1928-1929 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
With William R. Davis, George Maquis, and Chester Maxey (picture from 1933)
Ye Talke Shoppe is founded in 1928.
Speech in the English Department News
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, both semesters.
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 thirty dollars and one of twenty dollars, in memory of the late William Thomas Dovell, ‘88, 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)
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.
Instructors in the English department
II. In the World
A. The stock market crash was just about to happen.
B. Veterans of the First World War had marched on Washington D.C. and set up shacks there known as ‘Hoovervilles’ where they lived in poverty. The government had refused to pay them war benefits and the beginnings of the Great Depression had hurt them.
“The Chinese Nationalists, led by Chiang Kai-Shek, captured
E. “On June 18th, Amelia Earhart became the first woman
to fly across the
F. “On June 9th, (Australians) Charles Kingsford Smith
and Charles Ulm completed a 7,316 mile flight from the
“Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, [is] signed in
H. “Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.”
I. “Anthropologist Margaret Mead publishes Coming of Age in Samoa.”
J. “Richard E. Byrd starts expedition to Antarctic.”
Q. “Final volume of Oxford English Dictionary published after 44 years of research.”
Coming with a high record for attainment in participation and coaching: of debate. Coach Angelo M. Pellegrini undertook the coaching of this activity here last fall. With a squad of men of whom only three had had previous inter-collegiate debating experience, Mr. Pellegrini developed his material to the point that Whitman teams were able to compete on equal terms with the experienced teams of other northwest colleges and universities. Much the same situation faced him with the women's debaters. His intensive work with the women's teams showed especially fine results. This fine training, of both men and women debaters, few of whom will be lost by graduation, should slow especially fine fruits in a successful season next year,
The Oregon system introduced by Mr. Pellegrini aroused considerable interest among those who attended the debates and possibly increased attendance at debates slightly. It perhaps robs debating of much of its formality, but stirs up more attention on the part of the audience, since it furnishes somewhat the thrill of an athletic contest. Few decision debates were held this year. The decision contest deprives debating of the quality which makes of debate an activity which gives the undergraduate mind an opportunity to focus and express itself on matters of great importance, according to Mr. Pelligrini. ln place of this attitude lie believes that it tends to cause debaters to resort to strategy and hypocrisy, where’s effort should be made to arrive at a true decision on tile merits of the question rather than on the quality of speaking. In this connection Mr. Pelligrini has this to say: "The day of the contest debate seems to be definitely of the past, I returned, some weeks ago, from the conference of the Pacific Forensic League with this impression firm in my mind. I rejoice that it is so. In my estimation, debate has always transcended the questionable value of judgments. If debate has value, it is intrinsic and something totally unrelated to the decision which is seldom based upon definite standards. The purpose of debate is intelligent discussion of a proposition; its value is the training in critical analysis it affords the debater. The training in oral discourses is of secondary importance. "If this evaluation of debate is granted, it can hardly lie denied that the decision in debate has largely prostituted the purpose of debating. Intelligent discussion and the ambition to present an "air-tight" case are not easily compatible. Usually, where one prevails, the other suffers. We cannot develop a healthy, critical faculty, where the desire is not to present the approximate truth of a proposition, but rather, to present an argument that will drop pleasantly upon the ears of the arbiters. Where the argument advanced flirts with the decision of the judge, the whole performance becomes childish and sophomoric. The unpleasant state in which college debating; finds itself may be due, in part at least, to the decision. I am convinced that it is so. "Because of this conviction, whenever I have had the choice I have spurned the decision. It has been any ambition to extend the privilege of debating: to all who have shown the least promise in the art, rather than to concentrate on two or three who would he likely to win a decision. This policy, I believe, is the most consistent with the purposes of college debating."
Men's Varsity Debate
Five men's inter-collegiate debates, four of which were non-decision, were held during the debate season completed this spring. More debates were scheduled, hut due to unforeseen circumstances which arose, they could not he carried out. Carlisle Roberts, men's debate) manager, worked assiduously to arrange for good and interesting debates. Situations beyond his control caused the change in plans. This season's squad consisted of nine men who were chosen on the basis of a try-out earlv last fall: Kenneth Davis, Kalph Kaderton, Albert Garretson, Carlisle Hoberts, and Vernon Wilkinson and several others. Klise, Perry and Roberts, all juniors, were the only members of the squad who had before appeared in inter-collegiate debates for Whitman. A departure from precedent was made in putting two freshmen on tile squad, George and Hulser. Davis, Edgerton and Garretson are all sophomores.
Meeting a Washington State College team in
A debate trip to California for which
Roberts and Davis were picked to represent the college did not materialize
because of lack of finances. The coach and debaters realizing this, willingly canceled the plans. There is no reflection
on any one either here or in
Women's Varsity Debate
After a series of exhibition debates at near-by
high schools. Whitman opened the women's season with a triangular debate
Katherine Bleakney Katherine Kiesling,
Hilda Gaylord Katherine Ogden.
Agnes dark, manager Ruth Blaine
Elma Proffitt Lola Sims
This series of intramural debates for the Hugh Elmer Brown Trophy, the principle forensic activity of the spring, attracted considerable interest among the three lower classes. The question, "Resolved: that inter-collegiate athletics should be abolished," was used in all of these debates. In these contests, the sophomore class was represented by Roy Lindman and Gordon Manser who were picked for the team from twelve sophomore candidates, through a series of elimination debates. They defended the championship won by the class of '31 last year. The frosh team, composed of Paul Boley and Kenneth Smith, was chosen by try-out. The Juniors who represented their class were Vernon Wilkinson and Fred McMillen. They won from the seniors by default.
The question used in the women's inter-class debates this year was one of unique interest; "Resolved: that the women of Whitman College should be allowed the same privileges of personal contact as the men." The freshman team was under the management of Margaret Rosenkranz and consisted of Mildred Martlia and Anita Bolev. Helen Gray and ltiitli Goss eclipsed the Sophomore team with Katherme Kiesling as manager and Jean Lovell and Clare Applegate represented the junior class. The senior class was not able to produce a team this year and so was forced to forfeit.
Pacific Forensic League
As a member of the Pacific Coast Forensic
League, Whitman sent three delegates to the annual meeting of this organization
held this year at the
John Brining Contest
The John Brining Extemporaneous Speaking Contest is held annually at Commencement, open to freshmen only, four boys and four girls are chosen by a series of elimination contests from the public speaking classes. The eight selected choose their subjects from a list made up by the English department, and are given three hours for the preparation of their speeches. The prizes were twenty and ten dollars and were won last year by Albert Garretson and Keith Ulaine. The contest is open to those interested in attending.
Each year prizes of thirty and twenty dollars are awarded to the winners of the William Thomas Dovell oratorical contest, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. At a preliminary selection four participants are chosen on the basis of an oration given before three judges. From these candidates, who compete in the final contest during commencement week, the two prize winners are chosen. Last year lrmal Kennison and Stephen B. L. Penrose, Jr., won first and second prizes, respectively. As yet this year the participants have not been chosen, but from the amount of good material in evidence, competition promises to be keen.
Frosh debates for the year were held under
the direction and management of the Wrangler's Club. Through this club a dual
debate was arranged for its freshman pledges with the state debate teams of
Leslie Anderson Ralph Edgerton Albert Garretson
Carter Bass Clark Emery Howard Pfirman
Wallace Davis Theodore Gaiser
Alien Asher Harold Garretson Maurice Powers
Calvert Anderson Paul George John Rockwood
Marion Castle Donald Grove Kenneth Smith
Dan Elam Edward Morgan Ralph Smith
Ye Talke Shoppe
The purpose of Ye Talke Shoppe is to encourage self-expression among women students. Tile aim is not to encourage more talking, but to encourage more aim in talking. Ye Talke Shoppe is limited to twenty members, selected by try-out. This year it sponsored all debates and speaking contests, and presented a short play in chapel. The charter was granted in 1928.
Vice-President ............ Sophie Kirshen (Ruth Blaine)
Secretary-treasurer .... Catherine Ogden
Mrs. W, M. Davis, honorary Hilda Gaylord Catherine Ogden
Ruth Blaine ' Dorothy Jack Elma Proffitt
Anita Boley Katherine Keisling Verna Rasmussen
Helen Bown Sophie Kirshen Mary Ringer
Agnes Clarke LaVerne Mansfield Margaret Rosenkranz
Elizabeth Galloway Marjorie Nelson l.ola Sims
Catherine Bleakney Cornelia Hansen
A. The College was led by president Stephen Beasley Linnard Penrose
B. Student Body President was Arthur Jones
C. Vice President was Leila Lundy
D. Secretary was Robert Garrett
A. A mumps epidemic was threatening to close down the school. Finals for
That year went on as planned despite this problem.
B. The anniversary of the Whitman Massacre was celebrated for the 81st time.
Marcus Whitman is still seen as a martyr for progress in 1929.
C. The Pioneer advertised such things as Taverns, Bakeries, and Coal.
Women's Varsity Debate
On February 16,
This year, for the second time in the
Men's Varsity Debate
This year Whitman entered six men's
inter-collegiate debates. The question discussed was: "Resolved, That
investors and investments in foreign countries should, be protected only by the
government of the nation in which the investment is made." On March 1
Richard Van Horn and Eugene Klise represented Whitman
in a no-decision debate with the team from Weber College, Logan, Utah. On March
2 Van Horn and Henry Taylor lost the decision of a critic judge at Pull- man,
Clark Eckart and Chester Babcock, on March 3, sent
the Utah Aggies home with the better part of a spit decision and on March 5 the
0. S. C. debaters had similar luck against Klise and
Taylor. March 6 Babcock and Eckart lost to 0. S. C. at
THE DOVELL CONTEST
Each year there are awarded prizes of thirty and twenty dollars respectively to the winners of the William Thomas Dovell Oratorical Contest, which is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, For the preliminaries each contestant must give an oration before three judges selected from outside the college, and from those competing four are selected to participate in the final contest during Commencement week. Last year Chester Babcock and Clark Eckart tied for honors. Great interest is being shown, and much good talent is turning out this year, but the final participants have not yet been selected.
THE JOHN BRINING CONTEST
Annually at Commencement time there is held the John Brining Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. It is open only to Freshmen, and the final competitors are six girls and six boys chosen by elimination contests in the public speaking classes. The twelve selected are allowed to choose from a list of subjects and are given three hours for preparation. There seemed to be a large amount of talent in last year's freshman class, and thus the contest was close and interesting. The prizes offered were twenty and ten dollars. They were won last June by Carlisle Roberts and Loyal Perry, These men have kept their laurels green by forming a winning debate combination this year.
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.
Whitman was part of the Pacific Coast Forensic League which included eleven
Harry Rothrock represented Whitman at the national
speech tournament in
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.