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The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 28, 1953, Image 1

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Frankly Speaking Finale or Farewell to Old Army’ A&M Needs Emphasis On Education By FRANK N. MANITZAS The operation of a newspaper is not easy. These brief paragraphs cannot begin to express my ap preciation to those who have made this year one of the best The Battalion has ever experienced. 4 First and foremost responsible is my hard work ing staff who sacrificed many hours of sleep and partying with the only compensation being the knowledge of a job well done and a few thanks. It lias been the most cooperative, hardest working staff that I have seen in five years. To the A&M Press, I would like to extend my warmest feeling of appreciation. Steve, Sully, George, Joe, Hefty, and Bill — plus the manager Frank Tucker, these men saw the newspaper through its final stages. Our circulation department has helped us in bringing the final edition to you—the reader. Last, but not least, to Roland Bing and Carl Jobe —more thanks. Their guidance and assistance was instrumental in the operation of The Battalion. As a graduating senior, I will be leaving A&M this weekend. It probably will be some time before I can return. Through a last fling of my ego, type writer and paper, I would like to sing my swan song. This is for you. These are my thoughts of a college. More specifically, this is “A Story of Texas A&M.” “Where’s A&M going?” “To hell, of course.” This conversational static has passed through practi cally every student that has entered this institution during the last 14 years. Most of them however concede the fact and relinquish this ringing phrase: “Old Army has gone to hell.” To tell the truth, I believe the latter persons are correct. A&M has been to that fabulous place, and now is re turning. Every now and then, however, through no fault of its own, the institution grasps and braces itself as it moves in reverse gear, back to that place it is trying to leave. Although hell is imaginary in this sense, the progress the college has made during the last 14 years is a story in itself. It would be unfair, however, to fail mentioning here that every educational institution in the country has changed for the better during the last 14 years. Many have changed for the better, if for no other reason, because they are edu cating more persons than ever before. The new president of the Former Students Association, J. Harold Dunn ’25 of Amarillo, in a speech last weekend to the FSA Council stressed the progress the school has made and what it must do in the future, and that is, to adjust to changes. He made, what many would call, a strictly “New Army” speech. And it is gratifying to see a former student admit that the “good old days” are gone forever, and good rid dance. And President Harrington said in his inaugural ad dress: “From the beginning of time, the one unpardon able sin in nature has been to stand still. When a nation or an institution, or an organization, or an individual be comes too complacent, the end is not far off; in fact, the seeds of decay are already active. When an organization takes more pride in its past than what it is doing today, you may write ‘Finis’ across its history .... There is only one road to success. It is the road ahead.” In 1939, A&M’s enrollment began its upward climb. Since that time, the college has kept its enrollment of re gular students above the 5,000 mark, except for the war years when it was being used by the Armed Forces. Having outgrown its prep school size as a military academy, A&M has begun to rise into the greater education al circles. But too many times, the wheel slips and misses a few cogs. Nevertheless the educational standards of A&M—if there are such things for a college, A&M probably has them—are on the rise. This may be shown in the growing popularity of liberal arts and science courses and in the development of engineer ing and agricultural curricula. Yet it is ridiculous and as- sinine to say, “A&M is only an agricultural and mechanical school” and kick the liberal arts persons in the teeth. No educator can deny the fact that without a strong liberal arts curriculum, the remainder of the curricula cannot be strong. Consequently, it is necessary that these courses be im proved, materially and spiritually, when the opportunities continue to arise. Some of the top men of the administration have said that the Corps of Cadets is not functioning today as it should. They say, that in the corps there are great potential possibilities for building leadership and character. This may be true. However, a military system—regard less of its avowed purpose—is immature in that it tends to promote mass thinking, not individualism. To say the least, in our modern terms, it is un-American. One does not have to have a military school to build leadership, chai’acter, responsibility. One does not need a military school to promote respect for constituted authority. One does not need a military school to produce good officers who are capably trained and willing to serve in the defense of their country. (See A&M IS ONE DRESS COLLEGE, Page 2) Circulated Daily To 90 Per Cent Of Local Residents Battalion Published By A&M Students For 75 Years PUBLISHED DAILY IN THE INTEREST OF A GREATER A&M COLLEGE No. 78: Volume 53 COLLEGE STATION (Aggieland), TEXAS THURSDAY, MAY 28, 1953 Price Five Cents Bertrand to Speak C. Heaton Named CHS Valedictorian Charles Heaton will be valedic torian for A&M Consolidated High tSchool’s senior class at their grad uation exercises at 8 p. m. Mon day, June 1, in Guion Hall. Martha I Ergle will be salutatpxian. Valedictorian and salutatorian I were chosen on a basis of grade I average for the 12 years of school. | *Heaton was highest, with a 92.- **94 average. Miss Ergle was next with a 92.820 average. Runner-up was Tom Barlow, with a 92.273 average. Basic Division Dean John R. Bertrand of A&M’s Basic . Division will speak to the 26 graduates. Supt. L. S. Richardson will pre sent the graduates. C. A. Bonnen, president of the school board of trustees, will award the diplomas. Scholarships will be announced \>y J. J. Skrivanek, high school principal. Miss Margaret Berry, organist, *und the CHS chorus will provide music for the program. Chorus di rector Robert Boone will lead the rudience in singing “Consolidated -’High School.” Invocation and Benediction The Rev. Robert L. Darwall of St. Thomas Episcopal Chapel will give the invocation, and the bene diction will be given by Barbara Van Tassel. James F. Fowler, minister of the A&M Church of Christ, will preach the Baccalaurate service at 8 p. m. Sunday in his church. The Rev. Charles G. Workman of the A&M Presbyterian Church will give the invocation and the school chorus will sing. Graduates are as follows: Margaret Ann Arnold, Martha Ergle, Mary Louise Exley, Mary Louise Liguez, Shirley Moffett, Ann Morgan, Barbara Robertson, Patsy Ross, Marsha Sharp, Bar bara Van Tassel, Esterlyn King. Bryon Andrews, Tom Barlow, Willie Benavidez, Don Burchard, David Carrol, Rod Cook, Homer Franks, Paul Harris, Charles Heat on, James D. Johnson, John Man- thei, Joe Motheral Jr., Antone Nemec, Noel Stanley, Don Wil son. New Aggie Gets ‘Spirit * Loses Money Governor Allan Shivers didn’t know what he was get ting into when this year’s sen iors made him an honorary member of the Class of ’53. Since Shivers, a University of Texas graduate, is now of ficially an A&M former stu dent too, the Former Students Association sent him a re quest for a donation. And the governor paid. Cadet Corps Gets Highest Praise from ’S3 Inspectors To the A&M Student Body: As this 1952-53 school years draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank each member of the student body for his cooperation and contribution in making- this an outstanding year in the history of our school. The success of any organization depends upon the united help of all con cerned, and especially is this true in the case of an educational institution which is composed of students, faculty and staff. The academic achievement of the students has increased, and our seniors have never been as greatly esteemed and as greatly sought after by representatives of business, industry and the professions as this year. The Corps of Cadets re ceived its highest praise this year from our visitors on Mili tary Day and from the members of the annual inspection team. The majority of the students have,respected constitut ed authority and have worked with and supporded those whose responsibility it is to lead our college on to greater achievement. To those who are graduating this week, I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes for success and hap piness in the years ahead. I hope you will always have de votion and high regard for your Alma Mater. To those of you who will return next fall, I hope you will have a happy and enjoyable vacation period. May the summer months be profitable and furnish you with renewed energy and enthusiasm for another successful year. We will be eagerly looking forward to your return to school. Best wishes to each and every one of you. Sincerely, M. T. Harrington President Seniors Gel Degrees, Commissions Friday System to Set Profs ‘ Week ? On June 9 The question of A&M in structors working a 40 hour week will be decided June 9 at an A&M System officials meeting, said E. L. Angell, as sistant to the chancelor. The bill, passed by the State Legislature last week, states persons working in offices of state departments, institutions, or agencies will work a 40 hour week, starting Sept.l, Angell said. Angell explained it was not known whether the bill would effect teachers. College offices will still remain open from 8 a. m. to noon on Saturdays, he said. Air Force and Army second lieutenant commissions will be awarded to 435 graduating- seniors tomorrow before they re ceive their degrees at the annual commencement ceremonies. Brig. Gen Matthew K. Deichelmann, commandant, U. S. Air Force ROTC Montgormery, Ala., will deliver the principal address at 1 p. m. to the prospective officers. He will also present the Air Force commissions. Brig. Gen. Numa A. Watson, chief of staff, Headquarters Fourth Army, will present the army commissions. Speak to Cadets Corps Chaplain O. C. (Putter) Jarvis will give the invo cation. Following the invocation, President M. T. Harring- ■♦ton will speak to the cadets. After the commissions have been Sea !)iving Rig Presented By ASC Student A deep sea diving suit has been presented to the A&M Research Foundation by Mel vin R. Best, student at Ar lington State College. “This equipment is in excellent condition and will require only minor repairs before being put into operation,” Dr. Dale F. Leip- per, head of the oceanography de partment, said. “It is equipped with enough air hose to allow at tainment of depths as great as 150 feet.” The oceanography department plans to use the suit in connection with its work in the Gulf of Mexico, Leipper said. It will be come a part of the equipment of the “Atlantic”, to be renamed “Observer which is now being converted for oceanographic work at Galveston. Park Monument Dedicated Friday June 4 Last Day to Turn In Uniforms The last day to turn in uni forms is June 4, five days after school is finished for the spring semester. Last than 50 per cent of the cadet corps has turned in its uni forms, according to information released by the Military Property Custodian warehouse I Aiound 500 Army cadets have i turned in uniforms, while the Air ; Force figure is a comparatively shm 350. The cadets are simply not com ing over,” say the men on duty in ! the clothing warehouse. Some ) cadets have been back two and three times to turn in a single shirt or a pair of pants which was missing from their original turn in. Lines so far have been small, said the men working in the ware house, with only a few cadets hav ing to wait more than 15 or 20 ! minutes. Cadets may turn in their friends’ j uniforms if they desire, but the employes request that the cadets know the full name, with middle j initial, and classification of their i buddies. Best, who will complete his j “All of the men can’t possibly technical training at Arlington | turn in their uniforms before this summer, has used the suit on Saturday,” said the men, “as we various jobs over the state, can’t handle that many.” A monument in memory of A& M men who served in the Spanish- American War will be dedicated tomorrow at 11 a. m. on the cam pus. The monument was erected by the American Memorial Associa tion Inc., of Texas. Accept the Monument Officers of the Association and some of the surviving members of the war will be here for the dedi cation. President M. T. Harrington, will accept the monument on behalf of the college. The monument is located in Spence Park, just west of the new area dormitories. The dedication is open to the public. The monument was designed by Randall L. Fowler, junior archi tecture major of Dallas. Various Places The Association has placed monuments in various places throughout the state. It was org anized in 1949. Its purposes in part, as outlined in the by - laws, “is to erect monuments, collect and Li brary A nnou n ces Summer Schedule During summer school, the li brary will keep its regular hours except for Sunday. Sunday hours will be 6 to 10 p. m. Before summer school, the fol lowing schedule will be observed: May 29, 8 a. m. to 5 p. m.; May 30, 8 a. m. to 12 noon; May 31, closed; June 1 to 5, 8 a. m. to 5 p. m.; June 6, 8 a.m. to 12 noon; June 7, closed; June 8, 8 a. m. to 5 p. m.; June 9, begin regular schedule. preserve and display relics and documents commemorating the history and achievements of the war with Spain, the deeds of our heroic dead.” Judge John White of Dallas, is president of the Association; W. D. DeGrassi of Amarillo and Frank L. Chatham of San Antonio, are vice-presidents; Peyton L. Irving Jr., of Dallas, is secretary. Treasurer R. T. Barlow of Houston, is as sistant secretary; John F. Alber of Houston, is treasurer and D. H. Smith of Houston, is chairman of finance. Doc Asbury ‘Much Better’ Monday Springs Schrader Receives Bronze Star Medal First Lt. Ben F. Schrader, '51 has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Korea. Schrader was a platoon leader in a heavy mortar company. The company fought the Communist forces from Aug. 17, 1952 until Mar. 14, 1953. A chemical engineer with the Gulf Oil Corporation in Port Arthur, Shrader entered the Army in August of 1951. He was assign ed to Company C, 461st Infantry Battalion while in Korea. Several relatives of Schrader live in College Station. They are his aunt, Mrs. O. B. Martin, district agent for the Extension Service; and his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Lyle. Lyle is a profes sor in the mathematics depart ment. Samuel (Doc) Asbury is much better,” said Bryan authorities. Asbury was hit by an automobile night on Sulphur Road. He has regained consciousness and is “getting along fine”, his nurses report. His face is cut and his body is badly bruised, but no bones are broken. His doctors don’t know how long he will have to stay in the hospital. Asbury was hit by a car driven by Augie Saxe, A&M student and former football player. The ac cident occurred about 7:30 p. m. Monday. According to a witness, Saxe was driving about 20 miles an hour. “I swerved as hard as I could, trying to miss him,” Saxe said, “but he was too close to the fender.” Help Aggie-Ex Gives Boots to Needy Juniors Two juniors will receive their senior boots free because of a let ter from Korea. Mrs. R. W. McDaniel, wife of Tex McDaniel, ’52, asked that the boots belonging to her husband and his brother be given to ‘some deserving junior.’ She acted in re sponse to a letter from her hus band, now serving in Korea, in which he asked that the boots be given away, but not sold. “The boots are just collecting dust, and are of no use to anyone as long as we have them,” she said. The sizes are approximately nine and ten. Awarding of the boots is being handled by Student Activities Those interested should see Mrs. Polly Patranella and try them on, said C. G. (Spike) White, assistant dean of men for Student Activities. “If the boots fit, the student should leave his name. We will know before final review who will get them,” White said. McDaniel was etiiLor of the Engi neer magazine while at A&M. His wife is now in Houston awaiting his return to the states in August. “We hope some deserving boy will get them,” Mrs. McDaniel said. “Maybe in this way we can help out someone having financial trouble getting through A&M.” Rec Council Sets Summer Program pi’esented, Jarvis will give the benediction. Number of cadets receiving Army commissions totals 268. Those receiving Air Force commissions total 267. Commencement ceremonies will start at 6:30 p. m. in Kyle Field. The number of students who will receive degrees total 867. Twenty- four of these will receive their PhD degrees. Dr. M. E. Sadler, president of Texas Christian University, will be the commencement speaker. Sub ject of his speech will be “Main taining the Democratic Approach to Life.” President Harrington will introduce Sadler to the audience. Baccalaureate service will be held at 10 a. tn. in Sbisa and Guion Halls. Graduates of the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Engineer ing " will attend Guion Hall for the sex-vices. Those i*eceiving de- gx-ees fx-om the Schools of Agx-icul- tux-e and Arts and Sciences will attend the Baccalaux*eate progi*am in Sbisa Dining Hall. Di\ Cax-lyle Max-ney, pastor of the Fix-st Baptist Chuich in Austin, will deliver the baccalaureate ad- dress in Guion Hall. Rev. John Donaho, pastor of the First Metho dist Church in Cox-pus Christi, will speak to the seniox-s in Sbisa. An All-College Dance will be held in the Grove from 9 p. m. until midnight. Admission will be one dollar with or without a date. The dance will be informal. The dance will be cancelled in case of i*ain, said W. D. (Pete) Hax-desty, busi ness manager of Student Activities. Final Review will be held Satur day morning. The review will start at 9:30 a. m. Fix-st call will be at 9:15 a. m. The College Station Recreation Council’s summer px-ogram will be gin Monday with registration for swimming, tennis, tumblng, and supervised play for pi"e - school children. Details about time and place for registriition and the activities are on a mimeographed schedule given to each student at A&M Consolidated and Lincoln schools. Community Picnics Other activities to be included in the summer program are volley ball, community picnics, riflery, arts and crafts, and a square danc ing program for the Lincoln com munity. Organization has almost been completed for the Council's base ball program, said Ralph Rogers, chairman of the Council. Teams include four minor league softball teams, two sponsored by the Council, one by the Southside Food Market, and one by the Mar ion Pugh Lumber Co.; four senior softball teams; the American Leg ion junior baseball team and jun ior and senior softball teams at Lincoln. The minor league teams will (See REC COUNCIL, Page 5) Loan Seeking Vets Should Get Release Veterans who plan to seek GI loans from private lenders for homes, farms or businesses should apply to Veterans Administration x-egional offices in advance for certificates of eligibility, said Dr. George T. McMahan, manager of the Waco VA Center. Dr. McMahan said this will re duce delays in processing the loan applications later when the veteran is anxiously awaiting completion of the deal or is pressed for tim* to close the loan. Certificates of eligibility are proof for lenders that VA guaran tees to insure a loan if the veteran meets other usual loan require ments. ^