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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| 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!
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 Liberty University
1. Liberty University
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!
| 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!
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!
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.
Research Director is Jillian Marty. Assignments accepted must be completed.
SWING PREP RESEARCH SHOULD BE COMPLETE.
NOW WITH 278 DIFFERENT
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.
UVM DEBATE WAS #10 IN THE CEDA NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES FOR 2002-2003.
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