29 November 2005

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. To unsubscribe from the email version of the newsletter go to http://list.uvm.edu/archives/topicnews.html .

AT HALFTIME: LDU HANGING IN THERE
Wake Forest, Massachusetts, International Debate Academy End Fall Semester -- UVM Wins International Tournament!

"We could have done far better," said LDU director Snider about the Fall debate semester, "but we are on target to have our students well-trained and well-developed for a strong finish to the season. Everyone has been debating up a division and that is going to pay off. We have some valuable new people on the squad. Our junior varsity teams and varsity teams will be very good when the end of the year comes, and I hope that our novice debaters will come along ads they usually do." This assessment follows a semester of successes and disappointments. Tournaments were won but the record is below .500. Three events marked the closing of the semester as students now focus solely on their academics.


| Jake Meany and Simon Grabrovec won the finals; Nick Landsman-Roos and Leslie Keller made it to semifinals |

For the third year LDU staff directed the International Debate Academy held in Slovenia. The first year had students from five countries, the second year had students from thirteen countries, and this year there were representatives from seventeen countries, including Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the USA, Korea, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, and Bosnia. For the first time the LDU also sent students. While the LDU primarily competes in USA policy debate, this event was a six-day affair featuring instruction and competition in the British parliamentary debate format. This format involves the announcement of a topic with thirty-minutes of preparation time before the debate begins. There are four two-person teams in each debate, two on each side of the topic, or "motion." Each speaker gives one seven minute speech alternating between the two sides. The judge or judges then rate the teams as 1-2-3-4. In the five preliminary rounds Leslie and Nick were rated 1-3-3-1-1 to be the third seed into the semifinals. Jake Meany debated with Slovenia's Simon Grabrovec and they were rated 1-2-1-1-3 to be the second seed. In the semifinal debate the judges choose two teams to advance, and Nick and Leslie as well as Jake and SImon were in the same semifinal debate, and Nick and Leslie did not advance. In the finals Jake and Simon were ranked first by the judges, with the popular team of Primoz Karnar of Slovenia and Ivan Velev of Bulgaria finishing second. Ivan was the top speaker and SImon was the second speaker in the tournament. The event was administered by Za in Proti, the Slovenian national debate program, and the World Debate Institute at UVM. The USA Embassy in Slovenia as well as the government of Slovenia also supported the event. It was held in the lovely town of Slovenij Gradec.


| View from Tuna's hotel window | Four Slovenians and Loke Wing Fatt from Singapore at Mayor's reception |

At Wake Forest, one of the largest tournaments of the year with 150 teams, Jason hitchcock and Nick Landsman-Roos duplicated their record at Harvard by going 4-4, with a disappointing loss to Emory in the eighth round. Meanwhile, JV debaters Leslie Keller and Megan Harlow finished at 3-5, but had some impressive wins over teams that are far more experienced. Justin Morgan Parmett, the coach, was pleased with their performance, noting that Leslie and Megan did well at their first major national tournament, while Nick and Jason are gaining more and more respect from judges and opponents. "I expect Nick and Jason to break out at any moment," said Snider, "it is merely a question of when. Leslie and Megan are showing that they were not only novice national champions, but may well be JV national champions this year and may also qualify for the NDT. I think we have several teams in that position."

 

At the University of Massachusetts the LDU had eight teams attending, with Helen Morgan Parmett leading the crew with assistance from Emily Sanders, Jen Knops, and Greta Lockwood. In the novice division Dave Bates and Justin Brown went 3-3, and first-time debaters Danielle Goldschneider and Kamila Shakirova went 2-4. In the JV division novices Sam Lavallee and Matt Jokajtys were 2-4, but Matt was the third speaker in JV "Matt and Sam are on course to do well at novice nationals," noted Snider. In the varsity division Jake Meany and brady Fletcher were 6-0 before losing in quarterfinals. Colin Kern and Sheila Limprevil were 4-2, also losing in quarterfinals. JV debaters Stephanie Kimerer and Sumeet Sharma were 3-3 and Zoe Anderson and Julia Benjamin were 1-5. Jeffrey Wilson debated with Miosotis Perez from Middlebury and were 1-5. "Hopefully varsity partnerships will now stabilize and performances will improve," said Snider, "I think people have an idea now of who they want to debate with down the home stretch. I expect that to improve performances."


TEXAS TWO-STEP BEGINS 2006 CAMPAIGN

The LDU begins semester two of the 2005-2006 season with two tournaments in and around Dallas, Texas. The University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas will host tournaments back-to-back in early January.
Teams: Hitchcock-Landsman-Roos, Keller-Harlow, Clark-Whiting, Fletcher-Kimerer.
Coaches: Helen, Justin, Tuna, and hopefully help from Jillian Marty.
Arrive back in Burlington 12/27, work days in office 12/28-31, depart 1/2, North Texas 1/3-5, day off 1/6, UTD 1/7-9. fly home 1/10.


DOCTOR WHO THEATER RETURNS TO BURLINGTON
MONDAYS AT 8:15 PM. EMAIL alfred.snider@uvm.edu FOR A SCHEDULE!


LDU TRAVEL SCHEDULE FOR 2005-2006

SEMESTER ONE Record Placed SEMESTER TWO

10/1-2 BUFFALO 32-36 1-3-5
10/15-16 UVM SCRIMMAGE
10/21-23 WEST POINT 50-59 1-5-9-9
10/29-31 HARVARD 4-4
11/04-06  CAP CITY DC 7-11
11/12-14 WAKE FOREST 7-9
11/13-14 UMASS 21-21
11/18-26 INTL DEBATE ACADEMY 10-3         

1/3-5 NORTH TEXAS
11/7-10  TEXAS-DALLAS
1/28-30 BARD 
2/04-06  TEXAS 
2/11-12  BINGHAMTON 
2/25-26  D8/CEDA EAST WEST CT  
3/3-5  NOV/JV NATS WEST VIRGINIA UNIV.  
3/23-27  NDT NORTHWESTERN 
3/31-4/03 CEDA NATS DALLAS


FLASHPOINT TELEVISION

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.
UN FLASHPOINTS BEING TAPED SOON: UN and Democracy; UN and World Government to be taped on return.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

ALL PARTNERSHIPS ARE DISSOLVED. PLEASE INFORM THE COACHES OF NEW OR CONTINUING PARTNERSHIPS

PLEASE GET ALL EVIDENCE TUBS OFF THE BACK PORCH AND INTO THE BASEMENT.

INTERNET DEBATE WITH SLOVENIA BEING PLANNED FOR DECEMBER 8. TOPIC AND TEAMS TO BE ANNOUNCED.

MORE PEOPLE STILL NEED TO GET DRIVER TRAINING FOR VANS!

WORK STUDY POSITIONS: CHASE IS EVIDENCE, JULIA IS MIDDLE SCHOOL, LESLIE IS FUNDRAISING, STEFFI IS EVIDENCE ARCHIVING, BUT ALL SHOULD HELP CHASE PRINT THE EVIDENCE.

THE PC IN THE OFFICE IS ONLY FOR EVIDENCE ARCHIVING. PLEASE USE MACS OTHERWISE.

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MEETINGS THIS WEEK

RESEARCH & STRATEGY MEETING FOR SEMESTER TWO
SATURDAY 4:30 PM -- YOU NEED TO BE THERE


ALUMNI NEWS

Lisa Heller-Boragine lheller@capecod.edu
"At this point most of you know that Dennis and I are expecting a baby in March. Also known as: pregnant,"with child," big bellied, gigantoramous, and my favorite, "knocked up." Anyway, for those of you who didn't know about the whole baby thing, my deepest apologies. They say that pregnant women lose their memories; I haven't actually felt that way, but hey, if it works to explain how come you are out of the loop, I'll go with it. As a friend of mine said to me recently:
"You know, I think you're not fully taking advantage of this pregnancy thing. The FUN you could have!! Cry randomly when people ask you to do things you don't want to, (why is Lisa so upset? Ohhhh....I see. She's pregnant!) Randomly kick people who are annoying ("Sorry! The baby moved"), run off from boring meetings in the middle of a speech (sorry! Gotta pee!)...I'm thinking I need to run off and get pregnant just to enjoy myself with it!" Now what MANY of you do not know is that we are expecting a GIRL. A very stubborn girl who wouldn't actually move her legs for the ultrasound operator to make things easier. (wonder where she gets the stubbornness? Must be Dennis.) And, by the way, these ultrasound operators? They are like CAD operators, only dealing with babies. That's a direct quote from Dennis. Other qualities that were noticeable in the ultrasound included: very large thighs (the ultrasound operator commented on this twice, to my horror. She's too young to start with a complex, for pete's sake!) and very big feet. Otherwise, all the tests came out great -they can really test for a lot of things these days! I couldn't believe it. It's pretty amazing that they can see the liver, heart, even the different blood vessels in the umbilical cord.  So, we'll have a little Lisita in around 4 more months. She's just barely one pound, but she already likes music - especially classical. Or maybe she hates it. Hard to say, but either way, she's squirming around a bit when she hears the sounds on the way to work.
PS Yes, we've got a name we're thinking of, but I want to leave some suspense in the whole thing, don't you know!"


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2004-2005 NOVICE DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2004-2005 JV DEBATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
UVM DEBATE WAS #6 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2004-2005
UVM DEBATE WAS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003

OUR RECORD
WINS
LOSSES
PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY
93
110
WAKE-MASS-INTL ACADEMY
38
33
TOTAL
131
143
47.8%
2004-2005 RECORD
323
328
 49.6%
2003-2004 RECORD
315
374
 45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD
334
384
46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!