7 December 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.

MASSACHUSETTS TOURNAMENT: ON THE WINNING TRACK
2nd, 3rd, 5th places and above .500 for the season


| EMILY & STEPHANIE POSE WITH THE LORAX | LESLIE & MEGAN LAUGH DURING A DEBATE |

| SHANE & MATT TEAR IT UP | JUSTIN COACHING LESLIE & MEGAN |

It was a weekend of adventure, including travel hazards, new arguments and new teams, but in the end there were awards and a strong winning record that brought Vermont debate back into an overall winning record as a squad for the semester. Three teams attended the University of Massachusetts tournament, with many staying at home because of the pressure of academics and upcoming finals and papers. Emily Sanders & Stephanie Kimerer entered in varsity, while the teams of Megan Harlow & Leslie Keller along with Shane Clark and Matt Silverman entered in novice. Helen and Justin Morgan Parmett were along to coach with Alfred Snider providing support and administering the pairing and tabulation of the tournament.

Weather hazards marked the beginning of the trip, and the team set a new record for Burlington traffic frustration as it took almost an hour to go from Huber House to the entrance to I-89 at what many commented was far slower than walking speed. Friday night traffic, a vigorous ice storm, and numerous traffic accidents were the cause. Once on I-89 it was off into the ice, and the traverse of the Green Mountains was made even though there was almost a "white out" situation. The weather then cleared at White River Junction and it was clear sailing on down to Amherst

At the tournament the LDU was quickly on a roll. After the first four rounds the team was 11-1. Kimerer & Sanders at that point had defeated four Cornell teams in a row. The previous record for most wins over Cornell in a single weekend was 5 set by Jethro Hayman (now Cornell Director of Debate) and Annalei McGreevey (now a happy mon in the northeast kingdom). They lost their chance to tie the record in round 5 when they lost to Cornell. They finished at 4-2, third in the tournament, and just missed qualifying for the final round. They stunned and amazed people with their new "story book" affirmative. They read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and then talk about how it is a powerful form of communication about using fossil fuiels and our orientation towards the environment. They also won a negative round using this tactic.

In the novice division the two LDU teams were ranked #1 and #2 after the preliminary debates, with Keller & Harlow at 5-1 and Clark & Silverman at 4-2. Leslie and Megan lost a heartbreaking decision to Rochester 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Clark & Silverman defeated Western Connecticut 3-0 in quarterfinals, defeated Cornell 2-1 in semifinals, and then lost to Cornell 2-1 in the finals. Matt Silverman was the #7 individual speaker while Shane Clark was the #8.

More travel hazards faced the team on the way home. North of Waitsfield on I-89 they clipped the median which caused a flat tire. Discovering there was no spare tire in the van, the team proceeded home in a Morf Taxi van yo Huber House while the van was towed back to Thrifty. All were safe in the incident, but the coaching staff agreed that the travel safety policies (especially those connected with driving and weather) need to be re-examined for next semester. Our allies at Thrifty agreed that any damages to the van would b fully covered by collision damage waiver insurance.


| Matt signals the number of ballots he wants to get in quarters | Stephanie & Emily smile after a victory |



NEWS AND NOTES OF THE LDU FAMILY

Alexandru Balas , balexandru@su.sabanciuniv.edu:
"Hi Tuna! Alex, the Romanian guy who was in UVM 2 years ago, calling... I had a student from my NGO at your training in Slovenia and he was IMPRESSED! I told them to go- 2 of them were supposed to come, but another one came to Istanbul instead to a Model United Nations.
So, first of all I'm sorry for not writing to you in such a long time. I think last time I wrote was in the spring, when I organized some debate trainings in my NGO back home with people from ARDOR- the Romanian Debate Association. Then we had 2 teams going to a policy debate tournament in our country. And then we decided to move it to the next level, and based on the training Andrei got from you and from my experience
and another friend who was ARDOR experience, we will make a policy debate club in Romania. I guess we should keep in touch on this issue, because there is no such thing- policy debate in Romania right now and the whole debate movement is going down big time...and
it needs revived! We're working on a project and I'll keep you posted if you're interested...But knowing that your life is debate and the LDU family...I guess you'd be!
Now, what about me? I graduated U. Bucharest and now I am doing a MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabanci University in Istanbul. I heard you were here so time ago. Well, I'm here for the next 2 years so in case you end up again in Istanbul please let me know and I'll give you
a grand tour of the City... As usual I got involved in several things- but moved to a more academic/research level. I have a TA with freshmen: Humanity and Society...got involved in organizing some events, like a conference in Ankara: Eye contact; Islam and Europe; a Model UN here in
Sabanci...some future projects regarding UN- next year- 60 years of UN, 50 years of Romania at UN etc. I am headed towards the field of Conflict Resolution, in respect to the southern border of the European Union...that is to say in respect with the Muslim neighborhood...but also doing research on civil wars initiation. That's about it from me in a nutshell...
PS: I kept in contact with Mohkira from Uzbekistan. She is at the American University in Kyrghistan right
now in her last year of BA!
PS2: Let me know when you have some time how are things going over there in Burlington? Snow yet? Here today was weather for T-shirts and shorts!"
Akexandru Balas, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey


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 16-8
1/4-6 North Texas
1/8-10 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
NEXT TAPING: SATURDAY! Programs #298 and #299. Charles Hoag will coordinate, panelists are Ethan, Chase, and Emily. Departing from the Huber House at 9:30am on Saturday morning. Topics are Gay Marriage and Lake Baikal Pipeline.



NOTES FROM MONDAY NIGHT'S 6 PM MEETING:

GREAT JOB AT BHS TOURNAMENT -- they sent word that without the help of UVM debaters they could not have had a tournament.

The LDU has committed to a major initiative to begin debate programs in middle schools all over Vermont. Stay tuned for this organized and state wide affair.

WORK STUDY: Each employee will be reviewed at the end of the semester for reappointment.

The LDU committed to holding one or more major public events in the Spring.

TEXAS TEAMS: Emily-Brady, Julia-Jason, Chase-Shane. You must be here ready to work at 9 AM on 12/28.

CEDA NATIONALS: The following have requested to attend and stay over in California: Andrea, Julia, Emily, Megan, Stephanie, Edwin, Leslie, Shane, Chase, Matt Jason, Jake. The following have requested to attend and return right after the tournament: Tarik, Nick. NOT EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO GO UNLESS WE RAISE MORE MONEY SOON!

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.



NO MEETINGS TO BE HELD THIS WEEK


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 125 132  
MASSACHUSETTS 15 7  
       
2004-2005 RECORD 140 139  50.1%
2003-2004 RECORD 315 374  45.7%
2002-2003 RECORD 334 384 46.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!