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    Circulated to
More Than 90% of
College Station’s Residents
The Battalion
City Editor
Discusses $200,000 Rond Issue
Benefits—See Page 2 Today
Number 70: Volume 51
Price Five Cents
Senate OK’s
Foreign Student
Chapel Project
A&M will definitely have a schol
arship to bring a European student
to this college next year, unless
plans of the Student Senate go far
The Senate, meeting last night in
the Senate Chamber of the Memo
rial Student Center, voted almost
unanimously in approval of a mo
tion by Allan Eubank to make
plans to bring a foreign student to
A&M. Only one vote was cast
against the motion.
Money for financing the scholar
ship would be obtained from the
Campus Chest drive. Last year’s
drive netted enough to finance a
Twelfth Man Scholarship and to
contribute well over $500 to the
World Student Service Fund.
Replaces WSSF
Under Eubank’s proposal, the
“foreign student scholarship” will
be substituted for the WSSF gift.
The scholarship will be for one
year and will give the selected
student $600. This scholarship may
be renewed from year to year if
he makes satisfactory progress.
The student will be brought in
as a freshman and preferably made
a member of the Corps of Cadets,
Eubank said; Another motion by
him'was- passed, one which will
request the president of the col
lege to waive'requirements of pay
ing the $125 out-of-state fee and
for the necessity of being a grad-
i uate student.
Three countries in-Europe have
been' tentatively selected as the
[ recipient of the award. Joe Full-
l er’s motion that-the student body
, vote on one of the three—Germany,
! Austria, or Norway—was passed
i by the senators. A blank would
be left on* the ballot for write-ins.
Thefts to be Checked
Three men were named to a com-
1 mittee to “investigate thefts of ar-
1 tides at Texas University Thanks-
I giving and to take appropriate ac-
i tiop.” Named were Dan Davis,
Bill Cornish, and Joe Johnson.
Several senators told of incidents
? happening to them or to friends,
I claiming the theft of uniforms,
I bags, and other belongings during
; the corps trip to Austin Nov. SO.
Bennie Zinn, assistant dean of
l men, told the governing body that
$1,160 worth of uniforms and other
I equipment had been reported stol-
| en. He said Texas University of
ficials were working on the situa-
i tion and had returned “some of the
: lost articles.” '
| . The special Senate committee
meets with Zinn today at S p.m. to
begin work on the problem.
Endorsement of the Senate was
? given to a report, written by Curtis
Edwards, which will request an i the Tech delegation at a recent
inter-faith chapel for the A&M meeting of the Texas Intercolle-
campus. Edwards, chaplain of the giate Students Association execu-
Senate and president of the Inter- tive committee in Houston, is ex-
Faith Council, will send the report
to Dr. M. T. Harrington, president
of the college.
“We expect to finance the build
ing by private donations,” Edwards
said. “We would like to show our
officials that student sentiment is
behind such a drive.”
W. D. “Pusher” Barnes made the
motion to endorse Edwards’ pro
posal, seconded by Joe Johnson.
Senate approval was also given
to a plan proposed by Texas Tech
students to create a “Who’s Who
in Texas Colleges and Universi
ties.” The plan, brought up by
pected to go before the TISA con
vention here in March.
TISA Subjects
Eight subjects were selected by
the senators as their choices for
panel discussions at the spring con
vention. They were “extent of
student control in college affairs,”
“foreign students,” “finance (for
student government groups),” “stu
dent price control,” “how to stim
ulate interest in student govern
ment,” “faculty evaluation,” “cul
tural entertainment,” and “sports
manship and intercollegiate rela
Boatner Clarifies
Cadet Draft Status
Col. H. L. Boatner, PMS&T and commandant, this morn
ing released a statement explaining how A&M Cadet Corps
students stand in the present draft situation.
The statement was prompted by the post-holiday rash
of conflicting newspaper stories and rumors concerning
ROTC deferments, selective service, and mass enlistment of
college students.
It reads:
Students have returned from the holidays with a rash
of new rumors concerning Selective Service.
Selective Service now is being processed in accordance
with the law passed by the last Congress. No changes can
be made in that law by local draft boards but must be made
by the new Congress now in session. This will take time for
deliberation, approval, and then implementation by draft
boards throughout the United States.
• Necessary forms have been forwarded on all advanced
ROTC contract students in this college to effect their defer
ment from the draft and get them placed in category 1-D.
Similar action has been taken on all Sophomore students in
the ROTC.
• Those students enrolled in Freshman Military Science
are now entitled to deferment by virtue of being in college,
and an ROTC-draft-deferment will be processed on each in
dividual student during March or April 1951. This will place
them also in category 1-D.
It must be realized that Selective Service officials, and
especially local boards, are working largely as volunteers
and, in general, have not had long experience in administer
ing the current Selective Service law and are subjected to
considerable pressure of business.
They discuss and give oral decisions daily on individual
cases involving many different elements, and these for var-
(See CADET DRAFT, Page 4)
Ag Fraternity
To Be Installed
Early in March
A student chapter of Alpha
Zeta, national agricultural
honor fraternity, will be in
stalled at A&M early in
March, C. N. Shepardson,
dean of the School of Agriculture,
said today.
Petition for the Aggie chapter
was presented to the national or
ganization meeting in Kansas City
last week. Marvin Twenhafel, sen
ior Ag Eco major from La Grange,
who holds an Opportunity Awards
Scholarship and John Oglesby of
Goldthwaite, a senior in agricul
tural education, presented the pe
tition for the chapter. They are
members of the A&M Agricultural
Honor Society, and were elected
to present the petition.
“The awarding of the chapter
to A&M College is recognition of
the outstanding agricultural pro
gram and the high level of schol
arship at A&M,” Dean Shepardson
who attended the Kansas City
meeting, said.
Membership in Alpha Zeta is re
stricted to outstanding juniors and
seniors in the school of agricul
ture. The organization gives recog
nition to and fosters the promotion
of scholarships and leadership in
the fields of agriculture. Members
get national recognition.
Alpha Zeta was organized in
1898 at Ohio State. There are now
45 chapters in 45 states.
Cadet Cagers Bump Rice Owls
For First SWC Victory, 51-39
Hospital Patients
Given Xmas Party
Patients at McCloskey Veterans
Administration Center hospital,
Temple, Texas, received gifts of
apples on Christmas Eve as a re
sult of money collected at the
Annual Christmas party given by
the Dean of Men’s Office.
The party, given in the Housing
Office, was attended by approx
imately 60 members of the staff
and guests of the Dean’s Office.
Each contributed t&ehty-five 'cbtits
toward buying the veterans’ gift.
Santa Claus, played by Herschel
Burgess, distributed the gifts. Cof
fee and cookies were served.
The guest list included Chancel
lor Gibb Gilchrist; Assistant to the
Chancellor E. L. Angell; Henderson
Shuffler, head of the Information
Department; President Emeritus
Frank C. Bolton, President M. T.
Harrington, and Dean of the Col
lege C. C. French.
Buddy Davis, versatile, tall Cadet center, plops in another two
points for the Aggies during last night’s 51-39 victory over the
Rice Owls. All-Conference Jewell McDowell (10) looks on while
the conference’s leading scorer, until last night, Joe McDermott
(44) and other Owl cagers look on helplessly.
Floyd’s Quintet Displays
Confidence With Easy Win
A&M’s aggressive cage quintet opened the 1951 con
ference campaign with a bang that was heard throughout
Texas and submerged the Rice Owls 51-39.
It was the best offense and defense that Coach Dan
Suman’s Owls could offer, but it wasn’t enough to do the
job, as the Cadets exhibited cool calmness in winning their
first conference contest.
: f Some 3,900 DeWare Field House
fans howled and cheered as a game
that had started slow—only five
points being scored in the first
seven minutes—then showed ga
zelle-like swiftness, as the Floyd-
men gained a comfortable 14 points
margin six minutes deep in the
second half.
Aggies Show Confidence
Sparkling ability that showed
control, deftness, and, most of all,
confidence were the outstanding
characteristics of an Aggie cage
team that has see-sawed through
11 preconference bouts to mark the
win column five times.
Jewell McDowell, Buddy Davis,
Marvin Martin, Leroy Miksch —
these are the names that the par
tisan fans will remember for weeks
to come, as they displayed remark
able prowess in defending their
goal like the cover of an eight day
Voting Places Set
For Bond Election
Three College Station voting
places will open at 8 a. m. Mon
day for balloting On a $200,000
utility bond issue.
Greiser’s Electric Service, Black’s
Pharmacy, and the City Hall will
house the ballot boxes from the
three city wards. These voting
places will be open until 7 p. m.,
city officials announced today.
Included in the bond issue will
be $70,000 for electrical expan
sions, $20,000 for water main ex
tensions, and $110,000, for the
eventual construction of a sewage
disposal plant.
If passed, payments on the
bonds will be made from collec
tions of water and sewer revenue
only. The City Council also ruled
if the local citizens accept this
bond issue, no further bonds can be
issued against water and sewer
collections until these are paid off.
College Station Mayor Ernest
Langford pointed out yesterday
that each division of the bond will
be balloted separately so voters
might strike out any section they
disapprove. The mayor added,
however, if part of the is-
(See VOTING, Page 4)
New Building,
Equipment Aid
Local Cleaners
New equipment including
an 800 gallon storage tank
and a 3,200 gallon-per-min-
ute pressure filter has been
combined with reconditioned
equipment to facilitate cleaning,
Joel C. English, manager of the
Campus Cleaners, said yesterday.
The new $23,000 building with
50 per cent more floor space and
three times as much rack space is
expected to increase the efficiency
greatly. Two day service, except in
case of emergencies, will be stand
ard, English added.
The space formerly occupied by
the Former Student Association
owned and operated project will
remain open as a receiving sta
tion, along with the Campus Cor
ner station. Cleaning will also be
accepted at the new building ad
jacent to the college laundry.
According to Carl A. Birdwell,
Exchange Store manager, most of
the space formerly occupied by the
Cleaners will be utilized by the
store for storage as soon as the
Western Union station housed in
East corner of the building is
moved and an elevator installed.
$300 Turf Research Gift
Received by Ag Station
A check for $300 has been re
ceived by the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station, toward the
turf research fund, Dr. R. D. Lewis
station director, announces.
Davis Throttles McDermott
Exemplifying this is last night’s
statistical record of Rice’s Joe Mc
Dermott, who, prior to the Aggie
encounter, was high point man
among SWC cage stars with an 18
point game average.
It was the 6’ 8” frame of A&M’s
Davis that stood in front of Mc
Dermott on every move and allow
ed him to credit a minute six
points for the Houston quint.
Not Allowed To Shoot
Leading 22-18 at halftime, the
Cadet cagers returned for the final
period with a defense that allowed
the Instituters only four field goal
attempts in the first 12 minutes of
the second half, while the Aggie
lead grew with “leaps, chunks, and
Cadet mainstay Davis fouled out
of the conference opener with
seven minutes remaining on the
clock and Rice’s Gerhardt followed
(See AGGIES, Page 2)
MSC Opening Third, SMU Win Fourth
Basic Division, Harrington Inauguration Top 1950 Stories
It was an eventful year, this departed 1950—on our own campus
as well as in the nation and the world. They called it the mid-century,
a year in which changes were fast and startling.
Thus it seems only natural in selecting the top ten stories of the
past year that The Battalion staff should award the number one spot
to one of the most revolutionary plans attempted on this campus in
lome time.
of all that heard him. His recent appointment as Supreme Allied place in as many years. The 1950 award was for national first place
Commander in Europe cinches his previously strong bid as outstanding in the Lumberman Mutual Insurance Companies’ Contest on Safe
campus visitor of the year.
3. Opening of the Memorial Student Center—The number three
spot went unquestionably to the September 20 story that showed, in
credibly as it seemed, that this long awaited addition to the campus
was even moi’e magnificent than most, of us had dared to hope.
The first month or two found the MSC not-yet-completed, but,
’But'before we get ahead of ourselves, we’ll explain how what ste P b y ste P- 11 became i ust what we bad been promised-A&M’s Living
tve consider the top local events of 1950 were chosen. A full slate
»f happenings was selected from back files of our papers. This list
tvas narrowed down to about half its original size. One more vote
determined the final rankings of the stories.
The following then is what we consider the highlights of 1950.
You may remember some of them well. Others may have slipped your
Driving, daily division. Gov. Allan Shivers was on hand April 4 to
see the paper receive $500 and a certificate of editorial excellence.
The Batt also received the National Safety Council’s Public Interest
Award. Best reward, though, was a return from Christmas vacations
that found all students safe and sound. No traffic deaths were re
ported this year either as the paper published its second annual safety
Room. Its effects are just now beginning to be felt by the student 9. Presentation of the Liberty Bell Replica to A&M—The number
body. We feel that the $2,000,000 structure will eventually bring nine top event took place while most students were away on summer
about one of the most far-reaching changes yet felt on the campus. vacation. But they found out about it upon their return to the campus
4. The SMU Victory and Corps Trip—Certainly one of the most when the replica of the famous Liberty Bell took the spot in the
enjoyable events of the last year, our fourth place choice will probably Academic Building long held by the trophy case. Gov. Shivers was
retain a place in the memories of others besides Aggies. Few will bere to mak e the presentation on July 5 and commented, “The campus
mind. We hope, though, that you’ll agree with us that these stories deny that the game itself was* the best played-in the conference this
or events were the most important, the most prominent or the most year. As important as that, though, is the perfect Corps Trip that
far-reaching in their effect of all that shared space in the paper with probably won more good will for A&M students than any event of the
them. • past several years. Of course, the presentation of Aggie Sweetheart
1. The Establishment of the Basic Division—This story first broke “ Dot ” Mangum didn’t hurt a bit. And those that are up on their foot-
on Jan. 16 when a banner headline announced that the Class of ’54 bab statistics will always remember the amazing performance of Bob
would be housed on the Campus. Bryan Field, or the Annex, was Smith that found the Aggie All-American rushing for a record 306
■ doomed after a definitely unpopular existance of almost four years. y ai ’ds and scoring two touchdowns.
There were probably few of the readers who more than glanced at 5. The Prexy Cup Bowl Game—And the gridiron furnished the
this business about a “Basic Division.” That part of the story, though, next top story of 1950, too. Only this was a Yankee gridiron on which
was by far the more revolutionary happening. A&M was stepping the inspired Texas Aggies followed a Bob Smith-led march through
into fields as yet unknown to higher education in the South. So far, Georgia which left the vaunted Southerners trampled 40-20 in the
indications are that the step was a wise one, indeed. We feel that wet turf. “Bruisin’ Bob” made the boys up East sit up and take notice
the future will insure that it was. ' when he hugged the pigskin to his side and roared 100 yards for a
But the rest of our top story was written some time later under touchdown on the opening play kick-off. Before he was through,
a headline that was nearly lost among the big events of a Parent’s Smith accounted for 302 yards in the University of Maryland’s Byrd
day week-end. This was the announcement that things would be dif- Stadium. The game was the first bowl appearance for the Aggies since
ferent for others besides the freshmen. It was called a “housing” 1944. The few who saw it and the millions who listened to the game
change and laid the framework for another slightly less than revo- will long remember it.
jutionary change around these parts. The story explained new rul- 6. “Colonel Joe” Leaves for Active Duty—Most of the corps mem-
ings preventing seniors without rank from living with a regular outfit, bers felt that an A&M institution had gone when they saw the number
Thus arose this year’s numerous Senior Companies. It also gave six story of the year on September 22. Lt. Col. Joe Davis turned over
sophomores, for the first time, a choice between living in an outfit his long-time reign as assistant to the commandant to the capable of Texas A&M College is a logical depository for this relic.” Many
Top City Stories Named
With its selection of the top stories of the year, The Bat
talion. Staff has also named the top three city storiqs of 1950.
Heading the list is the mid-night fire which completely de
stroyed the home of J. H. Bogai'd at 218 Harrington Drive in
College Hills on July 28.
Resulting in a near $17,000 damage, the fire brought about
much controversy concerning the adequacy 1 of fire fighting fa
cilities in College Station. The City Council appointed a special
committee to investigate the possibilities of increased fire pro
tection. The committee has yet to finish its survey.
Next on the list was the scare caused early last January
when several rabid dogs, were discovered about the city. A state
of emergency was declared by the mayor while the situation was
being brought under control. The story with the mayor’s proc
lamation of a state of emergency was carried in the January
11 edition.
The story which asked College Station residents to limit
their consumption of water during a critical shortage in August
rated third place in the selections. Early August found College
Station water reservoirs dangerously low with no rellief in
sight. The situation lasted for over a week.
or not doing so. Non-conti'act juniors found themselves civilian stu
dents when the new school year started. Many dire predictions were
made concerning the new set-up, but so far no results of a disas
trous nature have shown.
2. Inauguration of President M. T. Harrington with “Ike” as
hands of Lt. Col. M. P. Bowden. Colonel Joe, who first took the du
ties as a regimental commander at Camp Chafee, Ark., ... is now head
of the ROTC program in Texas with offices in Austin.
7. Anniversary Day—Aggieland moved into it’s seventy-fifth year
other colleges and cities of Texas had requested possession of the
10. The Negro Question in TISA—The nomination for the final
place in our top ten stories went to one of the controversial questions
of the year. The Texas Intercollegiate Student Association, of which
Oct. 4 with an impressive program that rated the lucky seven spot on
Main Speaker—A cold, windy day found dignitaries of every kind and our yearly round-up. The day marked the opening of a year-long A&M is a member, was to decide whether or not to admit delegates
description witnessing another revolutionary event at A&M—the in- series of celebrations marking the Diamond Anniversary of A&M. from Negro colleges. In a stormy session, the A&M Student Senate,
auguration of the first Aggie-ex to become president of the College. Looking back over a successful past, Texas’ oldest state college looked voted against Negro admittance to send the Aggie delegates to the
To students, exes and supporters of A&M generally, this move prom- to an even brighter future. TISA convention so instructed. The TISA shelved the question for as most heartbreaking loss of the year
student governments of most Texas schools, meets on the campus in
early March of this year.
★ ★
Those, then, were the top 10 stories of 1950 in The Battalion. Per
haps others should have been included. Many came close to the nom
ination. Among the near-choices were the Guion Hall controversy
of a year ago, the “Boots to Boutoniers” style show, the SMU “bull
dog incident,” the Baylor “bear incident,” the Military Ball, tbe Cot
ton Ball, the Sakamoto story, the visit by Glenn McCarthy and the
meeting of the Texas Legislative Council.
Realizing that some of the stories of 1950 that rated special notice
could not be rated in the top 10, we would like to make special recog
nition to a few, other events, stories and personalities.
In this category we find the following:
1. Best Human Interest Story—Unanamous choice here went to
the death of Spot, unofficial mascot of A&M for thepast several years.
A black-bordered box announced that the large, well-known canine
had been struck by an auto on October 12. The following day anoth
er story recounted the known life of the usually indifferent dog who
probably visited more class-rooms during his time here than most
students. Many of our female readers were extremely sad over the
2. Most Unusual Story—Here again the vote was all for the win
ner, a tale of the 230-pound senior who fell through the M.E. shop
roof to land on top of Prof. R. A. “Pop” Downaid. Downard, who whs
knocked unconscious, remarked, “That’s the first one that ever came
through the roof to see me.” The humor of the story was heightened
by a mispelled headline that read, “Student Drops From Sky, Floors
Unsepecting Prof.”
3. Best Wire Coverage—The Korean Situation receives the nod
on this one. The Battalion, which picked up the first reports of troub
le from the Associated Press in the latter part of June has been able
to furnish local readers with the latest coverage in this area due to a
night and early morning Associated Press wire service plus the pe
culiarity of time differences in Korea that bring most big story breaks
in the early morning hours here.
4. Best Feature of the Year—Former co-editor Bill Billingsley,
now a staffer of the San Angelo Standard Times, penned this one, a
long but interesting account of another former co-editor, Kenneth
Bond. The story appeared Feb. 9. Bond is now A&M’s sports publi
city director and Billingsley is placing good features aplenty before
West Texas readers.
5. Odds and Ends—Just so we don’t miss anything we might name
Religious Emphasis Week Speaker Dr. Henry Crane as the most in
teresting personality to visit the campus . . . the Spike Jones Show
as the most over-publicized event of the year . . . Dub King’s resigna
tion as the most under-publicized event of the year . . . the Rice game
the draft as best grade-
ised an even brighter future for the school. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who 8. Safety Awards—The Battalion is extremely proud to point to further consideration. Much pro and con argument was heard on the point booster of the year .
made the main address for the ceremonies, strengthened the confidence an eighth place story that showed it winning its second national first campus and will probably arise again when the body, representing visitors of the year.
and females, still most popular campus