Thursday, October 9, 2003
Switched to paper balloting

Michael Patton‑Philosophy
Jay Cofield‑Communication Arts
Matt Kenyon‑Art
Jack Hamilton‑Political Science
Rosemary Arneson‑Library Science
Stephen Parker‑Sociology

MCs: Elmo Ranelli and Allison Martin

And the Oar goes to...

Stephen Parker!

Stephen Parker, Sociology, wins the sixth annual Life Raft Debate. He beat out fellow faculty members Jack Hamilton, Political Science; Jay Cofield, Mass Communication; Matt Kenyon, Art; and Rosemary Arneson, Information Science.

These five challenged last year’s survivor Michael Patton, Philosophy, for his life-saving seat in the raft. Each professor was given a five-minute opportunity to persuade the audience that their discipline would be the most influential in developing a new society. The discipline that had the most votes at the en of the debate would join the audience on the life raft and rebuild society.

Patton spoke first, insisting that philosophy should survive because philosophy is always fresh, new, and never stops seeking new information.

Dr. Hamilton went next, recognizing political science as the “first discipline.” He also made reference to those students who attended the debate for political reasons.

“Have you ever watched Power Rangers and wondered how they got dinosaurs, transformers, and all this stuff in thirty minutes?” was the question posed by Jay Cofield.

Matt Kenyon had the most visible support group. He argued that an artist would be valuable because “artists build and rebuild.”

Last on the panel was “Ms. Information,” Rosemary Arneson, representing information sciences. Her platform was “librarians save stupid white men.” She explained this by telling the story of how librarians saved Mike Moore’s book Stupid White Men.

This year votes were tallied in a much more formal way than the traditional “screamonator” used in years past. After a short wait the losers were announced. No one was left stranded empty handed. Prizes ranged from a snorkel all the way to a football-playing clown.

Dr. Parker was asked how he felt after the debate and he answered, “I feel dry.”