1902-1903 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
Athenaeum and the Phrenakosmian Societies
A. Miss Cobb was hired as the new dean of women.
B. Rev. Stephen B. L. Penrose was the college president.
C. Mr. Lancaster was the student body president.
D. Roberts Ringer was the debate manager.
A. The Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) formally organized and held regular meetings under the guidance of President Lancaster.
B. The Ladies Hall was officially renamed Prentiss Hall.
C. Electric bells were installed in Billings Hall.
D. A. J. Anderson, Whitman’s first president, died.
Roosevelt came to
F. The Pioneer ran advertisements for The White House, Inland Binding and Printing, the Hatch, and The Shoe Man.
Speech in the English Department News
association to develop inter-collegiate debating was formed in 1898, including
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
The examination in English will consist of two parts:
Preparations for this examination should require three hours a week for four years. Formal Rhetoric should not occupy much time. Principles, not rules, should guide the student’s training. In both speaking and writing, affectation and artificiality of all kinds should be discouraged, and the student should aim at simplicity, clearness and honesty in expression without anxiety concerning ornaments and graces.
IV. Demosthenes-D’Ooge’s De Corona. Hellenic history, oratory and statesmanship. Comparison of the world’s great orations.
Sophomore Course. Three hours a week during the second semester.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE.
RHETORIC (English Composition and Public Speaking)—
I. Theme-writing and Extemporaneous Speaking. The fundamental elements of written and oral expression are illustrated by daily themes and constant exercise in speaking before the class.
Freshman Course. Two hours a week during the first semester.
of Oratorical Masterpieces and a Course in Interpretative
Freshman Course. Two hours a week during the second semester.
IV. Theory of Rhetoric—A course in formal rhetoric from the standpoint of practical criticism. Text-book——Oenung.
Junior Course. Four hours a week during the first semester
V. General Rhetoricals.—At least one essay, oration or debate must be prepared and handed in for criticism during each semester. At least one oration, declamation or debate must be committed to memory, rehearsed privately with instructor and publicly delivered during each semester. Each student will be called upon at least once each semester to speak extemporaneously before the Rhetorical Class.
Required of all students in College Department except in second semester of Senior Year.
A. Coal miners throughout the United States were striking.
B. John Rockefeller donated thousands of dollars to educational foundations, scholarships, and medical research.
floods decimated most of the Midwest and the
of the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus Rex are discovered in
E. “A sheet glass drawing machine is created, making possible mass production of glass for windows.”
Boers and the British signed the Peace of Vereeniging. The agreement was an
acknowledgement of what was already a fact: British rule over
I. “An Anglo-French agreement was signed that eliminated all points of friction between the two countries. The agreement served as the basis of an Anglo-French alliance.”
H.E. Brown gets first in delivery in the 7th Annual Oratorical contest. S.E. Robinson, W.A.C. Wins the Championship.
Whitman defeats Pullman. They debated the question, "Would it be sound public policy for congress to legalize contracts permitting railroads to pool their earnings; provided that such contracts should be under the control of the Interstate Commerce Commission, which should have full power to examine said contracts and the accounts thereunto appertaining
The Oregon Weekly accuses Whitman of cheating in a debate between Whitman and University of Oregon. They thought the judges were biased in favor of Whitman.
A. Two rival debate societies, the Athenaeum and the Phrenakosmian Societies, were completely autonomous of each other, had governmental structures, and met weekly to debate current topics and discuss aspects of debate.
B. Edward Baldwin was the president of the Athenaeum Society.
C. The Athenaeum and Phrenakosmian Societies debated each other on the topic “Resolved: That tribunals should be established with power to settle conflicts between capital and labor affecting public interest” to determine which debaters should be on the intercollegiate team, which often meant combining top debaters from each society. The Athenaeum Society won unanimously.
D. The societies met again to debate “Resolved: That the present college course should be reduced to three years.” The Athenaeum Society again won unanimously.
E. Nelson F. Cole won Whitman’s oratorical contest in a speech about David Livingston.
F. Intercollegiate debate
January, the Whitman team of Cox, Campbell, and Ringer debated
Whitman team of Palmer, Galloway, and Price debated the
on the affirmative debated
the seventh annual oratorical contest, Whitman’s Hez
Brown speaking on William of Orange lost to