Dean McSloy, Director of Forensics and Professor of Speech
William H. Veatch, Ph. M., Lecturer in Speech, Traveling Coach
William Veatch came to Whitman from Washington State College where he had been the longtime director. Veatch traveled with the team during Dean McSloy’s last two years as Dean was not as able to travel anymore.
Jim Hanson met Veatch’s granddaughter who was teaching an advanced rhetoric course at Walla Walla community college sometime around 2002.
No story or picture appeared about the debate team to our knowledge.
A. Cordiner Hall, a $1.56 million structure named after alumnus Ralph Cordiner, former debater, was completed in the spring and construction also began on a new gymnasium, a remodeled SUB, and a new infirmary.
B. “Women’s hours” curfews were eliminated in the spring while pass-fail, course challenges, and undisciplined majors were added while the men’s rooms in Jewett were opened to women visitors during set hours.
C. Gary Jones was the student body president.
D. Dr. Chester C. Maxey was the acting college president.
E. Controversy on campus surrounded the Greek system as the Faculty Committee on Fraternities and Sororities questioned where primary allegiance was owed, to one’s social group or to the college as a whole.
F. Along those same lines, the Whitman chapter of Sigma Chi unanimously voted to secede from the national fraternity because of restrictive membership policies. The fraternity continued as a local fraternity under the name Nu Sigma Chi.
G. In the spring, students protested the presence of Navy recruiters on campus by blocking the driveway of the SUB and peacefully demonstrating. Two students were arrested when they refused to remove themselves from the driveway and allow Navy recruiters access in accordance with Whitman’s open campus policy.
H. The Pioneer featured nationally-syndicated
political cartoons mainly in opposition to President Johnson’s actions on
I. ASWC outlines a pro-Catholic goal.
J. Orientation week changed to include departmental meetings and coffee hour at the houses of faculty.
K. Kenyon Kompf becomes the Dean of the College.
L. The campus adopts a theme of change and unity.
M. Football wins a game versus Eastern Oregon College; the campus is surprised.
N. Anti-Vietnam war protests rage.
O. Sigs ask for the right to make their own admissions standards independent from national chapter to meet college policies.
P. The college adopts a liberal drug policy.
Speech Major and Courses
THE MAJOR: Thirteen hours selected from courses in speech; Dramatic Art 47, 48; twelve hours selected from English 25, 26, 35, 36, 39, 40, 75, 76, 79, 80; 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 Persuasion, 3 hours.
SPEECH 43, 44. Principles and Practice of Debate, 2hours.
SPEECH 51. Business and Professional Speech, 3 hours.
SPEECH 53. Introduction to Radio and Television, 3 hours.
SPEECH 85, 86. Senior Honors Course, 3 hours.
A. American cities faced violence fueled by racial hatred and unrest.
B. Vietnam occupied much news time as American death rates there tripled, graduate school draft deferment ended, and in March, President Johnson announced plans for a unilateral de-escalation in an effort to initiate peace negotiations.
C. Operation Smith begins as part of the Vietnam War.
D. Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first black justice of the US Supreme Court
Che Guevara is executed in
F. The musical “Hair” opens
G. The term “black hole” is used for the first time.
H. The Tet offensive begins
I. The US congress repeals the gold standard
J. The May ’68 riots begin in France
A. The national topic was “Resolved: That the federal government should provide a guaranteed minimum cash income to all citizens.”
B. October 27 and 28, four Whitman teams
1. Rosanne Whitby and Steven Vance had a 6-0
record in prelims and advanced to semifinals in junior men’s or mixed team
entry debate, but were defeated by the
2. Whitby was also a finalist in extemporaneous speaking.
3. Pat Hoon and Gary Robbins had a 4-2 record at their first intercollegiate tournament.
4. Marian Troyer and Clifford Brown, and Candy Sells and Brent Northup all had 3-3 records.
C. November 3 and 4, 13 Whitties competed at
1. Candace Shattock and Troyer won second in women’s
junior varsity debate with a 4-1 prelim record and a 2-1 loss to Lewis and
2. Margaret Foley and Linda Van Winkle had a 3-2 record in women’s junior varsity debate.
3. Van Winkle won third in interpretive reading and was a finalist in impromptu speaking.
4. Whitby and Vance, and Robbins and Hoon all had 4-2 re cords in men’s or mixed team debate.
5. Clifford Brown and Steve Turk had a 3-3 record.
6. Carol Barden and Diana Harris had a 5-1 record at their first tournament.
7. Sally Stroud had a 1, 1, 4 record in oratory and a 1, 3, 3 in expository speaking.
D. November 10 and 11, Whitman competed
against over 340 students from 37 other Western schools at the
1. James Robart was a finalist with a 1, 1, 4 prelim record in senior extemporaneous speaking.
2. Pete Snow had a 2, 3, 4 record in extemporaneous speaking as did Kay Tai and Hoon.
3. Foley was a finalist in interpretive reading with a 1, 2, 4 prelim record while Northup had a 2, 2, 4 record and Sells had a 1, 4, 4 record.
4. Whitby missed expository speaking finals by one point with a 2, 2, 3 record.
5. Whitman had a cumulative record of 13-17 in debate.
6. Hoon and Troyer, Foley and Tai, and
7. Snow and Robart in their first tournament of the year had a 2-4 record in senior open debate, as did Sells and Northup.
E. January 12 and 13, six Whitman teams
competed against schools from the Pacific Northwest and
1. Foley and Van Winkle won first in debate with an undefeated record.
2. Stroud won first in oratory.
3. Van Winkle won first in extemporaneous speaking.
4. Semifinalists Shattock and Troyer had a 3-1 record in debate, as did Hoon and Robbins, Charles Cusack and Thomas Evans, and John Miller and Wayne Martinson.
5. Jeffery Babener and Norman Langberg had a 1-3 record in debate.
6. Whitman had a 71 percent winning cumulative record in debate.
F. January 12 and 13, four Whitman teams competed against 28 other Northwest schools at the Annual Seattle Pacific College Invitational Tournament.
1. Whitby and Vance won second in junior varsity men’s debate with a 4-1 record.
2. Sells and Liahna Klenman won third in senior women’s debate.
3. Klenman also won third in extemporaneous speaking.
4. Michael Miller and Tai had a 3-2 record in debate.
5. Jack Tenold and Robert Whitney had a 2-3 debate record.
G. February 29-March 2, Whitman competed
against over 430 students from 45 other schools at the largest annual debate
tournament in the West, the Tournament of Champions at
1. Vance won first place in the talent show.
2. Stroud won second in after-dinner speaking.
3. Klenman won third in extemporaneous speaking.
4. Foley and Jill Shattock won third in junior women’s debate with a 4-2 record.
5. M. L. Phillips and Tai won third in senior women’s debate.
6. Dean Brett and Northup, and Brown and Turk all had 4-2 records in debate.
7. Sells and Klenman had a 2-4 record in debate.
8. Babener and Evans had a 1-5 record in debate.
H. April 18-20, two Whitman teams traveled to
1. Brett and Northup received a quality rating of excellent and won third in senior men’s debate with a 3-2 record.
2. Whitby and Tai had a 3-3 record in debate.
3. Tai received a quality rating of good and had a 3, 2, 4 record in interpretive reading.
I. April 25-27, two Whitman junior varsity debate teams competed against about 200 other students from 25 other Midwestern, Rocky Mountain, and Pacific Coast schools at the University of Montana Invitational Tournament in Missoula, Montana.
1. Brown and Turk had a 3-3 record in debate.
2. Brown was a finalist in oratory and had a 1, 2, 3 prelim record.
3. Roscoe Nelson and John Miller had a 2-4 record in debate at Nelson’s first tournament.
J. May 3 and 4, Brent Northup, and David Lentz competed against nine other outstanding Western forensics schools at the Pacific Forensics League Meet at the University of Oregon.
1. Northup won first place in extemporaneous speaking with his speech on “R. F. K.—A Ruthless Leader?”
2. Northup and Brett had a 3-2 record in debate and won third.
3. Lentz competed in his first tournament in after-dinner speaking.
K. During the year, about 36 students traveled with the team.
Brent Northup ’68 who became Director of Forensics at Carroll College, where he has amassed an incredible string of sweepstakes victories, wrote Jim to talk about Dean McSloy:
When I was competing, somebody forced me to enter extemp at a coast tournament at the end of my last year and my finals topic was about the integrity of Robert Kennedy...i was a Kennedy supporter, so I enjoyed that round and won! Mostly I was a policy debater who did a little prose and poetry because I was a philosophy and lit double major and loved literature. Some of my choices were hopelessly esoteric! But good lit! And eliminated quickly. :) I might have been team president in my last year, but that’s foggy, too. Seems like I was often a 3-2 debater, who won a lot of Aff and lost a lot of Neg. We had our modest successes, but did not frighten the best teams, of that I’m certain. I do know that they let me graduate. I can prove that.
Those years on the Whitman team were wonderful. McSloy was a grandparent in my life, as well as coach. One of my favorite memories of McSloy was his final exam every year in forensics. He would get up in front of the class and start a long-winded tale of some trip we might take: “Imagine that you traveled to Hawaii for a week of sun. You stay in the high rise hotel and walk down to the beach for a good tan. You look up to see the blue sky...” and we all wait patiently for the end that we already know.... “Finally, you sit down under your umbrella and sip your drink through a nice pink straw, and at that time an attractive lady walks over to you and smiles and asks: ‘“Should the United States substantially reduce its foreign policy commitments?” What do you tell the pretty girl?”
And we would start writing our aff case or our favorite neg positions...for a full hour....and if we were a frosh we were favored to get a B on that exam...if we were upper class we were favored to get an A. :) Of course, our test would start with a topical link: “I would smile at the pretty lady, offer her a drink, and then tell her that yes, I think the US should reduce it’s foreign policy commitments. In particular, I think we should reexamine our policy towards..... No notes allowed, of course.
I recall Veatch traveling with us senior year...i don’t recall whether McSloy was involved that year or not...but the road trips were with Veatch, as I recall.
A number of years later, when I was coaching high school debate at Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, I took my national qualifiers on a detour on our road trip to say hello to my old college debate coach. He was in the Southwest someplace...Arizona? And I introduced him to some of my students. He had retired down there. Dear dear man.
(Jim confirms that Dean McSloy did indeed retire to Arizona and that he talked with Dean’s granddaughter in 2007 who spoke fondly of him)