1914-1915 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
Prof. Boas with Prof. W. A. Bratton and Prof. Davis
A. The college added 3 new professors to the faculty.
1. Ralph E. George became the head of the economics department.
2. The political science department added the professor John Harrison Russell.
3. Earl K. Kline came to Whitman as a professor of modern languages.
B. Russell Miller was president of the Associated Students.
C. Dr. Penrose was the college president.
D. Harold Edmonds was the president of the Debate Council.
Speech in the English Department News
of English Professors DAVIS and BOAS Courses 1a, 1b, and 5 of this department
are required of all candidates for the baccalaureate degrees. Courses la and 5
are required of Freshmen. Courses la, lb, 2, 5,
Oral Composition. This course aims to develop the ability to speak effectively. It is an organic part of Course 1. It supplements Course I in the study of the principles of composition and gives practice in the application of them to speech Attention is also given to the formation of right vocal habits Frequent practice is given in reading and extempore speaking One hour, both semesters. (W„ at 8:00) Required of Freshmen.
Composition. A course in writing for advanced students. In 1916-1917 the course will be devoted to practice in journalistic writing. The needs of the class will determine the nature of the course. Three hours, first semester. (M. W. F„ at 10:15) Open to Juniors and Seniors. ,
Argumentation and Debate. A study of the theory and practice of persuasive argument. In the first semester the nature of evidence and the processes of analysis and brief drawing receive detailed attention. The chief emphasis is upon written argument. The second semester is given over to oral debate and to a brief consideration of the forms of public address. The aim of the course as a whole is not so much to develop skill in formal debate as to give the student the power to consider disputed questions calmly and logically. Two hours, both semesters. Open to Juniors and Seniors. Omitted in 1915-1916.].
Public Speaking. Practice in vocal interpretation of literature and in the composition and delivery of occasional speeches. Two hours, second semester. (M. W„ at 11:15) Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
A General View of English Literature. This course provides an introduction to the essay, the drama, and the novel. Three hours, second semester, (M. W. F„ at 10:15) Open to Freshmen and in 1915-1916 to Sophomores.
THE CLASS OF 1906 PRIZE FOR DEBATING, consisting of books to the value of thirteen dollars, is to be awarded annually to the leader of the first intercollegiate debating team.
THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WHITMAN COLLEGE is an organization which has charge of the general activities of the student body. Athletics of all kinds, the glee clubs, debate, literary societies, and student publications are under its control. Any student or instructor of the institution is eligible to membership.
AWARDS OF HONORS 1914
The John Brining Prize in Extemporaneous Speaking
Second, Marie Eggleston Miller, Class of 1917
II. In the World
· World War I was raging in Europe, putting the British Empire at stake and removing countless people from their jobs, many never to return.
· The industrial effects of the War were prevalent topics of discussion. It was predicted that the U.S. would benefit greatly from the War.
· The United States was suffering from an economic depression. Visiting lecturers blamed the depression less on the war in Europe than on Congressional interference in business.
· The completion of the Panama Canal was being celebrated as a division of two continents that would unite the world.
· Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated.
· World War I begins.
· Austria-Hungary launches a war against Serbia.
· Russia defends the Serbia.
· Germany sides with Austria-Hungary and declares war on Russia, all the while hoping that France doesn’t get involved.
· Then France sides with Russia and invades Germany.
· Germany launches an offensive which goes through Belgium which involves the British who must stand by their agreement with France and side with the French in the war.
· As Britain’s ally, Japan joins the war.
· Canada, New Zealand, and Australia enter the war on the side of Britain.
· “Panama Canal officially opened.”
· “Congress sets up Federal Trade Commission and passes Clayton Antitrust Act.”
Wednesday night when five women and seven
men letter debaters, and the coaches of the debating teams united in
celebrating the very successful outcome of the debating season of 1915 and in
laying plans for next year's campaign. The official business of the evening
consisted of the election of the new debate council. Florence Lilliequist 17, who has in two years of college debating
twice defeated the
Co-Ed Debate Teams Are Finally Chosen
Triangular Debate Will Be Held March 26 on Philippine Question.
The two teams to represent Whitman this
year in co-ed debate are practically the same as those which met the University
and W. S. C. people last year. Martha Luginbuhl '16
and Eleanor Sickles '17, will again debate against W. S. C. in Pullman,
supporting the negative side of the question, "Resolved: that the Phillipines should be granted their independence not later
than 1922." Both members of the team had the experience of last year and
it is expected that they will put up a strong debate. Florence Lilliequist '17, and Hazel Milligan '18, are to debate the
university, supporting the affirmative of the same question. Florence Lilliequist debated against the university in
THE DEBATE COUNCIL MAY EXTEND SCHEDULE
Some Good New Material Along With Old Debaters,
From all indications, Whitman should have a successful debate season. The question of securing a good schedule ought not to burden the debate council as in former times. From all directions letters are being received by Chairman Edmonds of the Debate Council from colleges and universities of the Northwest asking for debate and oratorical contests. Oregon Agricultural College, Gonzaga, and Montana University and Willamette are among the number. Oregon University proposes another Triangular Debate league for men composed of Oregon, Washington State and Whitman, It is hardly possible that the Debate Council will extend it's schedule beyond the Men's and Women' Triangular League composed of University of Washington, Washington State and Whitman. Too much scattering material will of necessity lessen to a great extent the chances of victory in any place.
The prospect for winning teams this year
in the Triangular Debates are encouraged. There is a good supply of letter men
in college, but one being lost from last year's teams. There are
The Debate Council is counting on a good turn-out and a generally successful year. Miss Martha Luginbuhl has been chosen to succeed to the place made vacant by the absence of Miss Alice Lilliequist.
Triangular Debate Only One Week Off
Both Teams are working hard for coming contests with U of W and WSC
With the date for the intercollegiate
men's debates just a week off, the four members of the teams are concentrating
all their efforts on the question of municipal verses state ownership of
utilities. Will Berney and Ralph Snyder will debate
here, upholding the affirmative of the question against
Whitman Will Debate W.S.C. Here Tonight
The Municipal Control of Public Utilities is Bone of Contention.
THE ISSUE IS A LIVE One
Berney and Snyder Will Meet
The European War will be obscured at
Whitman tonight by din and uproar when the Whitman war machine, Snyder and Berney, advance upon the verbal fortifications of W. S. C.
The dispute will not be over the control of Alsace-Lorraine or the Balkans but
over the control of public utilities. Those who profess to know say that in
comparison to the fight Whitman is going to put up, the Republican opposition
to the Ship Purchase Bill will look like unconditional surrender. The question
of debate is: "Resolved: that cities should control all public utilities
operating within their limits." Public utilities include gas, water,
light, telephone, telegraph and other kinds of service. It is a question that
is vital to every resident of a city. To us it means, shall
The Whitman team that upholds city control
against W. S. C. in Memorial Hall tonight is composed of William Berney and Ralph Snyder. Both are seniors. Berney is backed by two years of experience, while Snyder
is making his debut as an intercollegiate debater. They will be opposed by
Enoch Torpen and Paul Browder of the
I. Debate at Whitman
A. No intramural debates were held.
B. Whitman took first place in the Mens Triangular Debates on two 3:0 decisions.
1.Whitmans negative team, Russell Miller and Earl Stimpson, beat the University of Washington in Seattle on February 26.
2. The same day, William Berner and Ralph Snyderd, the affirmative team, beat Washington State College in Walla Walla.
3. The men debated the question Resolved: That cities should control the public utilities operating within their limits.
C. Whitman took second in the Womens Triangular Debates for the second year in a row on March 26, 1915.
1. On a 2:1 decision, Florence Lilliequist and Hazel Milligan won on the affirmative against the University of Washington.
2. On another 2:1 decision, Martha Luginbuhl and Elanor Sickels lost on the negative against Washington State College.
3. The Women debated the question Resolved: That the Philippines should be granted their independence by no later than 1922.
D. The year ended with a banquet in Reynolds hall where all 12 of the intercollegiate competitors were awarded a W.