The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 14, 1940, Image 1

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The Battalion
DIAL 4-5444
Conference This Weekend
On Low-Cost Housing
Neutra, Maverick
Will Be Speakers
State ASCE Head
Meeting Is Sponsored
By Architectural Club,
Dept, of Architecture
The program for the conference
on the low cost house, to be held
here on Friday and Saturday, May
17-18, has just been announced by
the Department of Architecture,
which, in connection with the Ar
chitectural Club, is sponsoring the
The conference will begin with
registration at 8:00 a. m. Friday
morning. Col. Ike Ashburn will
give the welcoming address at 9:30,
and following this will be a dis
cussion of the problem “Why Can’t
I Have A House?” under three di
visions; (a) The problem of the
rural dweller, (b) The problem of
the urban dweller, (c) What kind
of low cost house.
The subject for discussion dur
ing the afternoon session will be
“Practical Problems of the Low
Cost House”. Richard J. Neutra,
AIA, well-known architect of Los
Angeles, will deliver an address on
“Architectural Evolution of Habi
tation, Its Functions and Struc
ture”. Among the topics which will
be discussed will be the problems
of the architect, the general con
tractor, the realtor, the financial
agency, the materials company, the
lumber yard and the laborer.
The Architectural Club will be
host to the visitors at dinner Fri
day night at 7:00, at which time
Maury Maverick, Mayor of San
Antonio, will make a talk on “So
ciety and Shelter.”
“What Can the Building Indus
try Do for the Low Cost House?”
will be the subject of discussion
Saturday morning. Ray Crow, en
gineer in the sales production di
vision of the C. I. & R. Co. of
Birmingham, Alabama, will make
an address at 9:30 on “Home Own
ership and the Building Industry”.
Discussion will follow on prefab
rication in the building industry,
standardization of materials and
construction, maintenance factors
of the low cost house and the ele
ments of design.
“What Can Society Do for the
Low Cost House?” will be the gen
eral topic for discussion Satur
day afternoon. Neutra will again
be the speaker, and his talk will
be on “Community Planning, City
Planning and Housing.” Planning
(Continued on page 4)
Britt Christian, junior of Com
pany B Engineers from Jeffer
son, Texas, was elected chairman
of the Texas Student Conference
of the American Society of Civil
Engineers at the recent meeting
of the organization in Galveston.
The office, which is the highest
student executive position in the
organization, was conferred upon
an Aggie for the first time. As
chairman, Christian will preside at
the annual fall and spring conven
tions held next term.
Seniors, Here Is
Chance To Become
A Political Power
With the state political pot al
ready boiling, and prospects for a
still hotter vote-getting campaign
to open early in the summer, can
didates are using every possible
means of getting elected, from the
use of hill-billy bands on up. Now
comes an offer from C. M. Lank
ford of League City, candidate for
railroad commissioner, of a prize
for the best paper on effective
campaigning within the expense
limit set by the legislature.
Following is the telegram re
ceived by Bill Murray yesterday:
“Wish to offer prize twenty
dollars to any senior student
your school best paper subject
now to most effectively cam
paign for railroad commission
er within expenses set by leg
islature stop similar contest
is being conducted Texas Uni
versity today stop You to be
(Continued on page 6)
Zahn Selected
’41 Leader Of
Singing Cadets
Charlie Zahn of Dallas was elect
ed president of the Singing Cadets
for the year of 1940-41 at the an
nual spring picnic held last Wed
nesday evening at the home of
Professor and Mrs. J. J. Woolket.
Other officers elected were: Pete
Adams, Bryan, vice-president; Gil
bert Michalk, Corpus Christi, bus
iness manager; Reynolds Smith,
Throckmorton, publicity manager;
Alanson Brown, Houston, librarian;
Marion Lyle, Denison, accompanist;
and J. J. Woolket, director.
A barbecue supper, prepared by
Mrs. Woolket, was given on the
lawn of the Woolket home with ap
proximately sixty members pres
When the club was on its spring
tour last year, they adopted the
song “The March of the Musket
eers” to be sung for that year and
it was decided to adopt a new song
each year. This year the club chose
“Stouthearted Men” as their song.
Siegfried Neubert, a graduating
Senior and the only member who
has been in the club for four years,
is to be awarded the honorary
plaque which is given annually to
members who have been with the
club for four years.
Five seniors leaving the club this
year are: H. D. Crawley, Pat Ca
sey, Siegfried Neubert, R. L. Bell
and E. J. Butschek.
Naval Aviation
Board To Meet In
Dallas, June 18-26
A board of Naval Officers from
the “Annapolis of the Air”—the
U. S. Navy’s Aviation Training
Station, located at Pensacola, Flo
rida, will meet in Dallas, Texas,
from June 18 to 26, for the pur
pose of examining candidates for
appointment as Naval Aviation
Cadets, according to word received
here yesterday. This Board is head
ed by Lieutenant A. Laverents, vet
eran war-time flyer, as Senior
Member. Lieutenant Laverents
states that all candidates who
meet the necessary general re
quirements will be given a per
sonal interview and a thorough
physical examination.
Candidates must be American
citizens, between 20 and 27, un
married, of sound physical condi
tion, including a minimum height
of five feet, six inches, and a min
imum weight of 132 pounds, and
must have perfect vision in both
eyes without the aid of glasses.
They must have a minimum of two
full years of college education.
The training presents an oppor
tunity not only to become a pilot
experienced in many types of air
craft; but gives complete ground
school instruction in aircraft struc
tures, engines, instruments and
accessories, radio, navigation, and
other pertinent subjects. Upon
graduation from Pensacola, the
successful student is designated
a Naval Aviator, and is commis
sioned as Ensign in the United
States Naval Reserve. From Pen
sacola, he is sent to duty with the
aviation squadrons of the United
States Fleet.
Lieutenant Laverents strongly
urges all interested parties to write
him at once, for full particulars
and application blanks, at the Na
val Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.
There is no obligation involved in
making application.
Five Ex-Aggies To
Graduate From Air
School This Month
The headquarters of thd Air
Corps Advanced Flying School has
announced the list of cadets who
will graduate this month. Among
the forty-two graduates, five of
the number are exes of A. & M.
This is the largest number of any
school in the United States. The
Graduate Flying Cadets from A. &
M. are Henry Dittman, ’39; Robert
C. McDheran, Jr., ’39; Alvino V.
Reyes, ’39; David K. Lyster, Jr.,
’38; and Thomas F. Collins, ’39.
Largest Mothers ’ Day
Crowd In History Of
A, & M. Was Here
One of the largest crowds in
the history of Mothers’ Day ob
servance thronged the A. & M.
College campus over the past week
end, and a full program for the
parents kept the visitors enter
tained every hour of the time.
Visitors began pouring in on
Friday afternoon for the Senior
Banquet and Ring Dance, and this
colorful ceremony attracted by far
the largest crowd ever to attend
such an event.
As the banquet announcer nam
ed the couples passing through
the giant senior ring for the
ceremony at which the lady re
moved the senior’s ring and re
placed it on his finger, it was
revealed that more than 25 mem
bers of the senior class of 1940 are
married. More than a score of
couples announced their engage
ment at the ceremony.
At the Senior Ring Banquet sur
prise presentations awarded by the
Student Activities Committee were
made to senior social secretary
Charlie Hamner, and to Town Hall
manager Walter Sullivan and his
assistants Henry Herder, George
Steurer, and Carl Pipkin, in rec-
-fognition of their services. And a
gold watch was presented Cadet
Colonel “Woody” Varner as a tok
en of appreciation from the cadet
corps for outstanding service as
leader of the corps.
Saturday was given over to Engi
neers’ Day, and all branches of the
School of Engineering were open
to public inspection. A baseball
game in the afternoon gave the
visitors a chance to see the 1940
Aggie team play one of their best
games in defeating Baylor 5 to
Throughout the day Saturday the
college Board of Directors was in
session for the May meeting. Only
routine matters were disposed of,
and Board members and their wives
attended the reception Saturday
evening at the home of President
and Mrs. T. O. Walton. The Brazos
County A. & M. Mothers’ Club
honored the visiting mothers with
a reception Saturday afternoon at
the College Y. M. C. A. parlors.
Visitors enjoyed the regular corps
dance in Sbisa Hall Saturday
(Continued on page 4)
W. R. Scott
To Succeed
Col. Moore
A. & M.’s Largest
Longhorn To Be
Issued Wednesday
Scott Ex-Classmate
Of Colonel Moore
Colonel William R. Scott, In
fantry, has been detailed as Pro
fessor of Military Science and
Tactics at A. & M. to succeed
Colonel George F. Moore, who is
being transferred at the end of the
school term.
At the present time, Col. Scott
is commander of the 35th Infan
try at Schofield Barracks in
Hawaii. The exact date of his
installation here is not known.
However, his duties begin with the
fall term, and he is expected to
arrive here sometime in the late
Col. Scott is a graduate of the
United States Military Academy in
the class of 1904. Later he grad
uated from the Army Industrial
College, the Command and Gener
al Staff School, and the Infantry
School. He was, for a while, an
instructor in the Infantry School
at Fort Benning, Georgia. He has
also served as P. M. S. & T. at
Davidson College in Noitth Caro
It is interesting to know that
in 1928, Col. Scott was a class
mate of Col. Moore. Col. Scott
has also served with Major Ewing
in the 4th Corps Area. Col. Scott
(Continued on page 4)
The final examinations in the
Mathematics Contests offered each
year by the Math Department will
be held in the Chemistry Lecture
Room Thursday night at 7:30. Fol
lowing is a list of the students
who have qualified for these ex
aminations :
Sophomores: Fred Ashford, J.
Barker, C. E. Calvert, R. A. Doak,
E. G. Doughty, B. Hardie, J. M.
Holliday, G. R. King J. L. Lam-
berson, A. J. Landau, M. A. Mil
ler, R. B. Pierce, G. M. Perkins,
Q. M. Pickett, H. M. Rollins, J.
M. Sinex, R. G. Skidmore, W. C.
Swain, J. W. Thompson and Louie
Freshmen: W. M. Adkisson, T.
W. Allen, S. R. Baen, J. A. Baird,
J. G. Glasdel, S. V. Burks, Philip
Crown, H. E. Dixon, S. A. Ells-
berry, B. T. Flowers, J. G. Goppert,
Don Griffin, E. C. Hartman, L. C.
Hengst, W. E. Holland, R. W. Hud
son, F. C. Keeney, D. S. Lansdon,
S. J. Marwil, A. L. Matterson,
W. H. Mullins, Wm. Noa, L. R.
Robertson, F. D. Sanborn, A. J.
Specia, G. R. Thenn, R. T. Town
send, D. A. Treadwell, C. G. Well
ing and J. T. Cox.
The largest “Longhorn” publish--
ed in the history of the school
will begin issuance in the Admin
istration Building basement Wed
nesday. The Longhorn for ’40 is
bound in blue leather and trimmed
with the school colors of maroon
and white. The dedication was
appropriately made to the mothers
and fathers whose sons are at
tending A. & M.
The seniors will obtain their
Longhorns tomorrow, Wednesday,
from 3 till 5 p. m.; juniors Thurs
day, May 16, from 1 till 3 p. m.
and the sophomores Thursday, 3
till 5 p. m. The freshmen may ob
tain theirs Friday, May 17, from
1 till 5 p. m.
Further details of the distri
bution provide that the cards and
the Longhorns will be issued at
the same time this year instead of
having a time interval between
them as was previously done. The
cards, when signed by the desig
nated person, serve as a receipt
for the issuance of one copy of
the book. It is cautioned that
anyone sending down for his copy
must assume all responsibility for
the signature on the card.
Cards may be obtained by pre
sentation of a receipt showing
payment of the student activities
fee or payment for a Longhorn.
This receipt must be presented at
the designated time at room 22 in
the basement of the Administration
Building, about 75 feet further
south in the basement. If for any
reason a student has lost his re
ceipt, a copy may be obtained on
ly on Monday, May 20, at the
Student Publications Office.
The “Greenhorn Section,” which
has been a feature of the annual
in recent years, was omitted this
year in order to provide more space
for activities at Aggieland.
A new feature which is found
in the new annual is the color
photography of all the buildings
on the campus.
The “Vanity Fair” and “Senior
Favorites” section go to make up
the necessary amount of femininity
to prevent the annual from being
entirely a “men’s book.”
Heading the sports section is the
beloved mascot of the Aggies and
“the only female student at A. &
(Continued on page 6)
Commencement Invitations
To Be Issued This Week
Comencement invitations
will be given out to those
who ordered them, Thursday
and Friday from 1 to 5 p.
m. in the rotunda of the Ac
ademic Building, senior pres
ident Max CcCullar has an
George Smith, ’40 Longhorn editor
President of Oil
Company To Speak
For Geology Club
“Functions of the Average Pe
troleum Geologist” will be the sub
ject of discussion by Carter D.
Speed Jr., president of the Speed
Oil Company of Houston and a
distinguished A. & M. alumnus, at
a meeting of the Geology Club to
night at 7:15 in the Geology Lec
ture Room.
A member of the graduating
class of 1926, Mr. Speed was a
letterman at guard on the A. & M.
football team. He was a member
of the ‘T’ Association, a Ross Vol
unteer, a Lieutenant of “I” Com
pany Infantry and received his de
gree in Agricultural Administra
After leaving A. & M., Mr. Speed
attended the University of Chicago,
where in 1929 he received a degree
in Geology. Since that time he has
held various positions and is now
president of the Speed Oil Co.,
(Continued on page 4)
A. & M. Men Attend
Grain-Seed School
Representatives of the A. & M.
teaching staff, the Agricultural
Experiment Station and the Ex
tension Service took leading parts
in the program of the Grain and
Seed School which was held in the
Federal building at Fort Worth
Dr. E. P. Humbert, head of the
Genetics Department, and chairman
of the council, discussed the Fed
eral Seed Law. Dr. F. L. Thomas of
the Experiment Station discussed
weevil control and E. A. Miller of
the Extension Service discussed
disease control in wheat.
Federal Inspection Will Be Held Here
Today, Wednesday; Gen. Baker To Visit
A board of officers of the Eighth-
Corps Area is visiting College Sta
tion today and tomorrow, to make
the annual inspection of the Re
serve Officers Training Corps
Units at this institution. The
board is headed by Colonel Edward
A. Keyes, Cav., Civilian Compo
nents Officer, Headquarters Eighth
Corps Area, Fort Sam Houston,
Texas. The other members of the
board are as follows:
Colonel Theodore K. Spencer, In
fantry, Headquarters Eighth Corps
Area; Colonel Oscar C. Warner,
Coast Artillery, First Military
Area, San Antonio, Texas; Lieu
tenant Colonel Edward Montgom
ery, Chemical Warfare Service,
Headquarters Eighth Corps Area;
Major John E. Maher, Cavalry,
Central Catholic High School, San
Antonio, Texas; Major Howard
M. Yost, C. E., A. & M. Col
lege of Oklahoma, Stillwater,
■Oklahoma; and Major William F.-
Kernan, Field Artillery, Ball High
School, Galveston, Texas.
The inspection will terminate in
a Corps Review to be held at 1
p. m. on May 15.
Major General Walter C. Baker,
Chief of the Chemical Warfare
Service, will visit this institution
on May 17 and 18. General Baker
will arrive at 10 a. m. on the 17th
and will be met by a Cavalry es
cort, which will conduct him to
the President’s office. As soon as
he enters the campus he will be
given the cannon salute prescrib
ed for a Major General. During
the afternoon General Baker will
review the corps, and during the
review will present the Baker
Trophy to the 2nd Platooon, Com
pany C, Chemical Warfare Unit,
which won this trophy for the year
1939-1940 in competition with the
•other platoons of the Chemical
Warfare Service Unit. Cadet 1st
Lieutenant B. C. Barnes is the
platoon commander of the winning
platoon. The platoon sergeant is
cadet staff sergeant C. H. Colgin
Jr., and the platoon ammunition
sergeant is cadet sergeant R. L.
Following the review General
Baker will inspect the dormitory
occupied by the Chemical Warfare
Unit. On Saturday morning Gen
eral Baker will look over the in
stallations and equipment pertain
ing to the Military Department of
the College and at 11 a. m. speak
to the Seniors of Chemical Engi
neering, members of the faculty,
and such other students as may be
interested, in the lecture room of
the Chemistry Building.
General Baker will depart for
the maneuver area in east Texas
Saturday afternoon.
Move Effected At
Suggestion of ’40
Senior President
The Senior Class officers for the
1940-41 term will be elected Thurs
day night at a meeting of the
Junior Class to be held in Guion
Hall at 7:30 p. m., according to
an announcement made yesterday
by Ele Baggett, Junior president
this year. The offices to be filled
at that time are those of class
president, vice-president, secretary-
treasurer and historian.
This is the first time in history
that the Senior Class officers have
been elected during the preceding
term, before the juniors become
seniors. The election is being held
at this time at the suggestion of
the present Senior Class president
in a Battalion editorial several
days ago, in order that next year’s
seniors can begin work on some
of the problems which will be fac
ing them when they return to
school in September. Several mat
ters, such as the movie situation,
the dormitory telephone situation
and others, are felt to need atten
tion before the present term is
over, and this can best be accom
plished by having the class elec
tion now.
Cadet Colonel “Woody” Varner
will preside at the meeting. Every
member of the Junior Class is
urged to be present, as the class
election is a matter which cannot
fail to affect the destiny of the
members next year.
Out-going officers of the class
include Ele Baggett, president;
Tom Richey, vice-president; I. B.
Stitt, secretary-treasurer; and Jeff
Clarke, historian.
Field Artillery To
Have New National,
Regimental Colors
The Field Artillery Regiment
will have a new national standard
for the next regimental formation,
according to a letter received by
Colonel O. E. Beazley from Cap
tain L. R. Garrison, formerly of
the Military Department here, who
was transferred last year to the
Army Industrial College in Wash
ington, D. C.
Captain Garrison announced that
he was sending by parcel post a
new silk standard obtained from
the Philadelphia Quartermaster De
pot. The first standard was pre
sented by Major L. R. Dougherty
in 1921, and has an inscribed sil
ver band on the staff to that ef
fect. Another band will be placed
on the staff with Captain Garri
son’s name when the replacement
standard is added. It was also an
nounced by the Military Depart
ment that the old Field Artillery
Regimental Standard, donated sev
eral years ago by A. M. Waldropt
& Co., will be replaced by the
same concern.
Special Edition Of
Battalion To Be
Thursday’s Paper
The Thursday issue of The Bat
talion will be the annual special
edition which is distributed to 10,-
000 seniors graduating from the
high schools of Texas.
Total circulation will be nearly
16,000, including the usual 5,000
faculty-student subscription list.
Distribution on the campus will
be at the usual time, Thursday
morning; the 10,000 high school
copies will be mailed out during
the two days following.
An attempt is made to present
as complete a picture of A. & M.
College, its divisions, and College
Station, the Texas Aggies and Ag
gie life, as space will permit. Ob
ject of the special edition is to
better inform the high school chil
dren of the state about the school
and to furnish the boys graduat
ing an added incentive to enroll
at A. & M.
In order to print the extra-large
number of copies on time, the reg
ular Wednesday afternoon staff
will work this afternoon.