The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 28, 1941, Image 2

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Page 2- THE BATTALION -TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1941 The Battalion STUDENT TRI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER TEXAS A. & M. COLLEGE The Battalion, official newspaper of the Agricultural and liechanical College of Texas and the city of College Station, is published three times weekly from September to June, issued Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings ; also it is published 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 4-5444. Bob Nisbet Editor-in-Chief George Fuermann Associate Editor Keith Hubbard Advertising Manager Tommy Henderson Circulation Manager Pete Tumlinson Staff Artist P. B. Pierce, Phil Levine Proof Readers Photography Department Phil Golman Photographic Editor Jack Jones, T. J. Burnett, G. W. Brown, Joe Golman, John Blair Assistant Photographers Sports Department Hub Johnson Sports Editor Bob Myers Assistant Sports Editor Jack Hollimon Junior Sports Editor Mike Haikin, W. F. Oxford Sports Assistants TUESDAY’S EDITORIAL STAFF Bill Clarkson Managing Editor Jack Hendricks Assistant Advertis : ng Manager Junior Editors Lee Rogers E. M. Rosenthal Reportorial Staff Jack Aycock, Jack Decker, Walter Hall, Ralph Inglefield, Tom Leland, Beverly Miller, W. A. Moore, Mike Speer, Dow Wynn. Stevens Institute of Technology received to taling $96,562 in the fiscal year 1939-40. Attention Faculty Cramming-Mostly Pro WHO IS THE MAN who hasn’t studied, who hasn’t done his books justice, who has read magazines and gone to the show when thermo was calling? Who is about to flunk? Who will flunk if he makes a low grade on his final examination? Is it you? If so, then you are not the person to argue against the proposition of cramming for final ex ams. For you, my friend are just at the stage where cramming is the last resort. You, my friend should be in a position to hear an argument, of all things, in favor of cramming. Usually about a week or so before examinations "the question of cramming comes to mind, and it is •usually about this time that campus sages pass out the un-asked-for advice not to cram. Cramming jumbles all the facts you’ve learned until you are so confused that you know neither which way is up nor which way is down. One never learns by cram ming; it is strictly memory work and accomplishes no good. Constant studying is the only solution. These sages have waited just four and one half months to late to begin their dissertation. At this stage of the game, the practice of cramming needs some favorable comment. In the first place cramming has been the only straw from which many a desperate youth has clung to escape the angry tide of failure. This bus iness of becoming confused is theory at best. If beforehand no facts had been learned, how could cramming possibly jumble them up? But the big asset to cramming is this. It gives the student a chance to cover the whole course at one sitting. It gives him a complete picture to study instead of presenting one scene at a time. It en ables him to grasp the general scope of the course, to see toward what end each statement is driving. It enables him to tie one idea in with another idea and see best how they work together. Many learned men favor no compulsory class attendance and place all the stress upon one final examination. In this manner they take one week of concentrated studying for a course and claim they get more good from their efforts than a whole semester’s work of piece-mealing. They may have something. At any rate, let’s not condemn the man who now has to cram. Don’t bother them! Let them study. And to the man with the low grades, don’t give up hope at this stage of the game. Cramming has passed many a man, and the principle has many ad vocates. And if you pass the course by cramming, don’t let it hurt your conscience. The Collegiate Review Four Colgate university alumni received $200 in prizes for songs submitted in a contest. Southern life and economy are to be interpre ted in educational and dramatic films to be pro duced at the University of North Carolina. The Lincoln library of the late Valentine Bjork- man, comprising more than 1,000 volumes, has been acquired by Upsala college, East Orange, N. J. Seventy-four Minnesotans are included in the enrollment of 6,300 at Northwestern university. Students at New York city’s four municipal colleges last year contributed $972,000 in fees. A poll revealed nearly two thirds of Univer sity of Detroit students favor freshman hazing. THIS AFTERNOON the faculty will meet in reg ular session to discuss the usual routine matters which come before this important branch of the college’s administrative set-up. Not so routine, however, is the fate of the proposed Texas A. & M. Student Aid Fund. Already blessed by the Student Activities committee and the Executive committee, faculty approval is all that remains in the path of final organization of the proposed fund. The Battalion urges the faculty to accept this plan which—so The Battalion believes—is one of the finest movements in the recent history of Texas A. & M. college. Hundreds of students and many college officials have expressed parallel opinions. The Student Aid Fund is a good thing. It is something unique in American colleges and univer sities. It is something which every Aggie will be proud to be a part of. Here’s hoping that the faculty stamps OK and gives a go-ahead signal on the proposed Student Aid Fund. Miss Abby Burgess is the thirty-first member of her family to attend Brown university. Her father is a faculty member. A report estimates Dartmouth pin-ball play ers shoot 6,000,000 balls a year. Vunise Barrow, sister of heavyweight champ ion Joe Louis, is attending the University of Mich igan. A new species of oak, first distinctly new tree found east of the Mississippi in 75 years, has been discovered by Dr. Wilbur H. Duncan, University of Georgia botanist. Catholic University of America has added 31 new members to its teaching staff. —Associated Collegiate Press Man, Your Manners BY I. SHERWOOD The Welcome Guest CONSIDERATION, ADAPTABILITY and tact are the principal qualities of a gracious guest—one whom any host or hostess is delighted to entertain. Faculty members are always glad for cadets to visit them in their homes, but when you call do not over-stay your welcome—a call of thirty minutes is long enough. Never stay longer than an hour after dinner unless entertainment has been pro vided. Answering Invitations: Your reply should be prompt and if the invitation is written, it is per missible to use your visiting card by putting in the left corner “With pleasure” and under that the date of the dinner or party. To decline write “Regrets” and the date below. If you have no visiting cards, your answer should be in the third person. Mr. Philip Laird accepts with pleasure or (regrets that he is unable to accept) Mr. and Mrs. John Smiths’ kind invitation for Saturday the twenty second of May at seven o’clock When you do not know what to wear you should inquire to make sure. Your Arrival: Arriving too early is almost as bad as arriving too late. You should time your ar rival according to the type of party. One should arrive for dinner about five minutes before the specified time. Guests are expected for informal parties about twenty minutes after the stated time. At the Party: If host or hostess does not greet you at the door, pay your respects to them as soon as possible. At very large parties you may converse with anyone without being introduced. Be careful of the hostess’s possessions. If you break something, apologize but don’t dwell on it. Later send her a duplicate, if possible. Be a clean smoker. Don’t leave a trail of messy ash trays as you go from place to place in the home. Your Departure: A guest should know when to go home without waiting for someone else to make the move. At a large party say goodbye to those close by. At a small party or dinner tell your host and hostess goodbye, the honor guest, if there is one, and the hostess’s family. Thank them by saying “Thank you so much” or “I’ve had such a nice time”. As the World Turns... BY DR. R. W. STEEN IT IS DIFFICULT to understand all of the excite ment over the opinions of Colonel Lindbergh. He has proved himself to be a competent pilot, and he is doubtless an authority on matters pertaining to aviation. His opinions on such matters doubtless deserve careful consideration. There is, however, nothing in his training or experience that qualifies him as an expert in foreign policy. • As an American citizen he is en titled to have opinions and to ex press them freely. Some Americans will agree with him, others will p| disagree. All of that is to be ex pected, but there is no reason why his opinion on foreign affairs should be worth any more than the opinion of the average diplo mat on matters of aviation—and no one would care to ride in a plane Steen built and operated by diplomats. Colonel Lindbergh himself seems a bit confused about the whole situation. He is convinced that Britain can not win, and that America has nothing to fear from an Axis victory. At the same time he favors a comprehensive pre paredness program. If we have nothing to fear from an Axis victory, then against whom are we to prepare? Surely we are not to fear any of the pow ers already beaten. Surely we are not to fear a defeated Britain. Could it be that Lindbergh himself lacks confidence in this “Wave of the Future” which is being sponsored by national leaders who gained their positions by the tactics of gangsters, and who continue to use such tactics. Hitler and Mussolini have met again, and the result this time seems to be a plan for a unified command of the Axis forces. It is easy to believe that such a plan might have been formulated, and it is just as easy to believe that when it is put into effect Italy will have very little to say as to what is going on. Incidentally, the Italian empire in Africa is rapidly ceasing to exist. A well organized revolt is getting under way in Ethiopia, and British troops are having no little success in taking over other portions of the empire. The Italian empire seems doomed. If Britain wins Italy will not get the territory back. If Germany wins she will prob ably take the lands as compensation for assistance given to Italy. From all present indications, Musso lini made a serious mistake when he entered the war last summer on the assumption that all was over except writing the peace terms. %■ "It’s sporting of you, Miss Murphy, admitting you were wrong about that arithmetic problem." BACKWASH Bg George fuermann “Backwash: An agitation resalting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster. Concerning Examinations and Term Reports ... .A few of the answers and statements received by the profs where exams and term themes are concerned are a little on the goofy side. An agronomy student, for ex ample, recently had the following to say about a dust mulch: “The dust mulch theory is nothing more than )a panacea cure-all or remedy for all ills which are so often advo cated by high- Fuermann powered salesmen medicine men and college professors.” . . . And here’s a new conception of seed germination and growth as ex pounded by another agronomy stu dent: “The seed are planted in good soil. The germ side of the seed is fertilized by the fertilizer in the soil and begins to grow.” . . .And here’s a few answers re ceived on a recent history quiz: “The person asking to be natural ized must not be an alien.” . • . . “To be a citizen of a state a cit izen must not be a citizen before he can become a citizen.” . . . .“A minor is not allowed to vote un less he is at least 21 years of age.” . . . Unique was the occurance at Sunday’s tour duty. One offender, assigned to do the full two-hour stretch, showed up with 30-odd tur key sandwiches which freshmen in his military organization had made from the dinner’s left-overs. At the half-time, while cadets were resting from their Devil’s Island duties, the sandwiches were passed out as far as they would go. . . . Seniors who contributed Vanity Fair candidates for the 1941 Long horn have one chance in three and a half of winning- Twenty-nine en tries were sent Cecil B. deMille yesterday afternoon by Joe Jones, manager of the section. • • • An Explanation Saturday’s Backwash contained an item which alleged that within a few weeks, a near-scandal would be exposed involving three of the college’s highest student body of ficials. The item stated that the expose would be based on capital ization of student executive pos itions. The item also stated, “Backwash may be wrong on this tip.” Backwash was wrong—complete ly. It’s not difficult to apologize for a thing of this kind, and the facts are these. Last Wednesday night six seniors and a civilian came to the writer with off-the- record information concerning an alleged scheme whereby three prominent students were capital izing on their executive positions. The seven men asked the writer to help in the investigation. The writer refused. The following night (Thursday), two of the six seniors again re turned with the information that they would have the necessary facts within 60 days. “Would The Battal ion publish these facts?” they asked. The writer explained that the facts would be published as a news story contingent to two things. First, their accuracy, and, second, the decision of The Battal ion’s editor-in-chief. The writer however published the tip on the basis of having an ad vance “scoop” for the column. The item was altogether unfound ed—as investigation by competent authorities has plainly shown— and the writer was in gross error in publishing the statement; • • • Scoop Most books which have been writ ten about journalism and journal ists are full of better-than-average anecdotes illustrating the ups and downs of the Fourth Estate. Wit ness Stanley Walker’s fine book, “City Editor,” or Oliver Gramling’s “The Story of News-” The latter book contains one of the best of the lot. The story cen ters on a tour of the U. S. which was made some years ago by Sara Bernhardt. One day she was in terviewed by a young AP corres pondent, Sam Davis, for his own paper, the Carson (Nev.) Appeal, the San Francisco Examiner, and for AP. The actress liked Davis so much that, when her train was ready to leave, she put her hands on his shoulders, kissed him on each cheek and then squarely on the mouth, saying, “The right cheek is for the Carson Appeal, the left cheek for the Examiner, and the lips, my friend, for yourself.” Knowing a good thing when it came his way, Davis exclaimed, “Madam, I also represent the As sociated Press, which serves 380 papers west of the Mississippi River alone!” “ESCAPE” is a picture you will want to see before the hard grind of finals sets in. The picture may leave a depressed feeling after you have seen it but it is plenty good. Here is enough suspense.in this production to frazzle the nerves of a stone statue. Robert Taylor is trying to rescue his mother from the authorities in Germany and smuggle her out of the country, and he really has the devil of a time. In the first place he doesn’t find out she is a German prisoner until a few days before she is sup posed to be executed, and in the second place he has to cause her artificial death to get the body and then revive her and whisk her away. The director couldn’t have picked a better countess than Norma Shearer. She has an aristocratic, sophisticated air if there ever was one. And when she has her hair done in an overhead braid, she looks like nobility itself. The ruthlessness of the Nazis is the villain of the story. The Ger man general involved works with a machine-like Prussian personal ity, and there is a little Nazi doctor who is sympathetic with their ef forts but rather helpless and afraid of the long arm of the Ges tapo. The picture wasn’t really meant to be propaganda but it helps. Hugh Herbert is down at the Campus in “SLIGHTLY TEMPT ED.” He can’t even resist being tempted at all though; he plays the part of a kleptomaniac who hasn’t got conscience pang 1. This rather irks his pretty daughter, Peggy Moran. Herbert “woo-woo’s” his way through this show like he does all his others. That is just a silly little mannerism of his that you can’t forget, but there are lots of silly little school girls that you can’t forget either but you don’t have to like them. WHATS SHOWING AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL Tuesday 3:30 & 6:45— “SKY MURDER,” with Wal ter Pidgeon and Donald Meek. Wednesday, Thursday 3:30 & 6:45—“ESCAPE,” starring Norma Shearer, Robert Tay lor, Conrad Veidt, Felix Bras- sart, Bonita Granville, Albert Basserman and Phillip Dorn. AT THE CAMPUS Tuesday — “SLIGHTLY TEMPTED,” with Hugh Her bert, Peggy Moran, Johnny Downs and George Stone. Wednesday, Thursday — “I’M NOBODY’S SWEET HEART NOW,” with Dennis O’Keefe, Constance Moore, Henel Paris and Samuel S. Hinds. MUSICAL MEANDERINGS By Murray Evans Glenn Miller continues to be the number one band in the estimation of this department. He rightfully boasts the finest reed section in the business, and has made it the distinguishing feature of his style. With a liberal use of clarinets and a full, yet soft background, he has developed more than one sparkling arrangement, and these to the de spair of all imitators. Ray Eberley handles the vocals in blue ribbon style. His rendition of “There I Go” is strictly super-duper. Iron ically enough, I heard a north Tex as station play “Moonlight Sere nade” this last week end. Miller himself can’t use this, his own theme, on radio! If ‘Practice Makes Perfect” there ought to be droves of ultra-fine bands by the time this music feud is over. To quote one musician, “It was good the first 345,634% times I heard it.” Maybe it ought to be called “BMI Blues!” Once in a great while some name band reaches down into the hill billy grab bag, scores some simple old la-deda tune and elevates it into something altogether worth while. Wayne King is a current ex ample, and his “You Are My Sun shine” stacks favorably with the best of the present day ditties. (Which, at the moment, isn’t any thing to rave about.) King puts plenty of sugar-coated sunshine into this one with a violin quartet that catches the ear. Fluorescent Lights Is Topic of Committee Meeting The use of flourescent lamps in the dormitories and ways of help ing students do more studying were the main subjects discussed at the last Student Welfare Com mittee supper. L. L. Fouraker of the Electri cal Engineering Department, is head of a committee doing research on the advantages of flourescent lights. As soon as the findings are complete the Student Welfare Committee will decide whether Flourescent lamps will be used in A. & M. next year. The Student Welfare Committee is composed of 41 members, includ ing students and teachers. Each class and The Battalion has a rep resentative on this committee. CAMPUS 15c to 5 p.m. — 20c after TODAY~ONLY A hiomh-do'NM tomorrow' - j DENIS O'KEEFE CONSTANCE MOORE —in— UNIVERSAL Assembly Hall Last Day — 3:30 and 6:45 "Sky Murder" —also— “Homeless Flea ,, - “Wedding Bills ,, News Wednesday - Thursday — 3:30 & 6:45 Ethel Vance's sensa tional best-seller springs to stirring life on the screen...aflame with all the suspense ... the breathless ro- **** CONRAD VEIDT SHEAREM NAZIMOVA FELIX BRESSART • ALBERT BASSERMANN mance... that thrilled philip dorn • bonita granville .... , , Directed by MERVYN LeROY a million readers! a mervyn uroy production Short—“Eyes of the Navy” R 4» A V * * 4 ♦ A 4 *<r V > > » 4 V