The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 28, 1941, Image 1

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DIAL 4-5444 STUDENT TRI-WEEEXY NEWSPAPER OF TEXAS A. & M. COLLEGE The Battalion DIAL 4-5444 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE STATION YOL. 40 122 ADMINISTRATION BLDG. COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, JAN. 28, 1941 Z725 NO. 46 White Next Town Hall Entertainer Subject Of Talk To Be On Present European Conflicts William L. White, ■war corres pondent, who has recently witnes sed Britain’s struggle for life on land and sea, will address the cadet corps on March 5 under the aus pices of Town Hall. A brilliant speaker, White will, nevertheless, leave time for the audience to guide the program. The corps will be given ample opportunity to question him on conditions in Eu rope and of his personal exper iences on his two trips to that country—his first to Germany and Finland and his most recent one to England. He will give facts that everyone is interested to hear but which American audiences have not had the opportunity to know since censorship has blanketed a major portion of the earth’s sur face. Journeying to England on one of the 50 destroyers which the country traded for Atlantic bases, he wrote of that passage in Life and in the Reader’s Digest of Jan uary, 1941. He had completed his work on December 4 and was ready to take passage by plane to Lisbon and thence to the United States by Clipper. Unable to make a reservation for the Clipper from that end, his wife, in New York, managed to get a commitment from the American office. He is expected to return to the United States by February 1 and after a few days for recovery will begin his lecture tour. Spanish Film To Be Presented By Film Club Thursday A Spanish film, “Jalisco Nunca Pierde,” will be presented Thurs day night at the Campus Theater as the second foreign film spon sored by the Campus Film Club. Students of Spanish in the Modern Language department will be given reserved seats for the showing. Sam Zisman, chairman of the executive committee of the club, stated that they have been trying to get the film for some time. It is being handled through a dis tributing agency in San Antonio. The film contains scenes which present native living and a good deal of native Mexican music. “Arrangements have been work ed out to make the handling of tickets easier and to save incon venience,” Zisman said. The near capacity house at the first foreign film impressed the members with the interest which was shown. Agronomy Course Introduces Soilless Gardening Next Term Students taking Agronomy 422, soil fertility, may experiment with soilless gardening next semester. Dr. R. L. Donahue, teacher of the course, has announced. Due to ex tensive interest in this new field, the Agronomy department has ex tended its facilities so that those students interested may have some experience in this new branch of science. This practice of maturing crops without soil was first brought out in 1930 by Prof. W. L. Gericke of the University of California. Since then it has spread over the country like an epidemic because of the novelty of the method and the re ports of larger yields. Last year Agronomy 422 stu dents grew oats and cotton in a twenty gallon wooden horse tank. Six such tanks are available this year as well as several large jars. Students taking the course will get to exercise their own technique in soilless gardening besides testing the effects of the fourteen essential elements on plant growth. "Bank Night" At Gridiron Banquet Chip Routt shows Miss Mavanee Warner, Bryan, his new football jacket with letter on it. (top) All of the players received one of these. Marshall Robnett (center) inspects his All-American silver football trophy. Charlie Henke is congratulated by Coach Homer Norton (bottom) upon receiving one of the two best blocking medals. James Thomason received the other one. —Photo by Jack Jones Footballers Hit Jack-Pot At Annual Gridiron Banquet By Hub Johnson Battalion Sports Editor Bank night in Sbisa Hall! This was the general gist of the annual grid dinner Friday night. The Aggies hit the jack pot! Silver tipped belts, watches, spur tie clips, overcoats, gold footballs, plaques, Sugar Bowl replicas, and trophies of all sort—all came from one side of the table to the other with the solid maroon jackets that were given to the lettermen. Toastmaster Dough Rollins held the diners in the palm of his hands until Byron “Curly” Winstead, chief of publicity here at College Station, introduced his wife as the secretary of war of the Winstead family. * Mid-way in the schedule of events- a wire was received from Dan Ro gers of the Cotton Bowl to the ef fect that cowboy boots for each member of the squad were ready for delivery. Norton thanked the boys for all the cooperation they had given and highly praised the work of the “blue boys”. “Success doesn’t come the easy way,” he told them. “You have to work for it.” Pat Flaherty held the crowd in laughs with his broadcast over WOAI and KPRC. He questioned Kimbrough as to what his plans were following graduation. “I’d like to get back on the range with a wife and get six kids right fast,” John told him. ► Marshal Robnett’s reply to the same question was, “I guess I’ll take pro football. I can’t get six kids as fast as Kimbrough.” After the fifteen minutes on the air, back the program went to Dough Rollins. He read the prais es to all who had helped in making the great Texas Aggies the best of the land and then read James “Dumby” Chance Jr.’s toast to the team. The following is Dumby’s con tribution: Again we meet, drink and break bread; With the swell gang that has spread. The Aggie spirit from coast to (Continued on Page 4) Aid Fund Receives Final Approval Today Could Exams Be The Reason For Such Goings On? By Lee Rogers There is something funny going on around here these days—and there must be a reason for it. It is not the normal thing to see a cadet walking across the campus at 2 o’clock in the morn ing mumbling and swearing about cosines and the life cycle of earth worms. And usually there would be a slight doubt in your mind about your room-mate’s sanity if he were to put a fountain pen in his mouth touch a match to it and at the same time try to write with his pipe, but such actions are looked on as matter-of-fact now. Surprisingly, there are little blades of grass sprouting on the beaten path to Uncle Ed’s. While on the other hand it is becoming a common sight to see a student gulp down three cups of black coffee at midnight and then buy a handful of strong cigars. So if you are still wondering what is happening just inquire a bit and you will find that final ex. ams are practically here. Committee Is Only Obstacle Student, Executive Committees Have Already Passed On Proposed Fund The proposed Texas A. A M. Student Aid Fund will receive final approval or rejection at the reg ular meeting of the college fac ulty this afternoon. Already passed by the Student Activities Commit tee and the Executive Cortimittee, passage by the faculty is the only remaining obstacle in the path of the fund’s organization. As aproved by the Student Ac tivities Committee and the Exec utive Committee, the Student Aid Fund would do the following: 1. (a). Pay for emergency op erations for students who are unable to obtain the necessary money through other channels. b) . To send a suitable express ion of sympathy to each family of an Aggie whose mother or father may die during a long ses sion. c) To take care of any other cases of merited need which may come to the Student Aid Fund Foster Hall Repaired For Defense Trainees Foster Hall is now being repair ed in order to accommodate the Civ ilian Defense Trainees who will take courses in National Defense Engineering which will start Feb ruary 10. All repairs are being done by the department of building and grounds and according to that de partment only such work as to make the building livable and weather proof is being done. The reason for only these essential repairs are being made is to allow the trainees to pay the smallest rate possible. At present the plans are to have the rentals only high enough to pay the expense of jan itor service. After the plastering and patching up is finished Foster Hall will house at least 89 men. At present the object of the extra facilities is for the use of the Civilian Defense Trainees but they may also be used for students during the sum mer short .courses. By providing this low cost hous ing feature, the officials have cut the expenses of trainees to a min imum- The United States Office of Education is providing all ex penses of instruction, materials, and equipment and there will be no tuition fee. However the trainees will be required to furnish their own text books, note books, and provide for their board along with paying for their rooms in Fos ter Hall. CSC Offers Examinations In Scientific Fields Open competitive examinations for the positions described below were announced by the United States Civil Service Commission today. Applications will be accept ed at the Commission’s Washington office not later than the closing dates specified. Where two closing dates are given for receipt of ap plications, the extra time is allow ed those sent from Colorado and States westward. All salaries are subject to a 3% percent retirement deduction. Positions in scientific fields for which examinations were announc ed are: Associate chemist-petrographer, $3,200 a year. Applicants will not be required to take a written test. They will be rated on their educa tion and experience which must include professional experience in chemistry or geology. Closing dat es are March 3 and 6, 1941. Junior technologist (any special ized branch), $2,000 a year. A 4- year college course with major study in a branch of technology is required, except that applications may be accepted from senior stu dents subject to certain conditions. Closing dates are February 20 and 24, 1941. For higher grade Tech nologist positions, with salaries (Continued on Page 4) Two Cent Meal Reduction Will Cut Enrollment Fee A two cent per meal reduction will reduce the cost of enrollment for the second semester for those students living in the dormitories from $58.75 to $57.25. This will in clude board to March 8. The cost of board to March 8 has been reduced from $19.25 to $17.75. The cost of board from March 8 to April 8 has been re duced from $21.25 to $19.50. A re duction in board from April 8 to the end of school has not yet been made. As a result of this reduction in the cost of board for these two months the total payment for all of the second semester has been reduced from $157.50 to $154.25. Sanger Brothers To Sponsor Cotton Pageant Style Show J. S. Mogford, sponsor of the annual Cotton Ball and Pageant announced that Sanger Brothers of Dallas have accepted an invita tion to participate in the presenta tion of the affair this year. This announcement was made as a cor rection of an erroneous previous statement that A. Harris and Com pany would take part in the pre sentation. The pageant which will take place on May 2 is expected to be the most elaborate that has ever been presented. Sanger Brothers is the first firm of Dallas or that vicinity to accept an invitation to take part in this annual style pre sentation. Within the next week or ten days a designer and publicity a- gent will be sent to A. & M. to study the plans and arrangements that have been drawn up by the Agronomy Society concerning the pageant. Their job will be to ar range the colors, styles and light ing effects. Following the pageant the an nual Cotton Ball will be held in Sbisa Hall with the Aggieland Orchestra furnishing the music for the occasion. More definite plans for the pro gram are being planned by the Agronomy Society. Committee. 2. Money for the Student Aid Fund would be obtained in the fol lowing ways: a). The Student Aid Fund would have an initial capital of $774.43, the remainder of the George Stidham fund. (Continued on Page 4) Seniors, Grad Students Offered Fifty Interneships The National Institute of Public Affairs is offering present seniors and graduate students 50 interne- ships in the Federal Government, during the academic year 1941-42. This announcement, during the last two years, has been sent to several administration officers and heads of departments at A. & M. The National Institute of Public Affairs is financed by the Rocke feller Foundation. Its purpose is to obtain, every year, fifty outstand ing graduates from American col leges. To each of these men it gives nine months of practical training in various government de partments in Washington. This training is along administrative lines rather than technical ones. At the end of the nine months training period, the trainee has an excellent chance for a permanent position, via civil service examina tions, in one or another of the government departments. The (Continued on Page 4) Former A&M Professor Named Folklore Research Director at TU W. A. Owens, who was a mem--f; ber of the A. & M. English de partment for three years prior to last summer, has been recently named director of research in folk materials in the Division of Exten sion at Texas University. Owens left College Station last June and attended the Univers ity of Iowa during the summer. For his outstanding research in folklore he will be awarded a doc tor of philosophy degree from that institution. During his stay here Owens de voted a considerable amount of time to recording Aggie songs such as the “Aggie War Hymn”, “Spirit of Aggieland” and “Silver Taps.” In addition to this much of his time was used in collect ing Texas folk songs, religious songs and Negro chants- When he was first beginning his research in 1930 he discovered “Dry Bones” in a Negro commun ity near Dallas. Later he made a recording of it in the Brazos river bottom as it was sung by a Negro quartet. This song has been made into a popular arrangement and is now becoming quite popular throughout the country. 'Hitler Blues”, another favorite (Continued on Page 4) Eight New Books Have Been Added To Library Reading List The Student Reading Fund, es tablished and maintained by the A. & M. Mothers Clubs, has pur chased another list of books to be added to the constantly swelling collection of books in the Student Reading Fund collection. Those re cently purchased are as follows: Bush Gringo Doctor Gather Sapphira and the Slave Girl Cooper The Last of the Mohicans Dupey Perish by the Sword Haas The American Empire Huxley Brave New World Morier Adventure of Hajji Babba of Ispahan Stefansson Ultima Thule