The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 30, 1941, Image 2

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Page 2 THE BATTALION -THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1941 TTie Battalion STUDENT TRI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER TEXAS A. & M. COLLEGE The Battalion, official newspaper of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and the City of College Station, is published three times weekly from September to June, is sued Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings; and is pub lished 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 3, 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 4-6444. 1941 Member 1942 Plssodated Gotle6iate Press Don Gabriel Editor E. M. Rosenthal Associate Editor Ralph Criswell Advertising Manager Sports Staff Mike Haikln Sports Editor W. F. Oxford Assistant Sports Editor Mike Mann Senior Sports Assistant Jerry Gleason, D. B. Gofer Junior Sports Editors Chick Hurst Junior Sports Assistant Circulation Staff Gene Wilmeth .- Circulation Manager Bill Hanger Senior Circulation Assistant F. D. Asbury Junior Assistant Bill Huber, Joe Stalcup Circulation Assistants Photography Staff 'Jack Jones Staff Photographer Bob Crane, Ralph Stenzel Assistant Photographers Thursday’s Staff E. M. Rosenthal Acting Managing Editor John Sleeper ; Advertising Assistant Charles Babcock Junior Editor Clyde C. Franklin Junior Editor Mike Speer Junior Editor Rcportorial Staff Calvin. Brumley, Kenneth C. Bresnen, Arthur L. Cox, W. J. Hamilton, Jr., N. W. Karbach, Jack Keith, Tom B. Jounneay, Tom Leland, Charles P. McKnight, C. G. Scruggs, John May, Douguass Lancaster Abolish Excess Cuts A college which functions as part of a dem ocratic society should be able to impart to its graduates a degree of training which will enable them to act intelligently in a modern world. It should strive to turn out a man who can make his own decisions and assume some of the responsibilities which are de manded of him. But does A. & M. do this ? We hear much . talk of A. & M. graduating men fully capable of a man’s responsibilities. And yet this college stumbles along with an archaic policy of penalizing students for excess cuts. Pos sibly freshmen and sophomores should have some form of compulsory classroom attend ance. But juniors and seniors are shackled under the present regulations regarding ex cess cuts. One of the modern conceptions of edu cation is educational freedom. As democracy stands threatened throughout the world, it is of prime importance that this college should be turning out men who have develop ed traits of responsibility. If this college is charged with the task of training men, then it must do that while they are here in college. The A. & M. graduate is no superman; he will not change overnight when granted a diploma and assume new responsibilities un less he has received the proper training here. Certainly a junior or senior could be charged with the responsibility of obtaining his education here and utilizing to the great est extent the facilities of the college. To deny him the right to exercise some respon sibility would seem to indicate a fundamen tal weakness of a college education. If this college is training men, then it should allow them some academic freedom during the years when they are taking ad vanced work. The abolition of penalties for excess cuts or the extension of the definition of excess cuts would be a forward step for A. & M. By the time a man has gone to college two years, he should be capable of exercis ing the right of going to classes if and when he wants to. Basically such a plan would be no different from the present one. If a stu dent misses class or misses a quiz, he alone suffers for his lack of attendance and should fully expect to see his scholastic standing fall if he continues to miss class. What mag ic number is there in allowing a student three cuts in a three hour course? Who can draw such a fine line of distinction and say a student should be allowed only three cuts. If classes are worthy of attendance, a student will take very few cuts. The logical answer to this problem lies in a policy of educational freedom which makes a man want his education, not one which sets arbitrary rules and regulations forcing class attend ance. Open Forum TO THE BATTALION: We learn the true spirit of one unloyal T. S. C. W.ite via an embarrassing channel. Em barrassing because it reflects upon the rest of us who in no way share her opinion. The supposed anonymous letter writer contra dicts herself in her strange publicity-craving way. She says that the Aggies give no thought to their best supporters and then says that our campus is covered with khaki- klads. Is that proof enough that we have some place in Aggie minds and hearts? If not, why would they travel the 220 miles to see us for so short a time? The author was probably some disap pointed girl who did not secure a date for the corps trip and thereby decided to get an atom of revenge by writing a letter to pro- jnote ill-feeling (heaven forbid) between the two schools. Perhaps we do stand for four quarters of a game cheering the A. & M. football team; maybe we do buy Aggie pennants; it might be that we sit by while our Aggie guzzles beer. All of this is true but why shouldn’t it be? We’re from T. S. C. W. The team we’re cheering for is the ,Aggies. Their loss is our loss. Their victory is our victory. Their fame is our fame. So as a true Aggie fan and loyal T. S. C. W.ite, down with the Longhorns, and keep up that Aggie line whether it be on paper or on the football field.” Extremely disgusted with Box 3226, A T.S.C.W.ite (A loyal one). Something to Read -By Dr. T. F. Mayo: :By A. F. Chalki Kollegiate Kaleidoscope COVERING Our Next Frontier The future of this country seems to be inex tricably entangled with that of Latin Amer ica. The tone of that future, its harmony or discord, its success or disaster, will depend largely upon the degree of intelligence which North Americans display through our nation al policies. We Texans, because of our geo graphical position and because of the size of our Latin American population, ought to be easily the most intelligent people in the United States about our neighbors to the south. Well, are we thus intelligent? It seems to me that as a group we dis play for Latin American people and achieve ments the sort of lack of respect which can always be traced to ignorance. As individuals we may think of the sister republics as a frontier where opportunity awaits the right men. And so, I understand, they are. But success on this new frontier, it seems to me, demands an entirely different set of quali ties from the traditional “frontier virtues”. In Latin America we face cultures older and in many respects richer than our own. We face peoples who are just as proud (and justly so) as we are. The United States has much, it would seem, that Little America needs. Certainly we ourselves need desperately, in a danger ous world, the favor and cooperation of our neighbors. But we shall never play our part in bringing about this useful solidarity of the Americas until we inform ourselves bet ter about the people who have built lordly cities, developed beautiful manners, and writ ten fine books and music from Monterrey to Buenos Aires—whose ancestors, as a matter of fact, were already doing these things when ours were still (with great credit, no doubt, to themselves and benefit to us) killing off Indians, ripping up a continent for gold and iron and oil, and relaxing elegantly at spit ting contests in frontier barrooms. The College Library would like to do its part in promoting enlightened apprecia tion of Mexico and the others. As far as its scanty funds for general reading will allow, it buys books about Latin America. A move ment is also on foot on the campus to hold a series of meetings for the discussion of Latin American affairs. There are, moreover, doz ens of Latin American students among us, each one a source of knowledge about some country—and of the best sort of knowledge that one can have about a country. The World Turns On caps disnactiofis wiTH A ||)T0M VANNOY (|| FIRST FRATERNITY LODGE IN AMERICA- BUILT AT KENYON COLLEGE (OHIO) BY DELTA KAPPA EPSILON -1652 / CREW RACES STARTED THE FIRST INTERCOLLEGIATE RIVALRIES. IN 1852 THE LONG SERIES BETWEEN HARVARD AMD YALE BEGAN/ LUCKY Colgate university WAS FOUNDED BY 13 MEN WITH 13 DOLLARS AND 13 PRAYERS! BACKWASH BY Charlie Babcock Here is a motion picture with its sole claim to greatness being the great variety of stars in the cast. It is called “TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM” and is showing at the Campus today only. In the cast are the famed names, such as Ann Miller, Rosemary Lane, Rudy Valee, Allen Jenkins, vocalist; Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra, the Six Hits and a Miss, the Three Stooges, Brenda and Cobina, and Eddie Durant’s rhumba orchestra. With a cast such as this, there can’t be much room left for any thing resembling closely a plot. But one of sorts has been woven around these varied characters and their acts. Rudy Vallee does only one song in the picture and that is a duet. Truly a shame. An apealing story in “BLOS SOMS IN THE DUST” at Guiou Hall today and tomorrow. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon have been given the dramatic leads in this monument to the life-long struggle of Mrs. Edna Gladney of Fort Worth, who was superintend “Backwash: An agitation resulting from some action or occurrence.”—Webster It has been alleged by many political com mentators and congressmen that organized minorities are obstructing the defense effort. Certain groups representing labor and bus iness have presumably used their power ruth lessly in order to maintain a dominant posi tion in their respective fields of interest. Some of these alleged abuses of entrenched power are now being investigated by con gressional committees, and the results to date have indicated that the government will have to adopt a more vigorous policy toward these minorities if our defense effort is not to be seriously impaired. One of the most recent controversies in the field of labor revolved around the re jected bid of the Currier Lumber Company. This lumber company was low bidder (to the extent of $200,000) on a government defense housing project, but its bid was refused by Sidney Hillman, Associate Director of the Office of Production Management. The lum ber company was to build pre-fabricated houses and it had a labor contract with a C. I. O. organization. Mr. Hillman, in ac cepting responsibility for the decision not to accept the low bid, said he did so because he was afraid of labor warfare which might result between the A. F. of L. and the C. I. O. The O. P. M. has follewed the practice of let ting contracts for building projects to con cerns employing A. F. of L. labor. This has been done because a vast majority of the building trades workmen are members of the A. F. of L. Hillman’s explanation to Senator Tru man, Chairman of the Committee Investi gating Defense Contracts, was to the effect that the interests of national defense took precedence over the interests of any company bidding on a defense project. He said that labor wars would have caused a loss greater than the $200,000 the government lost by accepting a high bid on the construction project. This statement by Mr. Hillman con cerning labor warfare and its effects may be ever so true, but the whole affair none theless assumes a rather sinister aspect if our national emergency is as great as the administration maintains it is. Monopolistic practices by both business and labor are hampering our defense efforts at a critical time. Our rearmament program is bringing into focus some of the more dramatic illustrations of the effects on our economy of permitting too much power to be vested in organized minority groups. The Ticker Tape . . . College de grees are conferred at many ages, but the University of New Mexico can well be proud of her young est Ph. D., Willis Jacobs, who is only 27 . . . Charles Phillips and Tom Sterling were Aggie fresh men in 1919-20. They will probab ly remember this typical freshman prank, although it happene dover 20 years ago. Fish Babcock Phillips and Fish Sterling were trying to secure the good favor of their upper classmen. Outlined along that line was a program for the seniors, juniors, and sophomores—consist ing mainly of the playing of sev eral phonograph records. Tragedy hit the program producers an hour before curtain time, when some un thinking individual swept the choice cylinders of song. Phillips and Sterling prevented the smash ing of the axiom, “The Show Must Go On,” by substituting the real McCoy for the stolen records— Phillips hid in the closet and sup- I lied the vocal efforts while Ster ling turned the phonograph crank. Needless to say, the upperclass men appreciated the performance. • • e> Meet Miss Bearkat It’s Miss Bunnie Beatkat, fellas, This Collegiate World the snooper of the Sam Houston campus, who will correspond with this columnist at 2 or 3 week in tervals and let us have the low down on the men that wear the Aggie khaki. So it is the Bunnie gal who will be doing the spying on you while you are in Huntsville—when you arrive, how long you stay, what you do while there. Keep your eyes on the lookout for this anonymous female, gents, and keep your name out of scan dal. Date for the publication of Bun- nie’s initial effort is a problemati cal matter. Actually it will start when the men of the Aggie khaki start going to Huntsville. Even Bunnie has her worries . , . her last note contained the fol lowing closing phrase; “Now our only worry is will the Aggies co operate and keep coming over.” 9 • • Coker Brothers Infantry freshman, Frank Coker, •was a lucky man Tuesday when he won the Arkansas train ticket purchased by his organization. But there was nothing unusual in that fact. Military organiza tions all over the campus were buying tickets for some represent ative in their outfit to go to Arkansas. It just happened that Fish Coker was hitting it lucky in having his name drawn out of the hat. Fate wrote another chapter that night when young Coker’s older brother, Bill Coker, field artillery senior, hit the jackpot as he won his own organization’s ticket. Add to that the fact that the older Coker was the one who was drawing the names. WHAT’S SHOWING AT GUION HALL Thursday, Friday—“BLOS SOMS IN THE DUST,” starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. AT THE CAMPUS Thursday — “TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM,” with Rose mary Lane, Rudy Vallee, and Glen Gray and his orchestra. Friday, Saturday — “AD VENTURE IN WASHING TON,” featuring Herbert Marshall, Virginia Bruce, and Gene Reynolds. ent of the Texas Children’s Home and Aid Society. Miss Garson has done one of the year’s best performances in the pic ture. All her natural beauty is revealed in this technicolor film as never before. The affection that Mrs. Glad ney had for adopted children and orphans and her struggles to make the world a better place for them to live in has been put into “Blos soms in the Dust.” It is a deeply touching picture. Somewhat on the patriotic side is “ADVENTURE IN WASHING TON” to be shown at the Cam pus tomorrow and Saturday. This is the sort of story that is sup posed to make one feel glad that he is an American. Herbert Marshall, Virginia Bruce, and Gene Reynolds are the leading players. Herbert, with his pronounced English accent, is east as a United States senator; Gene is a young boy from across the tracks who has been taken to Washington and made a page boy m the Senate. Virginia is used (See DISTRACTIONS, Page 4) (pampas 4-1181 TODAY ONLY A Whirl oi Mirth 'and Melody! OtfffiS THIS WEEK’S BARGAINS 3 LEATHER JACKETS LOUPOT’S TRADING POST NORTH GATE Starring 3 STOOGES Ann Miller, Rosemary Lane, Glenn Gray and his Orchestra Also MARCH OF TIME “THUMBS UP TEXAS” FRIDAY & SATURDAY^ “ADVENTURE IN WASHINGTON” With Virginia Herbert Bruce Marshall :ACP= Two Kent, State ‘Ohio’ univers ity men were ejected from their rooming house by an irate house mother one night recently. Unable to contact the dean of men or the dean of women, they phoned Pres ident K. C. Leebrick of the uni versity as a last resort. They spent the night as guests of the president. • • • In Monson, Mass., 19-year old Robert S. Fay thoroughly disliked uhe job of tending the coal hopper on the family’s stoker-fed steam boiler. He perfected an elevator to do it for him. So what happened? He won the Yankee ingenuity scholarship of $500 at Worcester Polytechnic Ins titute. Fay made his machine from an abandoned ensilage feeder and parts of an old grist mill. For power he harnessed an idle gaso line lawn mower motor. • • • “SWEEDE BOY COMING WITH GUITAR” That was the telegram Poet Carl Sandburg sent ahead to Prof. Jos eph W. Beach, chairman of the English department at the Uni versity of Minnesota, last time he planned to visit the educator in Minneapolis. The message was perfectly clear to Beach, close friend of the poet for the last 25 years. It meant sitting up all night listening to Sandburg sing American ballads to the accompaniment of his own strumming. J. W. “Dough” Rollins, present track coach at A. & M., was cap tain of the 1916 football team. I FAIR 1 OF Lewis Shoe Store Located in Lauterstein’s FREE Come In For The Facts GENUINE All Leather FRIEDMAN SHELBY SHOES $3.50 to $6.00 W Sizes 5 to 14 LEWIS SHOE STORE Located in Lautersteins GUION HALL THURS., FRI. - OCT. 30-31 3:30 & 6:45 The stars of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Flight Command" in a towering emotional triumph! eatest love LOSSOMS IN THE DUST starring GREER GARSON JVALTER PIDGEO: Selected Shorts News “Fo Dor Let be pa iels, ley, They hut scho back flier grai you non< of Lin< Coa Coa son Ag; tim per wo: the pla wh fie ,