University of Vermont

Lawrence Debate Union Honored by the State

The Vermont State Legislature honored UVM's Lawrence Debate Union earlier this month with a joint resolution citing the "competitive accomplishments" and the "international educational outreach" of the team.

The resolution praises the LDU, directed by Professor Alfred "Tuna" Snider, for having "distinguished itself among collegiate debate programs by earning an astounding International Debate Education Association global ranking of seven, immediately behind Oxford and Cambridge Universities in Great Britain and surpassing Harvard and Stanford."

In addition, it reports on the team's success at this year's U.S. Universities Debating championship in Oregon, where "three UVM debaters — Paul Gross (sixth), Jessica Bullock (seventh), and Drew Adamczyk (ninth) — were ranked among the top ten debaters in the United States, and no other competing school matched this feat."

Read the full text of the resolution.