The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 08, 1942, Image 2

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Page 2- THE BATTALION- -TUESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 8, 1942 the Battalion STUDENT TRI-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER TEXAS A. & M. COLLEGE The Battalion, official newspaper of the Agricultiv-al and Mechanical College of Texas and the City of College Station, is published three times weekly, and issued Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at College Station, Texas, under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1870. Subscription rates $3 per 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 5, Administration Building. Telephone 4-5444. 1941 Member 1942 Associated Gotle&ate Press Brooks Gofer '• Editor-in-Chief Ken Bresnen Associate Editor -Phil Crown Staff Phstographer Sports Staff Mike Haikin Sports Editor Mike Mann - Assistant Sports Editor Chick Hurst -Senior Sports Assistant N. Libson ...Junior Sports Editor Advertising Staff Reggie Smith Advertising Manager Jack E. Carter Tuesday Asst. Advertising Manager Louis A. Bridges Thursday Asst. Advertising Manager Jay Pumphrey Saturday Asst. Advertising Manager Circulation Staff Bill Huber Circulation Manager Bill Huber Senior Assistant H. R. Tampke. Senior Assistant Carlton Power Senior Assistant Joe Stalcup.. Junior Assistant , Tuesday’s Staff Tom Vannoy Managing Editor John Holman— Junior Editor Tom Leland : Junior Editor Douglass Lancaster— Junior Editor Reporters Tom Journeay, Harry Cordua, Bob Garrett, Ramon McKin ney, Gerald Fahrentold, Bert Kutrz, Bill Jarnagin, Bob Mere dith, Bill Japhet, Jack Hood, Bill Murphy, and John Sparger. What Type Are You? If you were laying out in a field hospital, a gaping wound in your still-conscious body, and the doctor asked you what type your blood was, that you must have a transfusion —what would you tell him? The College Hospital, in cooperation with the local Blood Service Committee, is typing blood at no charge to you. The test is absolutely painless, and requires but a few minutes of your time. Primarily to make available a list of blood types for College Station, EVERY AGGIE ON THIS CAMPUS SHOULD KNOW HIS BLOOD TYPE. Drop around to the - hospital, fellows. Have your blood typed. Who knows, yours may be one of the rare types so important to war hospitalization. Open Forum Just about all of us have wondered at some time since the war program went into effect what arrangement can be made with regard to the status of the different groups of freshmen, entering in June, September, and February. Of course final action on the mat ter lies in the hand of the authorities, but surely the most satisfactory solution to the problem would be one arising originally from the student body. There are several tenta tive plans circulating the campus at present, but all seem to involve difficulties that would prevent their operating to the satisfaction of the corps and authorities. If the fish now in school and those to enter in September all become campus soph omores after Christmas, there will be prac tically no freshman class from February un til June. Some outfits will have no freshmen at all during this period, while others will have but one, two, or three. The most ob vious alternative, leaving the status of all boys who enter after the past May as fresh men until next June is even more unsatis factory. Under such a setup as this, a great many would have to remain freshmen through half their, sophomore year, which is obviously unfair. If we do not want to use either of these plans, we are confronted with the problem of splitting the freshman class in February. Every Aggie knows that it would never do to have our present fish and those to enter in September on an equal basis until Febru ary and then make sophomores of only half of them. Then there is the possibility of forming a new class of each group entering, hut this idea would lead to disunity through out, as eventually there would be eight dif ferent classes on the campus. Since any Aggie’s very close friends are members of his own class, this plan would cut down on the number of such friendships very notice ably. Suppose that the boys coining in in September enter as frogs. Then in February there will be a complete turnover. The pres ent fish will become sophomores, the Sep tember frogs will turn to fish and the new group entering will start as frogs, to be come fish in June. Under this proposed sys tem there would not be class distinction be tween frogs and fish, or between fish and sophomores (after February), but it would exist between sophomores and frogs. A new junior and senior class would be formed in February and next September. With such a scheme as this in effect, every student en tering will be required to remain a “first year cadet” for two semesters, regardless of when he enters—yet there will never be a sharp line of distinction between him and the group one term ahead of or behind him (the boys with whom he has been most closely associated.) We must have definite action on this problem before next semester begins, or we will find ourselves with a bunch of new students on our hands, who do not even know what class they belong in. The plan offered has rough spots in it, but it seems to have more possibilities than the others. Think the whole thing over and talk it up, because if we are to have a system that will suit us, we will have to submit a plan to the powers that be before very long. Louis Horner, '44 The World Turns On [PRIVATE BUCK By Clyde Lewis By DR. C. C. DOAK Relieving Chest Pressure—Recently I have encouraged seemingly disgruntled students to “get it off their chests” by making a frank dispassionate statement of grievances. This has been done in the hope that either through this column or through official channels something could be done to help the situa tion. The first recognizable benefit was in stantaneous. It came in the form of the re lief experienced by the mere unburdening to a faculty member. Some cases were straightened out by mere discussion. Others led to truth-revealing investigations and, in some cases, to positive actions of one kind or another. Sample Grievances—Some of the spon taneous experiences heard most often have been: “Why don’t we have more opportun ities to talk our problems over with members of the faculty?” “Why did the authorities mislead the public on the precentage of fail ures at last midterm?” “Why do we persis tently have to be disturbed by rumors ? Can’t the authorities spike them by giving us prop er sources of information?” For purposes of illustration these questions have been se lected from a long list. Sample Answers and Suggested Solu tions—Solutions to the various problems that arise to vex us are as numerous and varied as are the vexed individuals. This fact is brought out very forcibly when Aggie problems are discussed in mixed groups. Nearly always there are violent reactions against any proposed solution. The cleavage may follow any line from one of personal preference to one based on class, field of specialization, or tradition. Sample One—Until very recently there . has been a very strong tradition against dis- Answers . . . cussing student problems with faculty mem- _ to the ri<Idl( , s that d bers One of the most hopeful signs coming ln this colnran aboat 10 ^ out of the war clouds now hanging over A. have bcen lnto the Eatt and M. is the eclipsing of this and other hurtful traditions. Suggestion—Swat every harmful tradi- \ a cn a it he U. K CL ? _ 6 CD EDI ' CD / hu □ a ca t=j ta a a pa ■'campus $ Dy V Ck K w n / o„ $ JictrarlinrK '♦h /a □ a GllullQL/liUl w Co 0 a n tm o a czj a 0 n, T trained her to scream at me all the time. That way, it’s more homelike around here!” BACKWASH “Backwash: An ajrftation resulting from some action or occurrence'’—Webstar By John Holman office—all of them correct. . . E. J. Pickens offers this one: If an ,. . -i j, . ,, , airplane flies from A to B in only tion. Ask that your leaders listen to your . . . , ,.. . t> ^ r a,, ninety minutes, flies from B to C in ninety minutes, then with a zero wind in all directions, and us ing the same throttle-speed, why Example Two—Let us consider the mat- did it take 1 hour and thirty min- ter of failures and the alleged attempt to utes to fly from C back to A? cover up a bad record. I was shocked to hear . several students state that they thought the IrVlH ThOHipSOH . . . record had been falsified. The difficulties grievances and then let them help you to the best solution that can be jointly arrived at. disannparpd when an invpstie-ation showpd * ’ ‘ class ° f * 40 ’ writes from Engineer’s Regiments haven’t pearing body, cusappeared “"wed gouix KalIs> s . D„ enclosing a starte(i in yet bccauS(i thcil . balls clipping from the Souix City Journal containing an article about A master of the dance, of com- Pure comedy with Victor Jory, edy, and music—each is included Rochelle Hudson and Maxie Rosen- in the cast of “SHIP AHOY”, bloom can be seen in “THE STORK currently featured at Guion Hall. PAYS OFF”, second feature at Eleanor Powell taps out a nimble the Campus today and tomorrow. S.O.S. that enables government It’s the story of Victor Jory, a agents to step in and nab a gang former beer king, and his lieu- of foreign spies and in doing so tenants, “Far-to-be-the-Ground,” she taps out a message to the au- “Photofinish” and “Brains.” dience that proves to them that They get mixed up in a nursery she is the screen’s greatest female which they thought was a night dancer. spot. Complications develop when a Red “I dood it” Skelton is the gangster “laundry” tries to muscle laugh-producer in the show. In in. Further trouble comes from spite of a part which is not con- political sources. For this class of ductive to smooth portryal, Red picture the script is clever and manages to bring life and comedy inventive. into the picture. To aid with the The Lowdown: —from beer king comedy motif of the movie, Bert to diaper king in one lesson. Lahr plays the part of Red’s stooge and Virginia O’Brien is cast in the part of Bert’s girl friend. WjUTIl SOQE W<lt6r She’s the artist of dead pan ex- Jg ^Tcst-HOPPCCF pression and unique voice delivery. Now, add in Tommy Dorsey, his -^ n hm opinion of at least one band and some specialty numbers S r0U P Air Force mechanics, a and you have a show worth seeing. man doesn’t need a pair of silver Dorsey plays at least two original w i n g s to be a “test pilot.” They tunes; and his Negro dancers with con tend that all he must have is their round-hat-and-no-expression a sporting instinct and a strong rountine are whizzes. distaste for warm soda pop. The story of “Ship Ahoy” is Occasionally the cold drink built around a spy ring that has machine in Hangar “U” goes on stolen a secret magnetic mine and the blink and the bottles come . . . features for the fall season j s attempting to get it out of Amer- out warm instead of otherwise, are splattered all over today’s front j ca _ They hide the mine in the dres- The first man to get a warm bot- page. Alec Templeton is not omy gjng room of Eleanor Powell, dan- tie is honor-bound to prepare im- an outstanding pianist and com- cer on wa y to Puerto Rico with mediately a bulletin of the fol- poser but a blind one at that. He’s Tommy Dorsey and his band. Red lowing sort, sign it and post it been sightless since childhood. . . Skelton stumbles on to' the plot conspicuously on the machine: the two swing bands listed will be f rom then on its everybody’s show. “Test-hopped at such-and-such selected from the best bands play- T he Lowdown: downright funny o’clock. Drinks warm. Wait one ing for the organization balls. . . bone-ish. hour before second test.” Houston Symphony Orchestra plays “CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON Noting the warning, thirsty its fourth straight season here this BLACKIE” sounds like melodra- mechanics save their nickles until year. mystery, but the movie is rarely the next “test” is due. Of course, , serious. George E. Stone, Joan the “test pilot” is a veritable mar- urcnestras . . . Woodbury and Lloyd Corrigan are tyr, but the mechanics declare they . are still the problem on the ° n hand to provoke laughter in a give him his due share of glory, dancing front. The Composite and story of a murder and a disap- By Jack Hood Town Hall. that a new and higher standard was used in making up the current deficiency list. Al- yet because their balls Cast in the principal parts are are quite a few days off, but the Chester Morris and Harriet Hil- up Hard. It seems that Morris is to their ears in fight. The Coast blamed by the police for a murder has a chance at Don Bestor, An- which he didn’t commit. The only son Weeks, and possibly Boyd Rae- way he can prove his innocence is burn. Raeburn’s outfit is the one to get the corpse and procure the that came down as an unknown for bullet and prove he didn’t fire it. games. Southwest conference ^be Composite’s 1941 hop, and prov- By hook and by crook, the body is champions two out of the last three ec j so p 0 p U i ar that he played four hidden in a hollow statue. Climax years, co-champion the other year, gw i n g S here last year, two of them takes place among the boxes and and the best bet for 1942 she 0T1 consecutive week-ends. He’s ask- barrels of an underground ware- just keeps rollin’ along.” Thomp- thoue-b hv this standard fhp list was Innepr Journal contamin g an article about Coast and Infantry are really than heretofore, -then reduced to comparable Yh^'LuTexal t0 ‘ heir ^ in fieh *' C< figures based upon the old standard, there s . ai p 111 ,? 31 ,, ' ’ ' . ey ca ,? xas was a marked improvement. Thus both our pride in our scholastic attainments and our the last ‘ hree years - v,c - confidence in the veracity of our leaders are restored when all the facts are known. Suggestion—Lest we damage our school and embarrass ourselves, we should get all the facts before we start callipg names. Example Three—Language at best is a years, torious in 29 out of their last 32 r __ o _ ing a little too much this year. . . rather inadequate instrument for the trans- son a * so says t * iat w ^ en te ^ s while Infantry committeemen are mission of thought, and stories unavoidably the boys he s from A ' & M., he swea ting Claude Thornhill, A1 Don- undergo changes in the telling; therefore gets a lot extra respect, especial- a hue, and Tommy Reynolds. Rey- rumors are universal. The degree of damage * y ^ rom tbe boys ^ r0Tn Brooklyn, noldg is a name-band up in Yankee- that they do, however, depends upon the wbo to °- we h remember the j an j but has yet to prove himself number and the credulity of persons in- hcking we gave NYU. to Texas hep-cats. Thornhill fea- volved. It would be nothing short of miracu- -p /t tares wierd arrangements by Ions if, under the stress of war, 5000 imma- K'Hg’ag’eCl . . . Thornhill and Donahue, currently ture individuals could be housed in dormi- ... to be married is ex-head yell at Hotel Peabody in Memphis, is tories away from the steady influences of leader Buster Keaton, now a first strictly a first-class swing band, home and with all the intimacies of a house louie, to Miss Florence Torehand His favorite haunt is the Rain- party without their giving birth to at least of Temple. Hooked last Sat. night bow Room of Rockefeller Center, 500 rumors per hour. were Goode Weir, Infantry band, N. Y. Both Thornhill and Donahue Suggestion—Information should be giv- J, > hns “ n ’ Field Artillery are J n th \ ia l distant haze thou s b en out through set channels as fast as it be- band - as far as the Infantry 1S ccmce ™ed. comes official. Information not released of ficially should be discounted, but the matter of stopping rumors before they get started, house The Lowdown: —Boston Blackie “sings”, but not for his supper. WHAT’S SHOWING At The Campus Tuesday, Wednesday — “Confessions of Boston Blackie” with Chester Mor ris and Harriet Hilliard. Also “The Stork Pays Off’, with Victor Jory and Rochelle Hudson. At Guion Hall Tuesday, Wednesday — “Ship Ahoy”, starring Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell. ry~ Mr. Penny . . . Silverfish or moths can be con- 0 , . . . reports that twelve outfits tr ° lled by dustin ^ derris P° wder as suggested by some students, is an impos- entered the Singaroo. The winners wbere they are feeding. sibility. The best thing for all of US except will sing on Kadet Kapers (inci- the habitual rumor monger is to keep so dentally the last of the season) busy with our routine affairs that rumors come Saturday night. Eliminations come and go without even SO much as reach- will be held Thursday and Friday ing our ears. night. Outfits who want to sing in the contest but what have not of The Aggies have long been noted for their f kially entered will be allowed to spirit and good sportsmanship. These are sin S 5f fkey want to - Notify the the main things that make this school the Student Activities office or Mr. best there is. The question is, “Is the demon- Penny at the Intramural office, stration the Aggies put on Saturday at Kadet TTUi-nUpyc; Kapers an example of Aggie Spirit and • • • Sportsmanship ?” There has never been such ... slaughtering English courses an exhibition of poor manners and bad taste shouldn’t feel so bad about. Eugene in all the years of Aggie conduct and Sports- O’Neill, world famous playwright, manship. A group of excellent performers flunked English when he was in were kind enough to appear before us; and Princeton, a few students at A.&M., they can’t be called Aggies, whooped and yelled to such an ex tent that these guests couldn’t be heard. This does not apply to Aggies in general but to that small number of boys that haven’t the manners of a jack-ass. It is a wonder that Richard Jenkins can persuade anybody to appear before the Ag gies. If the Aggie spirit and the Aggie en vironment makes a bunch of men be disre spectful to people who are trying to please them, then something should be done. This exhibition was one of the rare oc casions when all true Aggies should be ashamed of some of their fellow Aggies. If necessary, a Senior should be put in each row to see that those boys who have no manners; suddenly acquire them when good manners are in order. W. P. Kincy, ’44 J. W. Reagan, ’44 B. M. Woofter, ’44 M. E. Bolton, ’44 E. T. Rogers, 43 S. W. Dedman, ’44 B. T. Flowers, ’43 A. T. Tyler, ’44 G. T. Ramsey, ’44 H. T. Haile, ’44 DALACE ■ PHONE 2-8879 Now Playing Through Thursday Diana Barrymore Robert Stack — in — “EAGLE SQUADRON” A female housefly can become a great-grandmother in 60 days. Box 4-1181 Office Opens at 1:00 P. M. TODAY-TOMORROW DOUBLE FEATURE Confessions cf BOSTON BLACKh CHESTERMORRIS PyiL HARRIET HILLIARD rfS*, A Columbia Picture ' O'V'A r. 1:00 3:28 - 5:56 10:52 8:24 4:33 - 7:01 r 9;29 Also Merry-Melody - Cartoon SOPHOMORES YOU CAN BUY THEM CHEAPER BUT YOU CAN’T BUY THEM BETTER IF YOU WANT A GOOD UNIFORM SEE LAUTERSIEIN'S MOVIE Guion Hall Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00 — 7:00 Eleanor Powell Red Skelton Tommy Dorsey in “SHIP AHOY” Thursday and Friday Dix — Morrison — Foster in ‘THE ROUND ■ UP”