October 25th, 2011

VDB Goes To The Mat In Lawrence Debate Union’s “Did Fogel Earn It?” Smackdown

by Philip Baruth

Over the last six months or so, I’ve been working here and there on the issue of excessive executive compensation at the University of Vermont, as well as the related downsizing and under-compensation of maintenance and staff. And sometimes it can feel like you’re talking to yourself, for all the good it does. So when UVM’s award-winning Lawrence Debate Union asked me to participate in a full-on, bare knuckles formal debate on the topic “Did Fogel Earn It?,” I jumped at the chance. Turned out to be a fantastic exchange. Who ultimately won? VDB reports — you decide.