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2008-09 News Page

 

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Whitman News Release: Team Succeeds 2008-09

Debate Program Update Fall 2008—Jim’s Email to Campus. 1

No more tubs — Whitman’s winning debate team the greenest in the country (Whitman Article, Lenel Parish) 3

No more tubs — Whitman Debate Team goes paperless (Whitman Article, Lenel Parish) 4

The Team Goes Paperless—Jim’s Email to Campus. 4

 

 

 

Debate Program Update Fall 2008—Jim’s Email to Campus

 

Whitman's debate program has had a great fall semester with teams in elimination rounds at every tournament we have attended and we are currently the Number One combined Parliamentary and Policy debate program in the country, clearly ahead of U Wyoming and UC Berkeley, our biggest competitors. Whitman is currently ranked 10th in the nation in NPDA Parliamentary debate and 15th in the nation in NDT Varsity rankings.

 

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Nate Cohn, Allison Humble, Lewis Silver.

 

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Jon Riley, Nick Griffin

In Policy Debate, two highlights among many:
Junior Nate Cohn and Sophomore Daniel Straus are ranked among the top teams in the country having been in semis at Georgia State and octafinals at Kentucky and Wake Forest.

Frosh Tom Friedenbach and Adam McKibben have been in finals of both JV divisions they have attended. They look to uphold Whitman’s 8th of out 9 tries to win JV division over the past 10 years at the University of Southern California tournament.

The Policy program is debating whether agriculture subsidies should be cut.

 

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The Policy Debaters showing their “hardware” from the Idaho State tournament where six of our seven teams advanced to elimination rounds.

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Most of the Fall 2008 Parli-IE Team showing their awards from the PLU tournament where 7 teams advanced to elims.

In Parliamentary Debate, a few highlights:
We have dominated novice and junior division. Frosh John-Henry Heckendorn and Junior Galen Phillips won novice at two tournaments. Frosh Drake Skaggs and senior Roman Goerss took first in JV at UPS. Frosh Tom Friedenbach and Sophomore Harry Hixon took first in JV at Lewis and Clark. In all, Whitman won every single Novice and JV division it attended this fall.
In Senior division, Whitman’s young team is moving up. Sophomore Chris Fleming and frosh Paul Wyatt are currently ranked 51st in the country, and sophomores Joel Wilson and Nigel Ramoz-Leslie were in elims at the national circuit Pacific tournament.

The Parliamentary program debated a wide variety of issues at their tournaments.

 

The squad is looking forward to tournaments at the University of Southern California and Cal State Fullerton, Washburn, Weber, Western Washington, and UC Berkeley as the second semester begins.

More information at our newly updated web page is at:

http://www.whitman.edu/rhetoric/000forensics.htm

 

 

No more tubs — Whitman’s winning debate team the greenest in the country (Whitman Article, Lenel Parish)

First place is no stranger to the members of Whitman’s Debate Team, but this fall they took the lead in a new race: Whitman’s paperless debaters are the greenest in the country.

Whitman has been one of the most technologically advanced programs in the country for many years, said Jim Hanson, professor of forensics and debate coach. Until this fall, however, the team still printed thousands of pages of research materials that needed to be transported to every tournament in large, cumbersome plastic tubs

Hanson planned to move toward computer-only debate in the 2009-2010 academic year, but the airline industry’s implementation of ever-higher fees for luggage--and large plastic tubs of paper--jump-started the effort to go paperless. Determined cutting-edge macro programming by Aaron Hardy, policy debate coach, and the team’s willingness to try, said Hanson, have the team debating off laptops this fall.

“The switch is saving trees and printing costs, and it has made getting to and from tournaments much easier,” said Hanson, three-time debate coach of the year (once national, once Washington State and a third from a Pepperdine tournament.) “We’ve talked to many other teams interested in moving to paperless debating.” A Denver team made an attempt several years ago, but without the macro program for setting up speaking documents that Whitman now has, and didn’t catch on.

The paperless condition seems to agree with his team. “In policy debate Nate Cohn ’10 and Daniel Straus ’11 won seven debates in a row to advance to the semi-finals at the national circuit Georgia State tournament. This third-place showing followed a fifth place showing at the season opener at Gonzaga University. Five other Whitman teams were among the upper seeds at the tournament including sophomore Nick Griffin ’11 and Jon Riley ’12, Lewis Silver ’10 and Allison Humble ’12, Dave Mathews ’10 and Ali Edwards ’10, Spencer Janyk ’10 and Blake Barnett ’12, and Brian Cole ’12 and Alex Zendeh’12.

The policy teams are debating whether agriculture subsidies should be cut. In parliamentary debate, said Hanson, Whitman advanced seven teams into elimination rounds at the season opener at Pacific Lutheran University, more than any other school at the tournament. The team was led by new parliamentary debate and individual events coach Mike Meredith ’08.

Whitman absolutely dominated the novice division going 22-2. John-Henry Heckendorn ’12 and Galen Phillips ’10 won the novice division. Genevieve Venable ’12 and Tim Wilder ’12 took second. Charlie Weems ’12 and Michael Bell ’11 placed third, and Peter Qualtere-Burcher ’12 and Sara Rasmussen ’12 placed fifth. In the senior division, Whitman advanced three teams to the octa-finals: Brie Coyle ’09 and Ali Edwards ’10, Chris Fleming ’11 and Paul Wyatt ’12, and Dave Mathews ’10 and Carson Booth ’09. At the tournament, Whitman’s parliamentary debaters talked about the issues of free trade, green buildings, renewable energy, and relations with Russia and Iran. The squad is looking forward to tournaments at the University of Kentucky; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Idaho State University and University of Puget Sound during October.

 

 

No more tubs — Whitman Debate Team goes paperless (Whitman Article, Lenel Parish)

Description: hansonjimFirst place is no stranger to the members of Whitman’s Debate Team, but this fall they took the lead in a new race: Whitman’s paperless debaters are the greenest in the country.

Whitman has been one of the most technologically advanced programs in the country for many years, said Jim Hanson, professor of forensics and debate coach. Until this fall, however, the team still printed thousands of pages of research materials that needed to be transported to every tournament in large, cumbersome plastic tubs.

Hanson planned to move toward computer-only debate in the 2009-2010 academic year, but the airline industry’s implementation of ever-higher fees for luggage — and large plastic tubs of paper — jump-started the effort to go paperless. Determined, cutting-edge macro programming by Aaron Hardy, policy debate coach, and the team’s willingness to try, said Hanson, have the team debating with laptops this fall.

“The switch is saving trees and printing costs, and it has made getting to and from tournaments much easier,” said Hanson, three-time debate coach of the year (once national, once Washington State and a third from a Pepperdine tournament.) “We’ve talked to many other teams interested in moving to paperless debating.” A Denver team made an attempt several years ago, but without the macro program for setting up speaking documents that Whitman now has, so it didn’t catch on.

 

 

 

The Team Goes Paperless—Jim’s Email to Campus

Whitman's debate program is off to a great start and lit up the nation's imagination for the future with paperless debating. For years, Whitman has been one of the most technologically advanced programs in the country but we still printed off hundreds, indeed, thousands of pages of meticulously researched materials produced by members of the program each year. With some programming help of Aaron Hardy, our Policy Debate coach, and a willingness to try, we are debating off laptops. The switch is saving trees, saving us printing costs, cutting back on rental vehicle costs and plane baggage fees, and makes getting to and from tournaments much less of a hassle. We've taken many questions and requests for moving to paperless debating from other programs.

 

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The old way—tubs with hundreds of pages of paper files.

 

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The new way—files on laptops. Debaters read their materials off the laptops and share evidence with their opponents with laptops.

In Policy Debate:
Paperless debating is not hurting our team's success. Junior Nate Cohn and Sophomore Daniel Straus won 7 in a row to advance to semi-finals at the national circuit Georgia State tournament. That third place finish followed a fifth place showing at the season beginner at Gonzaga University where they lost to the top team in the country in quarterfinals. Five other Whitman teams were among the upper seeds at the tournament including sophomore Nick Griffin and frosh Jon Riley, junior Lewis Silver and frosh Allison Humble, junior Dave Mathews and junior Ali Edwards, junior Spencer Janyk and frosh Blake Barnett, and frosh Brian Cole and frosh Alex Zendeh.

The Policy program is debating whether agriculture subsidies should be cut.

Blake had this to say about his involvement with the program: "Policy debate has extended the horizons of my academic experience far beyond the class room. Hours of research have given me in-depth education on everything from the factors of the current food crisis to the philosophical implications of living in a 'constructed world.' I am truly a more informed citizen on issues I didn't even know existed before getting involved."

 

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Most of the Policy Team Fall 2008

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Most of the Fall 2008 Parli-IE Team

In Parliamentary Debate:
Led by new parliamentary debate and individual events coach Mike Meredith '08, Whitman advanced 7 teams into elimination rounds at the season opener at Pacific Lutheran University, more than any other school at the tournament. Whitman absolutely dominated novice division going 22-2. Frosh John-Henry Heckendorn and Junior Galen Phillips won the novice division along with second place winners frosh Genevieve Venable and frosh Tim Wilder. Frosh Charlie Weems and sophomore Michael Bell placed third. Frosh Peter Qualtere-Burcher and frosh Sara Rasmussen placed fifth.
In Senior division, Whitman advanced three teams to the octa-finals including Senior Brie Coyle and Junior Ali Edwards, sophomore Chris Fleming and frosh Paul Wyatt, and junior Dave Mathews and senior Carson Booth.

The Parliamentary program debated free trade, green buildings, renewable energy, relations with Russia, and relations with Iran at the tournament.

Ali said this about parliamentary debate: "The great thing about parli debate is that it encourages quick critical thinking. Since there is very little prep time, you have to learn to process arguments and responses simultaneously. It makes you keep up on current events since you have a new topic every round; you end up learning a great breadth of information."

The squad is looking forward to tournaments at the University of Kentucky, Las Vegas, Lewis and Clark, Idaho State, and Puget Sound during October.