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
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Here are some of the greetings and information we have recently received about former debaters, coaches, and close friends of the Lawrence Debate Union. If you are not on this list please send information and pictures and we will be glad to feature you in 2002!
Married this last summer to Jay Amicangelo, Tuna was even in the wedding! Hard to Imagine.
"Things here are fine. I took the LSAT and I went to a Law School Fair last week. I am drawn to the schools that have strong domestic violence and women's law programs. Thank you again for doing the reading at my wedding. It was wonderful to have you a part of it. Give my love to everyone."
DAVID BERUBE [former
David is still Director of Forensics at the University of South Carolina. He has been working as an advisor to Paramount on STAR TREK issues and is an active conspirator with Tuna on various forensic plots. Is up for a major NSF grant to study social effects of nanotechnology.
"Thank you. As to health it is marginal; but much improved. As to longevity, I shall not compete with old Edwin Lawrence, but I shall not go gently into that good night. We get and read the debate newsletter avidly."
Now both practicing law in Chicago after graduating from the University of Chicago's law school.
" Erynne Ross gave birth to Brendyn James on December 12, 2001 at 12:56 p.m. Brendyn was 9lbs. 3 oz. and 20 and 1/2 inches long. Mom and baby are doing just fine."
Still has his red gold and green shoelaces, we hope!
"I am living and working as a writer in San Francisco. I also appear weekly under the name DJ snackfight, playing avant jazz, roots, dub, and electronic music every Friday night at the Oxygen Bar in San Francisco's Mission district."
Now practicing law in Springfield, MA. Seen judging and coaching for Marist College to assist his old partner, Maxwell Schnurer.
STEVE DOLLEY [former
Research Director at the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington, DC, he fights against nuclear proliferation. Has testified before Congress and written in the New York Times. Plays bass in a band called "Liquid Lobster." Too bad his gig photo was corrupted in transit!
GLENN & LAURA
"Laura and I are happy out here in Silicon Valley, where Laura is a new assistant professor at Santa Clara University, and I am, um, looking for one of those fabulous silicon valley technology jobs :-). I am in touch with the UDL out here and happily racing my miata, while Laura is winning the academic game, with back-to-back "top paper" panels and a recent election as the NCA Ethnography Division 2nd VP."
"My name is Jeffrey Fernandez ('75) and I debated in 74-75, having no prior experience in debate at any level. As you know, Doc Huber had a wonderful program for novices and beginners. It quickly became my primary educational vehicle, and I switched majors from Economics to Communication. It was by far the best preparation I had for Grad School (Public Policy) and future employment. Currently I am the Budget Director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (another influential Lawrence!) , and rarely a day goes by without evaluation by my office of a financial issue as a policy proposition, and presentation of a persuasive case for a resource allocation decision. I teach this to my staff, and I have the most well-rounded , effective, analytical staff in the Federal National Laboratory complex. Thank you Doc Huber and the LDU!"
Now working on his doctorate in Biomedical Laser Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute. Looks forward to welding flesh together for the betterment of all!
Finishing his PhD in Forest Management at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Before that worked for the UN Development Program in NYC.
TRACY GONOS &
PAUL HAYES [long time friends of the program]
"Paul and I have officially left New York City and are now residing in Washington, D.C. metropolitan area." Tracy is clerking for a federal district judge and Paul is practicing law.
Jethro and Cleo have two beautiful children, Caramae and Rhian, with another one on the way. Jethro is now the Director of Forensics at Cornell University and his team is #20 in the national sweepstakes. Gordie Miller is assisting him with coaching duties.
Now finishing her doctor degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Speech Communication. Has been very active in an organization she founded called "Dump and Run" to promote recycling on college campuses at the end of the year when tons of stuff gets thrown out. Has had stories in the New York Times and Boston Globe, recently appeared on OXYGEN television.
MIRA PETKOV [former coach]
Working in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, teaching English and debate. Beautiful daughter Andreja lights up their lives. Toma taught at WDI this last summer.
After working at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Washington and the Lexington Institute, is now striking out on his own down in foggy bottom. Coaches debate at Catholic University off and on. Looking to get into political campaigns if anyone has an idea, tell us and we will put you in contact.
Working as a legal researcher, as an artist and as a coach for the LDU. Has great argument ideas.
"Here's a GIF of myself and my lovely wife, Eve Agee. We were married in her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 13th. We live in Washington, DC and are committed to city living, specifically by the house we purchased in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Over the past year and a half I have been working a variety of Information Technology contracting jobs, but have found time to train for and finish two marathons in the last year. It's good to hear the VOICE OF EDWIN booming out from the hills."
JOHN MEANY [former
Still Director of Forensics at the Claremont Colleges in California. Forms a triad with Berube and Snider for extensive forensic plotting. Director of the Southern California Urban Debate League as well. His son Jake recently was top speaker at the MIT high school debate tournament.
Now coaching at Cornell University and still collecting reggae music.
Finishing a graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and coaching debate there. Her team is currently ranked 4th in the national sweepstakes. Looking forward to teaching and coaching debate at the college level.
Practicing law in Baltimore, now with four beautiful children, loves globe trotting. Longtime LDU supporter, has even let as many as 16 debaters sleep in his house! Active in the community and does considerable pro bono work.
Still in the Air Force, was in the Pentagon when it was hit. Now overseas. "Things are well here, if busy with the arrival of US forces here (not sure it's being reported in the US press, but it's all over the media here, because it's a major historical event for the country and for the region. My basic update: Josie and I are expecting our first child in April. I'm promoted to Lt. Colonel as of the first of January. I'm still here in Kyrgyzstan helping out the Defense Attache Office, in the middle of a three month tour; still based out of the Pentagon. Looking at reassignment this upcoming year to I don't know where yet."
SAM NELSON [former
Director of Debate at the University of Rochester. Has a huge team and is now tied for first place in the national sweepstakes. Even hired Sarah Snider to coach with him!
Working with the International Refugee Committee in NYC. "It's been a while since I talk to you. I just wanted to let you known that I am fine because my office is in midtown Manhattan. Today we had bomb scare across the street at Grand Central Station and we had to evacuate from our building. But, I am back at work now and everything should be fine. My parents work in upper west side so they were not directly affected by the bombing. I am still at my old job doing family based immigration and working with refugees and immigrants. So far is good but I am thinking about continuing my education."
Completing his graduate degree in speech communication at the University of South Carolina where he coaches debate with David Berube. Has won judging awards and is very popular among debaters nationally.
Working in the regional planning office in Portland, OR. Has a beautiful son named Benjamin. Hosted LDU on their last two visits to Portland.
"I was eating lunch yesterday and reading the paper when I came across an article about Vermont Debate. None other than the Tuna man himself was quoted. Pretty Damn Cool!!!!! I don't know what it means to you to have an article about your work in the mainstream press, but to me it means that you are getting some recognition that you very well deserve! I hope you are well, life is good, missing the warm cradle of academia, but doing well and trying to stay cool in the City."
Living happily in Burlington. Hosts regular martini hours and wants to persuade Tuna to smoke cigars. Active and supportive in Vermont high school debate.
After living and working in Washington, DC for 5 years, and completing a MPA degree at Columbia Univ., Narric has returned to Burlington, VT and is currently searching for employment in the public policy sector.
Now Director of Forensics at Marist College, has a PhD from Univ. of Pittsburgh. Recently completed a book with Tuna on using debate in the classroom to teach a wide variety of subjects. Continues his activism, especially as regards animal rights.
Completing her graduate degree at Wake Forest University in Speech Communication and coaching debate there. Says North Carolina needs more reggae music! Looking into a PhD in Women's Studies.
"Lori is now moving to Florida where she will spend at least 2 glorious years helping her boss (Skip) write a charting/trading platform to go with the software that already exists. The project is in conjunction with Harvard and Lori will be traveling there at least a couple of times a month to work in the lab... Hopefully she will be able to see all her northeastern friends at one time or another during these trips. This change means that at the end of this project that Lori will never have to worry about a job again (not that I do now) but will also be a partner in the company and a kickass trader at the end of it all. Yea - this means I am one step closer to making all the dreams I have for the LDU happen. You know, the van, the debate house and the endowment (that will add to Lawrence's) are all closer to being a reality now. But on a shorter note, I will be having thanksgiving with Sallie, Sally and Sarah etc. I cant wait it will be fun. I love you, miss you and never forget what debate and you have done and continue to do for me every day of my life."
BILL SHANAHAN [former
Now Director of Forensics at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Very successful team. His wife Kim is coaching high school forensics.
Now coaching debate at the University of Rochester, where her team is tied with Emory for #1 in the national sweepstakes.
After Georgetown Law is now a prosecutor. "A big congrats to the current brood of Edwin's children for such an outstanding season to date! Last Friday I obtained a guilty verdict in my first murder case. Okay, the defendant pled guilty, but guilty is still guilty! He pled to first degree murder; he had killed his girlfriend's pregnant daughter with .380 handgun. He had told detectives that he killed her because he wanted her to leave so he could get back to eating his hamburger."
KAT TOSI (KOLLER)
"It is me, Kat (Koller) Tosi, still in Bangkok Thailand. What am I doing? Hmmm, good question......For starters, volunteering at a Mon refugee camp on the Thai border. Enclosed picture shows me using their version of air-conditioning: a nice cooling root powder smeared on the face! We have registered our group as a nonprofit organization called the Mon Culture and Literature Survival Project and built a website on top of it! (www.monland.org) Besides that, I write a weekly Thai Culture column for the local English paper called 'Kat's Window on Thailand'. (www.bangkokpost.com/kat/index.html) and pick up other free lance jobs proofreading etc. for companies doing CBT's, company profiles, etc. I even got the BBC to hire me for a few jobs. Am I famous yet? Pay is small, but it looks aok on the resume. Thailand is an amazingly strange place. Never dull. Always hot. Very green. And very CHILLED OUT. I have also recently been visited by 4 former UVMites (Chuck Buckley and Jason Scheidler of WRUV past glory included.) My doggie is still here with me and waxing philosophical in her old age.....Things are going AOK, I am aging properly, etc. and I am always more than proud and pleased when I get the Edwin updates."
"I write with good news: I have finally passed the Massachusetts Bar Examination!! After basically two years of hard work, I have finally achieved my goal....I get sworn in in Boston, January, 2002. I am currently working for Chubb Specialty Insurance, doing Employment Practice Liability Claims, which basically means that I run the claim on the insurance carrier side for employment discrimination claims that occur against companies. It is a change from working with the claim from the state agency side, but I am learning a lot about employment law! I live in Springfield, MA and am still dating the same wonderful guy for about 3 years. Hope all is well with everyone in the LDU world!! "
STEVE WOODS [former
Now Director of Forensics at Western Washington University in beautiful Bellingham along with his partner Jennifer Hays. His team is doing very well. He has a lovely son, William, now five.
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COACHES: Massey, Snider, Lockwood.
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Both debates from this Fall are now available for viewing. You will need RealPlayer [http://www.real.com/] to watch these events, but it will scale to match the speed of your connection.
MILITARY ACTION IN AFGHANISTAN? 16 October 2001. http://real.uvm.edu:554/ramgen/debate/terrordebate101601.rm
SHOULD WE FIGHT A WAR AGAINST TERRORISM? 13 November 2001. http://real.uvm.edu:554/ramgen/debate/pubdebterror1101.rm
#1 - LANA, CLAUDIA, MEREDITH
#2 - SHEILA, GRETA, EDWIN, TUNA
#3 - BRIAN, JILLIAN
ONE SIMPLE ACT/WHITE GUILT - AARON, JACKIE
ACADEMIC RACISM - STEPH, ADAM, CLAUDIA
STATISM - VILASA
HOMOGENEITY - TERESA
DRAMATISM - SHEILA
NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN - ABY, SHEILA, CASEY
SYMBOLIC ACTION/MOVEMENTS - JACKIE. BRIAN, MARGET, JILLIAN
TRIBAL GOVERNMENT BAD - CASEY, ABY, LANA
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS - AARON
WASTE SHIFT - AARON
SPENDING/HEALTH - AARON, CASEY
OIL - TUNA
CASINO - CHARLIE, SHAWN
PRIVATE FUNDING - GRETA, AARON
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