Thursday, September 28,  2000

Mike Hardig‑Biology
Richard Emanuel‑Communication Arts
Greg Reece‑Philosophy/Religion
David Callaghan‑Theater
Steve Higley‑‑Geography
Pennie Ticen‑English

Emcee: Jim Fahy

And the Oar goes to...

Pennie Ticen!

Mike Hardig, Assistant Professor of biology and the defending champion, reasoned that biology is the study of life. With knowledge of disease, plant and animal life, and the human body, his discipline would best be able to sustain life. (He also threw in his knowledge of fermentation!)

Panelist Richard Emmanuel noted that communicative arts are the “vehicle that allows us to recall the past in order to think in the future.” Emmanuel felt his discipline was the most important because it allows us to pass on knowledge we’ve gained so that we don’t repeat our mistakes.

Defending the English Department was Pennie Ticen, who noted, “To be human is to tell stories.” She stated that stories are told in order to help us see and share what it is to be human.

David Callaghan, of the Division of Theatre, told the audience that even if his colleagues could make beer, his discipline could entertain you while you drink it. He stated that his discipline preserves history through its storytelling.

Stephen Higley and his global-positioning device defended the need for geography. He promised to help us find land (which was the first problem after all) and to use his knowledge of the piece of earth we eventually found to help us survive.

Greg Reece stated that in stories of philosophy, we find hope that the new civilization will be better than any in the past. He also quoted his knowledge of religion and gave a retort to Hardig’s promises for alcohol. Reece said, “All I need to make wine is just a little water.”

The audience applauded for whom they thought was the best panelist and in the end, Ticen won the coveted oar and bragging rights for first place. Callaghan and Reece took home second and third place trophies respectively.