1927-1928 Whitman Speech and Debate Team

 

Faculty

Description: Description: 1927-1928 Coach Beem

William Earl Beem

 

Description: Description: 1927-1928 Davis Description: Description: 1927-1928 Blankenship

Edith Davis and Prof. Blankenship who also taught in the English department

 

The Wrangler’s club for freshmen is established in 1927.

 

Description: Description: 1927-1928 Prospectus

Whitman News

I.                 Whitman College in 1927-28

A.     New Staff

1)     Col. Robert Allen Burton – Counselor of Whitman College

2)     Professor H. Wyatt – Professor of Education

B.     Mark Bradford was ASWC President

C.    Alice McPherson was ASWC Vice President

D.    Arthur Jones was ASWC Secretary

E. Dr. Stephen B. L. Penrose was the College President (as well as being head of the education and philosophy departments)

F. William Earl Beem was the debate coach/DOF

G.    Catherine Bleakney was women’s debate manager

H.    Chester Babcock was the men’s debate manager

 

II.               At Whitman College

A.     Enrollment was 535

B.     The Faculty voted to return to the semester system after the S.A.T.C. (a World War I measure) had forced them into a trimester system. The students opposed this move.

C.    Graduation requirements were changed:
The reading knowledge requirement in foreign language was abolished
The physical education requirement was reduced from 2 years to 1 year

D.    There was a mumps outbreak. Various halls were quarantined at one point or another.

E.     The physics department decided to add a radio course for the 1928-29 year.

F.     80% of men at Whitman worked through school

G.    50% of women at Whitman had part time jobs

H.    The Blue Moon (Whitman’s literary magazine) after being cancelled due to financial problems, was revived by Professor Blankenship, and students Lyman Lynn, Paul Smithson, and Bud Lynch

I.       5 members of the faculty were included in “Who’s Who in America”:
President Penrose
Louis F. Anderson (professor of Greek and Vice President of the college – he was also the father of the 1st President of Whitman)
Professor Walter Andrew Bratton (head of mathematics department)
Professor Howard Stidham Brode (Professor of Biology)
Professor Edward E. Ruby (head of the Latin Department)

J.      Flappers were an established social group

K.     Whitman won the Northwest Conference in Basketball for the 3rd straight year

L.     Baseball won the Northwest Conference

M.    Track won their conference meet

N.    The gym was undergoing renovation

O.    Pio ads centered mostly around banks, confectionaries, and clothing

 

 

Speech in the English Department News

 

(1928)

COURSES IN SPEAKING

6.         Public Speaking.—This course aims to develop the ability to speak effectively. It includes instruction in the principles of oral composition, correction of voice and speech defects, training in right vocal habits, and practice in speaking. Sections are limited to fifteen students. Required of Freshmen. One hour, first and second semesters.

7.         Argumentation and Debate.—The aim of this 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. Students interested in intercollegiate forensics are advised to take this course. Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Three hours, first semester.

8.         Forms of Public Address.—The course includes a study of selected addresses prepared for special occasions and practice in the composition and delivery of occasional speeches. Open to Juniors and Seniors. Two hours, second semester.

30.       Extemporaneous Speaking.—Practice in extemporaneous speaking on topics of current interest. Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Two hours, first semester.

9.         Dramatic Interpretation and Play Production.—In the first semester, this course gives instruction and training in dramatic interpretation; in the second semester, in play production. Open to Juniors and Seniors, and to Sophomores by consent of the instructor. The enrollment is limited to twenty students. Three hours, first semester; two hours, second semester.

 

THE JOHN BRINING PRIZES IN FRESHMAN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING.—Mr. John Brining, of Dayton, Washington, offers two prizes, one of twenty and one of ten dollars, to winners in a speaking contest open to members of the Freshman class. The contest is held during Commencement week. Contestants receive their subjects two hours before they speak. In preparing their speeches they are not permitted to consult any person. (1915)

 

            THE WILLIAM THOMAS DOVELL PRIZES IN ORATORY.— Alumni members of the Board of Overseers have established two prizes, one of thirty dollars and one of twenty 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 15 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)

 

            DELTA SIGMA RHO, national honorary forensic fraternity, has established a chapter at the College. Membership is earned in part by participation in at least two intercollegiate contests.

 

            THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WHITMAN COLLEGE, an organization of which every student is a member, has control of student activities in athletics, in journalism, in debate and oratory, and in music. The dues, $7.50 per semester, payable by every student, are collected by the Bursar of the College.

 

The Joins Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—

First:           CARLISLE BISHOP ROBERTS, Class of 1930

Second:      LOYAL ILIF PERRY, Class of 1980

The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory— Tied for First Place:

CHESTER DALE BABCOCK, Class of 1929

CLARK ARNOLD ECKART, Class of 1928

 

Description: Description: 1927-1928 IM Debate Trophy

 

Description: Description: 1927-1928 Intramural Debate

World News

III.              In the world

A.     Italy was under fascist control

B.     China was caught in a civil war between Chiang Kai-Shek’s nationalists and Mao Zedong’s communists

C.    Belgian George Lemaitre postulated the Big Bang theory

D.    Sacco and Vanzetti were executed on August 23, 1927

E.     Philo T. Farnsworth unveils television in San Francisco on September 7, 1927

F.     CBS started its first radio broadcasts on September 18, 1927

G.    The Jazz Singer, widely accepted as the first “talkie” movie, was released on October 6, 1927

H.    The US Supreme Court upheld the lower court rulings in the Teapot Dome scandal on October 10, 1927

I.       Ford unveiled its Model A on December 2, 1927

J.      The Senate refused to seat Senators elect Frank Smith (Ill.) and William Vare (Penn), citing “unethically high” campaign expenditures.

K.     Showboat debuted on Broadway on December 27, 1927

L.     Stalin purges the communist party and consolidates his control of the Soviet Union

M.    (1928) In the wake of the 1927 Mississippi River flooding, the U.S. government adopts the Flood Control Act, a $325 million, 10-year program to control floods with dams built by army engineers.

N.    Amelia Earhart made the first transatlantic flight by a woman between June 17 and 18, 1928

O.    Ethiopia and Italy sign a 20 year pact of friendship on August 2, 1928 (of course, Italy goes on to violate it by invading Ethiopia...)

P.     The US and 64 other nations sign the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact in Paris, thus condemning war

Q. “On March 1st, the US Army Air Corps received the first of its order of 13 B-17 bombers.”

R. The “Neutrality Act, which became known as the "Third Neutrality Act," extended the US Neutrality Acts to civil wars.”

S. “After traveling from Germany, the German dirigible "Hindenburg" exploded upon landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey.”

T. “On July 7th, Japanese troops clashed in maneuvers with Chinese troops at the Marco Polo Bridge, ten miles west of Peking.”

U. “India's National Congress wins election.”

V. The “Royal Commission calls for partition of Palestine.”

W. “Amelia Earhart was lost over the Pacific in her attempt to make an around-the-world flight along the equator.”

X. “Somoza family gains control over Nicaragua.”

Y “On November 11, 1937, Italy joined an anti-comtern (Communist) pact already in force between the Japanese and the Germans.”

Z. “On December 12th, Japanese planes bombed a US river gunboat, the Panay, in China.”

 

 

Description: Description: 1927-1928 Men's Varsity debate

 

Description: Description: 1927-1928 Women's Varsity Debate

 

Team News

 

IV. Debate at Whitman

            A. The Men’s team included Richard Van Horn, Eugene Klise, Henry Taylor, Clark Eckart, Chester Babcock, Carlise Roberts, and Loyal Perry

            B. The Men debated the topic “Resolved, That investors and investments in Foreign countries should be protected only by the government of the Nation in which the investment is made.”

            C. The Men debated six rounds and they won three, lost two, and had one No decision.

            D. The Women’s team included members Dorothy Jack, Hilda Gaylord, Sophie Kirshen, Marjory Nelson, Agnes Clarke, Harriet Ahearn, Catherine Bleakney, and Elizabeth Galloway

            E. The Women debated two topics.

                        1. “Resolved, That co-education in American colleges and universities is a failure.”

                        2. “Resolved, That the policy of mass education in the American institutions of higher learning be condemned.”

            F. The Women’s team debated in two contests losing both.

            G. Whitman was part of the Pacific Coast Forensic League which included eleven Members from Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Idaho.

H. Harry Rothrock represented Whitman at the national speech tournament in Los Angeles. He competed in oratory. He was unable to compete in Extemporaneous speaking since he won the event the year before.

V. IM Debate at Whitman

            A. Trophies were offered for the first time this year. This was done to encourage Competition. The IM contests became a matter of class pride.

            B. The Men debated the topic “Resolved, That insanity as a plea for a crime Be abolished.”

            C. Freshmen Kenneth Davis and Ralph Edgerton defeated Juniors Harold Fleharty and Charles Ogden to win the IM debates.

            D. The Women debated the topic “Resolved, That advertising plays too great a Part in the life of the American people.”

            E. Freshmen Ruth Blaine and Lola Sims defeated Sophomores Irmal Kinnison And Verna Rasmusser and Juniors Leila Lundy and Eleanor Dunlop To win the IM debates.

VI. Whitman IM Speech Contests

            A. The Dovell Oratory contest was split between Chester Babcock and Harry Rothrock who each tied for first.

            B. Freshmen were not allowed to compete in the Dovell Contest. They had a Contest of their own called the John Brining Extemporaneous Speech Contest.

                        1. It gave a long list of topics with three hours of preparation to the contestants. Twelve finalists were announced.

                        2. Carlisle Roberts and Loyal Perry won the awards in the Women’s and Men’s divisions respectively.

 

 

 

Description: Description: 1927-1928 Other Speaking Contests

 

The past year has been one of interest to followers of the Whitman debating teams. Although debate does not draw the crowds that other outside activities of the college do, the people of the Northwest have probably heard more about the Missionary's forensic activities this year than they have of any of his other undertakings.

A new coach took over the reigns last fall, and one of the biggest events of the year faced him shortly after school opened. W. Earl Beem of Grinnell College was the man, and his problem was the Australian debate. Only one veteran varsity man had returned to school, and he was unable to go out for debate. The task of finding and training three men to meet the experienced University of Sydney team was not an easy one, but the new coach ably rose to the occasion, and produced a triad that made a very creditable showing against the experienced Australian debaters.

During the year two other men's debates were held, one of which was a dual debate, and six men were broken into the game. All but one of these will return to school next year. Two representatives were also entered in the Pacific Forensic League contest, and both placed. One of these will be lost by graduation.

In the women's section only one veteran came out for debate, and a triangular contest and a dual debate shortly faced the squad. Quick work on the part of Coach Beem again came to the rescue, and four new candidates were ready to take the field when the time came. Three of these women varsity debaters will be lost by graduation, but the two remaining will have as their colleagues next year an experienced group of women who were out for interclass debate.

The success of the season is due largely to the efforts of the coach. Handicaps seemed but opportunities to him, and he has already started preparations for a next year's schedule that promises to be nearly twice as big as the one just completed.

 

WHITMAN MEETS UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

Early in the fall the men's rebate squad was called out to begin preparations for the second inter-continental debate in the history of the school. Hardly a month was at hand in which to break in an entirely new squad, but hard work on the part of the men turning out gave Coach Beem confidence enough to pick a trio and begin training them to meet the experienced University of Sydney team in the English style of debate.

The question chosen was: "Resolved, that the modern press exercises a harmful influence on the community," and the Whitman team, composed of Harry Rothrock, Mark Bradford, and Chester Babcock, upheld the negative side of the resolution.

Sydney H. Heathwood, Noel D. Mackintosh, and John R. Godsall spoke for the Australian university. All three of these men had had considerable experience, and two of them had debated two years previous against the Oxford team which was at that time touring the world.

The debate was featured by the cleverness and wit of the members of both teams, and at times the audience was kept in an uproar by the brilliant comparisons used. It was a no-decision debate, and newspapers of the city did not express an opinion because of the closeness of the contest.

 

INTERCLASS DEBATE

This year for the first time in the history of the school the men's and women's interclass debaters completed a forensic schedule and were award-ed bronze plaques for their winning work. The men argued on the question: "Resolved, that all students be prohibited from operating cars while attending college" and the women discussed the co-educational problem in the United States.

After a series of elimination contests in which debaters were graded individually the following class champions were picked: Men, Seniors: Harry Johnson and Philip von Lubken; Juniors: Glenn Davidson and Henry Taylor; Sophomores: Charles Ogden and Glenn Brogger; Freshmen: Wilmar Froistad and Loyal Perry. In the women's division no Junior team was entered. The other class teams were: Seniors, Lenore Martin and Mary Walker; Sophomores' Betty O'Brien and Sophie Kirshen; and Freshmen Helen Graham and Clare Applegate.

In the finals, which were held during chapel hours in the early part of March' the Junior men emerged victorious over their Freshmen rivals, and the Senior women defeated the Sophomore champions for the coveted trophy.

The two plaques upon which the names of the winning teams were engraved, were presented to the school by the Rev. Hugh Elmer Brown of Evanston, Illinois and were awarded for the first time this year. It is thought that even a greater interest will be shown in interclass debate next year than was shown during its first year of organization, and Coach Beem expects to uncover many promising varsity debaters by means of these debates.

 

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING CONTEST

For the first time in the history of the school a Whitman student place in the Pacific Coast Extemporaneous Speaking contest, which was this year held at Corvallis Harry Rothrock, a Sophomore, represented the college in this meet, and carried off first honors with a Southern California student placing second and the Washington State College representative getting third place. Rothrock, after an hour's preparation, spoke on "The History of the United States' Policy in Respect to the West Indian Republics of Central America

 

ORATORICAL CONTEST

On April 8, the night following the Extemporaneous Speaking contest Preston Butler spoke in Salem on "The New Caesar," and carried off third place in the oratorical contest sponsored by the Pacific Coast Forensic League. Oregon Agricultural College won first place in this event, and Willamette University took second place. Whitman was the only school entered in the contests to place in both events, although this was the first year for the school to place in either. Professor Davis, retiring vice-president of the league, was replaced by Charles Mitchell of O. A. C., and Mr. Beem was elected new secretary-treasurer of the league.

 

OTHER CONTESTS

Speaking contests of every description are continually being held in Whitman College, many of which come off at commencement time, and are thus too late to be recorded in the annual for that year. It would be best, then, to go back a few months' and pay these orators their just dues for this rather thankless task in which they engage.

 

The Dovell Contest

The William Thomas Dovell prizes in oratory were given last commencement to Gordon Hannaford and Jack Gose, both of whom have graduated. The prizes given each year are thirty dollars and twenty, and this year four speakers have already been chosen to contest for the money in June. They are: Chester Rabcock, Clark Eckart, Marian Garrett, and Velton Read, with Howard Manning as a possible alternate.

 

The John Brining Contest

Last year's Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking contest was won by Betty O'Brien, with Eugene Klise placing second. Prizes of twenty and ten dollars are given each year to the winners of this contest, who draw subjects and are given three hours in which to prepare them. A great wealth of material is at hand this year from which to pick speakers for the finals and this event promises to be one of the most hotly contested in many years

 

Frosh Oratorical Contest

Last year an oratorical contest was held for the Freshmen, and a considerable amount of talent was discovered among these youngsters. The four finalists spoke during the chapel hour, and Chester Babcock was awarded first place, and Virginia Humphrey second. The others reaching the finals over a large field of entries were Eugene Klise and Hilda Gaylord

 

On December 7, 1927, the Whitman debate team faced off against a trio of debaters from Cambridge College, England. The topic of discussion was rather irreverent: “Resolved: That this house is opposed to women.” The Cambridge team affirmed the resolution, while their Whitman opponents argued valiantly in favor of their female counterparts.

            H.L. Elvin, M.A.B. King-Hamilton and H.M. Foot spoke for Cambridge, while Harry Rothrock, Henry Taylor, and Mark Bradford debated for Whitman. Although the debate was not formally judged, fellow debaters and community members flocked to the Keylor Grand theater to witness the event. Many were left gasping for air as they laughed raucously at the tone of the dialogue. By all accounts, the debate was an immense success.

WOMEN'S TRIANGULAR

On February 16 Lenore Martin and Dorothy Jack met the negative team from Washington State College in the college chapel on the question: "Resolved, that the United States adopt a uniform marriage and divorce law." On the same evening the Whitman negative team, composed of Maurine Hall and Mary Walker journeyed to Moscow and debated the Univer- sity of Idaho debaters on the same question. At the same time a team from the University was in Pullman arguing the negative side of the question, and much interest was shown in all three cities concerning the much discussed resolution. All of these debates were no-decision affairs.

COLLEGE OF IDAHO DUAL DEBATE

"Resolved: that a national board of censorship be established by congress to control exhibitions and the release of all moving pictures" was the question discussed by the teams representing the College of Idaho and Whitman on Saturday evening, April 16. Catherine Bleakney and Dorothy Jack, upholding the negative side of the question, won a 2 to 1 decision over the Idaho women on the Whitman floor, while Mary Walker and Lenore Martin,, who traveled to Caldwell to argue the affirmative side of the resolution, lost by a split vote. The home debate was unique in that it was broadcast by remote control from MacDowell Hall through station KOWW, Walla Walla. This was the first debate to be sent out over the wires from Whitman College, and the first women's debate to be broadcast in this section of the country.

 

O. A. C. DEBATE

On Wednesday evening, March 9, Clark Eckart and Harry Rothrock met the Oregon Agricultural College affirmative team in the college chapel on the question: "Resolved, that foreign nations immediately relinquish all governmental control in China, excepting that usually exercised by consulates and legations." It was the first time in several years that the two schools had met, and dopesters had it rightly figured that this would be one of the best debates of the year. Both sides got a good deal of applause on their smashing rebuttals, as these were the features of the debate. The visiting team went home with a well earned 2 to I decision.

 

COLLEGE OF PUGET SOUND DUAL DEBATE

The Chinese question was again under fire in two debates between the College of Puget Sound and Whitman which were held April 18 and April 28. Chester Babcock and Kenneth Garner took the trip to Tacoma for the first of the debates' and upheld the negative side of the question in Jones Hall before one of the largest crowds that has ever witnessed a forensic con- test in the sound city. The Tacomans kept an unanimous decision in their own home town, but according to reports Whitman's team made a very creditable showing, despite the adverse decision of the judges. Ten days later Howard Manning and Clark Eckart were hosts to the C. P. S. negative team in Walla Walla and sent them home with the small end of a split decision. This was Manning's first varsity debate, but Eckart had been in one previous contest. Manning gave the extra two-minute rebuttal for the affirmative team.

 

Team Results

 

IV.             Debate at Whitman

A.     Whitman had the only chapter of Delta Sigma Rho (a debate honor society) in the state
1) Members:
 Faculty: William R. Davis and George B. Marquis
 Students: Clark Eckart, Catherine Bleakney, Mark Bradford, Harry Rothrock, Chester Babcock, Dorothy Jack, Alfred McVay
2) Hilda Gaylord, Sophia Kirshen, Elizabeth Galloway, Kenneth Garner, Eugene Klise, and Henry Taylor were inducted in spring 1928

B.     Farm organizations:
1) Freshmen Ralph Edgerton, Philip Davis, and Fred Sundquist of the Wranglers’ Club (an on campus farm organization for Whitman debate) debated Walla Walla High School on the resolution “Resolved, that the President and Vice President of the US should be elected for a single, 6-year term constitutionally waived.”

Later in the year they debated Mac-Hi on the resolution “Resolved, that the jury system should be so changed as to permit a verdict by less than unanimous vote” (12 mi.n constructives; one 5min rebuttal per team)

2) Ye Talke Shoppe (the women’s equivalent of the Wranglers’ Club) was formed. It consisted of 20 women. Dorothy Jack was the President, Elizabeth Galloway was the Vice President, and Elma Proffitt was the Secretary/Treasurer.

3) On December 1 they met to debate the resolution “Resolved: that this house disapproves of woman.” The women of Ye Talke Shoppe were Aff.

C.    The women’s debate team consisted of 8 members: Dorothy Jack, Hilda Gaylord, Sophie Kirshen, Catherine Bleakney, Katherin Kiesling, Elizabeth Galloway, Agnes Clark, and Harriet Ahearn.
 1) Meets:
 2/16 - Dorothy Jack and Hilda Gaylord lost on the Aff at Washington State College debating the resolution “Resolved, that co-education as practical in American institutions of higher education is a failure.” Afterwards, they traveled to the University of Idaho for a no-decision round on the same topic. We were Aff. “a few evenings later”- Marjorie Nelson and Sophia Kirshen lost on the Neg debating on the “co-ed” topic to Washington State College. The round was held here.

2/20 - Agnes Clark and Harriet Ahearn lost on the Aff at Oregon State College, debating the resolution “Resolved, that mass education at American colleges and universities should be abandoned.”

2/28 - Elizabeth Galloway and Catherine Bleakney lost on the Neg at Oregon State College debating the “mass-education” topic
 2) Katherine Kiesling and Elma Proffit were incapacitated by the mumps outbreak

D.    Men’s debate:
1) Topic: “Resolved, that American investors and investments in foreign nations should be protected only by the government in which the investments are made.”
2) Meets:
 3/1 - Richard Van Horn and Eugene Klise, Aff vs. Weber College. No-decision.
 3/2 - Richard Van Horn and Henry Taylor, Aff at Washington State College. We lost.
 3/3 - Chester Babcock and Clark Eckart vs. Utah State Agricultural College. We lost.
 3/5 - Henry Taylor and Eugene Klise, Aff vs. Oregon State College. We lost.
 4/5 - Carlisle Roberts and Loyal Perry, Neg vs. Washington State College. We won.
 

E.     On December 7 a three-man team from Cambridge came to debate a 3-man (as in “not 3-woman”) team from Whitman in a no-decision meet sponsored by the Institute of International Education.

1) the Cambridge team: M.A.B King, Herman Lionel Elvin, and Hugh Macintosh Foot

            2) the Whitman team: Harry Rothrock, Henry Taylor, and Mark Bradford

            3) The Resolution: “Resolved that this house disapproves of woman” (Whitman was Neg)

            4) 13 minute constructives; one 8 minute rebuttal per team

5) Professor W.R. Davis presided

F.     IM debates were held on a class (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors) basis
      1) the resolution and other details were decided on by a committee of students
                  a) times were 7min constructives; 4min rebuttals; debates were two-on-two
                  b) men’s resolution: “Resolved, that the plea of insanity in defense of crime be abolished (constitutionality is waived)”
                  c) women’s resolution: “Resolved, that this house condemns the large part played by advertising in modern life.”
 2) no senior teams entered, giving the junior teams a leg straight into finals
 3) Men: Freshmen Kenneth Davis and Ralph Edgerton (Neg) beat Juniors Harold Fleharty and Charles Ogden in the final round.
 4) Women: Freshmen Lola Sims and Ruth Blaine beat Juniors Eleanor Dunlap and Leila Lundy

G.    The Pacific Coast Forensics League Tournament (which consisted of only oration and extemporaneous speaking) amended the extemporaneous speaking event so that schools would receive absolutely no clues as to the topic before arriving at the tournament.
 1) Harry Rothrock was selected to represent Whitman at this tournament (he couldn’t do extemp, since he had taken first the year before). Clark Eckart was the alternate. (There was no opportunity for women to compete at this tournament). Rothrock’s oratory was on “Valleys of Forgotten Men.”
 2) Tournament was held at Pomona College
 3) There was a $50 prize for 1st place and a $25 prize for 2nd.
 4) Results
 Oratory:
 1st – Arizona University
 2nd – University of California
 3rd – USC
 Extemp
 1st – Stanford
 2nd – Pomona
 A measure to form a women’s league was voted down
 President Cable of Arizona University was elected League President
 Professor Veatch of Washington State College was elected League Vice President

H.    The Dovell speech contest was barred from Freshmen; speeches had to be 2000 words or less; the topic had to be approved by the English department.
 1) There were 14 entries. They held a preliminary round to choose 4 finalists.
 2) Finalists:
 Irma Kinnison; Stephen Penrose, Jr.; Harry Rothrock; Richard Van Horn; Chester Babcock – Alternate
 1st – Irma Kinnison (class of ’30)
 2nd – Stephen Penrose, Jr. (class of ’28)

I.       The John Brining extemporaneous speaking contest was held for freshmen only.
 1) Women finalists:
 Ruth Blaine, Cornelia Hansen, Katherine Kiesling, Catherine Ogden (Harriet Ahearn and Freda Herndon as alternates)
 Winner: Ruth Blaine
 2) Men finalists:
 Kenneth Davis, Albert Garretson, Gordon Manseir, Donald Rader (Howard Rosheim and Ralph Edgerton as alternates)
 Winner: Albert Garretson

J.      Two trophies were adopted to be awarded to the campus organization with the most members participating in forensic activities (Varsity debate, Speaking contests, Intramural debates, and Pacific Coast Forensics League Contests)