As Speech and Debate director Cindy Phu and head coaches Allan Axibal-Cordero and Jay Arntson were breaking down the syllabus, explaining events, and outlining upcoming tournaments on the first day of class, student Laura Davila listened nervously while already deciding when to drop. Her plan of escape was interrupted once introductory icebreakers started and she was required to introduce herself.
PCC’s award-winning Speech and Debate (Forensics) members’ second home is the basement level of the C building. The hallway holds a collage of old and new successful forensics members and a case crowded with trophies, and behind the doors are forensics members either laughing, crying, or advocating for social change.
Nervous laughter and chatter filled the hallways of the University of Irvine on Saturday, March 26, creating an exhilarating atmosphere when hundreds of community college students gathered to present the results of their research during the annual Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCC) conference.
The C building hallway, rooms C109, C111, and the Little Theater, were filled with diligent speech and debate team members rehearsing with each other and talking to walls to prepare for the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Fall Championship.
On the subterranean level of the C building, beneath the halls where sound of students reverb, in a small, quiet room between an overlooked trophy case and a wall-turned-photo collage sits Shannon Yong, biology major.