Roy McCall was the coach

Charles Howard apparently helped out as well




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Professor Davis continues to serve as DSR faculty member.

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Team Information


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Whitman News

I.                 Whitman College 1933-1934

A.     President of the College was Stephen Bealley Linnard Penrose

B.     President of the Student Body Gordon Wright

C.    Vice-President - Dorothy Robinson and Edetha Hartwig

D.    Secretary Robert Brome

E.     Roy McCall was the Debate Coach


II.         At Whitman College

A.     Dean Maxey was chosen as one of fifty professors to attend a session of international law at the University of Michigan

B.     Action is taken to prevent the truancy of students

C.    Fossil elephant is found 44 miles from Walla Walla

D.    Noted International Politics Advisor Sir Herbert Brown Ames spent 3 days at Whitman

E.     Men’s basketball ties for Conference Championship

F.     Baseball set an all time record by winning 9 games in a row


Speech in the English Department News


Professor DAVIS, Professor BLANKENSHIP, Assistant Professor DAVIS, Assistant Professor LAPHAM, Mr. CHAOUN, Mr. MCCALL


Students who select English as their major study are advised to have by the end of the Sophomore year (1) at least nine hours selected from Courses 21, 23-24, 25, 31, 40, and 58; (2) ten hours of beginning Greek or Latin, or high school equivalent; (3) a reading knowledge of French, Spanish or German.

In the Junior and Senior years a major in English should include (1) a general knowledge of the social aspects of English and American history; (2) at least five hours elected from Courses 51, 52, 54, 56, 57-68, and 81-82; (3) at least seventeen hours elected from upper class courses in Literature, Greek 51 or 52, Latin 52, and Philology 81-82.

Courses 1 or 2, and 15-16, are required in the Freshman year. Two additional hours elected from Courses 31, 51, 52, 54, 81-82, to be completed during the Sophomore, Junior or Senior year are required of all candidates for graduation.


Courses of Instruction



1 or 2. Composition

Two hours, first or second semester

51. Journalism

Two hours, first semester

161. Narrative Writing

Two hours, first semester

1xx. Magazine Writing

Two hours, second semester

166· Business Writing

Two hours, second semester

81-82- Advanced Composition

One or two hours, first and second semesters


15-16. Public Speaking

One hour, first and second semesters

55. Argumentation and Debate

Two hours, first semester

56. Advanced Public Speaking

Two hours, second semester

51-58. Dramatic interpretation and Play Production

Three hours, first and second semesters


SS-24. Types of Prose. Fiction

Two hours, first and second semesters

67-68. American Literature

Three hours, first and second semesters

85-86. Honors Course

One or two hours, first and second semesters

87-88. Senior Reading Course

Two or three hours, first and second semesters

97-98. The Teaching of English in the High School

One hour, first and second semesters





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




15 or 16. Public Speaking

Instruction and training in oral communication; correction of voice defects; training in right vocal habits. Sections limited to sixteen.

Two hours, one semester.


47.    Argumentation and Debate

Principles of argumentation and practice in convincing discussion of disputed questions.

Two hours, first semester.


55 or 51. Public Speaking, Advanced Course

Preparation and delivery of the informal and the formal public speech; vocal training; extemporaneous discussion. Limited to twenty students.

Two hours, one semester.


67-58.    (Unit) Dramatic Interpretation and Play Production

Instruction in dramatic interpretation and experience in dramatic production through the public presentation of several plays. Prerequisite, Course 59.

Two hours, first semester; three hours, second semester.


59.   Oral Interpretation

Practice in reading and interpreting the printed page. Limited to twenty students.

Two hours, first semester.


75-76.  Advanced Debate

Credit for work done, first and second semesters.





The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—

First: LUKAS ERNEST Hoska Jr.., Class of 1936

Second: ENAIL OLSON, Class of 1936


The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory—


Second: GEOEGE WILMOT ROGEES, Class of 1935


World News

·         “The Nazis rounded up all potential adversaries, arresting tens of thousands of opponents and Jews. There was no place to put them in jail, so the first of many concentration camps was opened at Dachau.”

·        “The inauguration of Roosevelt as President brought with it the ‘New Deal,’ which saw the creation of a multitude of government agencies and activities to combat the Depression. These measures included large–scale work programs for the unemployed, and full–scale government projects.”

·        “The Hoover Dam was completed in Nevada.”

·        “The nations of the Western Hemisphere entered into an agreement in which they renounced aggression and use of force in the Western Hemisphere. The agreement marked the beginning of reconciliation between the nations of the Americas and the United States, which had intervened many times in the internal political affairs of the South America.”

·        Prohibition is repealed.

·        Germany and Japan withdraw from League of Nations.”

·        “Giuseppe Zangara executed for attempted assassination of president-elect Roosevelt in which Chicago mayor Cermak is fatally shot.”


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Team News



Whitman varsity debaters argued through a shorter season this year, but met with a larger percentage of victories than last year's squad. Coach Roy McCall and Manager Robert Brome scheduled 28 clashes during the year, resulting in 16 Whitman victories. Two non-decision meets were held, The varsity squad was more successful in the forensic meets the men entered, the Linfield contest, sponsored by Phi Kappa Delta, being the best from Whitman's standpoint. Five men, Harry Lehrer, Walter Ball, Turnley Walker, Lawrence Minnick, and John Ifft took part in the meet, which was held February 17 and 18. Walker, a sophomore, came home with cups for winning both the extemporaneous speaking and the oratory divisions. Lehrer and Ball also reached the oratory finals, with the latter tied for second place; and the local debate squads placed in the upper fifth of the entrants in their divisions.

In order to provide experience for as many men as possible, Coach McCall early in the season increased his squad to 14 men. Only three veteran wranglers, Walter Ball, Harry Lehrer, and Robert Brome met the coach when turnouts opened but a group of new men developed well during" the season. Early in October debate coaches from University of Idaho. Washington State college and Whitman met to work out a plan that would enable the men from the three schools to meet and still keep costs at a minimum. An all-day triangular meet.

With each school sending two teams, each of which were to talk twice on both sides of the Question, solved their problem. This meet was held at Whitman December 10.

Five of the eight clashes participated in were won by Whitman's men—Ifft, Minnick. Harsett. Lehrer. Brome. Ball, and Walker.

"Resolved. That Inter-governmental World War debts should be cancelled," was the question for all varsity debates during the season.



The annual extemporaneous speaking contest, held April 14 and 15 this year, and sponsored by Delta Sigma Rho, was an outstanding success. High schools from all over the state sent representatives to vie for the prizes, and the two representatives from Spokane, Washington, one from Lewis and Clark High School and one from North Central High School, carried off the honors.

Approximately twenty high schools were represented in this year's contest, and much interest was shown by the various delegates who participated. Delta Sigma Rho, honorary forensic fraternity, holds the contest each year in an effort to develop extemporaneous speaking in high schools throughout the northwest.



Lack of interest and a number of other factors combined this year to bring women's debating to a low ebb, and the varsity squad participated in only one meet during the year. This meet, against University of Idaho and Washington State College, gave Whitman three victories out of the eight debates the delegates entered.

Four women, Virginia Gore, Helen Lanier, Edna Mae Miller, and Mary Elizabeth Ennis went to Pullman for the triangular affair, which was held December 3.

According to Coach McCall, however, Whitman had no cause for dissatisfaction with the results, as the Whitman squad included but one veteran debater, Miss Miller while the representatives met schools with letterwomen of three and four years' standing.


"Resolved, That the University of Chicago plan of education is superior to the customary American plan" was the topic for the clashes. Each team debated on both the affirmative and negative sides, under a system similar to that used in the men's meet with the same schools. Professor Charles W. Howard, head of the Whitman department of education and Roy McCall, forensics mentor, accompanied the squad to the Pullman meet. Both professors took part in the meet as judges in the debates between Idaho and Washington State.


One of Whitman's debates, with Mary Elizabeth Ennis and Edna Mae Miller taking part on the negative side of the educational question, was broadcast over KWSC, the Washington State College radio station, the evening of the meet. Women's intramural debate, ordinarily an interesting feature of the forensic year was given up entirely this season as the sororities failed to cooperate when the call for debaters was issued.

After the virtual lay-off this year, Whitman women debaters are beginning plans for a complete schedule again next year.



Valuable training in forensics was received this year by the fifteen freshmen who were elected to membership in the Wranglers' Club in October. During the year the men participated in a considerable number of meets, both within the club and with other groups.

Among the topics discussed were athletics, coeducation, a Prentiss Hall smoking room, and blondes. Although a few of the arguments were of a frivolous nature, some real debating was done on the more serious questions. A number of social affairs were sponsored jointly with Ye Talke Shoppe during the year, an innovation for both societies.

Tangible results of the year's work were not lacking, as a number of promising: young speakers were discovered who will probably find places on next year's varsity squad.

Clifford Hamar of Portland directed activities of the club as president, assisted by Roger Dudley, vice-president, and Robert Graham, secretary-treasurer. Marvin W. Cragun of the English department was the club's adviser.



Since its inception in 1915, one of the most popular events of the commencement programs has been the annual John Brining extemporaneous speaking contest for freshmen, and some of the most talented speakers of the class are always represented.

From a field of 10 entrants in the finals last spring:, the speeches of Virginia Gore and Turnley Walker were judged of equal excellence, and the prizes totaling thirty dollars, were divided between the two winners. During this year both speakers have been prominent in campus oratory and debate.

Others who entered the finals were Mary Elizabeth Ennis. Mary Meda Marum, Grace Stockdale, Marjorie Johnston, Lynette Lewis, Lee Austin, Lawrence Minnick, and George Rogers.



Taxation, the machine age, the Sino-Japanese situation, and the college "dating" question were a few of the topics, serious and humorous, that were discussed this year by the 13 members of Ye Talke Shoppe, peppy freshman women's debating society.

A group of joint debates was held during the year with Wranglers' Club, and one outside debate, with Yakima High school speakers, was billed, making the season the fullest the organization has entered since it was reorganized in 1931.

Members of the group were elected at a tryout field October 20, when each entrant gave a short talk. A number of members from the previous year acted as judges.

Ye Talke Shoppe has for its purpose the development of debating among freshman women, and many of its members move up each year to take places in the women's varsity squad.

Margaret McAllister served as president this year. The other officers were Inez Warrell, vice-president, and Marion Canfield, secretary-treasurer.



Sponsored by the alumni members of the Board of Overseers in memory of William T. Dovell and Christopher C. Gose, the Dovell-Gose oratorical contest has always attracted a number of prominent campus orators, and the finals of the contest are regarded as one of the most important parts of the program for graduation week-end.

Harold Garretson, '32, of Tacoma, took first place in last year's meet with his oration, "Skyscrapers." In it he compared the progress the world has shown in science with the lack of advance in the cultural aspects. Walter Ball, '33, ranked second with a talk entitled "Is Oratory Dead?"

The contest is open to students in the upper three classes. Prizes of thirty and twenty dollars are awarded.


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Team Results


II.               Debate at Whitman

A.     Men Debate

1.     Men Debate won 16 of their 28 Debates with 2 non-decisions

2.     The Debate team increases to 14 in number

3.     Topic- “ Resolved, That Inter-governmental World War debts should be cancelled.”

B.     Woman’s Debate

1.     A small team that was only able to compete in 1 competition

2.     Topic- “ Resolved, That the University of Chicago plan of education is superior to the customary American plan.”

3.     Two women debaters were broadcast over KWSC, Washington States College’s Radio Station

C.    Campus Debate

1.     Wrangler’s Club- 15 freshmen men were elected topics of athletics, coeducation, a Prentiss Hall smoking room, and blondes

2.     John Brining Contest was won by Virginia Gore and Turnley Walker

3.     Ye Talke Shoppe, the group of freshman women discussed taxation, machine age, Sino-Japanese situation, and the college “dating”