19 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.

HUGE DEBATE WEEKEND ENDS FALL SEMESTER
LDU IN 70 DEBATES IN NY & NORTH CAROLINA

| Colin Kern & Carlos Varela receive last minute coaching from Gordie Miller before defeating Rochester 3-0 in finals at Binghamton |

The LDU attended two tournaments this last weekend, one at Binghamton University and the other at Wake Forest University. Binghamton was a regional tournament and the LDU at eight teams in attendance, while Wake Forest was a national varsity tournament and the LDU had two teams there.

At Binghamton there was considerable success, with an overall 33-21 record. In the novice division the LDU produced tournament champions in Carlos Varela and Colin Kern [5-1 in prelims, defeated Rochester 3-0 in final round], third place team in Timm Reimer and Ryan O'Connor [5-1 in prelims 3-0 victory over West Point before meeting Varela & Kern in semis], two 5th place teams [Chris Petrone & Roy Simpadian 5-1 in prelims as well as Whitney Smith & Eric Mates 4-2 in prelims], and one teams that was 4-2 and missed the elimination rounds on points [Oliver Matthews &Sarah Ptalis]. LDU did well in the speaker swards: 1. CARLOS VARELA, 2. TIMM REIMER, 4. COLIN KERN, 8. CHRIS PETRONE. In the varsity division neither team reached the elimination rounds [Teresa Hill & Brian Cole, Leo Velez & Shana Bryce], but Teresa Hill was named as the 2nd speaker while Brian Cole was the 5th speaker in the varsity division.

Two impossible things took place at Binghamton that are worthy of note. Timm Reimer received a perfect score of 30 from major Mike Meese of West Point. Oliver Matthews and Sarah Ptalis received 38 and 37 points from one judge, impossible because the scale is only 1-30. Gordie Miller also actively joined the coaching staff, which was not impossible. Special thanks also go to Greta Lockwood, Matt Sweeney, and Casey Gervais for coaching and judging.

At Wake Forest the team of Sheila Limprevil and Edwin Owusu had a 4-4 record, including some excellent wins as well as some disappointing losses. Lana Langsweirdt and Jen Knops also attended.


LDU LATIN AMERICAN OUTREACH

Snider in Chile in May, 2001

LDU coach Alfred Snider has dual trips planned to Latin America. These trips are paid for and sponsored by groups in the host countries, and represent continuing cooperation between the LDU, UVM, the World Debate Institute, and debate organizers in Chile and Venezuela.

This coming Friday Snider departs for Santiago, Chile. While there he will present two workshops for the Debate Outreach program to schools with "social risk:" students sponsored by Universidad Diego Portales, one for students and one for teachers. The program now has over 1000 debaters and several hundred teachers involved. He will also attend the Chilean national debate championship tournament for university students. He has been asked to present a judging workshop for community supporters of debate and sponsors, and will; also present a "Master Class" workshop to top Chilean university debaters. 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, Venezuela Channel 11, and Universidad Catolico Andres Bello. The trip will involve workshops for university debaters at Andres Bello, meetings with sponsors and funders of the new Venezuelan Debate Outreach program, and planning sessions for the Tercer Torneo Hispanoamericano de Debate, to be held in Caracas next Spring.


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.

TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE KC SWING!
Preparation days: December 26-31. Depart 1/1, return 1/10.
Debaters who wish to go: Colin Kern, Carlos Varela, Eric Mates, Lindsey Melander, Ryan O'Connor.

LDU travel schedule:
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

TIME TO PICK DESIGNS AND COLORS FOR LDU GARB 2003
"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.


MEETING THIS WEEK

NEW ARGUMENT BRAINSTORM SESSION - THURSDAY 9 PM


NO NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK, HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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 WED. 7 PM
TOPIC: RACIAL PROFILING, GRETA, BRIAN, TUNA, EDWIN
TOPIC: GLOBALIZATION, SHEILA & HER PANEL TIME TBA

GRETA LOCKWOOD IS OUR PROGRAM COORDINATOR, LEAVE TOPICS IN HER MAILBOX.


SQUAD MEETING
EVERY MONDAY, 6 PM, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!

THERE WILL BE A SQUAD MEETING NEXT WEEK TO DECIDE ON LDU GARB AND DISCUSS THE SWING


OUR RECORD

 

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

151

 


168

 

47.3%

BINGHAMTON & WAKE FOREST

38

32

2002-2003 SEASON

189

200

48.5%

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


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