Student News and Events
Political Science (and History) major Will Nelligan ('14) was cited by The Week, an online news magazine, for having written one of "three best opinion pieces" of the week on the legal case of killing Anwar al-Awlaki. Will's piece was written in the Carlisle Policy Forum. The other two opinions recognized were in the NY Review of Books and the Daily Mail.
Congratulations to Jake Sternberger ('12) who submitted the first entry and, as it turns out, the only entry and, therefore, the winning entry in an international competition in which Lawfare readers were invited to submit essays that parodied the editorial page of the New York Times on the issue of the legality of Al-Aulaqi strike. Lawfare is a blog founded by Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith, and Robert Chesney for the purpose of exploring the dilemmas that are involved with making hard national security choices.
2009-2010 MOCK TRIAL TEAM NEWS: Dickinson's Mock Trial team advances to the opening round of the National tournament for the second year. The tournament will be held at Pace University Law School the weekend of March 13-14, 2010. Team members include: Felix Fisher, Reco Sanders, Austin Farneth, Josh Handelsman, Jenna Long, Mary Kate Skehan, Peter Wright, Andrew Chesley, Julie Elias, Hannah Shaffer, and Ashley Williams. Andrew, Reco, and Mary Kate won awards as All-Region Best Witnesses. Other schools competing in the National tournament are: Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania. Good luck to our Dickinson team!
2009-2010 POLITICAL SCIENCE QUIZ BOWL: The Political Science majors held their annual quiz bowl on Monday, February 22, 2010. Africana Studies, American Studies, Biology, East Asian Studies, English, History, International Studies, Italian Studies, Law and Policy, Policy Management, Religion, and Political Science majors comprised the teams of four in head-to-head competition, single-elimination knockouts. Each match consisted of 14 questions, and team members buzzed in if they wanted to answer. The Political Science faculty submitted questions based on courses taught in the department, and were randomly drawn. The first-place team members were: Ted MacDonald, James Pagano, Dennis Young, Paul LeFrancois; the runner-up team members were: Joe Ciampaglio, Catherine Ludwig, Morgan Mintz and Cynthia Polasko. Prizes were awarded to the first-place and runner-up team members. CONGRATULATIONS!
2008-2009 MOCK TRAIL TEAM NEWS: Dickinson College's mock trial team has advanced to the opening round of the American Mock Trial Association national championship tournament after placing sixth out of 27 teams at the Atlantic Regional tournament at St. John's University.
It is the first time that a team from Dickinson College has advanced to mock trial nationals, to be held March 20-22 in Hamilton, Ohio.
The Dickinson team -- seniors Amanda Waugh, James Taafel, Christopher Ladd and Peter Nanov, sophomore Reco Sanders, and first-year students Mary Kate Skehan, Peter Wright, Austin Farneth and Josh Handelsman -- argued a fictional case involving a gubernatorial candidate who contended that a media outlet libeled him for alleging that he was responsible for the death of a professor.
Waugh was named one of the top six attorneys in the tournament and received an All-Region Best Attorney award. Sanders was named on of the top seven witnesses in the tournament and received an All-Region Best Witness award.
Other regional schools that advanced to nationals are Columbia University, Fordham University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, St. John's University and two teams from New York University. Dickinson College was the only liberal-arts school in the Atlantic Region to advance to nationals.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2008-09 Mock Trial Teams!
In the most successful day in Dickinson mock trial history, Dickinson won the Fordham University Invitational tournament on February 1, 2009 and both teams finished in the top eight. The Fordham tournament included 23 teams from around the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, Colgate, NYU, Rutgers, Brandeis, Fordham, St. John's, Amherst, and Carleton College. In addition to the success of both teams, Chris Ladd was named one of the outstanding witnesses at the tournament.
Geoffrey Arnold was one of 25 students selected from across the country to present a paper at DePauw University's Undergraduate Honors Conference in the spring 2008. Geoff's paper titled, "McCain's fight for New Hampshire" was submitted to the conference by his instructor Professor Kathleen Kendall. The purpose of the conference is to encourage undergraduate research and to give them them the opportunity to meet with and get direction from renowned scholars in the communication/media field. Geoff also received financial support from the Dean of Students Office at Dickinson College. CONGRATULATIONS, Geoff!
Political Science End-of-Year Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 8, in the Social Hall at 5:30 p.m.