27 November 2001
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html
The LDU meets every Monday night at 6 PM at 475 Main Street.
SEMESTER ONE: SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES
AT ALL LEVELS
400 WIN SEASON POSSIBLE
The Fall, 2001 debate
semester is finished. Ten tournaments and 408 debates after it began, the
semester is over. Time for some consideration of these recent events.
- UVM has 19 debate teams who
have attended competitive tournaments, one of America's largest debate squads.
- Several years ago it was big
LDU news when the squad went over the 300 win mark for the season. Since
then it has been 300+ each year. This year a 400 win season may be possible,
but will be difficult to achieve as winning novice and JV debaters are moved
up to higher divisions to develop skills. Hope, however, springs eternal.
- Third Place in the national
- Last year's difficulties with
winning elimination rounds has been reversed, but more needs to be done.
- The squad features a great deal
of argument diversity, on both the affirmative and the negative, making
strategies against us increasingly difficult to work out right before the
- Much of the success should be
credited to the hardworking coaching staff, especially Jackie Massey, Greta
Lockwood, Charles Hoag, Jen Knops, Matt Sweeney and Steph McDonald. Jackie
wins the "hardest working coach in the world" award.
- Excellent performance by teams
who enter in a higher division than their experience would indicate, especially
Jillian Marty and Vilasa Campbell.
- European tour by coach Snider,
lecturing in Czech Republic and then on to London, Oxford and Cambridge
for more lectures.
- Two well-organized and well-attended
public debates on terrorism, soon available as streaming videos on the Internet.
- Ten new Flashpoint broadcasts.
- Excellent collegial relations
with other teams in our region, creating better cooperation AND better competition.
That fact that former UVM coaches and debaters are now at programs like
Rochester, Cornell and Marist help this, as well as good relations with
programs like Army, Columbia and NYU.
- Former LDU debater Mariellen
Malloy, has started a debate team at UMass Amherst, with their first outing
KANSAS CITY SWING CONTINUES LDU
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. 5. MAJOR RESEARCH WORK
BETWEEN END OF FINALS AND BEGINNING OF PREP 12/27.
SWING CANDIDATES: Fishbone, Wilkerson, Marty, Campbell, Trebilcock, Limprevil,
Parmett, McDonald, Cole, Gana, Hill.
SWING POSSIBLES (PLEASE CONFIRM): Langsweirdt, Greenman, Gervais, Owusu, Soverel.
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 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
THE SQUAD MEETING...
- BEGIN THINKING OF NEW CASES AND
ARGUMENTS FOR SEMESTER TWO! WE NEED MORE DISADVANTAGES!
- ARGUMENT STRATEGY MEETING NEXT
- NEXT PUBLIC DEBATE: 1/23/02 7:30
PM. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.
- REGULAR PUBLIC DEBATES WILL BE
HELD STARTING NEXT SEMESTER. CHARLES HOAG AND MARGET BRUE WILL COORDINATE.
- TERRORISM PUBLIC DEBATES AVAILABLE
SOON AT THE LDU WEBSITE: http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html
- Plan now for future travel. Teams
need to apply for travel opportunities. Tournament
schedule now available at http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu0102travel.html
- National Topic - Resolved: That
the United States Federal Government should substantially increase federal
control throughout Indian Country in one or more of the following areas: child
welfare, criminal justice, employment, environmental protection, gaming, resource
AND EVENTS COMING UP....
NONE THIS WEEK! WORK ON SCHOOL!
YOUR FUTURE SUCCESS IS ENHANCED BY YOUR DEBATE EXPERIENCE AND YOUR GRADES,
MAJOR ARGUMENT MEETING NEXT WEEK
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!
WE WILL TAPE SOME
SHOWS IN THE SEMINAR ROOM THIS YEAR. NEXT TAPING: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 4 PM
IN THE DEBATE OFFICE! TOPICS: SECURITY/LIBERTY TRADEOFF, CLONING. PANELISTS:
CAMPBELL, FISHBONE, COLE, LOCKWOOD, GANA, HOAG.
taping will pause until December because our facilities at VCAM (Vermont Community
Access Media) are being relocated and upgraded.
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
NEXT MONDAY, 6 PM
475 MAIN STREET
LOTS OF IMPORTANT
ISSUES TO DEAL WITH!
NEW LDU CLOTHING
Jackie models a previous item. 2001-2002 clothing can be any item, please make
Greta Lockwood will
direct this effort. Designs & ideas by December 3, 2001 please.
Email us !