The Faculty


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John Ralph Shepherd, Director of Forensics
A.B. San Jose State College; A.M. Stanford University; Ph.D. University of Southern California


Reginald Green was the intramural debate manager.

Jerry Joseph was the varsity debate manager.



Alvin Cline, A.M. (1949; 1950)  Assistant Professor of Education and Psychology; A.B., Dartmouth College; Ed.M., Boston University; A.M., Columbia; University. He may or may not have taught speech courses this year.


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Dorothy Marie Crutchfield

Instructor in Speech and Dramatic Art

B.F.A., Oklahoma University; M.F.A., Catholic University of America



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Whitman News

I. Whitman College in 1952-1953

A.     The college underwent major summer renovations.

B.     Lakum Duckum was drained, cleaned, and had a concrete retaining wall installed.

C.    Lyman and College Houses, and Billings and Memorial Halls were redecorated on the interiors.

D.    More lighting was added to Memorial Hall classrooms and to the library.

E.     $10,000 went towards a new console and electromagnetic contacts for the Memorial chapel organ.

F.     Bratton House was completely redone and turned into the new infirmary.

G.    New furniture was purchased for the dorms.

H.    The Prentiss, Lyman, and SUB kitchens got new equipment.

I.       Eleven new faculty members were added.

J.      Tom Brown was the student body president.

K.     Chester C. Maxey was the college president.


II. At Whitman

A. ASWC grappled with the question of whether or not to continue Whitman’s intercollegiate football program, prompted by lagging numbers of participation and poor performance.

B. Both Young Democrats and Republicans were active during the fall election hosting rallies, debates, and a mock election.

C. English 3, Forms of Communication, was added to the English department, while Theater Arts expanded their offerings to include Theater Dance, Theater Design, and Costume Design. Advanced Geology/Mineralogy was also added to the catalog.

D. A new department, secretarial science, offered courses in typing and shorthand in conjunction with a local business school.

E. The Pioneer ran ads for Chesterfield Cigarettes which did “not adversely affect the nose, throat, or accessory organs,” and for Falkenberg’s Jewelers, which offered wedding sets for $100, wedding china, and silverware sets.

F. Popular fashions included wool jersey daywear for men and women, and hosiery decorated with jewels or flocking for women’s evening wear.


Debate Luncheons

Welcome Activity continued on both the varsity and intramural debate scenes during the past week. At a recent varsity debate meeting a new judging system was adopted to the first annual debate. At the suggestion of Dr. Shephard, a series of debate luncheons was inaugurated. The first was held in the game-room of the SUB this Tuesday. Mr. Nash was guest speaker. He spoke on Fair Employment Practices as they Relate to Sociology and political science. Manager Reginald Green expressed pleasure at the enthusiasm shown.


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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.


The Dovell-Gose awards are presented to the best man and woman contestants in a speaking contest.  The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


NOTE: No more John Brining Award


The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men’s intramural debate team.


The Delta Gamma Prizes in Acting, in Creative Writing and in Forensics are awarded at Commencement to students for high achievements in these activities.  The sum of $60 is divided among the recipients of these awards.


The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women’s intramural debate team.


Awarded at the 92rd Annual Commencement, May 27 1951

The Delta Gamma Prizes

Acting—Craig Crawford Esary

Creative Writing—Patricia Anne Maring

Forensics—Barbara Ruth Ostgren


Awarded at the 93rd Annual Commencement, May 25, 1952

No Forensics Award Given



World News

A. Major focus was on the U. S. president race, unemployment, the economy, and communism.

B. Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican candidate, was favored over Democrat Adlai Stevenson.

C. The debate over economic recovery and unemployment focused on whether the New Deal or World War II had ended the depression, and how to maintain economic progress.

D. Communism and preventing its spread were both domestic and foreign policy issues for the U. S. The U.S. was still in the grips of a “Red Scare” initiated by Senators Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy, but the country was also becoming aware of the issue’s threat to civil rights.

E. “A trial on charges of treason was held in Prague, in which Rudolf Slansky, former Secretary of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party, and ten other prominent party members (most of whom were Jewish) were all convicted and hung.”

F. “King George VI [of England] dies, Elizabeth [is] crowned Queen.”

G. “A state of emergency was declared by the British Governor of Kenya as the Mau Mau began an open uprising against British rule.”

H. “The Supreme Court ruled that the seizure of the steel mills by Truman was illegal.”

I. “A revolt took place in Bolivia when the Movimento Nacional Revolucionario was deprived of the election of its leader as President.”

J. “A vaccine that prevented polio was developed in 1952 by Jonas Salk.”

K. “The Congress overrode a Presidential veto and vetoed to restrict immigration into the United States to 154,657 immigrants per year.”

L. “Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man” is published.

M. “AEC announces “satisfactory” experiments in hydrogen-weapons research.”

N. “Young army officers, disgusted by widespread corruption in Egypt, staged a revolt against King Farouk.”



Team Awards


Debate at Whitman

A. Intramural debate

1. The topic for the competition, held October 20, 21, 23, and 27, was “Resolved: That the Congress of the United States should enact a compulsory fair employment practices law.”

2. In the men’s contest, the Phi Delta Theta team of Ned Lange and Fred Shields on the affirmative won finals, defeating the Tau Kappa Epsilon team of Bob Walker and Don Miller.

3. In the women’s contest, the independent team of Carol Lindstrom and Shirley McClaren on the negative defeated the Delta Gamma team of Marilyn Landon and Joan Benefiel in finals.

B. Intercollegiate debate

1. The intercollegiate topic was the same as the intramural topic.

2. November 21-22, six Whitman teams traveled to Pullman to compete in the Northwest Regional Tournament at Washington State College against 16 other schools.

3.     Sharon Smith and Jerry Tucker won the women’s championship with a 7-0 record.

4.     Whitman had the best overall record with 23 wins and 11 losses, a 13-4 record on the affirmative, and a 10-7 record on the negative.

5.     Whitman men had a 13-5 record; the women, a 10-6 record.

6.     Lange and Shields took second in the men’s division of debate with a 5-1 record.

7.     John Musser and Reg Green, and Mell Elliot and Bill Mays tied for third in men’s debate with 4-2 records.

8.     March 5-8, seven Whitman teams competed at Linfield’ Tournament of Champions against 29 other schools and over 350 individual competitors.

9.     Lange and Shield tied for third in junior men’s debate with a 5-2 record.

10. Whitman’s overall record was 24-18.

11.   Five Whitman teams traveled to the University of Montana in Missoula, April 9-12, to compete against 22 other schools in the 7th annual Northwest Tau Kappa Alpha Speech Tournament.

a. Whitman placed second overall with eight sweepstakes points.

b. Smith and Tucker won the women’s debate championship with a perfect record.

c. Tucker took second in oral interpretation.

d. Smith placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking.

e. Elliot was in the men’s oratory finals.

f. Denver University won the tournament.

12. About 14 students traveled with the team during the year.