Varsity Women’s and Men’s Teams
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, A.B. Ripon
W.R. Davis, DSR Faculty Advisor
Team Members, 1935-1936
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
The Wrangler’s Club (Frosh debaters)
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.
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.
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.
· “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
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
John Brining Freshman Extemporaneous Contest
FORENSIC LEAGUE CONFERENCE
Climaxing the year's debate activity,
WOMEN'S VARSITY DEBATE
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
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
SORORITY INTRAMURAL DEBATE
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
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.
Mary Jean Sloane
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
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
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,
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
FRATETNITY INTRAMURAL DEBATE
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
The annual triangular meet between
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.