The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 26, 1942, Image 1

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    DIAL 4-5444
The Battalion
DIAL 4-5444
NO. 75
New Ordnance Unit Open for Engineering Students
Cavalry Opens Festive Weekend
Tomorrow; DiPardo Band Plays
Booth And
McKenzie Are
Yell Leaders
Continue Long Line
Of Men From Heights
To Hold This Position
In a stirring meeting of the
sophomore and junior classes Tues
day night in the Assembly Hall
Bernard Booth and Bill McKenzie,
two Houston men, were elected
junior yell leaders for the coming
Leading the other nine candi
dates by a large margin Booth and
McKenzie will be our junior yell
leaders in the coming year. Run
ning for the position were: Andy
Cokinos, Beaumont; Bernard Booth,
Houston; Joe Clark, Roby; Flave
Pledger, Amarillo; Rodney Brau-
chle, Pleasanton; Buck Bulkley,
Houston; Bill McKenzie, Houston;
Frank LeBus, Longview; Jack
Barton, Kaufman; Mort Brown,
Big Spring; and Joe Hatchel, De-
Bill McKenzie says “This is the
happiest day of my life. I’ve been
wahting to be with Chuck and Ted
and the rest of a long line of
Heights yell leaders for a long
time and now I’m going to be out
there with them and do my best
to give out that ole Aggie spirit.”
Next year there will be four yell
leaders from Houston, three of
whom are from the Heights—
Chuck Chalmers, Ted O’Leary, and
Bill McKenzie. Foots Bland, yell
leader from 1940-41, and Jack Na
gel, who was recently called into
the army, were also from the
The new yell leaders will start
to work immediately and will as-
si& Chalmers and O’Leary the re
mainder of the present semester
and will serve as junior yell lead
ers from June 1942, until Febru
ary 1943.
Some 415 men were present and
voted at the meeting after hear
ing speeches by each of the candi
dates. The entire election was con
ducted under the supervision of the
student election committee.
Annual Horseshow and Special Junior
Party to Follow Regimental Dancing
Tony DiPardo
By Ken Bresnen
Working hurriedly on last minute details today, the
members of the Cavalry regiment are busy rounding out
plans for the nineteenth annual Cavalry Ball which is to be
held in Sbisa hall tomorrow night from ten until two.
Tony DiPardo and his orchestra coming direct from an
engagement at the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show will furnish
the sweet and swing as the horsemen and their ladies take
the floor for an evening of dancing which will inaugurate
a whole week end of Cavalry activities.
Following the Cavalry Ball, the-f-
juniors of the regiment have plan
ned a private party in Bryan which
is expected to run far, far into
the night, the committee said. Uni
formed, colored waiters will serve
refreshments while the couples
dance to the music of a “juke box.”
Moffatt Adams, A Cavalry chair
man of the decorations committee
has announced that the decorations
planned for the ball will be the
most elaborate in recent years.
Dance programs are to be bound
in maroon leather and tied with
yellow ribbons, announces Walter
Cardwell, B Cavalry chairman of
the program committee. Norris
McGowan, B Cavalry, is in charge
of all arrangements for the week
end. Members of the finance com
mittee are Bob Moore, A Cavalry,
W. A. (Yank) Phillips, Troop B,
Colbert Coldwell, Troop C, Bill
Black, Troop D, Dick Macy, Ma
chine Gun Troop and Nolan Holt,
Headquarters Troop. Ed Rafferty
is the committeeman in charge of
favors, Ken Brensnen is publicity
man for the week-end and Jack
Miller is handling the invitations.
Saturday morning at ten o’clock
the annual Cavalry Horse Show
will begin at the show ring in the
northeast corner of the Cavalry
drill field. Based on a purely mili
tary theme, this year’s show has
been designed to permit as many
cadets to enter as possible. Events
have been planned for every class
from freshmen to seniors. Classes
will range from rescue races and
a hunt course outside of the ring
to formal horsemanship and jump
ing classes in the ring. Riders in
all afternoon events will be re
quired to wear the number one
For the past month Field Artil
lerymen and : Cavalrymen have
been seen working out at the sta-
(See HORSE SHOW, page 6)
Aggies Represented in Discussion
Of Inter-American Relations Today
The following students will rep
resent A. & M. at the district
conference of Inter-American Ex
tempore-Discussion contest to be
held in Austin today H. A. Cordua,
H. V. Vasquez, Walter Goodman,
X. Fernandez, V. Schofield, L.
Kotebue and Maurice Levy.
The meeting is part of the Na
tional Extempore-Discussion Con
test in which six college or uni
versity students will be reward
ed with a special tour of the other
American republics this summer.
The contest is being held to stim
ulate students to study inter-
American affairs, to inform the
public of its role in inter-Ameri
can relations and to formulate so
lutions for problems of this hem
Forty-seven district meetings
are now being held throughout the
Harp Regains Stride
Despite Jam and Jive
spite the recent prominence of the
imperative bugle and the swing-
blatant trumpet, the delicate harp
is coming into its own. Students
at Stephens college have evidenced
such interest in the ancient instru
ment that they now comprise the
largest harp class in the country’s
educational institutions.
United States for the contest. Two
outstanding students from each
district will be selected to par
ticipate in one of six regional
meetings. The winner from each
regional meet will become a dele
gate to the National Intercollegi
ate Conference on Inter-Ameri
can Affairs in Washington and
according to plans will be given a
tour of the other American re
publics this summer.
The contest is sponsored by the
Office of the Coordinator of Inter-
American Affairs, through the Na
tional Public Discussions Com
mittee, Inc. Dr. Alan Nichols, for
twenty years director of inter
collegiate forensics at the Uni
versity of Southern California, is
director of the committee.
Expressing great satisfaction
with interest in the contest, Dr.
Nichols said in New York that
about 400 colleges and universi
ties are participating. “The re
sponse has been the greatest in
the history of such undertakings
among college students and shows
that young people everywhere to
day understand the great import
ance of all the Americas in hem
ispheric-. defense,” he declared.
Other schools participating are:
Baylor University, Texas Univer
sity, S.W.T.T.C., Mary Hardin
Baylor College, St. Mary’s Uni
versity, St. Edward’s University.
Fifteenth Texas
Relays Take Place
In Austin March 28
The fifteenth Texas Relays,
which take place in Texas univer
sity’s Memorial Stadium on Satur
day, March 28, will be the largest
track meet in the Southwest this
season. This year’s Relays will see
elaborate ceremonies preceding the
running of the events and will be
rendered complete by many social
The Queen of the Relays will be
crowned and Homer Rainey, presi
dent of T.U., will kiss the queen
after her coronation. The queen’s
name is a secret and will not be
revealed until Friday night at the
University’s revue and ball, a vital
part of the annual Texas Round-
Up. She has been selected from a
group of five university girls who
were voted upon by the Texas stu
dents as the Sweetheart of Texas.
Visiting sweethearts of other
Southwest Conference schools will
be present. Lena Marie Adams of
T.S.C.W. will be the Aggie repre
The Texas University Naval R.
0. T. C. will present a military
drill and an elaborate flag raising
ceremony will take place.
Construction Hopes
For Sulphur Springs
Route Again Raised
The rumor has started around
again that the Sulphur Springs
Road, long a thorn in the side of
travelers through the North Gate
and out to Franklin’s, may be
paved. The State Highway Dept,
has had engineers working on
right-of-way lines for the last sev
eral days, and hopes are again
raised, E. N. Holmgreen, A. & M.’s
business manager, said.
The Sulphur Springs Road is
the gravel highway running from
new Highway 6, through the
North Gate, to old Highway 6.
Engineering Defense Training
Students did some work on this
road last summer, but limited fi
nances prevented the final paving
at that time.
Former A&M Colonel
Now Stationed Around
Australian District
Lieut. Col. Francis H. Wilson,
Infantry, formerly on duty here,
is now seeing service in Australia
with General Douglas McArthur.
Lieut. Col. Wilson was stationed
at A. & M. from August 29, 1936
to September 10, 1940. He was in
the Philippines with General Mc
Arthur before going to Australia.
Recording Made
For Waring Today
By Singing Cadets
Will Record Marine Hymn
Loch Lomond and Spirit of
Aggieland for New Contest
Today at 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. the
Singing Cadets put in their bid
for honors in Fred Waring’s
Pleasuretime National Glee Club
Contest. One hundred and fifty
colleges are entered, but the pre
liminaries will be run off in round-
robin fashion—the colleges have
been divided into groups with the
winner of each group competing
for the final prize, a trip to New
In the initial competition with
the Singing Cade s will be col
leges in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas,
Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma,
and Texas—17 schools in all. Re
cordings will be used to determine
the first winners.
Gordon Berger, representative
for Fred Waring’s Pleasure Time,
will be on the campus to advise
and assist in the auditioning and
record cutting. The mission Mr.
Berger* has been sent on by War
ing consists of advising and sug
gesting whenever the Cadets re-
(See RECORDINGS, page 6)
Brooks Cofer
Signs for Editor
Of The Battalion
Junior in F Battery CAC
Majoring in Liberal Arts
Running Against Bresnen
Brooks Cofer Jr. filed his name
today as a candidate for editor of
The Battalion newspaper and
magazine. Cofer is the second stu
dent to file for this position as
Ken Bresnen filed for the position
shortly after this spring’s elec
tions were announced.
Cofer is a junior in F Battery
Coast Artillery and is from Col
lege Station majoring in liberal
March 31 has been set as the
deadline for filing for editor of
The Battalion. Candidates must
file in the Student Activities of
fice by that date to be eligible and
must make a deposit of $2 when
they file. The general election will
be held in the rotunda of the Aca
demic building on April 14.
Smokeless Smokestack Graces
Ag Campus Along With Sister
Aggieland’s newest structure
takes the form of a simple smoke
stack, just about two hundred feet
high. For the past month workers
have meticuslously labored to put
together a new chimney for the
power plant which would be suf
ficient to take care of the heavy
load of fumes and other “hot airs”
that would have over taxed the
other stack because of the new
The new stack is .located just
west of the power plant and is
made of reinforced concrete. Walls
A&M Furnishes Men
In Ground Work As
Air Corps Support
For each U. S. Air Corps pilot
in the air, there are eight airplane
mechanics and radio specialists to
keep him flying. In this field, as
in many of the other branches of
the service, A. & M. is one of the
leading schools in furnishing
men for this organization.
Aggies who are now training
for ground crew and radio ser
vice are: H. C. Kirchner ’39, C. Y.
Gibson ’38, A. JJ. Seargeant ’39,
D. H. Lester ’41, J. F. Gholson
’34, W. A. Givin ‘40, L. W. De-
Weese ’32, W. D. Frierson ’40,
W. I. Lane Jr. ’36, G. R. Le Blanc
’41, and B. M. Guess.
Although many of the college
men are in administrative work,
quite a few have put scientific
training to work in meteorolgy,
radio, ground schol instruction,
and in other jobs of engineering
nature. These are the men whose
direct responsibility it is to
“Keep ’em Flying”.
at the base of the stack are two
feet thick and taper to the top
where it is eight inches thick. To
gether with the old smokestack
the new addition makes an out
standing feature of the landscape
around Aggieland.
But the new stovepipe has an
added feature that the old one
lacks. Splattered in large black
letters along two sides are the
words “A. & M. College.” Against
the white concrete of the stack the
letters are easily visible from the
The wonder of many is how the
letters were made. As each “layer”
went up a ply-wood form was used
to form the letters. After all the
concrete was poured the letters
were painted in. And now future
freshmen don’t try and, paint this
new stack up, that is if you think
you can scale the heights.
Marvin McMillan Jr
Filed for Rep Race
Marvin McMillan, Jr., H Infan
try entered the race Tuesday for
Junior Representative on the Stu
dent Activities committee by fil
ing his statement of candidacy
with the Student Activities office.
Others who have announced their
intention to run for the office are
R. L. Haines, Field Artillery Band,
Sid Smith, Field Artillery Band
and R. O. Thompson, D CAC.
The Junior Representative is
elected at the general election
which is to be held this year in
the rotunda of the Academic build-’,
ing on April 14.
Organized With Lieutenant
AlexanderTemporary Chief
Anyone Interested Must Sign in Room 37
Ross Hall by Six pm Saturday at Latest
By Ed Kingery
Starting of the Ordnance unit of R. O. T. C. training
at A. & M. became effective Tuesday, March 24, according
to a statement by Lieut. U. M. Alexander Jr., Field Artillery,
acting tactical officer of the unit pending the arrival of a
senior Ordnance instructor.
Interviews of engineering students are being conducted
this week until 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28 in Room 37 Ross
hall. Contracts in the Ordnance are available to engineering
students only. There will be a total of 100 contracts awarded.
Senior contracts, 50 in number,.'
will be awarded first to seniors
taking an advanced military
science course as an elective. Stud
ents with advanced contracts in
any branch will be given second
Juniors taking advanced mili
tary science as an elective will be
given preference for the 50 junior
contracts. Men not taking military
science at present but who have
completed a basic military course
will then be selected, and third
choice will go to juniors now hav
ing advanced military contracts in
any branch.
Classes in the Ordnance course
will be adapted to the student’s
schedules, as Quartermaster unit
classes have been. Definite start
ing date for the classes has not
been announced, but will probably
be sometime next week.
Students now taking basic mil
itary science will not be consider
ed and need not apply until June.
Engineering seniors and juniors
meeting the above qualifications
who are interested in the Ord
nance unit should apply by Satur
day, as that date has been set as
the deadline for consideration.
Frank King Guest
Here Yesterday pm
Frank H. King, Texas Bureau
Chief of the Associated Press, was
a guest on the campus for dinner
yesterday. Byron Winstead, head
of the Publicity Department, E.
L. Angell, assistant to President
T. O. Walton, Dean Gilchrist and
Cadet Colonel Tom Gillis acted as
hosts to King. He was taken
to lunch and then for a tour of
the campus.
Veteran of years of newspaper
work, both at home and abroad,
King addressed the Women’s
Club of Bryan yesterday after
noon, and returned to Dallas in
the evening.
Scholarship Society
Holds Meeting Today
Officers for the coming year
will be elected at a banquet and
meeting of the Scholarship Honor
society tonight at 7:30 in the ban
quet room of Sbisa hall. No invita
tions have been sent out, but all
members are urged to be present
as important business is at hand,
states Jack Taylor, president of
the society.
First 1942 Review
Marked up forNavy
Arrivals March 31
Captain A D Bernhard CO
Of US Naval Air Station
Will Receive This Review
With the arrival of the first
contingent of 200 naval trainees at
A. & M. scheduled for Tuesday,
March 31, plans have been made
for the presentation of a review
of the cadet corps in their honor.
Captain A. D. Bernhard, com
manding officer of the U. S. Naval
Air Station at Corpus Christi, will
receive the review, which will take
place at 3 p.m.
The gobs will reach College
Station in two groups, the first
coming from the southern part of
the state via Houston at 9:53 a.m.
Tuesday, and the second from the
north through Dallas at 12:15 p.m.
Favors for Senior
Ring Dance Must
Be Ordered Today
All favors for the Senior Ring
Dance, May 14, must be ordered
this afternoon from 2 until 6:30
in the Corp Headquarters office,
Dick Hervey, president of the Sen
ior class stated emphatically to
day. These favors may be ordered
through individual senior’s organ
ization commander or, if the stu
dent does not live with an organ
ization he may put in his order in
the Corps Headquarters office.
Organization commanders are
reminded that the orders must be
turned in this afternoon. A deposit
of 50 cents will be required on
each order. The price of a favor is
$1.71 including federal tax.
The necessity that all seniors,
desiring favors turn in their or
ders now is due to the fact that it
will be impossible to obtain them
at a later date. A telegram was
received from the manufacturer
stating that the government had
issued an order restricting the
production of such articles or com
modities after April 1. The orders
for favors must be sent in now so
that they can be filled before the
deadline is reached.
Singing Cadets Disclose Their
Favorites to be Lincoln, Custer
By H. B. McElroy
A check-up of the 100 Texas
A. & M. college students who com
prise the Singing Cadets, glee
club of the college, disclosed that
they have a wide variety of pref
erences with only the fact that
they like to sing receiving a unan
imous vote.
Being a strictly military college,
the boys voted for Abraham Lin
coln and General George Custer
in a tie for their favorite char
acter in history but Cleopatra was
nosed out only by two votes. Na
poleon Bonaparte finished fourth
but on his heels came Lady God-
iva, Queen Elizabeth and Mary
Queen of Scots with Joan d'Arc
trailing the feminine field with
one vote. Two boys who preferred
blondes gave Godiva their ballots.
On the hair preference the bru
nettes ran away with 52 votes to
27 for blondes while the red-heads
got but three. Another 18 said it
made no difference to them.
Strange findings on the most
popular men in history showed
that Teddy Roosevelt led his cou
sin Franklin D., by two to one
choice while’ General Douglas Mc
Arthur got the same number as
Teddy. There was a wide selection
here with Admiral Nelson, Hen
ry VIII, Louis XIV, Thomas Edi
son, Robert E. Lee, Julius Caesar,
Daniel Boone, Sam Houston, Na
than Hale, Davey Crockett, Cor
onado and even Benedict Arnold
getting at least one vote. The ex
ploring team of Lewis and Clark
split a vote.
On their favorite studies, mathe
matics won by two votes over his
tory, and chemistry came third
with eight votes. In all, they voted
for 36 courses ranging from danc
ing to astronomy, two subjects not
taught at the college.