1936-1937

 

Whitman publications said

 

California campaign . . . off to the first tournament of the year . . . Mervin Butterfield, Wear Clark, Floyd Fitzpatrick, Eric Hagberg, Jed King and Ross Reid, accompanied by Coach John W. Ackley left for Pasadena to attend the annual Pacific Coast Speech Teacher's tournament, prepared to take it in stride . . . emerging from the tangled mass of preliminaries, the sons of the Missionaries found themselves the only school to have three teams in the semi-finals . . . beating down most of their opponents with a verbal barrage, Fitzpatrick and Hagberg tied for fifth spot . . . silver-tongued Reid babbled his way into the semi-finals of men's extemporaneous speaking tri-school triumph.

. . . Butterfield, Clark, Fitzpatrick, Hagberg, King, and Reid with Bill Pugh and Henry Freeman traveled to W.S.C. for the annual tri-school riot held in conjunction with Idaho and W.S.C. . . . after much heckling and bandying Whitman blasted to the top with five wins, Idaho second with four, and W.S.C. third with three . . .

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Rostrums and nostrums • • •

. . . resolved: that Coach John W. Ackley is the best debate coach that any school could have . . . there is no debating on that question in his second year of coaching he has garnered three debate tournament championships and given Whitman one of the finest groups of speakers on the Pacific Coast. His ready smile and his unfaltering thoroughness give him the rare combination of success and popularity.

 

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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).

 

Description: 1931-32 davis W. R. Davis, DSR Faculty Advisor

 

Whitman News

1936-37
John W. Ackley was the debate coach.
Walter Andrew Bratton, Acting President and the Dean of College.
O"Reilly resigns and Bill Fifield becomes the student body president.
Beth Sprague was the president of the Women's Self Government Association.
Garth Liesy comes to Whitman to assist Nig who was the football coach at Whitman.
 

Wranglers Club for Frosh debaters

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Speech Course Details

COURSES OF INSTRUCTION, DIVISION II

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 I 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 1 or 2.

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

27 or 28. INTERPRETATION OF THE PRINTED PAGE.—Not open to students

above the sophomore year. Minimum registration twelve; maximum registration twenty.

Two hours, one semester. Mrs. Davis

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 voice training. Open to sophomores. Two hours, one semester. Mrs. Davis

47. ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE.—A study of principles of argumentative discourse and readings in current social, economic, and political questions. Constant speaking before the class purposes to illustrate the application of the principles studied to the discussion of problems in the field of reading. Three hours, first semester. McCall

55 or 56. PUBLIC SPEAKING.—A study of the elements of effective public speaking with frequent practice in speaking before the class. Standards of vocal habits, of delivery, of diction, and of pronunciation. Minimum registration ten; maximum registration twenty. Two hours, one 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. Two hours, first semester; three hours, second semester. Mrs. Davis

75-76. ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING.—This course includes training in radio speech. Prerequisites: Courses 47, and 55 or 56. Open to qualified students with permission of the instructor. One or two hours, first and second semesters. McCall

77-78. ADVANCED PLAY PRODUCTION.—Prerequisite: Course 57-5&. Open to qualified students with permission of the instructor. One or two hours, first and second semesters. Mrs. Davis

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.

 

World News

A. “The Italians had claimed Ethiopia as their territory.”

B. The “Spanish Civil War breaks out.”

C. “On March 7th, Hitler announced that he was renouncing the Locarno Pact guaranteeing European borders, and was reoccupying the Rhineland.”

      D. “An uprising was staged by young Japanese military officers.”

E. “In 1936, Standard Oil of California discovered oil under the Saudi desert.”

F. “A treaty was signed in August 1936 between Egypt and Great Britain. Under the terms, Great Britain was to withdraw all but 10,000 of its troops.”

G. “An Arab High Committee was formed to unite all Arab opposition to the Jews in Palestine.”

H. “Japan and Germany sign anti-Comintern pact; joined by Italy in 1937.”

I. “Hundreds of Americans join the “Lincoln Brigades.”

J. “King George V dies.”

 

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Team Awards

Sweepstakes winners

. . . Butterfield, Clark, Fitzpatrick, Freeman, Hagberg, King, Pugh, and Reid with Bob Kenyon and Joe Wilson, accompanied by Coach Ackley embarked for the annual north-west tournament held at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon back home with the men's debate cup and the sweepstakes cup for the first time in the history of the institution

 

Girl Gaveleers

Helen Rasmussen and Marian Klobucher formed the number 1 women's varsity debate team this year . . . met and defeated WSC in the hundredth Pullman-Whitman debate . . .

 

Other varsity debaters:

Ruth Van Patten . . . Patty Miller . . . Genevieve Gaard . . . Helen Ruth Maddox . . . Florence Martin . . . Jeanette Moses . . .Virginia Moultrop . . . manager, Margaret Smith . . .

 

Suzanne Pinkham was elected president last fall Faith Appelby was vice-president the secretary was Maxine Peterson Helen Hoska was treasurer eleven other members were selected:

Doris McKay . . . Betty Waldron . . . Delores Brown . . . Kathryn Clark . . . Marian Dosch . . . Elizabeth DuBois . . . Harriet Clough . . . Margaret Crounce . . . Janette Moses . . . Pauline Smith . . . Barbara Williams

 

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Debate at Whitman College
1. Whitman attended the annual Pacific Coast Speech Teacher's tournament. Fitzpatrick and Hagberg tied for the fifth spot. Reid babbled his way into the semi-finals of men's extemporaneous speaking.
2. 8 members traveled to W.S.C. for the annual tri-school riot held in conjunction with Idaho and W.S.C. Whitman College blasted to the top with five wins.
3. Whitman attended the annual northwest tournament at Linfield College, McMinniville, Oregon, and for the first time in the history of the institution they returned home with men's debate cup and the sweepstakes cup.
4. Helen Rasmussen and Marian Klobucher formed the number one women's varsity debate team this year. They met and defeated WSC in the hundredth Pullman-Whitman Debate. Margaret smith was their manager.
5. Suzanne Pinkham was the president of Ye Talk Shoppe.
6. Dick Eells and Herb Ladly were presidents of the freshman debate Wranglers.
7. What Phi Beta Kappa is in the scholastic field, Delta Sigma Rho is a national honorary in the Forensic world. It recognizes outstanding ability in public speaking, oratory and debate. Butterfield, Clark, Fifield, Fitzpatrick, Fossum, Klobuscher, Hagberg, Reid and Rasmussen received the Delta Sigma Rho award.