1929-1930 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
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Mark Harris, Director of Forensics
With W.R. Davis as DSR advisor.
A. Dr. S.B.L. Penrose was the college president.
B. Wilton Field was the student government president, Helen Graham was the vice-president, and John Joyce was the secretary/treasurer.
C. Whitman had a faculty of 33 people, with two new additions.
1. Mark Harris replaced Angello Pellegrini as the director of forensics.
2. Louise Shafte Blomquist, who joined the college the previous year, became the Dean of Women Students.
D. The Conservatory of Music, located on campus but under a different administration, maintained a faculty of seven.
E. The graduation requirements changed, requiring all students to take a year of a foreign language.
A. The Blue Moon Literary Review was renewed after being cancelled in 1929.
B. Short, curled hair was popular among women.
C. Student fees for ASWC were $7.50 a semester.
E. The Arrows, a pep group, was formed by sophomore women to boost school spirit.
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.
108.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. Not given in [1980-1981.]
100.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 EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING. I Mr. John Brining, of Dayton, Washington, offers two prizes, one of twenty and one of ten dollars, to winners in a speaking I 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 HUGH ELMER BROWN DEBATE TROPHIES have been given by friends in honor of the Reverend Hugh Elmer Brown, D.D., ‘04, of Evanston, Illinois, to promote interest in intramural debating. One trophy is awarded to the best class team of men and women, respectively. (1926)
THE DOVELL—GOSE PRIZES IN ORATORY. Alumni members of the Board of Overseers have established three prizes of $50, $30, and $20 in memory of the late William Thomas Dovell, ‘88, and Christopher Columbus Gose, ‘86, 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 five 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, journalism, debate, oratory and music. The President, Vice-President and Secretary are elected by the student body and constitute, with the Graduate Manager and Faculty Advisor, the Executive Committee. Meetings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the College year. The dues, $7.50 per semester, payable by every student, are collected by the Bursar of the College.
The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking—
First: PAUL LEROY BOLEY, Class of 1932
Second: HELEN FRANCES RUSSELL, Class of 1932
The William Thomas Dovell Prizes in Oratory,—
First: ALBERT HENRY GARRETBON, Class of 1931
Second: CHESTER DALE BABCOCK, Class of 1929
II. In the World
A. The U.S. Government decided to revamp the prison system, restructuring its bureaucracy.
B. The depression continued.
C. “Stalin began a policy of "forced collectivization" of farms.”
E. “In 1929, the first large-scale attacks by Arabs on Jews took place in Palestine.”
F. The Stock Market crashes.
“Trotsky expelled from
“Lateran Treaty establishes independent
I. “Edwin Powell Hubble proposes theory of expanding universe.”
J. “St. Valentine's Day gangland massacre in Chicago.”
school year 1929-1930 in forensics is marked by an unusual surge of activity
and interest. More men turned out for debate this year than ever before. Crowds
at debates excelled those of past years. Debating schedules included trips as
extensive as Whitman has yet known. The Wrangler's Club has had the most active
year of its existence. The enthusiasm and ability of our new coach, Mr. Harris,
coupled with the high caliber of the material he has had to work with, have
made this year outstanding in forensics. Tile season, was begun with the annual
triangular debates with Washington State College and the
Pacific Forensic League
sent two delegates to the annual meet of the Pacific Forensic League, which
convened this year at
Women's Varsity Debate
A debate here, March 14, with
Ye Olde Talke Shoppe
President ......................................................................................................... Catherine Ogden
Vice-President ......................................................................................................... Helen Bown
Secretary-Treasurer ........................................................................... Katherine Kiesling
Ye Talke Shoppe is an organization for the purpose of promoting and encouraging forensic activities among the women of the college. It was organized in 192S and since that time has been very active in furthering its purpose which is to encourage, not more talking, but better talking among all the women students. The membership of Ye Talke Shoppe cannot exceed twenty members and is usually kept a little below this number so that only those women who show unusual ability and interest in forensics are admitted. The new members are chosen strictly on their ability as speakers and are admitted only after they have tried out before and been voted upon by the organization as a whole.
I. Debate at Whitman
A. More men turned out for debate this year then ever before. Crowds at debates excelled those of past years.
season began with the annual triangular debates with Washington State College
C. Intramural resolution was “Resolved: That the intervention of the federal government has been detrimental to the farmers.”
D. Intercollegiate debate
Moscow Talcott Ostrander and George MacClain debated
their way to a decision over the
Wilkinson and Sidney Cottle were less fortunate at
3. At home, Albert Garretson and Kenneth Davis successfully defended themselves against the onslaught of Washington State College debaters, easily subduing their opponents for a decision for Whitman.
4. The question argued in these three debaters was “Resolved, That the English indictment of American education is justified.”
E. This year the women’s forensic activities were not confined to participation in the traditional triangular debate with Washington State College and the University of Idaho as was formerly the custom but, though very satisfactory debates were held with both of these schools, the high lights of this year’s season were the debates with the University of Utah, Pacific University, Willamette University, the University of Oregon and Oregon State College.
4, Katherine Kiesling and Catherine Ogden met a team
2. February 7, in an extra debate with W.S.C. Catherine Ogden and Eloise Neilson took the affirmative side of the question “Resolved that the modern diversion of women from the home to the industrial and business occupations is detrimental to society.”
F. In addition to the eleven debates in which the member of the Varsity squad engaged a heavy schedule of exhibition debates.
G. During the year about 13 students traveled with the team.
NOTE: THE 1931 YEARBOOK WAS FOR THE 1929-1930 YEAR. THERE WERE TWO YEARBOOKS IN 1933 APPROXIMATELY TO ADDRESS THIS “DELAYED YEARBOOK DATE” ISSUE.
IV. Debate at Whitman
A. Mark Harris, the new debate coach, was in charge of both the men’s and women’s teams.
B. National topics
1. The men’s topic was “Resolved: That the nation should adopt a plan for complete disarmament except for such forces as are necessary for police power.”
2. The women’s topic was “Resolved: That the modern diversion of women from the home to business and industrial occupations is detrimental to society.”
C. More men and women participated in debate at Whitman than ever before, despite the fact that membership was limited to upper class students.
D. The Wranglers Club, founded three years prior but never very active, experienced a surge in activity. The club’s purpose was to provide a forum for first year students ineligible for the team, holding exhibitions at several high schools.
E. Albert Garretson won the William Thomas Dovell Contest, with Chester Babcock taking second.
F. The women’s debate team organized exhibitions at local high schools to get students involved in forensics. Mary Bower, Marjorie Douglas, Lois Henderson, Lucille Harris, Lois Brakemeyer, Helen Palmquist, Margaret Paul Johnson, Mary Reed, and Edna Miller participated.
G. Intercollegiate debate
The season began with the Triangular Debates against
In February, Paul Boley and Wilkinson debated a team
In March, Clarke Emery and Maclain on the affirmative
4. Later in March, Garretson and Davidson debated four colleges and attended one tournament on a three week tour of western colleges. Davidson place second in oration at the tournament.
5. The women’s team also participated in Triangular Debates on the topic “Resolved: That the preponderance of women teachers from the fourth through the twelfth grades in our American schools is detrimental.” Katherine Kiesling and Catherine Ogden, Cornelia Hansen, and Eloise Neilson participated. All debates were non-decisive.
In February, Kiesling and Ogden debated on the
On March 3, Kiesling and Ogden toured
Kenneth Garner from about this time at Whitman, wrote in to Jim Hanson, DOF, sometime in 2001 to say “glad to hear you are doing so well.”