The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 14, 1950, Image 1

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Co-^S ^ e «ior^ a stu det^ cop 3 - 63 ?. 'S'* ' Circulated to More than 90% Of College Station’s Residents The Battalion PUBLISHED II\ THE INTEREST OF A GREATER A&M COLLEGE Nation’s Top Safety Section Lumberman’s 1949 Contest Number 64: Volume 51 COLLEGE STATION (Aggieland), TEXAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14,1950 Price Five Cents NG Division CO On Campus For Routine Check Bunch of Beaut ifiers Major Gen. H. Miller Ainsworth and members of a 36th National Guard inspection team who talked with NG Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Taylor Wilkins here yester day, denied that their tour was connected with the possibility that the 36th Division now at half strength, would be called to ac tive duty. The tour is just a “routine 1 statewide command inspection, they said. The inspection team of Captain Audio Murphy, honor guest at A-feM’s 1948 Military Ball, and W/O J. M. McGee was accom panied by Col. R. M. Ise, command' er of the 143 Infantry NG' Regi Party Truman Gets Leaders OK on Military Washington, Dec. 14 — (AP)—President Truman got agreement of congressional leaders of both parties to “a very rapid increase” in U. S. military strength yesterday and in dicated he plans a sharp step-up in home front effort to support it. Mr. Truman’s proposal to meet the world crisis were outlined to the leaders at a conference with the President, Secretary of State Acheson and Secretary of Defense Marshall. The White House said afterward there appeared to be unanimous agreement among the conferees that “our military strength should be built up with the utmost speed.” Confirming this for Republicans who attended, Senator Taft of Ohio said they also agreed fully that “a dangerous emergency exists.” The White House statement said there appeared to be strong senti ment for declaring a national em ergency, a step which many confer ees expect Mr. Truman to an nounce in a world-wide broadcast at 9:30 p. m. (CST) Friday night. But it acknowledged that some present withheld judgment on this idea pending further study as to the legal effects of such a pro clamation. Taft said this on behalf of the Senate and House Republican lead ers: l 5 .* “As to the proposed declaration of a national emergency, we did not feel we were sufficiently ad vised as to the legal effect of such a declaration, or the program that must accompany it, to take a final position on that question. Dean Bertrand Named Director Junction Camp Dr. John R. Bertrand, dean Df the Basic Division, has been appointed director of the k&M Summer Adjunct at Junction for next summer, president M. T. Harrington an nounced today. The Adjunct, which has been created to help prepare high school graduates become better prepared for college work, will open for the first time this June. Dean Bertrand said this morn ing the only staff member he has appointed at this time is Luke Har- ■ison who will serve as recreational director. Harrison, an instructor in the Physical Education Depart ment, also served as dean of men at the Annex two years ago. Bertrand and Harrison will leave tomorrow for the Junction camp where they will inspect the near completed facilities and make plans for the camp’s opening. The camp has been used for sev eral years previous as a summer camp for Geology students, and will have the added feature for prospective freshmen students this year. Cottonseed Group Gives $1600 Grant A grant-in-aid of $1,600 was re ceived by the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station from the Na tional Cottonseed Products Asso ciation, Inc., of Dallas, Dr. R. D. Lewis, director of the Station, said yesterday. The fund is for the development of non-shattering strains of sesame that can be successfully grown and harvested mechanically in Texas, Lewis continued. ment, of which Wilkin’s units are a part. The group stopped here while enroute from Mexia to Huntsville where they last night inspected Company F of the 143 Regiment. Presented Flag General Ainsworth, who visited the campus last May when he pre sented the 36th Division flag to the outstanding infantry company, and a saber to the outstanding in fantry cadet, was amazed with the advancement in construction and completing the MSC since that time. “The best designed most mod ern, best arranged, and most suit able . . . that I have ever seen,” the General commented as he glanced around the interior of the building. When asked his opinion on the Korean situation, the General said that the evacuation of our armies was not voluntary. Were it pos sible, we should remain in Korea to prevent using the more expen sive action of having to resecure the beachhead, the General opined. “What should we do? In the face of present conditions, the only logical thing would be to get our armies to maximum strength, ful ly trained, fully equipped, and pre pared for whatever might occur,” General Ainsworth suggested. Capt. Andie Murphy, most deco rated soldier in World War II, said this was his first visit to the campus since March, 1948. Thei’e have been great improvements since that time, he commented. He gave up a movie career which, he said, had its off mom ents, to volunteer in the 36th Division so he could be with a Texas outfit in event of another war. Captain Murphy is tempor arily assigned as senior aide to General Ainsworth. Be Prepared “We need to get fully armed and prepared to the fullest extent just in case, and if the men are not needed, they can be sent home,” he answered to a question on our army’s manpower needs. On Colonel Ise’s regimental staff from this immediate area is Lt. Barney Welch, regimental ath letic and recreation officer. Welch is intramural director for the col lege. Local men on Colonel Wilkin’s, a veteran’s advisor here, battalion staff are Major W. G. Brezeale, eveputive officer; Capt. Doil S. Hdmmons, supply officer; Capt. Donald Foster, adjutant; and Lt. Ben Thompson, assistant opera- tioins officer. Red Troops Threaten Hungnam Beachhead Tokyo, Dec. 14—(IP)—A mass of Chinese Red troops estimated at 10,000 men today threatened the Allied beachhead ringed around Hungnam port, last United Nations toehold in northeast Korea. A growing Red show of Soviet jet-pow ered air strength across the peninsula in western Korea raised another threat. Twenty-four Russian-made MIG-15s tangled with four American F-80 shooting Stars in the biggest aerial dogfight of the war thus far. Bob Sturdivant, (right) chairman of the campus beautification committee, strokes a lone, but green blade of grass while members of his com mittee look on with satisfied smiles on their faces. From the left around are Milton Patterson, Brad McAllister, Kenneth Rickenbrode, and Bill Smith. Part ot the overall beautification plan included building and placing campus signs like the one here. The beautification campaign is being car ried out in cooperation with the College Grounds Department grass reseeding program. (Photo by Molinary) Recording 133215 Hollywood-Like Selling Means Hard Work for Band Confirmation Will Be Administered The rite of Holy Confirmation will be administered in St. An drew’s Episcopal Church in Bryan by the Rt. Rev. Clinton Simon Quin, D.D., Bishop of Texas on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The class will be presented by the Rev. Vein Swartsfager, Rec tor. Mrs. George A. Long, music directress, will sing a special so prano offertory solo accompanied by Mrs. Charles D. Moore. Mrs. Leon Trenckman Sr., presi dent of the Associated Women of St. Andrew, will preside at the re freshments and reception to be given in honor of Bishop and Mrs. Quin and the members of the con firmation class, immediately fol lowing the service. By SID ABERNATHY “Quiet please!” The authorita tive command blared out over the loud speaker and a complete si lence fell over the array of mus icians on the Guion Hall stage. “Side 1A-E0-QB-I3321-Take 3— “The Aggie War Hymn,” the loud speaker continued. The musicians readied themselves. The director raised his hands but kept one eye to the right of the stage. After a short pause, a small red light flashed on and the director and musicians made their move—The Aggie War Hymn was being re corded. “Cut”, blared the loudspeaker again before half a dozen notes could be played. “What now?” was the exasper ated query of several tired band members. ^The recording producer patiently. | explained that some slight noise had crept in and ruin ed the 'take’. It had to be done over. .'V ‘ This/ was all tak ing place an hour after the Aggie Band first settled down to record “The War best ‘take’ of each song will be Miss Holland Finalist In Maid Contest Miss Jeannine Holland, last year’s Aggie Sweetheart, is one of the five Texas beauties enter ing the 1951 Maid of Cotton con test finals. Jeannine and the other four Texas beauties will have 16 other opponents. Winner will be the cotton indus try’s goodwill and fashion am bassador. She will be given a cot ton wardrobe and will tour more than 30 US cities as well as eight foreign countries. Other Texans are Angie and El- lege Branch, sisters from Houston; Mary Beth Nicols, from El Paso; Ruth Brunson from Lubbock. Hymn.” They went through it again, and again, and again. Fin ally, everyone seemed pleased at the end product—it was a good record. “Don’t leave yet,” the producer said. Let’s make another just like that one—just in case.” This was the view that a half dozen or so spectators scattered through Guion Hall got yester day afternoon when A&M’s best known and best loved songs were recorded. Edward J. Goodman and Jimmie Stewart, producer and recording engineer respectively for the Re corded Publications Company of Camden, N. J., had their enter- esting, if slightly confusing, equip ment set up in the dressing room of the stage. While the musicians were going through their paces, these two men sat humped over their instru ments turning little black dials with one hand and following the music on a dummy sheet with the other. It was not hard to tell when something went wrong. If the recording had just started, they naturally yelled, cut. If it was well underway, they would let it continue, but you could see both men wince when the bass drum came through a little fuzzy or a cornet cracked the slightest bit. After each ‘take’, the recording was played back over the loud speaker to detect any possible flaws. At least four ‘takes’ of each song were made before they finish ed. The best two were kept. They will be gone over again and the put on wax. The first of the two records com posing the first album of A&M songs ever made will consist of “The Twelfth Man” and ’’The Spirit of Aggieland,” featuring the Aggie Band. “Silver Taps” will also be included on the record with “The Spirit.” On the other record will be “The Aggie War Hymn” and “The Spirit of Aggieland,” fea turing the combined talents of the Aggieland Orchestra and the Singing Cadets. The two-record album entitled “Songs of Texas A&M” will be available sometime in February, according to C. G. “Spike” White, director of Student Activities. Also i-n the album will be infor mation on the history of each of the musical aggregations. Several pictures will als6 be included. The impressive maroon and white cover will" bear a sketch of the Academic Building and the A&M Seal. A 75th Anniversary seal will later be pasted on each album. Chines Go Home, If You Do—Malik Lake Success, Dec. 14—UP)— In an unexpected move, Russia’s Ja cob A. Malik said yesterday the Chinese Communist forces will go home if all “foreign troops” (Uni ted Nations Forces) are withdrawn from Korea. This surprise statement came just before the U. N. political com mittee beat down Malik’s stub- bora opposition and approved a plan of 13 countries for seeking a cease fire in Korea. The vote was 51 to 5 (Soviet bloc) with China abstaining. Malik’s statement to the politi cal committee was the first time any Soviet delegate has even hint ed the Communist Chinese would leave Korea. He said several com mittee members had stated that the Soviet demand for the withdrawal of foreign troops meant only U. N. forces and did not refer to Chinese Communists. He said he wanted it stated that Chinese “volunteers” also would leave Korea. Foreign Troops? Asked just what he meant, Malik told a reporter that if the foreign forces (meaning the U. N. troops) are withdrawn, there no longer Batt to Compile Christmas List The Battalion is compiling a list of Christmas holiday activ ities. All clubs having social functions should bring the no tices to The Battalion office in Goodwin Hall by 5 p.m. Sunday. The notices should have the name of the club, date of party, place, time, and cost. To avoid loss they should be submitted on a full sheet of paper. Santa’s Letters Humorous, But Sometimes Pathetic QB Club Meets Films of the Presidential Cup Bowl Game will be shown at a meeting of the Quarterback Club at 7:30 tonight. New York—UP)—Give a child a pencil around Christmas time and often he engraves a message on your heart. Some are funny. Like “Maureen” in Galway, Ire land, who wrote to Santa Claus care of New City's big general postoffice: “Santy, don’t send us any more Some aren’t so funny. A lower East side child wrote: “I pray all the time and I rit you last time and you did not bring us nothing. My dad is in India and I rit him. Mother says the angels took him she think. We did not get no presents last Christmas. Please don’t forget this time.” “I am three and mom says my babies. The last lad is very cross.” dad j s no t coming home no more Postal employes each year try to so you can’t come to see me. Please meet the requests that come by the come. I want toys and clothes. My thousands. They buy toys, food daddy is very far in heaven.” and candy with their own money. Underneath Billy’s mother A Bronx child suggested: wrote: “Please don’t bring roller skates “My husband was killed in Ko- as my mommy will have a fit foi rea so please help us. they make too much noise.” “Don’t disappoint my boy.” will be any need for the volunteers in Korea and they would be allow ed to return to China. There was no immediate reaction from the United States or other Western powers. Russian opposition to the cease fire proposal made it doubtful a truce could be arranged. Malik’s explanation indicated he expected the U. N. forces to withdraw first and this is a tondition which West ern delegates indicated they could not accept. Approval Expected The general assembly is ex pected to take up this cease-fire idea today, with approval ex pected. It calls on President Nas- rollah Entezam of the assembly and two persons to be named by Entezam to see if there is a basis on which a cease-fire can be ar ranged. The vote was taken after Can ada and the Philippines warned the Russians and the Chinese Com munists that the free nations would fight together if the Com munists start a war to gain their demands. The resolution approved by the committee was sponsored by Af ghanistan, Burma, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. No Overnight Solution Malik sarcastically said it was “naive” to assume that the cease fire group could settle the problem overaight. He said it was “danger ous” to keep on excluding Com munist China from discussions on the Far East problems. . Malik said the “fundamental, overriding objective” is the eva cuation from Korea of all foreign troops. “Without the withdrawal of for eign troops, which is the first con dition for the settlement of the Korean question, there can be no such thing as a peaceful settle ment,” Malik said. “Where foreign troops are present no just settle ment of the destiny of any people which finds itself under occupation can even be thought of.” The flashing battle was waged for near ly a half hour over the Sinuiju area on the Korean side of the Red Manchurian border. Pilots reported one hit on a MIG and no damage to their own planes. Earlier in the day 14 to 16 MIGS—the largest number to appear fighting in a sin gle dormation up to then—engaged U.S. jets in a brief clash in the same area. That fight was broken off without damage to the eight American jets involved. Farther south, the U.N. northwest front was generally quiet. A security blackout settled over the general picture in the critical Hamhung-Hungnam area of north east Korea. But a U S. 10th Corps spokesman there estimated that 10 Chinese divisions were putting pressure on the slender beachhead from three directions. Two light ground attacks on the oerimeter, which embraces Ham- ' ung and its Hungnam port on the wa of Japan coast were reported. Attack Repulsed Both attacks were repulsed, Chi nese in company strength wore captured American uniform* ia the first probing attack. The perimeter is manned by ele ments of three American and two South Korean divisions plus British and Puerto Rico units. They are from among the 60,000 or more Mlied troops drawn to the beach head from all northeast Korea. Chinese menacing the perimeter were hammered by carrier-baaed Marine and Naval fighter-bombers. 41so protecting the beachhead were the long-range guns of American warships. Field officers expected a sharp fight within the near future. Cor respondent Swinton reported Chi nese forces were seeping down from the north on foot. The heav- ost force was moving through the Suehong Valley north of Ham- hung. Move Forward Ag Honor Society Announces Award An award will be made to an outstanding freshman in the School of Agriculture by the Agricultural Honor Society. The winner will be selected on the basis of his grades, character, personality, and leadership ability. Any freshman in the School of Agriculture is eligible for the award to be presented on Mother’s Day. Freshmen who are interested may obtain more information from Dean Shepardson’s office. West of the Hamhung-Koto road other Chinese elements moved to ward the beachhead. A third force swung down from the northeastern coastal road, still well to the north of the right flank of the defense perimeter. It was down the Hamhung-Koto road that the U.S. First Maripe and Seventh Infantry Divisions re treated through a series of Red traps from the Cjhangjin Reservoir last week. 1 Intelligence reports indicated the. huge Chinese fo’rce menacing the Hamhung beachhead came from three or four army groups froin Manchuria. About The Commentator About The Engineer Engineer Editor Says . • • Commentator Editor Says ROBERT “TEX” McDANIEL Editor, The Engineer I still haven’t been able to fig ure out why I’m having to review The Commentator, magazine of the about a few things. For you music lovers, there they are— The Things. There have been two of them all along. “And most of the rest of me is know how to use one anyway.) And those pink polka dots all over my face—I think the staff must have been drunk when they thought that one up! “And look inside me at the title taken up with short fiction stories. School of Arts and Science, but page. Now why would any two I haven’t bothered to entirely di- occasionally an engineer must be gnys want to place their names gest these because there are still called on to arrest the critical right below Lennies Picture ? What a lot of unemployed joke writers shortage of capable staff writers are they hoping for, a date ? Some- raving around these United States, on The Battalion. body better tell them she’s ah’eady “But what I want to know is But to the subject on hand. taken by a junior. why my authors don’t place their The vexy name Commentator “And then pages two and thi’ee names at the beginning of the suggests a person who writes a re- of me are a complete waste. It is stories instead of the end. What mai-k or criticism. Considering obvious the type was set only to do they want, running room to the magazine as a whole to be take up the white space on the start with ? I, as a magazine, axn that person let us read its own page. just about to develop an inferioi-i- remarks and criticisms, about it- “But to my inspiration, my pride, ty complex. self. and joy of November, (published “And then, in addition I have If we listen carefully we can in December) pages four and five, two non-fiction features, an inter- hear The Commentator complain- “She is a Queen, is Lennie—we view with the Aggie Players and ing about the covex*, fickled as an love that gal. These pages could the SWC Basketball forecasts, old society matron, the magazine have been it, pictures of women, Even in spite of the bad reputa- likes to appear well dressed in sex, and pulti'itude. Thats what tion I have, this year’s staff could public, but. . . the boys want. But wdxat did they not shed any bad light on the Ag- “Oh honest to goodness, these do—they made an encyclopedia out gie Players. And that Basketball Arts and Science guys couldn’t of it. forecast was written by The Fight line up a photograph to be “In that slanting picture on ing Texas Aggie, need I say more, straight even if they used a page four they had to tell the And about those ads, my blood transit. (Probably they don’t world (100 subscribers that is) (See ENGINEERS, Page 6) By GEORGE CHARLTON Co-Editor, The Commentator This issue of a magazine, whose main purpose is to supply the lat est in engineering news via fea- College Station mailboxes will tures, profiles, pictures, and cax*- be crammed full this week, the rea- toons continues to serve in that son being that Student Publica tions has turned downright proli fic. For it is not often that, in one week, three student magazines roll off the presses. In fact, it’s not often that one student magazine rolls off the presses. Impossible happened this week. Two issues of The Engineer, the November and December issues, and one issue of The Commentator, the November offering, have made big time architect’s office. The Engineer should have more of this type material in later is sues. The Engineer has initiated this capacity and does a few other das- year a new layout for each issue tardly things besides. An injection of humor is what, perhaps, any technical publica tion needs. This issue, in that respect, is certainly not differ ent. However, for laughs, there are always the jokes. Comment; the years have been kind to them. And now, seriously. “An Ode to a Sophomoi’e C. E.,” their fateful journey through the a poem of considerable length men- A&M Press. We’ll take up the November Engineer, and ignore the rest. The Commentator will be cov ered by the editor of the Engin eer. I know, even now as I write this, that somewhere on this campus, in some smoke-filled room, another student is busily “taking care of” The Commenta tor. tioning in a humorous light the idiosyncracies of certain members of the CE Department staff is quite good and cleverly worded. (We hate to admit it.) concerning current issue affect ing engineers or engineering stu dents. This same type thing has been attempted in other magazines in the past and present with less space. The editorials are usually shoi’t, readable, and get the point over quite well without being terse. Battalion, take note. Now, for the technical matter. Special features of the magazine cover subjects ranging from rust prevention to the Dallas Water supply, perhaps the most timely of which deals with facts about uranium. These features, just like any factual articles, will interest some pletely enjoyable is “All Archi tects Have Secretaries.” The main plot concerns the trials and tribulations of an at tractive young secretary in a Egger Heads YMCA Planning Meeting King Egger presided over the South Texas YMCA and YWCA planning conference held on the A&M campus recently. Representatives from Sam Ho .s- ton State Teachers College, Te* as University, Prairie View, x ad TSUN were entertained at a iun -h- eon in Sbisa dining hall af er which programs and themes of ho sectional and regional encaxrp- for the various magazine depart- j ments for next spring were dis- ments. I cussed. Another bit of whimsy and com- intensely and strike others in quite another manner. However, these articles are always less wordy, so as to make more room State Senators Discuss Schools Taxes, Phones The Texas State Senate's committee on higher educa tion met on the campus yes terday to draw a draft for a tenative report on higher ed ucation. - The Draft will be submitted to the full council in session here to day. The committee has been review ing staff reports, testimony and suggestions of the advisory com mittee received at hearings in Austin Monday and Tuesday. All dealt with the subjects of coordination of higher education, negro education and junior col leges. Callan Graham, committee chair man, said the draft presented to the council today will be submit ted to the advisory committee and the council of college presidents. The college presidents will re turn the first draft with sugges tions which may be incorporated in a second draft to be presented to the council and it approved to the Legislature. Today’s session of the council, according to Executive Director John D. Mosley, heard staff re search reports on intrastate long distance phone rates and discus sion of additional material on tax ation.