For a year the
Debating Society at West Point has had this idea in mind and has been
working steadily toward its goal. At last the plans are completed, the
necessary organization effected, and West Point is mailing out a notification
bulletin to the five hundred colleges and over throughout the nation
apprizing them of the fact that the big days are approaching.
The bulletin carries
an account of the development of the plan, the rules of procedure, and
the personnel involved, together with the method of selection of the
teams, and a regional map of the country.
The Chairman of
the National Tournament Committee is Cadet William, Company L-2. U.S.
Military Academy, West Point, New York. The Secretary of the Debating
Society is Cadet George Dell, Company M-I.
carried by the bulletin is as follows:
of the National Tournament
Early last year,
during an invitational tournament held at West Point, the inevitable
question of a national debate tournament was discussed. At the time,
it was pointed out that although a few national speech fraternities
held comprehensive elimination which could sponsor a national intercollegiate
debate tournaments, there was no all-inclusive elimination which could
sponsor a national intercollegiate debate tournament. The president
of The West Point organization then suggested that there might be a
possibility of sponsoring such a tournament at West Point. With a vast
source of manpower for administrative detail, it was felt that the job
could be handled efficiently.
The next step was
to contact students and coaches in every part of the nation to determine
whether the average school would be willing to participate in such a
program. The survey was completed with gratifying results. Suggestions
poured in from every part of the country and the best were incorporated
in the present plans. A suggestion from Dr. Alan Nichols of the University
of Southern California became the basis of our organization, which nominates
On the basis of
a survey made early this year, outstanding speech coaches have been
chosen in each of the seven districts to represent the National Tournament
Committee in selecting qualified teams. It is felt that the coaches
in the regions themselves will be in a much better position to choose
the representatives than any group located in one part of the country.
The method of choice is extremely flexible, depending upon the facilities
at the disposal of the various district committees. In most cases, sufficient
tournament facilities are already available to provide the committeemen
with enough information to determine the strongest teams. It has been
requested that all selections be made and submitted to Tournament Headquarters
by March 14, 1947. The names of two alternate teams in addition to the
district quota will also be included in the selections.
The Regional Committees
have been organized as follows:
1 - Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah.
Alan Nichols, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
E.R. Nichols, University of Redlands, Redlands, California.
W. Arthur Cable, University of Arizona.
2 - Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming.
W.M. Veatch, State College of Washington. Pullman, Washington.
Herbert Rahe, Willamette University. Salem, Oregon.
John Leary, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.
3 - Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas.
Prof. R.S. Weatherell, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth,
Glenn R. Capp, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
H. H. Anderson, Oklahoma A. & M., Stillwater, Oklahoma.
4 - Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North
and South Dakota.
Thorel B. Fest, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Forrest Rose, S. E. Missouri Teacher's College, Cape Girardeau.
5 - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin.
J. Garber Drushal, College of Wooster, Ohio.
Glenn Mills, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Leonard Sommer, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.
6 - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North and
South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.
Wayne C. Eubank, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Albert Keise,Lenoi-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina.
J. T. Daniel, University of Alabama, University, Alabama.
7 - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.
J. F. O'Brien, Penn State College, State College, Pennsylvania.
Brooks Quimby, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine.
John Chester Adams, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Teams will consist
of two debaters and will be limited to undergraduate students. Each
team will come prepared to debate both sides of the National Question,
RESOLVED: That labor should be given a direct share in the management
of industry. In order to provide adequate judging personnel, one
qualified judge will accompany each team.
There will be a
total of nine rounds of debate over a period of three days. The first
five rounds will be judged on both a "win or lose" basis and on a point
basis. After five rounds of debate (with all teams participating), the
sixteen strongest teams will begin an elimination tournament. At least
three judges will be assigned for each elimination round.
There will be no
entrance fee for the National Tournament.
Lodging will be
provided free of charge for the nights of Friday, May 2, and Saturday,
May 3, for all participants (male and female) and coaches.
Meals will be provided
free of charge from the noon meal of Friday, May 2, to the noon meal
of Sunday, May 4.All entertainment facilities are free of charge, with
the exception of the Post Theatre. (Admission: 15c.)
The cost of the
National Tournament will be borne by the West Point Debating Society
with no expense to the Army or any Federal Agency.