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Number 86: Volume 51
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COLLEGE STATION (Aggieland), TEXAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY ^ 1951
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Price Five Cents
3 Board Members;
Await Senate OK
By DEAN REED
Three new members have been appointed to the A&M
System Board of Directors. The appointments were made in
Austin last week by Gov. Allan Shivers and are awaiting 1
approval by the State Senate.
Named to the board are H. L. Winfield of Fort Stockton,
James W. Witherspoon of Hereford, and Bob Allen of Ray-
They will each serve six-year terms. Retiring from the
board are John W. Newton, who has served as vice-president
since March, 1949; Henry Reese III, and Roy C. Potts.
Each of the three retiring members was appointed to
the board in 1945 by former Gov. Coke Stevenson. Re
appointments are not an uncommon practice, but Gov. Shiv
ers has announced a plan of naming new members from a
wider geographical spread on all college governing boards
Nation Eyes Railways
For Strike Break Sign
Col. E. W. Napier, PAS&T, left, gives words of
advice to men named to receive regular Air Force
Commissions. Upon graduation in June these
men will receive regular commissions in the Air
Force rather than a reserve commission. A total
of 15 “regulars” were given. Left to right on
the front row: Hubert P. Davis, William E. El
more, Cloyd J. Dowling, Jr., Dare Keelan.
Back Row: William T. Johnson, Robert G. Eng
lish, Simon S. White, Burt S. Bailey, Robert G.
Blanchard, Stanley G. Southworth. Not pictured
are Waymond C. Nutt, Gordon C. Edgar, Nor
man Braslau, Frank D. Frazier, Stephen Dar-
daganian and James B. Harrington.
Heaven Wins Out
ASABAB Reset; Architects
Jubilant; Plans Are Greater
Has Conf idence
Vote From AF
San Antonio, Tex., Feb 6
•—(AP)—A vote of confi
dence was expressed in Maj.
Gen. Charles W. Lawrence,
commanding general of Lack
land Air Force Base, and his staff
here Monday afternoon by the Air
Force’s top general.
General Hoyt Vandenberg, 52-
year-old chief of staff of the Air
Force, was here on a flying one-
With him on his short stop at
Lackland were General Nathan F.
Twinning, vice-chief of the Air
Force; Lt. Gen. Kenneth B. Wolfe,
deputy chief of staff for material
and Capt. Charles D. Schneider,
assistant aide to the chief of staff.
The group, which had been out of
Washington “a little over a day”
departed for an undisclosed air
base late Monday afternoon in the
Constellation which brought them
General Vandenberg’s visit, he
said, had no connection with the
probe of conditions at Lackland last
week by two separate groups.
One of them, a three-man citi
zens’ committe, has already issued
a preliminary report, saying they
found condtions satisfactory at the
The Air Force chief of staff de-
dined to comment on any phases of
' “We are here,” he told the San
Antonio Express in an exclusive
interview, “to see what the prob
lems are and what we can do to
“We are delighted in the way the
command as a whole has taken hold
at Lackland. It has meant long
hours of work for permanent party
personnel but the operations have
been smoothed out. I think the
appearance of the base is very
business like and I think General
Lawrence and his staff have done
a magnificient job.
“I am greatly impressed with the
type of people we are getting and
the enthusiasm and spirit with
which the new recruits are entering
into the Air Force,” General Van
This was his first visit to San
Antonio in about a year.
Twenty-five College Sta
tion and Bryan boys between
the ages of 14 and 21 will be
initiated into the newly es
tablished chapter of the Or
der of DeMolay tonight in Consol
idated High School Gymnasium. In
itiation ceremonies will begin at
(5:30 p. m. .
The Sul Ross Masonic Lodge No.
1300 of College Station will spon
sor the new organization.
Degree teams from a Houston
DeMolay Chapter will put on the
initiatory work for the local group.
After the degree instruction is
completed the team the Houston
Chapter will install the newly
elected officers of the College Sta
Refreshments will be served to
DeMolays and Masons attending
Williams to Teach
At Magnolia Plant
E. L. Williams, vice director of
the Texas Engineering Extension
Service, will conduct a training
program for the Magnolia Refinery
at Beaumont, Feb. 5-17.
E. L. Baab, chief of supervisor
training, will work with Williams.
Newton, who is vice-president of
the Magnolia Petroleum Company,
is a resident of Beaumont. He is
general chariman of A&M’s 75th
Anniversary Committee and head
ed Beaumont’s^ recent “Spindletop”
celebration, wliich marked the fif
tieth aniversary of the discovery of
oil in Texas.
Reese is a Gonzales publisher,
while Potts, is a merchant from
Newton received a BS in Chem-
istiy from A&M in 1912. He is the
only former student of the three
None of the three appointees at
tended A&M, but only one of the
six remaining members of the
board is not a graduate of the col
lege. He is A. E. Cudlipp, Lufkin
industrial executive. With the ex
pected confirmation by the Senate,
a five-four ratio will exist with
A&M exes in the majority on the
Witherspoon has been practicing
law at Hereford since his gradua
tion from the University of Texas
School of Law in 1929. He was
district attorney for the 69th Judi
cial District from 1933 to 1940,
when he was appointed judge of
The new director resigned the
judgeship in 1944 to devote his en
tire time to private practice of law.
Witherspoon is married and has a
son and daughter. He is active in
Rotary Club and Chamber of Com
merce work in Hereford.
Winfield is president of the Pe
cos County State Bank in Fort
Stockton. He lived almost simul
taneously in that city and in San
Antonio until August, 1947, when
he bought controlling interest in
He has served several terms in
the State Senate, withdrawing in
1948. Winfield was instrumental
in setting up Big Bend National
Park during his Senate tenure. In
1941, he was acting governor when
Coke Stevenson left Austin for
business in Washington. Winfield
was president pro tern of the Sen
ate at the time and took over as
acting executive until Stevenson
Besides his Fort Stockton bank,
he also has ranching interests in
that sector of West Texas. He
came to Fort Stockton from Aus
tin, after previous business expe
rience in Chicago.
Third of the appointees, Allen is
a vegetable grower, shipper and
packer from Raymondville.
The next meeting of the Board of
Directors will be held on the A&M
campus Feb. 24. New members
will attend the meeting at that
time if their appointments have
been confirmed by the Senate.
The entire Pacific area, includ
ing such historic countries as Ko
rea, the Philippines, Singapore,
Japan, Burma, Malaya, and Siam,
will be discussed tonight at a
panel discussion by men who ac
quired their knowledge of these
countries through practical ex
Subjects to be discussed are con
ditions of government, the politi
cal thinking, the trends of foreign
policy, and the customs, habits,
problems and philosophy of resi
dents of the South Pacific, Austra
lia, and the Far East.
Officers serving on the panel will
be Lt. Col. Chester C. Schaefer,
Artillery, New G’uinea; Lt. Col.
Shelly P. Myers, Artillery, Phil
ippine Islands; Lt. Col. Jordan J.
Wilderman, Artijlery, Japan; Maj.
Henry R. Greer, Infantry, South
west Pacific; Maj. William A. Bur-
russ, CE, Guam; CWO George W.
Lynch, Jr., Korea; and CWO Rob
ert B. Mills, Australia.
Washington, Feb. 6—(A 5 )—Rail
union leaders watched anxiously
today for reaction of their striking
members to a direct appeal from
the nation’s top defense mobilizer
for resumption of critical military
The leaders themselves made
no comment on the appeal.
Mobilization director Charles E.
Wilson, in a nationwide broadcast
made last night under auspices of
the White House, said the defense
The Mother's March on Polio,
originally scheduled for last Wed
nesday night, gets underway this
evening at 7 as March of Dimes
officials stage the final drive to
meet the badly lagging 1951 dimes
The “march” is scheduled to last
from 7 p. m. to 8 p. m. Workers
from each block in the cities of
College Station and Bryan will
solicit houses in their area, stop
ping for donations only at these
homes with porch lights on.
College apartment residents have
been requested by college officials
“Japan the Far East and
the Occupation” is the topic
to be discussed by Admiral
Benton W. Decker, former
commander of the American
Naval Base at Yokosuka, Japan, at
8 p. m. Wednesday in the' Assem
bly Room of the Memorial Stu
Admiral Decker is the first vis
iting speaker on the current Ad
ministration 405, Great Issues, pro
There will be no admission
charge to the meeting which is
open to the public, according to
Dr. S. R. Gammon, head of the
History Department and chairman
of the committee on great issues.
Yokosuka, located a few miles
from Tokyo, was once the number
one Japanese naval base. In the
four years that Admiral Decker
commanded the base, he developed
it into the keystone of our navy
in the Far East, Dr. Gammon said.
Eric Sevaried, news commentator
for the Columbia Broadcasting
System, previously scheduled to
speak Wednesday night, was forced
to cancel his engagement due to
the pressure of recent internation
al developments which require him
to remain close by CBS, according
to the committee chairman.
The second speaker for the Great
Issues program is James C.
O’Brien, chairman of the Man
power Division of the National Re
sources Conservation Board.
O’Brien is scheduled to speak
Feb. 19 on the topic, “National
Manpower Resources in Time of
National Emergency.” This will be
a return engagement for O’Brien
who spoke on a similar subject in
Col. H. L. Boatner, Commandant
and PMS&T, who has spent ten
years in the Far East and has ac
quired a well rounded knowledge
of the existing conditions there,
will present a short introduction to
the program which will include a
brief historical background of each
country in the area, its emminence
in world affairs, and its importance
from a strategical viewpoint.
Colonel Boatner will also ex
plain some scarcely studied facts
as to the differences between the
Pacific Area and Europe, why
these conditions were brought
about and what is being done to
change many of the more backward
Discussion will not be formal in
any way, and after the brief intro
ductory remarks by Colonel Boat
ner, any question which the audi
ence wants to ask, will be answer
ed by the board of officers.
The program will start at 7:15
and invitation is extended by the
YMCA to everyone interested.
effort was being badly handicapped
by a “creeping paralysis” of the
rail transportation system.
“No matter how serious your
grievances may seem to you, they
cannot justify the harm you are
now doing to your country,” Wilson
told the idle men.
“The Communists could not hope
to be this effective if they started
a full scale campaign of sabotage.”
His address was heard, among
others, by the group of union ne
on the outside door knob of their
apartments if they wish to contri
bute to the drive. This method
will be used because a lighted
candle or lantern suggested by the
March of Dimes Committee would
create a fire hazard.
March of Dimes Publicity Di
rector R. F. Cain said, this morn
ing, all residents should make a
point to remember the time of the
campaign and make plans to be
home between the hours of 7 and
8 p. rm
A blast from the fire whistle in
Bryan and the police car.sirens in
College Station will mark the be
ginning of the one hour period and
serve as a reminder to people of
both towns to turn on their lights.
Members of the College Station
Lion’s Club, sponsors of the 1951
March of Dimes, will stop at homes
on all rural roads in Brazos Coun
ty which have a light of some kind
burning by their front door.
These workers will also solicit
donations only during the one hour
set aside for the final drive.
Only $1,500 of the $9,500 goal
has been collected thus far, Dimes
Chairman H. T. Blackhurst said
yesterday, however, all the iron
lung collection containers in the
city of Bryan have not been picked
The containers are reported to
have brought in approximately $40
in the Memorial Student Center
at the College and approximately
$60 on the South side of College
Station. Other figures on College
Station collection points are still
Blackhurst urged all residents of
Brazos County to contribute gen
erously to the Mother’s March be
cause campaign officials ai’e de
pending heavily on the outcome of
this drive to meet the goal for
this year’s polio fund.
All tabulations for the campaign
are expected to be completed by the
end of the week, he added.
Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 6—(A 5 )—A
little alarmed by a warning to stay
away from windows, Southern Ne
vadans waited anxiously yesterday
for the fifth of the government’s
current atomic tests, and the “big
gest blast” yet.
When it will fall no layman
knows. But high government offi
cials are in town, and presumably
they want to get back to their
desks as quickly as possible.
The AEG, after Sunday’s warn
ing to avoid windows which might
splinter from sound waves set up
by the next explosion, had nothing
to say when dawn came and went
today without the now-familiar
flash in the northwest sky and
jarring concussion a few seconds
But residents figure this way:
The AEG issued no warnings be
fore, and last Friday’s jar broke
one big store window and caused
others, in the words of one witness
to bulge “like baloons.” Therefore,
they reason, the next one may be
gotiators called together by the
National Mediation Board in an
effort to find some indications a
break was imminent.
Strikes by “sick” members of
the Brotherhood of Railroad Train
men and others have seriously in
terfered with the movement of
supplies and munitions to Korea,
President W. P. Kennedy of the
striking trainmen told reporters
before Wilson spoke that “hundreds
of our men throughout the country
are responding to my appeal” to
return to their switching and brak
ing jobs in 100 terminals across
At immediate issue in the dis
pute is the railroads’ insistence
that an agreement signed at the
White House last Dec. 21 had com
mitted them and the four rail
unions to a three-year peace pact.
That agreement called for a 25
cent wage hike for yard service
employees on Jan. 1 and 10 cents
more for road service workers on
the same day.
But that White House memoran
dum was rejected by all four unions
—the trainmen, conductors, engi
neers, and firemen and enginemen.
In his radio appeal last night
Wilson called on the more than
12,000 strikers in 100 key rail cen
ters to “look at some of the things
this stiike is doing to the country.”
The basic dispute underlying the
situation goes back 23 months. The
trainmen and conductors then ask
ed for a 40 hour work week at 48
hours pay in the yards and a sub
stantial wage boost for those in
road or train service.
After an emergency board rec
ommended a smaller wage increase,
a strike was threatened for Aug.
27, and Mr. Truman seized the rail
roads to avert it.
Negotiations to resolve the basic
dispute floundered until Dec. 21,
when after a 25-hour continuous
session at the White House the
parties signed the “memorandum
of agreement” which the carriers
still are seeking to make the basis
for new talks. A “sick” walkout
at that time, similar to today’s,
preceded signing of the memoran
dum of agreement.
Local leaders of the four unions
rejected the agreement which top
union officials had approved. Union
leaders have contended, however,
that the agreement was only ten
tative pending the members’ action
and that the carriers knew that.
The outbreak of current strikes
came after the carriers launched a
widespread advertising campaign
reproducing the Dec. 21 pact as a
binding agreement and charging
the union failed to live up to it.
Washington, Feb. 6—(A 1 )—Draft
Director Lewis B. Hershey said
yesterday an order now awaiting
approval would remove the draft
exemption of 220,000 childless mar
ried men who a’re not veterans.
He added he sees no reason
“whatever” why physical and men
tal standards also should not be
lowered to tap 150,000 to 250,000
more men, now deferred.
Both groups would be in the 19
to 26 age group covered by the
present draft law.
Hershey, testifying before the
House Armed Services Committee,
said these steps still would not
meet the nation’s defense man
power needs. He stuck to his guns
in favor of an administration bill
W. D. (Pete) Hardesty, class of
’45, recently replaced Grady Elms
as Business Manager of Student
Hardesty entered A&M in the
Fall of 1940, attended for a year,
and was interrupted from his edu
cation by the war. He joined the
Navy and served till 1945 when
he received his discharge. He then
came back to A&M to finish his
Upon returning in 1945, he con
tinued to study Business and re
ceived his B. S. Degree in 1948-
He went to work for the Capitol
Prefabricators, Inc., Tyler, and re
mained there for a year. Hardesty
decided to continue his education
even further so he returned here
in the summer of 1949, and receiv
ed his M. S. Degree in business
in 1950. He then worked for the
East Texas Engineering Associa
tion, and remained there until the
By HPLAR NAMROG
What fate has befallen those
who planned for months to seek the
utmost in revelry at the Architec
tural Society’s Annual Beaux Arts
Ater extensive planning,' build
ing - ; designing, costuming, and dec
orating to follow the proposed
theme of “Heaven ’n’ Hell,” all was
But something was afoul.
Perhaps too much emphasis in
costuming and decorating was
placed on the ‘Hell’ phase of the
theme. Hence the ASABAB area
was stricken with devastating at
mospherical elements forcing a
postponement and allowing time
for the “error” to be rectified and
the more admirable aspect of the
theme to be followed.
Holocaust gripped the area and
the fourth stoop of the Academic
Building was transformed from a
lowering the draft age to 18, and
providing universal military service
Some congressmen are reluctant
to take 18-year-olds until the draft
of the 19-to-26 group it tightened.
Committeemen suggested two ad
ditional steps in this tightening
process: drafting of National
Guardsmen, and a stricter policy
in deferring “essential” industrial
and agricultural workers.
Hershey told the committee an
order to draft childless married
men aged 19 to 26 has been prepar
ed and turned over to defense man
power agencies, where he is vir
tually certain it will be approved.
The step also requires an execu
tive ox’der by President Truman.
The order would not apply to
married men with more than one
dependent. The law itself exempts
all war veterans.
Vinson said some men are enlist
ing in the Guard to dodge the
draft. He suggested that veterans
—not draft-eligible men—should
comprise the Guard.
Under present mental standards,
Sgt. Alvin York, famous World
War I Medal of Honor winner,
wouldn’t have “much of a chance,”
Dairy Team Takes
Second in Contest
The Junior Dairy Judging Team
placed second in the Collegiate
Dairy Judging Contest held at Ft.
Worth Wednesday in connection
with the Southwestern Exposition
and Fat Stock Show.
The team was composed of Billy
Trimmer, John Chrestner, Louis
Solomon, and James Lehmann.
Judging was followed by a ban
quet given by Ralston Purina and
Universal Mills for all who parti
cipated in the contest.
haven of anticipated enjoyment to
a frenzied melee of architects and
Dates, reservations, and plans
were postponed as corsages wilted
in the florists’ shops, but all is
not lost. The “correction” can be
made within a week . . . everything
is rearranged . . . the Architects
will experience another year of
So continue with your prearrang
ed plans and delete the “hellish”
components of your costume and
be at Sbisa Friday night at 8 sharp.
Best not be a second late, for a
mere moment may keep you from
enjoying 10 years of fun and frolic.
If you’re not a member of the
ASABAB aggregation (a member-’
ship more exclusive than Glenn Mc
Carthy’s Cork Club), then grab at
least two regular members of the
society for your protection; bor
row the $1.50 for stag or drag cov
er charge and join in the merry
You’ll dance to music at its best
emanating from the ranks of a
combo of North Texas State Col
lege students; all of whom have
recently played with Ray McKin
^ Buffet Supper
If you’re goiina be hungry after
the eventful dance, join the crowd
as they journey to the Brazos Coun
ty A&M Clubhouse for a buffet
supper prepared by the Architects’
Wives Club for all those who at
tend the gala affair.
The supper will feature the reg
ular buffet style of food ’n’ serving
and will be free to all those in cos
tume for ASABAB.
To Address BAs
Richard H. Hooper, representa
tive of RCA Victor Corporation,
will address members of the Bus
iness Society on “Television as a
Career,” Tuesday night at 7:30 in
rooms 3B and 3C in the Memorial
His talk will be directed toward
Business students, but a portion of
the talk will deal with the elec
tronic side of television.
The speaker has been selected
by the RCA Victor Division of
the Radio Corporation of America
for his knowledge on specific sub
jects and his ability to speak in
an interesting manner, T. W. Le-
land, head of the Business Depart
The meeting is open to the
UN Club to Hear
Aly Lasheen, student from
Egypt, will speak to the United
Nations Club in the YMCA Chapel
Friday night at 7:30 p. m.
Lasheen will address the group
and lead a discussion on “Islam.”
Only through the cooperation of
the members of the architecture
department and the concerted ef
forts of officers and committees
within the Architecture Society can
ASABAB take place with the ulti
mate success known in previous
Jack Stansbury and Frank Welch
are serving as chairmen in charge
of planning for ASABAB, wdiile
Milton Patterson, Tom Smith, and
Dusty Thomas head the committees
handling decorations and publicity.
For the first time in several
years first year architects have
been able to assist in the planning
and decorating due to their pres
ence on the campus again, and they
are commended for their indispens
Term - Limiting
New York, Feb. 6—GP)—
A constitutional amendment
to limit future presidents to
10 years in the White House
has gained ground in recent
weeks and may become the law of
the land this year.
Twenty-seven states already
have ratified it, leaving nine to
go for the necessary three fourths
majority of 36.
Latest to approve the change in
the constitution were Indiana on
Jan. 19, Montana on Jan. 25 and
Idaho on Jan. 30.
The proposed 22nd amendment
has been kicking around state Capi
tols since the spring of 1947, when
it cleared Congress with the stipu
lation that it must be ratified by
36 states in seven years (by March,
1954) to become effective.
It is on many legislative calen
dars this year.
Legislative leaders in Arizona
and Wyoming say they expect their
states to ratify it soon. In Ar
kansas, the resolution passed the
House overwhelmingly and no op
position has developed in the Sen
Indications are that at least six
states will not ratify. They are
Alabama, Tennessee, Rhode Island,
North Carolina, Nevada and Mary
In the doubtful column are Mas
sachusetts, West Virginia, Texas,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, Minne
sota, Utah, New Mexico, Georgia
Purpose of the amendment is to
make compulsory the two-term pre
cedent that began with George
Washington and ended with Mr.
It provides that a president may
serv§ only two elected terms, A
man who served up to two years
of anothers president’s unexpired
term could still serve an additional
Officer Panel Will
Discuss Far East
Polio March Opens
City Drive Tonight
By JOEL AUSTIN
Battalion City Editor
to hang a shoe, tie, old sock, etc.
Tightening of Exemptions
Asked by Draft Director