Vassar defeated Wellesley in the first intercollegiate debate between women's colleges. The Vassar debaters were: C. Mildred Thompson '03, Elizabeth Forrest Johnson '02 and Celia Arnold Spicer '03. Vassar argued the negative on the question: "Resolved, that the United States should subsidize a merchant marine"..

“Monday night we had a monster celebration and dragged the debaters all over the campus in a 3 wheeled parcel cart of the janitors with 65 feet of rope.”     MS letter