31 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.

HARD ROAD AT HARVARD

UVM sent Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson to the Harvard University tournament last weekend, one of the most difficult tournaments of the year, and they came home disappointed with a 3-5 record. Wins over Boston College, Cornell, and George Mason were counterbalanced by losses to Northwestern, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Liberty.
Debater Fishbone reported that they often debated at the level of the opponent, debating less well against less challenging opponents. Coach Massey reported that last rebuttals cost rounds on both sides of the topic, but that the evidence and arguments were fine.
The experience has prompted some new ideas for both sides of the topic to address these issues, to be revealed during meetings this week.


LDU HELPS SPONSOR HUGE NOVICE DEBATE TOURNAMENT IN NYC

Eighty novice teams attended a tournament held at the Bronx High School of Science this weekend in NYC. Sponsored by the New York Urban Debate League in partnership with the Open Society Institute, the IMPACT Coalition, the Lawrence Debate Union, and the Mid-Hudson Debate League, it was the largest such tournament ever held in the Big Apple. The LDU has been an active consultant with this program since it began in 1997. Many talented students at the tournament indicated their interest in applying to UVM, especially among the varsity debaters who were there in the capacity of judges. LDU Coach Snider managed to run the Control Room at the tournament on 10/28 without anyone discovering it was his birthday. For more information go to http://debate.uvm.edu/udl/.


SOUTH KOREA, HERE WE COME

The First National Debate Championship of South Korea will be held on December 19-23, 2000 and will be sponsored by Kyung-Hee University [LDU's South Korean partner] as well as the Prime Minister of South Korea and the Mayor of Seoul. LDU Coach Snider has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the event as their guest and has also been asked to put on several debating workshops during his visit. South Korean debate activities were jump-started by Prof. Geyoung-Ho Hur who spent a month last summer at UVM's World Debate Institute. The LDU plans to webcast various parts of the event.
Professors Jufei Wang of Asian Studies and Snider are also working on a networking project with schools in China, and there may well be a side trip to Beijing during this same trip.


LDU NEEDS HOUSING HELP FOR NYC 11/17-18


OTHER LDU NEWS

OKLAHOMA CITY IS NEXT
Fishbone-Wilkerson, Sweeney-Hoag, Massey, S. Snider
Depart at 5:45 AM Thursday

FUTURE TRAVEL
Binghamton 11/11-12: Sweeney-Hoag, Parmett-Gervais, Egizi-Knops, McDonald-Chartan, Campbell-Marty, Robinson-Langswierdt, Moss-Nilson, Marvin-Martin, O'Connor-Pesaturo, Trebilcock-Kelly, Hurley-Greenman
Columbia 11/18-19: Parmett-Gervais, Egizi-Knops, Marty-Campbell, Robinson-Langswierdt, Trebilcock-Kelly
Wake Forest: Fishbone-Wilkerson


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 - NEGATIVE STRATEGY MASSEY
WEDNESDAY 9 PM - AFFIRMATIVE STRATEGY MASSEY
SATURDAY 3 PM - DRILLS WITH TUNA: Trebilcock, Moss, Langswierdt, O'Connor. Knops
SUNDAY 7 PM - DRILLS WITH TUNA: Parmett, Gervais, Campbell, Marty

PRACTICE DEBATES
THUR 7 PM EGIZI-KNOPS CAMPBELL-MARTY
FRI EVENING TREBILCOCK-KELLY CAMPBELL-MARTY
SUN 3 PM EGIZI-KNOPS ROBINSON-LANGSWIERDT


SGA ISSUES

LDU President - Matt Sweeney
LDU VP - Greta Lockwood


RESEARCH SYSTEM

Aaron Fishbone is the Research Coordinator.
LONGER TERM RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS:
Beaudrilliard Knops, Debt Cancellation CAMPBELL, Bio-piracy MASSEY, Cornell SNIDER


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.


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:
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.
REPEAT OF "WEAPONS NOT WORDS" HOODED SWEATS
ALSO: HOODED SWEATS WITH "101 YEARS OF SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER"


OUR RECORD

2000-2001 Season WINS LOSSES %
Previously 80 93 43%
HARVARD Tournament 3 5

TOTAL

83

98

46%

1999-2000 Record: 376-349 52%


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