Bob Withycombe, Director of Forensics
Pete Messer, Assistant Director
A. New faculty staff and administrators joined Whitman.
1. Professor Edward Dixon joined Whitman Music Department. He conducted the Whitman College Chamber Orchestra, taught cello, string bass and music theory.
2. Paul Hoornbeek was a visiting professor of English.
3. Rory Cornish was a visiting professor of
4. Tom Olson was the new ski coach added to Whitman College Athletic Department.
5. New visiting professor Joe Thomas joined
6. Barbara Panzl began
7. James B. Nicola was
B. Keith Promisel was the student body president during the fall semester, and Jodi Hanson was elected in spring as the new student body president.
C. David Maxwell was the college president.
D. Bob Withycombe
was the debate coach of
E. Pete Messer was hired as a part time debate coach.
F. The big debate was whether Whitman College should enact curriculum changes particularly to its general studies program.
G. Tuition increased 10% to provide money to meet college needs.
H. Smoking was restricted in the SUB because of a petition of 140 students.
I. Alcohol was banned at interest house ACs.
J. Whitman students react to War in the
K. Senator Slade Gorton visited
L. The pioneer ran ads about Nutri/system and weight loss centers.
M. A four phase Student Life Enhancement Project started. The project included building a new central dining facility, renovating both Lyman and Prentiss and building a campus field house. The central dining facility and the campus field house were never done.
N. Penrose Library underwent some changes and improvements as well. A new library system was installed, worth nearly $200,000.
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.
SPEECH 379, 380. Special Topics Courses. (Not offered)
SPEECH 401, 402. Independent Study.
A. ANC and other antiapartheid forces saw the
economic isolation of
B. On January 16, one day after the deadline
President Bush had given to Saddam Hussein for withdrawing from
C. Iraq invaded Kuwait.
D. In response, The U.S. went to war with Iraq in the first Persian Gulf War.
started all over the
F. After a quick victory, on February 27 Bush ordered cease-fire and Iraq agreed to meet all the UN demands and to leave Kuwait.
G. Turmoil and unrest in a changing China following Tiananmen.
H. South Africa begins ending all apartheid laws.
A. This year’s debate topic was: “Resolved: That government censorship of public artistic expression in the United States is an undesirable infringement on individual rights.”
B. Intercollegiate debate
1. Five debate teams competed at
2. Twenty-one schools participated at
3. Twenty-seven schools participated at the Whitman College tournament held on campus in the beginning of March. Whitman was placed the third. In individual events Junior Derek Buescher finished first in Senior division impromptu, Todd Myers finished 1st in After Dinner Speech and fourth in Communication Analysis, Jean Tobin finished fourth in Senior division Persuasion and Jason Lillis finished fourth in Senior Persuasion. Three Whitman debate teams reached finalist rounds. In the junior division Jennifer Becker and Christian Olson, Todd Myers and Greg Schnorr reached quarter finals in open division, and the team of Derek Buescher and Charlotte Smith reached the semifinal round.
4. At the beginning of the spring break
5. 150 schools competed in the debate