed up include: Limprevil & Owusu, Bryce & Marty, Welch & Reimer, Massey & Vaillancourt, Suyarkulova & Balas, Kern & O'Connor, Knops & Langsweirdt, Cole & Hill, Pettrone & Simpadian, Friel & Steere, Smith & Mates, Rounds & Melander, Mukherjee & Malone, Matthew & Ptalis, Varela & Velez. Coach/judges include Snider, Morgan, Parmett, Hoag, McDonald, Witney, Wilkerson, Miller. Perhaps Adam Gana or Rodrigo Rojas can also judge for us.

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 (maybe four) varsity teams will go to Wake Forest to one of the year's largest varsity tournaments, accompanied by Helen Morgan and Justin Parmett.

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 now confirmed for December, sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and Universidad Catolico Andres Bello.


TOPIC AND TRAVEL

2002-2003 topic:
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:
November, 1-3 West Point , 8-10 Central Oklahoma, 15-17 Wake Forest, 16-17 Binghamton
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


RESEARCH THIS WEEK

Jillian Marty is our research director.
RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS DUE THURSDAY BY 5 PM - PRINTED FOR ALL!
ASSIGNMENTS POSTED IN THE OFFICE, NO LONGER IN THE NEWSLETTER (SORRY TO OUR OPPONENTS WHO LOOK FOR THEM)


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

LDU GARB IS IN THE PLANNING STAGE! WE VOTE NEXT WEEK AND START TASKING ORDERS! HERE ARE SUBMITTED SLOGANS:

WORD WARRIORS
COMMON SENSE SHOULD BE COMMON
RECLAIMING THE POWER WITHIN
BREAKING TRADITIONAL CHAINS
OPENING SPACES SINCE 1899
VOICES HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
PEACEFUL WARRIOR
FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

TUESDAY 3:30 PM Old Mill Annex A207 Novice Training
THURSDAY 7 PM Strategy Session
THURSDAY 9 PM Strategy Session replay with Hoag


DEBATE SPOTLIGHT!

Alfred C. Snider


<----- 1977 photo with distressed debater

NICKNAME: Tuna
HOME TOWN: Pasadena, California as birthplace, Burlington, Vermont as only true home.
MAJOR: Asian Civilization (BS), Rhetoric & Public Address (MA), Communication Studies (Ph.D.).
CAREER PLANS (IF ANY): To continue being a debate coach until I learn my lesson.
LEVEL OF DEBATE COMPETITION: Old Timer League
FAVORITE MUSIC IN THE VAN: Eclectic mix of reggae, trance, lounge, oldies, sound effects, and snippets from Dr. Who.
PET PEEVE: Not thinking before acting or speaking; not putting other people in the decision equation.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR: Edwin Lawrence, Doc Huber, and all those who have allowed me to be their coach.
WORST MOMENT IN DEBATE: None stands out. Perhaps I don't want to remember!
FAVORITE TEAM TO DEBATE: People with bad positions in a public debate about something that means a great deal to me. No mercy!
FAVORITE TEAM TO BEAT: Any team coached by an LDU alum, and especially by my daughter.
FAVORITE JUDGE: Whoever has a ballot.
FAVORITE TOURNAMENT: The KC Swing, because I love to watch our debaters grow!
FAVORITE THING ABOUT DEBATE: It always changes, I always learn new things, it always changes me.
LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT DEBATE: Banquets at tournaments, bad speeches, rubber chicken, etc.
FAVORITE DEBATE SPEECH: The 2AR.
MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERSON ON THE TEAM (AND WHY): The least experienced debater who, facing difficulties, will not give up.
WHAT DEBATE MEANS TO ME: Debate is my life, and my life is debate. Thus, a full answer to this would take far too much space.
MY PERSONAL CHALLENGE: To increase my patience and to be less cranky.
SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT: I always do. How about these: regime change begins at home; disarmament begins at home.


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

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

NEXT TAPING WEDNESDAY 11/6 AT 6 PM. SUBMIT TOPICS NOW!

GRETA LOCKWOOD IS OUR PROGRAM COORDINATOR, LEAVE TOPICS IN HER MAILBOX.


SQUAD MEETING
EVERY MONDAY, 6 PM, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

 

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

88

 


93

 

48.6%

HARVARD

5

11

2002-2003 SEASON

93

104

47.2%

UVM Debate was #9 in both major national polls for debate in the USA for the 2001-2002 season.


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