Jim Hanson, Director of Forensics
Bob Withycombe, Department Chair
Geof Brodak, Parliamentary-IE Assistant
Abby St. Lawrence, Student Assistant and Intramural Debate Coordinator
J.P. Lacy, Policy Assistant
The team’s 2000 picture.
At left Nicholas Thomas and Jim Hanson
On the stairs (left to right beginning with the front row)
Keola Whittaker, Brian Simmonds, Jessica Clarke
Charles Olney, Emily Cordo, Scott Daniel
J.P. Lacy, Mario Cava, Natalie Havlina
Lauren Ritter, Denice Kelley, Bona Sherifi
Todd Borden, Thad Blank, Brian Danielson
Brian Ward, Geof Brodak
J.P.: Good morning!
Denice, Thad, Emily, Todd, and Keola
· Tom Cronin, College President
· Jim Hanson Director of Forensics and Debate Coach.
· Abby St. Lawrence, Whitman Forensics Assistant
· Geof Brodak, Assistant Parliamentary and IE Coach
· J.P. Lacy, Policy Assistant Coach
· Jennifer Burgess is the student body president.
· Professor Shampa Biswass is hired as a tenure-track professor within the Politics department.
· Jochen Wierich joins the art department as a visiting professor.
· Penrose Library is under construction.
· Planning for a new student center is under way.
· The Pio is running adds on Starbucks and Coffee Perks, Little Ceasers, cell phones.
Policy team photo near the creek.
CHANGE: The 210 course, advanced public address, is dropped due to low enrollment. 121 is renamed “practicum” and given a different description to avoid confusion that it is a prerequisite to 221 and 222. Argument in the Law and Politics is the new name for the argument course and it is now cross-listed in Politics. Rhetoric 370 is divided into Rhetoric 371 Classical and Rhetoric 372 Contemporary. 371 is cross-listed in the Classics department. All course descriptions were slightly revised to fit with a campus wide rewording of the catalog. Independent Study is now split with 401 for Bob and 402 for Jim. Rhetoric 240 is now cross listed with American Ethnic studies.
Courses treat Rhetoric and Public Address as a liberal art, proposing that such communication is not a skill learned by rule but an exercise of judgment that can be no better than the communicator's understanding of the nature of the communicative acts.
The Rhetoric or Public Address minor: A minimum of twenty credits in Rhetoric and Public Address that consists of course work in two areas of study: (A) a four credit Performance requirement to be satisfied through Rhetoric 110, 210, or four credits of Rhetoric 221 or 222; (B) a sixteen credit Theory, Criticism, and Case Study requirement to be satisfied through Rhetoric 240, 270, 370, 379, and 380. Up to four credits of departmentally approved Rhetoric 401 and 402 may be taken to satisfy the Theory, Criticism, and Case Study requirement. Minor modifications in this program may be made with the approval of the department.
RHETORIC 110. Fundamentals of Public Address, 4 hours.
RHETORIC 121, Intercollegiate Forensics Practicum, 1 hour
RHETORIC 221, Public Address in Intercollegiate Forensics, 2 hours
RHETORIC 222, Debating in Intercollegiate Forensics, 2 hours
RHETORIC 240, Rhetorical Explorations: Gender, Class and Race, 4 hours
RHETORIC 270. Persuasion, Agitation and Social Movements, 4 hours.
RHETORIC 371. Classical Western Rhetorical Theory, 4 hours.
RHETORIC 372. Contemporary Western Rhetorical Theory, 4 hours.
RHETORIC 379, 380. Special Topics Courses. Rhetorical
Criticism, Freedom of Rhetoric, Background of African American Protest
Rhetoric, Argument in the Law and Politics, Rhetorical Study of Kenneth Burke,
Political Campaign Rhetoric: Persuading
RHETORIC 401, 402. Independent Study.
· January 13 - After 13 years of playing NBA basketball, superstar Michael Jordan announces his second retirement from basketball.
· February 2 - Hugo Chávez becomes President of Venezuela.
24 - NATO launches air strikes against the
· April 5 - In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder, in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the apparent hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard.
· April 20 - Columbine High School massacre: Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, open fire on their teachers and classmates, killing 12 students and 1 teacher, and then themselves.
17 - Ehud Barak is elected prime minister of
· August 9 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
· September 7 - Viacom-CBS merger
· October 13 - The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
· November 30 - Exxonmobil Corporation merger was completed, and formed the largest company in the world.
For the 27th year Whitman College hosts the high school tournament. 54 high schools will participate.
The team is made of 26 regular traveling members and 11 newcomers. 90% of the team is made of sophomores or first year students. This year’s team is the largest so far.
Last year’s squad finished 6th in CEDA, 11th in NDT and 19th in NPDA rankings. The team of Clarke and Symonds took first place in CEDA national championship.
year Jessica Clarke is partnered with freshmen Charles Olney. The top policy
team of Olney and Clarke captured first place in senior policy debate at
February Whitman’s debaters were spread throughout the country in 3 different
tournaments. The majority of the team traveled to
teams that attended Point Loma, Borden and his partner Gabe McGuire took 17th
in the Parliamentary division, while Senior Brandt Olson placed 6th
in the Lincoln Douglas event. Senior Jessika Clarke
and first year Charles Olney placed 9th in the very prestigious
Northwestern tournament in
Whitman debate team ended the season impressively, placing in the top 20 in 3
nationwide debate tournaments during the spring break. The team finished 10th
overall in the Parliamentary National Debate tournament in
Denice Kelley did very well during the 1999-2000 year as a frosh.
Western Scrimmage; 2nd, Lewis and Clark; 1st, U.
Jessica Clarke and Charles Olney: 1st,
Western Scrimmage; 2nd, Lewis & Clark; 1st, U.
Courtney Gardner and Emily Cordo: 5th,
Lewis and Clark; 5th, U.
Thad Blank and Emily Cordo: 5th,
Brian Simmonds and Thad Blank:
5th, Western Scrimmage, 5th, U.
Brian Simmonds and BrianWard: 3rd, WWU; 1st, NFC-Whitman; 5th, CEDA Champs
Keola Whittaker and Brian Ward: 5th,
Lewis and Clark; 1st, U
Nicholas Thomas and Scott Daniel: 1st,
Lauren Ritter and Mario Cava: 3rd, NFC-Whitman
Overall 2nd, Lewis & Clark; 3rd, NFC-Whitman; 10th, NPDA Nationals
Brant Olson and Jenni Burgess: 9th,
Lewis & Clark; 9th, U.
Brant Olson and Keola Whittaker: 1st, PLU; 33rd, Parli Nationals
Gary VanDenBerg and Brian Danielson: 9th,
Brian Danielson and Denice Kelly: 9th, NW Parli Champs; 33rd, NPDA Nationals
Todd Borden and Gabe McGuire: 2nd, Lewis and Clark; 17th, Pt. Loma; 2nd, NFC-Whitman
Denice Kelley and Mark Lanning: 1st,
Denice Kelley and Natalie Havlina: 5th, WWU
Brant Olson and Maggie Malone: 9th, Air Force
Individual Events Awards
Brian Danielson: Junior Impromptu:
Finalist, Lewis and Clark, 2nd, U.
Brian Simmonds: NFA LD, 2nd, Air Force; Extemp-LD, 2nd, NFC-Whitman
Brant Olson: NFA LD, 5th, Air Force; Extemp-LD, 3rd, NFC-Whitman
Courtney Gardner: Novice Extemp, 2nd, Lewis and Clark
Gabe McGuire: Junior Extemp, 3rd, Lewis and Clark; Finalist, NFC-Whitman; Junior Impromptu: 1st, Lewis and Clark
Gary VanDenBerg: Junior Extemp: 1st,
Lewis & Clark; Finalist, U.
Junior Impromptu, 3rd, U.
Senior Impromptu, 1st, U.
Mark Lanning: Novice Impromptu,
1st, Lewis and Clark; 3rd, U.
Meredith Johnson: Novice Extemp, 1st, Lewis and Clark
Novice Extemp, Finalist, U.
Denice Kelly: Junior Impromptu, Finalist, PLU; 1st, NFC-Whitman; Junior Persuasion, 2nd, WWU; Junior Extemp, 2nd, WWU; Senior Persuasion, 3rd, NFC-Whitman;
Mario Cava: Junior Extemp, 2nd, NFC-Whitman
Brian Ward: Junior Extemp-LD, 1st, NFC-Whitman
Scott Daniel: Junior Extemp-LD, 1st, NFC-Whitman