November 2011


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Alfred C Snider <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 8 Nov 2011 14:57:18 -0500
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Thanks to everyone who came. You were great. All 340 of you.

We had some problems. My apologies in that we did not buy enough snacks 
or the right kinds, resulting in a snack shortage. As well, we needed to 
get more snacks and coffee to Lafayette. We also needed a couple of 
extra judges in the pool to relieve the pressure. Gordie and David 
Register ended up judging more than they should and we thank them. There 
was also trophy delivery delay that we will deal with by having trophy 
construction at each wing of the tournament. We will be shipping out 
those we have tomorrow. I promise to address these issues next year.

I want especially thank Gordie Miller, Ruth Zisman and David Register 
for their hard work on the policy side, along with Stefanie Doucette and 
Dan Neill. I also want to thank Mary Nugent and our seniors (John Sadek, 
Jessica Bullock and Paul Gross) for their work on the worlds side. I 
also want to thank the countless LDU students who worked so hard, 
cleaned up, recycled cardboard, built trophies, lifted bales and pulled 

I want to especially thank our alumni and former coaches whop were here 
and were very helpful. These included, in no special order, Gordie 
Miller, Sam Nelson, Jethro Hayman, Cleopatra Jones, Lisa Heller 
Boragine, John Meany, Bill Shanahan, Alex Martel, Pierre Heidrich, Sam 
Natale, Tom Dionesotes, Isaac Loeb, John Voight, Great Quintin, Ruth 
Zisman and many more. Sometimes it is good to be an old guy because I 
know all of these people and cherish their friendship.

Food prices from Sodexho took a jump this year, we are forced to use 
them, and that may mean higher fees next year. The tournament this year 
seems to have broken even, but those pesky custodial charges are not yet 

The policy ballots can be downloaded at:

Today I scanned all worlds judge feedback forms that had written 
comments and sent them to the judges. The full judge feedback scores can 
be found at:

I do not have the cume sheets and when I get them from Gordie I will 
upload them. The full results for policy are not yet up at

We would like to announce at this time that in 2012 our tournament will 
take place again on the first weekend in November, 3-4 November 2012. 
The tournament will not conflict with NCA.

Again, thank you for coming.


Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics, University of Vermont
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