Bob Withycombe, Director of Forensics
Front row, from the left, Keith Wells, Paul Saxegoord, Elaine Laromee, Mike Bennett (in front), Hoku Fagerroos, Kevin Loomer
Second row, from the left, Glenn Simshaw, Aaron Forsberg, Paul Lucas, Leola Weimer, Pat Page, Dave Bansmer
Third row, from the left, Lisa Olivarez, Cecily McCowen, Carla Widell, Rich Bollin, Kern Maresso, Tim Sekerak, Jan Berman, further to the right, Coach Bob Withycombe
The 1983-84 Forensic Team
had a most successful season! About 30 students traveled to 14 tournaments in 5
states during the season, In October the team won our own Invitational
Tournament and the
For the season, Whitman won every Northwest tournament we attended; won, for the second year in a row, the Northwest Forensic Conference Division I sweepstakes award; placed fifth in the nation in value debate; second in the nation in individual events; and had the outstanding speaker in the nation, Pat Page, for the second consecutive year. Individuals won over 100 awards for speech and debate this year.
No other college or
university in the country that placed in the top ten teams at the National
Individual Events Tournament also placed in the top ten in value debate. This
indicated both the depth and the diversity of the speech team at
A. The college added seven faculty to permanent positions.
1. The politics department hired Dr.
Gregory J. Kasza from
2. Drs. Lynn Dumenil and Clarke A. Colahan, as well as Akeri Takemoto joined the literature department.
3. Dr. R. Pete Parcells, a visiting professor the previous year, was appointed to a permanent position as an assistant professor of economics.
4. Carol R. Gabriel became an instructor in the philosophy department.
B. Receiving temporary jobs at the college were Michael Baim, chemistry; Caroline Weiler and Steven Wolfe, biology; Richard A. Burke, dramatic art; Miranda Warburton, anthropology; Robin Peterson, French; Charles Cleveland, sociology; and Charles Kincaid, a visiting lecturer in geology.
C. Kevin Koertje was the ASWC president.
D. Robert A. Skotheim was the college president.
E. Russell J. Deremer was the dean of students.
F. Topics discussed by the students on campus included the draft and the quality of Barry Manilow’s “music.”
G. North Hall was turned into student housing.
H. The Fine Arts Interest House was founded.
I. Work began on the New Hall of Music.
J. The Alpha Chi sorority surrendered its charter after failing to rush enough members.
K. The college had 1,230 students enrolled, the most in the school’s history.
L. Jim Hanson competed at his first college debate tournament in October at Whitman College. Jim competed for Western Washington University.
Courses remain the same but the numbers change.
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 110. Fundamentals of Speech, 3 hours.
SPEECH 221, 222. Principles and Practice of Forensics, 1 hours (individual events), 2 hours (debate).
SPEECH 270. Argumentation and Persuasion, 3 hours.
SPEECH 370. Seminar: Western Rhetorical Thinking, 3 hours.
A. On September 1, two Russian fighter jets shot down a Korean passenger plane which had strayed into Russian airspace.
B. President Reagan made the decision to
C. In El Salvador, the
D. In the
E. The U.S. invaded Grenada.
F. Sally Ride becomes the first U.S. woman in space.
G. Toxic leak at Bhopal in India killing and sickening many people.
A. During the year, 30 students competed.
B. Whitman attended 14 tournaments in five states.
C. In October, the team won the Whitman tournament with 154 points.
1. In junior CEDA debate, Lyanda Haupt and Carla Widell placed first with an 8-0 record, Brian Webb and Leola Weimer placed second with a 6-2 record, and Tim Sekarak and Kristin Lamp took third with a 5-2 record.
2. In open CEDA debate, David Bansmer and Jan Berman placed second while Todd Brown and John Watrons won third.
D. Whitman also won the
E. In January, the team won the
F. In February, the team won the Western
G. In March the team won the outstanding
team award at the NIET qualifying tournament at
H. Whitman placed fifth in the nation in CEDA debate and second in the nation in individual events.