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Policy Debate Team Season Canceled Following Policy Violation

Aleida Fernandez March 22, 2015

On Monday, March 16, Provost and Dean of Faculty Pat Spencer notified students, staff and faculty via email that the Whitman College Policy Debate Team's 2014-2015 season would be canceled. The cancellation...

Debate Team Moves Forward Under New Director

Shelly Le September 12, 2013

When Professor of Forensics Jim Hanson resigned from his director of forensics position last spring, several questions about the future of the team remained unanswered. Uncertainty about the reasons for...

Debate Team Moves Forward Amidst Disagreements About Supervision and Policy

Shelly Le May 20, 2013

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the third in a three-part series...

Debate Title IX Investigation Prompted By Sexual Assault

Shelly Le May 20, 2013

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the second in a three-part series...

As Longtime Coach Steps Down, Debate Culture Under Scrutiny

Shelly Le May 20, 2013

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the first in a three-part series...

Director of Forensics Jim Hanson Steps Down

Director of Forensics Jim Hanson Steps Down

Rachel Alexander May 2, 2013

After coaching debate for 20 years, Director of Forensics Jim Hanson announced Monday that he would be stepping down in order to take a full-time position as Chair of the Department of Rhetoric. Debate...

Rhetoric and Media studies split allows expansion of interdisciplinary courses, greater student specialization

Shelly Le February 2, 2012

Josh Goodman contributed reporting. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Whitman faculty voted to split the Rhetoric and Media Studies Department into two new departments. The change is effective immediately....

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Whitman debate team moves toward gender equality, women debaters face challenges

Rose Woodbury November 17, 2011

In the debate community, it's not uncommon to hear derogatory terms used to describe female debaters who come across as overly aggressive. The unequal gender ratio within the activity seems to stem partly...

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Tension over debate tournament eases

Lea Negrin November 11, 2009

With a new name, Whitman's annual debate tournament for high school students sought a new image on campus, improving organization of the debaters to decrease the stress Whitman students and staff had...

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