30 November 2004

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.

VERMONT DEBATE CO-HOSTS INTERNATIONAL DEBATE ACADEMY FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN EUROPE


| Practice debate | Audience for advanced lecture |

| EU representative & USA ambassador at question session | Deer as seen from Snider's hotel window |

The Lawrence Debate Union of the University of Vermont co-hosted the Second Annual International Debate Academy for university students held in Ormuz, Slovenia. The event was attended by 65 students from 13 countries and was also hosted by Z.I.P., the Slovenian national debate program. The program concluded last Saturday. The event seemed to be a huge success, with the students, trainers and organizers all very pleased with what took place. The students worked extremely hard. We had long and intense hours. Each student debated at least 11 times. We had two hours of lecture each morning, an exhibition debate, 2.5 hours of intense small group drills in the afternoon, and then a practice debate (with a lengthy critique) to end the day. The social activities seemed like fun, the food was good, and the rooms and meeting spaces were also excellent.
We had a wonderful session with the EU rep to Slovenia and the USA ambassador, with the debaters asking many pointed questions indicating their high levels of knowledge and seriousness. There was an excellent wine tasting event, a country exhibition, and a kitsch party, and more!
A six round tournament was held. Teams reaching the semifinals but not advancing included: Malovrh & Podlogar, Sweden & Slovenia, Karnar & Gostenchnik, Slovenia, Vlacic & Ivanusa, Slovenia, Marucic & Popovic, Croatia.
In the finals, the rankings were: 1. Grabrovec & Peter, Slovenia, 2. Serc & Novak, Slovenia, 3. Keller & Nedelskaya, Croatia & Russia, 4. Velev & Koychev, Bulgaria.
The top ten speakers were: 1. Novak, Slovenia 479, 2. Grabrovec, Slovenia 469, 3. Peter, Slovenia 468, 4. Keller, Croatia 466-314, 5. Podlogar, Slovenia 466-313, 6. Velev, Bulgaria 466-312, 7. Serc, Slovenia 466-311, 8. Glogovsek, Croatia 457-307, 9. Marucic, Croatia 457-305, 10. Koychev, Bulgaria 457-30. Congratulations to Samo Novak for being top speaker by TEN POINTS!
The race to make the semifinals was a hot one, with three teams missing on points.
Thanks to: Bojana Skrt for arranging the event., Primoz Karnar & Grega Gostencnik for implementing the event. Branka Josimov, Serbia, Harold Raitt, UK, Jure Pozgan, Slovenia, Steve Llano, USA, Joe Zompetti, USA for being outstanding trainers. Branka Josimov is a former WDI graduate, while Llano and Skrt are former WDI faculty. Beti Hohler, Sebastian Pikl, Liana Miholic, and Nina for judging far beyond the call of duty. The USA embassy for providing financial support. ZIP, the Lawrence Debate Union and the World Debate Institute for being the sponsors of the event. Planning now begins for the 2005 International Debate Academy. News will be released as it is available. Any and all ideas for financial support are welcome.
It was particularly good to see two Slovene students and one Swedish student who attended the World Debate Institute in Vermont last summer do so well, Maja Malovrh, Grega Gostenchnik and Anja Serc.



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

Abigail Trebilcock , Abbey@pedersen.com: "Hi Tuna: I hope all is well. Sounds like you are very busy. I am really looking forward to seeing you and the team in SF for CEDA Nats. I would like to offer to cook the team dinner one night (either at my house or I will also deliver) while you are here. Some thing warm and homemade is always good for the brain. Not sure what the team's schedule is (or if you have even thought about it).. And please let me know if there is anything else I can do for the team while you are here in SF.. Also, I will be home in VT Dec 23 - Jan 3, I will stop by and see you." Pedersen Media Group, San Francisco, CA 94105


SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO
10/2 Buffalo 47-40
10/16 Rochester 37-42
10/30 Harvard 2-6
10/30 West Point 34-35
11/6 Oklahoma 2-4

11/20 Wake Forest 3-5
12/4 U Mass
1/5-7 North Texas
1/9-11 Texas at Dallas
1/29 Cornell
2/5 Northwestern
2/12 Binghamton
2/26 CEDA East/District 8 (Vermont)
3/5 JV/Novice Nats at Georgetown
3/19 CEDA Nats at San Francisco State
4/? NDT Nats at Gonzaga, Spokane, Washington

FLASHPOINT TELEVISION -- NOW WITH OVER 297 DIFFERENT PROGRAMS!
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.
COUNTDOWN TO PROGRAM #300 BEGINS
SATURDAY'S TAPING HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE OF UMASS TOURNAMENT.
Now in the 290s it is only a matter of time (and not a very long time) until Flashpoint reaches its 300th show. Ideas are being sought for how this show should be done. Let us know of any ideas.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

UMASS: Leave office at 5 PM Friday. Leslie, Megan, Emily, Stephanie, Shane, Jake, Aimee, Matt S.

Burlington High School has a tournament this weekend, and they desperately need judges. Rounds are Friday afternoon (3:30) and then the tournament ends on Saturday. Contact Bret Kernoff at kernoff@northhero.com . JUDGING IS GREAT TRAINING FOR DEBATING!

Rich High School has a debate club and we should help them. Greta will get more information.
South Burlington's Tuttle Middle School has students who want to start a debate club and need some help. Contact Sheri Rand at 652-7103.

EVIDENCE SYSTEM: Keep backfile in order, return originals when copied, respect the evidence backfile.
BACK PORCH: No material can be left on the work surfaces, and will be recycled.
WORK STUDY: Each employee will be reviewed at the end of the semester for reappointment.
CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT BASEMENT CLEAN-UP!
Keep evidence dollies out of the way of the back door.
TEXAS TEAMS: Emily-Brady, Julia-Jason, Chase-Shane. You must be here ready to work at 8 AM on 12/28.

Vermont State Poetry Slam Championships - Sunday December 12, 7:30 PM, Waiting Room, 156 St. Paul, all ages.

LDU 2005 Sweatshirts - Charlie Hoag will have info soon about costs and colors. Designs have been decided and will be disclosed later when the final versions go in to be printed. Estimated cost: between $20 and $25.

NEXT MONDAY - DOCTOR WHO THEATER RETURNS!
8:15 PM, Skycave (Tuna's abode), all welcome! Drop in, socialize, and see an episode of the greatest science fiction series ever made!



MEETINGS TO BE HELD THIS WEEK

RESEARCH MEETING - SWING, NEXT SEMESTER - THURSDAY 7 PM
All swing attendees are expected, those hoping to go to CEDA Nationals should also be there.


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!


UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
UVM DEBATE IS #18 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2003-2004.

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 122 127  
WAKE FOREST 3 5  
       
2004-2005 RECORD 125 132  48.6%
2003-2004 RECORD 315 374  45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD 334 384 46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!