The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 16, 1940, Image 1

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    Vanity Fair, Senior
Favorites, Due For
Longhorn February 1
The Battalion
Student Tri-Weekly Newspaper of Texas A. & M. College
Official Newspaper of the City of College Station
Leading Cadet Five
Play Rice Owls Here
Thursday Eve At 7:30
VOL. 89 PHONE 4-6444
Z725 NO. 40
96 Degrees
To Be Given
At Mid-Term
Largest February
Class In History
To Graduate Soon
Degrees will be conferred upon
the largest mid-semester graduat
ing class of the history of the
school when the semester ends, E.
J. Howell, Registrar, has announc
ed. Master of science degrees will
be conferred upon 18 men, repre
senting all branches of the school.
Bachelor of science degrees will be
conferred upon 81 men, while only
three will receive the bachelor of
arts degrees.
This class will be considerably
larger than the one which gradu
ated last year at the mid-term.
There were only 53 degrees award
ed last year, as compared with
96 in this year’s class.
The far-flung fame of Texas A.
& M. is noted in the list of the
home towns of the men graduat
ing. From as close as right here
in College Station to as far away
as India, and from as far south
Venezuela, men come here for their
higher education. The class has
representatives of almost every
part of Texas. Three other states,
California, Louisiana, and Okla
homa are also represented.
The largest group receiving one
degree are the 20 graduating in
agriculture. The second group is
agricultural administration, with
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50 Attend Dairy
Short Course Here
Approximately 50 men from all
parts of Texas had signed up
Monday for the Thirteenth Annual
Dairying Manufacturing Short
Course which is being sponsored by
the Department of Dairy Husban
dry. The short course opened Mon
day and will continue through
Many outstanding dairy men are
here for the meeting. Among
them are Dr. E. L. Fouts of the
Dairy Department of Oklahoma A.
& M., and M. E. McMurry, man
ager of the Texas Dairy Products
Association of Ft. Worth who will
be the principal speaker at the
banquet to be held in Sbisa Hall
Wednesday night.
All meetings are being held in
the creamery, and assignments
have been made so that each stu
dent may attend all of the labora
tory sessions.
Writing Sponsored By
Oil Weekly Magazine
Jack Ballagh, head of the Patter-
son-Ballagh Corporation, together
with Ray Dudley, president of The
Oil Weekly, have conceived the
idea of making an added incentive
for technical writing among pe
troleum production engineering
students. These men have secured
the cooperation of a number of
oil-field equipment manufacturers
in sponsoring papers on oil-field
equipment and contributing cash
awards for the best papers.
The total amount of awards to
be given is $155. The companies
participating in the sponsoring of
the contests are the Reed Roller
Bit Co., Sperry Sun Well Survey
ing Co., National Tank Co., Hali-
burton Oil Well Cementing Co.,
National Tank Co., Copper-Bes-
semer Corp., and the Pittsburgh
Equitable Meter Co. The number
of students competing for the
large awards is much greater than
the number competing for the
smaller awards.
By the response of the senior
class of last year it was questioned
whether this fine gesture on the
part of the manufacturing com
panies was appreciated. However,
papers turned in their term have
shown such pronounced improve
ment that it is believed the con
sideration of the manufacturers is
more than justified.
H. E. Gross, associate professor
in the Petroleum: Engineering De
partment, states that he hopes that
many of the men will be available
within a few years as contributors
or writers for trade journals.
Economics Club To
Show Moving Picture
On “Money At Work”
The Economics Club will pre
sent a motion picture in sound
Wednesday night at 7:30 in the
Chemistry Lecture Room. The
name of the film is “Money At
Work” and it was produced to
show the major role that money
plays in our economics system.
The picture is especially produced
for the use of member banks of
the American Bankers Association
and is excellent from every techni
cal standpoint. It is being shown
here on the campus through the
courtesy of the City National Bank
of Bryan.
After the showing of the film,
Mr. Henry Oliver, president of the
State National Bank of Houston
will give a short talk on the sub
ject, “Banking.” He will also an
swer any questions that the audi
ence may have.
WTA ll Presents Programs Of
Wide Interest To All Texans
With the limited time at the-
disposal of W.T.A.W., the radio
voice of Texas A. & M. College, a
schedule of programs is presented
of interest to listeners in every
walk of life. Best known is the
Texas Farm and Home program
which originates in College Sta
tion each week-day morning from
11:30 until 11:45, and is brought
to listeners throughout the state
via the Texas Quality Network.
This program is of interest to
farmers and those connected with
agriculture. The entire facilities
of the State Agricultural Experi
ment Station and the Extension
Service are placed at the disposal of
the people of the state. Innova
tions in farm methods, suggested
improvements, and round table dis
cussion groups are presented with
the aim of helping the farmer to
meet and overcome his problems.
Suggestions from listeners in the
form of letters and cards serve f'-
a guide to the planning ol
Of local and student appt -..e
three periods. Sp-Oatescast, a
sports commentary by E. C. “Jeep”
Oates, Battalion sports editor, is
heard from 11:45 until 12:00 on
Friday morning. The Aggie Clam
bake, a musical and vocal unre
hearsed feature comes on Friday
afternoon from 4:30 until 5:15.
Following the Clambake is The
Battalion Newscast, narrated by
columnist George Fuermann, and
C. A. Montgomery Jr., of The Bat
talion staff. The Newscast is
concerted with news affecting
students directly, as well as that
pertaining to the college in gen
eral. At the conclusion of the
Newscast, cadets prominent in stu
dent life are interviewed about
their parts in the students’ scheme
of things.
Also of particular student appeal
is the “Masterworks,” period. On
Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
mornings, from 11:45 until 12:00,
recordings of classical music are
heard. Any number which is heard
on this program is available for re
playing at the Music Room on the
third floor of the library,
“Folks and Musi'* ” recordings
made T *'"" . A. Owens
'tment of
„ morning from 11:45 until
12:00. j
Conservation of natural resources
and wild-life, is the theme of “Save
America!”, an electrical trans
cription dramatizing the need for
the wider adoption of conservation
Norton Awarded Five-Year Contract
Portrait Of Walton
May Be Presented
A. & M. By Group Of
Ex-Students Soon
Coach Rewarded
For Championship
Team Of This Year
Film Record of New
Orleans Festivities,
Sugar Bowl Game,
At Bryan This Week
A life-sized portrait of President
T. O. Walton will be presented
to A. & M. College, if plans
of a group of Texas citizens and
friends of the institution material
This group, led by Melvin J.
Miller, ’ll, and John C. Burns,
’04, both of Fort Worth, has se
cured a nationally famous portrait
artist, Seymore M. Stone of New
York, to do a life-sized portrait of
Dr. Walton. When completed the
portrait will be presented to A.
& M. with fitting ceremonies.
In addition to Messrs. Miller and
Burns the portrait fund commit
tee includes Col. Clarence Owsley,
Fort Worth; Calvin P. Dodson,
’ll, Decatur; C. C. Krueger, ’12,
San Antonio; Marion S. Church,
’05, Dallas; Walter Booth, Sweet
water; C. M. Evans, ’08, Dallas;
Dr. Marvin Lee Graves, Hous
ton; George C. Chance, Bryan;
Burrus Jackson, ’27, Hillsboro;
Walter E. Dickerson, ’ll, Corpus
Christi; H. B. Zachry, ’22, Laredo,
and R. T. Shiels, ’10, Dallas.
John C. Burns, treasurer of the
committee, requests that any sub
scriptions be made promptly, with
checks made payable to the T. O.
Walton Portrait Fund and mailed
to 1603 Fort Worth National Bank
Building, Fort Worth.
Deadline Extended
For Annual Aggie
Playwright Contest
The deadline for entries into the
contest sponsored by the manage
ment of the 1940 Aggie Play has
been extended from the original
date of January 5th to February
1st. This contest is featured to
obtained producible plays written
by A. & M. students, with the win
ning play actually produced on the
stage at A. & M. College. The
prizes are $25, $10, and $5.
The original requirements for
the plot of the play were that it
be a murder mystery with A. & M.
life used as a background. Due
however, to the difficulty of writ
ing murder mysteries or to the
lack of interest in that type of
play, the management has opened
the contest to any type of play
based on A. & M. life.
No prizes will be awarded un
less the judges decide that the best
plays are worthy of production.
The play may be submitted in nar
rative or dramatic form.
The management reserves the
right to make use of the material
from any manuscript turned in and
to make alterations in the story
which is selected for production.
Entries must be turned in to
R. L. Elkins of the Economics De
Salary Is Undisclosed,
But Estimated $10,000
Head Coach Homer Hill Norton
was awarded for his great change
in tactics and the splendid record
of the Aggies this year with a
five-year contract extending
through the 1944 football season,
Saturday at a joint meeting of
the A. & M. Athletic Council and
the Athletic Committee of the Col
lege Board of Directors. At the
same time the salaries of Norton’s
assistants were also raised.
It has been announced that the
Aggies would play the University
of California at Los Angeles.
Games with Ohio State at Colum
bus and possibly with California
University at Berkley, are under
consideration. These opponents
along with the other six of the
suicide Southwest Conference
teams might go to make up the
toughest schedule ever encounter
ed by a Cadet team, and yet eight
starters and 16 other lettermen
will return to make the season
a promising one.
“So far as I’m concerned, I’m
very happy and am not interested
in a job anywhere besides A. &
M. College of Texas,” the veteran
coach stated at the close of the
Tulane game.
Norton came here in 1934 after
finishing two perfect seasons at
Centenary where he coached sev
eral undefeated teams. Under him,
the Aggies have won 33 games,
lost 23, and tied 6. Eleven games
were added to the win group this
year with much the similar team
that lost five, won four, and tied
one last year.
The contract was dated Septem
ber 1, 1940, to the end of the play
ing season of 1945. It was esti
mated that the new salary was
around $10,000 per year.
A. I. Levorsen, of Tulsa, Okla
homa, chairman of the research
committee of the American Asso
ciation of Petroleum Geologist
and past president of the associa
tion, will stop at A. & M. Wed
nesday on his way for a geologi
cal meeting in Houston this week.
While at A. & M., Mr. Levorsen
will be taken on an inspection trip
through the college and Wednes
day night will address a joint
meeting of the Geology and Petrol
eum Clubs at 7:30 in the Geology
Lecture room. His subject will be
“Some Frontiers in Petroleum
Since graduating from the Uni
versity of Minnesota in 1917, Mr.
Levorsen has been active in mid
continent oil field practice. He
has made an extensive study of the
“convergence theory” in locating
oil fields and has applied the
theory in his practice. At present
he is a consulting geologist.
A film featuring the Aggie foot
ball team as it clinched its title of
No. 1 team in the nation over
Tulane in the New Orleans Sugar
Bowl on New Year’s Day appears
on the regular Tuesday, Wednes
day, and Thursday program of the
Queen Theater in Bryan this week.
Other scenes show the Aggie Band
in action, the track and tennis
meets, the horse racing, and the
merry-making and festivities be
fore and after the game. This
special is believed to be the most
complete film record of this memor
able event, and should prove of
interest and entertainment to every
Aggie whether he did or did not
make the trip.
The regular feature is the film
“Night of Nights” starring Pat
Sanitation Course
Offered Here; Will
Begin In February
A three months’ course for mu
nicipal sanitation officers, starting
February 10, has been announced
by the Department of Municipal
and Sanitary Engineering, headed
by Professor E. W. Steel. It will
be the first course of its kind of
fered in the Southwest. The
course is similar to the training
course for sanitarians advocated by
the U. S. Public Health Service.
Operators of water plants, sew
age plants and swimming pools;
sanitary inspectors of milk, food,
and plumbing; supervisors of
mosquito and rodent control; and
others, are expected to be inter
ested in the course. Included in
the work program will be lectures
and field work on fundamental
methods of water, sewage, and milk
analysis; plumbing, garbage dis
posal, swmming pool operation,
rodent and mosquito control, food
and milk inspections, abattoirs,
housing and the like.
The course will begin at A. & M.
February 10. Further details may
be secured from Professor E. W.
Steel, head of the Department of
Municipal and Sanitary Engineer
A representative of the United
States Marine Corps will be at
the post office in Waco, Texas, on
January 22, 23, 24, and 25, for the
purpose of interviewing and ex
amining applicants for enlistment
in the United States Marine Corps.
Young men between the ages of
18 and 30, single, white, not less
than 64 inches nor more than 74
inches tall, with no one depending
upon them for support, will be ex
amined for acceptance in the Ma
rine Corps.
Davis And Dahl Report Interesting And Educational
Trip To Meeting Of Student Federation In Minnesota
Bruce Davis
By Charles Montgomery
Bruce Davis, senior of A Chemi
cal Warfare Service, and Keith
Dahl, junior of 3rd Combat Field
Artillery, represented A. & M. at
the annual convention of the Na
tional Student Federation of Amer
ica, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
during the Christmas holidays.
The N. S. F. A. is an organiza
tion of student government lead
ers from over 200 colleges and
universities throughout the coun
try. The object of the convention
is to discuss problems relating to
student welfare and student gov
ernment. This year is the first
time that A. & M. has been repre
sented. i
Davis said that since most of
the representatives were from coed
ucational schools, there were some
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Federal Credit
Union Of A. & M.
To Meet Thursday
Local Union Organized
In June; Has 79 Members
The first annual meeting of the
Texas A. & M. Federal Credit
Union will be held in room 312
Agriculture Bldg, on Thursday,
January 18, for the reporting of
all work of the organization to
date and the election of officers
for the new year.
Since this is a very new organi
zation on the campus this annual
meeting will be open to all mem
bers of the college staff interest
ed in finding out what federal
union is and particularly what the
local one has done.
The local union was organized
in June, 1939, and began opera
tions in July. The summer months
were used to become established
and acquainted with its work, and
the fall has shown a steady growth
without any particular publicity
and no drive for membership.
Today, the organization has
about 79 members, has made about
30 loans, none of which have been
delinquent, and no charge-offs
have been necessary. All details
with regard to the union, its opera
tion, and type of credit and saving
service to staff members of the
college will be explained at the
In general a federal credit union
is a cooperative association organ
ized to promote thrift among its
members and create a source of
credit for useful purposes. It is
chartered and supervised through
the Farm Credit Administration.
A credit union helps its members
to save money conveniently, safely,
and in small sums. Savings may
be used to purchase shares in the
credit union, either monthly, or on
pay days, or at irregular intervals.
The money thus saved is loaned to
members at reasonable rates of
Dr. Summey To Build
Home In Oakwood
Work has been started on a story
and a half American Colonial
home for Dr. and Mrs. George
Summey Jr. in North Oakwood ad
Architects for the residence are
Jack Atkinson and Olin Sanders.
General contractor is Ole Martin-
sen. The home will be completed
in April.
The house will be brick veneer
and frame, with attached garage
and servants’ quarters. It will have
an asbestos shingle roof textured
to match old weathered wood shin
gles. It will be completely insu
lated in walls and ceiling with
rockwool. There will be two baths
in the house and one in the serv
ants’ quarters.
King Cotton
To Be Named
Here Tonight
Bigger And Better
Floor Show Planned
For In Cotton Ball
Tonight, in what is expected to
be a hotly contested election, the
King of the annual Cotton Ball of
the Agronomy Society will be
chosen from some 40 eligible sen
Following the election, the as
sistants to the business manager
and social secretary will be select
ed, and the various committees ap
This year’s plans are expected
to add new splendor and prestige
to this already widely-known event.
Bigger and better floor and fash
ion shows are promised. Oscar
Johnson, president of the Nation
al Cotton Council, and president
and director of the world’s larg
est cotton plantation, the Delta
and Pine Land Company of Scott,
Mississippi, will crown the king
at the ceremony, April 19.
The proceeds of the dance are
used to finance an inspection trip
for three agronomy seniors through
several foreign countries.
Interesting Talk
Expected In Town
Hall Friday Night
From a recent interview of Wal
ter Lacey of Waco, who is a mem
ber of the Texas A. & M. Board
of Directors, it was learned that
he is a close friend of Frank Bald
win, editor of The Waco Times
Herald and of the Waco News
Tribune, who will present a lec
ture to the A. & M. Town Hall on
Friday, January 19, at 7:30 p. m.
in Guion Hall.
Baldwin writes a column that is
widely read throughout the South
west, and is a noted lecturer over
the state of Texas. He is spoken
highly of by Lacy, who said “Frank
has an excellent knowledge of the
present European situation, and he
has an interesting story to tell of
it,” and by Edwin J. Kiest of
Dallas, also of the Board of Di
rectors, who said that Baldwin “Is
the Waco Times Herald” and “Is
the News Tribune.”
An interesting evening is antic
ipated for Friday night, when
Baldwin will speak here. Those
who heard the talk of Cornelius
Vanderbilt Jr., here last year may
expect a talk of the same nature
as Vanderbilt’s discussion of Eu
ropean affairs at that time-
Poll Shows College Students
To Favor R.O.T.C. Training
Should the United States have
to mobilize, many of its Army of
ficers will come from the ranks of
college men, and a draft would cal'
undergraduates at an early stage
Long a subject of controversy in
legislatures and in bull sessions,
the advisability of military train
ing on the campus assumes new
significance with war again ir
What is the tenor of opinion or
the R.O.T.C. today among thost
young people for whom this mil
itary training is intended, whe
will have to join the battle lines in
case of war? National student
opinion on this matter has nevei
before been known with scientific
accuracy. The Student Opinion
Surveys of America, cooperating
with The Battalion and nearly 150
other college newspapers, presents
it for the first time.
In its most extensive research
poll the Surveys has yet attempted,
interviewers from coast to coast
were assigned to ask this question
of a mathematical cross section of
collegians representing every in
stitution of higher learning in the
nation, “Do you believe R.O.T.C.
military training—either compul
sory or voluntary—should be
taught in colleges and universities
—or do you believe it should not
be taught at all?” The surveys
found approval everywhere, with
these variations:
1. Although a good majority
are in favor in every section of
the country, the largest number of
dissenters—one-fifth in each case—
was found in the East Central and
West Central states.
2. Only 4 per cent more women
than men are opposed to the R. O.
T. C.
3. Military training is most pop
ular in schools where it is volun
tary, least where it is not taught
at all.
4. Of students who approve, well
over half believe it should be vol
untary only.
The national tabulations are as
Of all students, there:
Men Women Both
Approve 87% 83% 86%
Disapprove 13 17 14
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