Archive for the ‘Speech and Debate’ Category

Speech and debate demonstration dazzles

By Taylor Harris

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The speech and debate team at Grossmont Community College had a war–a war of words with ideas and theories. Two opposing teams, along with numerous speakers, held debates and gave speeches  on campus Thursday night, May 12,  and captivated their audience.

The speech and debate team is part of the Intercollegiate Forensics Class in the Communications Department at Grossmont College. Classes such as Oral Interpretation, Argumentation and Public Speaking are offered to students who specialize in Platform Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Limited Preparation, and Parliamentary Debate.

Parliamentary debate,  a poetry interpretation, a drama and two oral interpretations were included in Thursday evening’s proceedings, preceded by an Introduction to Forensics in  “readers theatre” style.

Prof.  Roxanne Tuscany directed the debate between the “government,” whose speakers were Gabriela Johnson and Ali Majed Aldhalmi and the “opposition,” whose speakers were Diana Trinidad and Jonathan Parker. The two teams argued whether education was a privilege, as asserted by the government, or a right, as contended  by the opposition.

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Speech, Debate to be spotlighted May 12

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — The Intercollegiate Forensics class will showcase its abilities in speeches and debates at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, in Roomn 220.  Admission is $5 general and $3 for Grossmont students, faculty and staff.

Preceding based on material provided by Prof. Roxanne Tuscany

GC Forensics team scores in February

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The Intercollegiate Forensics Team (Speech and Debate) has been traveling and speaking at 3 tournaments in the last 4 weeks, first at Point Loma University, then at Cerritos College and finally at PSCFA’s Spring Champs at Moorpark College .  Below are the results of those tournaments:

Point Loma University: Feb. 5-6

  • Jonathan Smith: Finalist in Nov. Impromptu
  • Ali Majed Aldhalimi: Top Novice in Poetry Interpretation

PSCFA Spring Champs, Moorpark College, Feb. 25-27

  • Bryan Hatton: 1st place in Nov. Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Gabi Johnson: Finalist in Nov. Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Ali Majed Aldhalimi: Finalist in Nov. Impromptu Speaking
  • Gabi Johnson: 10th Place Speaker Award in Nov. Parli Debate
  • Diana Trinidad: 11th Place Speaker Award in Nov. Parli Debate
  • Jonathan Smith: Recognized in top 20 of Jr. Parli Debate Speakers

*The preceding was provided by Professor Roxanne Tuscany, the director of Grossmont’s intercollegiate Forensics team.

Grossmont Forensics Squad hosts 18th annual Griffin Tournament

By Russell Lindquist

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The speech and debate squad is studying comments from judges following the 18th annual Griffin Tournament that brought 23 college teams to the campus Nov. 19-20.

Asma Eweida and Jonathan Parker each won two awards in the tournament, and Jonathan Smith collected another for the Grossmont team.

Eweida’s awards were Finalist in Open Division Persuasive Speaking, and 9th Place Speaker Award in Parlimentary Debate. The team of Parker and Smith won Bronze in Novice Parliamentary Debate, and Parker collected the 7th Place Speaker Award in Parlimentary Debate.
Judges write comments on their ballots following an event; Grossmont competitors and their director, Roxanne Tuscany, are now carefully studying these comments to learn how their performances might be improved.

As in the previous 17 years, the Griffin Tournament was held  at Grossmont with Tuscany coordinating the event.

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Campus diversity on display at Fall Festival

Japan Club (from left) President Melissa Angland, Chair of Culinary Nicole Steinshauer, and member Emily Raab


Photos and Story by Russell Lindquist

Dyari Qadir, vice president, and Juweria Jeilani of Muslim Student Association

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- The diversity of this college’s student population was on display when the annual Fall Festival was celebrated in the Main Quad, Nov. 2-3.

Circle K Club, Grossmont College Art and Design, Muslim Student Association, Challenge Club, Japan Club, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and the College of St. Isidore were among the clubs and groups which participated in the festival.

Circle K Club, sponsored by Kiwanis international, is a collective that encourages college students to contribute to the community by helping with local schools and hospitals, and with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Also, the Circle K Club helps with many other events, such as the Diabetes Walk and the Rock n’ Roll Marathon.

Challenge Club is a Christian study group that meets every Tuesday in Room 525 of Building 55 from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Presently “Crazy Love” is the lesson as students eat lunch.

Circle K members John Robinson, Tim Horning and Chuck Fleming check out The Summit

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Debaters from three states heading for Grossmont

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — The 18th Annual Speech and Debate Tournament will be hosted on this campus, Nov.20-21.

Over 25  2-year and 4-year Colleges are expected to attend the event.  Schools from Arizona, Texas, and California will be competing in 11 Individual Events and Parliamentary Debate. 

Students from the Communication Department will be helping to run the tournament, and faculty from several disciplines will be judges.

Students from the Intercollegiate Forensics Department will be competing and helping to run the tournament.


For more information, contact Roxanne Tuscany, Director of the Tournament at (619) 644-7276

Grossmont debate team tunes up for Griffin Tournament

Grossmont Debate Team at Pasadena City College tournament (from left) Russell Lindqusit, Jesse Gault, Maria Torres, Courtney Gerlach, Jonathan Smith, Jonathan Parker, Ali Aldhalimi, Diana Trinidad (not shown)

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE (Press Release)—The Speech and Debate team of Grossmont College traveled to Pasadena City College (PCC) for a Speech and Debate tournament, on Oct. 16 and 17.

Once the dust settled, teammates Ali Aldhalimi and Russ Lindquist won the bronze in novice Parliamentary Debate.  Additionally, Aldhalimi and Lindquist won awards for ‘overall speaker’ in the same event – 6th and 5th place, respectively.  And Lindquist ‘broke’ into the final rounds for novice impromptu speaking.
The other Grossmont Speech and Debate team-members who competed were Courtney Gerlach, Jesse Gault, Jonathan Parker, Jonathan Smith, Maria Torres, Diana Trinidad.

Though only Aldhalimi and Lindquist ‘broke’ into final rounds in events, the entire team is now fired-up and intending to do their respective bests at the upcoming Griffin Tournament, here at Grossmont, Nov. 27 and 28, according to Speech Prof. Roxanne Tuscany.

Preceding provided by the Grossmont Debate Team