The Faculty


Bob Withycombe, Director of Forensics



Whitman News

A.     Computerized food service IDs were first issued.

B.     Republican Gubernatorial hopeful, Bruce Chapman, visited Whitman to present his “80-Forward” program.

C.    There were a series of unexplained power outages on campus.

D.    The General Studies program was first proposed, with 3 focuses of study to choose from.

E.     Newly released “Breaking Away” was a favorite movie among Whitties.

F.     A campus chapter of Amnesty International was formed.

G.    ASWC lost $15,000 due to a concert cancellation.

H.    The Pioneer interviewed Timothy Leary about LSD.


Speech Courses

The department begins to shift as Bob takes the Director of Forensics position, replacing Remy Wilcox. The “Articulation and Diction” course was dropped and replaced by a “Survey of Western Rhetoric” course.

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. Fundamentals of Speech, 3 hours.

SPEECH 14. Fundamentals of Articulation and Diction, 3 hours (not taught; Bob taught the “Survey of Western Rhetoric” course)

SPEECH 43, 44. Principles and Practice of Forensics, 1 hours (individual events), 2 hours (debate).


World News

A. In the 1980 presidential campaign of Carter vs. Reagan vs. Anderson, 50 percent of Whitties said that they would vote for independent candidate John D. Anderson.

B. To commemorate the 52 hostages held in Iran for 444 days, 52 ribbons were tied around trees at the Veterans’ Hospital.

C. Nuclear war was a constant topic in the Pioneer.

D. Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Paraguay.

E. Ronald Reagan defeats Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election.

F. John Lennon is shot and killed in New York City.

G. The Iranian hostage crisis ends as Reagan assumes the Presidency.

H. The first DeLorean automobile is released in Ireland.

I. The Oakland Raiders win the Super Bowl.

J. Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.

K. The Brixton riots in England occur.


Team Awards

A. University of Oregon Speech Tournament

1. Whitman won the Aly Memorial Sweepstakes Award.

2. Tammy Grytness and Carolyn Snyder won second place in senior CEDA debate.

3.Brady Jensen and John Morrison won third place in senior CEDA debate.

4.Mike Bennett and John Burdick won third place in junior NDT debate and Bennett was fifth place speaker.

5.Samira Yunker won second place in junior oratory.

6.Kevin Loomer won fourth place in junior dramatic interpretation.

7.Kevin Gunning won fourth place in junior impromptu.

8.Megan Salzmann won fourth place in senior communication analysis.

9.Dale Weideman won fourth place in junior extemporaneous speaking.

B. Linfield College Tournament

1. Bennett and Margaret Kelly won first place in novice NDT debate and Bennett was second speaker overall.

2.Grytness and Morrison tied for third speaker in open CEDA debate.

3.Allen Wegmiller won first place in open oratory.

4.Salzmann won second place in open communication analysis.

5.Tim O’Connell won third place in open impromptu speaking.

6.Fred Kuennen and Weideman were both finalists in junior extemporaneous speaking.

7.Whitman won fourth place in sweepstakes out of 20 schools.

D.Western States Speech Tournament in San Jose, California

1. Snyder and Grytness won second place in cross-examination values debate.

2.Snyder was a finalist in oratory.

3.Yunker was a semifinalist in interpretive reading.

E.Western Washington State College Tournament

1.Yunker won first place in oratory.

2.Jensen and Morrison won second place in senior CEDA debate.

3. Brenda Cameron won third place in WWSC’s special series of speeches on William O. Douglas.

F.32nd Pi Kappa Delta National Honorary Speech Tournament in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

1.Jensen and Morrison received a “superior” rating (in the top 10 percent) in CEDA debate, finishing third out of 40 teams in the tournament. Jensen and Morrison also had the highest speaker points for any one team.

2.Jensen received a “superior” rating in both extemporaneous and impromptu speaking.

3.Grytness and Snyder received a rating of “excellent” (in the top 30 percent) in CEDA debate, finishing sixth. Grytness and Snyder also had the third highest speaker points for any one team.

4.Salzmann received a “superior” rating in group discussion and finished second. Salzmann also received an “excellent” rating in informative speaking and finished 28th.

5. Whitman received a sweepstakes rating of “excellent” and finished 23rd out of 102 schools.

G. Big Sky Invitational at the University of Montana

1.Whitman won third place in sweepstakes.

2.Kelly and Bennett won second place in NDT debate.

3.Gunning won fourth place in impromptu speaking.

4. Elaine Laramee won third place in impromptu speaking.

5.Brenda Cameron won first place in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

H. Dovell-Gose Speech Contest

1.In the men’s division, Larry Cock won first place with a speech on gasoline rationing, John C. Bunell won second place, and Jensen won third place.

2.In the women’s division, Yunker won first place with a speech on psychosurgery, Snyder won second place, and Cameron won third place.

3.Judges were professor of political science David Lauenbach, assistant director of admissions Madeline Eagon, and head resident David Hartfield.