The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 05, 1954, Image 1

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To 90 Per Cont Of Local Besidents nr^F m # # '# # ine Battalion PUBLISHED DAILY IN THE INTEREST OF A GREATER A&M COLLEGE Published By A&M Students For 15 Years Number 168: Volume 53 COLLEGE STATION (Aggieland), TEN'AS, TU^SDAY^ JANUARY 5, 1954 Price Five Cents ,3 i m w M ^ Coach i jgSgSiMBlr % f 5 V • ■ - ^ h “- HCV-b-.^' * : l# <, V ;■ apwgsP ‘Private Business* Given as Reason Ray George announced Monday afternoon his resigna tion as head football coach of A&M to “go into private bus iness.” Third member of the football coaching staff to resign within a period of 26 days, George said he had considered the move for some time and that he had no final details on per sonal plans at present. First to depart was Dalton Faircloth, who in December said he was taking the Greenville offer because he was seek ing “economic stability.’’ Gilbert Steinke was offered the head coach position at Texas A&I and resigned to take advantage of the offer. George resigned two days ♦ ipPil Bjrigp* Ssal ■ip ■ mm 44 WM RAY GEORGE Ex Head Coach GIL STEINKE Ex Rackfield Coach Two Aggies Others Hurl Die Vio ten tly. Accidents in WTA W Gels 9 Free Publicity In Amarillo Two A&M students died violently during the holidays, one in a head- on ear collision, making Campus Security Chief Fred Hickman’s warning, that at least one student might be killed in traffic, come true. At least two other students were injured in holiday traffic accidents. Silver taps will be played tonight for Myron Gilbert of Lost Springs, Wyo. and Don R. Congdon of El Paso. Hunting Accident Gilbert was killed in a hunting accident in Wyoming Dec. 27. He was a junior agriculture engineer ing student. Congdon died Dec. 28 from in juries suffered in a head-on car collision eight miles noi’th of El Paso. The accident happened on Dec. 27. He was a junior animal husbandry student and a. member of B field artillery. Ex Gives Uniforms To Needy Students A tropical and a green officer’s blouse with trousers and a khaki officer’s battle jacket will be given to some deseiwing student by the office of student activities. The uniforms were donated by E. W. Berry, ’43, who wanted them to be given to some student who is having financial difficulty. Their size is approximately 32, and they may be tried on at the office of student activities. Stu dents who are interested in them may then leave their names. If neccessary, names will be drawn to Imd out who will receive them, said C. G. (Spike) White, assistant dean of men for student activities. Weather Today e <1 Partly cloudy and cool today and tonight. High yesterday 72. Low this morning 41. Injured were James L. Trail, Vaught ’52 when they came to Senior from Kaufman, and Ray mond McClellan, senior from San Antonio. Silver Taps will be held at 10:30 tonight in front of the Academic building for the two A&M students who died during the holidays. The campus will be darkened and students attending the ceremony will remain silent. • Trail had 40 stitches taken in his face after the car in which he was riding crashed head-on with an other. The accident happened near Gulfport, Miss. Trail was return ing from Georgia with Steve some road construction. They went off the highway to by-pass the machinery. They miss ed the turn leading back on the highway. Their car was on the left side of the road when they met the other car coming in the opposite direction. They Collided Trail said that both cars were going about 25 mph when they collided. Trail was thrown against the windshield. He was back at school yesterday. McClellan was injured in a mo torcycle accident in Mexico City. It was reported that his jaw was broken in four places and that he will be unable to return to school until next semester. Charlie Parker, WTAW sports editor, managed to get A&M’s radio station free publicity over KFDA, 5,000 watt Amarillo radio station. He was working for KFRA during the Christmas holidays. During a national broadcast of a symphony, carried by the Amarillo station, Parker start ed to make a station identifica tion. But he identified the wrong station. He said “This is WTAW...”. Then silence fell over the en tire studio. The director of the Amarillo station said, “Charlie, next time, please read the script.” Richard Webb, manager of WTAW, said, “Thanks, we ap preciate the advertisement.” later. Appointed assistant di rector of athletics under Bar- low Irvin until Aug. 31, ef fective date of the resignation, George said the announcement was made at this time to permit athletic officials to contact head coach pro spects at the National Collegiate Athletic association meeting being held in Cincinnati this week. ‘Appreciate Cooperation’ “I deeply appreciate the co operation 1 have received from my staff, college officials and the stu dent body during my three years as coach,” George said. He came to A&M as line coach in January 1951 and was elevated to the head coach post in April of that year following the resignation of Head Coach Harry Stiteler. All Pacific Coast confe?-ence tackle in 1938 at the University of ^Southern Califor-nia, George went on to play pro football with the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles before returning to Cali fornia as a high school coach. In 1941 he had an undefeated team at Porterville, Cal. high school. Entering the navy as an ensign in 1942, George was discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant commander. Advanced AF Cadets Can Quit Without Money Loss Any advanced air force ROTC student may resign from the pro gram if he is dissatisfied with re cent modifications in air force policy. In a statement of policy which superseded and in some cases com bined former announcements, air university, air force headquarters in charge of ROTC, said cadets would not have to pay back con tract checks as was required be fore this announcement was made. A spokesman in A&M’s air sci ence department said the air force would also benefit if a dissatisfied cadet resigned from the air ROTC program. “We don’t think men who are dissatisfied with the air force would make very good officers,” the spokesman said. Most graduating advanced course cadets will receive commis-' sions this year, according to the announcement, but no specific quo tas were made. Encouraging News Encouraging news is also avail able from another source for air force seniors who will not receive commissions and who will become subject to selective service. A weekly news magazine reports that indications in Washington, D.C. reveal that draft calls will stay small as they are at present. The magazine also says draft serv ice time will probably be shortened. Instead of stressing entrance in to a field similar to the cadets’ ma jor college field, which might not be in demand by the air force, the air force will now train its officers on the job to perform, tasks which satisfy the needs of that service. Every year, according to the statement, a forecast will be made of the needs of the air force two years later. From this estimate, contracts will be awarded on an available officer space system. Any advanced air force ROTC cadet whose contract was terminat ed as a result of policy modifica tions or premature grouping or other non-medical reasons is eligi ble to return to the program with no loss in pay or status according to the report. The discharge of these cadets will be considered an administra tive error by the air force. The cadets will also be re-deferred from selective service. The same policy of re-admittance applies to any advanced AFROTC student who requested discharge from the program during summer camp as a result of press releases at that time which predicted dras tic cuts in the ROTC. The cadets also will receive cred it for summer camp. Played Pro Ball Returning to football, he played one more year of pro football with the Los Angeles Bulldogs and then joined the USC coaching staff as line coach. He remained in that capacity for five years before taking the same job at A&M. David H. Morgan, president of the college, expressed complete surprise at the resignation. “Ray George has made many friends all over the state for the college,” he said, “and we regret his decision to leave.” President Morgan said there were no plans for selection of a new head coach at present. Backfield Coach Faircloth re signed Dec. 7 to take a position as football coach at Greenville high school. Effective date of his re signation is Feb. 1. “This is an excellent opportunity I have, and I certainly am glad to get the job,” Faircloth said at the time. (See GEORGE, Page 3) Naval Official Sets Date for Interviews A representative of the office of naval officer procurement will be here Jan. 7 and 8 to talk to in terested students. All January and June graduates and graduate students under 27 are eligible to apply. The representa tive will be in room 3C of the Memorial Student Center from 9:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. Council, Board Set Meeting For Tomorrow A dinner meeting- for the citizens’ advisory board and the city council will be held at 6:30 p. m. tomorrow in the Memorial Student Center. The advisory board was appoint ed by Mayor Ernest Langford to study the sewage disposal problem in the southern part of the city. The board will make recommenda tions to the city council as to how the disposal problems should be solved. Several Times “I don’t think there will be any decisions made at this meeting,” said Ran Boswell, city manager. “The board will probably have to meet several times before they have their recommendations ready.” Fred J. Benson, city engineer, will present three plans the city could follow to provide the south ern part of the city with adequate sewage disposal. The cost of the project will be between $280,000 and $345,000. Bond Election The council will have to autho rize a bond election when they de cide which plan they will use, Bos well said. Benson will present drawings illustrating each of the three pro posals and a five-page report sum- marizing a study on the sewage problem. Group to Say If Publications Body Needed A special group of eight Student Life committee mem bers will meet sometime this week to decide if standing committees are needed on Stu dent Publications and yell leaders. The group is composed of four students and four members of the college faculty and staff. Student members are Carroll Phillips, Doyle F. Lowery, Bill Henderson and T. B. Field. The other members are Dr. C. W. Lan- diss, chairman, R. G. Periyman, S. A. Kerley and C. G. (Spike) White. Four other persons representing student publications and yell lead ers will be present in an “advisory capacity.” Representing student ’plblications will be Ed Holder and Jerry Bennett, Battalion co-edit ors; Cai'l Jobe, director of Student Publications and Vol M. (Monty) Montgomery, head yell leader. Chairman Landis told The Bat talion that the group would meet sometime this week, possibly to morrow. If the group decides publication and yell leader committees are needed, it will detei-mine their membership and duties. These rec ommendations will be presented before the Student Life committee in the form of an amendment to the organization’s constitution. The Student Life committee will decide whether or not to make the amendment. This action will probably take place at its next meeting on. Jan. It. The motion to form the group which meets this week was passed at Student Life’s December meet ing. Battalion co-editors Holder (See PUBLICATIONS, Page 2) First Foreign Film Scheduled Monday “Two Anonymous Letters,” an Italian film, will be shown at 7:30 Monday night in the Memorial Stu dent Center ballroom. It will be the first foreign language film shown by the A&M Film Society, this year. The film society will also show “They Died With Their Boots On”, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, at 7:30 Friday night in the ballroom of the MSC. Shortage of Money Cuts MSC Services Lack of funds has forced the Memorial Student Center to elimi nate several of its services, with the chance of more cuts in the fu ture, The Battalion learned today. J. Wayne Stark, MSC director, said the lack of funds was caused because the MSC received no mon ey from the student activity fee this year and because the surplus funds the Center had previously drawn on were now reduced. Some of the changes went into effect during the Christmas holi days. There are now no flower ar rangements in the Center. Table cloths are no longer used on the tables in the dining room. Four members of the foods staff have been released. The furniture upholsterer and the refinisher who formerly work ed full time on MSC furniture are now working part time. As soon as a new cafeteria coun ter is installed in the fountain room, the coffee shop will close at noon and will stop serving lunch. The candy and cigarette counter in the fountain room will be dis continued Sunday. Other changes being considered by Stark include not having air conditioning in the meeting rooms, reducing the cleaning services, and other cuts in the maintenance of facilities. “Some of the cuts that have al ready been made are tentative, and the others are just proposed,” Stark said. “We’ll have to see how we come out on the budget.” We Want Your Girls’ A&M Students Attacked, Beaten By BOB HENDRY Battalion Staff Writer Two A&M students were attack ed and beaten Sunday by four hood lums armed with knives and a club who threatened they wanted the Aggies’ dates. Beaten were brothers Hubert and Edward Wyatt of Houston. Anoth er A&M student, Max Walker of Galveston, managed to get away unhurt by holding off the thugs with a 4x4 piece of wood. Hubert is a junior and Edwaixl and Walker are freshmen. None of the three were in uniform. Hubert suffei’ed five cuts on, the head and multiple bruises on his body after being struck with a club and then kicked and slugged. Ed ward was hit in the face with the hilt of a knife. The attack occurred about 5:15 p.m. while the Aggies were driving with their dates on the Galveston highway. A green ’53 Pontiac con- A^ertible pulled up beside the stu dents’ car, cutting in front of them and honking. “The four boys in the car were yelling, pointing at the car and our dates and motioning for us to pull over,” Edward said. “We thought something must be wrong with our car so we stopped.” The Pontiac pulled up behind the Aggies and four boys got out. Hu bert and his brother walked to the car to ask what was the matter while Walker stayed with the dates. Edward asked the four what they wanted. “We want your girls. What the hell do you think?” one said. He then slugged Edward with his left fist. “I wasn’t expecting anything when he hit me,” Edward said. “I had my hands in my pockets.” Uses Club When the hoodlum hit Edward, Hubert grabbed his arm and asked “What’s the idea?” The boy had a club in his right hand and hit Hubert over the head. The Aggies were shoved into a ditch and beaten. Walker saw what was happening and got out of the car. “One of them was walking to ward the car with his knife open ed,” Walker said. “He must have thought the girls were by them selves. I picked up a. 4x4 laying beside the road and held it across my shoulder. He didn’t come any further.” Hubert was bleeding from cuts caused by the club. “I called to my brother to take me to the hos pital,” he said. “The gang saw I was bleeding pretty badly, so they didn’t try to stop us.” “One of them had his glasses knocked off during the fight,” Ed ward said, “and all four of them stopped to look for them. Hubert was holding his neck instead of his head and he was covered with blood. I saw the knives in their hands and thought one of them had slashed Hubert’s jugular vein.” The Aggies returned to the car and rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital in Houston. The hoodlums did not attempt to follow. “Hubert had the cuts on his head (See “STUDENTS BEAT’ p. 4)