1924-1925 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
Mrs. E.L. Keezel and Mr. L.F.W. Sautelle
George Maquis helped out
Edith Davis who taught English
A. The college successfully completed a $1.5 million fundraising campaign.
B. Professor Titus resigned as head of the political science department. Whitman graduate and future college president Chester Maxey was hired to replace him.
C. Stephen Penrose, the college president, had a successful eye operation.
D. Roy Keiffer was the ASWC president.
E. Mrs. E.L. Keezel and Mr. L.F.W. Sawtelle were the debate coaches.
A. Most of the news on campus was about the football and debate teams.
B. Editorials in the Pioneer ranted about the lack of civility shown to the respective sexes and the “quickly deteriorating” quality of Lyman Hall, built just two years previous.
C. The Pioneer ran ads for the new Legion Theater and for a new “built-in bath.”
D. The alumni did not approve an effort to change the mascot from the Missionaries to the Wild Cats.
Speech in the English Department News
THE JOHN BRINING PRIZES IN FRESHMAN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING.
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.—This course aims to develop the ability to speak effectively. It supplements Course 1 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 or third term.
9. Dramatic Interpretation and Play Production.—In the first term, this course gives instruction and training in dramatic interpretation; in the second and third terms, in play production. Open to Juniors and Seniors. The enrolment is limited to sixteen students. Three hours, first, second, and third terms.
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 PriEes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—
First: ALFRED WILLIAM MCVAY, Class of 1927
Second: STEPHEN BEASLEY LINNARD PENROSE, Jr., Class of 1927
The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory—
First: JOHN HAROLD THOMAS, Class of 1926
Second: FERN LEAH COBLE, Class of 1924
· “Death of Lenin; Stalin wins power struggle, rules as Soviet dictator until death in 1953.”*
first winter Olympics are held in
Chi Minh, a member of
· “The British release Gandhi from prison” *
· “Hitler is released from prison after 8 1/2 months of comfort and book writing. He has made a name for himself.” *
law in the
· “Via radio, Calvin Coolidge becomes the first U.S. president to put political speechmaking into people's homes.” *
· “Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall and oilmen Harry Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny are charged with conspiracy and bribery in the Teapot Dome scandal, involving fraudulent leases of naval oil reserves.” *
· “Robert Frost wins first of four Pulitzers.” *
Forensics held its usual place on the
college calendar this year, Whitman participating in three debates. The biggest
event was the appearance here of the
The University of Oxford, England, and
Whitman met in the first international debate ever held in
The only women's varsity debate held this
year was the triangular among the University of Washington, Idaho and Whitman
teams, held on January 22. Marian Garrett and Hope Inlow,
the first freshmen to debate in a varsity contest in a number of years, upheld
the affirmative of the initiative and referendum question. Dorothy Darling and Jeane Collotte were the negative
The frosh women's team composed of Lucile Jackson, Ruth Boyer and Emma Van Valkenburg won a unanimous decision over the sophomore representatives on Thursday, January 29. They debated on the question used in women's triangular relating to the value of the initiative and referendum as adjuncts of representative government. The sophomore team was composed of Helen Brekke, Harriet Hood, and Lenore Martin. John Thomas coached the freshman women and Preston Butler the sophomore wranglers.
Whitman, the University of Washington and
W. S. C. held the annual triangular contest on February 6 and 7, debating on
the question, "Resolved: That Congress should he given the power, by a
two-thirds vote, to overrule decisions of the Supreme Court that declare Acts
of Congress unconstitutional." Gordon Hannaford and Frederick Judy upheld
the affirmative of the question in the college chapel on Friday evening,
February 6. Maurice Orth and Elwood Hutchinson on
spoke for the
Extemporary Speaking Contest
Richard Ayres represented Whitman for the
second time at the Pacific Coast Extemporaneous Contest held this year at
The Whitman chapter of Delta Sigma Rho raised money from the student body this past year to purchase a debating cup for an inter-class trophy at Lewis and Clark High School of Spokane. The cup is to have the name of the winner inscribed on it twice a year and it is hoped that it will develop greater interest in the contests.
Debate at Whitman
Greater 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
Men's Varsity Triangular Debate
UNANIMOUS DECISION FOR NEGATIVE
The much debated question discussed was
"Resolved: That the
BOTH DECISIONS UNANIMOUS FOR 0. A. C.
During vacation .Whitman sent both the
negative and affirmative teams to 0. A. C. The question debated was,
"Resolved: That the
UNANIMOUS DECISION FOR AFFIRMATIVE
On April 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.
Women's Varsity Triangular Debate
BOTH DECISIONS TWO TO ONE FOR WHITMAN
The live question discussed by the Co-eds
in this triangular debate was "Resolved: That the United States should
enter the World Court." Mercedes Dow and Verona Bishop, upholding the
affirmative of the question won a two to one decision in their favor in the
home debate February 7, in Memorial Hall. Miss Dow stressed the need of the
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 lo 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.
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 conceining
the much debated question of the
A. The topic for both regional competition and intramural debate was the world court.
B. The Whitman team was young, but showed much promise for the future.
C. Sophomores John Thomas, Gordon Hannaford, and Howard Porterfield, defeated freshmen Alfred McVay, Howard Manning, and George Tonnemaker in the annual sophomore/freshman debates on November 8.
campus was abuzz about a visit from
E. Intercollegiate debate
the Men’s Triangular Debates at Whitman, Gail Williams and Prior Smith lost to
UW 3-0 on January 17. Hannaford and Krisher beat
the Women’s Triangular Debates, Mercedes Dow and Verone
was a tough year for the young squad with losses to
Ayres qualified for and competed at the Western Regional Extemporaneous
Speaking Contest in
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