1996-1997

 

The Faculty

 

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Jim Hanson, Director of Forensics

 

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Bob Withycombe, Department Chair

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Jared Phillips, Policy Assistant

Loan Lam, Volunteer Forensics Assistant

 

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Dan Lair, Parliamentary-IE Assistant

 

 

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The team expanded in its efforts to do well nationally during this year. Adam and Sean went to the NDT with Becky Galentine. Dan Lair took Isaac Kamola, Jason Smith, David Kearney, and Kristofer Peterson to the Carroll-Northwest swing. On the right side, you can see Leah, Even, Akshay, David, Jason, and David.

 

Whitman News

        Tom Cronin is President.
        David Deal is Dean of Faculty.
        Greer Bevel is student body president.
        Jim Hanson is the debate coach.
        Robert Withycombe is Professor of Speech and Chair of the Rhetoric and Public Address department.
        Whitman hires a record 25 new faculty members: Ann Albritton, Professor of Art History, Lorraine Bayard de Volo, Professor of Politics, Mark Beck- Physics, Halefom Belay-Economics, Thom Chesney- English, Catherine Crosslin- basketball coach, Cynthia Damer-Biology, Christopher Dunlap-Analytic Chemist, Scot Feller-Chemist, Michael Forman-Politics, Tess Gallagher-visiting english professor, Carson Roberts-Physics, Amy Rosner-Psychology, Patrick Saveau-French, James Scepansky-Psychology, Laura and Albert Schuller -mathematics professors, Allen Shelton-Sociology, Jeffrey Sarrbaum -economics professor, Liang Shi-Chinese, Dean Snider-Women's Volleyball coach, George Wei -visiting Asian History professor, Julie Gifford -religion, Steven Schvaneveldt -chemistry. Travis Feezel -baseball coach and Brandt Houston as men's soccer coach.
 

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Jessie Sherwood and Bob Withycombe watch as Jim listens to a question at the high school tournament that he just canít believe someone asked. The high school tournament grew much larger this year.

 
The Old Music Building is scheduled to be renovated, and a new multi-media center will be opened. By the end of the year, it is clear that the Speech department and forensics teams will be moving to the new building.
 
Sherwood undergoes significant renovations
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Kristofer Peterson was the intramural debate coordinator for the 1996-1997 year. 
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Here, Paul debates Peter.
 

Speech Courses

CHANGE: Bob returned from sabbatical. Rhetoric 110 description was changed. Political campaign course added. Rhetorical Criticism renamed Critiquing Criticism. Bob moved his office to Olin 339.

 

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 Public Address, 4 hours.

SPEECH 210, Advanced Public Address

SPEECH 221, Public Address in Intercollegiate Forensics, 1 or 2 hours

SPEECH 222, Debating in Intercollegiate Forensics, 1 or 2 hours

SPEECH 270. Persuasion, Agitation and Social Movements, 4 hours.

SPEECH 370. Seminar: Western Rhetorical Thinking, 4 hours.

SPEECH 379, 380. Special Topics Courses. Critiquing Criticism, Freedom of Speech, Background of African American Protest Rhetoric, Argumentation in the Law, Politics and Society, Political Campaign: Persuading America

SPEECH 401, 402. Independent Study.

 

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Fall 1996 was a major outreach effort on the part of the forensics program and rhetoric department. Here, Bob and Jim join President Tom Cronin and Professor Mary Hanna for a discussion of the 1996 Presidential campaign. The team also hosted a reunion and the British debaters on campus.

 

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Stephen and Simone from Britain joined us for a debate with Jason Smith and Sean Harris to a full crowd in Olin 157. Loan, Jared, and Ryan enjoy a party at Bob Withycombeís house in honor of the visiting Brits.

 

World News

        Presidential Campaign between Dole and Clinton. The Pio ran a lot of political ads.
        Whitman ups support for victims of sexual misconduct.
        U.S Ambassador to Kuwait and Whitman Alumnus Ryan C. Crocker visits Whitman to hold a lecture on the U. S foreign policy in the Middle East
        Whitman welcomes the former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to give a lecture in Cordiner Hall.
        The UN General Assembly endorsed a treaty on September 10 that would end nuclear weapons testing.
        Israel: Fighting erupted in Israel between Israeli and the Palestinians after the government completed an opening to an archeological tunnel near the third holiest Islamic shrine.
        Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan soldiers increased forces around a northern rebel stronghold during a siege that has killed 700 people.
        Zaire: The civil war is intensifying in Zaire is looking on Morocco for support against the rebels.
        A cry for Democracy is coming out of Serbia, where Slobodan Milosevic and the rest of the Socialist Party have been accused of committing massive poll fraud. 
        Serbian students protest their own government.
        Ralph Nader of the Green Party is an unofficial candidate for president this election.

 

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Jessica, Matt, David, and Lisa waiting for the start of a team meeting.

This was the last year of the main meetings during the Hanson years. After this point, Jim did meetings via e-mail on the teamís listserv although the team still met but for much shorter times.

 

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The team hosted alumni of the speech and debate team.

 

Team Awards

The debate team attended 20 tournaments this year; including sending 6 debaters to the national Parliamentary debate Association Championship Tournament in Kansas. Sean Harris and sophomore Adam Symonds qualify for the prestigious National Debate tournament held at Liberty University in Virginia, in which they finished the 17th in the nation and advanced into elimination rounds. Chiasha Dickens and Kristofer Peterson qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament held in Austin, Texas. Jason Liu and Jessika Clarke, first year students, also advanced to triple-octafinals, which Hanson describes as "phenomenal for a first year team." On the trip to Colorado, Peterson and junior David Kearny, who were 8th and 20th speakers, finished 9th in the nation. Jason Smith and Dave Perry took first place at 2 different tournaments. The squad took second place among Northwest Forensics Conference Division One Schools. Eleven debate teams advanced to elimination rounds at one tournament, and Dickens' persuasive speech took first place in fourteen consecutive rounds. The CEDA debaters completed the year among the top 31 schools in the nation for CEDA sweepstakes and among the top 25 for National Debate Tournament Sweepstakes. The parliamentary debaters ended the year as the number 10 NPDA team in the Nation.
 
POLICY DEBATE (This is the first year that CEDA and NDT combined topics)

Team

Division

Prelim

Win %

Elim

Win %

Awards

Harris-Symonds

Senior

54-27

67%

8-8

50%

5th (L & C), 2nd (UO), 17th (UCO), 5th (PLU), 1st (Willamette), 17th (SIU), 5th (Whitman), 5th (NW CEDA Champs), 17th (CEDA Nats)

Clarke-Liu

Junior

15-5

75%

2-3

40%

2nd (L & C), 9th (UO), 9th (UU)

Johnson-Stiffler

Junior

10-2

84%

1-2

34%

3rd (L & C), 9th (UO)

Elegant-Briggs

Junior

4-2

67%

1-0

100%

3rd (L & C)

Carlson-Beyl

Junior

4-2

67%

0-1

0%

5th ( L & C)

Elegant-St. Lawrence

Senior

2-4

34%

Carlson-Beyl

Senior

3-3

50%

Johnson-Carlson

Senior

26-28

49%

0-1

0%

5th (Whitman)

Clarke-Liu

Senior

25-21

55%

0-4

0%

5th (PLU), 3rd (Willamette), 17th (SIU), 33rd (CEDA Nats)

Beyl-Uhrich

Senior

1-5

17%

Beyl-Briggs

Junior

14-6

70%

0-2

0%

9th (UU), 3rd (WWU)

Beyl-Stiffler

Junior

3-3

50%

0-1

0%

2nd (Willamette)

Beyl-Briggs

Senior

2-4

34%

Overall

163-112

60%

12-22

36%

 

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE

Team

Division

Prelim Record

Win Percentage

Elim Record

Elim Percentage

Awards

David Kearney and Kristofer Peterson

Senior

25-19

57%

6-3

67%

NPDA Nationals: 9th! 1st, 5th, 5th

Kristofer Peterson and Isaac Kamola

Senior

5-1

83%

0-1

0%

Jason Smith and Dave Perry

Senior

32-17

65%

7-3

70%

9th, 1st, 5th, 1st

Dave Perry and partner

Senior

2-4

33%

Jason Smith and Isaac Kamola

Senior

5-1

83%

1-1

50%

5th

Isaac Kamola and Akshay Garg

Senior and Junior

19-19

50%

2-2

50%

9th, 3rd

Chiasha Dickens and Anea Barer

Novice

2-4

33%

Lea Rees and Evan Bartlett

Junior

8-8

50%

2-1

67%

9th, 1st

David Kearney and Chiasha Dickens

Senior

3-3

50%

James Kuwahara and Derek Banducci

Junior

2-4

33%

Tim Clairmont and Karen Skantze

Junior

4-2

67%

0-1

0%

5th

Abby St. Lawrence and Peter Stiffler

Junior

4-2

67%

0-1

0%

5th

Courtney Whitmore and Vivian Beebe

Junior

4-2

67%

0-1

0%

5th

Chiasha Dickens and Ryan Cooper

Novice

3-3

50%

2-1

67%

2nd

Rodney Gibson and Anea Barer

Novice

1-5

17%

Ashley Gelvin and Brett Kmiec

Novice

3-3

50%

1-1

50%

3rd

Paul Newell and Steve Putt

Novice

5-1

83%

0-1

0%

5th

Jessica Palmer and Chris Gregory

Novice

3-3

50%

Karen Hedrick (Lane College) and Tara Kerr

Novice

6-0

100%

1-1

50%

3rd

David Kearney and Kari Uhrich

Senior

3-1

75%

0-1

0%

3rd

Overall

 

139-102

58%

22-19

54%

 

Lewis and Clark (NFC) 10 points; Carroll College 17 points; Pacific Lutheran University 13 points; Willamette University (NFC) 12 points; Western Washington University 10 points; Whitman College (NFC) 18 points; Regis 9 points

 

NPDA Sweepstakes Points 60 (top 4 tournaments)

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

Speaker

Division

Event

Award (Leg)

Adam Symonds

Junior

Extemp

2nd, 2nd

Akshay Garg

Novice

Extemp

2nd

Akshay Garg

Novice

Impromptu

2nd

Amanda Elegant

Junior

Extemp

Finalist

Anea Barer

Junior

Prose

Finalist

Chiasha Dickens

Novice

Persuasion

3rd

Chiasha Dickens

Junior

Persuasion

2nd

Chiasha Dickens

Senior

Persuasion

1st, 1st ,1st, 3rd (all legs) (NIET qualification)

Chiasha Dickens

Senior

Informative

3rd (leg), 4th (NIET qualification)

Chiasha Dickens

Novice

Impromptu

4th

Chiasha Dickens

Junior

Impromptu

2nd, Finalist

Chiasha Dickens and Evan Bartlett

Senior

Duo-Interp

5th

Dave Perry

Junior

Extemp

Finalist

Dave Perry

Senior

NFA LD

1st

David Kearney

Junior

Impromptu

3rd

David Kearney

Senior

Impromptu

1st, Semis, Finalist, Semis, 4th

David Kearney

Junior

Extemp

Finalist, Finalist

Isaac Kamola

Junior

Impromptu

Finalist

Isaac Kamola

Senior

Poetry

4th (Leg), 3rd (Leg), 5th, 2nd (leg), 7th

Jason Smith

Senior

Impromptu

Semis

Jason Smith

Senior

After Dinner

3rd, Finalist, 2nd,

Karen Skantze

Junior

Persuasion

2nd

Kristofer Peterson

Senior

Extemp

2nd (Leg), 1st (Leg), 1st (Leg), 2nd (leg), 7th, 6th (NIET Qualification)

Kristofer Peterson

Senior

Impromptu

2nd, 6th (leg)

Kristofer Peterson

Senior

Communication Analysis

2nd, 3rd, 4th (leg), 1st (leg), 2nd (leg) (NIET Qualification)

Kristofer Peterson

Senior

William O. Douglas

Finalist

Lara Clarke

Junior

Dramatic Interp

3rd

Lea Rees

Senior

Persuasion

2nd

Stephanie Van Dyke

Novice

Informative

2nd