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THE departure of our former Public Speaking De-
partment Head, Mr. Rexford S. Mitchell, created a
vacancy in our college faculty extremely hard to fill.
The students, faculty members, and townspeople feel
that President Ames was exceptionally fortunate in
securing Mr. Justin Williams to fill that position.
Mr. Williams came to us fully prepared to assume
the duties of a public speaking instructor and coach.
He was ai'member 0f the debate squad at the Conway
State Teachers College in Arkansas, and remained there
a year after his graduation as an instructor and debate
coach. The past June he received his M. A. Degree
from the University of Iowa.
As an instructor and as a coach Mr. Williams has gained the respect and ad-
miration 0f the student body. He has been untiring in his efforts, rigid but just
in his criticisms, and helpful with his hints and suggestions. He is a man who has
both an unbounded supply of knowlwedge and the ability to convey that knowledge
to his pupils. After watching his first yeafs work we realize that he understands
the fundamentals of debate, and has the ability to instill "carry on" in the hearts
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Mr. Williams is a man of fine character and high ideals. Because of this we
feel that his association with those with whom he has been working has been of
unlimited value. The highest compliment that we can extend to him is this: Truly,
he has filled the place of one we all honor and respect, Mr. Mitchell.
J USTIN WILLIAMS
One Hundred Thirty-Eight
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By REXFORD S. MITCHELL
ARSHALL NORSENG leaves River Falls in
June with a record in oratory and extemporane-
ous speaking outstanding not only in the history of the
Falls, but in the annals of the state and interstate
leagues. Never before in the state has a man won the
state oratorical and state extemporaneous speaking con-
tests in successive years, or in any years for that mat-
ter; never before has a speaker placed in the interstate
oratorical and the interstate extempore contest in suc-
cessive years; never before has an extelnpore speaker
won both the state and interstate contests by a unanim-
ous vote of the judgemeand so we might go on piling
up the iinever befores."
Marshall graduated from the River Falls High School, where he had made an
excellent record in forensics, in 1925 and entered the college that fall. As a fresh-
man he was chosen to represent the Falls in extempore speaking. Discussing the
general topic of "The Need for a Re-Alignment of Political Parties," he made a
clean sweep of both the state contest at River Falls, and the interstate at Macomb,
Illinois, by winning the unanimous vote of the judges in both cases. The next year
he turned to oratory, won the state contest at Eau Claire, and placed second
in the interstate at Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his oration uOur Harvest of Hate."
This ended his career in oratory and extempore speaking, since he was no longer
eligible in either because of a rule which bars winners of state contests from further
But unlike Alexander he found new worlds to conquer, for outstanding as his
record in oratory and extemporaneous speaking undoubtedly is, Marshallis work
in debate has been equally brilliant. During his four years at River Falls he has
represented the school in over thirty-five debates, has lost but one conference deci-
sion, and has been a member of two state championship teams. During his first
two years, debating on affirmative trios supporting the child labor amendment and
the McNary-Haugen bill, he was a member of two undefeated state championship
teams. During his third year, with John Davison and John Burke as colleagues,
he toured the south, winning six of nine decisions in debates with the southern
universities and colleges. This year, with Wandrey and Amundsen, he scored a
victory over Superior and was preparing to engage in his fourth state championship
battle when a somewhat belated interpretation of the constitution ruled four-year
men out of debate and forced River Falls to withdraw from further competitions.
To further honor his outstanding record in forensics Marshall was this spring
unanimously elected president of the Interstate League of State Teachers Colleges,
to preside at the interstate contest at Springfield, Missouri.
River Falls regrets the passing of so mighty a forensic warrior. No one has
contributed more to the forensic success of River Falls than Marshall Norseng.
One Hundred Thirty-Nine
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