The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 20, 1943, Image 3

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By Harold Borofaky
Battalion Sport* Editor
Norton’s Challenge Still Causing Furor,
But Neither Norton or Aggies Are Worried
In spite of the fact that coach
Homer Norton’s challenge to Tex
as coach D. X. Bible is currently
the most talked about thing in the
football news, the Aggies do not
seem to care much about it. Could
it be that the boys know what the
genial coach was up to when he
sent that challenge to Bible?
Longhorn fans will probably turn
red in the face when they find out
a few simple facts. Namely, that
Norton certainly did not think Bi
ble might accept the challenge
(Homer is no sap) and that he
wanted the whole area to know for
certain that Texas University
would have nothing at all were it
not for the Navy V-17 boys. Of
counse plenty people knew about
the Texas Navy team, but now
everyone knows. Norton also want
ed information on several Long
horn players and plays, and he
knew that he could get them if he
mad the Texas boys mad enough.
The Longhorns, needless to say to
anyone who reads the papers,
oblidge the Aggie mentor willingly.
Homer now has what he wanted.
Another secret to Norton’s chal
lenge lies in this simple statement:
“The Turkey Day Game will be a
sellout.” Perhaps after a while the
Longhorns will begin to see the
light. Norton says he hopes so, be
cause he hates to take advantage
of them.
Of course, the Aggies may lose
the Thanksgiving Day classic, but
they don’t think so and neither does
Norton. Something else, those who
think the Aggie coach was trying
to make an excuse for not winning
the game should know that Aggies
never make excuses for anything-
If we lose the game we take it in
our stride. Texas Univ. students
may recall Aggies with tears roll
ing down their cheeks after we
lost to the Longhorns last year.
Those tears were not because the
Cadets lost the game, but because
the Aggie team played its heart and
soul out there on the gridiron and
the “Twelfth Man” knew it.
Sport scribes are due for quite a
shock sometime soon in regard to
the statement that has held the
limelight for the last few weeks,
but that will have to wait.
Coach Homer Norton at Aggie Yell Practice in Houston.
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carrying on the original trend in
tended by the choreographer, Miss
Amaya turned to her accompanist
and said in Spanish, “I’ll bring
them around!” Immediately she
changed the tempo of her dance
to one of comedy, and although
she sang the words of the song of
sadness, her method of presenta
tion and the expression of her voice
was one of lightness and humor.
The number, presented in this man
ner, proved to be the hit of the
show, it was observed by those
who attended the performance.
Office in Parker Building
Over Canady’s Pharmacy
Phone 2-1457 Bryan, Texas
A Little Place
A Big Saving
Bicycle and Radio Repair
Phone 4-4114
Let Us Do Your Altering
A.A.U.P. Will Meet In
Sbisa Hall Lounge
The A. & M. Chapter of the Amer
ican Association of University
Professors will meet Tuesday,
November 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Sbisa
Hall Lounge according to an an
nouncement made today by G. R.
Potter, president. Dean T. D.
Brooks of the School of Arts and
Sciences and of the graduate
school will speak on the subject,
“Honorary Degrees as Granted by
Colleges and University.”
All administrative officers of the
college Board members of the col
lege who might be available, and
any Military Officers who may be
interested are invited ot attend the
Chapter meeting.
Juke Box Scandal
Is Disclosed
An annoying little racket was
brought to the attention of a group
of 6th Company men in Aggieland
on Saturday night. The shoe-shine
boys that inhabit one of the local
hamburger shops have worked out
a system that enables them to hear
their favorites on the jukebox all
night long. It seems that imme
diately after someone deposits a
nickel they push in, or pull out, or
do something to the key of their
desired selection. It’s a mysterious
method, but apparently foolproof.
One private of our acquaintance
came back complaining that he
had spent a quarter trying to get
Artie Shaw’s “Frenesi,” and heard
T. D.’s “Boogie Woogie” five times.
We punched his card and sent him
on his way, still disgusted-
Editor-in-Chief Pat Bradley Managing Editcr Len Sutton Press Club Rep Marvin Kaff
Editorial. . .
“It’s Screwy Army”
Of course it is screwy Army. It is screwy to stand all
during a football game and wave your hands in the air. It
is screwy to carry both visiting and home teams off the field
too. It is screwy to hold yell practices right after a game. It
is screwy to toss your yell yeaders in the fish pond. It was
screwy too to see a former Aggie senior now a Lieutenant
in the Tank Destroyers, lead yelling fish and frogs in the
downpour of rain. It was screwy to ruin his uniform and the
screwiest of all was for all these screwy Aggies to yell their
lungs out when they could have been in a nice dry dorm.
Do you remember back to the screwy antics you went through
at your college Army, of course you didn’t call them screwy.
They were tradition and school spirit. And if you ain’t got
school spirit you ain’t got a college Army.
10th Co. Reports
Ed. Note. Oscar Wiegand, 10th St
es th
in on what is happening
eporter states that from now on
fill give with the chatter and let
i .j., Co.
the 10th
the other
side of the campus.
It being that this pen is not en
dowed with the juice, of journalistic
jargon we will dispense with small
talk, the like of which may be
found under some of the adjoining
columns, say maybe, uh . . . Wing
Talk. Houston . . . The rice-patch
was honored by the visit of the
A. &M. Corps and its supporters;
and incidentally (as one sports
writer put it) the Aggie Team was
there as well. Consequently the
Owls got the rice stomped out of
them, which fact no one can deny
sports experts included. Keep it
up Ole Army and let that good
team hear from you. Campus . . -.
Not a dam thing to tell but if you
will grace this column with your
attention you will find news of
great importance. Expect it short
ly ... It will mean the difference
between the Sunday sulking and
real H raising.
Having so said; to wit, to who.
If you misunderstand the Present
you will never know a Future.
The Tenth
Blue Notes by Botts
Greetings gates. Drag up your
zoot suits with the reat pleats and
dig the local jive from suite 122,
that cozy little crevice on the solid
side. The joint’s jumpin!
About a month ago in a little
town called Chicago, Botts (that’s
me remember?) is sitting in a lit
tle gin mill known to the local cats
as Garricks Lounge. While he sits
there quietly munching on a short
one he is completely knocked out
by the very solid jive coming from
the horns of “Red” Allen and Jay
C. Higgenbottom when out of no
where comes the vision of a fami
liar face followed by a body to
match which is only natural, I
think. Who is it? No, it can’t be.
But it is, none other than that
Jersey cat, “Lank” Lankenau. The
two bosom buddies who met a year
ago at Camp Barkeley, Texas (the
Sahara desert with hutments) im
mediately press the meat and ex
change felicitations in a most
friendly manner. So friendly in fact,
that it requires the special atten
tion of the manager of the es
tablishment who is disturbed more
than somewhat. (Apologies to Da
mon Runyan and H. P. Bradley.)
The following is the conversation
that takes place between those
two terrific intellects “Dr. I. Q.”
Lankenau and Botts: “Greetings
Lank.” “How ya gate.” “Solid eh-”
“Ya solid man.” “Dig that alto.
‘Man he sends me,” “I’ve got to
cut out now, take it slow Lank.”
“Sure, dig you on the “A” train.—
English translations for the squares
will be given at an later edition if
necessary. If any of you readers
have any trouble I might refer you
to that very hep interpreter “J. B.”
who now hangs out at the corner of
116 and 119. Please present your
union cards (with dues paid) and
I’m sure you’ll be taken care of.
I’ll take ten now lads but don’t
Correct Address
Is Important
All ASTP men should make cer
tain that their correct address is
known by all who write to them.
“It is very important that the
number of the company be included
in the address,” states Corporal
Wendrycki, Chief Mail Clerk, of
the Army Post Office. If the num
ber of the company is not included
on incoming mail, the man’s com
pany must be found by searching
through post office files. This not
only delays the letter, but also re
quires additional work by the post
Men must come to the Army
Post Office to sign for, and re
ceive, any insured packages. Notice
that the package is being held at
the post office is given through
claim slips. These slips are received
at mail call. The post office is lo
cated in the east end of the Ani
mal Husbandry building.
All incoming ASTP mail goes to
the Army Post Office, and from
there is distributed to the various
companies- The mail arrives and
is sent out twice a day.
“Pool’s Drool”
It seems that more and more
fellows are finding out about the
varied attractions at Denton. The
letter of some beauteous “Tessie”
has made more than one heart in
dorm nine beat faster.
Although the Army has forbidden
ASTU me nto play intercollegiate
football, the AST unit at the Uni
versity of Oregon has organized a
team and has scheduled games
with Army and Navy units near by
as well as regular teams from
other colleges.
It may interest you to know that
plans have been formulated for a
weekly stage and variety show to
be broadcast for this regiment. Any
man with talent as a musician, sing
er, comedian, script writer, etc,
should report to his orderly room
today. Remember, the more men
taking part, the better the show,
so let’s have a good turnout.
We’ll close tonight wishing the
Kiddie Korps all the luck in the
world next week. We’re with you
The Eagle Screams
This week will see the ASTU
going to town in a big way. Al
though the trainees were here last
weekend, they found that without
the root of all evil, they could not
get very far- And how a 28 day
furlough eats into that savings ac
But this week the Eagle Scream
ed and once more everyone is hap
py. Watch out Houston! Watch
out Dallas! Here we come!
miss the next column, for in it will
be all the gruesome details con
cerning. HOOGY HOOBY and
HOOEY who have recently con
structed a jproject house that se
riously threatens both the railroad
and airplane industries.
Take it slow.
Pencil Engineers
Threaten Hitler
What has happened to the Little
Man with a Bayonet?
It doesn’t look as if he is going to
win this war anymore—at least
not when he 7 exchanges his bayonet
for a slipstick. I wonder how the
Germans and Japs will react when
they are locked in mortal combat
with this new type of soldier?
Headlines in Germany may soon
read “United States violates all
International Laws by equipping
and putting into use on the west
ern front, the 3800 ASTBn with the
latest destructive weapon—THE
SLIPSTICK.” Destructive?—defi
nitely, but it may prove self
destructive. Watching the new fel
lows trying to manipulate the slide
rule is most entertaining. First the
slide goes to one end, then the
other, and finally in desperation
they turn it upside down, but to no
avail. The slash and drive of the
bayonet might be of more help in
solving the problem than the push
and pull of the stick.
To the list of famous men al
ready associated with Engineering,
come Fenagle. It is his variable
constant that always can be added,
multiplied, or divided to our own
answer to obtain the one in the
book- It is therefore only natural
to assume that he is also respon
sible for that “hairline” always
being not more than 1 point from
the correct solution.
YMCA Provides
Facilities For
Service Men
Any ASTP man who wishes to
secure a room for his wife during
her visit to A. & M. may do so
through the YMCA, according to
Mrs. Kenneth Ring, office secre
tary. The YMCA has a list of lo
cal residents from whom men may
rent room for a few days. Some
rooms are available for permanent
Graduates Receive Varied Assignments
First Group Goes Into
In less than 6 months since the
ASTP went into operation on the
first dozen campuses in the Nation
last 12 April, more than 1,000 en
listed men have graduated from
the Program- With few exceptions,
they have received varied and in
teresting assignments.
The outflow, as of 30 October
1943, represents numerically more
than one-third the number of sol
diers who were in the ASTP at the
start of the inaugural term last
12 April. The span covers little
more than two 3-months terms.
The rate of flow of graduates
in the coming months will increase
greatly as courses are completed.
The great majority of trainees have
been admitted to the Program in
the first term of the Basic Phase,
and, for them the normal training
period will be 9 months unless they
are promoted to the Advanced
Phase. ASTP graduates thus far
represent the relatively few who
entered the Program at advanced
With efforts directed toward
careful selection of trainees and
facilities rather than toward reach
ing the allotted strength, the in
flow of trainees during the early
months was at a very low rate. By
July the curve of intake was scaled
sharply upward. At the end of Oc
tober, approximately 140,000 sol
diers were in training at 222 in
stitutions. It is certain, therefore,
that the rate of graduation will in
crease sharply in the early part
of 1944.
Graduates have been assigned to
a wide variety of responsible tasks
in virtually all the arms and ser
vices, meeting originally specified
requirements as well as special un
foreseen needs which have develop
ed. A survey of the disposition of
a number of sample groups of
graduates indicates the facility
with which the ASTP has operated
to satisfy the immediate needs of
the Army.
Of several hundred soldiers com
pleting their training in Personnel
Phychology under the ASTP, 200
were assigned on 30 October to
the Army Air Forces Medical and
Psychological Examining Units.
They received the grade of line ser
geants and will serve to process
aviation students at basic training
centers under the AAF policy to
screen for aptitudes and qualifica
tions at an early stage in train
ing. More than 100 others grad
uating from the Program in Per
sonnel Psychology are being as
signed to units of the Army Ser
vice Forces which are conducting
the classification survey of the en
tire ASF.
A number of graduates have been
assigned directly to officer candi
date school.
Recently a small group of sol
diers completing work in term 7,
Marine Transportation, were as
signed to OCS. Some who have
rental. Inquiries should be made completed work in term 7, Sanitary
between 8 A. M. and 5 P. M. at the Engineering, and others who have
desk in the lobby of the YMCA
building. To be more certain of
getting a room, men should, if pos
sible, notify the Y some time before
they wish the room.
The lounge rooms of the YMCA
are open all day and during the
evening. Open house is held on
Sunday afternoons between 3 P.
M. and 5 P- M. A hostess sees that
everyone has refreshments, and a
guest pianist usually entertains.
The lobby is open twenty-four
hours a day, every day; phone calls
may be made at any time from
booths near the lobby.
In the basement are located bil
liard tables and bowling alley. Bil
liards are five cents a cue for one-
half hour. Bowling is twelve and
one-half cents per line. Also down
stairs are a fountain and a barber
Also available to service men is
the YMCA annex, just north-west
of the dormitories, and there is a
lounge for wives to wait for their
ASTP Trainee husbands at the
north end of the Dormitory 2 in the
New Area. Wives are encouraged
to meet their husbands there in
stead of standing around in the
Dormitory area.
7th Co. Selects Leaders
The following men have received
temporary appointments as Cadet
Officers of the Seventh Student
Training Company:
Company Commander: John
Marks, Cadet Capt.
Executive Officer: James Page,
Jr., Cadet 1st Lt.
Platoon Leaders: Dave Tyler, J.
Hart, N. Pallet and Bill Strasser,
Cadet 2nd Lts.
Johnny Lloyd, who ran the com
pany during the intercession is do
ing another swell job as Cadet 1st
completed term 9A, which compri
ses a special advanced group of
studies in highly technical fields,
have been assigned to OCS under
the Corps of Engineers-
A certain number of term 9A
soldiers, who have proper qualifi
cations, will be assigned each month
to term 7, Sanitary Engineering.
The upper 50 percent of the class
completing term 7 will be advanced
to term 8, at the end of which they
will be assigned to the Medical Ad
ministrative Corps Officer Candi
date School. The balance of men
who complete term 7 will be as
signed to the Corps of Engineers,
with excellent prospect for assign
ment later to the Corps of Engi
neers Officer Candidate School.
As a result of its experience with
ASTP trainees, the Sanitary Corps,
through the Surgeon General’s Of
fice, is increasing its demands
nearly fourfold for graduates of
the Sanitary Engineering Curricu
Assignments to the Corps of En
gineers have included civil engi
neers, mechanical engineers, and
Some men have been assigned
to the Army Air Forces and Army
Ground Forces on completion of
The ASTP has been satisfying
some of the Army’s current needs
for linguists, largely from men
who have completed work in term
9L which consists of special ad
vanced studies in the Area and
Language .field. From the thou
sands of others being trained in
this field, demands will continue
to be met for assignments in a num
ber of arms and services.
Assignments given to ASTP
graduates undoubtedly will con
tinue to be widely varied in nature.
Many ASTP soldiers will be given
responsible assignments overseas,
a process already under way. Al
though a number have been assign
ed to officer candidate school, any
conclusion that the ASTP is a sure
road to a commission is an error.
What trainees should know is that
their chances for advancement are
greatly enhanced by successful
completion of their courses and by
their performance following that
ASTP soldiers are trained for the
highest duties they are capable of
performing in specialized fields for
which the Army has greatest needs.
It is apparent that at any term-end
during their training and thereaf
ter they share with all other sol
diers the opportunity of competing
for a technical rating of for offi
cer candidate school. Like every
thing else in the Army, their suc
cess will depend on their per
formance and abilities, the avail
ability of noncommissioned ra
tings, and the vacancies in officer
candidate schools.
Two large rooms are available
in Bryan for wives of two men in
any of the units at A. & M. College-
Anyone interested are requested to
come by dorm 11, rm 217, any eve
ning to see Joe Beninson.
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