1901-1902 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
No official coach for the debaters. Instead, debate was mainly housed in the Athenaeum and Phrenakosmian Societies.
A. Professor Charles W. Allen was hired as director of athletics and assistant professor of English.
B. Rev. Stephen B. L. Penrose was the college president.
A. The Bell tower in Memorial Hall receives a clock.
B. All Whitman students, but particularly women, are heavily encouraged to engage in vigorous exercise for up to an hour a day.
C. The cornerstone of the new women’s dorm, to be named Reynolds Hall, is laid at the end of the school year.
D. The Pioneer ran ads for Hatch, the Shoe Man, A. Goldman (men’s toggery), and W.H. Maney books.
III. Whitman Speech and Debate News
A. The Young Men’s Christian Association is a vigorous organization, which meets on the first floor of the V. M. C. A. building. Besides a weekly meeting at ten o’clock on Sunday mornings it maintains a mid-week prayer meeting, classes for Bible-study and mission-study, and a lecture course during the winter. It also takes charge of the daily devotional exercises at Billings Hall.
B. The Young Women’s Christian Association, in a similar manner, provides for the religious nurture of the young women, holding its weekly meeting on Friday afternoons at four o’clock and maintaining well-attended classes for Bible-study and mission-study.
C. 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.
D. 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.
E. An association to develop inter-collegiate debating was formed in 1898, including the University of Idaho, the Washington Agricultural College and School of Science, and Whitman College. Two annual debates are held each year under the Yale-Harvard debating rules.
F. To develop power and taste in oratory still further a College Oratorical Association has been established. This association is a charter member of the Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Association of the states of Washington and Idaho, embracing the Washington Agricultural College, the University of Idaho and Whitman College. The first contest occurred in Walla Walla, May 25, 1897.
Speech in the English Department News
PROFESSOR ANDERSON, MISS LOOMIS AND MR. WORTHINGTON.
Based upon a broad and substantial foundation of three years of preparatory Greek, two years are now spent upon History, the Drama, Philosophy, Oratory and a resume of Literature as shown in the following outline: (Other authors in these lines are compared as far as time allows.)
a. The Persian Wars. Study of dialect and review of etymology.
of the rise of
c. Freshman Course. Four hours a week during the first semester.
II. Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound; Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus. Study of Tragedy and Comedy. Comparison with Shakespeare. Science of Mythology.
a. Freshman Course. Four hours a week during the second semester.
a. Dyer’s Apology and Crito for critical study. Development of particles inductively. Analysis of several dialogues through individual work. Introduction to the literary form of philosophy.
b. Sophomore Course. Two hours a week during the first semester.
a. D’Ooge’s De Corona. Hellenic History, Oratory and statesmanship. Comparison of the world’s great orations.
b. Sophomore Course. Three hours a week during the second semester.
V. Rapid examination of many authors by the reading of short selections; criticisms and lectures. Text-book, Jevon’s Greek Literature.
Sophmore Course. One hour a week throughout the year.
WINNERS OF CONTESTS, 1899-1900 (published a year after the awards were given).
INTERCOLLEGIATE CONTEST IN ORATORY: William Worthington, class of 1900.
INTERSTATE CONTEST IN ORATORY: Second place, William Worthington; class of 1900.
First, Arthur A. Hauerbach, class of 1902
Second, James XV. Rigsbv, class of 1901
II. In the world
A. Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots President McKinley. He dies a week later, and Theodore Roosevelt takes the presidential oath.
B. President Roosevelt invites black scholar Booker Washington to the White House for dinner, to the indignation of the South.
approves $40,000,000 to purchase and construct the
D. “McKinley is assassinated. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt becomes president.”
H. “President Roosevelt invites the educator, Booker T. Washington to the White House. Anger erupts in the South and there racial violence increases.”
I. The Commonwealth of Australia was created “by united six separate former British colonies”
J. “The US Yellow Fever Commission presented compelling evidence that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes.”
weekly meeting. They
debated resolved that the Chinese should be excluded from the
Whitman (affirmative) beats University of Idaho (negative) debating the topic: Resolved, that the United States should adopt the policy of owning and operating interstate railroads.
Athenaeum weekly debate. They debate resolved that athletics are beneficial to the individual.
weekly meeting. They
debate resolved that the Chinese should be excluded from the
weekly debate. They
debate resolved that
Phrenakosmian weekly debate. They have an extemporaneous debate.
Phrenakosmian wins a preliminary debate between the societies. They debated resolved that the conferring of suffrage upon the Negro was justifiable.
Anthenaeum intersquad debates the anarchist problem.
Phrenokosmias intersquad debates Resolved, that the conduct of Admiral Schley at Santiago was justifiable.
weekly debates. They debate resolved that a protective
tariff has become a menace to the industrial welfare of the
Phrenakosmian weekly debates. They debate resolved that the income tax is just and practicable.
Athenaeum weekly debates. They debate resolved, that all labor vs. capital differences should be settled by compulsory arbitration.
Phrenokosmian weekly debates. They debate resolved, that friction between capital and labor should be settled by compulsory arbitration.
Anthanaeum society try outs judged were Pres. Penrose, Prof. Lyman and Prof. L.F. Anderson.
Phrenocosmian society chooses their inter-society team.
Pullman debating: "Should the Philippine islands be made an integral part
Athenaeum vs. Phrenakosmian debating societies
Saturday Evening, Jan. 19th in Memorial Chapel.
Affirmative: W.M. Proctor, M.D. Walters, Jas. W. Rigsby, Ross Brattain.
Negative: Bert Palmer, Albert Chittenden, Geo. Marcus, H.E. Brown.
OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE NATION DEBATE
Resolved: A system of subsidies other than the present mail subsidies
should be adopted by the
Phrenakosmian intersquad debate on Resolved that Count Tolstoi has fostered the spirit of anarchy more than the spirit of freedom and liberty.
Joint Debate between Athenaeum and Phrenakosmian: Resolved: The Frye-Payne Ship-Subsidy bill now before the U.S. Congress should be passed
Athenaeum and Phrenokosmian intersquad debates. They learn various winning tactics in their last meetings.
debates. They debated resolved that the
Phrenakosmian society had a weekly debate. They debated Resolved that the conduct of Andrew Carnegie in selling out his business to the Unied States Steel Corporation was reprehensible.
Athenaeum had their weekly meeting and they debated resolved that Greek and Latin should be included in the college course.
Athenaeum intersquad debate. Resolved: That the resort to lynch law in the United States has proved more harmful than beneficial.
Phrenokosmian intersquad debate. Resolved: That organized labor is a greater menace to the commonwealth than organized capital.
weekly meeting. They
debate resolved that Tammany, more than any other political organization has
been a source of evil to the
Phrenakosmian weekly meeting. They debate resolved that municipal ownership of street railways would be an advantage to all cities.
weekly debates. They
debate Is the policy implied by the
Phrenakosmian weekly debates. They debate resolved, that the American system of education is superior to the European system.
Phrenakosmian weekly debate. They debated resolved that tribunals should be created, to which all conflicts between capital and labor involving public interests must be referred.
Athenaeum weekly debate. They debated resolved that tribunals should be established with power to settle disputes between capital and labor, involving public interests.
Athenaeum had their weekly meeting. They gathered to listen to the case of State vs. William Paxton.
Phrenokosmian had their weekly debate. They debated resolved, that tribunals should be established with power to sttle disputes between capital and labor affecting public interests.
Whitman becomes the
champions of the Northwest after they debate
Whitman loses to
Whitman loses to
Whitman holds first place in the Inter-State oratorical contest. Mr. Arthur A. Hauerbach obtains the decision of five out of the six judges.
Oratorical Association of Washington, Oregon and
Phrenakosmian weekly debates. Prof. Lyman gives an interesting talk on the Philippine Question.
Athenaeum weekly debates. They debate resolved that the treatment of Scley by the U.S. Gov't has been unjust.
IV. Debate at Whitman.
A. Inter-society debate.
1. Two rival debate societies were on campus, completely autonomous of each other. The Athenaeum and Phrenakosmian societies each had governmental structures and met weekly to debate current topics or discuss aspects of debate.
2. In February, the two societies debated against each other on the topic of “Resolved: that the conferring of suffrage upon the Negro was justifiable.” The Phrenakosmian society won unanimously. This competition determined which debaters should be on the intercollegiate team. This often meant combining the top debaters from each of the societies.
B. Intercollegiate debate
April, a Whitman team of George Marquis, Guy Galloway, and Ed Chittenden,
2. Later that month, the team of Edwin Baldwin, W.W. Johnston, and Elmer Brown went up against the University of Idaho team on the topic of “Resolved: that the Unites States should adopt a policy of owning and operating interstate railroads.” Whitman, again on the affirmative, won.
the history of the intercollegiate competition in the
the Intercollegiate oratorical in