9 December 2003

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.
The LDU meets every Monday night at 6 PM at 475 Main Street.

UVM HOLDS DEBATE WORKSHOP IN
RURAL NORTH CAROLINA MIDDLE SCHOOL


| Welcome sign | All of them debaters |


| Edwin and his partners | Sheila and her partners |

| Teresa and her partners | Jillian and her partners |

| Farewell hugs | LDU posse with teachers |

UVM debate continued its outreach efforts in rural North Carolina in November. The pictures are now here, so it is time for the story. LDU alumna Meredith Parmett has been teaching at Monroe County Middle School in rural North Carolina and has her students interested in debate. During their trip to the Wake Forest tournament LDU students and coaches dropped by the school for a debate workshop and some debating. The students had selected as a topic "Should should be voluntary" and were anxious to debate. Each UVM debater teamed up with two students to prepare. After the students had spoken the last speech by each side was given by the UVM debater to try and pull the issues together. It was a great deal of fun for all concerned. We thank the Wild Warrior debaters for their enthusiasm and hospitality. Extra big thanks to Meredith Parmett who takes debate with her wherever she goes!


SEEN AT HUBER HOUSE -- KENAN OSMANOVIC

LDU alum Kenan Osmanovic dropped by Huber House to say hello and report on his activities. Kenan has been with the International Rescue Committee working in NYC to help immigrants in need for the last four years. He has helped thousands of people navigate the channels of immigration, and is currently working more and more with women who have been trafficked to the USA for sexual servitude, helping them apply for citizenship and get their lives back in order. Kenan may be headed to medical school, so we will try to stay in touch.

Kenan says hello to his pals Max, Gordie, Scotty Geller, Helen, Justin, Sarah, and Rae, among others.


WDI-EUROPE DEBATE WORKSHOP PHOTO DIARY NOW AVAILABLE

Photos, comments, and an outline of the material taught at the World Debate Institute week-long workshop held in Ljubljana, Slovenia last month.

Go to http://debate.uvm.edu/travel/slo1103.html


SIGN UP FOR DEBATE THEORY COURSE!

Helen Morgan Parmett will be teaching a course next semester entitled "Debate Theory." This 3-credit class is an ideal way for debaters to improve their skills and their records. The course looks to be very practical and adapted to the needs of each student.

SPCH96: Debate Theory, Wed 3:35 -6:05 PM. Contact Helen as it is a "by permission" course.


NOTES FOR THE TEXAS SWING

Teams: Marty-Owusu, Supernaw-McMahan, Massey-Sanders.
Also attending prep: Hill, Kern, Landsman-Roos
Prep begins 9 AM 12/28, and ends afternoon of 12/31.
Needs housing: McMahan, Sanders, Marty, Owusu.
Has housing:: Supernaw, Morgan Parmett

Depart from office 6 AM 1/2. Flight from Boston at 12:15 PM. Return to Boston 12:15 PM on 1/9.
Transportation help: 1/2 Sam Miller, 1/9 Charlie Hoag


BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT COMING

The resurgent Burlington High School debate team is holding a tournament on December 12-13, 2003. The turnout looks to be huge, with up to 90 teams attending. high attendance is due to strong interest in schools from New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC. Here is the schedule:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
1:00-3:00 Registration
3:30 Round 1
6:00 Round 2
8:30 Round 3
8:30 Round 4
11:00 Round 5
1:00 Awards, and elimination round pairings
1:30 Semifinals in novice, Quarterfinals in varsity
3:30 Finals in novice, Semifinals in varsity
5:00 Finals in varsity

The following have volunteered for judging, especially to help cover teams from DC. Colin Kern, Kayce massey, Mimi Supernaw, Bent Cardan, Gordie Miller, Mike McMahan, Jillian Marty.

FOR HIRED JUDGING, CONTACT: BRENT AT kernoff@northhero.com
FOR DONATED JUDGING, CONTACT: SARAH AT ssnider@uvm.edu


MEETINGS AND EVENTS THIS WEEK
FRIDAY 10 AM
MET WITH DC UDL STUDENTS AT THE OFFICE


TRAVEL SCHEDULE 2004

SEMESTER TWO

JANUARY
1/3-8 North Texas-Texas Dallas swing
1/31-2/1 Cornell

FEBRUARY
2/7-9 Northwestern
2/14-15 Binghamton


2/21-23 Kansas
2/28-29 DISTRICT8/CEDA East at Marist

MARCH
3/12-14 Towson
3/19-22 CEDA Nats Louisville


RESEARCH

Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.

LONG-TERM RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN MADE.
DUE AT BEGINNING OF SWING PREP!


LDU'S TV SHOW

NOW WITH 278 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.

Two more shows taped: Future of iraq, and Got Religion?
Next taping perhaps during swing prep.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

START PLANNING NOW FOR PARTNERSHIPS AND TOURNAMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR.
DRAWING FOR 50/50 RAFFLE THIS WEDNESDAY! BRING MONEY AND TICKETS.
CONGRATS TO LDU'S CHARLIE HOAG FOR FINISHING THIRD IN THE VERMONT POETRY SLAM-OFF
SWEATSHIRT DESIGNS DEBATED, NO RESOLUTION.

HOLDAY PARTY, SATURDAY 12/13, COLIN'S HOUSE
165 NORTH WILLARD, 8:30 PM. NICK'S BIRTHDAY!
POT LUCK -- BRING FOOD OR SNACKS AS POSSIBLE!


SQUAD MEETS AT 6 PM EACH MONDAY NIGHT, 475 MAIN STREET, ALL WELCOME!
Next squad meeting Monday 12/29/03
Next Newsletter 12/30/03


OUR RECORD

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

OUR RECORD WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE
PREVIOUSLY 135 174  43.6%
 TOTAL 135 174  43.6%
LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME 185 200  48.5%

ALWAYS CALL IT HUBER HOUSE!