1923-1924 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
Mrs. E. L. Keezel and L. F. Sawtelle
With William R. Davis, George Maquis, and Walter Eels
A. The college added eight new members to the faculty
1. William Clement Eaton replaced Professor Samuel Flagg Bemis as temporary head of the history department.
2. Fanny Bartlett French became the Dean of Women.
3. Truman L. Donoho, instructor in romance languages, replaced Major Howard.
4. Russell Blankenship joined the English department as an instructor.
5. In the Chemistry department, Rudolph Pauly came as an assistant and instructor.
6. Muriel Morris came to Whitman as an assistant instructor in political science.
7. Ruth Reynolds became assistant librarian.
8. In the middle of the year, Josephine Battle replaced Miss Popper.
B. David Gaiser was student body president.
C. Dr. Stephen Beasley Linnard Penrose was the college president.
D. The debate coaches were E. L. Keezel and L. F. Sawtelle.
A. Lyman Hall had just been completed and was in use for the first year as a hall for men.
B. The local fraternity Tau Delta Sigma was granted a national charter to become part of Sigma Chi.
C. The Pioneer ran ads for Bur-Bee candies and Fatima cigarettes.
D. Hair bobbing was all the rage for women-only 1/3 of the women living on campus had not bobbed their hair by the end of the year.
Speech in the English Department News
THE JOHN BRINING PRIZES IN FRESHMAN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING.
Mr. John Brining of
THE WILLIAM THOMAS DOVELL PRIZES IN ORATORY.—Alumni members of the Board of Overseers have established two prizes, one of fifty dollars and one of twenty-five dollars, in memory of the late William Thomas Dovell, a member of the class of 1888, upon the following conditions:
The prizes are awarded upon the basis of an oratorical contest to be held during Commencement week, provided that at least four contestants participate. The contest is open to members of the Sophomore. Junior, and Senior Classes. The Orations are limited to two thousand words. Contestants present their subjects to the head of the English Department for approval not later than the third Tuesday of February. If more than six contestants submit orations, they present them to the head of the English Department not later than April fifteenth for submission to a board of judges on thought and composition who select the six best orations for the Commencement contest The judges on thought and on delivery are selected by a committee consisting of the President of the College and the heads of the departments of English and History. (1918)
THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WHITMAN COLLEGE, an association of which every student of the College is a member, has a general supervision of student activities. Its affairs are managed by an Executive Committee made up of its officers and representatives of the Faculty and the alumni. The chief activities controlled by it are athletics, debate and oratory, the glee clubs, and the publishing of the college weekly, the Pioneer. The dues paid by every student are collected by the Bursar and used for the purpose of the organization.
Courses in Speaking
6. Oral Composition.— course aims to develop the ability to speak effectively. It supplements Course I in the study of the principles of composition and gives practice in the application of them in speaking. Attention is also given to the formation of right vocal habits. Required of Freshmen. One hour, three terms.
7. Argumentation and Debate.—The aim of the course is not so much to develop skill in formal debate as to give the student the power to consider disputed questions calmly and logically. Open to students above Freshman year. Three hours, first term.
8. Public Speaking.—This course is devoted chiefly to the composition and the delivery of occasional speeches and short orations. Open to Juniors and Seniors. Three hours, second term.
9. Oral Interpretation of Literature.—This course is intended to meet the needs of students who expect to become teachers of literature. Open to Juniors and Seniors. Three hours, third term.
30. Public Speaking.—A course designed for a small number of students who desire individual attention. The instructor endeavors so far as possible to secure speaking appointments for competent members of the class. Open by permission of the instructor to students above Freshman year.
The John Brining Prices in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—
First: HARRIET FRANCES EMIGH, Class of 1926
Second: PALL VERTON REYNOLDS, Class of 1926
The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory—
First: ARTHUR FREEBORN DOUGLAS, Class of 1924
Second: GAIL MILLER WILLIAMS, Class of 1924
II. In the world
possibility of the
C. A new law granted Native Americans citizenship.
Mussolini and the Italian fascists got 65% of the vote by taking over the
voting machinery in
BOTH DECISIONS UNANIMOUS FOR O. A. C.
vacation, Whitman sent both the negative and affirmative teams to 0. A. C. The
question debated was, "Resolved: That the
UNANIMOUS DECISION FOR AFFIRMATIVE
7, John Thomas and Gary Costigan debated the negative
case of the question, "Resolved: That the
It was planned to have a Freshman men's debate with W. S. C. on February 29, but it was cancelled because the two schools could not agree on the terms of the debate. So Whitman did not have any Freshman debates with other schools.
Extemporary Speaking Contest
U. S. C. STUDENT WINNER
annual extemporary speaking- contest held under the auspices of the newly
formed forensic league occurred at Eugene, Oregon, on November 6 and 7 Richard
Ayres, winner of the preliminary contest at Whitman, accompanied by Professor Sawtelle attended the contest. The topics for the speeches
were given to the contestants an hour before they spoke and each man was to
prepare his speech. Richard Ayres made a very creditable showing, though he was
not a winner. Professor Sawtelle pronounced the
contest a success and expressed the hope that it would be continued in the
future. The official members of this league are the
Men's Varsity Triangular Debate
BOTH DECISIONS TWO TO ONE FOR AFFIRMATIVE.
"Resolved: That the United States should enter the World Court under the Harding- Reservations." The affirmative side was well presented by Elizabeth Warren and Soleil Green. Their entire argument was based on the fact that it would minimize war and was needed in the world. Their refutation neatly tore down the contentions of the negative that it could not prevent war and was no more efficient than a tribunal of arbitration, giving to Whitman the decision two to one for affirmative. Mr. W. C. Eells was presiding officer. At Pullman Agnes Colton and Margaret Trout ably upheld the forensic honor of Whitman, even though they lost by a two to one decision.
Freshman-Sophomore MEN'S DEBATE
UNANIMOUS DECISION FOR THE SOPHOMORES.
The first debate of the school year was held in Memorial Hall at chapel time when the Freshmen met the Sophomores, November 8, in a forensic battle concerning the much debated question of th World Court. The Sophomore team was composed of John Thomas, Gordon Hannaford and Howard Porterfield, who skillfully refuted the contention that the World Court apart from the League could be successful by pointing out that the court would fall apart without the support of the League since it had no power to compel nations to bring forward their cases or abide by the decisions of the court. The Freshman team was Alfred McVay, Howard Manning and George Tonnemaker. The Sophomores had the best delivery and the strongest argument, but Alfred McVay, in his delivery, as well as refutation, proved himself a promising debater.
Debate at Whitman
interest has been shown in debating this year than we have had for several
years. Although Whitman has participated in more defeats, yet she has kept the
high standard that she has always maintained. This year
were well poised and forceful in their rebuttals, refuting squarely the
contentions of the negative. The
23-24 Pio Articles
SOVIET QUESTION MAY BE DEBATED
The proposed topic for the triangular debate to be held by UW, WSC, and Whitman is “The United States Government Should Recognize The Present Soviet Government of Russia.”
WOMEN DEBATERS HOLD PRACTICE
The women’s debate team preps for the
triangular debate against UW and
The women’s debate team win both of the debates mentioned above on 3-0 decisions.
MEN CHOSEN FOR
John Thomas and Gary Costigan
will debate the word court topic against the
IV. Debate at Whitman
A. No Intramural debates were held.
B. Intercollegiate Debate
1. Whitman took second at the Mens Triangular Debate, held January 17 and 18 with
Washington State College and the
2. Gary Costigan
and John Thomas debated on the affirmative against
3. Whitman lost two debates to
4. On April 7, John Thomas and Gary Costigan lost a negative debate to Williamette.
5. Whitman took first place in the Women’s
Triangular debate, held February 7 against the University of Idaho and the
University of Washington. Mercedes Dow and Verona Bishop beat The
6. In the women’s debates against Washington State College, Elizabeth Warren and Soleil Green won on the affirmative while Agnes Colton and Margaret Troust lost on the negative.
7. On November 11, the sophomores beat the freshman in the annual debate between the two classes. The sophomore team consisted of: John Thomas, Gordon Hannaford and Howard Porterfield. The competing freshmen were Alfred McVay, Howard Manning, and George Tonnemaker.
newly formed forensic league held their first extemporaneous speaking contest
D. During the year, 8 men competed on the team and 8 women.