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
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
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
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
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
And President Harrington said in his inaugural ad
“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.
Circulated Daily
To 90 Per Cent
Of Local Residents
Published By
A&M Students
For 75 Years
No. 78: Volume 53
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
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
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
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
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.
M. T. Harrington
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
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
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 !
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
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
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
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.
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
Doc Asbury
‘Much Better’
Schrader Receives
Bronze Star Medal
First Lt. Ben F. Schrader, '51
has been awarded the Bronze Star
Medal for meritorious service in
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
Samuel (Doc) Asbury is
much better,” said Bryan
authorities. Asbury was hit
by an automobile
night on Sulphur
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.
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.”
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
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
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
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. ^