The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 05, 1949, Image 1

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(Jeiw'rul George F. Moore, fonher conunandant at A&M
was found dead from a gun-shot wound Friday night.
Commandant here from 1937 to
regidor during the war.
1940 and was assigned
Gen. G. F. Voor^ Oklahoma A&M Places
Past Commandant
Here, Found Dead
Maj. Gen. George F. Moore, for
mer commandant of A&M and
namesake of the Moore Awards
was found dead Friday night on a
mountain road near Burlingame,
Cal., a bullet through his head.
The Texas-born general, who
graduated from A&M in 1908, had
lived in Burlingame since his re
tirement from the Army in August.
The 62-year-old general had spent
over 40 years in the Army./'
An automatic pistol and. a note
to his wife lay near the hand of
the general. Police refused to dis
close the contents of the note. Cor
oner William Crosby, however,
said the soldier expressed fear of
losing his mind. General Moore had
spent three year in Japanese pri
son camps during the war.
After the fall of Corregidor,
he was imprisoned, along with his
isle superior, Gen. Jonathan M.
Wainwright. While in the Japan
ese prison camps, they suffered
many indignities at the hands of
their captors.
General Moore was awarded the
distinguished service cross by Gen.
Douglas MacArthur, just before
the latter abandoned Corregidor
for Australia.
r jAfter serving as Commandant of
A&M from 1937 through 1940, he
was transferred to Hawaii. En-
route, however, his orders were
changed, sending him instead to
Council Turns Down Request
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For More Christmas Holidays
In November, 1942, while he was
imprisoned, he was awarded the
distinguished service medal. He was
liberated from the Manchuria pri
soner of war camp, and came home
in 1945.
; <j Awarded Ph. D
That year he was awarded a
Ph. D at A&M, and shortly there
after was honored here with found
ation of the Moore Award, annual
ly presented to the outstanding
unit of the Cadeh Corps.
The Battalion, in an editorial in
1940 prior to his departure from
A&M, called the general, “the most
outstanding and most-loved com
mandant in the history of A&M.”
Born in Austin, he entered A&M
in 1904, calling Enid his home.
While here, however, his family
moved to Fort Worth. For a year
after his graduation, he worked in
the Fort Worth city engineer’s of
fice. j
Was Football Tackle
In his senior year of college,
General M oore was a tackle on the
football team.
After his liberation, he later
took over other commands, includ
ing the Hawaiian Artillery Com
mand, Army forces in the Middle
Pacific, and his final one, the
Philippine-Ryukyus Command.
Funeral sendees are set today at
the Golden Gate Cemetery in Bur-
; lingame. ' [
‘ There is very little chance for
an extension of Christmas holidays,
the executive committee of the
Academic Council told the Student
Senate’s holiday committee Friday
afternoon, i *
: According to L. E. Carroll, chair
man of the senate committee
group went before the execu
committee and presented their
for a Christmas extension on jthe
basis that students with distant
homes would hardly get home, be
fore Christmas and that there
would be little Christmas shopping
time for any students.
Request Rejected
The faculty group rejected the
request, Carroll said, giving as/
their reason ( the many plans already
madg by the school based on the
holiday schedule as it now stands,
including several inspection trips
planned over the Christmas holi-
The_ entire semester class sche-
- dule is drawn up and approved
much in advance of the semester,
the committee said, based on the
Southern Regional Crediting As
sociation’s recommendation for an
18 week semester. The schedule for
next semester ha& already been
drawn up and approved, the com
mittee said.
After their first request for an
extension to December 17 was
denied, Carroll said, his group ask
ed the executive committee for a
shorter extension to the 20. This,
too, was rejected, he added. His
committee 1 is submitting a written
recommendation to the executive
'committee for the extension to
the 17 for next year’s calendar/
Carroll added.
Other Schedules
For comparison of A&M’s holi
day, status with other SWC schools,
.is a list of semester (sche
dules fh)m Dean Harrington’s of
fice: " .1 ->
- TCU—Opening date, SepJ)! 12;
classes. Sept. 16; end of semester,
Jan. 28; Christmas holidays, Dec.
17 to Jan. 2.
Rice—Opens Sept. 16; classes
start Sept. 19; end of semester,
Feb. 2; Christmas holidays, Dec. 17
to Jan. ,8.'
University of Texas—Opening
date, Sept. 14; classes start, Sept.
21; end—of semester, Jart. 31;
Christmas holidays, Dec. 22 to Jan.
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/University of Houston—Opening
date, Sept. 9; classes start, Sept.
19; end of semester, Jan. 30;
Christmas holidays, Dec. 17 to Jan.
'SMU—Opening date Sept 15;
classes start Sept 19; end of se
mester, Jan. 28; Christmas holi
days, Dec. 20 to Jan. 4.
A&M—Opening date, Sept. 17;
classes start, Sept. 19; end of se
mester, Jan. 28; Christmas holi
days, Dec. 22 to Jan. 3.
Baylor— (Fall Quarter) Open
ing Date, Sept. 13; end of semes
ter, Nov. 23; Christmas holidays,
Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. (Winter Quar
ter) Opening date, Nov. 28; end of
semester, Mar. 3.
“I believe A&M is the only
school which has two Saturday
holidays listed in its school calen
dar/’ Harrington added. -
A full account of the reasons
behind the relatively short Christ
mas holidays was given The Bat
talion this morning by Dr. M. T.
Harrington, dean of the college.
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from Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. until Jan.
3 at 8 a.m., Dean Harrington said.
It was necessary to schedule the
holidays as it is now, he said, so
that A&M could fulfill the require
ments of the Southern Association
of Colleges which state that every
member school must have at least
18 weeks of classes.
“Since the present school term
began Sept. 19,” he continued "and
since A&M has several official
holidays, such as corps trips, which
are not normally observed' by oth
er schools, it was necessary to
set the Christmas vacation at the
time for which it is now sched
“I am sure it is too late to" con
sider a change in our present
school schedule,” Dean Harrington
said, "because the teachers have
already planned their class work so
that the required material may be
presented in the time now available
to them.”
Change Possible Next Year
The holiday schedule for the
school term 1950-1951 has also
been planned, the dean said. It is
similar to this year’s schedule.
"However,” he continued, “I be
lieve the Academic Council would
be glad to consider altering it if
another satisfactory schedule could
be arranged that would meet all
the requirements of the Southern
Association and the Texas Asso
ciation of Colleges.”
Dean Harrington suggested that
the Student Senate consider the
problem of holiday schedules and,
if it could evolve another workable
plan for the next school year, it
should submit its recomr lendations
to the Academic Council.
Another reason for the relajtively
short Christmas holiday! was giv
en by Dean Harringtor. A&M’s
opening date was severs days lat
er than all the other major col
leges and universities In Texas.
The exception was T8CW which
opened Sept. “ ‘ "
Sept. 17.
The University of Texas, Which
opened Sept. 14, three d lys before
A&M, will get out for the Christ
mas the same day as A&M bi t will
have an extra day sinc^ the Uni
versity students do not have to re
port until Jan. 4.
The University semester
three days later than A&M’s.
Rice, which opened Se; >t. 15, will
not end its semester un
five' days after the ei)d
A&M semester.
Lengthening Involves
Any lengthening of the
mas holidays would nece ssi
tending school later in die
shorter holidays, which was report
ed at Student Senate meeting,
could be explained easily, the dean
said. Last year, at the end of the
fall semester, many students
blamed their poor term grades on
the long holidays which came up
just before finals. These sttdents,
the dean reported, said they be
lieved they would have done bet
ter if the vacation had not been so
However, Dean Harrington said,
the question of fulfilling all the re
quirements of the Southern Asso
ciation and the Texas Association
was the prime reason for schedul
ing the holidays as they are at
Another less important but es
sential reason why it would be too
late to alter the Christmas vaca
tion schedule this year was given
by Dean Harrington.
He said that senior horticulture
students have made all arrange
ments to make a two week inspec
tion trip of the Rio Grande Valley
agriculture area. This is sched
uled for the period from Dec. 17
to 22.
Gibb Gilchrist
Suggested As i
Atomic Head
Gibb Gilchrist, chancellor
of A&M, has been suggested
&3 a nominee for chairman
ship of the Atomic Energy
Commission recently vacated
|by David E. Lilienthal.
Harry Hines urged President
Truman in a letter Saturday to
make the nomination. Hines is a
former Texas^Highway Commis
sioner. >
According to 'Hines in his let
ter, Gilchrist is the “one man who
can straighten out your (Tru
man’s) atomic troubles, and come
very near to keeping them that
Gilchrist, however, says *1
don’t know a thing about it
i Furthermore, I like it here.”
The chancellor went on to say
that he doesn’t know what prompt
ed Hines to write the letter to
Truman. “I haven’t been in con
tact with Hines for the past ten
years,” Gilchrist added.
In Annual Intercollege Rodeo
BY JOHN TAPIJCY T?r»cc taatv, anil ao ../J ttVirvur /''nnu«,t
A hard riding team from Okla
homa A&M College took first place
in the first annual Intercollegi
ate Rodeo held in the Animal Hus
bandry Pavilion December 2nd and
3rd. The Aggies from Oklahoma
massed a total of 369 points.
Close behind was the Sul Ross
College team that totaled 325
points. Harley May paced his Sul
Ross team and earned the title of show.
All Around Cowboy. May was high
man in the two-day show with 240
points to his credit.
The team from New Mexico A&M
placed third with a total of 260
points to his credit.
The New Mexico .Aggies were
pacing the field at the half way
mark with 105 points, but the sec
ond place team, the Oklahoma An
gies, overtook them to Win the
If roping calves could talk, this one would probably be saying
something like “We’U all be kUled!”. Our photographer caught
him just as one of the roping contestants In Saturday night’s in
tercollegiate rodeo flipped him into, the air preparatory to bushing
him down and wrapping him up.
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Daughters of the Range
Levis, Boots Old Story
To Collegiate Cow Girls
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The first Intercollegiate Rodeo
was attended by fourteen colleges
in the’Southwest area. Three per
formances, one Friday might, a
Saturday matinee and the final
show Saturday, were held in A. H.
Pavilion here.
The number of points of the
other colleges entered were as fol
lows: Texas Tech, 180 points;
University of New Mexico, 167
points; Colorado A&M, 135 points;
Arlington State College, 112
points; Tex^s A&I; College,; 96
points; West Texas State Teach
ers College; 87 points; Texas A&M
College, 50 points, and; Hardin-
Simmons University,; 4Q points. ;
Reger Second ;
Buddy Reger, Oklahpma A&M
College cowboy, .was second in the
All-Around Standings with 194.5
points. Harry^Hopson of New Mex
ico A&M was third with 155 points,
closely followed by Kit Pettigrew of
TexaS Tech with 150 points.
The show produced onO serious
ihjury and several minor (injuries.
Fred (Bud) Halsell, a Texas Tech
student, w;as most iserjjoUsly in
jured when his hand got caught in
a rope after he wps thrown from
a bull. The fiercely bucking and
twisting animal trampled Halsell,
lacerated his ear and.partjy sev
ered it. He received c numerous
-bruises and abrasions. A waiting
ambulance rusher Halsell to the
hospital where attending doctors
grafted the ear back on. His fath
er in Fort Worth was, notified and
arrived Saturday evening.
In the final performance Baturr
day night, which proved to be tha
showdown producing the champ
ions, the audience was treated to a
fine exhibition of riding and rop-
ing ’ j j
Record Broken
L. T. Walker of Colorado A&M
thrilled the crowd with a record
breaking performance in the ; bull-
dogging event. He got his tough
necked steer down in 6.9 seconds.
His show average was 7.8 seconds,
which proved to be the best. Dick
Barrett, Oklahoma A&M cowboy
waa second best Saturday night
with 6.9 seconds. ;
In the Bare-back riding event,
John Wilson, Kit Pettigrew, Joe
Reppeto, Gene Duke, Bill Chism,
Charlie Rankin, Jim Bell, Jim
Let there be no doubt that the
lassies who this week-end shared
the rodeo arena with all the col
legiate cowboys are really at home
on the range. I can personally
vouch for three of them.
A trio of boot-clad cow-girls
made a special trip to The Batt of
fices last Friday mofning to prove
Off-Duty Prof.
til Feb. 2,
of the
or beginning earlier in
Dean Harrington said.
the seniors, he continued, pilfer
to graduate as close to f une 1 as
possible because they
cept jobs beginning on
Therefore, he said,
probably be better to betin
earlier rather than schedule
es into June if a change
The Idea of students requesting
Dictionary Is Forgotten;
Footlights Can Change AH
The lights are dimmed, the au
dience hushed, the curtain goes up,
and the play is on. The audience
settles back in their seats in an
ticipation of an evening of relaxa
tion, the majority of watchers
knowing or coring very little about
the hours of- rehearsing that went
into what is about to unfold.
Whether it is a big Broadway
production or a Community Player
sketch, the sweat, the tears, and
the hopes of the cast ride with the
curtain as it rises.
A cast includes more than just
actors and actresses. A cast is
made up of technicians, property
managers, publicity men, directors
and countless others.
These people are people just like
you and I. Some are a HtUe more
emotional, perhaps even a little
more human and understanding
than the average person.
A trip over to the Aggie Play
er’s “R. U. R." set would prove
this point to you. You would find
a company commander, ■ (of
bloody “C” troop), housewives,
radio announcers, secretaries
students, and even professors,
*j meting, directing or lending a
helping hand.
Believe it or not there actually
are professors that are human. If
you don’t believe me come over
to rehearsal and see for yourself.
One would hardly expect a stern
English prof—since they seem to
havo dictionaries for hearts, and
can’t seem to comprehend anything
that is not grammatically correct—
to be human. (1 have no fears as
you can see they won’t be able to
understand this).
The director of the Aggie Play
er’s is a English prof, and he, con
trary to what you might believe, is
He answers to the name of
George J. Dillavou and has been
an instructor of English at A&M
since the Fall of 1946. Dillavou
took over the directorship of the
Aggie Players along with his
teaching duties.
His first production was “The
Male Animal". Since then he has
directed “A Murder Has Been Ar
ranged", “Pure As The Driven
Snow”, “Hedda Gabler”, “Our
Town”, “The Plays The Thing”,
“Ghosts”, “Chocolate Soldier”, and
at present, “R. U. R.”.
Dillavou, a native of Billings,
Montana, received his B. A. in
French at the University of Illin
ois. His interest in theatrical work
began in high school, where he was
active on the stage, carried through
college, and resulted in his receiv
ing a M. S. degree in Drama from
Columbia University in 1948.
Although he has a crowded
schedule U doesn’t keep him from
his social life, for his social life
is directing. Dillavou seems to
be sold on the friendliness of
Texans and says that he has met
more people worth knowing here
at A&M than any place he has
Still single at the ripe old age
of 27 he enjoys his work with the
Aggie Players and has great con
fidence in their acting ability. Ac
cording to Dillavou he enjoyed put
ting on the production “Ghosts”
more than any other play yet pre
sented by the Aggie Players. He
believed that the cast of “Ghosts”
was the most homogenious he has
had the pleasure of directing.
Quiet, spoken, frank and friendly,
Dillavou could hardly be taken
for an English instructor if you
were to see him at a rehearsal. At
times he is spread awkwardly over
a chair, head toward the floor, feet
over the back, a coke in one dang
ling hand, and a script in thelother.
Unlike most directors ho does
not tear his hair out. In hik own
words he says, “I can’t afford t6.”
Perhaps his declining hairljine is
his reason for remaining caljn and
His greatest drawback in pro
duction, according to him, js
ing to many actors and too
technicians. “Help is badly need
ed in the scetiery and the stage
hand line,” said Dillavou.
He is as proud of his cast as
they are of him, and believes that
there is;more real (unappreciated)
talent for this size community than
any he has ever seen.
Some bf this talent will appear
in he Dec. 8 and 9 “R. U. R."
production when it appears at 8
p. m. on the Guion Hall stage.
Admission is only twenty-five
Willie, the “R. U. R.” robot, will
rust to scrap long before the Ag
gie Players find a director as ori
ginal as Dillavou. Having read
most of the theories available on
the theater and directing, he finds
that he is unable to get away from
his own self developed style.
And according to the results this
style produces, maybe others would
profit by copying it.
that there was nothing at all
“drug-store” about them. The three
ladies, part of the Sul Ross repre
sentation to the A&M Inter-Col
legiate Rodeo, are full-fledged
members of the National Inter
collegiate Rodeo Association.
One of them, Evelyn Bruce, Jias
been with this business of rodeo
ing for three years. A Santa
Anna girl, she is the present
publicity director of the NIRA.
She lives on the out-skirts of that
West Texas town, but spends con
siderable time on a ranch owned
by her family.
Her interests, other than rodeo
ing, include Journalism and Eng
lish. She began her college ca
reer at John Tarleton studying
to be a newspaper woman, but
switched to English after going
on to Sul Ross, since that school
did not offer journalism studies.
Evelyn’s a rather active girl in
school activities, too. She belongs
to the Pioneer Club, Sachem’8 (a
Sul Ross literary society), the Bar-
S-R Bar Rodeo Association and
the Kappa Delta Pi. This is her last
year in college. . fjr
Another senior of the Trio,
Jackie Hayter, has been rodeoing
since last year. A Ft. Stockton
co-ed, she’s majoring In elemen
tary education, and some day
plans to teach a bunch o f young
She was raised on her family
ranch near Ft. Stockton and ia
well versed in range-land proce
dures. At Sul Ross, she belongs to
the Pioneer Club, Sachems find
the BAR-S-R-Bar Rodeo Associa
The youngest levi-wearing lass
put four years of rodeo experience
to work for her over the week-end
to win the wild-cow milking hon
t $1 L
Jo Gregory by name, this lady
is a sophomore physical educa
tion major at Sul Ross and calls
a ranch near Colorado City,
Texas, home. At school, she be
longs to Sachem’s, Is vice-presi
dent of an association known as
the W. S. A., and is a member
of the Bar-S-R-Bar Rodeo Asso
- 1 $f
In addition to the wild cow
mifking in. which they participated
here, the female cowpokea take
spins at barrel racing, flag rac
ing, goat tying and stake racing.
They would like to include a
few of the rougher rodeo events
in their curriculum, but the pow
ers that be say “no.” Stuff like
that, they say, would be unladly.
thrown in.o
In the funnU
the pig scramt
ment won out i
slippery jork^
chase and sue
lot of nqise,. bd
Coquet, Aubbn f Day and Bupdy
Reger lasted (the required 8
onds. Mat Syljer from Texas A
was slightly injured when he
■ wall.
it event of the nljght
le, the Fourth r£gi-
v«r the Second; The
s put (up a gune;
ceded in makinr n
the Aggies woind
up on tob e4iepy time. However
after the ev^nt some specta ors
were worn erin j Who had the n ost
grease on then; the'pigs, or the
contestants. * ‘
Lrahpas Rough ’
Snortinr Brihma bulls were the
toughest ( ustmners in the arena.
Although the hulls were non-p ty
ing custo mer^ they were m are
than "gale cifcshers”, they were
bone crushers. From the moment
they left t le clmtes until they were
returned to tRe pens they domin
ated the spectators attention.
In the Girl's; Cow Milking evfent,
Jo Gregory of/Sul Ross State Col
lege was first Saturday night t^ith
a.time of 12.1 keconds. Roxie Kbet-
er, also of 8u>l Ross, was seond
with 13.9 seconds.
The Br dimes bull riders ha I a
tough tine as usual Saturday
night; hoveve)*, u few were able
to last th< bouncing eight secopds.
These stoi t riders were Roy Russel
of Oklahona A&M, Forrest Bon
ham of Tuxoa. Tech and Bill Dl»
muke, University of New Mexico.
Final tiillys in the events Were
announced at the, end of the snow
along wit ) thtj all-around’ awards.
In the baiebacg riding event, Har
ley May of Sul Ross and
Coyle of New Mexico A&M
with 36 pDints each, B&idy
Oklahoma A&)d was third
20 points, nnc( Harry Hqpso
New Mex co A&M forth with
points. i
Buddy iteget took first pfai
the saddh bfonc riding wit!
points; Harley May was second
with 30 points. -Rop Adams of
Texas A& t toojc third p
points, ard miry;Hoc
with 10 point|,
Top Ropers
D. D.
points to tak^j top ho
•calf roping. Hurley May (was
ond; Hairy j/Copson, third;
lace wit i 20 i
son foirth
Faltin ammassed
takft( top honors in
Page 4)
Inspectors Arrive
At A&M Tomorrow
The Federal informal inspection J. Browns of
team will arrive here tomorrow for
their annual inspection, Col. Qscar
B. Abbott, Chief of the Texas Mil
itary District, said today.
The inspection team is under the
command of Col. Paul B. Malone,
staff officer of the TMD. :Col.
Malone will be accompanied by Lt.
Colonel Ray L. Inzer and Walter
Col. Paul B. Malone
q TMD land foui- of
ficers froih thd Fourth Army head
quarters, I j
Capt Albert jW, Stockall,
ganized Hese(A(| Corps instn
for the Bryani irea, will join
team whtn thjey arrive.
The insDectfing team will inspect
military sciefjicb classrooms, the
, —^ the other ac-l
drill Wednesday, and.i
tivities of tjjei Military Sc fence
Departmeit. Alt of these impec-
tions will |be carried out inform ally,
The (Mi itary property Cust< dian
and Mi|lita|ry Science Departme it at
be corrected
unit Result,-
Col[ Malom
is a West. PoMit'graduate and
been with thtfl (Alining office^
the Organized Reserve Con;
Quiz Busters First
To Be Consoled by, Prizes
nc| a more effii
>L. Abbott said]
bead of the
Texai since
Previous to
Col '
jhia appointil
Malone vfrisf stationed in (Chi
like—even for genuine cowgirls, 'thought)
Thq low man on the totem- pole
is finally coming into his \ own
right The totem pole in this: case
is the grade scale. The low man’s
benefactor is Shaffer’s Book Store.
. r ' 'll
Herb Shaffer, still puzzling over
the question of whether the chicken’
or the egg came first, hap ; now
come up with a new contest, He
is going to give apprize to the
person that registers the (lowest
test grade for each week.
The priM will be one of consola
tion to make the unlucky winner
feel betteir in his time of sorrow.
The contest is not being held to en
courage bad grades (perish ’the
something in
prize to A&l
Names of
not >e made/
is cne con
will probabi,
eligible. Andf
that no one wi
i^iature of a b
low. pointer
rton* entering will
die. In fact, this
for which you
vRsh you weiWt
erb seems uure.
went to winj, \
He, too, thjjhkji that the misfor
tune of making i the grade ii bad
res that you
ipeless set- ip.
tion—don’t! be
win too ma ly of
u might nit be
irpther contest The
enoug h so
might as we!
of an
^ An idle
greedy and
the (rises or
able o enter;
affa|i is limi
rolled) student
to preeentl;
of A&M.
• 'ii
ry Science
Ross Hal will ’be inspected.!
Wednesday’Ajjternoon the offi
cers win attend ^hfe regiment* l re
view. This mqtoi- pool and other
military mitsjj will be inspected,
along wit h thfe (relations betvceii:
the MS dspartoeni and the sahool
officials. ^ I
The purpose qf this annual in
spection is to' bring to the atten
tion Of the PiMS&T’s the deffcien-
cies found in 4>rder that they may