The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 20, 1940, Image 1

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    Vanity Fair, Senior
Favorites, Due For
Longhorn February 1
Student Tri-Weekly Newspaper of Texas A. & M. College
Official Newspaper of the City of College Station
S. M. U. Mustangs
Invade Campus
For Fray Tonight
VOL. 89 PHONE 4-5444
Z725 NO. 42
19 Students
From A.&E
In Who’s Who
Two Juniors Are
Included In List
With 17 Seniors
By C. A. Montgomery
Nineteen cadets were recently
notified that they had been includ
ed in the 1939-40 edition of, “Who’s
Who Among Students in Ameri
can Colleges and Universities.”
The object of the volume is the
creation of a basis of national rec
ognition for students, devoid of pol
itics, initiation fees, and dues.
Representatives of over 500 schools
are included in the book.
Additional aims are to furnish
an incentive for students to get
the most out of their college ca
reers; a compensation to students
for what they have already done;
and a recommendation to the bus
iness world.
The possession of the following
characteristics provide a basis up
on which candidates are chosen:
Character; qualities of leadership
in extra curricular activities, such
as athletics, society, religion and
student government; scholarship;
and potentialities for future use
fulness to business and society.
From A. & M. 17 seniors and two
juniors were selected. Their names
and a list of their accomplish
ments follow: Durward B. Varner,
cadet colonel; Charles H. Hamner,
social secretary of the senior class;
Walter W. Sullivan, manager of
Town Hall; Francis M. McCullar,
president of the senior class; Fred
A. Pierce, chief yell leader; Ernest
B. Meynard, agricultural editor of
The Scientific Review; William H.
Murray, editor of The Battalion;
(Continued on page 4)
A.&M. Cadets Making Colleges 9 'Who's Who
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Marion B. Smalley, assistant to
the Maintainance Engineer of the
State Highway Department, inter
viewed seventeen students Thurs
day in view to hiring men to work
as Courtesy Station Attendants.
Only students that are forced to
drop out of school at mid-term due
to financial difficulties were con
sidered. When given the job the
student must agree to save a por
tion of his salary so that he may
later resume his college work, Mr.
Smalley said. As Courtesy Sta
tion Attendants the men will wear
their Aggie uniform without the
patches and other insignia. The
vacancies to be filled are at
Orange, Texarkana, Wichita Falls,
Shamrock, Glen Rio, El Paso, and
Laredo. Those selected will re
port for work February 10th and
will work an average of eight
hours per day, seven days per week,
holidays included.
Nineteen A. & M. students were listed in the 1939-40 issue of “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities”. The students ap
pearing in this book are as follows: Top, left to right, Tommy Balmer, Joe Boyd, Bruce Cloud, Frank Corder, Bill Guy, Charlie Hamner,
and John Kimbrough. Second row, Max McCullar, Ernie Meynard, Doug Miller, Bill Murray, Bill Oswalt, and Bodie Pierce. Bottom row,
Dan Sharp, Bob Shields, George Smith, Walter Sullivan, Durward Varner, and Ele Baggett. Of this number Baggett and Kimbrough
are juniors, the remainder are seniors.
Engineers’ Day
Discussed During
Council Meeting
Problems concerning Engineer’s
Day, to be held next spring, were
given an early airing at a meet
ing of the Student Engineers’
Council, held last week at the
country estate of Col. Ike Ashburn.
Dean Gibb Gilchrist, who was host
for the occasion, arranged for the
dinner prior to the business meet
ing of the council.
The Student Engineer’s Council
is in its second year at A. & M.
It was organized by Dean Gibb
Gilchrist, with a dual purpose in
view—-to promote a deeper interest
in engineering, and to coordinate
the various engineering societies
in their presentations in the Engi
neer’s Day Show.
Although students of A. & M.
are called Aggies, few people real
ize that there are more students
enrolled in the School of Engi
neering than in the School of Agri
culture. It was through some such
student organization as the Engi
neering Council that Dean Gilchrist
wished to bring the engineering
students closer together, and to
try to solve some of their more im
portant problems. By obtaining
the views of the students, through
the medium of the Council, it will
be possible to be in closer con
tact with the feelings and reactions
of the students to such matters
as examination exemptions, stu-
(Continued on page 4)
Coldest ‘Cold Spell’ in Ten Years
Hits College and Surrounding Areas
‘Bean Piddling’ Is New Mess Hall
Game Carried On With Assorted China
By A. J. Robinson
“Bean Piddling” is becoming a
major meal-time sport at A. & M.
“Bean Piddling” is the name ap
plied to the results of student’s
curiosity in regards to the new
mess hall chinaware, wb^ 1 -
tains an intere c + 5 -
sign, emb £a 18i 9if»-
To get t. . me out
of the ga , one may close his
eyes while someone fills his plate
with food, then open his eyes and
hurry to dig into the food to see
what new design is to be found to
pique his interest.
The reason for the many differ
ent brands seen is easily explained.
When any institution or organisa
tion gives an order to a china
manufacturing concern for a num
ber of dishes to be made with a
special pattern, the china manu
facturer will make more than the
number ordered to provide for
■faulty designs made in baking the
dishes. These extra dishes, which
are of number one grade white
china, are sold in large volumes
at a reduced price to other con
dies purchased by the A. &
ess hall are bought by the
-.u from The Southern Hotel
and Supply Company in Houston,
which buys carload shipments of
china from various china manu
facturers. This year A. & M. has
purchased 152,000 pounds of china.
Among many other names, the
following were seen on china in
the mess hall: Ubique Patriam
Reminisci, Mercy, Yarborough’s
Coffee, Hotel Will Rogers, Phi
Kappa Psi, Texaco, and The Lob
ster. Pictures included everything
from stage coaches to snails and
from flowers to acorns. Try the
game yourself. There are many
sights yet to be discovered.
By George Fuermann -f
Mark Twain once put it very
well when he wrote, “There’s a
great deal said about the weather,
but very little done about it.” With
a temperature low officially re
ported as seven degrees above zero,
and unofficially reported several
degrees lower, in the College Sta
tion area, the great writer’s axiom
becomes a truism hard to deny.
The minimum temperature re
cording during the present cold
spell hasn’t been exceeded since
January, 1930, when an all-time
low of two degrees above zero
was recorded for this area. The
ten year record set Thursday night
was almost equaled in 1933 when
the thermometer dropped to eleven
degrees, but most long-time resi
dents of College Station and Bryan
declare that they cannot remem
ber a cold spell as vicious and
severe as the present one.
The norther hit College Station
early Thursday morning and with
in a few hours thermometers show
ed temperatures ranging from 14
to 20 degrees above zero.
An almost deserted campus
Thursday and Friday nights pre
sented a ghost-like appearance as
a stinging-cold wind whistled
through the trees and sucked steam
from the college’s underground heat
passages, creating a weird super
natural effect mindful of another
Cadets passing to and from
classes could hardly recognize each
other as, heads swathed in towels,
scarfs, or anything else available
to keep ears and faces warm, stu
dents took on the appearance of
grotesque beings from another land.
Attendance in classes fell off,
the hospital list swelled, previously
planned weekend trips were post
poned, a radiator in one of the
new dormitories burst, and, as
mentioned before, “A great deal is
said about it, but very little done!”
Organization pictures for the
1940 Longhorn of the entire Cav
alry Regiment and Company G In
fantry will be made during the reg
ular scheduled drill periods next
week according to an announce
ment Friday by the military de
Pictures will be made during the
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thurs
day afternoon drill periods and
number one uniform with white
shirts will be worn by these or
Letters and Post
Cards Lie Winged
And Powerless In
Dead Letter Office
Of the many offices located in
College Station, perhaps the one
of greatest singularity is the
“Dead Letter Office.” For really
it is not an office at all if we
abide by the sense of the word
“office” as we use it today. It
is but a minor department of the
local post office.
Into this department there comes
daily one or more falsely address
ed letters. Some of these letters
bear no address whatsoever.
Post cards by dozens lie “winged”
and powerless in the post office.
These cards often contain impera
tive communications in the space
reserved for messages, and yet on
that space reserved for the ad
dressing they are painfully blank.
Too, there are letters and post
cards of the above mentioned cali
bre coming here from other of
fices. These are placed in genera!
delivery for 15 days. After that
time they are placed in the Dead
Letter branch. After a reason
able time these letters are opened
(Continued on page 4)
Kay Kyser Asked
To Pick Vanity
Fair Beauties
Kay Kyser has been asked to
select the Vanity Fair pictures to
appear in the 1940 Longhorn, ac
cording to an announcement made
yesterday. Although he has not
replied it is believed that he will
accept the offer.
Many pictures have been turn
ed in for both Vanity Fair and
Senior Favorite sections of the
1940 Longhorn. Around forty pic
tures have ben turned in for the
Seniors Favorite section and about
fifteen for Vanity Fair.
The biggest lot of pictures
seems to be flowing in from T. S.
C. W., proving that more Aggies
go with C. I. A. girls than any
Last year three of the eight
picked as beauties of the Vanity
Fair section were attending T. S.
C. W., however, all girls will be
judged according to “looks” and
not from their respective schools.
All seniors who have not turn
ed in pictures should do so as soon
as possible. February 1st will ab
solutely be the deadline on all
pictures. Pictures have to be turn
ed in to Mick Williams, Room 98
A Blonde With Green Eyes ‘Sees All’
For A. & M. Cadets on T. S. C. W. Campus
By her_pwn admission—a blond
with green eyes, five feet one inch
tall, 105 pounds on most scales,
and a native of San Antonio. That’s
Tess Charlton who, with Battalion
junior editor George Fuermann, is
exchange columnist from A. & M.’s
sister school T. S. C. W.
It hasn’t always been the Den
ton women’s school for the junior
journalism student. Last year she
attended Texas University where
she pledged the Chi Omega Sor
ority, but the two years previous
to that were spent at T. S. C. W.
Tess is a staff reporter for the
T. S. C. W. student publication,
The Lass-O, and writes two col
umns for that publication. One of
them is a column comparable to
her Battalion effort, and the other
is a weekly “swing” column con
cerning radio and records. Inci
dentally, Tess also serves as
society editor of the T. S. C. W.
annual, The Daedalian.
A graduate of the Alamo Heights
High School in San Antonio, Tess
Tess Charlton
says she’s only classified as a jun
ior in college because, “I didn’t do
much stv dying at the University.”
S.M.U. Cagers Play Aggies
Here Tonight at 7:30 P.M.
Business District
Going Up In Front
Of Project Houses
The officials of the West Park
Realty Company this week announ
ced the launching of an extensive
building and developing program in
the vicinity of the College Project
House Area. In an interview with
H. E. Burgess, co-owner of the
company, the following informa
tion was obtained:
H. E. Burgess and Daniel Russell
have formed the West Park Realty
Company and purchased 35 acres
of land joining the campus on the
south. This purchase was sub-di
vided into lots and blocks and
has been restricted in accordance
with Federal Housing Administra
tion requirements. These blocks
are to be serviced with hard sur
face streets and every lot is to be
connected with all utilities. These
lots, with but a few exceptions,
are open for residential purchase
only. The few business lots in the
area will be highly restricted as to
the type of architecture, size of
building and the use to which they
will be put.
J. F. Casey and H. E. Burgess
have under construction a two-
story brick building 70x85 feet
which will house a first-class drug
store and grocery. This building is
designed with every modern fea
ture to afford the best in the way
of service and benefit to the com
munity. The grocery is to be that
of a chain store, since there is
no such store available to the resi
dents of this community. The build
ing was designed by H. D. Mayfield,
architect, and was constructed by
R. A. Burks. It is expected that
this building will be completed by
the early part of April.
It was pointed out that this area
is the last plot of land adjacent
to the college which is available for
residences. Because of its near
ness to the school and to the cen
ter of activities of that sector, the
developers are of the opinion that
this land has promising possibili
ties for those desiring the finest
of homesites near their work.
Contest Sponsored
By Glee Club For
A New Club Name
The A. & M. Glee Club is spon
soring a contest to obtain for it
self a new name. Since the organ
ization feels that the name Glee
Club does not apply adequately to
a male chorus of ninety members,
it is offering a cash prize of $5.00
for the best name submitted.
The club feels that it will be to
the benefit of the college that the
organization have an attractive
name, since it represents the school
in many public appearances.
The rules for the contest are as
I. Any person is eligible to en
ter the contest.
2. Entries must be neatly writ
ten on a full sheet of paper and
should include name and address
of writer.
3. Entries must be in by 11
p. m. January 27, 1940.
4. Names entered should be rel
atively short.
5. No entries will be returned.
6. Entries may be turned in to
club publicity manager, “Gib”
Michalk, room 423, dormitory num
ber 10, or may be given to any
of the club officers.
The officers of the glee club
will select the five ranking names
of those submitted and the win
ning entry will be selected by vote
of the club. Decision by this vote
will be final. The person submit
ting the winning name will be pre
sented with a cash prize of $5.00.
The results of the contest will be
published later with honorable
mention given to the four other
entries considered ranking in the
five best.
Ponies Have Won
Once, Lost Twice
Winner Is Unpredicted,
Game Called A Toss-Up
Whitey Baccus will bring his S.
M. U. Mustang basketeers here
tonight to play the Aggie Cagers
in an effort to l)ring his charges
up to the .500 mark. The game
will be called at 7:30.
The Ponies have dropped two
tilts and won one, that being a
close one over Baylor, a team the
cadets trimmed last week. Cop-
pedge and Virgil “Country” Wil-
kerson are the two boys the Ag
gies will have to stop if they hope
to be the victors.
S. M. U. lost to Rice recently 34
to 36 and holding the Owls to 36
points is some fete in itself. The
Aggies learned a lesson against
the Owls and they may profit by
it tonight. S. M. U. is a defensive
team, but the cadets get their share
of shots and enough of them may
go through the hoop to give them
the victory.
Dope points to the game as be
ing a toss up and if Henderson and
Dawson get hot at the same time
the cadets will be favored. The
return of J. T. Lang to the lineup
will help a lot. He played some
against the Owls, but was not in
the best of condition.
Some of the other Ponies who
will bear watching are Arvil Jones
and Wilbur Keith, forward and
guard respectively.
The Ponies have one of the poor
est offensive clubs in the South,
but their defensive more than
makes us for this weakness. Even
at that they have one of the con
ference high point men in Wilker-
son who has averaged 12 points
per game.
An election of new officers for
the Texas A. & M. Section of the
American Chemical Society was
held at a meeting of the Section
last Tuesday night.
Those men elected are as fol
lows: Chairman, A. R. Kemmerer;
chairman-elect, F. W. Jensen; sec
retary-treasure, G. S. Fraps; Coun
cilor, E. B. Middleton. At the
same meeting N. E. Rigler was ap
pointed chairman of the program
committee, and R. E. Snuggs was
appointed chairman of the mem
bership committee.
The society will meet again on
March 13, at which time the mem
bers will hear Dr. F. D. Rossini on,
“The Chemical Constitution of Pe
troleum.” Dr. F. D. Rossini is;
Chief of the Section of Thermos-
chemistry and Constitution of Pe
troleum of the National Bureau of
Standards of Washington, D. C.
The new College Courts Coffee
Shop, under the management of
V. V. Mercer, opened for business
Thursday. The new coffee shop,
which occupies the building form
erly known as Van Noy’s, has been
completely redecorated as well as
The interior of the building is
finished in white with bright blue
walls. The floor is covered with
rock tile in mingled colors of
black, grey, and white. Neon
lighting is to give a subdued glow
to the dining room at night.
The seating capacity has been
enlarged to accommodate 60 peo
ple and booths will be installed
soon, further increasing the capac
Mercer, who also manages Col
lege Inn at the North Gate, has
employed a staff of eleven capa
ble assistants. John Sutton, well
known Bryan chef, will have
charge of the kitchen.