John William Ackley, A.M. Assistant Professor of English, A.B., University of Redlands; A.M., University of Southern California, Instructor, and Director of Forensics
Edith Blackman Merrell Davis, A.B.
(Mrs.) Assistant Professor English,
W.R. Davis, DSR Faculty Advisor
A. 529 students on campus resulted in the creation of a controversial point system whereby students were given a point value for all extracurricular activities which they participated in. No student could accumulate more than 16 points in order to spread leadership around the significantly increased population.
B. John W. Ackley was the debate coach.
IX. Debate at Whitman
A. Campus speech activities
1. Intramural oratory contests
2. Intramural debate program.
3. Ye Olde Talk Shoppe, a women's public speaking group
B. Debate tryouts in the fall had students debate two topics.
1. Resolved: That laboratory sciences should not be required at Whitman.
2. Resolved: That there should be no rushing until second semester.
C. Debate topics
1. Women's topic was "Resolved: That the federal government should fix the maximum limits for personal income and inheritance."
2. Men's topic was "Resolved: That the nation should agree to prevent the international shipment of arms and ammunition."
D. Team members
At that time, there were a variety of campus speech activities: 1. On campus intramural oratory contests; 2. A large intramural debate program and 3. Ye Talk Shoppe, a women’s public speaking group. This group held debate tryouts in the fall and debated these two hot topics: Resolved: that laboratory science should not be required at Whitman; Resolved: that there should be no rushing until second semester.
As far as the speech team goes, John W. Ackley was the coach, and the team traveled to about 5 major tournaments (WSU, U of I, Linfield, Pacific Forensic League (hosted by Whitman), and the Western Association of Teachers of Speech (held in Salt Lake). The major events seemed to be the famous triangular debates between Whitman, WSU and U of I. In 1935, WSU placed first in these debates and Whitman came in a close second.
John Ifft and Lawrence Minnick attended the Western Association of teachers of Speech and placed second to Stanford. They had beaten Stanford in an earlier round of debate but lost the final round (Will Rogers, Jr., debated for Stanford).
In 1934-35, the women debated Resolved: that the Federal Government should fix the maximum limits for personal income and inheritance. The men debated: Resolved: that the Nation should agree to prevent the international shipment of arms and ammunition.
Ye Talke Shoppe
Team Members, 1934-1935
1. John Ifft
2. John Tuttle
4. Helen Wheeler
5. Marrion Canfield
6. Faith Craig
7. Mary Libby
8. Betty Ann Jacobs
9. Faith Brown
10. Elizabeth Storie
11. Betty Jean Osborn
12. Inez Warrell
Speech Courses within the English Department
ENGLISH 1 or 2. Orientation and Discussion, A writing and speaking course.
ENGLISH 15 or 16. Orientation and Discussion, A public speaking course with a diction emphasis.
SPEECH 45 or 46. Oral Interpretation.
SPEECH 47. Debating.
SPEECH 56. Advanced Public Speaking
SPEECH 75 or 76. Seminar in Speech or Dramatic Training.
· “On the night of June 30th, Hitler eliminated embarrassing friends and foes alike. Seventy-seven people were executed.”
“King Alexander of
“Sergei Kirov, a close associate of Stalin,
was assassinated. This prompted Stalin to institute another great purge. In the
previous year, Stalin had purged the Communist Party of close to 1,000,000
members. This time, many of the older leaders of the party, such as Zinoviev
and Kamenev, were arrested and tried for treason. Before the purges ended,
close to 8 million people were killed, imprisoned or sent to
· “Continued victories by the Kuomintang Army under Chiang Kai-Shek compelled the forces under Mao Tse-Tung's control to retreat in order to regroup. They undertook what has become known as "The Long March." The march covered 6,000 miles and ended in Yenan. One hundred thousand set off on the march, but only one third survived, arriving at Yenan.”
“Chancellor Dollfuss of
· “Hitler becomes führer.”
“Dionne sisters, first quintuplets to survive
beyond infancy, born in
· “Mao Zedong begins the Long March north with 100,000 soldiers – only one third survived.”
The Wrangler’s Club
This was a group of frosh encouraged to participate in debate.
Using as a resolution: “That the Federal
government should hold and operate all banking institutions within the
First: Charles Faigene Hargett, Class of 1934
Second: George Wilmot Rogers, Class of 1935
John Brining Contest
First: Lukas Ernest Hoska, Jr., Class of 1936
Second: Enar Olson, Class of 1936
Stewart Butler Will Lowman
Floyd Fitzpatrick William Mantz
Earl Fossum Richard McClung'
Brooks Harris Pat O'Reilly
Dwelley Jones Robert Robinson
Philip Leslie David Sutherland
Violet Fai'ran Faith Craig
Annette Wein Elizabeth Storie
Barbara Pierce Eva May Scatchard
Bernice Lliedke Mary Westwood
Ellen May LJ'Ren Betty Ramage
Annette Franklin Vivienne Hoobler
YE TALKE SHOPPE
Competition for the fifteen memberships of Ye Talke Shoppe, freshman women's debate club, enrolled fifty-four women in the three-minute debate tryouts, necessitating two tryouts before the retiring group as judges. Primarily for debate and discussion, Y. T. S. fostered an interest in current events by round-table meetings. Revision and registration of the constitution with the Dean of Women was completed. The green gavel, Y. T. S. emblem, is donned for the weekly Friday morning breakfast meetings, instituted this year. A play before A. S. W. C. and a garden party are included on the calendar. Mrs. Roy McCall is advisor.
Members and executive board of the group
are: Roberta Sandoz, president; Beth Armond,
secretary; Kathryn Williams, treasurer; Georganne
Baber, Dorothy Coulton, Jane Davenport, Claire
Mulligan, Helen Ruth Maddox, Betty Greenwell, Betty Ann Johnson, Ruth Kegley,
1. The team attended to five tournaments
d. Pacific Forensic League, hosted by Whitman
Western Association of Teachers on Speech in
2. Triangular debates
b. Whitman won second.
3. Western Association of Teachers of Speech
a. John Ifft and Lawrence Minnick took second to Stanford.
b. Ifft and Lawrence had beaten Stanford in an earlier round, but lost in the final round.