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GN Armistice Day the River Falls State Teachers College opened its debate
season with an international debate. Roman Zorn and Rolf Ordal debated
Mr. Kay-Shuttleworth and Mr. Greenwood from Oxford University. The
question under discussion was-Resolved: That this house prefers peaceful
militarism to militant pacificism.
After this debate the regular Pi Kappa Delta question-Resolved: That
Congress should be empowered to establish minimum wages and maximum
hours for industry-was the topic of discussion throughout the debate season.
Twenty-one speakers represented River Falls in intercollegiate debates this
year, which is a procedure in keeping with the democratic policy made possible
by the expanded debating program.
On January l3, two debate teams went to St. Olaf College at Northfield.
The members of the teams were: Frank Sirianni and Loell Larson, and Mae
Nelson and Joyce Leonard.
On January 21, Zorn, Dykstra, Christianson, and Thompson traveled to
St, Paul where two debates were held with Hamline. When Augsburg visited
River Falls on January 22, Greene, Osborne, Benson, and Ordal entertained
The following day Zorn, Dykstra, Ordal, and Benson debated two non-
decision debates with St. Thomas at St. Paul. A return engagement with St.
Thomas fherej was held on January 26.
Four teams went to the Eau Claire Tourney on January 30. The teams
were: Leonard and Nelson, Sirianni and Larson, Dykstra and Zorn, and Osborne
and Cuherty. Debates were held with Eau Claire, Stevens Point, Platteville, and
La Crosse. Here River Falls w.on second as a school. Zorn and Dykstra won
all of their debates, tying for first place as a team.
On February 2, Hawkins, Hickox, Webert, and 'Greene traveled to Macalester
for another series of two non-decision debates.
During the latter part of the week Zorn, Dykstra, Sirianni, and Larson
participated in the fourth annual Red River Valley Tournament at Conc.ordia
College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Over thirty colleges of the northwest and about
one hundred seventy debaters were represented at the tournament. Zorn and
Dykstra Won four out of six debates, defeating Augustana, Concordia, Chadron,
and Valley City. Sirianni and Larson received one decision. The Dykstra-Zorn
team was honored by being chosen to participate in the special demonstration
debate held at Moorhead College. Their opposition was St. John's University.
River Falls received the decision.
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November ll-Oxford University ..........,.....
January 13-St. Olaf .............,.........
January 21-Hamline .... . .
January 22-Augsburg ..........
January 23-St. Thomas .........
January 26-St. Thomas ....,.......
January 30-Eau Claire Tournament
February 2-Macalester ......,.,.....i....
February 5-6-Red River Valley Tournament
February 9-St. Olaf ............. ' ........
February ll-Macalester ...,............
February 13-Eau Claire ....,.......
February 16-St. Catherine's College ....
February 19-Augsburg .......,..
February 20-Eau Claire . . . . . . .
February 23-Macalester .r.. . . .
February 25-St. Thomas ............
February 25-Hamline ......,...,,....
March 1, 2, 3-Northwest Tournament
March 13-River Falls Tournament
NORTHWEST TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Augustana ........,....... Won Nebraska Wesleyan
North Dakota Wesleyan ...... Won ,.....,..... Won
St. Olaf .................. Won 4 Midland University , .
St. Mary's ......
Concordia ........... Won Three
St. Catherine's ...,. ....... W on
Oshkosh Teachers ........., Won A
Hastings ....... .... L ost Two
St. John's ..,......
Augustana .... ....... L ost Aberdeen Teachers , . .
Luther College . . . .,.... Lost Chadron ..... . . . .
Mankato Teachers . . .
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Dual non-decision debates were held with St. Olaf at River Falls on Feb-
ruary 9. Macalester teams were guests of Nelson, Leonard, Benson, and Iverson
on February ll.
On February 13, Eau Claire brought four teams to River Falls.
The tw,o Women's teams motored to St. Catherine's College for the first
intercollegiate non-decision debate with that college on February 16.
During the next week debates were held with Augsburg, Eau Claire, Macal-
ester, and Hamline in preparation for the major engagement of the year, the
On February 25, Zorn and Dykstra debated with St. Thomas College in
an assembly debate in the River Falls auditorium. One member of the St.
Thomas team was .on the team which won the National Pi Kappa Delta
Championship last year.
Then on March 1, 2, and 3, the Northwest Tournament was held in St.
Paul. Zorn, Dykstra, Sirianni, and Larson entered the men's division at St.
Thomas College and Leonard and Hawkins entered the women's division which
was held at St. Catherine's College. In the tourney the Leonard-Hawkins team
defeated Augustana, North Dakota Wesleyan, St. Olaf, Eastern Teachers, Con-
cordia, St. Catherine's, and Oshkosh. At the end of the seventh round the
River Falls team was the only undefeated team in the women's division. Leonard
and Hawkins lost in the semi-finals to Augustana, South Dakota, thus placing
third. Mankato Teachers and Morningside met defeat at the hands of Larson
and Sirianni. Zorn and Dykstra defeated Concordia, Nebraska Wesleyan. Mid-
land, St. John's, Chadron, and Northern Teachers. Zorn and Dykstra reached
the semi-iinals in each division. Both River Falls teams were defeated by the
winners of the Northwest Tournament.
On March 13, 1937, the debate season closed with the River Falls Tourna-
ment. Eight colleges participated in this unique tournament, which was open
only to the less experienced debaters who had not debated in the Northwest
Tournament. Veteran debaters acted as judges. Webert and Nelson, and Gherty
and Osborne Won three out of four debates respectively. River Falls ranked
third as a school in the River Falls Tourney.
This season was the most active debate season in the history of the college.
The schedule indicates that one hundred Hfteen debates were held. Of these
debates sixty-seven were non-decision. The season's average for all teams was
sixty-two per cent. A total of thirty-four colleges and universities were debated,
and four tournaments were participated in.
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