The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 28, 1940, Image 2

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PAGE 2 THE BATTALION -THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 1940 The Battalion A. & M. Mothers — Collegiate Kaleidoscope STUDENT TRI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF TEXAS A. & M. COLLEGE Mechanical College of Texas and the City of College Station, nblished three times weekly from September to June, issued ’ Thursday, and Saturday mornings; and is published published Tuesday, The Battalion, official newspaper of the Agricultural and and the City of College Station, is y and Saf weekly from June through August. Entered as second-class matter at the Post Office at College Station, Texas, under the Act of Congress of March 8, 1879. Subscription rate, $3 a school year. Advertising rates upon request. Represented nationally by National Advertising Service, Inc., at New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Office, Room 122, Administration Building. Telephone 4-6444. 1939 Member 1940 Phsocided CoUegcite Press BILL MURRAY ... LARRY WEHRLE James Criti E. C. (Jeep) Oates EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ADVERTISING MANAGER Associate Editor Sports Editor H. G. Howard Circulation Manager 'Hub' Johnson Asst. Sports Editor Staff Photographer Staff Artist Philip Golman John J. Moseley ..... - Junior Editors Billy Clarkson ... George Fuermann Bob Nisbet A. J. Robinson Earle A. Shields THURSDAY STAFF Ray Treadwell Managing Editor J. W. Jenkins Asst. Advertising Manager Don McChesney Asst. Circulation Manager Phil Levine Editorial Assistant V. R. (Red) Myers Jr. Sports Assistant Senior Sports Assistants Jimmie Cokinos Jimmy James Junior Advertising Solicitors L. J. Nelson A. J. Hendrick Reportorial Staff Jack Aycock, Jim Dooley, Walter Sullivan, D. C. Thurman, Murray Evans, Joe Taylor, Thomas Gillis, Don Corley, Bill Amis. BATTALION RADIO STAFF George Fuermann Battalion Announcer Charles A. Montgomery Associate Ed Robnett, R. M. Shuffler Assistants OUR Political Views The date of the annual general election among the student body for editor-in-chief of The Battalion, head yell-leader, and junior representative on the Student Publications Board has been announced for next Wednesday, April 3. This year, to reduce candidates’ expenses and the possibilities of unfair allegations in campaign literature, the Student Publications Board has ruled out all handbills and other forms of political read ing matter. Handbills and such may be written and dis tributed faii’ly, and they may not. They may be secured cheaply, and they may not. It is generally agreed that prohibiting them altogether is fairest to all concerned. Instead, this year the pages of The Battalion will he freely and equally open to all candidates— within reasonable limits, of course. The statements are to be published in Saturday’s issue. To answer or forestall the usual questions ask ed of a college newspaper’s editors during election time, we wish to state that this year the editors are refraining from any part in the election or the accompanying politics. To us the selection of next year’s editor is purely a matter for the corps to decide, and we are having nothing to do or say about the choice. The editorial columns and the news columns, as far as humanly possible, have re frained and will continue to refrain from giving political “knocks” or “boosts”. In other words, we’re not expressing a pref erence for or against any one as candidate for any position, and we’re trying to be just as fair and impartial as possible in our coverage of the election. We’re not ‘pushing’ anyone. The election will be handled and i-ules for it set by the student election committee. All com plaints about the course of affairs will be referred to it. The Battalion hopes that po matter which way you cast your ballot, you will vote for the man you think best for the job—regardless of personal friend ship or acquaintance, organization, or any other such factor. For instance, in the race for editor-in- chief, a man’s length, amount, kind and quality of service on The Battalion and his personal capabilities for the position are the things that should be con sidered. An interest in seeing (hat the election is con ducted fairly and with such a view as above des cribed, is the only interest The Battalion has in the political course of events. Class Leaders --- Twice already The Battalion has expressed editorially the opinion that the student body ought to express its esteem for our president, Dr. Walton, by sharing in the drive for funds initiated by the Former Students Association for the purpose of having a nationally famous portrait painter (Sey more Stone) paint a life-sized portrait of Dr. Wal ton as an honor to him and as a permanent val uable gift to the college. So far we have received no great response. This, it seems to us, must be due to the natural in ertia in any large student body. But we think it’s time some student move should be started. Such an opportunity as this should not be allowed to lapse. There are few better ways in which any class at A. & M. could render service. The Battalion strongly advocates that the senior class—and the other classes too—allocate some of their funds to this purpose. Class leaders—what do you think about it? How about calling some class or committee meetings to consider this movement? And how about letting us know what you think of the suggestion? Tip To Seniors The more pieces of bread you cast upon the watei’s, the better your chances of having one piece return to you. Just in case you haven’t thought about it, the U. S. Civil Service may be a means toward getting a job. The Civil Service often requires college-trained young men and women to fill vacancies. You don’t have to take just any job, but you can work at something you’ve studied throughout your years at school. Notices for Civil Service examinations are post ed on the college bulletin boards. Better still, to make sure you won’t miss anything, talk to O. E. Teague at the local post office. A. & M. mothers, once again The Battalion wishes to call your attention to the unfortunate financial situation of our College Library. The state Legislature grants it barely enough funds to keep going—not enough to purchase suf ficient copies of the most popular fiction and non fiction works, the kind your sons like to read, and the kind they clamor for in the library. Such a situation is unfortunate indeed. A good library is one of the most important prerequisites of any college or university. You mothers have undertaken as one of your federation’s major projects the making of contri butions to the library for the Students’ General Reading Fund. And since last spring you have done nobly in contributing more than $600 for this pur pose. It is one of the most valuable steps you could have undertaken. Your sons appreciate your efforts. There are two chief ways in which you mothers may render aid: directly, by continuing your con tributions, as much as possible; indirectly, by in forming your representatives in the Legislature of our library’s financial needs, with a view to secur ing larger appropriations for it in the future. In Anticipation There is at present a rather concrete suspicion that the Federal Department of State is indulging in laying plans for the peace which must follow the war in Europe. The war will certainly end and there certainly will be need of a peace. More than that, there will be need of a sound peace and not an armistice such as followed the World War. Certainly the world will have need of strong peace efforts and the sounder the better. When the time comes to make peace, there is going to be need for middlemen, and the United States, in its position as the strongest of the neutral powers, can contribute toward this peace. That efforts have al ready begun is praiseworthy and not derogatory. The countries at war have enough on their minds now, without taking steps toward the formulation of peace plans. The United States can contribute its efforts this time in thinking of peace, instead of doing its part by contributing to the warfare. Nor is the part that the United States can play an unselfish one. It is not to the interest of this country for wars to be fought. There is too much time lost, too many connections broken. During and after a war economic, and cultural relations have a tendency to break down. It is not good policy to allow this to happen, for when such relations are paralyzed, the neutral countries are hurt as much as those engaged in the war. The way in which the neutral can protect itself is to see that eace is made with the smallest reparations possible and the least crippling necessary. It is to the interest of the neutral that such a peace be made that is as lasting as possible, for the longer the seeminbly incessant European wars can be put off, the better the neutral will fare. There is an isolationist creed which demands that the continent be let alone. Sure, keep your nose clean, buddy, if you can, but when the fighting is over, help clean the noses of the belligerents—so he can see to trade with you. There is an older creed than that of the isolationists, and that creed is help your neighbor. For both selfish and unselfish reasons, the United States can and must assist in the peace which must followe the European war. As the World Turns... By “COUNT” V. K. SUGAREFF The peace flurries of last week have not pro duced any concrete evidence that the warring na tions really want peace. Von Ribbentrop’s visit to Rome was not as profitable as Hitler had antici pated. He took with him thirty-two economic ex perts to try to convince Mussolini that his economic cooperation is as essential to Hitler Y as his neutralities is vital to the Allies. Von Ribbentrop found the Pope adamant in his demands about the religious rights of the Polish Catholics. To cap it all, just as Von Ribbentrop was leaving Rome, Mus solini was informing the Italian parliament that the Brenner forti fications are as invincible as the Maginot Line and the Westwall. That might explain Hitler’s hur ried visit to Brennero for a confer ence with Mussolini. Meanwhile, the propaganda experts of the Berlin foreign office w r ere telling the world that great events would come to pass (last weekend). Rome papers, however, were lukewarm to the prophecies from Berlin, and Moscow has repeatedly denied that Molotoff was going to Berlin. In fact, Hitler himself may find its expedient to go to Moscow. Neither Russia nor Italy cherish the idea of a powerful Italy dominat ing the destiny of Europe. The centuries-old theory of “balance of power” will sooner or later assert itself, and Hitler, like Napoleon, must yield to the inevitable. The approximate billion-dollar farm bill, which has been sponsored by members of both houses of Congress, has been branded as “subsidy” to the farmers. The United States has subsidized railroads, shipping companies, aviation, and other industries. This new venture in subsidizing is merely an in dication that we as a nation recognize the import ance of the farmer in our social and economic setup. He needs aid now just as other interest groups have in the past. We have given protection to many in dustries when they did not need such protection. We put high tariffs on goods that did not need protection. We allowed the industrialists to bring in cheap labor and gave them a free domestic mar ket, a market free from competition and free from price control. The farmer is the only individual in our society who “does not live off the back of the other fellow.” If the farmer is being subsidized, it is unfortunate that he does not receive the full benefit from the subsidy. It has been revealed re cently that the insurance companies have been supporting the government’s farm relief program in order to get their interest on farm mortgages The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company i$ d e _ scribed as “the biggest farmer in the United States ” It has 7,000 farms estimated in value at $79,800 000 r a*' if I Sugareff by Dob Nisbet The bell that calls COLBY COLLEGE Siu- KEN HALL, RENSSELAER POLY STUDENT ATTENDED IOO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS DURJNIG rv,,^ dcwSLaSv 'iaoa HIS FIRST EIGHT SCHOOL YEARS / ^ UL REVERE * GO-1624. BACKWASH By George Fuermonn “Backwash: An agitation reuniting from uome action or occurrence.”—Webater. Fuermann Backwashin’ around . . . Marble tables recently removed from a College Station eatery by county officials were netting more than $200 profit each month to the cafe owners—and the ma chines’ owners took an equal slice . . . Take your choice: At A. & M. we (^ill • it “bird-dogging;” aWk I II Tulane calls it “wolf ing;” it’s a “scav enger” at Iowa State; when a girl does it, it’s “snaking” at Sophie Newcomb; but Texas University coeds politely call it “sandwich dating” and let it go at that . . . A reliable source recently told your columnist that A. & M.’s Board of Directors included six all-the-way or near-millionaires; a significant fact in view of the tremendously growing importance of the college in a national sense . . . Statements from the various orchestra lead ers on the campus thus far indi cate that “Tuxedo Junction” leads the Aggie hit parade as the most oft-requested number of the year. . . . And, for those cadets who don’t like the “Rippling Rhythm” of Shep Fields and his orchestra who will officiate at the Infantry Ball and corps dance on April 5 and 6, a three-month-old article in a mag azine of national circulation points out that Fields’ radio music and dance music are two very differ ent things—“As unlike as black and white,” the article says. “Danc ers who dislike Field’s radio mu sic are usually pleasantly surpris ed when they hear his ballroom interpretations.” ... A Bryan citizen, on leaving an afternoon showing of “Gone With The Wind”: “I’d give more than the 75 cents I paid to see GWTW to get it out of my mind.” . . . Prof. W. S. McCulley, rejecting an offer of cream for his coffee: “No thank you. I drink mine barefooted.” . . . Of the several faculty members and college officials who are now hobbying with flying, WTAW manager John Rosser is first to sprout wings. • Service—1940 style: A rookie soda skeet in one of Bryan’s several confectioneries was just completing his first week at the scientific dispensing of car bonated beverages. All went well until a rather plump, middle-aged woman came in and ordered a banana split at a time when bus iness was very, very rushing. An efficiency expert of a sort, the novice placed a dish of ice cream in front of the customer, handed her an unpeeled banana, a knife, and— in a business-like manner—said, “You’ll hafta split it yourself, lady; we’re real busy now.” • A full moon blessed the R. V. dances: As colorful and entertaining as tradition dictates, 1940’s Ross Vol unteer dances were even better than ever before. Most impressed of all were the 80-odd girls who attended the functions. Netum Steed’s escortee, Hockaday soph omore Helyn Morrow, declared that, “The orchestra was wonderful; so were the R. V.’s and the beer; but College Station water is lousy” •.. Benton Elliott’s attractive Betty Phillips quipped that, “This al most seems like a dance mara thon.” ... Not so impressed, how ever, was Sophie Newcomb soph omore Alice Kinabrew. Watching the R. V. drill Friday afternoon, her only comment was, “They stink!” . . . Queen Mary May Crawford batoned A1 Kavelin’s band and an unidentified Bryan belle stopped the show with her almost-expert drumming. • Kavelin was excellent: R. V.’s were more than satisfied with maestro Kavelin and his “Cas cading Chords.” Schottisches and put-your-little-footin’ were popu lar, although, as R. V. date Nina Tate pointed out, “Everyone was dancing what they darned pleas ed.” Kavelin did a lot toward pop ularizing the conga and rhumba while he was here and found that “Tuxedo Junction” was the most requested number with “Johnson Rag” a close second. Songstress Patty Morgan was formerly with Artie Shaw and was the equal of Lawrence Welk’s Jayne Walton who was on the campus a few weeks ago. All things considered, Kavelin proved to have one of the best orchestras to play at Aggie- land this year. • More about checks: So much interest was shown in a recent Backwash item concern ing checks cashed for cadets by local merchants that an important addition and equally important correction should be pointed out. After the item was published, the confectioner in - question asked his bank to make an investigation and find out how many checks he had cashed for students during a par ticular month. February, 1940, was the month selected and the bank reported that in the 29-day period the merchant had cashed 1,819 checks for students totaling $7,468. And the correction (the original item stated that on a particular day 167 checks were cashed totaling $66): the total should have been $566—a typo graphical error, no less. FASHION NOTE Aggie Blouse Is To Have ‘Bi-Swing’ Back The Aggie uniform blouse has undergone a change. Colonel George F. Moore, Commandant, has announced that the specifications for the service coat have been modified to call for a “bi-swing” back. All tailors of College Station, Bryan, and other cities where Aggie uniforms are made, have been furnished specifications for making the coat accordingly. Colonel Moore stated. Effective immediately, new coats will be made with the “bi swing” back. Existing coats may be worn by all concerned until no longer serviceable, or may be modified if so desired. The new “bi-swing blouse” is said to be more attractive as well as more comfortable than the old-style one. The matinee and night show for Friday night is a benefit for the Junior Chapter of the Future Farmers of America. This group of boys intend to use the money to send representatives to the F. F. A. convention in Kansas City, which is a noble aim to say the least. Since it is more or less a slack period after the holidays, since the farmer boys need this help, since the show is a good show, and since they gave the writer a pass, the whole student body ought to turn out to see the show. “SLAVE SHIP” is the name of the show and it stars Wallace Beery with Mickey Rooney. Laid in times when our country was new, the story is about slave trading done on a big Uruguayan Cattle- Raiser Visits Here Mr. and Mrs. Pablo Risso, of Uruguay, where Mr. Risso is an extensive Hereford cattle breeder, were visitors on the campus Tues day and were guests of the college for a luncheon and inspection trip of the college. They were accom panied by Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Brooks of Brady. Mr. Brooks is president of the Texas Hereford Association. Recognized as an outstanding cattleman of his country, Mr. Ris so was invited by the American Hereford Breeders Association to come to Texas as one of the judg es in the recent Southwestern Ex position and Fat Stock Show at Fort Worth. Following the fat stock shows, Mr. and Mrs. Risso plan to visit cattle raising sections of the state and throughout the United States before returning to South America. The group came to College Sta tion from Houston where they at tended the Houston Fat Stock Show and visited other points of interest in South Texas, including the King Ranch. scale. Wallace Beery is a case- hardened slave trader, feared and respected by all the motley crew and feared more than respected by the cabin boy, Mickey Rooney. Beery and the crew, having had their captain killed, feel the need of a man with a clean reputation to front their dealings, and so they pick on a young man who upsets their plans by bringing along his bride. Just imagine the fun that was had by all. ★ “BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940” is the Palace offering in far-away Bryan. Fred Astaire had dropped his little gal from Texas (Ginger Rogers) and has adopted a new partner in the shape and form of Eleanor Powell. Some think she is better; some think she is worse. Both parties are right. Eleanor is the better danc er, and Ginger is the better act ress. As a rule musical comedies are not much on acting anyway. This one is no exception, but it is worth two grade-points. WHATS SHOWING AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL Friday, 3:30 and 6:45— “SLAVE SHIP,” with Wal lace Beery and Mickey Rooney. AT THE PALACE Thursday, Friday and Sat urday — “BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940,” with Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. AT THE QUEEN Thursday—‘BALALAIKA,’ with Nelson Eddy and Ilona Massey. TWO HIGHLY VALUABLE letters—from George Washington and Robert E. Lee—both address ed to George Baylor, father of Judge R. E. B. Baylor for whom Baylor University was named, are preserved in the Judge Baylor rooms at the institution. FOR Eye Examination And Glasses Consult J. W. PAYNE DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY Masonic Bldg. Bryan, Tex. Next to Palace Theater GREATER PALACE Wednes. - Thurs. - Fri. - Sat ^ IT’S AN M-G-M PICTURE T1 A I v> Fred Astaire * Eleanor Powell Preview 11 P. M. Saturday Night Carole Lombard Brian Ahearne —in— “VIGIL IN THE NIGHT” Also Shown Sun. - Mon. - Tues. The College of Emporia was the first U. S. College to receive a Car negie library. To the Class of ’42 Next Year’s JUNIORS . . . Next year’s Juniors who wear a uniform “Made by Mendl & Hornak” will be sa tisfied customers. —They Cost No More— The Symbol of Distinction “Made by Mendl & Hornak” Dniform Tailor Shop MENDL & HORNAK