12 November 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.

OKLAHOMA TRIP BRINGS SUCCESS AND HOSPITALITY

| Jen Knops & Lana Langsweirdt | Teresa Hill & Brian Cole |

The LDU was in Oklahoma City last weekend for the 20th Joe C. Jackson tournament held by the University of Central Oklahoma. Long an annual destination for the LDU, the tournament regularly features some of the best debate teams from the Midwest. Tremendous hospitality was once more provided by Doug Duke, Jason Stone, and Bryan Gaston as well as the UCO debaters. The tournament brought awards and a winning records to bring home after several weekends of frustration by the more experienced debaters.

Lana Langsweirdt and Jen Knops brought their highly developed set of critical arguments and found many judges highly complementary of them. Big wins with high points in rounds five and six over the University of Texas (Allan & Petersin) and the University of Texas at Dallas (Courville & Easley) propelled them into the elimination rounds for the second time this year. In the elimination debate against the University of Texas (Apel & Brar) that produced a deeply divided panel that was 2-1 for Texas. Jake Meany and Jillian Marty were 2-4.

Teresa Hill and Brian Cole entered in the extremely competitive junior varsity division. They had a 5-1 record in the preliminary debates. In the quarterfinals they defeated Kansas State University (Flagg & Stout) 3-1. In the semifinals they were defeated by the University of Missouri at Kansas City (Culp & Gordon) 3-0. Brian was recognized as the #3 speaker in the division and Teresa Hill was #9. Brian Cole, who has openly confessed to wanting to be a debate coach, received many positive messages from graduate programs with debate assistantships who were at the tournament.

The tournament also provided a great opportunity to be reunited with former LDU coach Jackie Massey. He offered extremely valuable insight into arguments, teams, and judges that contributed to overall team success. He will rejoin us again for the KC Swing. The tournament was also attended by coaches Snider and Parmett.


LAST TRAVEL WEEKEND ENDS FALL SEMESTER

WAKE FOREST AND BINGHAMTON THIS WEEKEND

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 along with alums and volunteers. Meanwhile, three varsity teams will go to Wake Forest to one of the year's largest varsity tournaments, accompanied by Helen Morgan and Justin Parmett.

WAKE FOREST: Leave office at 5 AM on Friday. Tuna & Jen will provide rides. Return at 10:00 PM Monday night. Pick up by Brian & Jen. Limprevil & Owusu, Knops & Langsweirdt, Helen Morgan, Justin Parmett, Jillian Marty.

BINGHAMTON: Leave office Friday at 2 PM & 4 PM. VAN DEPARTURE LIST POSTED IN OFFICE. Return Sunday night. Hill & Cole, Phillie & O'Connor, Kern & Varela, Mates & Smith, Welch & Reimer, Bryce & Velez, Massey & Vaillancourt, Friel & Steere, Ptalis & Miller, Pettrone & Simpadian. Coaches/Judges: Snider, Egizi, Lockwood, Sweeney, and we need one more!

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, Channel 11, 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, 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

WINNING SLOGANS FOR LDU CLOTHING:
"BREAKING THE TRADITIONAL CHAINS" [back]
"PEACEFUL WARRIOR - VERMONT DEBATE" 2003 [front]
CLOTHING STYLE AND COLOR CHOICES MADE TWO WEEKS FROM NOW! AMY WILL INVESTIGATE GETTING NAMES EMBROIDERED.
EDWIN & GRETA ARE DESIGNING LDU TUB STICKERS, MATT SWEENEY CAN HELP MAKE SOME LABELS

COMING SOON: A PUBLIC DEBATE ABOUT RACIAL PROFILING

CANDIDATES SOUGHT TO GO TO SERBIA IN JANUARY FOR A TOURNAMENT: MEANY, MASSEY, COLE, LANGSWEIRDT, KNOPS, OWUSU, O'CONNOR, REIMER, MARTY, VAILLANCOURT, AND MELANDER ALL INDICATED AN INTEREST.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

FRONT-LINE WRITING:
WED JILLIAN: 9:30 AM ALEX, AMY, MOHIRA, CHRISTINE, OTHERS
TUES BRIAN: 9:30 PM COLIN, TIM, RYAN, OTHERS
THUR GRETA: 10:30 AM SPEAKING DRILLS, COLIN, LEO

PRACTICE DEBATES:
JEN-LANA, EDWIN-SHEILA TUESDAY 7:30 PM TUNA
SHANA-LEO EDWIN-SHEILA WED 6:30 PM CHARLIE
RYAN-JEFF TIM-JILLIAN THUR 8 PM NEEDS A JUDGE
WED 2 PM PRACTICE DEBATE ORGANIZED BY JAKE


DEBATE SPOTLIGHT!

CARLOS VARELA

HOME TOWN: San Juan, Puerto Rico
MAJOR: Environmental Studies, MINOR: Speech
CAREER PLANS (IF ANY): 
Assist the world in mental health and fighting environmental degradation.
LEVEL OF DEBATE COMPETITION: Novice
PET PEEVE: When people cease to be human during a debate.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR: Being introduced to debate, opening my mind. I have realized that the sky is the limit when it comes to developing my mind.
WORST MOMENT IN DEBATE: Being told my native tongue is offensive by a judge.
FAVORITE TEAM TO DEBATE: Catholic University.
FAVORITE TEAM TO BEAT: Liberty University
FAVORITE JUDGE: Maxwell Schnurer
FAVORITE TOURNAMENT: Vermont.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT DEBATE: Mental exercise and continual exposure to new ideas.
LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT DEBATE: How long the day is, the hours, lack of sleep.
FAVORITE DEBATE SPEECH: 2NC.
SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT: One of the worst symptoms of a lack of soul is indifference. Through debate I have realized my indifference was truly ignorance.


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 NEXT WEEK
TOPIC: NEW HONORS COLLEGE, RACIAL PROFILING, CHARLES, BRIAN, LANA, KTORRES, EDWIN, GRETA
TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION, SHEILA & HER PANEL

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

140

 


158

 

46.9%

CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

11

10

2002-2003 SEASON

151

168

47.3%

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


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