11 November 2003

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, alfred.snider@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.

GOOD WEEKEND IN OKLAHOMA
QUARTERFINALS, SPEAKER AWARD, SUPERB HOSPITALITY


| Arriving at the office on Monday night, in a stretch limo no less! |

The annual trip to Oklahoma City had its share of delights. There was competitive success and the hospitality of our hosts was remarkable and pleasurable. Some of the best things we build and experience are the bonds and friendships that get built up over the years.
In the competitive vein, Edwin Owusu and Jillian Marty were propelled past the octafinals and into the quarterfinals after their clutch victory over the University of texas in round six. 3-2 coming in and paired against 4-1 Texas, UVM had to have a win. the Longhorns went for topicality in 2NR and it took the judge, Dr. Brian Lain of the University of North Texas, almost 30 minutes to make a decision, but UVM got the ballot. High speaker points during the prelims meant that UVM avoided the partial octafinal the next morning and advanced to quarters. In quarters they met Southern Illinois University and lost a 2-1 decision, losing judges Louis Petit of Missouri and Cody Morrow of North Texas while gaining the ballot of Phil Samuels of Emporia State. Jillian Marty was named the #6 individual debater at the tournament. Meanwhile Teresa Hill and Sheila Limprevil had a rough weekend, finishing 1-5 in the varsity division, while Eric Mates and Kayce Massey were 2-4 in the JV division.
In a more personal vein, the hospitality and community were excellent. Former LDU coach jackie massey is now the director of debate at the University of Oklahoma, and opened his huge home to the squad and also prepared delicious meals for them. Jason Stone, tournament host from the University of Central Oklahoma, also provided excellent hospitality, with shuttles and perks galore, as well as waiving entry fees in exchange for UVM coach Snider's help in tabulating the tournament results. Stone and all the UCO debaters have become tight with the UVM crew through their participation in the summer World Debate Institute.
There was a profoundly sad note on the weekend, as Jackie Massey's father passed away on Saturday after a long illness. The whole squad sends its condolences to Jackie and his family at this difficult time. We were glad we could be there to lend a little extra strength to what is already a very strong person and family.


OFF TO NEW YORK CITY AND NORTH CAROLINA

The first semester competition closes with two trips on one weekend. Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett will take two teams to Wake Forest, departure is 3:30 PM from the debate office. Brian Cole will be driver for the Wake drive to manchester for less expensive flights. The team will also present a public debate on Friday at a middle school in North Carolina where LDU alum Meredith Parmett is teaching.

The crew to NYU will leave from the office at 5:30 A, FRIDAY MORNING! Coaches Snider, Miller, Witney, Knops, and Egizi will take seven teams to NYU, including Landsman-Roos & Mates as well as Reimer and Muradian in JV, and 5 novice teams, including Supernaw & McMahan, Wright & Lehrer, Cardan & Hitchcock, Dzialo & Zampieri, and Sanders & Blumberg.


UVM TO SPONSOR DEBATE WORKSHOP IN CENTRAL EUROPE OVER THANKSGIVING


| Teacher workshop in Slovenia, January, 2003 | Student workshop in Slovenia, January, 2003 |

Central Europe is becoming a hotbed of debating, and the LDU is there to light the fire. LDU coach Snider has been invited by several European debate programs to hold a debate workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia over the Thanksgiving break for university students under the auspices of the World Debate Institute, UVM's summer training program. The program will last from 11/24-28. Approximately 50 students will be attending the residential program. The hope is to expand it next year and make it an annual event.

The photo gallery from Snider's trip to the International Debate Education Association conference in Croatia is now available at http://debate.uvm.edu/travel/idea03.html.


MEETINGS AND EVENTS THIS WEEK


Tuesday 6 PM Varela Kern vs. Mates Landsman-Roos with Jen
Thursday 5 PM Supernaw McMahan vs. Anderson Eber with TBA
Thursday night - work session in the office


TRAVEL SCHEDULE 2003-2004

SEMESTER ONE
SEMESTER TWO

NOVEMBER
11/14-16 NYU
11/15-17 Wake Forest
JANUARY
1/3-8 North Texas-Texas Dallas swing
1/31-2/1 Cornell
FEBRUARY
2/6-8 West Virginia
2/7-9 Northwestern
2/14-15 Binghamton
2/21-23 Kansas
2/28-29 DISTRICT8/CEDA East at Marist
MARCH
3/12-14 Towson
3/19-22 CEDA Nats Louisville

RESEARCH

Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.

RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS DUE THIS WEEK: WEDNESDAY 9 PM


LDU'S TV SHOW

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.

NOW LOOKING FOIR NEW TOPICS. NEXT TAPING DECEMBER 6, 2003, 12-3 PM.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

START PLANNING NOW FOR THE TEXAS SWING IN JANUARY!
ARRIVE IN BURLINGTON 12/27, WORK DAYS ALL DAY 12/28-29-30, MORNING OF 12/31. DEPART FOR TEXAS 1/2. RETURN BY 1/11.

START PLANNING NOW FOR PARTNERSHIPS AND TOURNAMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR.


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


OUR RECORD

UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 101 132  43%
Oklahoma 8 12  
       
 TOTAL 109 144  43%
LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME 151 168  47%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!