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UW-Whitewater Edna Sorber

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The forensics team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is pleased to invite you to the Wisconsin Swing!

This year the swing will return to two in-person legs!

Saturday December 2: Edna Sorber Tournament hosted by the UWW Forensics Team

Sunday December 3: UWW Alumni Sweater Classic hosted by the alumni of the UWW Forensics Team


This longtime tournament honors the past efforts of Dr. Edna Sorber, the former forensics director at UW-Whitewater who brought the 1967 Pi Kappa Delta National Convention to the UW-Whitewater campus.


Enclosed in this invitation are additional details including registration deadlines, tournament schedule, etc. 


We look forward to seeing you in December!




Brian Schanen & Emily Leong, Co-Directors of Forensics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Sonny DeGuzman, Alumni Tournament Director, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater




Please register for the tournament via SpeechWire no later then TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28 5pm CST. Please manage any drops on SpeechWire until 5pm on November 29.

Students may enter up to 6 events TOTAL. Students may enter two duos (with different partners) but this will count as two events.

There are no limits on the number of entries a team can enter in any event, but teams entering large numbers in certain events may anticipate “competing” against teammates in preliminary rounds.

Please denote your novices when registering. We will recognize the top novice in each category at awards. Novices are defined as anyone in their first year (2 semesters) of collegiate competition.




$8/entry. One quality judge covers six slots.

There is a $15.00 fee for every uncovered entry, that fee will increase to $25 for each entry over 14 uncovered slots.


$100 for day of judge drops

Fees are assessed at registration close on Monday, November 28th, at 5pm cst.


We will be able to accept fees via credit card through Square. Please let Brian know if this is your desired payment method.


Please make checks out to UW-W Forensics and mail to address below:

UW-W Forensics

℅ Brian Schanen

800 W. Main St.

424 Heide Hall

Whitewater, WI 53190



Our tournament is known for using less traditional prompts for extemp to challenge students in research and analysis. Returning again this year, sports extemp! The following schema will be used for Saturday. We will return to more traditional prompts for Sunday.

Round 1: LGBTQ+ issues

Round 2: Sports Extemp

Final: Wisconsin & City of Whitewater issues



Round 1: ethical dilemma

Round 2: proverb

Final: question



Round 1: single word

Round 2: Potpourri

Round 3: quotation from a UWW Alumni



  • All event finalists

  • The top five individuals overall

  • The top five schools accumulating the greatest number of combined points from all of their final rounds combined. Points will be earned as followed:


Final Round: 1st (12 pts), 2nd (10 pts), 3rd (8 pts.), 4th (6 pts), 5th (4 pts), 6th (2 pts), remaining finalists 1 pt. Each.


Novices: Please denote your novices when registering. We will recognize the top novice in each event at awards. Novices are defined as anyone in their first year of collegiate competition.



Students are entered into individual sweepstakes regardless of the number of events entered or the categories entered. The top five individual speakers (based on total points earned in final rounds combined) will be honored at the awards ceremony.

Tiebreakers: 1) Highest total points, 2) Highest number of 1st-place awards in finals, 2nd-place, etc., 3) Highest total of events advancing to finals., 4) Lowest average of ranks from prelims.



If teams are tied after calculating total team points, team tie-breakers will run as follows: 1) Highest total points, 2) Number of firsts in finals, 3) Number of finals


Host Information

UW-W Student Competitors

The UW-Whitewater forensic team will not enter students in official AFA Events on Saturday, unless needed to meet a minimum team threshold for AFA or NFA qualifications. In such case, students in their first year of college forensics will be entered, but not considered novices.

Hired Judges

The hired judge pool will consist primarily of forensics alums and friends of the program.



Information for UW-Whitewater's Campus:



As we gather here for the Virtual Edna Sorber Tournament, we acknowledge that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater exists today on the traditional lands of many Native people. We welcome the duty and opportunity to share stewardship of these lands.

While this State institution has a rich history, for thousands of years, this region, and these lands, were home to diverse Native peoples. In the knowledge and understanding of this history, we acknowledge that the land on which the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater now exists was and remains the historic and traditional territory of many Native peoples. The Ho-Chunk grew corn and gathered a living from these lands. The Potawatomi, then closely related to the Ojibwa and Odawa peoples, called this land home as well. We welcome and are honored, by the responsibility to be good stewards of these lands and good neighbors to all Wisconsin Indigenous populations. In concert with the Native American Cultural Awareness Association, Native Students, with faculty and staff, the University continues to explore durable and meaningful ways of acknowledging our relationship. We recognize these great Native nations and their respective sovereignties, and are thankful to be positioned in such prominent, historic, and meaningful landscapes, as we continue to provide educational opportunities for all whom the University serves.


Important tournament rooms

Awards - HE 100
Extemp Prep - HE 101
Judges Lounge - HE 115
Quiet Room - HE 301
Available for OATS Recording - HE 313
Available for OATS Recording - HE 314
Available for OATS Recording - HE 315
Available for OATS Recording - HE 316
Registration - Heide Lobby

Manager contact information

Brian Schanen
Email address: SchanenBH13@uww.edu
Phone number: 262.689.2335

Mailing address

800 W Main St.
424 Heide Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190

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