The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 20, 1946, Image 1

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Texas A«M The B , Coflege ration VOLUME 45 COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 20, 1946 “Pinafore,” Musical Show, To Be Staged in Summer The most ambitious musical- I compete with their Starlight op- dramatic production ever to be erettas in quality if not in quan- staged at A. & M. will be presented | tity,” stated Turner. “Consider- this summer by the Aggie Play- | ing the talent known to be around ers, the Singing Cadets and the the college and vicinity, we should new A. & M. Symphony orchestra. “H. M. S. Pinafore,” the Gil bert & Sullivan light opera, will be staged by the three groups dur ing the latter part of the sum mer. Forrest Hood, director of the Aggie Players, will stage the production; Bill Turner, director of the Singing Cadets and the Symphony, will be musical direct or, and Vick Lindley will act as technical advisor. In order to stage this gay, rol licking musical about the British Navy, the groups will need tal ents of many kinds and in large quantity. Singers, musicians, costume-creators, painters, elec tricians and carpenters will be needed by the dozens. Therefore the producers have invited resi dents of Bryan, College Station and the surrounding country to join with the college students and faculty in making this a memor able production. “As we will be able to concen trate on this one production, we hope to show Dallas that we can be able to do so, if singers and musicians will turn out in large enough numbers.” The statement was seconded by Hood, who staged the successful performances of “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Junior Miss” during the spring semester. “H.M.S. Pinafore” has been on the All-Time Hit Parade for more than seventy years. It holds a world’s record in that it has never been off the boards during all that time. Descendents of the original D’Oyle Carte troupe are still presenting Pinafore in Lon don, the United States or Aus tralia. The only interruptions have been short breaks during World Wars I and II. Some of the music is heard over the radio almost every week—which is something after seventy years! No date for casting has yet been set, hut applicants are asked to see Mr. Hood in the English de partment, Academic Building, or Mr. Turner, Room 5, Administra tion Building. Single Vets Bleed At News Of Three-in-a-Room Plan Editor of the Batt: As single veterans and as stu dents of this institution we feel that we have a legitimate cause for complaint. We refer to the plan of placing three men to each room in the coming Fall semester. Speaking from a purely per sonal standpoint, the rooms which we occupy are not of adequate size for three men. There are many rooms on the campus which could not possibly accomodate three persons. In respect to those rooms which are adequate size to enable three men to exist therein (exist as distinguished from living comfortably), we would like to know how the school could consider it just and fair to sanction crowded living conditions for a great number of single stu dents in order that a very small number of married students may live in the comfort of a two-room, completely equipped apartment ? We wish to make it clear that we do not have a single complaint against the married man as such. We think it highly commendable that so many of the married men are continuing their education, and we think it commendable that this institution has aided these men in their efforts. Under the conditions existing during this past semester (and which will no doubt continue until September of this year), no one could possibly object to the utilization of a great amount of space by a few married men. There were enough' dormitories to do this without working a hardship upon anyone. In September the situation will be different. If Walton and Hart Halls are not returned to their original dormitory status, three men must occupy one room. The rooms now occupied by one mar ried student could accomodate four students in September. If Walton and Hart are withheld from the single students, six of us must occupy the same or less space than is needed to house one married student. This school was founded for the express purpose of contributing to the education of as many Texas boys as is possible. The crowded condition that would result from three students living in a single room would be detrimental to the health and education of those who must ne- dure those conditions. Most of us have spent enough time standing in line for a shower; why should we be forced to endure this and other results of crowded living conditions when it is unnecessary? We do not agree that it is a wise practice to discriminate against the single students in such a manner, and we are in doubt as to whether it is fair to furnish some married men with apartments when only a small per centage of married men who wish to attend A&M can be served in this way. It is definite ly a fact that the percentage who (Continued on Page 2) Camera Club Gets Dark Room, Studio The Texas A. & M. Camera Club has been reorganized and is be coming active in campus affairs. A well-equipped dark room has been set up in the basement of Guion Hall and a studio upstairs is nearing completion. The group plans to include a refrigeration unit which will enable color de veloping in the near future. A print-of-the-month is being selected at the last meeting of each month, and in the coming semester a Campus Print Salon is being planned. Attention is al ready focused on shots suitable for the ’47 Longhorn as the club is working in cooperation with the publication staff. A picnic was held for the mem bers of the club and friends re cently. Other social affairs are on the club schedule. To foster interest in the photo graphic arts is the purpose of this organization. In line with that purpose Charles S. Nesom, presi dent, announces that all students who are interested are invited to join the club. Meetings are held the second and last Wednesday of the month at 7:30 o’clock in the basement of Guion Hall. ! Dr. Taylor Heads Food Storage Talk The June conference of the staff of the Texas Agricultural Experi ment Station which was held last week at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station featured a symposium on the pre servation, canning, dehydration and quick freezing of food, and the storage of eggs and-meat. Dr. Walter P. Taylor was in charge of the confernce, with Dr. Sylvia Cover, H. M. Reed, C. W. Carter and Fred Hale discussion leaders of the conference subject matter. J. D. STUCKENBURG NAME IS HONORED The mother of John Darrell Stuckenburg, ’40, who was killed during the war, has made a pre sentation of $10 to the Student Aid Fund in memory of her son, who was one of the Aggies hon ored by Silver Taps during the San Jacinto Day ceremonies this year. Marine-Navy Air Club There will be a short meeting of all Navy and Marine air person nel in the “Y” Chapel, Saturday, June 22, at 1 p. m., according to an announcement made yesterday by the club president. Aggie Art Harnden, who won the 400 meter event at San Antonio last week, and who will compete in the national AAU meet in Milwaukee. Educators Have Triple Agenda For Conference Public School Officials Meet Here June 18-20; Dean Brooks Directs The three-in-one Texas A. & M. Recreation Center Planned in Honor Of Patranella Establishment of a Luke Patra nella Recreation Center in connec tion with the A. & M. Consolidated School was agreed upon by a meet ing of the committee in charge of the fund, it was announced today by W. L. Penberthy, chairman. When the memorial fund reach ed $500 almost immediately in re sponse to the announcement, sev eral questions arose and a special meeting was held Tuesday evening to answer those questions. Mrs. Elsie Patranella, who ar rived in College Station Tuesday, was consulted by Mr. Penberthy and she was greatly pleased by the committee’s action in urging the popular College Station groc er’s friends to forego sending flor al offerings, and contribute to the memorial fund. Mrs. Patranella further advised Mr. Penberthy that she felt sure her late husband would want any memorial to be located at the A&M Consolidated School where children of the community in whom he was so intensely interested could enjoy it. Mrs. Patranella added that she would prefer to have Luke’s friends contribute to the Memorial Fund in lieu of other expressions of sympathy. College Educational Conference, consisting of the 10th Annual Tex as School Administration Confer ence, the 21st Annual Conference of County Superintendents and County Supervisors of Texas, and the 3rd annual Conference of Junior College Executives ends today. T. D. Brooks of the School of Arts and Sciences directed the conference. G. B. Wilcox, head of the psy chology-education department, es timated that between 200 and 300 teachers and other associated with the fields of teaching were pres ent. Feature of the County Superin tendents conference was a dis cussion of “Post War Challenges to Education” by Dr. Paul Quillian of Houston. Dr. Doak Campbell, president^of the Florida State Col lege for Women, formerly execu tive secretary of the American Association of Junior Colleges, took as consultant in the Junior College Conference. The Texas School Administration conference covered such subjects as Texas School finance, items needed for a constructive legislative program, what’s next in the use of evaluation criteria, improvement of teacher education, and school laws. Educational obligations to the United Nations Organization were considered by the Junior College executives, as well as the Harvard report on “General Education in a Free Society”. Problems of vete rans, and the evaluation of Army training courses were also dis cussed. The County Superintendents course included an address of welcome by President Gibb Gil christ on Tuesday morning, June 18. Symphony Still Has Openings For Musicians The A. & M. Symphony, directed by Bill Turner, met for the first time last week. Seventeen mu sicians signed up for membership. The group could still use several more violin players, an oboe play er, a flute, two trumpet players and others. The organization is open to anyone interested in play ing in a symphony organization. The college has several instruments which are available. If interested contact Bill Turner in the Student Activities office or come to the Assembly Hall next Tuesday night at seven o’clock to rehearsal. Mr. Turner also announced that eighteen students have signed up for the Singing Cadets but that more are needed. This group is open to all students and meets in the Assembly Hall on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5 p. m. An entirely new reper toire, except for traditional Aggie songs are being rehearsed for the A. & M. Male Chorus. At the meeting it was decided that the Memorial will manifest itself in the form of a Recreation Center in connection with the school which Luke loved so dearly, Pen berthy said. This center eventually will include a skating slab, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and other facilities for the build ing of our youth into good citizens, Penberthy added. “We do not anticipate being able to finance all of these things with the contributions to this fund”, Mr. Penberthy pointed out. “But we should make a good start and with finances from other sources the center should be completed in a reasonable time. “Contributions will be received at Luke’s Grocery, Black’s Phar macy, South Side Food Market, Madeley’s Pharmacy, Casey Con fectionery, George’s Confectionery, (Continued on Page 4) WHERE IS THE FOX? A cub fox is missing from the home of Mrs. A. A. Eberle, employee of the Farm Exten sion Service, who resides at College Station. The fox was under observation for rabies in accordance with a doctor’s in struction. It had formerly bit ten the four year old son of Mrs. Eberle. Anyone knowing the where abouts of a cub fox is asked to contact Mrs. Eberle at the Extension Service or at her home, the second house north of the Church of Christ. Bunting Resigns Local School Post The resignation of W- D. Bunt ing as Supt. of the A. & M. Con solidated School was announced earlier this week by E. E. Brown, Chairman of the school board. Mr. Brown states that the school program has grown and prospered under the guidance of Mr. Bunt ing during the past five years. Mr. Bunting took over the school situation when it was in debt to the amount of $14,732 on open accounts operating on a budget of $48,215 with a per capita ex penditure of $55.90. During Mr. Bunting’s tenure the budget out lay has increased to $77,324 and the outstanding indebtedness has been reduced to approximately $8,000 at the present time. While making this reduction in indebt- e d n e s s expenditures in the amount of $21,787.17 have been made on equipment, furniture and other items of capital outlay. At the same time the percapita ex penditure on current expenses has been raised to $75.41. It is in view of his candidacy for the office of County School Superintendent that he is tend ing his resignation thus releasing the A. & M. Consolidated school board from its obligation to ful fill a contract for 2 more years which Mr. Bunting now holds. NUMBER 69 Buzz, Buzz: Not Bees But Model Planes at Statewide Meet Here Be ready to duck at an instant’s notice, any time during the next week end. Or maybe you’d better wear a helmet. For the air around the campus will be filled with buzzing miniature airplanes, tak ing part in the statewide model airplane contest, the first since 1942. The Industrial Education Department is the sponsor. The polo field will be the center of activities. Both the meet and its director, Rogers Barton of the college staff, have been approved by the Acad emy of Model Aeronautics. All types of flying models will compete— rubber-powered, gas- powered free-flight and gas-pow ered control line. $500 in cash prizes will be dis tributed to winners in the various events, which are divided into junior (under 16 years of age) and senior classes. Free flight events are scheduled to take place be tween 1:00 and 5:00 p. m. Satur day, and control-line competition between 1:00 and 5:00 p. m. Sun day. In two open events (unclas sified) prizes will be awarded for workmanship and appearance. The classified awards are for speed and endurance. Rainey Club is Organized by Students Here Students desiring to take an act ive part in the current political campaign last week organized the Students’ A. & M. Rainey-for- Governor Club at a closed meet ing in the Y. M. C. A. (Under state regulations a club active in the cause of a particular political candidate may meet on state- owned property if the meeting is closed except to members.) First activity of the club was to assist in making the arrangements which brought Dr. Homer P. Rainey to speak in Bryan at noon today. The club is governed by a steer ing committee which includes U. V. Johnston, chairman; Harold Borofsky, executive secretary, Vick Lindley, recording secretary and Sam A. Nixon, chairman for corps activities. Contrary to an impression which has grown up on the campus, the Rainey club is not sponsored by the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, which has no connection with the political group. The Rainey club is open to all students, veterans or cadets, as regular members, and to other College Station residents on an advisory basis. Veteran students’ wives are considered in the same category as students. Next meeting of the club is scheduled for a week from to night, Thursday, June 27. The place will be announced next week. The club is considering estab lishment of Rainey headquarters somewhere in College Station. The odd geography of College Station, however, presents cer tain difficulties. Interim activities of the club include encouragement of radio parties to listen to their candidate, distribution of pamphlets and stickers. Outside Course In Flight Training Is Not Approved by VA Bennie Zinn, veterans advisor for Texas A. & M. College, has announced that, according to a provision of the Servicemans Re adjustment Act, any veteran now attending school under the bene fits of the bill may not be en rolled concurrently in any flight course also under the G. I. Bill, outside the college. However, a veteran may take flight training as a part of his college course. Should any eli gible veteran wish to take flight training while on vacation or not attending school, he may do so by notifying the Veterans Adminis tration. This will not necessitate transferring academic credits. Vets Will Dance at Sbisa; Club Members Drag Free \ A dance, the first big social event of the season, will be giv en by the Ex-Servicemens club Saturday night, June 22 from nine till twelve in Sbisa hall, it is announced by Ike Ashburn, Jr. chairman of the entertainment committee. Music will be furnished by the Aggieland orchestra under the Daton of Bill Turner. Efforts are being made to provide refresh ments and it is hoped that blower- fans will be available. Admission will be free to active members of the organization and their wives or dates. An active member is any veteran who holds a membership card and has paid the club dues for the current se mester. Any veteran who is not an active member may gain ad- mitance by purchasing a member ship card from either the dormi tory representative, the secretary of the club, Edward C. Buntyn, or the representative at the en trance of the dance. Pete Hardesty, Vice-President of the club announces that in con junction with the Wives club, the vets are planning a number of social engagements for the se mester. A Bar-B-Q will be given at the American Legion hall in Bryan on the Fourth of July. Bus service will be provided for those who lack means of trans portation. This will be followed by a watermellon feast and an op en air dance at the grove. The Ex-Servicemens club is also planning a dance for the latter part of July with a big name band but nothing definite is known as to which band it will be. All vet erans attending A. & M. are iri a '* vited to join the club and partici pate in the activities. Brooks States “Looking at America” Series to Provide Graduate Studies Recognizing that a four-year course in technical engineering fails to acquaint graduates with the social and cultural aspects of present day life, the college will offer a series of post-graduation studies, “Looking At This Ameri ca,” designed to guide the stu dent toward a better understand ing of the broader aspects of life in the post-war world. In announcing inauguration of the post-graduate studies, Grad uate School Dean T. D. Brooks said the search for the solution of the problem has been nation wide. “Our answer is a planned list of courses that look primarily at present day America, and what made it that way,” Dr. Brooks stated. “It has been found im possible to give more than a com plete technical engineering course to students in the four years al located to such study. Therefore, it is our hope that our graduates will avail themselves of the op portunity to continue their edu cational processes after gradu ation.” Successful completion of the initial offerings in the “Looking At America”’ studies after the graduate accepts full-time em ployment will lead to award of the degree of Bachelor of Philo sophy, Dr. Brooks announced. Eight departments of the col lege have completed outlines of courses which may be selected for study toward the Ph. B. Degree. Initial offerings are available in the departments of Agricultural Economics, Economics, English, Geography, Geology, History, Pe troleum Engineering and Rural Sociology. The entire “Looking At Ameri ca” course should be completed in two to three years by an em ployed graduate, it is believed. Five courses offered by the De partment of English cover reading in the work of American writers from Colonial days to the 1870 period, a study of American lit erature for fifty years following the Civil War, outstanding for eign writers who have influenced American readers and writers, modern plays of America and reading in the contemporary drama of England and Continent al Europe and contemporary American novels from 1920 to 1940. The influences of geographic environment and political geog raphy are courses which delve deeply into geographic factors in history and society Ipu^ lands, and pros'ent day sor— political problems of nati cause of geographic factoi Development of America, ery and geologic factors i, (Continued on Page 4) Vets Mess Hall Committee Reports At Special Meeting Tomorrow Night Three In a Room Policy To Be Discussed; Fourth Of July Party Announced Raymond Parrish, president of the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, has called a special meeting for to morrow nite, to be held in the annex of Sbisa Hall, the old mess hall. A report, will be heard from the committee appointed to in vestigate and to make arrange ments with the mess hall staff for the betterment of preparation and distribution of food. Also confronting the organiza tion is the newly announced policy of the housing chief to assign three students to each room in certain dormitories for the Fall semester. The meeting, due to be a short and brief one, will be bettered by use of the public address system and fans for the convenience ol those attending. Further announcement will b< made regarding the bar-h-CTii picnic planned for the Fourth o July here on the campus. Local Corn Experiments Made to Improve Resistance of Texas Grain Increased resistance of Texas corn to the ravages of drouth, heat, insects and disease may re sult from research to be conducted here on corn varieties introduced from Guatemala. Dr. R. G. Reeves, corn investigations scientist for the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, has just returned from a two-months study of corn produc tion in the Central American Re public which, with Peru, is regard ed as ,the original habitat of all corn now grown throughout the world. Dr. Reeves selected seed from corn grown in over 200 areas of Guatemala. These included cr.-n grown in areas representing the extremes in rainfall and drouth, from the lowlands and the high lands, long-season corn which at tains maximum growth and mini mum fruit, and short-season corn more similar to the plant under Texas natural conditions. Two Phases of Tests Research to be conducted by the Texas Agricultural Expriment Sta tion -with these com samples is planned in two main phases, Dr. Reeves said. Some of these corns will be crossed with standard Tex as corns with the hope that the progeny will carry greater resis tance to natural hazards. Intensive inbreeding also will be conducted among the Guatemalan corns with the hope of establishing entirely new varieties with wider adapta tion especially in areas of Texas not now considered good com growing regions. Com has played a much more important role in the lives of our neighbors to the south than it has in this country, Dr. Reeves said. The civilization of the once great empires of the Aztecs in Mexico, the Mayas in Yucatan and Central America, and the Incas in Peru were founded largely upon corn. Dr. Reeves estimated that even today corn provides full 90 percent of the diet of the Guatemala Ind ians. Dr. Reeves’ Qualifications When A. and M. College decided to conduct research on com intro- ducted rfom its nativity, Guate mala was chosen instead of Peru on account of the voluntary hy bridization that has taken place there through the centuries with relatives of com which are known to be resistant to drouth and heat, as well as to insects and diseases. Guatemala also had a booster in the person of American Ambassador E. J. Kyle, former dean of Agricul ture of the Texas A&M College.