Wisconsin State Teachers College - Meletean Yearbook (River Falls, WI)

 - Class of 1937

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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 Northwest Tournament. 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. 11241

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DEBATE 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 them. 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. lf123:I



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ZORN DYKSTRA LEONARD HAWKINS ORDAL LARSON SIRIANNI NELSON OSBORNE GHERTY WEBERT Roman Zorn and Rolf Ordal, seniors, will be lost to the debate squad through graduation. Although these two fine debaters are a loss to the team, the remaining members of the squad are looking forward to an active, successful season next year. PROVINCIAL SPEECH CONTEST FOR the first time River Falls delegates attended the Upper Mississippi Pro- vincial Speech Contest which was held at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, on April 9 and 10, 1937. Rolf Ordal represented Wisconsin Delta, the local chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, in the men's extempore speaking division. Joyce Leonard entered the play-reading division of the convention. Joyce Leonard won second place in competition with entries from seven colleges from three states. f125j

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