The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, July 11, 1946, Image 1

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II First Discussion Group Covers General Education Harvard Report Discussed; Topics For Future Meetings Recommended Texas A«M ThelB CoQege alion VOLUME 45 COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 11, 1946 NUMBER 72 MARSfELLER TO BE RELIEVED OF VET SCHOOL * III Health Given as Reason for Change Kiiroy Is Here Kilroy, famous T. U. student who is always sneaking into A.&M. classrooms and writing his name on the wall, has finally faced the camera. Here he is between two friends, Lum and Abner of radio fame. - Of Duties; May Carry On as Professor In response to the widespread student demand for opportunity for free discussion of ideas of general interest, the first group discussion was held at the Y. M. C. A. Monday night. Fifty peo ple were present, including facul ty members and their families, students and their wives. The program opened with Messrs. Perry (Arch.) and Leary (Liberal Arts), A. and M. students both before and after the war, explain ing the deficiencies in their edu cation that were brought out by their war experiences. Mr. Sell ers (Vet. Med.) explained that the requirements of veterinary train ing have crowded general educa tion from the curricula. Dr. T. F. Mayo presented the analytical definition of “good general education” as explained in the recent Harvard Report. Mr. V. M. Faires and Mr. E. R. Alexander, speaking for the tech nical divisions of the college, eval uated the curricula of their re spective schools, and showed why the curricula did not conform to the requirements of a “general education” as set up by the Har vard Report. In the general discussion that followed, many students, including Messrs. Leary, Peery, Sellars, Wat son, Yentzen and Whitney, recom mended the liberalizing of the various curricula by the substi tution of general education cours es for many technical courses. Several professors in technical fields, including Dr. Wright and Mr. Faires indicated the difficul ty of such a solution. Mr. Pine maintained by quotations from the college catalogue that there are already many opportunities for a general education at A. & M. which are largely unused. Some students recommended that an attempt be made by the tech nical schools to eliminate all technical and semi-technical sub jects not absolutely necessary in the equipment of their graduates. These students desired such a change in order that more time might be spent on general educa tion subjects. Another recommendation was “If Western Electric dares turn scientists loose in its research laboratories, and if Chase Nation al Bank dares employ economists in its research bureau, there is no reason why people in our part of the country should fear to elect men of knowledge to high govern ment posts.” Such was the advice given by J. Frank Dobie, former TU professor and world-famous historian, to a large Guion Hall audience last Saturday night. The event was sponsored by the Ex- Servicemen’s Club as the first of a series of discussions of current events by outstanding speakers. _ • Taking “Education” as his topic, Dr. Dobie warned, “Espe cially in the South voters have been afraid of educated men afraid of scientists—afraid, in short, of knowledge and of men who know what they are doing. “Some of our greatest men have been ridiculed because they were above-average intelligencel Woodrow Wilson was derided as “impractical” because he was a university president and the lead ing authority on United States history. Franklin Roosevelt was laughed at for listening to a Brains Trust, on the grounds that the Brain Trust, being composed of outstanding authorities in various fields, must be “impractical.’ The Brain Trust had many faults, but the fact that some members ‘knew too much” was not a fault to be satirized. “The ‘impractical’ Wilson was succeeded by the ‘practical’ Hard- E. O. Siecke Attends Michigan Conference E. O. Siecke, former state fores ter of Texas, left today to attend a conference at Higgins Lake, Michigan, of a number of the Na tion’s leading foresters and con servationists. The meeting starts Sunday and will continue through Tuesday. The foresters are being called together by the American Forestry Association to help outline a forest program for the United States. Findings of the group will be sub mitted to the American forestry congress, which the association has announced will be held in Washing ton, D. C., October 9, 10, and 11. Siecke is a member of the ad visory council of the AFA forest resource appraisal project which has just completed a three year in ventory of the country’s forest re sources. He was also recently elected a fellow member in the Society of American Foresters. This is the highest membership in the organ ization and is awarded to foresters who are recognized nationally for their outstanding work. Fifty-seven men have been appointed fellows during the past 45 years. Member ship in the SAF numbers about 5,000. The Winkler collection of wood- carvings in the A. & M. museum came from the Netherlands East Indies. made that a definite discussion program be established to enable students to clarify and enlarge upon the ideas presented in their classes. Future Topics The general enthusiasm of the students present indicated a de sire to carry the discussion pro gram on into greater and more varied fields. Some topics sug gested by the faculty and student committee are: What do the “isms” mean? Useful ideas in modern psy chology. Trends in the modern novel. What is democracy? Evolution: old and new. The topic and exact day and hour for a discussion group meet ing during the week of July 22nd, will be announced soon in The Battalion. Elmer Scott Visitor The first discussion group meet ing had a distinguished and en thusiastic visitor in Mr. Elmer Scott, founder of the Dallas Civic Federation. Mr. Scott is widely known as an authority on adult education in addition to his great work on bringing internationally known speakers and artists to Dal las. Mr. Scott was greatly in terested in the program at A. & M. College, and offered the services of the Federation speakers dur ing their stay in Dallas at a great ly reduced rate. Some of the speakers on the Federation’s pro gram are: Edouard C. Lindemann; Social Problems Mrs. Emily Taft Douglas, Con gresswoman at Large; Politi cal Subjects Hans Simons, Dean of Politics, New School for Social Re search; Political Subjects Hernane Travares of Brazil; Solidarity, of the Americans. It is hoped that widespread stu dent participation and interest will encourage the College to bring these and other well-known speak ers to A. & M. on the Town Hall program, and later under the aus pices of the A. & M. College Free Discussion Club. ing and Coolidge. We got Teapot Dome and the worst depression in history. “Still the cry goes out that we must have more ‘practical’ men in government. The so-called ‘prac tical’ man frequently knows little more about government than Davie Crockett did when he was elected to Congress for killing more bears than any other hunter. Are we still in the frontier days so far as politics is concerned? “Similar mental tricks have been evident at Texas University and other state colleges. An attempt was made at T. U. to build a Magi- not Line around the university to keep out all ideas, so as to create an obsolete college for an obso lete economy. The men who did this were looking backward toward the days of the open range and free grass, and refusing to face the present or the future. “The coyotes of our western plains would have been extermin ated if they had not adapted themselves and changed their ways to fit changed conditions. It is time for citizens to prove them selves as wise as coyotes and adopt themselves to changing times.” The candidacy of Dr. Homer P. Rainey for governor was endorsed by Dr. Dobie, as an example of an educated man running for high public office. Dr. Dobie was introduced by Harry Kidd, former student of his at T. U., now an instructor at A. & M. Prof. N. G. Davis Return to Ag School The School of Agriculture has announced the return of Assistant Professor Norris G. Davis, Mas ter of Journalism graduate of Tex as University and former member of the department of rural sociolo gy. Davis taught at Texas A. & M. during the school year of 1940- 41, after which he accepted a posi tion as graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin. He recently was released from active duty in the Quartermaster Corps as a first lieutenant. His outstanding work at Camp Lee, Virginia, according to Daniel Rus sell, head of the department of rural sociology, earned for him high commendations from superior officers. He taught instructor class es where officers were prepared for work with enlisted personnel and in other army schools. In ad dition, he conducted classes at the Officer Candidate School at Camp Lee before being assigned to the Instructor Training and Guidance branch. Still on terminal leave at this time, Davis has reported on the college campus and will teach two courses in Agricultural Journalism during the second summer term. He and Mrs. Davis will make their home in College Station. Examine each chapter of text before you read it. This will give you a background of understand ing.—A. & M. Handbook. Rural Pastors Convene Here For Two Days First Annual Conference Of Group Sponsored by Sociology Department The first annual Rural Church Conference opened at Texas A&M College this morning in the Ag ricultural Engineering Building lecture room with Dr. W. H. An drew, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bryan presiding. Rev. A. T. Dyal, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan, gave the invocation. The delegates were welcomed by President Gibb Gichrist and Rev. A. J. Mohr, pastor of the Salem Lutheran Church of Brenham, gave the response to the welcome. Dr. Ide P. Trotter, director of the Texas A&M College Extension Service, discussed the topic of Soils and Souls, and was followed by Rt. Rev. J. B. Gleissner, pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Bryan, who spoke on the Rural Challenge to the Church. He was followed by Daniel Russell, head of the department of sociology at A&M (under which department’s sponsorship the con ference is being held) who dis cussed the part the church plays in serving all phases of x’ural life. Eloise Trigg Johnson, special ist in farm life education, Texas A&M College Extension Service, substituted for Miss Jennie Camp, who was unable to appear as had been scheduled. Her topic was the Advantages of Rural Life. Questions and discussions rounded out the morning sessions. This afternoon the group will begin work at 1:30 with Dean C. N. Shepardson presiding. Rev. J. O. Fort, pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church of Bryan, will give the invocation. Other talks will be given by Dr. Luther Jones, acting head of the agronomy department at the college; E. S. McFadden and T. R. Richmond, Texas Agricultural Ex periment Station; Dr. I. W. Rupel, head of the college dairy husban dry department; and Roy Snyder, of the Extension Service. The evening session will open at 7:30 o’clock with Bishop Clinton Quinn, Houston, presiding and Rev. James S. Butler, pastor' of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church, giving the invocation. Rev. A. B. White, Texas General Baptist Convention, Dallas, will speak on the subject of “God Speaks to and Through Rural Peo ple”. Rev. C. W. Lokey, Methodist Home Missions, New York, was scheduled to appear but an unex pected call of other duties will prevent his being present and Prof. Russell will speak in his place on the announced subject of Training Rural Preachers at Texas A&M College. Rev. Lok ey is a former Bryan pastor and a student at Texas A&M under Prof. Russell. The meetings are open to the general public, and all are cor dially invited to attend all ses sions. The purpose is to outline to the pastors the many ways they can aid their rural parishioneers by knowing where they can get the information they may need, or in some cases they may be able to lend the helping hand needed through what they may learn at the conference. Lizard Book by Dr. H. M. Smith Is Published A “Handbook of Lizards” by Dr. Hobart Muir Smith, Associate Professor of Fish and Game, Tex as A. & M. College, recently has been published. The new volume is a handbook of the American natural history series. It is the first full treat ment thus far published of liz ards occurring in the United States and in Canada. The book considers 136 species of lizards under a wide range of topics cov ering the entire life history, dis tribution, characteristics, habitat, habits and methods of collection and preservation. The volume is illustrated with more than 300 photographs, in cluding practically all species and subspecies. The distribution of the lizards is indicated by lined drawings and range maps. Also included are illustrated keys to all the families, genera, species, and subspecies of North American liz ards. Dr. Smith has made important contributions to the study of North American reptiles, based on ex tended field work in Mexico and the United States. He graduated from the Kansas State College in 1932, took his master’s and doc tor’s degrees at the University of Kansas in 1933 and 1936. Dr. Smith and his students are carry ing on further researches in the herpetology of North America with special reference to Texas, with College Station as the center of their operations. Harrell, Winner of Congressional Medal, May Return to A. & M. Does anybody have a house or apartment for a Congressional Medal of Honor winner? William G. Harrell, ’43, one of two surviving Aggie winners of the nation’s highest military hon or, has announced his intention of returning to A. & M. if he can find a house here for himself and his wife. Ex-Marine Harrell, who lost both hands on Iwo Jirna in close com bat with the Japs, was an Animal Husbandry major before the war. He lived in the American Legion Project House and was a member of C troop cavalry, Lecture - Record Makes History In Local Class Transcription Makes Field Trip to Denton Unnecessary This Year Successful use of recorded lec tures in classroom education was demonstrated in the Texas A. & M. College Department of Agron omy by L. M. Thompson when he used the recorded voice of Paul B. Dunkle, superintendent of the Denton Experiment Station, for student instruction during one of the classes of the current summer term. It is usual procedure for the class in Soil and Crop Manage ment to take a trip to Denton for practical demonstrations by Dun kle and his staff. Because of limited time in summer sessions, the class could not be taken to North Texas, and Dunkle’s du ties kept him away from A. & M. College. Thompson arranged with R. B. Hickerson of the extension serv ice to lecture in Dunkle’s place, and Hickerson decided that a simplified system of voice re cording could be worked out with C. W. Jackson, extension radio editor. Jackson delivered five recordings of interviews with the Denton station superintendent to the classroom and they were “played” for the students. The department and the 24 stu dents were unanimous in express ing their praise of recordings as an added aid to modern teaching methods. “Mr. Dunkle’s lectures are in valuable to students of this course,” said Thompson, “and to hear his voice left a deeper im pression on the student than would someone quoting his state ments.” \ Houston Engineers Speak to Architects Continuing with the policy of sponsoring out of town profes sional men to address the organiza tion as guest speakers, the Archi tecture Society at its last meeting held Tuesday nig-ht heard two out standing engineers of the field of heating and aitconditioning. Ben Mills and Bob Salinger, both of Houston, gave a dual dis cussion on new types of air con ditioning systems and answered many questions of members of the society. The main point stressed was the need of early consultation between the engineer and the ar chitect. The speakers were intro duced by Harold Jordan, president of the society. Plans for an exhibit of sketches and photograph made by students, of the Department of Architecture' during the war were made. This exhibit will be announted to the public in the pear future. 2,507 Old Students Register for Second Sununer Term New Students Register Monday Under Old System By five o’clock Saturday 2,507 old students had gone through the lines at Sbisa Hall to register for the second semester of summer school. Registration was more ef ficient and faster than at any prev ious time and most students were completely through with the for malities within thirty minutes. The main complaint of the day seemed not to be with the system this time but with the heat that went with it. _ Registration of all new students will be held on the afternoon of the 15th. Those registering at that time will have to go to the various departments of the college to sign up for their work. According to the Registrar’s office approximately 500 are expected to register at that time. All classes will begin the fol lowing Tuesday morning, the lt6h. Firemen Here For Short Course Cliff Edge to Register Visitors; Dorm 2, 4 & 6 To Be Used as Quarters They probably will leave the red helmets and rubber boots at home but starting next Sunday Texas firemen will be present on the campus attending the annual Fire men’s Short Course. The course will last until the following Fri day. Cliff Edge is in charge of regis tering the visiting firemen who will be housed in dormitories two, four and six. Special effort is being made to comfort the visitors. Ice barrels are being placed at various loca tions on the campus to suppli- ment the water cooling systems. The firefighters will eat at either the Aggieland Inn, the mess hall cafeterias or at the cafe at North ate. Maj. Gen. Bruce, ’16 Returns to 7th Div. Major General Andrew D. Bruce, class of ’16, reassumed command of the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea today after returning from a leave at his home in Temple, Texas. Former commander of the 77th Division during five Pacific operations, he first became com manding general of the Hourglass Division here last March. During his recent leave General Bruce was presented an honorary doctor of law degree by Texas A. and M. An infantry veteran in both world wars, he fought through five major campaigns in World War I with the Second Division. During the recent Pacific war, General Bruce led the 77th Division through the Guam, Philippines, Keramo Rhetto, le Shima and Okinawa bat tles. In the Leyte and Okinawa campaigns, he fought side by side with the Seventh Division. The general’s wife, Mrs. Ro berta K. Bruce, lives in Temple, Texas, with their son, Logal L., 17, and daughter, Linnell, 20. Another son, Captain A. D. Bruce, Jr., 23, an infantry platoon leader in the Okinawa battle, was recently dis charged from the Army. The Texas Aggie, publication of the Ex-Students Association, is mailed to readers all over the world. The fossils in the A. & M. museum were collected by Mark Francis over a period of more than forty years. The relieving of Dr. R. P. Mar- steller as Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at an early date was learned late yesterday afternoon. Confirmation of the fact was made this morning by Dean F. C. Bolton. Dr. Marsteller has been Dean of the Veterinary School for nine years. He lacks one year of at taining the compulsory retirement age of 65. During the speed-up program, full capacity was claimed of all de partments of the School of Vete rinary Medicine and supplies were exhausted to a degree of ineffic iency. Laboring under difficult circum stances, the school still received the following commendation, “Reflec tion on the accomplishment of the W. C. Winegar, Vet. Med. Major, Drowns in Gulf W. C. Winegar, veteran student in the school of Veterinary Medi cine, was drowned Monday at Gal veston, where he had been a pa tient at John Seely Hospital. Winegar was a familiar sight around the A. & M. campus or be tween college and Bryan, riding a single-cylinder motor-bike. At a recent rodeo in Bryan, he was among those who tackled a wild bull, trying to take a $10‘ bill from its horns. During the month of June, Win- gar spent a week at John Seely hospital in Galveston as a patient. He was not enrolled for the cur rent semester, but was expected to return in the fall. An attempt was being made this week to con tact the next of kin, believed to be in San Francisco, Cal. Architects Show Church Plans to Rural Pastors The Department of Architec ture in conjunction with the De partment of Rural Sociology pre sented a number of rural church designs to the First Annual Rural Church Conference which is meet ing here today and tomorrow. The design of these churches has been the semester project of the second year students in Architec ture under the direction of Pro fessor William W. Caudill. The third and fourth year students as sisted in cost estimation and con struction. The church designs will be dis played Friday afternoon. After a brief talk by Mr. Caudill, the students will be ready to answer any questions asked them by the delegates to the conference. E. D. Staffers Return From St. Louis Meet Four Texas A. & M. College en gineering drawing instructors have settled down to their primary du ties after a busy ten days at St. Louis, where they served as fac ulty for a drawing-instructor school sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Educa tion at Washington University. The quartet—W. E. Street, head of the department, and Profes sors Gene Brock, C. H. Randsdell and J. G. McGuire—taught draw ing all day and then in the ev enings served as ^committee of the ASEE, which held its annual meeting in St. Louis concurrently. Street reported that he turned over his editorship of the ASEE Journal of Engineering Drawing to Prof. A. A. Aakhus of Nebraska University, after a two-year stewardship which saw the maga zine’s circulation doubled and its financial condition much improved. Further, Street said the ASEE council on engineering drawing had approved a system of stan dardization of descriptive geome try notation and nomenclaure which he and four other commit teemen had drafted. Barlow, Faires, Honored At SPEE Annual Meeting Dr. Howard W. Barlow, dean of engineering at Texas A. & M. College, has been named to the council of the Society for Promo tion of Engineering Education, serving as representative of the SPEE aeronautical division. He was so honored at the annual meeting of the SPEE in St. Louis last week. Virgil B. Faires, head of the Texas A. & M. management en gineering department, presented a paper on “Teaching of Entropy to Undergraduate Students” be fore the mechanical engineering division of the SPEE at St. Louis. graduation of many young men much needed by the war effort, livestock interests, and other sta tions requiring the assistance and management of veterinarians will always be an achievement to re fer to with pride and satisfaction.” This is quoted from the “Annual Report” for the fiscal year 1944- 45, by President Gibb Gilchrist. In the same report recommenda tions were made for the better ment of the school pointing out that ready liberal cooperation of the Board of Directors, adminis trative officers, and the tireless endeavor of all departments heads and their associates would be re quired. Ill health was given as the cause for early retirement of Dr. Marsteller. E. E. Department Installs Station At Dow-Freeport Study of Tropic Weather Disturbances Is Aided By Radio Equipment Second step of a new program for study of tropic weather dis turbances was taken by the Tex as A. & M. electrical engineering department with installation of a radio-direction-finding station near the Dow Chemical company plant at Freeport. The electrical engineering de partment already has a station in operation here, and plans a third somewhere on the Gulf coast as soon as the equipment has been gathered and assembled, M. C. Mughes, head of the department, said. The direction-finding equipment used m the program, which is be ing developed in cooperation with the University of Florida, has been built during two years of ex perimentation by Assistant Pro fessors A. E. Salis and J. M. Chil ton. Salis supervised the Free port installation, which will be operated by the Dow corporation. One of the chief benefits ex pected to be obtained by multi ple “tracking” of tropic disturb ances far down in the Gulf of Mexico, Hughes said, is ample warning of approaching storms for industries in coastal areas, giving them time to make preparations for weathering a blow. Correla tion of information with that ob tained by Florida University at its stations eventually is expected to make it possible to alert any part of the Gulf coastline. Radar equipment will be instal led as a supplement to the DF gear when it becomes available, Hughes explained, and research seeking to improve existing para phernalia will be continued. Sanitary Eng. Dept. Plans for Future Changes Plans for future development of the municipal and sanitary en gineering department at Texas A. & M. College are being carefully formulated and will be announced soon, Engineering Dean H. W. Barlow says. Destiny of the M&SE branch, whose classrooms have produced many of Texas’ sanitary engineers, became obscured recently upon the appointment of Dr. S. R. Wright, acting head, as chief of the department of civil engineer ing, soon after the resignation of Col. E. W. Steele, M&SE head, who has been on military leave. “Although Dr. Wright now is head of the civil engineering de partment, he probably will devote a great deal of his time as in structor in sanitary engineering— at least until we can work out new plans for the department,” Dean Barlow revealed. Col. Steele said, in his letter of resignation, that he intended to become consulting engineer for the National Institute of Sanitary Works in Venezuela. He was cited by the Venezuelan govern ment for his sanitary work in that country during the war. Professor C. E. Sandstedt was acting head of the civil engineer ing department during the war years while J. T. L. McNew was on military leave. McNew, upon his return, became vice president for engineering. Dr. Wright, a 1922 graduate of Texas A. & M., received his Ph. D. from the same institution last June, becoming the first man in history to win four degrees at Aggieland. Currently, he is prin cipal instructor for a group of 17 Corps of Engineers taking re fresher courses at the college. Fear of Educated Candidates? . . . "Men Who Know” Should Be Elected J. F. Dobie Says In Guion Hall Talk