Sadia Khan is a gold prize winner in the art of persuasion who can’t fully grasp how good she is no matter what argument people will use to convince her. She is sitting in the back row of her speech and debate class when a writer from the Courier enters the room to look for her. She’s surprised that the campus publication wants to profile her, but is ready to chat about her life-changing experiences at PCC.
After succeeding at the State level, PCC‘s Speech and Debate (Forensics) continued to well-represent both themselves and their campus by ranking third nationwide, earning a prestigious team award called “Team Bronze,” in the Phi Rho Pi Nationals competition in Washington D.C. during spring break.
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.
A small town Louisiana girl can feel out of place within the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’s many suburbs, like Pasadena. When Alicia Batice needs some time to settle, she’s unwinding in front of the Veteran’s Memorial Wall where the pine trees and the distant voices remind her of Franklinton, a small town she once called home. “Louisiana’s quieter, but California’s so busy,” the communications major said. “Everyone’s on the go. Nobody has time to just take it in. I’m like, ‘Everything’s so beautiful!’ …
Students articulated their gift of gab last week in the first night of the PCC Forensics Speech and Debate team’s public performances, which will continue tonight in the Westerbeck Recital Hall.