The Faculty


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Bob Withycombe, Director of Forensics



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Whitman News

A. Robert Skotheim was the college president.

B. There were 91 full-time faculty.

C. Tuition was $6,760; ASWC fees were $70; board was $1,690; room was $1,230, and books were $250 for a total of $10,000 per year.

D. Doug Sheeran was the ASWC president.

E. Al Franken and Tom David of Saturday Night Live visited the campus.

F. A study on the “Greek Problem” was commissioned.

G. The Pioneer endorsed Reagan and Bush.

H. The counseling center started a homophile discussion group.


Speech Courses

Courses remain the same but the numbers change to reflect the new system of having 100 level courses be first year level, 200 for second year level, etc.

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.


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World News

A. Walter Mondale’s polls plummeted.

B. Reagan won in a 49 state landslide with 59% of the vote.

C. The 12th anniversary of Roe v. Wade sparked a protest.

D. The threats of Hanford and radioactive waste were considered.

E. Toxic leaks at Bhopal, India caused massive illness and deaths. That followed the assassination of leader Indira Ghandi.

F. First mandatory seat belt law goes into effect in New York state.

G. Born in the USA album by Bruce Springsteen spawns 7 big hits.

H. U.S. government approved a test for detecting the HIV virus.


Team Members

Team members included David Bansmer, Jan Berman, Todd Brown, Cara Elston, Kirby Gould, David Hackett, Jon Hendrix, Erik Highberg, Nancy Hilpert, Greg Key, Kristina Lamp, Beth Long, Paul Lucas, Kelly May, Cecily McCowen, Peter Moreo, Lisa Olivarez, Pat Page, David Peters, Tim Sekerak, Glenn Simshaw, Doug Smith, Mike Summerfield, Mike Sullivan, John Watrons, Lanora Walker, Carla Widell, Rick Billien, Brian Webb, Gretchen Brask, Nate Johnson, and Terry McInnis.