20 November 2001

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.

FALL SEMESTER OF COMPETITION ENDS WITH SUCCESS

UVM #3 in National Debate Rankings
Debaters Triumph in NYC

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

OTHER SCHOOLS OF NOTE
23. University of Kansas 186
28. Wake Forest University 179
38. Harvard University 149
40. New York University 148
50. University of Michigan 131
55. Boston College 121

60. U.S. Naval Academy 112
66. Claremont Colleges (The) 106
67. Marist College 105
71. Columbia University 100.5
79. Lewis & Clark College 91
84. University of Richmond 84
85. Florida State University 84
90. University of Alabama 76
95. George Washington University 70
102. Georgetown University 65

103. Washington University-St. Louis 62
105. University of Chicago 59
107. Middlebury College 57
116. Penn State University 43
120. University of Miami (FL) 39
124. MIT 35

 

MEANWHILE, A MIRACLE AT 114TH STREET - UVM WINS COLUMBIA TOURNAMENT
Klein & Cole Win Novice Division, Myers and Muradian Place Third


| 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.


KANSAS CITY HERE WE COME!


| 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!


INTERNET DEBATE WITH SLOVENIA PLANNED

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/.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING...



MEETINGS AND EVENTS COMING UP....

NONE THIS WEEK! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

Aaron Fishbone is the research director.

GO TO THE LIBRARY, DO SOME THINKING, REVIEW THE WAKE FOREST TOURNAMENT ARGUMENT LIST AND DEVELOP NEW ARGUMENT IDEAS FOR NEXT SEMESTER!


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION SHOW

PLANNING NOW FOR NEXT SEMESTER'S PROGRAMS, INCLUDING TELEVISED PUBLIC DEBATES.

WE WILL TAPE SOME SHOWS IN THE SEMINAR ROOM THIS YEAR. NEXT TAPING: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, IN THE DEBATE OFFICE! WE NEED TOPICS!

Flashpoint studio taping will pause until December because our facilities at VCAM (Vermont Community Access Media) are being relocated and upgraded.

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/watchdiscussion.html



SQUAD MEETING
NEXT MONDAY, 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET

LOTS OF IMPORTANT ISSUES TO DEAL WITH!


NEW LDU CLOTHING IS COMING!


Jackie models a previous item. 2001-2002 clothing can be any item, please make suggestions!

Greta Lockwood will direct this effort. Designs & ideas by December 3, 2001 please.


OUR RECORD

2001-2002 SEASON

WINS

LOSSES

%

PREVIOUS

172

155

52.5%

WAKE FOREST AND COLUMBIA 33 36  

TOTAL

210

198

51.4%


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