The Yearbook

Varsity Women’s and Men’s Teams

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The Faculty


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John Ackley

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


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Edith Blackman Merrell Davis, A.B. (Mrs.) Assistant Professor English, A.B. Ripon College; started in the English department in 1924 (she taught Latin as an instructor prior to that).


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W.R. Davis, DSR Faculty Advisor


Whitman News


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 Team Members, 1935-1936

1.      John Ifft

2.      John Tuttle

3.      Lawrence Minnick

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


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The Wrangler’s Club (Frosh debaters)


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 Details on the courses

Courses in Speaking and Dramatic Art

15 or 16. ORIENTATION AND DISCUSSION.—This course aims to train the student in effective communication of his thought on topics related to lectures and assigned reading (described in Course 1 or 2), and other topics in which the class has interest.

Speeches are given before the class each week. Attention is given to voice defects and the formation of right vocal habits. Individual direction is given as required. Men and women are organized into separate groups of not more than sixteen members each.

Required of all freshmen. Correlates with Course I or 2.

Three hours, one semester. McCall, Mrs. Davis, Ackley

45 or 46. ORAL INTERPRETATION.—This course aims to develop ability to read aloud and to gain through oral interpretation an added appreciation of literature. Attention is given to void training. Open to sophomores.

Two hours, one semester. Mrs. Davis

Courses of Instruction, Division II 6747.

DEBATING.—Readings in current social, economic, and political questions and constant practice in speaking before the class.

Two hours, -first semester. McCall

56. ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING.—Elements of effective public speaking and practice in speaking before the class. Attention is given to extemporaneous speaking and to the oration.

Two hours, second semester. McCall

57-58. (Unit) DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION AND PLAY PRODUCTION.—Instruction and practice in dramatic interpretation followed by experience with problems of play production through public performance of several plays. Consideration is given to Scene design, stage lighting, costuming, and directing.

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

Mrs. Davis

75-76. SEMINAR IN SPEECH OR DRAMATIC TRAINING.—Advanced study under individual instruction to students who have taken courses offered in either field.

One or two hours, first and second semesters.

McCall, Mrs. Davis

Speech Major and Courses

THE MAJOR: Thirteen hours selected from courses in speech; Dramatic Art 55, 56; twelve hours selected from English 25, 26, 35, 36, 39, 40, 79, 80; two hours selected from Classics 65 and 68; three hours selected from History 27, 28, 57, 58, 61, 62, 64. Of the total of thirty-six hours, eighteen must be in courses numbered above 50. Advised: As much additional work in dramatic art as time permits.

SPEECH 11, 12. Fundamentals of Speech, 3 hours.

SPEECH 41. Theory and Practice of Discussion, 3 hours.

SPEECH 42. Argumentation and Debate, 3 hours.

SPEECH 53. Introduction to Radio and Television, 3 hours.

SPEECH 56. Persuasive Speaking, 3 hours.

SPEECH 71, 72. Radio Production and Direction, 3 hours.

SPEECH 78. Oral Interpretation, 3 hours.

SPEECH 81. Introduction to Speech Correction, 3 hours.

SPEECH 82. Problems in Speech Correction, 2 or 3 hours

SPEECH 85, 86. Senior Honors Course, 3 hours.


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World News

·        “A plebiscite was held in the Saar Region according to the terms of the Versailles Treaty. The plebiscite was to determine whether the people wished to join France or Germany. The vote was 90% in favor of unification with Germany and, on March 1st, the German Reich expanded for the first time.”

·        “Adolf Hitler announced that he was abrogating those portions of the Versailles Treaty that limited the size and weapons of the German armed forces.”

·        “The British Parliament passed the Government of India Act. Under the terms of the Act, Burma and Aden were separated from India. India was divided into 11 provinces, each under an appointed governor and with an elected legislature. The provincial governments were to have broad powers to operate independently.”

·        The Philippines was declared a Commonwealth.

·        “The Social Security Act created a joint federal and state program for both unemployment insurance and old age pension.”

·        “The Neutrality Act of 1935, was passed in response to the highly isolationist mood of the nation. Once the President declared a state of war, all arms shipments were forbidden, and Americans could only travel on belligerent vessels at their own risk.”

·        “Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Pacific”

·        “The introduction of service on the DC–3 marked the coming of age of the passenger air industry. Twenty-one passengers could be comfortably seated on the plane. All major commercial airliners descended from the DC–3.”

·        “Millionaire Howard Hughes shattered the land speed record by reaching the speed of 352 mph. He reached that speed in his custom designed Hughes Racer.”

·        “The largest American employment agency was created with the enactment of the Works Progress Administration.. The goal of the W.P.A. was to put one-third of the 11 million unemployed to work on government projects”


Ye Talke Shoppe

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Team News



That the classes and the graduates continue to show interest in Whitman is proven annually during the Commencement week when the Dovell-Gose Oratorical Contest is held and two prizes, one of $25 and one of $10, are announced at Commencement. William Thomas Dovel, '88, and Christopher Columbus Gose, '86, both distinguished members of the Washington Bar Association are the donors and founders.

The winners of the 1935 contest were:

1st—William LeRoy Firfield, '37.

2nd—George Wilmot Rogers, '35.



A decision which hinged upon the five to four clauses of the question: "Resolved: 'That Congress should be permitted by a two-thirds majority vote to over-ride any 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court declaring a law unconstitutional'," gave the victory to the Beta affirmative team over the Independents in the final meet. The championship team, Eric Hagberg and Ross Reid lost once to the Independents—Wear Clark and Owen Pugh—defeated the TKE's twice and won the last contest against the Independents. Other teams were Jack Shaffer and Ben Stone, Phi Delt; Ed Robel and Stanley Lindquist, TKE.

That intramural debate is one of the best training squads for Varsity debate is proven yearly by the number of men who make the jump from intramural competition to represent Whitman in Varsity competition.

Floyd Fitzpatrick held the managership of men's debate this year.

In the women's intramural debate, the team of Delta Delta Delta bowed to defeat in their last match with the Kappa team to return the gavel to the Kappa's possession. All groups participated in this event, which took the varsity question: "Resolved: That Mussolini has been beneficial to Italy." Varsity debaters are ineligible for this competition. The winning team consisted of Georganne Barber and Florence Martin. Peggy Kelly was originally a member of this team. Katherine Pengelly and Marjorie Jones followed Helen Ruth Maddox and Jean Smith on the Tri-Delt team, which placed second. Other opponents include: Alpha Chi, Roberta Sandoz, Jeannette Kiefer; Delta Gamma, Margaret Morgan, Margaret Smith; Phrateres, Helen Pruter, Genevieve Gaard; Phi Mu, Kathryn Williams, Ruth G. Van Patten. Helen Rasmussen managed women's debate. The two gavels presented annually to the winner were made from the wood of the famous Colfax tree, especially for this purpose and as a gift of Mr. W. Worthington in the interests of Whitman forensics.


John Brining Freshman Extemporaneous Contest






Climaxing the year's debate activity, Whitman College was host to the 12th annual Pacific Forensic League conference March 25 to 28, at which the leading educational institutions of the West were represented. The purpose of the league conference is to promote forensics and to pro- vide an annual meeting place where student and faculty delegates may discuss their problems. The league provides specifically for contests in extempore speaking, oratory, debate and after- dinner speaking. The Whitman varsity team placed fourth in debate. Schools represented were: Washington State college, Stanford, University of Southern California, University of Oregon, Oregon State college, Willamette University, Pomona college, University of Idaho, University of Arizona, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Washington, University of Nevada and Whitman college. John W. Ackley, debate coach, was chairman for the conference and Malcolm Smith was student chairman for local arrangements. The varsity team of Minnick and Ifft will be lost by graduation after four years of college debating together. Good material for the future will be found in Hurtle, Butterfield, Kelly, Fitzpatrick, Jones and Tuttle.



Arguing the resolution: "That the Federal Government should fix maximum limits on personal incomes and inheritances," the women's varsity teams were hostesses in December for a triangular debate series in which Washington State college, University of Idaho, and Whitman were represent- ed. The outcome found Washington State in first place, with seven victories; Whitman second with four: and the University of Idaho third. Whitman debaters were Faith Brown, Betty Jacobs, Inez Warrell, Elizabeth Storie, Faith Craig and Mary Louise Libby. Whitman women did not enter the Linfield tournament this year. However, it is expected that during the coming year they will once more represent Whitman at McMinnville.



The debate season for men officially began at Thanksgiving when seven men attended the Invitational meet held by San Francisco State College. Eric Hagberg, Ross Reid, Wear Clark, Ben Stone, Mervin Butterfield, Ed Roble and Floyd Fitzpatrick attended this meet, which was made possible by the Teachers of Speech Conference held later that week. The trio of Clark, Reid and Hagberg went to the semi finals in competition with sixty-four teams, finally losing to Stanford after defeating two Stanford teams. Reid also placed in the finals in extempore speaking against forty contestants. Besides the seven who attended the California meet, Earl Fossum and Murl Miller debated in the triangular meet with University of Idaho and W. S. C. After a record beginning in 1931 in which Whitman won all debates, and succeeding years in which Whit- man always won the event 5-8, this year's record of tying with Idaho for second place was exceptional. This year may be marked as a year of preparation rather than achievement, despite Whitman's fine debating record, remarkable in the number of underclassmen who were gaining their first experience in college forensics. At the Linfield Invitational meet in February, debaters Reid and Tuttle reached the semi-finals; Butterfield and Hagberg won 4-6, as did Fitzpatrick and Roble; while Clark and Bill Pugh split their winnings. Three Whitman orators reached the semi-finals— Fitzpatrick, Fifield, and Roble. Fifield and Reid competed in the extempore semi-finals and in the finals Fifield reached fourth place with sixty competitors. The Pacific Forensic League, at which U. C. L. A. was host, gave Whitman the distinction of winning the only unanimous decision of the tournament, a telling commentary on the strength of the evenly matched teams. Whitman's other debates were lost by 2-1 decisions, in which fate Whitman was not alone.



The question, resolved: "That the Federal government should fix rnaximum limits on personal In- comes and inheritances," was discussed this year by sorority women in the annual intramural debate competition. The Delta Delta Delta team, Mary Louise Libby and Jean Smith, received the Hugh Elmer Brown debate plaque and the intramural gavel as winners. Debating against them were Dorothy Tontz and Helen Verne Hall, Alpha Chi Omega: Betty Ramage, Virginia Hatch and Rae Koster, Delta Gamma: Elizabeth Storie and Inez Warrell, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Wilma Harvey and Helene Rhuddy, Phi Mu: and Jean Pratt, Evelyn Southard and Faith Craig, Phrateres. The intramural debate competition offered the women qualified in forensics excellent training and experience. Faith Craig, Mary Louise Libby, Elizabeth Storie and Inez Warrell were chosen as members of the women's varsity debate squad after the series. Marion Canfield was the chairman of the tournament.



Ye Talke Shoppe, freshmen women's forensic club organized to foster interest in public speaking, extended its discussion this year to current events and literature. Members were elected through a series of tryout debates which were judged by retiring members. Jean Smith was elected president of the club, Jean Pratt, vice-president and Rosalie Watkins, secretary.




Betty Bright

Helen Dahlstrom

Virginia Davenport

Virginia Hatch

Jeanette Kiefer

Susan Libby

Margaret Morgan

Virginia Neace

Catherine Penaellv


Daisy Philbrick

Jean Pratt

Mary Jean Sloane

Jean Smith

Margaret Smith

Olive Stocking

Patricia Sweeney

Rosalie Watkins

Martha Yeomans

In oratory Fitzpatrick reached the finals; in extempore Fifield placed in final competition; and Ross Reid's place in the after-dinner speaking contest is not known among the nine competitors.


For the second half of the season the forensic program has included debating before the service clubs of Walla Walla. Purposely this has two results—to bring-the debaters in contact with live interested audiences and to present a portion of the Whitman educational program, demonstrating its effectiveness.

Non-decision cross-question debates were held with the University of Washington freshmen, representing the type of debate which they hold to be most beneficial. Eric Hagberg and Wear Clark also met the St. Mary's team. Floyd Fitzpatrick was in charge of men's debate for the year.



In their first meet, a triangular meet with the University of Idaho and W. S. C. the Whitman girls to take the platform broke even in their wins and losses, placing second. The last of the triangular series was broadcast over radio station KUJ. The debaters, with the number of debates in which they participated are: Helen Rassmussen (4) ; Jean Smith (3) ; Katherine Pengelly (4) ; Elizabeth Storie (2) ; Margaret Smith-radio debate; Olive Stocking (1); Virginia Hatch (1). At Linfield a trio of Whitman girls competed and were eliminated in the preliminaries. They were: Faith Brown (5 debates); Helen Rassmussen (4 debates); Georgane Baber (3 debates). Helen Rassmussen held the office of women's debate manager for the year.



Donning their "top hat and cane" emblems was merely the "Wrangler's," fresh- man debate society, preparation for the year's activities. Besides debating the varsity question they have encountered Ye Talke Shoppe (no announced decision). However in retribution they were hosts at a joint banquet with the girls' group, as well as a joint frolic. This year's innovation is the Wrangler's singing quartet. Members and executive board of the group, of which Mr. Roy McCall is faculty advisor, are: Bill Pugh, president; Stanley Lindquist, vice-president; Charles Winders, secretary; Dick Zwicker, Ferris Albers, John Luker, Bill Fairbank, Richard Bates, Clinton McElhiney, Charles Guthrie, Murray Taggart, Ted Best, Leslie Voorhees, David McFadden and Don Holt.



Wranglers Club, made up of freshmen men who are chosen because of their interest in debate, is active throughout the entire year. Joint meetings with Ye Talke Shoppe, given over to debating and informal round table discussion, were held this year. Members of the club met the University of Washington freshman debate squad in a series of non-decision debates. Two members of the club took part in varsity debate in the Linfield debate conference. Officers were Ralph Hurtle, president: Mervin Butterfield, vice-president, and James Beer, secretary-treasurer.




Roberta Barowski

James Beer

Mervin Butterfield

Wear Clark

Eric Hagburg

Ralph Hurtle


DeWane Larnka

John Meek

Murl Miller

John Morton

Carter Townes

Richard White



The Independent team, George Rogers and Ralph Hurtle, took first place in intramural debate after a series of close contests on the same question as that used by the varsity teams, resolved: "That the nations should agree to prevent international shipment of arms and munitions." Outstanding material was discovered among the entrants, Mervin Butterfield, Floyd Fitzpatrick, Ralph Hurtle, Dwelley Jones, William Kelly, George Rogers and John Tuttle having been chosen as varsity men after the contest closed.

Opponents of the Independent team throughout the tournament were Dwelley Jones and John Tuttle, Beta Theta Pi: Ben Stone and Mervin Butterfield, Phi Delta Theta; Earl Fossum and Philip Meyers, Sigma Chi: and Floyd Fitzpatrick and Wear dark, Tau Kappa Epsilon. Lawrence Minnick was +he chairman in charge of +he series.



Forensic competition is one of the leading extracurricular activities on the Whitman campus. This year's varsity debaters have been able to maintain a creditable ranking with the larger schools of the Pacific coast.



At the convention of the Western Association of Teachers of Speech, held at Salt Lake City, November 27, 28 and 29, the varsity team of Minnick and Ifft placed second to Stanford. Whitman lost its first debate to College of Colorado and reached the finals without further defeat, winning from the previously unbeaten Stanford team in the semi-finals. The Whitmanites were eliminated in the return contest. Fifty teams were entered from all the states west of the Rocky Mountains. Coach John W. Ackley accompanied the Whitman team to Salt Lake. Teams met were College of Colorado, Brigham Young university, University of Redlands, Pasadena college, University of Idaho, University of Utah, Utah State college, and Stanford university.



The annual triangular meet between Idaho, Washington State and Whitman, held at Pullman December 10, was added to the Whitman victories of the year. Whitman won five out of eight debates, Idaho four and Washington State two. Whitman was represented by Minnick and Ifft and by Jones and Tuttle. In the debate tournament held on the Linfield campus at McMinnville, Oregon, February 21, 22 and 23, Whitman was represented by five teams: Zwicker and Smith; Hurtle and Butterfield: Kelly and Fitzpatrick: Fossum and Myers: and Rogers and Leslie. Whitman won fifty per cent of its de- bates, breaking even in the six debates with Willamette, the tournament champion.



In March, Ifft and Minnick met and defeated the debaters from St. Mary's who were making a tour of the Northwest. The same team held non-decision debates with Eastern Oregon Normal and Lewiston State Normal.



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