The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 10, 1946, Image 1

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Number 19
Regional Hillel
Conference Meets
December 13 to 15
King Bill and Queen
Nell Reign Sundays
A juvenile king and queen reigned in Aggieland Sun
It couldn’t have happened in the “old days” at militar
istic A. & M., but yesterday William Terry Marx, age 28
months, and Nell Kathleen Martin, 39 months, were acknowl
edged rulers of the children of Aggie students, after winning
•■first places in the first annual Doll
and Diaper Parade, held Sunday
afternoon at the Assembly hall.
Handsome little William, son of
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Marx, from
Houston, and Nell Kathleen, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Martin
of Edinburg, was chosen as the
most perfect children among the
901 odd entered after the three
women judges had hesitated long
over their decisions in a field of
12 finalists.
The two champions were award
ed loving cups, while all the final
ists received toys as consolation
finalists in the six age groups
represented were:
Birth to six months—William
Michael Lindsay, 3 months, son of
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lindsay of
Bryan, and Sonya Kay Gray, 4
months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
C. I. Gray of Floydada.
Six months to one year—Steph
en W. James, 6 months, son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. K. James of Albuquer
que, and Janet Lynn Whitehead,
7 months, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. C. M. Whitehead, of Edinburg
and Fort Worth.
One to two years—Mikey Car-
son, 18 months, son of Mr. and
Mrs. M. H. Carson of Brady, and
Donna Dearing, 20 months, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Dearing
of Bonham.
Two to three years—William
Terry Marx, the winner, and Mary
Beth Castleberry, 24 months,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe P.
Castleberry of Longview.
Three to four years—Frederick
W- Fritts, 42 months, son of Mr.
and Mrs. C. W. Fritts of Beau
mont, and Nell Kathleen Martin,
the winner.
Four to five years—Tommy Os
born, 4 years, son of Mr. and Mrs.
M. B. Osborn of Claude, and Judy
McEnroe, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. P. J. McEnroe of Raccoon
Bend and Bellville.
While anxious mothers watched,
fathers led their children across
the stage in front of the judges,
who were Mesdames Bud Collier of
Mumford, Gordon Lloyd of Austin
and R. R. Lyle of College Station.
Between showing of age groups,
the sizable audience was enter
tained by the boys’ choir from La
mar Junior High school, the Steph
en F. Austin High school A Cap-
pella Choir directed by Claud Guth
rie, songs by a girl trio composed
of Misses Shirley Bolmanskre, Bet
ty and Audrey Halbrooks, recita
tions by Misses Marjory Locke and
Carolyn Gibbs, and a piano solo
by Miss Goodman.
Joint sponsors of the first baby
show ever held for children of
A.&M. students were the A&M
Ex-Servicemen’s Wives club, Mrs.
Nell Creel, president, and the
Brazos County A&M Mothers club,
Mrs. R. Henry Harrison, president.
Mrs. Harrison presented prizes at
the end of the show.
A State Intercollegiate Hillel
Conference, sponsored by the A. &
M. Hillel Foundation is scheduled
at College Station for the week
end of December 13-15 inclusive.
The Conference will open with
traditional Jewish Religious Ser
vices Friday evening, December
13 at 7:30 p. m., conducted by Can
tor Philip Gordodetzer of the Uni
versity of Houston, and will close
Sunday afternoon with an open
Interfaith meeting addressed by
Colonel Ora J. Cohee, formerly
Chief Chaplain of the Pacific Ar
ea, and now Associate Southwest
Regional Director of the National
Conference of Christians and Jews.
Speakers for the Conference will
feature Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld of
New York, Associate National Di
rector of the Hillel Foundations in
this country who will speak at the
Friday evening Religious Services;
Dr. Thomts F. Mayo, Head of the
English Department, who will
speak at the Banquet to be held at
Sbisa Hall Saturday evening, on
the subject of Freedom and Equal
ity; Mr. M. Harry Caldwell, of the
Department of Geography, who
will lead the discussion Sunday
morning on the subject of the re
sponsibility of Jewish college
youth. Mrs. Jack Forman will
render Jewish vocal music at the
Banqutt Saturday evening.
The Sunday afternoon Interfaith
Meeting, addressed by Col. Cohee
is sponsored in cooperation with
the Y.M.C.A. Mr. M. L. Cashion
will introduce Col. Cohee. The
Conference will close with an ad
dress by Rabbi Joseph Rudavsky,
Director of the University of Texas
Hillel Foundation, and Professor
of Hebrew and Jewish History of
the University.
Every session of the Conference
is intended to acquaint Hillel mem
bership and faculty and students
at large with the cultural objec
tives of the Hillel program. All
sessions are open to the public and
a cordial invitation is extended to
students, faculty and members of
the College-Bryan Community to
participate in any or all of the
College Plans To
Erect $500,000
Chapel On Campus
Walton, Hart Cleared
For Single Students
Next Semester
The college building program for
Texas A&M intends to include a
$500,000 chapel on the campus,
according to Gibb Gilchrist, pres
ident of the college, in a report to
the American Association of Uni
versity Professors last Thursday
in the Petroleum Building.
Speaking before 115 members
of the college teaching staff, Gil
christ said that actual building
won’t commence until the present
high prices come down. Money
for the building must be author
ized by an amendment submitted
to the people. However, money
for the student union building is
already at hand and work on it is
scheduled to begin first.
The president also spoke on stu
dent discipline, housing and the
school’s basic policy. He stated
that the school will request addi
tional funds from the legislature
for the next year and that in
creases in salaries for staff mem
bers will come out of it.
He also stated that Hart and
Walton Halls are being reconver
ted for use by single students by
the first of the next semester.
Apartments for married students
are now in the process of being
erected on the polo grounds and
they will be ready for occupency
by February.
Gilchrist informed the members
present that the Bluebonnet Ordi
nance Plant, awarded to the col
lege by the War Assets Adminis
tration will be used for agricultur
al experimentation, since is is lo
cated in one of the best farming
regions of the state.
R0TC Inspection
By 4th Army Team
ommences Today
Brig. Gen. K. L. Berry
And Party To Conduct
Two-Day Inspection
Brigadier General K. L. Berry,
chief of the Texas Military Dis
trict, and a party of three other
officers from Fourth Army Head
quarters, is inspecting the A.&M.
ROTC unit today and tomorrow,
according to Colonel Guy S. Meloy,
Jr., PMS&T. General Berry is
chief of all civilian components of
the Army in Texas, including the
ROTC and the National Guard.
This is the second of four in
formal inspection tours by the
Fourth Army and other Army de
partments, the reports of which
will be coordinated with the an
nual federal inspection report to
determine the military rating giv
en the school, Colonel Meloy stat
An unconfirmed report that
General Jonathan Wainwright,
Commander of Fourth Army,
would conduct this inspection was
discounted by the announcement of
General Berry’s coming.
General Berry is accompanied
by Major J. L. Lain, Major C. B.
Lyle, and Mrs. P. J. Imig, all of
Fourth Army Headquarters.
It will be remembered that as
a result of last year’s inspection
by military officials, A.&M. suf
fered the loss of the blue star,
which is the highest rating for
ROTC schools.
Things Are Getting
Wetter all the Time
Typographical errors in a news
paper are not always detected.
In f act the difference or the ab
sence of one letter may cause a
minor catastrophe.
Such is the case in the last is
sue of The Batt, when the word
“wet” appeared in a sentence in
place of “met”. The opening par
agraph of Friday’s “banner story”
read as follows:
“Joe Skiles, director of Student
Activities, M. L. Cashion, YMCA
secretary, Bennie Zinn, assistant
dean of men, and Ray Perryman,
assistant registrar, wet with nine
students of the Student Life Com
mittee yesterday afternoon to dis
cuss and make decisions on current
school issues.”
In the next column was a story
on the Doll and Diaper Parade!
Our humble apologies to the
members of the Student Life Com
mittee mentioned above. Just one
of those things.
At its last meeting, the Spanish
Club voted to have a wiener roast
in place of its last scheduled meet
ing before the Christmas holidays.
A site has not yet been selected,
but all members who are planning
to attend are advised to meet on
the steps of the old Y.M.C.A.
building, December 17, at six p. m.
Transportation to the wiener roast
will be furnished from this point.
Time for Action!. ..
No doubt the report of the meeting of the Athletic Coun
cil and the Former Students Association that was released
for publication has been read in another part of this issue.
It is not often has so little been said in a news release—it
might have even gone unmentioned insofar as the public is
The Athletic Council should make some definite state
ment of their views and recommendations on their athletic
policy for the coming year. Members of the council must
be aware that the students, the faculty, and the alumni, who
make up the largest group of athletic patrons, are anxiously
awaiting a decision.
The 8632 coupon book holders who each paid $7.00 to
the Athletic Dept, are not even being consulted in this affair.
No formal request of their attitude in this situation has
been made. Formerly the students were represented by
several of their number on the Athletic Council. This year
there are none. They should be placed on the council with
out delay so that we can help to straighten out this mess.
It is hard for us to understand why a definite announce
ment has not been forthcoming. Such indecisive action can
only result in more confusion and hard feeling. Unsettled
conditions, like old wounds, get worse with age.
Not only is this whole matter seriously lowering the
“spirit de corps” in the school, but also is hampering any
prospects A.&M. might have in attracting high school ath
letes to the school in the coming year. The advantage of
waiting until all the evidence is surveyed is realized, but
there have been times when waiting was disastrous.
This is not a call for blood—but here is a problem en
tirely in the hands of the Athletic Council. By investigations
of their own they must have gained knowledge of the sit
uation. In the recent meeting with representatives of the
Former Students Association they were given recommenda
tion and ideas expressing the attitude c of the alumni. The
matter of policy rests with the council and they are obligated
to the athletic patrons for a statement now.
Expansion of A&M’s Already-Large
Flight Training Program Is Planned
A. & M. will expand its already-large flight training pro
gram during the approaching spring semester, it was an
nounced today by Dr. Howard W. Barlow, dean of engineer
ing. A
In additioA to tbe private pilot’s
course, which was offered last
summer and during; the present
semester, and which drew a capac
ity enrollment, it is planned to of
fer a course leading to a CAA
commercial pilot rating* and pos
sibly a flight instructor course, if
the demand is great enough to
justify it.
Applications to take the courses
A.&M. students living in the
dormitories on the campus will
pay $7.50 per month for room
rent beginning next semester,
while those living in barracks at
the Bryan Field Annex will pay
$6, it was officially announced
December 5.
During the current semester
where three men shared a room,
the rate was $5 per month.
Curtain Rises on "Male Animal"
TomorrowNight in Assembly Hall
Students enrolled in advanced
ROTC courses are requested to
pick up their checks covering
the month of November. The
request was made by CoL G. S.
Meloy, P.M.S.&T.
“The Male Animal”, James
Thurber’s and Elliot Nugent’s
comic hit, will be presented by the
Aggie Players beginning tomor
row night in the Assembly Hall.
The show will commence at 8:15
p. m. on the nights of December
This smash hit received a warm
welcome on Broadway, where it
ran for thirty-five consecutive
weeks. Such critical reviews as
“. . . ‘The Male Animal’ is the
best comedy since ‘Life With Fath
er’ . . .”, by the New York Daily
News; “The play is literate and
almost continuously amusing”,
by the New York Post; “An hilar
ious farce destined to great and
well-deserved success”, by The Na
tion, were among the many praises
showered on this comedy hit.
The story involves Professor
Thomas Turner, an instructor at
Midwestern University, who said
that he would read a letter written
by a man considered an anarchist
by the school’s Board of Trustees.
Michael Barnes, student editor of
the school magazine, wrote an ar
ticle about it stating that Prof.
Turner was a brave man to stand
up to the Board of Trustees. The
ensuing predicaments cause Tur
ner almost to lose his wife and
his job at the University. The
order of events that finally lead
to the solution of the problem pro
vide the audience with continuous
amusement throughout the play.
Bill Krause is cast in the role of
Thomas Turner. His wife, Ellen,
a sweet and understanding woman
in her early thirties, who is slight
ly confused by the whole contro
versy, is portrayed by Mary Frier
Joe Ferguson, Midwestern foot
ball star of the late twenties and
all-time All-American who was
Tommy’s rival for Ellen’s affec
tions when they were in college, is
played by John Stevens. Ed Kel-
1 e r, bombastic member of the
Board of Trustees and the man
who sent Joe through school, is
enacted by Frank A. Camp.
Sybil Claire Banister, of WTAW’s
Texas Farm and Home Hour,
portrays Cleota, the Turner’s scat
ter-brained maid who has a re
markable ability to butcher the
King’s English.
Patricia Stanley, Ellen’s young
er sister, a young college girl of
rare charm faced with the prob
lem of chosing between brain and
brawn is enacted by Mamie Lee
Jackson. ..Wally Myers, Midwes
tern’s star halfback and candidate
for All-American who possesses
considerable brawn and an indi
rectly proportional brain, is por
trayed by Ferd English. Michael
Barnes, brilliant young editor of
The Lit and the person responsible
for the rabbgle-rousing editorial,
is played by Milt Frenkel, disc-
jockey and student, announcer of
Dr. Damon, 65-year-old head of
Midwestern’s English department
and possessor of subtle and dry
wit, is enacted by James F. Mc
Kenzie III. Mrs. Damon, the
dean’s slightly old-fashioned wife
who makes a noble attempt at be
ing modernistic is played by Jean
ne Kernodle.
Mrs. Keller, a typical big shot’s
wife who is sweet to counteract her
husband’s acidity, is enacted by
Will Beth Stephens. Mark Hal-
leck, news and sportscaster over
WTAW, is the unseen voice of the
radio announcer. “Nutsy” Miller,
leader of Midwestern’s band, is
played by “Porky” Taylor.
In charge of direction is Arthur
Angrist, who did ris undergrad
uate and graduate work at the
University of Michigan. Mr. An
grist is now an instructor in the
English department. He is assist
ed by Mrs. Pat Kirkpatrick, who
graduated from the University of
Rochester and received her Mas
ter of Arts degree in Dramatic
Arts at Columbia University. Mrs.
Kirkpatrick has worked with the
Columbia Little Theater and the
Radio Workshop of NBC. Tech
nical director and stage manager
is George Dillavou, University of
Illinois graduate, and presently an
instructor in the English depart
The production of this play will
be a result of the extracurricular
activity both on the part of the
instructors and students, as the
rehearsals and stage construction
were done during the participants’
spare time.
Tickets, 60c for reserved seats
and 4 Oc for general admission
seats, are on sale at the YMCA on
the campus. In Bryan tickets may
be purchased at Canady’s Drug
Store, Creamland, and the LaSalle
Hotel Coffee Shop. Persons will
also find tickets on sale 4it the
are available now in the office of
the dean of engineering, and should
be filled out and returned at once,
regardless of whether previous ap
plications have been submitted, Dr.
Barlow said.
The private pilot course, offic
ially known as Aero 221, carries
three scholastic credit hours and
tuition has been set at $490.80.
Veterans who are attending school
may have the cost of the course
deducted from their entitlement,
Barlow pointed out. Veterans who
are not attending A&M College
may enroll for flight training if
Cost of the commercial pilot
course, open to those who have
completed Aero 221 or who hold a
valid CAA private license has
not yet been computed, inasmuch
as the course covers three semes
ters of college work or, specifical
ly, 160-185 hours of flight train
ing and about 105 hours of ground
The flight instructor course, or
Aero 229, would carry three credit
hours and cost $492,25, Barlow
said. If offered, 25-30 hours of
flight instruction and 40 hours of
ground school will be given.
A meeting will be held early in
January to brief those who apply
for training, Barlow said. Notices
will be mailed applicants in ample
All flight training will be held
at Easterwood field, the college-
owned airport where hundreds of
A&M men have learned to fly,
and where there never has been a
serious accident involving a stu
Special Athletic Committee Aids,
Recommends to Council on “Situation’’
At a joint meeting of the Athletic Council of the college
and a special Athletic Committee of the Former Students
Association here Sunday athletic conditions of the school
were discussed. C. W. Crawford, chairman of the Athletic
Council, said that the Association’s recommendations were
heard and they were to be taken*
under advisement.
The association committee was
a group of five chosen by the For
mer Students at a meeting last
month to convene with the Council
to make recommendations in an
attempt to aid them in settling
various problems. Heading the
committee was J. P. Hamblen of
Houston. Members of the Ath
letic Council are C. W. Crawford,
C. N. Shepardson, C. D. Ownby,
S. A. Lipscomb, S. J. Baker, and
J. W. Rollins.
According to reports no decis
ions were reached, nor was any ac
tion taken as a result of the meet
ing. It was said that the discus
sion was carried on in an informal
tone and dealt with “several pha
ses of athletics at the college.”
Thar's Gold in Them
Thar Oaks — Quote
A. H. Department
Texas university has its oil
lands, and the University of Hous
ton has H. R. Cullen, but A.&M.
has another source of untold
wealth—the trees in the AH pas
After the bonfire, the Animal
Husbandry department, like every
one in Brazos County, began count
ing its losses. They came upon a
startling fact. A three-acre plot
of ground, the “Rifle Butts” pas
ture, had been decimated of its
timber to supply the bonfire.
A bill, signed by J. K. Riggs, of
the AH department, and sent to
the Dean of Men’s office for pay
ment, was itemized thus:
30 large trees, @ $100, $3000
105 small trees (a) $ 25, 2625
Total .... $5625
This, of course, just goes to
show what the Forestry Service
has been trying to tell us all year;
timber is very valuable indeed.
It’s a good investment to plant
your land in timber, they say.
Following the AH department
line of reasoning in evaluating
their trees, we slipped out our
slide rule, and came to these con
The trees alone on a three-acre
plot of ground( like the Rifle
Butts pasture say, are worth at
least $5500. That’s about $1835
per acre off trees alone.
According to the college cata
logue, we own about 8000 acres of
land in Brazos County. If each
acre of land had a nice stand of
stately oaks on it, and if they
were cut, not for bonfirewood, but
for sale, the college would make a
Understand that all this is ac
cording to the AH department’s
Start plantin’ them trees, fel
lers. There’s gold in them thar
Interfaith Group
To Hear Cohee on
Sunday Program
A cultural interfaith meeting
sponsored jointly by the Y.M.C.A.
and the A.&M. Hillel Foundation
will be held Sunday afternoon,
December 15 at 3:30 o’clock, with
Colonel Orason Cohee as guest
Colonel Cohee was a Chief Chap
lain in the Pacific Area during
World War II, and served in a
similar capacity during World
War I. For eight years following
the first World War, Colonel Co
hee was instructor in Psychology
and Sociology in the Army Chap
lain School; he later served in
China, the Philippines and Hawaii.
He was born in Indiana, attended
Wabash College, the University of
Chicago, and Columbnia Univer
sity, and also graduated from the
Union Theological Seminary in
New York. At present he is As
sociate Southwestern Director and
Coordinator of the Intercultural
Education Program.
The National Conference of
Christians and Jews is dedicated
to the promotion of the ideals of
justice, amity, understanding and
civic cooperation among Protes
tants, Catholic and Jews. The
Conference was founded in 1928
by a group of American leaders
headed by Chief Justice Charles
Evans Hughes of the Supreme
Court, Doctor S. Parks Cadman
and Newton D. Baker.
What Does A.&M. Have
That Baylor Doesn’t?
Students of Baptist church pref
erence led all other denominational
preferences among students who
entered A.&M. at the beginning of
the current semester, according to
information gathered by the Col
lege Y.M.C.A.
Of the 9,374 students who en
rolled this semester, 2,391 gave
their church preference as Bap
tist. The Methodists placed sec
ond with 2,338. Catholics were
third with 870, and the Presby
terians fourth with 732.
Four hundred and six gave the
Episcopal church as their pref
erence; 378, Christian church; and
354, the Church of Christ. Jewish
received 131; Christian, 72; Evan
gelical, 25; Greek Orthodox, 18.
Three hundred and three left the
space blank or wrote “none”. Two
hundred and sixty-three wrote
There were 8,629 cards received,
and 743 cards were not returned
to the Y.M.C.A.
Figures from similar surveys
show that the first four denomi
nations have retained their stand
ings during the last four semes
"Green Pastures"
Free in Giiion Hall
Saturday Morning
As the first in a series of free
movies featured in Guion Hall,
“Green Pastures” will be shown
Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.
One of several “classical” shows
that have come out of Hollywood
is planned each month, it was
stated by Tom Putty, manager of
Guion Hall.
Two others to be brought to the
campus are “Mid-summer Night’s
D r e a m” based on a story by
Shakespeare and the film version
of Twain’s “Prince and the Pau
per”. “Green Pastures” will be
remembered as a satire on re
ligion by Marc Connelly.
These films were chosen from
a group of all the productions of
movie companies in the last ten
years as the best shows. New
prints were made of the 28 pic
tures selected and are now being
distributed to be shown free to
movie goers throughout the coun
This Week’s Poll
Gilchrist’s Proposed Chapel
Rates Low in Students’ Books
Student approval of President
Gibb Gilchrist’s proposal for a
$500,000 chapel is definitely in the
minority, if the results of the
week’s Battalion Poll are any in
dication of the reactions of the
student body.
President Gilchrist made the
proposal for the chapel, which
would be non-denominational, at a
meeting of the local chapter of the
American Association of Univer
sity Professors last Thursday
The Battalion, in an attempt to
find the opinions of the students
on the matter, this week put the
following question to a group of
men picked at random:
“Do you favor the proposal
made by Pres. Gilchrist, to raise
$500,000 to build a new chapel
on the campus.”
Almost without exception, the
students questioned named other
purposes on which the money
should be spent rather than on a
Glen Torrence, sophomore in the
Band said, “If the proposal by
Gilchrist is made in the interest of
the welfare of the students, as
may be assumed, I think that these
interests may be better served by
spending some money on increasing
the recreational facilities on the
campus. The shortage of thea
tres, showing up-to-date films, is,
I think, particularly acute.”
Robert O. Nelson, sophomore
from Honey Grove, said that “be
fore anything else is built on this
campus, I want to see completed
that Union Building for which
we’ve been raising money for lo
these many years. Ground for the
long-needed building was supposed
to be broken last April,” Neilson
pointed out, “and I think we should
get this job done before accepting
any added responsibilities.”
Mac Weaver, sophomore from
Brownwood, was the lone person
questioned twho favored the pro
posed plan in even some of its as
pects, and his approval was quali
fied. Said Weaver: “I would fa
vor building a structure housing
a new chapel if such a building was
equipped with a stage so that
plays and movies could be shown.
An all-purpose auditorium would
fill the bill,” Weaver concluded.
Teddy Clegg, junior from Port
Arthur, was another of the many
questioned who saw no need for
a new chapel. “The individual
churches can handle their own
needs,” Clegg said. “What this
school needs are some more roads
cut through the campus and addi
tional sidewalks”.
Ed Hodges, sophomore from
Giddings, proposed, in place of a
chapel, that the $500,000 be spent
on a new gymnasium. “The pres
ent gym,” said Hodges, “doesn’t
even begin to have the necessary
seating capacity to seat the stu
dent body, much less fans from
Bryan, College Station and from
visiting schools. Besides, Hodges
added, “the gym is outmoded and
can’t handle the intramural needs
of the athletic department.