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The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 18, 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 VOLUME 41 122 ADMINISTRATION BLDG. COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, THURSDAY MORNING, SEPT. 18, 1941 Z725 NUMBER 5 Prexy Squelches Rumors; New Dorms To Open In Feb. Power for Buildings Furnished at The Expense of Street Lighting if Necessary Every possible effort is being made to put the four new dormi tories now being constructed on the northwest corner of the campus in to actual use by the beginning of the second semester even if it is necessary to minimize street light ing and other non-essentiail elec trical output to be able to light them, President T. 0. Walton said in an interview Wednesday. The president’s statement was made to counteract the rumors circulating the campus that the dormitories would not be opened because the power plant would not be able to furnish the necessary amount of electricity for lighting the new buildings. The college power plant is oper ating at its capacity to furnish the power that is now being used. An additional amount of electricity cannot be produced without a new power turbine. The omly solution offered by the power plant officials is to con serve electricity that is being used for the old dormitories and other buildings where the power is not entirely essential. An order was placed for another turbine last year but because of national defense priority listings it will not be shipped from the fac tory until the latter part of the school year. Contracts were let for the new buildings last spring after an ap propriation by the Senate Com mittee for a building program at A. & M. Construction work was begun by a company in Houston who originally planned to have the dormitories ready for occu- Organization Of Student Welfare Group Under Way The Student Welfare committee is now being organized and elec tions are being held to elect one senior from each military battal ion on the campus and one senior from the band. Also three repre sentatives from. the junior class; two representatives from the Sophomore class, and one repre sentative from the freshmen class will be elected in the near fu ture. Other members of the com mittee are the cadet colonel, sen ior class president, editor of The Battalion, and several members of the faculty. The Student Welfare committee was organized a number of years ago as a faculty-student group before which both faculty and students might bring their prob lems, so that each might better understand the other side, and so that work might be started toward remedying these problems and in stituting new projects .fjor the betterment of A. & M. With the J years it has grown both in size and accomplishments. This year there are seventeen members of the college faculty and twenty-four members of the student body. As yet the only known members of the committee are Tom Gillis, cadet colonel, and Don Gabriel, Bat talion editor. Gillis is the student chairman while Dean Bolton is the faculty chairman. The other fac- utly members are: F. W. Hensel, M. L. Cushion, E. E. McQuillen, C. W. Crawford, Daniel Russell, D. W. Williams, C. C. Doak, W. L. Penberthy, C. B. Campbell, C. N. Shepardson, A. J. Bennett, J. T. L. McNew, J. H. Milliff, E. L. An- gell, J. C. Hotard and V. M. Fiares. WANTED! A piano player to work with the SINGING CADETS Must be able to read sight fairly well. Do you qualify? See Richard W. Jenkins in the Student Activities office. pancy by the latter part of this semester. At that time it was not anticipated by college officials that it would be impossible to obtain the proper power facilities to fur nish electricity for the buildings. The plan to furnish the dormi tories with power will not alter the lighting facilities of buildings that are essential for the normal function of college activities. ‘The Twelfth Man’ New Song of Corps Presented Tuesday Singing- Cadets Start Year By Offering New Piece at Yell Practice The new Aggie song, “The Twelfth Man”, written by Mrs. Ford Munnerlyn will be presented for the first time Tuesday night at yell practice. Pete Adams, presi dent of the Singing Cadets, says that the presentation of this new song at their first performance is going to be the start of what he hopes to be the most successful season in the history of the group. Contrary to the popular opin ion, anybody is eligible for mem bership in the Singing cadets, Adams also said. Any person with a love of good music is sincerely invited to join the club. It is not necessary to know how to sing or read music to participate in the activities of the minor club. The major club which will con tain between 90 and 110 members will make several trips this win ter. Plans are not definite but it is expected that they will make one tour in December, another in February, and another sometime after the first of April to T. S. C. W. Changes Occur In Agricultural Economics Staff Important personnel changes have been made in the teaching staff of the agricultural economics department for the school year J. Wheeler Barger, head of the department, announced. W. F. Vendley resigned to accept a position teaching at Pur due university and P. W. Kimball to enter law school at the Univers ity of Illinois. A. D. Reed to go as economist with the soil con servation service at Lincoln, Neb raska and R. W. Denhardt is on leave of absence this year at the University of California studying at the university on a general ed ucation board fellowship. Six new members have been add ed to the department this year, one of which is Stewart M. McKinson who was educated at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern university and had several years of experience in sales management and promotion with business organizations. Ray Putnam ,who did his work at Iowa State college and F. M. Ward who received his degree at A. & M. and following a few years experience in the cotton busiiless of this state was employed by the federal Bureau of Agricultural Economics. F. A. Buckley, who graduated at A. & M. and receiv ed his masters degree at Iowa State college having experience as a county agent and with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. F. L. Greenway who had work at the University of Colorado and Stanford university. He had busi ness experience, taught at San Jose State college at California last year, and P. L. Ferguson, who has received his undergradu ate work at A. & M. and was lately employed with the Farm Security. To the Twelfth Man - An Appeal An Editorial Expression By Mike Haikin Battalion Sports Editor Joach Homer Norton has made an urgent appeal to the famous “Twelfth Man” of Aggleland for some centers. What are we going to do about it? Not since 1930 when Coach Matty Bell was faced with a similar problem has such a situation existed. Matty called for volunteers from the campus for a center, and the Twelfth Man responded immediately. Today, our boys need some centers very desperately. Sam Rankin is ineligible, Leonard Holder is in danger of the draft, and Maurice Williams has been shifted to center, where he is not accustomed. Bill Sibley and A. J. Mercer are left, but both are inexperienced, and it would be hard for them to hold down a sixty-minute job of football playing. That’s the situation, ole Army. Are we going to let the team down? Not on your life. It’s the football team that has brought us fame and publicity all over the country for the past two years and it would only be fitting if we could lend a helping hand to Coach Homer Norton. So if you are eligible for varsity football, and have play ed center at one time or another, be sure and let Coach Nor ton or his staff know about it. Who knows, you may be an All-American. YMCA Lounge Fast Turning From a Dream into a Reality A Battalion Feature Fast changing from an idea into a reality is the student lounge for the old area students. Plans for building washroom and lounging facilities in the old Y.M.C.A. simi lar to Kiest Lounge were started last spring. The idea was to arrange for A. & M. Mothers Clubs throughout the state to make contributions for the furnishing of the room and for the upkeep to be a responsi bility of the Y.M.C.A. Mothers of Aggies from Tem ple were the ones to start the ball rolling with a pledge of $65. Oth er clubs to follow were the Hous ton Mothers with $100; San Anton io, $100; San Angelo, $50; Dallas, $100; Fort Worth, $100; Waco, $100. An additional pledge from the Dallas club of $400 brings the to tal to $1015. All contributions are handled by the Student Lounge Committee composed of Preston Bolton, ex president of the “Y” Cabinet; Fred Smitham, now president of the “Y” Cabinet; Terry Thrift, vice president; and Tom Gillis, cadet colonel. The present tentative plans are for the lounge to be built in one of the circular wings of the Y. M. C. A. Building by enclosing the area in glass. This lounge will be open to students and visitors at all times since it will be under the di rect supervision of the Y. M. C. A. In charge of the project is Er nest Langford, who has secured Newly-Elected Prexy Miller of Radio Club Makes Plans for Year Monroe Miller, newly chosen president of the A. & M. Radio Club Wednesday night announced new plans and policies of the club for the coming year. Membership in the club will not be restricted to licensed radio amateurs but will be open to all students inter ested in radio communication, Mil ler said. Other officers of the club who were elected Tuesday night were Jabus Barker, vice-president; O. G. Williams, secretary; G. W. Hal- tom, treasurer; and Jack Keith, reporter. In addition to these of ficers, a staff of technicians was elected to advise the club on trans mitter designs and to make sug gestions along technical lines. Those elected to this staff were George Huebner, Monroe Miller, and Jabus Barker. The A. & M. Radio Club has its own amateur transmitter and com munications receiver for the use of its members. The station is lo cated on the third floor of the electrical engineering building. Through the cooperation of the electrical engineering department and the national defense course, a new transmitter is being construct ed for the club. It will be complet ed in the near future, Miller said. Mosley and Swank, architects, to study the Y. M. C. A. building and formulate plans for a student lounge and ladies’ wash room. These plans are to be completed in time to present them for final sanc tion to the A. & M. Board of Di rectors meeting on October 4. Up on the approval of the board, bids for construction will be started im mediately. The furnishing of the room was estimated by one furniture com pany to appr v-lihate $5000, of which one-fifth has been contrib uted. This estimate cannot be con sidered as the definite amount be cause of the uncertainity of the size and type of construction. The lounge has become a great er necessity this year than it has ever been since all rooms in the old dormitory area are being oc cupied by three students and the completion of construction of the four new domitories will greatly increase the number of students using that area. Eventful Season Forseen by Senior Livestock Judgers Senior Livestock Judging con testants planned numerous trips during the coming year when they held their • first meeting of the year Tuesday when 15 students met with Irvin Edwards of the animal husbandry department. Edwards outlined the plans for the team during the coming year and announced that members will practice Mohday through Friday from five until seven p. m. and will hold contests here on Satur days. On September 27, October 4, 10, and 11, the group will go to Dallas to work on material at the State Fair. On October 18 six of the men will enter the American Royal Intercollegiate Livestock Judging contest and on November' 29 the International Livestock Judging Contest at Chicago. Enroute to Kansas City the group will stop at Oklahoma A. & M. for a workout. On the way to Chicago the group will vis it outstanding livestock farms in Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois. Five of the Candidates wtere on the winning team in a similar contest in Fort Worth last spring. Edwards pointed out, however, that the standings were so close last year that any of the other candi dates might replace some of these men. Those men present at the meet ing Tuesday were W. T. Berry, C. W. Bode, M. L. Burks, N. V. Craig, Jack Cleveland, G. H. Grote, F. J. Hess, H. D. Jackson, V. J. Loeffler, A. L. Murry, W. L. Pendleton, Milton Ruble, A. E. Pronger, T. E. Stuart, and J. D. Wheat. Senior Court To Investigate Each Case Individually Senior from Organization Of Accused on Jury; First Session Not Yet Scheduled A personal investigation of each case before its trial will mark the difference in the operations of this year’s Senior Court actions from those of the past. In order that the circumstances of a case may be more fully understood, a senior from the organization of the accused will be detailed to sit in on the court during the trial, Cadet Colonel Tom Gillis stated. The first session of the court will be held as soon as enough cases are referred to it. Blanks for Senior Court charges will be put in first sergeant boxes in the next few days. Offenses Senior Court offenses will nor mally consist of the following: non-reg in Bryan, absence without leave, disrespect to cadet officers, non-reg at corps dances, sitting in the senior section at athletic contests and at picture shows, throwing water in halls, defacing college property, acts on or off the campus which reflect discredit on the college, and any offense which may be referred to the court by the Commandant. The court shall consist of six organization commanders and the Corps Commander, or the Corps Executive, or one of the Regimen tal Commanders, who will pre side over the court. The members of the court including the pre siding officer will be detailed from a roster maintained by the Corps Commander who will be respon sible for detailing the court to meet at a designated time. Meets Twice Monthly The court shall meet twice monthly for formal consideration of offenses which "may be refer red to it for action and informally as often as necessary for consid eration of charges prior to the formal hearing. The members of the court, the (See SENIOR MEET, page 4) Civil Service Jobs Call for Applicants The United States Civil Service Commission announces open com petitive examinations for the posi tions of assistant communications operator, $1,620 a year and junior communications operator ,$1,440 a year, for employment in Fourth region, Bureau of Federal Air ways, Civil Aeronautics Adminis tration, which has headquarters at Fort Worth. Vacancies in the po sition of under communications operator, $1,260 a year will also be filled from the registers re sulting from these examinations. The fourth region comprises the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahome, and Texas. Applicaitons may be filed with the Manager, Tenth U. S. Civil Service District, Customhouse, New Orleans, Louisiana, until fur ther notice. Applications will be rated as received and certification made as the needs of the service require. Remaining Key Positions For ’42 Men to be Filled Additional Corps Trip and Results Of Picture Committee Up for Discussion Tonight marks the official beginning of the rule of the class of 1942 after the election of class officers in Guion Hall immediately following yell practice. Under present conditions this year’s class is faced with more serious responsibilities than any time before. Since the revised policy of the commandant’s office to allow the seniors a greater part in the conducting of affairs pertaining to the cadet corps it is expected that the election will be the incentive for a greater percentage of turn out and interest'f” than has been shown in recent years. The election of officers tonight will close the elections to key pos- itiians for the senior class for this year. Gillis Presides Tom Gillis, cadet colonel, will preside over the meeting and the votes taken will be counted by the regimental commanders. Voting will be done on the signed ballot system. Other subjects up for discussion will be the corps trips, senior sec tions in Guion Hall, which is to be used for a picture show upon the completion of the proper equip ment and alterations. Also to be decided upon will be the senior sec tions at football games, both in Kyle Field and on corps trips. Corps Trips In previous years there has been granted one official corps trip and one unofficial trip has been per mitted through a petition to the (See COURT, Page 4) Sunday Afternoon Recorded Program Now in the Making Regular Sunday afternoon pro grams of recordings will be play ed for the corps from three-thirty until four-thirty in the future from the dome of the Academic building if the arrangements now being made can be carried out officials of the college said late yesterday after-noon. Bob Shuffler, technician of W. T. A. W. will be in charge of the programs and will select the rec ords. The loud speaker system was given to the college by the moth ers’ clubs of the state. The speak ers are audible all over the old campus and are partly audible in the new area. This sound system is also used for playing silver taps. Records and concerts from the W.T.A.W. studios on the second floor of the Y.M.C.A. have attract ed favorable attention of campus visitors and officials and when mentioned in the organization commanders meeting Monday night it was decided that such a pro gram be permanently arranged. An experimental program was conducted Sunday afternoon and received much favorable comment. Similar programs were conducted during the summer session and were featured at intervals during the 1940-41 term. A long program was presented on Sunday after noon before the Home Demonstra tion Club’s Short Course which was held during the past summer and it too received favorable com ment. Student Aid Seeks Contribution From Every A & M Cadet Money Should be Given To Company Commanders At Earliest Possible Date Every Aggie is being asked to contribute 15tf to the Student Aid Fund. This money should be turn ed in to each organization com mander as soon as possible. In turn they are to turn the money in to the Student Activities office immediately. The Student Aid Committee which supervises the fund is com posed of two seniors, Skeen Staley and Tom Gillis; three faculty mem bers, Dr. Dan Russell, E. L. An- gell, Geo. Wilcox; and two juniors, as yet unselected. The purpose of the Student Aid Fund is to help worthy Aggies who need medical attention for their continued well being and good health while in school. The fund also sends flowers and notes of sympathy from the entire corps to the families of deceased Aggies. The fund started from money raised by the students to help George Stidham, an Aggie who was seriously injured in 1939. The money is loaned to students who are asked to sign a non-maturing, non-interest bearing note for the amount of money received from the fund. The student is asked to name a date at some future time, after his graduation, when he feels he wiA be able to repay the money. The Aggie is remind ed of this only once and he has only an honorary obligation to pay. Nothing more is said if the cadet does not repay the money. The returned money is used again to help more Aggies. Barry Francks ’41 Plung-es to Instant Death at Kelly Field Lt. Barry Church Francks, Jr. r class of ’41, of Brady, Texas, was killed instantly at Kelly Field last Tuesday by an airplane collision. Francks was an instructor at the field and was flying with aviation cadet Joseph C. Foley of Dallas when his plane collided with an other plane about 800 feet in the air. Francks and Foley bailed out of the plane and were both killed after their parachutes failed to open. Francks attended A. & M. for three years before going to Kelly Field where he was graduated in 1940. Town Hall Comes up With Extra Surprise Feature - Red Nichols By Charlie Babcock With his torrid trumpet “wail ing to the four winds,” Red Nichols’ dance band will make its init ial appearance on the Aggieland campus the weekend of October 10 through 12. Nichols and company will be featured at a regular Town Hall performance the night of Friday, October 10. Following the Town Hall presentation, the scene of music merry-making will shift to the confines of Sbisa Hall for one on the traditional Aggie corps dances. Ranked by George Simon, mu sic critic for Metronome, as the “surprise sensation of 1941,” Ni chols is considered as tops where immortals of jazz are concern ed. The Downbeat, favorite among musicians’ newspapers, states that Nichols climbed to fame ten years ago with the more than able assis tance of his celebrated “Five Pen nies.” Perhaps his main attribute is the ingenious arrangement of danceable tunes—a type of music that is fresh and identifiable. Word should be added that this presentation is an extra feature of the Town Hall program, and holders of student season tickets will be admitted at no extra cost. As announced earlier in the year, another big-time swing band will be guest artist of the Town Hall series in addition to Nichols and troupe. Students may secure season tic kets from their organization com manders through Monday, Sept ember 22—tickets which will be valid for the entire season’s pro gram. As an aftermath of his appear ance at College Station, Nichols will travel to Houston for a Sat urday night engagement. Due to the lack of local accomodations, the Nichols band will probably make their residence in Houston during the brief stay in south Tex as.