The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 02, 1942, Image 1

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DIAL 4-5444 DIAL 4-5444 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER a J/Ti -Jr--#- Jr « OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CITY OF m m M # J m m m # gTm m E m m m b OF THE CITY OF " COLLEGE STATION JL jEL m* JL9 9* l m W4 COLLEGE STATION 122 ADMINISTRATION BLDG. VOLUME 42 COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 2, 1942 2275 NUMBER 1 A. & M. College Opens Sixty Seventh Annual Session Old Student Registration Will Be Held Saturday Classified Seniors And 1st Sergeants Register Friday Old students will begin registra tion at the Assembly Hall on Sat urday beginning at 7 a. m. New students will not begin registration until Monday when they will begin at the Assembly Hall at 7:30 a. m. They will actually begin registra tion at 8 a. m. At 1 p. m. Friday all classified seniors and first sergeants may register. Assignment cards and signature cards will be issued at the Assembly Hall and heads of departments will be located in theft: offices to assist students in sign ing for their courses. Registration should be completed and assign ment cards turned in to the Regis trar by 5 p. m. Friday. College authorities request that other old students delay their arrival until Saturday. If students do not report at the hour indicated they will be unable to register until 3 p. m. after other students who report at the speci fied time have completed regis tration. A program has been arranged for the freshmen covering the first week of school. This has been done to help the new student become familiar with the various aspects of college life before normal class work begins. Under college regulations no stu dent is allowed to live off the campus in project houses or private homes until* all space in the dorm itories has been filled. For the summer semester it will not be necessary for students completing the 1941-42 session to reserve a dormitory room in advance of reg istration. Since the time is so short be tween the close of the 1941-42 ses sion and the opening of the 1942-43 session the office of the registrar will be unable to prepare the usual report of the student’s academic standing. All students in good standing at the close of the 1941-42 session may register in accordance with the above schedule without an annual report or re-enrollment per mit. All old accounts with the college must be paid before individual reg istration can begin. To avoid a delay in registration the student should pay breakage bills at once the registrar’s office advises. Skiles Leaves Student Activities For Army Air Corps Goes to Biloxi, Mississippi To Accept Lt. Commission Joe Skiles has vacated the of fice of manager of student activi ties to go into the Army Air Corps at Biloxi, Mississippi. Skilesl came Joe Skiles to A. & M. at the beginning of the 1941-42 term |o fill the place left vacant by E. L. Angell who took the office left by Ike Ash- burn as executive assistant to the president. Skiles was the third manager of student activities as the office was held by J. E. Angell, then by E. L. (See SKILES, Page 10) Battalion Staff Will Hold First Meeting All old members of the Battalion staff are asked to meet Tuesday night after supper in the Battalion office. Plans for the coming year will be made. Assignments and promotions will be! announced. All editorial writers and reporters who have ever written for the news paper or the magazine should come to this first meeting. Cryptography Now Offered as Course A valuable course now offered by the Military Science depart ment is M. S. 356, a 3 hour course devoted to the study of the sci ence of secret writing, Crypto graphy. This study involves all the methods and devices whereby an intelligible message may be con verted into a secret form, and the ways of converting secret enemy messages into intelligible form. M. S. 356 is offered as a basic course for Signal Corps students and as an elective for military students of other branches. Any one desiring information about the course may see Captain Lerner, Signal Corps, or Dr. Bechtel or Mr. Kidd of the English staff. If the course is included in the summer curriculum, any student may register during the regular registration period, or by special permission within five days there after. The Cadence Published for First Time New Handbook Of History, Customs Will Aid All Aggies In an attempt to simplify the task of educating the incoming freshmen to the Aggie way of life, last year’s cadet colonel Tom Gil- lis, aided by various members of the cadet corps, conceived and compiled a handbook of the col lege. This book is designed to in form the freshmen as to what is expected of them and to give them a background of the college, its traditions, the campus, and brief historical sketches of A. & M. Publication of the handbook was made possible by an allotment se cured from the Board of Directors amounting to $2,000. They will be distributed free of charge to every cadet in the college. Each year the handbook will be revised and brought up to date and a copy given to each freshman. The cover of the book bears the crest of the senior ring. The date in the ring will be changed each year to cor respond with the year in which that year’s freshmen will gradu ate. Since traditional bleed meetings are no longer allowed under the new speed up plan, it was felt that there must be some means of teaching the fish their responsi bilities. Gillis and his staff felt that the task would be too great for the captain of an organization to perform alone without some guide and aid. For that reason, everything that fish have been re quired to know in the past has been included in the new hand book. In selecting a suitable name for the publication a short name typi cal of the college was sought. Af ter careful consideration of several names, The Cadence was selected because if every Aggie should read the handbook and govern himself accordingly, he will have little trouble in keeping in step with Aggieland and its activities. Mail Schedules Should Be Known by Students Outgoing mail to the north is collected at South Station at 8:30 a. m. and at the main office at 9:00 a. m. Southbound mail is picked up at South Station at 10:30 a. m. and 3:30 and 9:00 p. m. Mail for the south is collected at the main post office at 11:00 a. m. and at 4:00 and 10:00 p. m. North bound mail also leaves South Sta tion at 9:00 p. m. and the main office at 10:00 p. m. Mail from the north arrives at College Station at 7:15 in the morning and at 1:15 in the after noon. Letters coming from the south are up by 7:15 a. m. and again at 11:15 a. m. Major John Hilger, Ex-Aggie Led U S Bombers Over Japan Cadet Colonel Walter Cardwell, Jr., D Troop Cavalry, has been appointed Cadet Colonel and will command the corps for the coming school year. Cardwell is an animal husbandry major and comes from Luling. For the past three years he has been very active in school affairs; his appointment as colonel forced him to resign as editor of the Agriculturist and presiaent of the Scholarship Honor Society. Aggie exes are continuing to lead the way in the fight against the Japs. In the air raid of April 18 on Tokyo and other Japanese cities, the second in command and assistant to Brig. Gen. James H. Doolittle was an Ex-Aggie of the class * of 1932. Major John A. (Jack) Hilger was the Aggie who helped to spread havoc among the Japs, and also to avenge the death of his brother who was lost in the Java Sea battle. Hilger is a graduate in ME, and is remembered by a number of professors on the campus. He was a member of the A.S.M.E. and was a first lieutenant in B In fantry. Major Hilger was educated at Sherman High School, graduating in 1926. He worked in Hcniston for two years before he entered A. & M. After graduating from here in 1932, he entered the army air corps as a cadet. He finished at Randolph Field in 1934 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Hilger was assigned to March Field, California, where he served until 1941, when he was trans ferred to McCord Field, Washing ton. Later he was moved to Ore gon and remained there until he was given special assignments. In bombing Japan Hilger aveng ed the death of his brother Lieut. Ted A. Hilger, who attended A. & M. for one year before going to the U. S. Naval Academy. He graduated from there in 1935 and was commissioned an ensign. He was assigned to the cruiser Hous ton. Cardwell Appointed Colonel; Commands Corps for 42-43 Walter Cardwell, Jr., “D” Troop Cavalry, will command the cadet corps for the coming year. The new cadet colonel is from Luling, Texas and is a student in the school of agriculture, being an AH major. Cardwell was sergeant major on the corps staff last year and was outstanding in student activities on the campus. Before his promotion to cadet colonel, Cardwell was the editor of the Agriculturist and president of the Scholarship Honor Society for this year. Due to his promotion, however, he was forced to resign these positions, since he had more points than the Student Activities Committee allowed under the point system used in student affairs. Also, Cardwell is a member of the Ross Volunteer Company, crack military organization on the cam pus. Cardwell is from an Aggie fam ily. His father graduated from A. & M. in 1913, and from the rest of his family he has had five cousins who finished here. One of these cousins was Bill Patton, who was cadet colonel in 1929. Also Cardwell is the first colonel of the corps from the Cavalry since that year. An active member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and its secretary, Cardwell has the desire to become a rancher, but under present con ditions he will serve in the army upon graduation until the emerg ency is over. Boone Replaces Skiles As Head of Activities L. D. Boone of Houston has ar rived to take over the post of head of student activities. Boone re places Joe Skiles who has gone to the army air corps. Boone has been employed with the Burroughs Adding Machine Company in the account and sales department. He is a graduate of Rice Institute, where he was out standing in student activities. While there he was manager of the yearbook, chairman of the hall committee, and in charge of all dances. New Dance Floor To Be Constructed For Summer Use Is Outdoor Combination Dance Hall, Skating Rink, Tennis and Volleyball Court In answer to the need for a recreational program during the summer months, the Student Ac tivities committee has conceived and planned an outdoor combina tion dance floor, skating rink, ten nis and volleyball court. At a cost of $3600, the floor will be con structed of specially finished con crete. Around the floor will be a fifteen foot asphalt walk provided with chairs so that those who prefer to talk or “sit one out” will not interfere with the dancers. Special soft lighting is being installed in order not to attract a great number of bugs and insects to annoy the dancers. Adequate lighting will be provided on the band stand for musicians to read their music. In addition to a band stand, a recording system is being installed to provide music for skating, in formal “Juke Box Proms,” and (See DANCE FLOOR, Page 10) Spirit of Freedom Is Theme of the New 1942 Longhorn Greatest of all yearbooks pub lished by the students of A. & M. is the book recently released by this year’s editors. Editor of the book was R. L. (Rusty) Heitkamp and his managing editor was H. P. Lynn. Together with their staff they published the 544 page book. It was printed by The Gulf Publish ing Company located in Houston, under contract. The theme carried in The Longhorn of 1942 is the “Bill of Rights” and the division pages carry excerpts from this document delivered by the fathers of this country. The dedication fits snugly into this theme and the volume is dedi cated not to any one man but to the “Spirit of Freedom” which ex ists in the United States. This is the freedom which President Franklin Roosevelt expressed. Authorities Expect 1200 New Students to Register Total Enrollment of Both New and Old Students May Reach 4200 for Summer Texas A. & M. College will open its sixty-seventh an nual session this week as it goes on a year-round basis of regular class work. This is the first time in the history of the school that the opening has been in June. Last year the college pledged its facilities to the National Defense effort, and as a result a year-round program was established. Due to the fact that school will be held during the sum mer the enrollment will be less than during a regular term. Also the draft will help to decrease^. the total number of boys in school, but in spite of these two reasons there should be an average num ber of boys to register. Acting Registrar H. L. Heaton expects that the total enrollment for both old and new students will reach approximately 4200. Heaton also said that of this number around 1200 will be freshmen. New students are not supposed to arrive until time to register for classes on Monday. Beginning that day the regular freshman week will take place, so as to make it easier for the new student to ori ent himself at college. Normal activities of past freshman weeks will be held. Old students will go to class for the first time on Monday, having registered Saturday. Classified seniors and first sergeants can complete their registration on Fri day afternoon. Under the new speed-up pro gram students who enter this June will graduate only two 1 years and eight months from now, instead of the regular four years. During this time they can also train to be come officers in any one of the nine branches of the army which have R.O.T.C. outfits here on the campus. New Baptist Church Will Be Dedicated Plans are now being made for the formal dedication of the First Baptist Church building and new equipment on Sunday, July 12. Dr. W. W. Melton, executive secre tary of the Texas Baptist General Convention, will be the main speak er. The auditorium was opened for the A. & M. Religious Emphasis Week in February, at which time Dr. Geo. W. Truett of Dallas preached. Since that time services have been held in the new build ing using the old church furniture on a concrete floor. The new building will be com plete and ready for worship serv ices by the first Sunday that all the students are on the campus. Regulations For Uniform Are Changed No Cuffs Are to Be Worn; (Tseas Caps Optional for Seniors Uniform regulations for the summer semester authorize the wearing of a white stripe on the left sleeve to distinguish the mem bers of the freshman class from their upperclassmen. Classified sophomores will wear the two stripes of a corporal and sopho mores who are unclassified will wear one stripe as the stripe of a private first class. Juniors will wear the chevrons of sergeants and seniors will wear the insignia of cadet officers in cluding the gold hat cord, boots and buttons indicating the cade?’ rank on the shoulder. No sabers will be worn until after the pres ent hostilities cease it has been ruled by the office of the com mandant. Overseas caps will be worn op tionally by seniors. These caps , will be trimmed in the braid worn by officers. The other classes will be allowed to wear these caps as soon as enough have been secured from the office of supplies for them to be issued to the sophomores and freshmen. These caps will be trim med in the braid appropriate to the service in which the man is being trained. The sand colored khaki tie will be worn in place of the black tie formerly worn. If the ties arrive in time for them to be issued the sophomores and freshmen they will be worn by all classes but otherwise they will be worn only by the juniors and seniors. Orders state that the cadet will wear sleeves down, cuffs neatly buttoned, ties tied and endeavor to be as neat in appearance as pos sible. In Memory of Texas Aggie Graduates 19 4 2 DIED Died—in the line of duty More of Death’s grim toll, A volunteer to their country’s cause A name for the honor roll. ★ ★ ★ No eulogies have you to speak All words are empty—vain, The sacrifice they made Gladly—and no thought of gain. ★ ★ ★ Your hearts are far too sad for words Your countless friends who mourn, But silent prayers must reach the stars And those who now have gone. ★ ★ ★ And never shall their memory die But rather always live, In hearts, though saddened, still inspired That you in turn, may also give. William P. Adams, Danbury, Conn. May 13, 1942. (Editor’s note: This poem was sent in a letter addressed to the cadet colonel. The letter appears in the Open Forum column on the editorial page.)