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

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    Page 2-
the Battalion
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
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
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
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
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
? _ 6
□ a ca t=j ta a a pa
■'campus $
Ck K
w n
/ o„
$ JictrarlinrK
/a □ a
GllullQL/liUl w
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: 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
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-
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
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,
The Lowdown: —Boston Blackie
“sings”, but not for his supper.
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
At Guion Hall
Tuesday, Wednesday —
“Ship Ahoy”, starring Red
Skelton and Eleanor Powell.
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
■ PHONE 2-8879
Now Playing
Through Thursday
Diana Barrymore
Robert Stack
— in —
A female housefly can become a
great-grandmother in 60 days.
Office Opens at
1:00 P. M.
Confessions cf
A Columbia Picture
' O'V'A
3:28 - 5:56
4:33 - 7:01 r 9;29
Merry-Melody -
Guion Hall
Tuesday and Wednesday
3:00 — 7:00
Eleanor Powell
Red Skelton
Tommy Dorsey
Thursday and Friday
Dix — Morrison — Foster