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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 follows a policy violation regarding alcohol consumption while on tournament travel. Spencer was...

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 Hanson's resignation and concerns about the Title IX investigation of the team conducted in sprin...

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 about Whitman's debate team. Part one examines the debate team's culture, including accusations mad...

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 about Whitman's debate team. Part one examines the debate team's culture, including accusations mad...

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 about Whitman's debate team. Part two focuses on the Title IX investigation conducted in the spring...

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 team members and alumni have expressed shock, disappointment and frustration with the decision, which...

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. The new rhetoric studies department will offer two majors, a general rhetoric studies major and a po...

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

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 from its history as an activity practiced largely by white males and also from general sexism in...

Tension over debate tournament eases

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 noted their presence caused in previous years. Now called the Remy Wilson High School Speech Tournam...

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