The Faculty


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Remy Wilcox, Director of Forensics

Pi Kappa Delta National Debate Champion, 1961


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JoAnne Rasmussen

Instructor, Speech and Drama


Team Photo

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1973 Photo of the team and their awards in Remy’s first year as head coach.

In the picture: Remy, Steve Cover, Bill Monnette, Al Lyon, Priscilla Wyatt, Scott Shaman, Margie Schaer, Chris Scultheis, Kim Dupuis, Ann Medairy, Sharman Badgett


Twenty one first, second or third place awards have been won by Whitman at the eight intercollegiate speech tournaments they have attended. The number of trophies won this year is particularly significant and worth recognition considering the fact that 21 awards is as many as have been awarded in the last five years of Whitman forensic competition put together. It is also noteworthy that this record has been achieved by a team composed only of freshmen and sophomores.

Excitement has been growing not only because of winning but by the renewed interest expressed by many other students currently at Whitman and prospective freshman students.

The forensic team has gone to tournaments in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska, and enjoyed the traveling and unplanned sidelights to the trips.


Whitman News

A.     The College added 4 new professors while 2 professors retired from their respective posts

1. The retiring professors were Joseph Jerry Fogarty, Professor of Education and Paul Joseph Jackson, Professor of English.

2. The English Department hired two new professors, Walter Eric Broman and Thomas Dillon Howells as the new Professors of English.

3. In the Department of Modern Languages, Frederick Francis Santler was made the new Distinguished Professor of Modern Languages.

4. In the Department of Education, Corey J. Muse was made the new Professor of Education and Director of Testing.

B.     Donald Sheehan was college president.

C.    Two substantial donations were given to Whitman. Western Electric Co. gave $5,000 to the newly established Walter Brattain Science Center while a substantial bequest from the estate of Ed Tucker added $120,000 to the scholarship trust for needy Whitman students.

D.    Newspaper internships were made available for the first time in Whitman history. Organized by The Newspaper Fund, Inc., the internships were available for third year students.

E.     Whitman joined with 22 other schools and became associated with the Institute of European Studies, a well-known foreign study program.

F.     The Homecoming of ’73 is marked by unusual apathy since the “Fighting Missionaries” have gone without a victory for 15 games in a row.


Speech Courses

The course descriptions remained as they were the previous year, but we believe that the fundamentals course returned to its public speaking roots and the debate forum course returned to a focus on the actual preparation and practice of speech and debate.

Speech Department Description: Courses treat public speaking as a liberal art, proposing that such speaking is not a skill learned by rule but an exercise of judgment that can be no better than the speaker's understanding of the nature of the communicative acts.


SPEECH 11, 12. Fundamentals of Speech, 3 hours.

SPEECH 41. Theory and Practice of Discussion, 3 hours.

SPEECH 42. Argumentation and Persuasion, 3 hours.

SPEECH 43, 44. Debate Forum, 2 hours.

SPEECH 55, 56. Independent Study, 3 hours.


World News

A.     The whole world rocks under the Watergate scandal. Most Republicans are disturbed by the crisis into which their party has been dragged by the scandal. Calls for Nixon to resign begin to rise.

B.     Calm seems to pervade Beirut after years of hectic battles. President Suleiman Franjieh is expected to form a new government soon which will respect Lebanon’s constitutional division of power between the Christians, the Shia and the Sunni Muslims.

C.    The much awaited launching of NASA’s Skylab was soured as the space mission ran into technical difficulties immediately after its launch.

D.    The U.S. starts running a much-expected deficit in its Balance of Payments account as its lopsided trade deficit with Japan is slowly increasing.

E.     Secret peace talks between U.S. and North Vietnam resumed near Paris.

F.     Superbowl VII: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Red Skins, 14-7 in LA.

G.    President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law.

H.    American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

I.       Paul and Linda McCartney are fined 100 pounds for growing cannabis.

J.      Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love."


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1973 Photo as the team left for Pi Kappa Delta Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bill Monnette, Remy; Al Lyon, Chris Sehultheis, Kim Dupuis

In March 1973, the team traveled to the University of Nebraska and competed against 153 colleges from across the nation. Whitman received an "excellent" rating in sweepstakes, putting it in the top 20 percent of the participating schools. Next year the team will travel to the national tournament in Philadelphia.


Team Awards

Remy wrote: We won 21 trophies at 8 tournaments which were as many awards as were earned in the previous five years of Whitman forensic competition. Unfortunately, we don’t have the records from each tournament. The team was composed of 10 freshmen and sophomores who all won awards or were finalists at the tournaments. They were: Sharman Badgett, Steve Cover, Kim Dupuis, Al Lyon, Ann Medairy, Bill Monnette, Margie Schaer, Christine Schultheis, Scott Sherman and Pricilla Wyatt.