The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 10, 1946, Image 2
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1946
Practice in Seclusion . . .
“No, You can’t practice in this building. I am going to
work tonight and music just drives me crazy. Besides the
‘National Idiots’ society meets in Room 28 and I am sure that
they wouldn’t want to be interrupted.”
“I am sorry but this auditorium is taken. We are giv
ing a benefit picture show to raise money to buy parks for
the penguins at the south pole. Also, singing makes me
“Young man, you can’t practice your play in the sacred
halls of this building.
“I have fought ‘drammer” all of my life and I don’t aim to
stop now. No sir, you shall not desecrate the hallowed walls
of this building by having some of your number scream
bloody murder. If I had my way about it, all the plays that
have been written would be immediately burned. Go and
don’t bother to come back.”
Fantastic as these conversations may seem, The Aggie-
land Orchestra, The Singing Cadets and the Aggie Players
have spent many weary hours just searching for a place in
which they could practice. Such conditions, while discour
aging, never seemed to daunt the organizations concerned
and they continued their work in spite of difficulties.
Now it appears that the weary searches for these three
organizations are over, as they are soon to have a home of
Painting, sawing and hammering have completely reno
vated the old Consolidated School building, across from
George’s, “which will be used by the Aggieland Orchestra, The
Singing Cadets and the Aggie Players. The building will
be completely equipped to serve organizations of this type.
We have it on good authority that the building will be
equipped with record players and piano for the benefit of
students who have a few spare minutes and who like to play
the piano or who would like to listen to records.
We congratulate everyone who had a part in bringing
about this improvement. Such a building has been needed
for a long time, and our next hope is that many more simi
lar improvements are in the offing.
Make Minors Majors, Too . . .
When taps have sounded on Kyle Field for the final
time, when the last great Aggie football victory has been
won, or when the last spectator has filed out of the stands,
The Battalion would like to be listed among those who have
waged the fight for a balanced athletic program at A&M.
No one will deny that football is the big money-maker
and draws the biggest crowds. Nearly everyone delights in
watching a hard-fought gridiron battle. We would be the
last to vote for its de-emphasis.
Although we like football, we don’t think it wise or
even fair to continue making orphans of our basketball, base
ball, track, tennis, cross country and swimming teams. The
problem is not to de-emphasize football, but rather to em
phasize all the sports mentioned.
Every type of intercollegiate sport has a large follow
ing on this campus and many would have a much wider fol
lowing with coordinated support from athletic authorities.
We are surprised at the showing that some of our athletic
teams make in the face of inadequate support. We have not
inquired concerning conditions at the various teachers col
leges, but we will lay you odds that there is not a single school
in the Lone Star conference that offers so few basketball
scholarships as does A&M.
This is no time for witch burning or scapegoat hunting.
We realize that this is the first school year approaching nor
mal conditions since the war.
The time is ripe for action!
The El Dorado (Ark.) Times reported in a headline recently:
“Episcopal church to expand its missionaries.”
'Fads' Prove False,- Nothing
Like New Scoreboard Purchased
It’s sad, sad, sad.
Right after the burning of the
Kyle Field scoreboard, The Bat
talion was soundly thrashed, ver
bally of course, for writing the
editorial which presumably pre
cipitated the arsonists’ prank with
our outmoded scoreboard. The as
sistant director of publicity, in
charge of athletic poop, came into
the Batt office accusing the editor
of a serious journalistic crime —
writing without basis of fact.
“Why, if you had just investi
gated the facts, you would have
known the athletic department has
a brand new $15,000 scoreboard
with electric lights and all the at
tachments down there at Kyle
Field right now,” he stated.
The editor, somewhat chastened
and surprised at this charge, ex
plained that no-information of that
sort had come to his attention from
any source, even the publicity de
partment. He wondered at the
time why such a fact was not made
public, and asked why, if it were
down there, it had not been in
The spokesman went on to say
that the new $15,000 scoreboard
had not been put into use because,
after an exhaustive search of the
country, no electric cable could be
had, for any price.
“You’re the editor; why don’t
you get the facts?” was the pub
licity expert’s final shot.
Taking his advice, the editorial
staff began to hunt the facts. But
when the story on the scoreboard
burning was published, the last
paragraph stated that word had
come from an athletic department
source (authoritative) that a
new scoreboard was at Kyle Field.
The first hint of the untruth of
the new scoreboard fable came
when an International Business
Machine salesman came into our
office and said maybe the athletic
department would buy that cable
he’d been trying to sell them, now
that the old one had burned down.
Charley Crawford, chairman of
the Athletic Council was consulted.
He stated that to his knowledge,
there had been no scoreboard pur
chased. This was from a man who
Then a reporter went down to
Kyle Field poking around for the
new scoreboard. None was found.
C. D. Ownby, the new business
manager of athletics, another man
who should know, was interviewed
personally. He explained that they
were now dickering for one, and
had received estimates ranging
from $4000 to $17,000, but no con
tract had been let.
Ownby went on to declare that
buying the $17,000 de luxe score-
board was extremely unlikely, and
that final settlement would prob
ably be a $4000 one. More im
portant places for the money, he
Still no scoreboard.
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TURN ON THE COOL AIR
I read your editorial entitled
“Shoemaker’s Children”, and could
n’t help agreeing with you 100%.
I am a member of the ASHVE,
and, although I can’t speak for
the entire group, I think that if
the matter were up to them they
would air condition every building
on the campus. I’m sure that you
were not trying to cast aspersions
upon the ASHVE, but unfortunate
ly they don’t control the purse
strings of the college.
I think it is a crying shame that
so many of our buildings, partic
ularly Guion Hall and the Library,
are so very outmoded. It does cost
more to air condition an existing
building than it does to incorpo
rate this feature in a new building.
In spite of this, I don’t think the
college is too destitute to afford
needed improvements — they only
pretend to be when someone sug
gests spending money.
The University of Houston has
air conditioned classrooms, and is
planning to erect air conditioned
dormitories. It seems to me that
at least A. & M. ought to be able
to air condition Guion Hall, the
Library, and the Administration
Building, and should include air
conditioning in all plans for new
Lee W. Thompson.
Editor’s Note: In “Shoemaker’s
Children”, the Batt was not cast
ing aspersions upon the ASHVE.
As you can see, we do agree with
TUESDAY, December 10
7:30 p. m. Biology Club, Con
ference Room Ag. Experiment
7:30 p. m. Agronomy Society,
AI Lecture Room. Speaker, Dr.
R. F. Chandler.
7:30 p. m. Saddle and Sirloin
Club, Room 115, AI Bldg.
7:30 p. m. Marketing & Finance
Club, Room 312, Ag. Bldg.
7:30 p. m. Foods Group, Aggie
Wives Club, Sbisa.
7:30 p. m. Reserve Officers As
sociation, Geology Lecture Room.
Subsequent meeting for Air Force
7:30 p. m. Architecture Society,
EE Lecture Room. Business meet
7:30 p. m. Sociology Club, Room
203, Ag. Bldg.
7:30 p. m. Accounting Society,
Ag. Engineering Lecture Room.
7:30 p. m. Business Society,
WEDNESDAY, December 11
6:00 p. m. Battalion Staff Ban
7:00 p. m. Brazoria County Club
Room 205, Acad. Bldg.
7:15 p. m. A I Ch E, Petroleum
Lecture Room. Speaker, Profes
sor C. G. Kirkbride.
7:30 p. m. “C” Co Inf, Classes
’40 to ’46, YMCA chapel.
8:00 p. m. Baptist Student Coun
cil, First Baptist Church.
8:00 a. m.—2^00 p. m. Horticul
ture Show, Sbisa Hall Annex. •
TUESDAY, December 12
7:00 p. m. Corpus Christi A&M
Club, Room 227, Acad. Bldg.
7:00 p. m. Rio Grande Valley
7:00 p. m. Land of the Lakes
Club, Room 324, Acad. Bldg.
7:00 p. m. Del Rio Club, Room
304, Acad. Bldg.
7:00 p. m. San Angelo A&M
Club, Room 203, Acad. Bldg.
7:00 p. m. Greenville A&M Club,
Room 227, Acad. Bldg.
7:00 p. m. San Antonio A&M
Club, Room 205, Acad. Bldg.
7:00 p. m. Wharton County A&M
Club, Room 129, Acad. Bldg.
7:30 p. m. Houston A&M Club,
Room 129, Acad. Bldg.
THURSDAY, December 12
7:15 p. m. Shreveport A&M
Club, Room 106, Acad. Bldg.
7:15 p. m. Panhandle A&M Club,
Room 228, Acad. Bldg.
7:30 p. m. Radio Club, EE Bldg.
7:30 p. m. Abilene A&M Club,
7:30 Lecture, “Radio-activity
Well-logging” by A. B. Winters of
the Lane Wells Co. Lecture room
of Physics Building. Sponsored
by geophysics section, P h y s ic s
Special to The Battalion—Far North Correspondent
In its instinctive desire to be first with the news, The Battalion
contactetd St. Nick in his frigid North Pole headquarters, and found
that he was receiving requests for a number of gifts to be lowered
down the chimneys at Aggieland.
Our reporter, who made a flying trip to the Far North, found
Santa wearily scratching his head, and pouring over numerous gift
requests. Looking up, Santa sighed, “That bunch from College Sta
tion just about drives me crazy. Some are not worthy of the smallest
gift. It should be switches and ashes in their stockings instead. But
I’ll give them one more chance, I suppose.”
Unrolling a huge parchment scroll, he pointed a gnarled finger
at the list, and said, “That’s what I have for the boys at Aggieland.”
The reporter, somewhat puzzled by this ambiguous statement,
asked Santa to elucidate further.
“Now just look at this,” said Santa, “I have a complete list of
gifts for all.”
“Here’s one that came early in your semester. Some nautical
enthusiast, who signed his name (Adm.) Robert P. Kelly, wants a set
of sails for his bed.
“And from one who, unlike many Aggies, is evidently a teeto
taler, comes a request for another barrel of powdered milk for the
Creamery, so they can sell their fresh milk to the North Gate eateries.
“F. I.Dahlberg, of the AH department, wants 135 new trees (that
forty-dollar kind) to replace those burned before Thanksgiving. He
claims his cows have taken to grazing on leaves and branches, and
since he is expecting a cold, dry winter, his cattle will starve unless
his oaks are replaced.”
Our reporter, doubting that A. & M.’s scientific breeding had pro
duced giraffe-like cows, asked to see the signed letter; as he sus
pected, the request had originated from the Brazos County Kennel
“Do you doubt the authoritative source of this report?” kindly
old St. Nick thundered.
Just then Santa was interrupted by a Western Union messenger.
The telegram was worded like this: “Can’t wait till Xmas. Send gal
lon of red paint solvent immediately.” The signature was illegible,
but it looked like NNIZ.
“Another letter signed by 220 members of the Aggie Band pro
tested that they had been forcibly excluded from the NTSC basket
ball game, and asked for free tickets to all future contests.” Santa
The Batt’s interviewer cancelled that request, saying that the
Band had free tickets already, but that sometimes they just didn’t
feel like blowing their horns.
“And from a group of ‘Interested Students’ came a letter asking
that a red tricycle be delivered to one Jim Demopulos, corpse editor
of the bi-annual ’47 Shorthorn, so he can make it down to the office
for work more regularly.
“To Fred Hickman, who signed his letter ‘City Marshal’, goes an
abundant supply of blank parking tickets. In his letter, he also styled
himself as the ‘Law East of the Brazos.’ ”
Santa chuckled and produced a faded piece of cardboard. Ap
parently it was sent by one of the employees of the Laundry. On it
was scrawled the following: “Please, suh, send me a wash tub fo’
these buttons that done come off these shirts. ' Man, right now, Ah is
up to my neck in buttons.”
Noting the appearance of threatening snow clouds, the Batt’s Far
North Correspondent had to take leave of St. Nick. Before leaving,
however, he said he’d be back in two or three days bearing with him
any gifts suggestions which might have come in to the Battalion of
fice from College employees and students.
“Don’t you dare betray any of my confidences,” Santa admon
Crossing his fingers, our demon correspondent said, “Well, all
right. I’ll see you before Friday’s deadline.”
Then he turned and trudged out into the snow.
BETWEEN THE BOOKENDS . . .
Outdoor Books on Baseballers
And Arimrican Deer Hunters
THE DETROIT TIGERS
by Frederick G. Lieb
Every boy has followed the for
tunes of the big league baseball
teams since he has been old
enough to read the sports pages
book by a well known sports writer
is just the sort o f thing baseball
fans have been waiting for. Fred
Lieb, who also wrote the biography
of Connie Mack, has brought us
the dramatic story of the Detroit
Tigers, a ball club that has always
fought to the finish. Win or lose,
up or down, the Tigers have al
ways been a spirited team. You’ll
read about some of the “Old Tim
ers”—great players of the past,
from Ty Cobb, the “fightin’est”
Tiger of them all, up to last sea
This is an intimate history of the
ball club filled with anecdotes and
close-ups of players, managers,
and owners. The Tigers always
give their fans a great show and
Fred Lieb’s book will give the
reader an exciting time.
THE CHICAGO CUBS
by Warren Brown
Not to be outdone by the Detroit
Tigers, the Cubs have also had a
book written about them. The Cubs
are not the oldest baseball club in
the country, but they are as old
as the National League itself,
which has been a going concern
since the early 1870’s. Just for
the record, the Cubs have taken
fifteen league championships and
two world championships.
The history of the Cubs is pack-
‘FISH” BLOTO . .
by Pete Tumlinson
ed with some of baseball’s most
exciting incidents. Back in 1906
there was the one-hitter, Ed Reul-
bach, who pitched the game a-
gainst Detroit in a world’s series
which stood as the record for the
finest world series pitching until
Claude Passeau, again for the Cubs,
pitched the one-hit shut-out game,
also against Detroit, in the 1945
series. Here are some of the more
fascinating characters on the Cubs’
list: Spalding and “Pop” Anson
of the horse and buggy days;
Frank “Husk” Chance, one of the
team’s most successful managers;
Roger Hornsby; Charlie Grim;
Gabby Hartnett; Dizzy Dean, and
many others. Mr. Brown’s book
gives you a glimpse of their lives
both on and off the field.
HUNTING NORTH AMERICAN
by Arthur H. Carhart
This book was written for
every sportsman who has hunted
or ever hopes to hunt deer, one of
the most abundant sources of big
game in America. Here you find
the answers to most important
questions about deer in the United
States and Canada. There are
chapters on the different types
of deer—the mulies, the white-tails,
and the black-tails, and how to
bring home the best top-grade
The section of the book of guns
will be helpful to any hunter, since
every type of rifle is described
from the old-time .30-.30 to the
more popular .270. There are also
chapters which discuss the still
hunt, the stalk, and the drive.
Mr. Carhart is an experienced hun
ter, and was formerly coordinator
of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Re
storation in Colorado.
■ PHONE 2*8879
FRIDAY and SATURDAY
— THE —
By Harry Revel
Hi’ye Aggies . . . LEO ‘LIPPY’
DUROCHER, o f BROOKLYN
BUMS fame, is being considered
for a leading part in a forthcom
ing movie . . . TOMMY HARMON
is being starred in a serial over
at Republic Studios . . . that ex-
Coast Guard BOB MOSELY, now
known as GUY MADISON is be
ing groomed for stardom over at
RKO Studios . . . his latest picture
HONEYMOON has him playing
opposite SHIRLEY TEMPLE ... .
GUY has a brother who’s even
better looking than he is . . . goes
to UCLA . . . MICKEY ROONEY
and his vodvil unit touring the
East and mid-East is breaking re
cords . . . CONNIE HAINES and
LEONARD SUES, ace trumpeter,
are with him . . . UNIVERSAL
STUDIOS bought the movie rights
for ARE YOU WITH IT?, the
Broadway hit of last season and
will star DONALD O’CONNOR
and PETER LIND HAYES in it
. . . JACKIE COOPER makes his
return to the screen since the war,
in a picture called KILROY WAS
HERE . . . BETTY HUTTON is
the proudest mama in Hollywood
... a daughter was born to her a
few weeks ago . . . DEANNA
DURBIN has resigned with UNI
VERSAL STUDIOS for another
year thereby dispelling rumors
that she was about to move over
to FOX 20th CENTURY . . TONY
MARTIN and MGM have severed
relationship . . . Many of our lead
ing orchestras are disbanding . . .
dance business is taking a nose
dive . . . but it’s probably only
temporary . . . most businesses out
The broken dirty
watch may be
made a depend
able time piece.
here are complaining that trade
is of fforty per cent. . . guess the
strikes and the unsettled conditions
that prevail everywhere have a lot
to do with these chaotic state of
affaires . . . EDDIE CANTOR’S
picture IF YOU KNEW SUSIE
has been postponed to late in Jan
uary . . . JACK HALEY and RKO
have parted company . . . however
popular Jack has many studio of
fers and can pick his choice . . .
THE ANNIVERSARY SONG from
THE JOLSON STORY is over one
hundred years old . . . the tune is
in public domain and wordage
written by AL have made this ven
erable old melody, an assured hit.
DINAH SHORE’S rendition of this
ballad is really tops . . . speaking
of melodies . . . DAVID ROSE has
a new orchestral gem in GOING
NOWHERE-FST, an orchestration-
al epic that bids fair to even sur
pass his well known HOLIDAY
FOR STRINGS . . . Have you heard
FRED WARING’S arrangement of
SCHEHEREZADE by RIMSKY-
KORSAKOV? . . .it’s out of this
world ... So long . . see you next
A&M FOOD SPECIALIST
AT KANSAS CITY MEET
Gwendolyne Jones, specialist in
food preservation for the A. and
M. College Extension Service, is
spending December 5-7 in Kansas
City, Mo., at the Conference Home
Opens 1:00 p.m. Ph. 4-1181
4 DAY CLEANING
1 DAY CROWN AND
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■Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
A Toy for Every
• Dolls with made-to
• Game Sets
• Educational Toys
• Erector Sets of All Aluminum—with
• Play-Skool and Holgate Toys.
Toys for all age groups.
JOYCES TOY HOUSE
608 S. College Road—Bryan
Here is 85 pounds of
Oranges & Grape Fruit
Ship for $6.75 F.O.B.
A Mexican Bamboo Vk Bushel Basket of Red
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