1900-1901 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
Debating was done in the student run literary societies.
Students went to different faculty members for coaching.
A. Rev. Stephen B.L. Penrose was the college president.
B. The Pioneer became a weekly publication and carried advertisements for the Cohen Bros.
C. Electricity for lighting was added to the Ladies Hall and the Conservatory of Music.
D. Students began calling for more self-government.
Speech in the English Department News
ENGLISH LITERATURE AND RHETORIC
Same as 1899-1900
Same as 1899-1900
A. McKinley was elected president.
B. Prohibition became a subtle nation-wide movement.
signed the Platt Amendment, limiting the autonomy of
Boxer Rebellion, the goal of which was the removal of foreign influence from
E. “The US Navy accepted its first submarine, designed by John Holland.”
F. “Max Planck, the German physicist, published his quantum theory.”
I. “Fauvist movement in painting begins, led by Henri Matisse.”
J. “Sigmund Freud published his book ‘The Interpretation of Dreams.’”
von Zeppelin constructed the first dirigible. It had a speed of
14 miles per hour.”
· The Athenaeum and Phrenakosmian Literary Societies, meeting weekly, furnish opportunity to the young men for pleasant and profitable practice in the important work of debate and oratory.
· The Libethrean Literary Society has been organized by the young women of the College for the development of literary culture and social life. It meets on Saturday evening of each week at the Ladies Hall.
· The University of Idaho, the Washington Agricultural College and School of Sciences, and Whitman College continued their two annual debates are held each year under the Yale-Harvard debating rules.
To develop power and taste in oratory still
further there has been inaugurated a College Oratorical Association. This
association is a charter member of the Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Association
of the States of Washington and
I. Debate at Whitman
A. Two rival debate societies on campus, the Athenaeum and Phrenakosmian Societies, were completely autonomous of each other. Each society had governmental structures and met weekly to debate current topics and discuss aspects of debate.
B. The first intersociety debate was on “Resolved: That the Frye-Payne Ship Subsidy Bill now before the U.S. Congress should be passed.” The competition determined which debaters should be on the intercollegiate team, which often meant combining the top debaters from each society.
C. Calls were made for one professor to be dedicated to debate rather than students getting a variety of support, advice, and coaching from many professors over the course of the year.
D. Intercollegiate debate
1. The Whitman team of James Rigsby, Elmer Brown, and George Marquis traveled to Pullman to debate the negative of “Resolved: That the Philippine Islands should be made an integral part of the United States.” Whitman won unanimously.
Whitman team of Palmer, Proctor, and Brattain traveled to the
3. Arthur Hauerbach won the intercollegiate oratorical contest with a speech entitled “The Twilight of the Revolution.”