Junior, Jeremy Washington competed in 3 different events. Freshman, Meaghan Perry placed 2nd in DI and competed for the first time in Programmed Oral Interp along with Freshman, Taylor Pearson who also competed in Poetry.
Eight members of the Speech Team travelled to Purdue this past weekend. Senior, Ciara Williams placed 6th in Poetry Interpretation and qualified for Nationals. Junior, Jeremy Washington placed 4th in Programmed Oral Interpretation and newcomer, Meaghan Perry brought home Top Novice in Dramatic Interpretation.
Three students travelled to Ball State University over break. Senior, Ciara Williams; Freshmen, Yusuf Qureshi, and Taylor Pearson competed in several events. The top 5 schools in the nation competed at this tournament!
Taylor Pearson took 4th place in Novice Poetry.
On October 26, 8 students will be traveling to Purdue to compete in 10 different events.
The Butler Beat, a talk show produced by the CME department, spoke with Professor Crawford in September about the Speech Team. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/15MXPWA.
The Butler Speech Team is looking forward to a new year with many new students joining the team. We had our first call-out meeting where 9 Freshmen showed their interest in joining the team! This year plans to be a great growth year! Go Dogs!
Pi Kappa Delta, a national honorary society for intercollegiate forensic programs, has chartered the Butler Speech and Debate Team as its new IN Zeta chapter.
Members Marcus Harvey, Ciara Williams, Maggie Smith, and Jeremy Washington, and faculty advisor Janis Crawford represented the team when Butler was inducted during the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) National Conference Tournament last week in St. Louis. Alumni Lauren Lupkowski ’12 and Greg Moser ‘07 also attended as judges at the society’s 100th anniversary tournament.
Crawford, who is director of forensics in the College of Communication, was nominated and elected as Governor of PKD’s Heartland Province. For the next two years, she’ll oversee communication, leadership, and growth of the province, which includes 22 school chapters in six states.
“I am very excited about the opportunity and national visibility that this position will bring to Butler University,” she said.
PKD is a division of the National Communication Association (NCA). Crawford said that she has already proposed that NCA convene a panel to examine the role of the PKD governors and how they can help expand and develop the organization’s six provinces.
“PKD is committed to ‘Persuasion, Beautiful and Just,’ and, as such, we will be focusing on education and service for our students,” she said. She expects the panel to be approved for action in 2014.
The Butler Speech and Debate Team travelled to IUPUI again on March 2 to compete in the “Last Words” tournament where Junior, Marcus Harvey took 4th in Poetry and Senior, Molly Kordas took 5th in Programmed Oral Interpretation. The team will be traveling to St. Louis for the PKD National Conference and Tournament during Spring break next week.
The Speech and Debate team did not have to travel far for the 2013 State tournament this year. It was just down the road at IUPUI.
The speech portion took place on Saturday, February 16 and the parliamentary debate portion took place on Sunday, February 17. Eight students competed on Saturday. Senior, Andrew Wray took 6th place in Extemporaneous Speaking; Junior, Marcus Harvey took 6th place in After Dinner Speaking, and newcomer, Funmi Arogbokun took 6th in Novice Extemporaneous Speaking. Molly Kordas, Ciara Williams, Amanda Lewis, Tony Ranieri, and Jeremy Washington rounded out the team.
The Debate team competed on Sunday. Andrew Wray and Kelsey Coy competed in the varsity division. Tony Ranieri and Phillip Tock competed as a Junior team. Ranieri and Tock made it through the semi-final round and into the final round only to be defeated by IUPUI! Tony Ranieri was named 3rd speaker overall in the Junior division.
The Butler Speech Team travelled to the frigid North for a tournament in February!
Five students presented their speeches at the University of Michigan Tournament on February 9th as a warm-up for the State tournament.
A great time was had by all!
The Butler Speech Team travelled to Ohio University this past weekend. They competed in six events and brought home trophies in each one! Junior, Marcus Harvey took 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, 4th in After dinner Speaking and Poetry. He also placed as the third speaker overall. Junior, Ciara Williams placed 2nd in Programmed Oral Interpretation and 4th in Dramatic Interpretation. The two placed 3rd in Duo Interp.
The team placed 3rd overall in the small entry division.