SFSU's Speech and Debate Team proved that they are the best in the west,
at the largest policy debate competition in the country.
Later that month, at CSU Long Beach, juniors Doug Mungin and Robert Hawkins finished 12th nationally in duo interpretation at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament. Hawkins also placed fifth nationwide in poetry interpretation. Mungin came in 25th nationally in poetry and prose interpretation. Both were competing with debaters from 114 colleges and universities.
Assistant coach Marina Whitchurch, a grad student in speech communication, works with the team members to research topics, shape speeches, and practice and fine tune delivery. She says winning is not the only goal: "The competitors on SFSU's team are more concerned about the message of their programs: Are they socially significant? Will they be able to change someone's mind or teach their audience something?"
and Mungin kept these kinds of questions in mind when they selected a
scene from the Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Top Dog Underdog,"
for their duo interpretation. The play addresses the difficulties faced
by African Americans throughout our nation's history.
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