1930-1931 Whitman Speech and Debate Team




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Mark Harris, Instructor in Public Speaking and Debate


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With W.R. Davis as DSR advisor.


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Whitman News

I.                 Whitman College in 1930-1931

A.               The college added 8 new professors to the faculty.

1.               Miss Thelma Mills of Pacific University was the new dean of women.

2.               Miss Paule Ravasse of Annie Wright seminary took her sister’s position as instructor in French.

3.               Miss Virginia Penrose taught French and art.

4.               Dr. and Mrs. Philips H. Pope were instructors in the biology department succeed Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Bodenburg.

5.               Mr. Donald E. Sellow took John McCormick’s place as instructor of theory of music and the organ at the conservatory.

6.               Irwin D. Stewart taught applied mathematics.

7.               Marvin Cragun was the instructor in English.

B.               Leroy Lindman was the student body president.

C.              Stephan Beasley Linnard Penrose was the college president.

D.              Mark Harris was the instructor in Public Speaking and Debate.

II.               At Whitman College

A.               Tau Kappa Epsilon, national men’s fraternity, installed Alpha Theta, its thirty-first chapter at Whitman College.

B.               “Can’t Bust ‘Em” was the slogan for Campus Cords, which were popular for the college gentlemen.

C.              The “Blue Moon,” the quarterly publication of the Press Club, made its debut at the Homecoming football game between Whitman and Idaho.

D.              The Pioneer ran ads for Puritan Creamery, Camels cigarettes, and Peoples State Bank.


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Speech in the English Department News








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

55.   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. Two hours, first semester.

66.       Advanced Public Speaking.—This course includes a study of the content and delivery of both prepared and impromptu speeches, based on material of current interest. Practice and individual criticism are stressed. Open to Juniors and Seniors. Sections are limited to fifteen students. Two hours, second se mester.

67-8. Dramatic Interpretation and Play Production.—In the first semester, this course gives instruction and training in dra matic interpretation; in the second semester, in play production. Open to Juniors and Seniors. The enrolment is limited to twenty students. Three hours, both semesters.



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).



Alumni member’s of the Board of Overseers have established two prizes in oratory, of $30 and of $20, in memory of the late William Thomas Dovell, ‘88, and Christopher Columbus Gose, ‘86. The prizes are awarded upon the basis of a contest in oratory held during Commencement Week in which at least four contestants participate. The contest is open to members of the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes. The oration is limited to fifteen hundred words. Contestants present their subjects to the head of the English department for approval not later than the first Tuesday in March. If more than four students enter the contest a preliminary contest is held not later than the third Tuesday of May and the orations used in this contest are submitted to the head of the English department in final form not later than the first Tuesday of May. If no preliminary contest is required the orations in their final form are submitted to the head of the English department not later than the third Tuesday in May. (1918)


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


Student Organizations


THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WHITMAN COLLEGE, an organization of which every student is a member, has control of activities in athletics, journalism, debate, oratory and sic. 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 held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the College year. The dubs, $10.00 per semester, payable by every student, are collected by the Bursar of the College.


The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—

First: CHARLES EUGENE HARGETT, Class of 1933

Second; WAYNE NORTON DONALDSON, Class of 1933


The Dovell-Gose Oratory Conotest

First: KENNETH CULP DAVIS, Class of 1931

Second:   ALBERT HENRY GARRETSON, Class of 1931


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World News

III.              In the world

A.               The United States suffered through the Great Depression that followed the stock market crash of 1929.

B.               The U.S. Census recorded a population of 122,775,046. The center of population was located three miles northeast of Linton, Green County, Indiana.

C.              Great Britain gave South Africa full independence as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

D.              The Japanese seized Manchuria.

E.               In Spain, King Alfonso XIII fled the country and Spain became a democratic republic.

F.               “The Nazi Party won 107 seats in the election for the German Reichstag.”

G.              “Great Britain, the United States and Japan signed a naval pact that limited the number of capital ships each could have.”

H.              In Spain, “a new constitution was adopted that provided for universal suffrage and complete separation of Church and State.”

I.                 “Chiang Kai-Shek began the first of five military campaigns against the Communists.”

J.                The Hawley-Smoot Tariff is enacted; it “called for raising the rate of tariff to as high as 49%.”

K.               “A rebellion broke out in Southern Peru in August. As a result, Peruvian President Ausgusto Leguioa was forced to resign.”

L.               “After Conservative Julio Prestes was elected President, a revolt broke out in the Southern provinces of Brazil.”

M.              “The Cyclotron, otherwise known as the atom smasher, was invented by Ernest Lawrence, an American physicist at the University of California at Berkely.”

N.              “The General Electric Company introduced the flash bulb for taking photos.”

O.              “Pluto [is] discovered by astronomers.”


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