Vol. 12, No. 1, December, 2005
Whitman Wins National Circuit Tournament and Breaks 7 teams!
exceptionally well at the Pepperdine tournament
breaking all 7 policy debate teams into elimination rounds and winning both
Open and Junior divisions. The squad overcame trying travel difficulties
including a delayed plane flight, no rental vans, and lost hotel
reservations. The topic this year advocates the
lost very competitive Octafinals.
Eric Suni and Matt walked over Eric Chalfant and Mike in the Octas,
Eric S. and Matt Steve, Ross, Luke (hidden), Aaron, Jim, Mike, Sam;
front Eric C., Meghan, Candi, and Jake
Whitman wins the Lewis-Clark St. Tournament
While most college students
were putting together their costumes for Halloween festivities, most of
Whitman’s parliamentary debaters headed off on a short trip to
Rob Olsen and
Jaemal and Ben
Whitman-Seattle UDL Debates
On Sunday, December 4,
2005, 14 of
Eric C, Andrew, Mike, Steve, Joe Jim and Dave
James, Andrew, Rob, Jeff Annie and Sally Hugo
The annual Holiday Party
Jim hosted the team party again this year. Matt Schissler’s ginger-garlic salmon, Jim’s curry green beans, Ravioli, a pot roast, plus tons of appetizers, and desserts highlighted the food. The gift exchange produced an unusual assortment of gifts. From books to beverages to Applebee’s coupons, this year’s gifts were pretty darn good. Still, there were worst gifts winners including recipients of personal cleaning supplies and a brownie mix. The stocking tradition was continued with sticky pads, pens, tape, candies, toy horses, and rubber balls included. The team watched episodes of several favorite T.V. shows and just had a good time.
Dave, Ross, and Jeff talk it up at the
Jim “Disco” Hanson
Staff: Jim Hanson, Director of Forensics, Aaron Hardy, Assistant Policy Coach; David Guidry, Assistant Parliamentary and I.E. Coach; Beth Schueler, Thad Blank, Gaurav Reddy, Policy Debate Helpers; Andrew Lum, Student Assistant and Intramural Debate Manager; Rob Olsen, Student Sweepstakes Assistant, Steve Reed, Dramatic Interpretation Student Assistant; Bob Withycombe, Professor, Rhetoric and Film Studies; Pat Keef, Dean of Faculty, Chuck Cleveland, Dean of Students; and George Bridges, President, Whitman College.
43 Competitors, Fall 2005: Adam Maldonado, Aisha Fukushima, Andrew Kelly, Andrew Lum, Andrew Stokes, Anne Hickman, Ashley Lau, Asteria Valusek, Ben Meiches, Beth Kerley, Brie Coye, Bryce McKay, Candi Kissinger, Cat Lewis, Chris Fryefield, Curt Bowen, Eric Chalfant, Eric Suni, Graham Trail, Hugo Vargas, Jake Ginsbach, James Hovard, Jeff Buntin, Jeff Wilson, Joseph Bornstein, Laura Buriu, Laura Hanson, Luke Sanford, Lydia Eberly, Matt Leonard, Matt Schissler, Meghan Hughes, Mike Meredith, Nicholas Dollar, Nora Hawkins, Rob Olsen, Robert Crenshaw, Ross Richendrfer, Sam Allen, Sam Bell, Sally Sorte, Shirley Lou, Stephen Reed
The Staff and the New Team Members
This year Jim Hanson, for
his 14th year, heads up another large team with a great coaching
staff to support him. Returning for his second year is Whitman alumni, David
Guidry, as assistant director for parliamentary debate and speech. Andrew Lum also signed up for another year as Jim’s diligent
assistant. Stephen Reed, a junior, parliamentary debater, and individual
events participant took the job of interpretation assistant as well as
debating on the policy side of the team for a portion of the fall semester.
New to the team is Aaron Hardy as the assistant for the policy debaters.
Aaron recently graduated from
As far as new students, we
have a good number of them. New policy debaters are: Candi
Kissinger and Sam Allen both from
Most of this year’s traveling team. Front row: Andrew
Kelly, Curt Bowen, Jeff Wilson, Aaron Hardy, Annie Hickman, Chris Fryefield,
Success in Individual Events
Under the tutelage of the
dedicated Stephen Reed and David Guidry, Whitman continues to have success in
the individual events portion of the program. At the Lewis and
Jim is coach of the year again
Jim was awarded a “Coach of
the Year” award for the third year in a row, this time by the Washington State
Forensics Association. The award was announced at the 33rd annual
high school speech and debate tournament and was given for Jim’s service to
the high school community through workshops, tournaments, and educational
materials. Jim said “I think they are trying to tell me to retire!” The event
went well even though the installation of the new
Whitman National Debate Institute
Our Camp grew again with
nearly 100 high school students and coaches. The camp was held July 24 through
August 10 and featured participants from states all across the
Robert Annie, Sally, Laura, Brie
Matt and Aaron
Chris and Curt
The winners of open division at Pepperdine: Eric S, Matt, Ben, and Jeff.
Jen Johnson (
Mike Meredith and Tyree Preparing for a Whitman-UDL debate.
Ross and Cole at the Whitman-UDL debates.
Steve and Dave
The UPS Trip: Where is Dave’s Wallet?
There are times during the
year when Jim Hanson must choose between going to a parliamentary tournament
and a policy tournament that occur during the same weekend. When faced with
the choice of going to the
Front Row: Dave, Laura, Candi, Meghan, Annie, Chris, Sam
Second Row: Ben, Ross, Mike, Jake, Sally, Brie, James
Rear Rows: Eric S, Matt, Jeff, Eric C, Jim, Robert, Luke, Adam, Jeff.
Steve, Meghan, Eric Suni, Matt, Sam, and Luke
Policy Debate Tournaments
The policy team got off to
a good start at the season opener at Gonzaga. Going into the final preliminary round, all
7 teams were still eligible for elimination rounds. Unfortunately, only Eric Suni and Matt Schissler and
Jeff Buntin and Ben Meiches
qualified. Matt and Eric were the
undefeated top seed, and Eric was 2nd speaker. The entire team put in a great
effort before elims, with most people staying up
late into the night, and it paid off.
Jeff and Ben won their octafinal against
North Texas, but lost in the quarterfinal to
Whitman hosted a regional tournament, and further demonstrated the depth of our young talent. Meghan and Sam were undefeated in prelims but unfortunately lost in the semifinals to Gonzaga. Andrew and Jake and Candi and Luke were 5-1 in the prelims, and closed out one semis, with Andrew and Jake advancing to win the final over Gonzaga.
Chris, Annie, Sally, Brie, and Laura surround Jim.
Whitman Forensics Newsletter
Vol. 12, No. 1, December, 2005
Contributions to the Team
We are grateful for your contributions to the forensic team! Generous donors June 1, 2005 through December 7, 2005 include: Jennifer Becker & Andrew Backlund, Jessica A. Clarke, Kelly and Mathew L. Cleman, Emily R. Cordo, James B. Hanson, Sean R. Harris, Samantha G. Howell, Charlotte K. and David A. McClusky, Brant David Olson, Kristofer N. Peterson, Adam C. Symonds, and Robert M. Withycombe. If we missed you, please tell us because we do appreciate your support!
contributions to Annual Fund Office;
Checks should be made out to
The squad at the holiday party.
Jim with his new hat Sally Sorte and Curt Bowen
Andrew Stokes and Candi Kissinger Matt Schissler
BEN MEICHES AND JEFF BUNTIN: Gonzaga,
ERIC SUNI AND MATT SCHISSLER: Gonzaga, FIRST,
MEGHAN HUGHES AND SAM ALLEN: Pepperdine, DOUBLES; Whitman November, SEMIS.
ERIC CHALFANT AND MIKE MEREDITH: Pepperdine, DOUBLES.
ANDREW STOKES AND ROSS RICHENDRFER:
ANDREW STOKES AND JAKE GINSBACH: Whitman, FIRST.
CANDI KISSINGER AND LUKE SANFORD: Pepperdine, FIRST, Whitman, SEMIS.
JAKE GINSBACH AND STEVE REED: Pepperdine, QUARTERS.
BRIE COYLE AND JEFF WILSON: Reed, QUARTERS; Lewis and Clark,
ADAM MALDANADO AND LAURA HANSON: Lewis and Clark, Jr. OCTAS.
CHRIS FRYEFIELD AND HUGO VARGAS: Lewis and
CURT BOWEN AND JOSEPH BORNSTEIN: Reed, QUARTERS.
Individual Events Awards
ADAM MALDANADO: EXTEMP: SECOND, Novice,
ASTERIA VALUSEK: PROSE: FINALIST, Jr,
BRIE COYLE: NFA-LD, FOURTH, Lewis and
CURT BOWEN: NFA-LD: FIRST, Reed.
CHRIS FRYEFIELD: EXTEMP:
FIRST at Lewis and Clark;
JOSEPH BORNSTEIN: NFA-LD,
LAURA HANSON: EXTEMP,
ROB OLSEN: NFA-LD,
FIRST, Lewis and
JEFF WILSON: NFA-LD, SECOND, Lewis and Clark
CRENSHAW: NFA-LD: FIRST,
Reed; THIRD, Lewis and
Steve Reed Brie and Annie
Jake and Luke Meghan