30 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.

EVERY DECEMBER....
VERMONT DEBATERS GIVE UP HOLIDAYS TO PREPARE


| Helen's famous distraction drill | Writing frontlines |

Watch .avi movie of distraction drill at http://debate.uvm.edu/avi/swing04drill2.AVI

The strange LDU winter ritual is underway once again. Students return after Christmas to give up their holidays for several days of intensive preparation for tournaments in early January. Eight-hour days feature speaking drills, research, strategizing, practice speeches, and practice debates. In some ways it is this preparation period as much as the two tournaments that get students ready for a successful second semester. Papers and files spread out around the office and people have time to devote to debate without other academic tasks infringing. When the day is over some work late and some commune in the evenings to heighten fellowship.

The schedule for the rest of prep and the tournaments is as follows:
-Tuesday 12/30 prep day 10-6, Wednesday 12/31 prep day 10-2.
-Thursday 1/1, free day.
- Friday 1/2 drive to Boston early for noon plane to Dallas, Texas.
- Saturday-Sunday-Monday 1/3-5 tournament at University of North Texas.
- Tuesday-Wenesday-Thursday 1/6-8 tournament at University of Texas at Dallas.
- Friday 1/9 fly back to Boston, arrive at noon, drive to Burlington.
UVM classes resume on 1/20.

Thanks to Sam Miller and Charles Hoag for helping us on the Boston drives!


UVM ENDS YEAR IN TOP 20 NATIONALLY
#13, #19, #20 IN NATIONAL STANDINGS

The standings are out and UVM continues to represent. Here are the three major lists compiled by three different organizations. All use a different formula for calculating national standings based on actual competitions, and none is perfect. While proud of our performance the LDU emphasizes that personal growth and development are the goals of the LDU, not sweepstakes points. Here are the Top 50 in each so you can see the schools we finished behind and ahead of. Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma, a new program directed by LDU former coach Jackie Massey, for finishing #6 in the CEDA standings.

AMERICAN DEBATE ASSOCIATION

CROSS EXAMINATION DEBATE ASSOCIATION

NATIONAL DEBATE TOUNAMENT

1 Liberty489
2 Rochester231
3 Army187
4 George Mason 158
5 Catholic156
6 Mary Washington
7 Boston College 131
8 Navy128
9 Trinity115
10 Case Western 111
11 Cornell110
11 John Carroll110
13 Vermont106
14 Binghamton95
15 Towson94
16 Wayne State88
16 Pittsburgh88
18 Wake Forest82
19 Richmond79
20 West Virginia72
21 James Madison 59
21 Capital59
23 Emory58
24 Miami-Ohio56
25 Marist54
26 George Washington
27 Dartmouth43
28 Georgetown42
29 Michigan State 36
30 Weber State33
31 Clarion32
32 Columbia29
33 Fordham27
33 Western Washington
35 Augustana24
35 St. Lawrence24
37 Loyola22
38 Baylor21
38 Pace21
38 Iowa21
38 Northern Iowa21
42 Univ. of Mass.20
42 Texas-San Antonio
42 UMKC20
45 Michigan-Dearborn 18
46 Bard-Vassar16
47 King's College14
47 Allegheny14
49 Miami (FL)13
50 Florida 12

1 Liberty University
2 Emory
3 Rochester
4 Cal-Berkeley (Univ.
5 Wayne State Universi
6 Oklahoma
7 Michigan State Univ.
8 Missouri-Kansas City
9 Cornell University
10 Catholic University
11 U.S. Military Academy
12 Texas (Austin)
13 Wake Forest
14 George Mason
15 Redlands
16 CSU Fullerton
17 Boston College
18 Central Oklahoma
19 Vermont
20 Northwestern
21 John Carroll Univers
22 New York Univ.
23 Miami (Florida)
24 Southern California
25 North Texas (Univ. o
26 Dartmouth
27 Idaho State
28 Trinity University
29 SUNY-Binghamton
30 Iowa
31 Case Western
32 Harvard
33 Vanderbilt
34 Gonzaga
35 Arizona State
36 Mary Washington Coll
37 Weber State Univ.
38 Augustana IL
39 Missouri
40 Miami (Ohio)
41 Georgia
42 Pittsburgh
43 Texas San Antonio (U
44 Southwest Missouri S
45 Baylor
46 Georgetown
47 Wichita State
48 U.S. Naval Academy
49 Kansas (Univ. of)
50 Texas-Dallas

1. Liberty University 479
2. Emory 417
3. Cal-Berkeley 344
4. Wayne State Univ. 342
5. Rochester 336
6. Catholic University 323
7. Texas (Austin) 293
8. Michigan State Univ. 292
9. U.S. Military Academy 287
10. Redlands 285
11. George Mason 280
12. Northwestern 277
13. Boston College 272
14. Oklahoma 271
15. Missouri-Kansas City 266
16. Cornell University 262
17. Dartmouth 251
18. Wake Forest 242
19. North Texas 241
20. Vermont 240
21. CSU Fullerton 238
22. Trinity University 233
23. Iowa 232
24. Mary Washington 230
25. John Carroll 227
26. Southern California 224
27. Idaho State 215
28. Georgia 212
29. SUNY-Binghamton 210
30. Pittsburgh 209
31. Gonzaga 206
32. Weber State Univ. 206
33. Miami (Florida) 205
34. Richmond 198
35. Harvard 194
36. Baylor 193
37. Emporia State U. 193
38. New York Univ. 193
39. Miami (Ohio) 187
40. Southwest Miss. St. 187
41. Central Oklahoma 185
42. Kansas (Univ. of) 183
43. Case Western 182
44. U.S. Naval Academy 178
45. Arizona State 173
46. Vanderbilt 171
47. Wichita State 171
48. Louisville 170
49. West Virginia 163
50. Augustana IL 158


LDU HOLDS RECRUITING WORKSHOP FOR DC URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE STUDENTS

Some 20 DC debaters were at Huber House to find out about the LDU and the university. Many had been here for WDI during the summer. David Moss of Admissions gave them the nuts and bolts talk about applying, Jillian Marty gave them a talk about the debate team, and squad members including Sheila Limprevil and Edwin Owusu gave them a tour of campus. After a pizza lunch at Huber House they were off to the debate tournament. Come back and stay a while if you can!


SEEN AT HUBER HOUSE:
LORI SHERMAN, SARAH SNIDER, AARON FISHBONE, COUNCIL NEDD, PHIL KERPEN


| Lori Sherman | Sarah Snider |


| Aaron Fishbone calls for car repairs | Council Nedd & Phil Kerpen |

A number of LDU alumni and friends came through to visit this month.
Lori Sherman was on town, and dropped in to let us know she will be getting married this Spring. Lori is now living in Florida and working as a private consultant with licenses in nutrition counseling, aromatherapy and reflexology. She has a book coming out and is setting up a new website.

Sarah Snider is the program director of the District of Columbia Urban Debate League and she was in town with eight of her teams to attend a tournament at Burlington High School. She has had a very successful fall season of fundraising and her league is growing and prospering. She was on her way to Europe for a holiday right after the tournament.

Catholic University debate coach and LDU alum Aaron Fishbone also dropped by for a visit. He never mentioned that Catholic was ahead of UVM in the standings. He also visited former UVM debaters Anthony Pagan and Julie Winn. Last year Aaron was also the Director of the Southeast Europe Youth Leadership Institute held in Washington, DC and sponsored by the State Department. Over 140 students and teachers from the Balkans and Southeast Europe were in attendance, and a lot of their activities involved debating and staging public debates.

DC teacher Council Nedd who was last in Burlington for the coaching workshop at the World Debate Institute was also in town with the DCUDL crew as was Phil Kerpen of Cross-x.com and ndtceda.com. While not alums in the strict sense, it was good to have them visit.

If you come to Burlington drop by 475 Main Street, see Huber House, and get your photo in the newsletter!


NEW WEB PHOTO PAGES AVAILABLE

WDI-Europe photos and commentary from November. Go to http://debate.uvm.edu/travel/slo1103.html
Tuna's vacation photos from his house in Mexico. Go to http://debate.uvm.edu/tunamexico.html and also to http://debate.uvm.edu/tunamexicosnapshots122003.html
Watch for Texas Swing photo diary coming in January!


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.


MEETINGS AND EVENTS THIS WEEK
PREP 9-5 SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY
PREP 9-2 WEDNESDAY


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.

SWING PREP RESEARCH SHOULD BE COMPLETE.


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.

Next taping in later January.


FROM THE SQUAD MEETING

NEXT SQUAD MEETING IS MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 6 PM


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


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!