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, email@example.com email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
The LDU prepares this week to send a large contingent out for the last tournaments of the semester. Sarah Snider, Helen Morgan, Jackie Massey, and Trond Jacobson will be journeying to Wake Forest University Dixie Classic Debates, one of America's largest debate tournaments.
A larger group will be staying closer to home but will be journeying to New York City to attend a tournament at Columbia University. Because so many teams want to attend, and because the squad gets bigger as the budget stays the same, there is an all-out appeal for help this weekend -- friends and alums in the NYC area can help us by providing housing (we take floor space gladly), judging (especially needed!), or anything else which might be useful.
1 Varsity: Serfer-Fishbone; 3 JV: Lockwood-McDonald, Douglas-Winfield, Pagan-Alexander; 9 Novice: Gervais-Parmett, Henchel-Thompson, Jewers-Zerenner, Malley-Weidhorn, Robinson-Bernstein, Johnson-Knops, Dempsey-Boman, Demming-Cardile, Dooling-Eisenstat. Judges: Snider, Ellis, Parmett, Schwartz; hoping for Brill, Geller, Osmanovic, Cedarfield; and maybe Wilkerson, Gonos, Hayes, Barker, Collignon if they can.
Leave the office at 4:30 PM on Friday.
The LDU had two teams entered in the Joe Jackson Debates in Oklahoma City this weekend. While both teams dsebated well, they both lose theirt sixth debate and thus did not reach the elimination rounds. Sarah Snider & Helen Morgan were 3-3, and Sarah Snider was recognized as the #6 speaker in the tournament out of over 85 varsity debaters. In the JV division Anthony Pagan & Jaime Robertson got their first taste of the national circuit and acquited themselves well, going 3-3 and losing their sixth round as well.
The LDU sponsored a workshop for high school debaters this weekend which was well-attended. The important part of it was that two new schools, Champlain Valley Union and Burr & Burton attended and seemed excited about starting debate programs. Prof. Snider was joined by Trond Jacobson, Andy Ellis, Rae Schwartz, Steph McDonald, and Aaron Fishbone in working with the students. Students were divided into novice and advanced groups, and then participated in discussions, watching a sample debate, workshops on the topic and debate theory, and then participating in public speaking events and debates. All of the students except one (there was an odd number) participated in the debates. At the end students watched snippeets from THE SIMPSONS, especially the episode where it is revealed that Homer met Marge while on the debate team in high school.
Clinton updates: Ellis
Missile updates: A. Snider
Taliban/Sanctions cred: S. Snider
Iran updates: Serfer
MidEast updates: Morgan
Constructive engagement critique: Miller
North Korea strategy: Ellis
Syria: Miller, Towne
TOURNAMENT DATES: Leave Burlington 1/2/2000, Arrive KC 1/3/2000, UMKC Tournament 1/4-6/2000, Wm Jewell Tournament 1/7-9/2000, Return to Burlington 1/11/2000.
Varsity & JV divisions. 9-3-6 10 prep Judge Preference.
You should attend as much of the preparation period as you can. December, 18-19-20-21-22-23 Session 1, 27-28-29-30 Session 2.
SIGNING UP: Snider, Morgan, Lockwood, Winfield, Pagan, Gervais, Miller, Fishbone.
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