The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 20, 1941, Image 1

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DIAL 4-5444 STUDENT TRI WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF TEXAS A. & M. COLLEGE The Battalion DIAL 4-5444 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE STATION VOL. 40 122 ADMINISTRATION BLDG. COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 20, 1941 Z725 NO. 65 Senior Committee Investigates Motion Picture Deal Houston Symphony Orchestra Presents Concert Tonight Clearance Between Bryan s And College Is Main Issue; Amusement Co. Is Cause Is Organization’s Third Appearance Here; Begins at 8 The Houston Symphony Orches tra, conducted by Ernst Hoffman, will make its annual appearance at A. & M. tonight on the Town Hall program at 8 o’clock. The orchestra is composed of the finest collection of musicians in the Southwest. In all of its ap pearances this year the orchestra has broken all previous attendance records and has received unlimited praise from music critics who ac claim this year’s Houston Symph ony orchestra as the finest in 28 years. The coming of the orchestra is looked forward to each year with added anticipation. This, perhaps, can be attributed to the fact that Hoffman and the entire orchestra seems to derive so much pleasure from playing for the Aggies. The tremendous amount of applause given the symphony after the play ing of some of the favorite num bers seems to inspire both the leader and orchestra to far great er heights that each year increases the unusual amount of encores. Marjorie Steel, daughter of E. W. Steel of the Municipal Engin ing department, will play the cello with the symphony when it appears here. Miss Steel is a graduate of A. & M. Consolidated High school and has been studying music in Hous ton for the past few years. The 77 musicians of the Houston Symphony Orchestra make up a versatile group. Ernst Hoffman, noted conductor of the orchestra, was bom in Bos ton and aside from being an ac complished musician, he is formid able on the tennis court. Though physically slight, he is quite cap able of handling competent op ponents. It was announced by Paul Haines, student manager of Town Hall, that there will be no increase in Town Hall prices for those who do not have reserved seat tickets. Tic kets may be secured at the ticket office at Guion Hall starting at 6:30 Thursday evening. The cost will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for students. Aggie-Ex Will Exhibit Work Here The department of architecture, has announced an exhibition of the work of Richard S. Colley, archi tect of Corpus Christi. Drawings exhibited include ori ginal sketches, studies and litho graphs. The exhibition is on dis play in the departmental library, room 400, Academic building, and may be seen from 8 a. m. to 5 p m. daily. Colley was a student here in architecture from 1927 to 1931. He has been in active practice in Cor pus Christi for several years. His work is distinguished by its fresh ness, the use of native materials, and by his originality of design, observers say. In commenting on the work of Colley, Professor Ernest Langford, head of the department of archi tecture, said, “Colley is one of the few men in whom the art qf de sign seems to have been bom. He is original, bold, and my guess is that he will go far in developing a style suited to the great open spaces of the Southwest.” Cain Attends Food Preservation Meeting In line with the recently initiat ed work of quick freezing fruits and vegetables, the horticulture de partment sent a representative, Robert F. Cain, to the Second Food Preservation Conference held March 13 and 14 at the University of Texas. The conference was attended by investigators in the field of quick frozen foods and they, in turn, pre sented the results of their experi ments and observations to the group. Pan-American Seminar Begins Monday, March 31 Gammon to Lecture; Kyle Is Chairman of First in Series of Four Dean E. J. Kyle, dean of the school of agriculture, will pre side as chairman at the first of the four evening seminars on South and Central American countries to be held March 31, Dean T. D. Brooks announced. The chairman ship of the other meetings will be rotated to other interested parties. Dr. S. G. Gammon, head of the history department, will be the speaker at the first of these dis cussions. His subject, “Why Latin America?” will give information and the historical background of the Americas. Their political organ ization and diplomatic activities in recent years will also be includ ed. The discussion will be in the Chemistry Lecture Room at 7:30. The other three meetings will de velop the subjects of South Amer ican natural resources, economic situation and culture. The seminar programs are in tended and scheduled to serve the interests of both students and mem bers of the faculty. If sufficient interest is shown, they will be continued next year. The subjects presented deserve treatment in regular credit courses but are being presented now so that the information may be made avail able to more people, Dean Brooks said. The Cosmopolitan club, a campus organization of natives of foreign countries who are students here, has expressed its intention to co operate in presenting the seminars. The other three programs which will make up the series on South and Central America have been tentatively scheduled as follows: April 15: Dr. C. L. Baker, head of the geology department, will con duct the second program. His sub ject will be “Wealth and Poverty”, dealing with the natural resources of the countries and their state of under-development. Dr. Baker has obtained much of the information which he wil present in his lecture from original observations during his explorations in South Ameri ca. April 28: Trade and Economic situation of the Latin America countries will be discussed by G. W. Schlesselman, professor of agri cultural economics. Schlesselman is the instructor on the subject of foreign trade. May 12: J. J. Woolket, professor of modem languages, will deliver the last lecture in the series of the cultural features of the South American countries. Hauer Will Lead Concert Monday The weekly record concert in the music room of the Cushing Memorial Library Monday at 7:15 p. m. will be conducted by Louis F. Hauer of the English Depart ment. This is the ninth in the concert series of annotated musical con certs which are given every Mon day night by faculty members and students who are interested in mu sic. The selections are limited to the records in the Carnegie endow ment collection. The program Monday night will consist entirely of selections by Bach. The numbers are: (1) “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire,” chorus, with oboe obligato. (2) “Chaconne,” from Sonata in D minor, for violin alone. An Appeal for Help AN EDITORIAL EXPRESSION • This afternoon will mark the fourth daily showing of the A. & M. Student Aid Fund’s first benefit picture show. Held at the Campus Theater each day for a ten-day period, the ad mission charge is ten cents, purposely made low enough that any cadet, faculty member or civilian who so desired could attend the show. Thus far the largest crowd to attend a single showing was less than 200 people. Thus far many first sergeants and project house managers have not even sold five tickets. Every cent of the money made through this benefit picture show goes to the Student Aid Fund, and every cent that goes to the Student Aid Fund goes to the cadet corps ... To the Aggies. As pointed out in an earlier Battalion editorial, the Student Aid Fund belongs to the Texas Aggies. It’s theirs and, as such, should have their unanimous,- all-the-way support. Cases which have thus far come before the Student Aid Fund are many. Already, though not even three months old, the worth of the Student Aid Fund is tremendous. Dental care, hospitalization and many other parallel cases of merited need have already been handled through the fund. The fund is more than just something unique in American colleges and universities, it is fast growing into one of the college’s most valuable assets. Now, through The Battalion, the Student Aid Fund is making an appeal to the cadet corps for cooperation. Students attending the benefit show receive two hours of entertainment which, in any ordinary case, would cost two or three times as much as the ten-cent admission charge. And they’ll be helping the Student Aid Fund. The Battalion believes that every first sergeant and every project house manager should do his part in pushing the sale of tickets. Organization commanders and other student leaders, too, can cooperate. Every cadet can help make this benefit show a success . . . And, to do so, takes but little. Give to the Student Aid Fund—and, at the same time, the cadet corps—your needed cooperation now. Attend the benefit picture show! World’s Fair Exhibit, “Previews of Progress,” Shows in Guion Hall Friday Tomorrow afternoon and evening- at 4 and 7 p. m., the General Motors “Previews of Progress” will present its stage show in Guion Hall, under the directorship of Er nest L. Foss. Assisting Foss will be Normal Cromwell, R.C.A. tele vision expert, Ray Hayes, Robert Morgan and Julius Ward. These are the same technicians and science commentators that manned the “Previews of Progress” dur ing its two-year stand at the New York world’s fair. Foss will take his audience be hind the scenes of an imaginary modem research laboratory, there to show many things that might be called magic. Eggs will be fried on top of a stove which is ice cold. To prove this in effect the frying pan will be placed on top of a newspaper, and to further make this demonstration more startling, ice cream will be frozen at the same time in the same unit. A complete R.C.A. television unit is demonstrated as part of the pro gram. Students will be televised from a streamlined transport that will be located outside the hall, and they will be seen, as well as heard by the audience, from the televis ion receiver located on the stage. The demonstrations will also in clude the history of light, in which light will be reviewed from the candle through Edison’s first in candescent lamp, the mazda lamp, and finally to a tiny tube much smaller in size than a cigarette which gives 196,000 candlepower— sufficient light to completely il luminate a modern gridiron. In conjunction with the light sequence, Foss will exhibit the “talking flash light,” where his voice is changed into a beam of light, sent through space, picked up by a photo-electric cell and changed back into sound. This is a brief summary of what is to be shown free of charge in Guion Hall by the General Motors “Preview of Progress.” The pro gram is designed to show that the world is far from being finish ed; that man has as yet only be gun to scratch the surface and that through the endeavor of in dustrial research new jobs are be ing created which will give employ ment to hundreds of thousands of Americans, utilizing the natural resources and generally taking up the slack in men, money and ma terials. The “Previews of Progress” is being brought to Texas A. & M. under the auspices of the Student Engineers Council. Lichenstein Enters L.S.U. Oratory Meet Morris Lichenstein, Dallas senior, will represent the A. & M. Hillel club in an oratorical contest at Louisiana State University Sun day. A student in civil engineering, he is president of the Hillel Founda tion chapter of A. & M. which is a national organization for the promotion of Jewish cultural and religious activities in American (3) “Aair,” from suite No. 3 for colleges. orchestra (better known as “Air for the G-String”). (4) “Largo,” from concerto for two violins. (5) Accompanying Lichenstein will be Selig Frank, treasurer; Harold Hausman, chairman of the Hillel “Toscata and Fugue in D minor,” council and Philip Golman, mem- (Continued on Page 4) ber of the council. Woman Diplomat To Speak Monday Ruth Bryan Owen Rhode, Amer ica’s first woman diplomat, will speak at Guion Hall Monday night, March 24, at 8 o'clock under the auspices of the Girl Scout council of College Station and Bryan. Mrs. Rhode will discuss her work in Denmark and Greenland under the title “The Business of Being a Diplomat.” -As minister to Denmark, Mrs. Rhode had an opportunity to study intimately not only Denmark, but also the Scandanavian people as a whole, and she brings an inter esting and vivid picture of how they live, their economic situation, their sports, and other things per taining to their daily life. Tickets may be purchased at the Y.M.C.A., Lipscomb’s Pharmacy, Luke’s Grocery, Wilson’s Beauty Shop, and the Consolidated school. Special prices have been arranged for students. Becker, Fuermann and Elliott Talk With Executives of Motion Picture Industry In Dallas; Action to Be Taken Immediately A senior class committee composed of W. A. Becker, cadet colonel, Kaufman; George Fuermann, Battalion as sociate editor, Houston; and Benton Elliot, president of the Engineering Council, Dallas; investigated the current picture show clearance situation in conferences with various theater executives in Dallas Tuesday. The motive behind the committee’s action was two-fold. First, to learn the basic cause underlying the fact that Col lege Station does not have day-and-date picture shows with nearby Bryan, Second, regardless of the cause, to determine, if possible, wliat means were available to correct the situa tion. Concerning the first point, it- was learned beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Bryan Amusement Company was solely responsible for the situation. Dallas motion picture executives explained to the committeemen that the 45-day clearance clause in the Bryan Amusement Company’s con tract with its booking agent, the Jefferson Amusement Company of Beaumont, could be waived at the instigation of the Bryan firm. “The fact that College Station does not have day-and-date shows with Bryan can be laid at the door of the Bryan Amusement Com pany,” one theater executive, who preferred to remain anonymous, pointed out. “It is in the firm’s power,” he added, “to remove the clearance clause and thus permit College Sta tion to have so-called first-run pic tures.” Concerning a remedy for the situation, the men were pessimistic. “Our principal remedy seems to lie in the government’s Consent De cree passed last fall,” Becker said. This decree sets-up in the various centers of the motion uicture in dustry arbitration boards which are empowered to settle clearance disputes, among other things. Committeemen pointed out that as yet only a few facts could be revealed. Reasons behind this were the fact that most of the men con tacted in Dallas were reluctant to talk for publication. Further than this, conferences were not yet com pleted as Ben S. Ferguson, owner of the Campus Theater at College Station, has as yet to be contacted relative to filing a case with the Dallas branch of the arbitration board. Signal Corps Aggietone News Edition Out Today The Signal Corps edition of the Aggietone News begins its three day showing today in connection with the Composite Regimental Ball to be held Friday. This is the second in a new ser ies of seven Aggietone News pro ductions being devoted to the sev en branches of R. O. T. C. at A. & M. Cooperating with the Aggietone News staff in producing this Sig nal Corps show was a committee headed by Cadet Major L. H. Grass- hoff, LaGrange, and assisted by Cadet Captain James Winsor, Dal las, and Cadet Captain Fred Nich ols, Dallas. The Signal Corps show was film ed by Frank Rusk, Wichita Falls assistant director of photography for the newsreel. The Signal Corps production has a running time of about seven minutes and will show four times each day of the commercial show ing. The remaining Aggietone News regimental pictures include the Corps of Engineers production, March 26, 27 and 28; Cavalry Reg iment, April 2, 3 and 4; Infantry Regiment, April 23, 24 and 25; Coast Artillery Corps, May 6, 7, and 8; and Chemical Warfare Ser vice, May 13,14 and 15. Cotton Ball Plans Progress as Bids Mailed Duchesses Invitations to the A. & M. moth ers’ clubs, ex-student clubs and the universities and colleges of the southwest to send their representa tives as duchesses in the Cotton Pageant has been sent out during the past week. Invitations to the clubs on the campus will be mailed within the next few days, J. W. Pinson, social secretary for the Cotton Ball and Pageant, announced yesterday. One hundred thirty-five, invita tions in all will be sent, and 100 acceptances are expected before April 15, the last day for accept ances to come in. Each duchess must select an Ag gie for her escort, and she must wear a dress made of cotton. Each duchess and her escort will be presented in the pageant, and at that time it will be announced where the duchess is from and which organization she represents. Medical Officer Examines Candidates For Naval Air Service Lieut. Charles M. Parker, Med ical Corps, U. S. Navy, will come here today to give medical exam inations to candidates for flight instruction, according to an an nouncement from the military de partment yesterday. Those students who pass the physical exam will be sent before a navy selection board and given an opportunity to enter the Naval Air Service at Pensacola, Florida, in June, July and August classes. Physical examinations will be given to any student interested in applying for naval flight training as well as those who have already applied for naval flight training. Physical examinations will be given in Room 37 Ross Hall. Students who graduate from the school will be commissioned as officers in the Naval Air Corps. ummey Will Lecture At Michigan Will Head English Session One Week; Morgan to Take Part George Summey, Jr., head of the A. & M. English department will journey to the University of Mich igan this summer to take charge of the second week of the summer session for teachers of English sponsored by the English commit tee of the Society for the Promo tion of Engineering Education. This summer session will be held for three weeks, June 30 to July 18 with a week devoted to each of the following divisions of Eng lish: literature, composition, and speech. Dr. Summey will be in charge of the program during the week in which composition will be discuss ed. The lectures will be from all parts of the nation and from uni versities and colleges teaching technical subjects. Dr. Summey will give three lec tures during his stay at the Uni versity of Michigan, their titles being: Scholarship That Works, Normal Writing Style Today, and Levels of Good Language. Dr. S. S. Morgan, the only other A. & M. man to take part in the program will lecture during the sec ond week also. The S.P.E.E. has 56 members at A. & M. It met at College Station in 1938 at which time Dean F. C. Bolton was elected vice-president. 600 Have Seen Aid Fund Benefit Show; Sales Lag Over six sundred students so far have already witnessed the show ing of the comedies and musicals which make up the Student Aid Fund benefit show now playing at the Campus Theater. The show is arranged to run beginning at 4:10 each of the ten days so that every member of the corps and people interested in the college will have an opportunity to attend. “Since every ticket purchased adds 10 cents to the Student Aid Fund to help some other Aggie, the committee hopes that all Ag gies and persons interested in the college will feel that they can purchase tickets,” Dan Russel, ex ecutive-secretary of the committee, stated. “This is the first money raising venture of the committee and we want to have the funds to assist as many cases as possible.” The full price of each ticket goes direct to the Student Aid Fund because all facilities and films used for the benefit show (Continued on Page 4) Raeburn and Composite Regiment Ready for Annual Ball Friday Night By John May One of the most entertaining bands in the dance field, as well as one with the smoothest rhythms, is Boyd Raeburn and his orchestra, which comes to College Station to morrow night for the Composite Regimental Ball. Raeburn will play at the Corps Dance the following night. The band is as entertaining as it is danceable. Besides the charm ing girl vocalist, Nova Cogan, and Chet LeRoy, the romantic ballad- eer, comedy is furnished by “Hopeless Homer Hokum,” mimic and comedian; Claude (Hey Hey) Humphrey, drummer; and Max Miller, virtuoso of the guitar and vibraphone. The dance committee felt very fortunate in having a chance to obtain this outstanding orchestra. Raeburn has been playing at proms at many of the schools in the mid dle west and has just finished an engagement at the University of Wisconsin. The orchestra committee is com posed of Jack Forman, L. C. Street er and W. C. Swain; the decora tions committee consists of J. J. Cupples and L. H. Packard; on the programs committee are G. W. Haltom, H. P. Lynn and O. H. Westbrook; and the finance com mittee is comprised of J. Barker and G. R. Somerville. The programs are in two colors, one group in the colors of the Sig nal Corps and one group in the col ors of the Chemical Warfare Ser vice. They are celluloid bound, with a gilded emblem of the branch on the outside. Raeburn has been given the mus ic to “The Aggie War Hymn” and “The Spirit of Aggieland” and will have orchestrations of them at the dance.