The Department of Communication Studies and Forensics program held the 16th Annual “Night with Forensics” on Tuesday May 6 at Cypress College. After the show, several students at the event shared their opinion on their experience.
Phuc Nygen, Computer Science major was one of the first students to say that she enjoyed the event and learned the importance of “speaking clearly, stating the main idea, and being direct.” Nygen enjoyed many topics that were presented, particularly the first poem interpretation about ‘love’ by Tarriana Boddy, 20,Communication major. “A victim without a chance,” she says as she describes the negative effects of a young couple obsessed with with love. Boddy captured the attention of the listeners when she began singing lyrics of hope and praise.
The second person to give their presentation was Luke Hernandez presiding an informative speech. Luke grabbed the attention of the audience when he pulled out a wooden toy called the Kindoma. His presentation explained the origin and the history of the wooden toy.
The third presenter was Taina Arreola, the poetry interpretation on social bulling left the audience in emotional silence as she describes experiences of cyber bulling.
Brenna Hanlen presented the audience with an impromptu speech. After Hanlen was given her topic about growing up, she was given three minutes to come up with the poem on the spot. The poem was meant to be unorganized and unrehearsed, and Hanlen did a great job with the three minutes that were provided for he, amusing the audience with quotes from Taylor Swift lyrics.
The last presentation was a parliamentary debate provided by Steven Hardy and Luke Hernandez. The audience chose the topic for the competitors, and audience members agree to the topic choice of the Donald Sterling banning from the NBA. The competitors were given 15 minutes to come up with their best argument. Luke spoke on behalf of the government and Steven was his opponent. Although Hernandez provided a few valid points Hardy was able to rebut the armaments made. Towards the end of the night, Hardy was chosen as the stronger speaker, by the audience when he mentioned that the NBA banning Donald Sterling would be a violation to the first amendment.
Liana Koeppel, Forensics Club adviser, ended the night with an announcement for future students interested in joining the Cypress College Forensics Team.
“I will back for the next Forensic Night! I’ve learned so much about oral presentation, there is so much that you can do with words and share your experience with others. I might even think twice about joining the forensic program next semester,” said Savannah Abril, 22, English major. The Communication Department influences students to join the program in order to gain better speaking and listening skills. The communication skills practiced aim to expand students oral literature and can be beneficial in real life scenarios such as interviews or presentations.