As the 2016-2017 school year begins, the Bethel University Forensics Team prepares for competition.
While new students moved in during Welcome Week, beginning their new lives at Bethel, a much different story takes place behind closed doors in the Communication Studies department.
Tuesday through Thursday of Welcome Week, new and returning members of the Forensics team began their fall camp to prepare for the upcoming year. Camp includes team building, working on events, learning the ropes of college forensics.
Perhaps you are unsure what, exactly, a forensics team is or does. Communication Professor Jessica Samens provides a broad definition.
“Think of it as a competitive speech and debate team. It is a chance for members to start their pieces and scripts for competition. It`s also a great time for team building.”
Students have a variety of topics to choose for their pieces and scripts. These include topics ranging from public address, impromptu, and oral interpretation. Once the students are finished preparing their pieces, they are ready to compete with other universities across the mid-west.
Accompanying Professor Samens is Dr. Dreher, another professor in the Communication Studies department. Dr. Dreher is the Director of Forensics and lays out a team strategy for the year, deciding what competitions the team will compete at during the season, who should participate in which events, and how practices and competitions are best organized.
The members of the 2016-2017 Forensics Team will consist of five returning members with six brand new members. Both Dr. Dreher and Prof. Samens emphasized that members do not have to be Communication majors.
The main focus of the Forensics Team is getting students out of the classroom and into the world. “We want students to get out and experience forensics in the real world instead of just in the classroom,” Samens states.
The future of the Bethel University Forensics Team looks bright.
The Forensic Royals look to take on their first competition on October 14, 2016 at the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.
For more information on forensics, contact…
j-samens @ bethel.edu