18 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.

UVM ENDS FALL SEMESTER OF COMPETITION

TEAMS DEBATE STRONG IN NEW YORK CITY


| Mimi Supernaw & Mike McMahan | Alumni judges Shane Egizi, Jill Witney, Jen Knops |


| Ben Dzialo & Paula Zampieri | Jason Hitchcock & Bent Cardan |

| Carly Lehrer & Eric Wright | Emily Sanders & Dean Blumberg |

The regional competition ended at NYU this last weekend with the younger debaters making a strong showing. The stars were Mimi Supernaw and Mike McMahan. They were 5-1 in prelims and were named the #4 and #2 speakers in the tournament. In quarterfinals they defeated our friends Western Connecticut 3-0. In the semifinals they defeated Fordham University 2-1. They faced Cornell in the finals, and lost a closely contested 2-1 decision to finish SECOND in the tournament.
Other novice teams were Emily Sanders & Dean Blumberg who finished at 3-3, Ben Dzialo & Paula Zampieri 3-3, Jason Hitchcock & Bent Cardan at 2-4, and Carly Lehrer & Eric Wright at 1-5. In the JV division Nick Landsman-Roos & Eric Mates finished 3-3. All 3-3 teams missed the elimination rounds based on speaker points.
New York City was, as always, a challenge to navigate around and park in, but the crew was jolly and resolute.
Fantastic coaching jobs were turned in by Gordie Miller along with alumni Shane Egizi, Jill Witney, and Jen Knops, who came to help and show support. We owe them our gratitude.
There were several problems with the administration of the tournament, including a two hour delay in the start of round one, but saying more than that would simply be complaining.

MISSING IN NORTH CAROLINA

Two LDU teams attended the tournament at Wake Forest University this last weekend and they did not achieve the "breakout" performance they were working for. Jillian Marty & Edwin Owusu had a record of 4-4 while Teresa Hill & Sheila Limprevil were 2-6. The four debaters, along with coaches Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett, also paid a visit to LDU alum Meredith Parmett who is teaching at a school in North Carolina, where they staged a demonstration debate. Pictures of that event will b coming in future weeks.


NOT IN KANSAS CITY ANY MORE
TRADITIONAL JANUARY TOURNAMENTS MOVE TO TEXAS

<==Greta Lockwood in 2000
NO MORE TRADITIONAL PHOTOS AT THE LIVE BAIT MACHINE (BUT WE WILL TRY TO FIND A NEW ONE)

After many years of making the trip from Vermont to Kansas City for two tournaments, things have changed. The traditional tournaments at UMKC and William Jewell will no longer be held. But, as Bob Marley said, "when one door closes, another one opens." The space has been filled by a new pair of tournaments designed to "swing" together, but this time in Texas. January 3-5 there will be a tournament at the University of North Texas in Denton (just north of Dallas) followed by a tournament at the University of Texas at Dallas on January 6-8. One major change for UVM will be that this will no longer be a driving trip. Coaches agreed that the additional distance was simply too much and that in the interests of safety it should become a flying trip.
TEAMS: Marty & Owusu, Massey & Sanders, Supernaw & McMahan.
JUDGES/COACHES: Helen & Justin Morgan Parmett, Snider, Miller.


POETRY SLAM SCHEDULED


LANA LANGSWEIRDT READS A POEM AT THE 2003 BANQUET

WEDNESDAY 12/3/03 7:30 PM

LIVING & LEARNING FIREPLACE LOUNGE

SEE CHARLIE HOAG TO HELP WITH ORGANIZATION AND PUBLICITY


MEETINGS AND EVENTS THIS WEEK
NO MEETINGS - WORK ON YOUR CLASSES


TRAVEL SCHEDULE 2004

SEMESTER TWO
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.

LONG-TERM RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS COMING
GORDIE AND TUNA ARE PURSUING NEW AFFIRMATIVES. TALK TO THEM ABOUT IT. MORE NEWS AFTER THANKSGIVING
WE HAVE AN INTERNET DEBATE SCHEDULED AGAINST SLOVENIA IN DECEMBER!


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.

NEXT TAPING DECEMBER 6, 2003, 12-3 PM.
TOPICS SUGGESTED: Political apathy, Democracy?, Obesity, Local Power Structures, Corporate Scandals, Iran, Church &State.
Topic to be chosen at the 12/1 squad meeting.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

START PLANNING NOW FOR PARTNERSHIPS AND TOURNAMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR.
SNIDER LEAVES ON THURSDAY TO TEACH A DEBATE WORKSHOP IN CENTRAL EUROPE.
HELEN & JUSTIN MORGAN PARMETT WILL BE IN MIAMI TO PRESENT PAPERS AT THE NCA CONVENTION.


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!
Next squad meeting Monday 12/2/03


OUR RECORD

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

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 109 144  43%
NYU 20 20  
WAKE FOREST 6 10  
 TOTAL 135 174  43.6%
LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME 185 200  48.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!