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
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The 15 November rankings
put together by the AFA/NDT cover all collegiate policy debate competition
in America at all levels. The results showed that a strong performance at
all levels by the large UVM squad has catapulted them to near the top.
The University of Vermont is Third, behind Emory and Rochester. We aren't the only ones losing to Rochester, in fact Vermont has a pretty strong record against them.
Given that most schools offer extensive scholarships for recruiting high school debaters and that the Lawrence Debate Union has a fraction of the funds most schools have, this type of performance is a tribute to the hard work and creativity of UVM students and coaches.
You can see the list at http://www.whitman.edu/offices_departments/rhetoric/ndt/
Schools in bold have UVM alumni coaching in or directing the program. Notice how well we place against italicized schools we like to compete with on an academic level.
|1. Emory University 374
2. University of Rochester 327
3. University of Vermont 293
4. University of Pittsburgh 278
5. University of California-Berkeley 262
6. Gonzaga University 258
7. Northwestern University 257
8. University of Southern California 250
9. U.S. Military Academy 250
10. Michigan State University 241
11. Liberty University 236
12. Dartmouth College 230
13. Emporia State University 219
14. University of Texas-Austin 212
15. Idaho State University 212
16. Whitman College 211
17. Catholic University (The) 210
18. West Virginia University 203
19. Wayne State University 197
20. Cornell University 197
| Brian Cole and Matt Klein won the tournament| Amy Myers and Nikki Muradian, Third Place |
The tournament started
out poorly and then got worse. Team members were very ill (bad sushi was mentioned)
but still debating, at other times partners had to debate by themselves. Talented
novice debaters who had moved up to the Open division were taking their lumps.
Hard working novice debaters were getting discouraged. Then came round five.
The tournament was featuring five rounds in one day, an exhausting affair. The discouraged gained confidence, the ill gained a bit more stability, and the LDU bucked down to stage one of the most remarkable comebacks in recent years. Although it was too late to get any of the teams into the elimination rounds in the Open division, the novices scored well with four of the five teams reaching the elimination rounds, with the only other novice team finishing 3-3.
In the novice octafinals Adam Fronheiser and Sky Ganer (4-2) as well as Cody Rounds and Josh Grenier (3-3) were defeated.
But other teams were on a role. Amy Myers and Nikki Muradian (14th seed) defeated #3 seed NYU 2-1 while Brian Cole and Matt Klein defeated #4 seed Binghamton 3-0. In quarterfinals Muradian and Myers defeated #6 seed Rochester while Cole and Klein advanced over the University of Chicago. This meant that the two teams from UVM, #13 and #14 seeds, had reached the final four. In the semifinal round Muradian and Myers dropped to West Point 3-0, but Klein and Cole stayed on a role, defeating the #1 seed West Point team 3-0. In the final round Klein and Cole won 2-1 over #2 seed West Point to win the tournament championship. The round ended at 11:45 PM on Sunday.
In the Open speaker awards Casey Gervais was #11. In the Novice speaker awards Brian Cole was #2, Stephen Gilpatric was #11, Josh Grenier was #13, and Amy Myers was #15.
In the Open division Novice team Marget Brue and Adam Gana were 3-3, Casey Gervais and novice debater Teresa Hill were 2-4, Claudia Greenman and Lana Langsweirdt were 2-4, Edwin Owusu and Brian Hurley were 2-4, and Sheila Limprevil and Abigail Trebilcock were 2-4.
Sweepstakes scoreboard watchers note: All Rochester teams were gone after the quarterfinals.
TEAMS AT WAKE FOREST:
Aaron Fishbone and Shawn Wilkerson finished 3-3 while Vilasa Campbell and
Jillian Marty finished 2-4, with only a varsity division at the tournament.
| Greta Lockwood at the Live Bait machine traditional photo shoot | January, 2001 crew |
Once again the LDU
will be attending back-to-back tournaments in early January in Kansas City
at William Jewell College and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Last
year UVM won the sweepstakes at both tournaments.
Here are the requirements:
1. All-day work days December 27-December 31. 2. Departure on January 2, return on January 11. 3. Be a jolly and safe van rider. 4. Tolerate crowded conditions while in KC. 4. Find a partner who will do the same.
SWING VOLUNTEERS: Soverel, Wilkerson, Hill, Langsweirdt, Marty, Campbell, Owusu, Cole, Limprevil, Trebilcock, Fishbone, Parmett, Gervais, McDonald, Greenman.
WE NEED JUDGES AND COACHES WHO ARE WILLING TO TRAVEL WITH US!
In December the LDU is planning an Internet debate with the national debate program in Slovenia. Based on consultations carried out in Prague earlier this month the two groups are now developing a format and a list of topics. Thanks to Bojana Skrt for working with us on this project. Final information will be supplied in the weeks to come. The debate can be watched when it happens at the Robert Huber Debate Forum, http://www.uvm.edu/debate_forum/.
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