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December 09, 2004  Volume 26, No. 13
University Debate Team Wins UMass tournament over Cornell
First came a stunning victory over West Point Academy at New York University’s tournament by sophomores Dan Weiser and Jeremy Levine. Then freshmen Jake Gartman and Matt Malia repeated the winning performance at the University of Massachusetts debate tournament last weekend, beating Cornell in the finals on a 3-0 decision.

For Gartman and Malia, the win was a perfect way to end their first semester of competition. Not only were they ranked independently as the fourth and first speakers in a division of 38, it was also their third final-round appearance against Cornell after winning at King’s College on a 3-0 decision and falling to the University of Buffalo on a 2-1 vote.

“It a relief to be up 2-1 now in total championships,” Malia said. “And come next semester we’ll be sure to widen our lead.”

The victory also shows the power of the student-run team.

“What’s even better,” Gartman added, “is that as a predominately student-run team that we were able to win the Massachusetts tournament against an Ivy League school, giving UMASS’ student-run program the realization that they can win too, even without the resources.”

Joe Schatz, coach of the debate team at Binghamton University, said that given how young the Binghamton team is, he expects continued success.

“I’m amazed that in their first semester of college competition that they have already made it to finals three times and have beaten teams who’ve had several years of college experience often in addition to high school,” Schantz said. “By the time they’re sophomores, let alone seniors, they’ll be winning national tournaments since they already dominate the region.”

After the first semester of competition, the debate team has earned more ranking points than they had earned throughout in the past year of competition, which was enough to rank them 17th in the nation and second in the region, giving the team a good shot of ending up in the top 10 at the end of this year.

Binghamton Student Earns Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship
Matthew S. Schneider, a senior with concentrations in finance and marketing at Binghamton University, has been awarded a Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship for his superior performance in the study of business. Schneider received a $1,000 scholarship to continue his education in 2004-05.

Scholarship recipients are student members of Beta Gamma Sigma and represent the top percentage of students within business programs accredited by AACSB International the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Of the more than 1,400 institutions with degree programs in business, only 419 have been accredited by AACSB and have chapters of Beta Gamma Sigma.

To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in an AACSB accredited institution and be ranked within the upper 7 percent of their junior class, 10 percent of their senior class, or top 20 percent of the graduating master’s class. Of the 300,000 students who will graduate from a business program each year, approximately 20,000 will be invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma.

Spring semester workshops in professional development set
The Division of Professional Development and Research in the School of Education and Human Development will sponsor several professional development workshops during the spring semester.

The schedule is as follows: Strategic Planning, Jan 20; Closing the Ring: Linking Performance, Training, Compensation and Strategic Plans, Feb 16; Assessing Program Outcomes, March 8; Creating a Proactive Plan for Gifts and Endowments, March 15; and Effective Organizational Marketing, April 7. For more information on any of the workshops or to register, contact Anne Baron at (607) 777-4580 or

University Orchestra offers a musical tour of Bohemia
The University Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Perry, tours Bohemia in “Vienna to Prague: Field, Forest and Fiacre” at 8 p.m. today, in the Osterhout Concert Theater, Anderson Center. Sponsored by the Music Department, the concert features piano soloists Chai-Kyou Mallinson and Margaret Reitz in a performance of a Mozart Concerto, as well as works by Smetana and Dvorak. For tickets, call 777-ARTS, online at, the Anderson Center Box Office noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays or at the door. Students are admitted free with ID.

Master of Music program enters 25th year of opera partnership
The Master of Music Program with specialization in Opera at Binghamton University entered its 25th year in the fall. The program is affiliated with Tri-Cities Opera Company and attracts students from all over the nation, and from Europe. This two-year program prepares students for a career in opera. This year’s students are Julia Ebner, Timothy Fallon, Leslie Hochman, Katarzyna Januszcyk, Mark Kratz, Nili Riemer, Andrew Sudduth, and Stephanie Sudduth.

These students have starred and performed as cast members in Tri-Cities Opera’s production of “The Daughter of the Regiment.” They look forward to continuing the season with performances of Hansel and Gretel in December, Dido and Aeneas and The Medium in February, and La Traviata in May. For more information, please call 772-0400.

Annual Holiday Mid-Day Concert
The Music Department presents its annual Holiday Mid-Day Concert at 1:20 p.m. today, in FA-Casadesus. Get into the holiday spirit with vocal and instrumental music of the season performed by faculty and students. Stop by the Green Room afterward for a cup of cheer and other refreshments.

History department to host graduate research seminar
The History Department will hold a Graduate Research Seminar Mini-Conference from 8:30 a.m.-5:10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, in PSPC Room “F”. For more information, please e-mail Fa-ti Fan, professor of history, at

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