The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, January 12, 1954, Image 1

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    Cireiiiated Daily
To 90 Per Cent
Of Local Residents
Published By
A&M Students
For 75 Years
Number 172: Volume 58
Price Five Cents
Moon, Pirtle
Basketball Squad
Don Moon turned in his basket
ball equipment Monday afternoon,
joining' Rodney Pirtle, who quit
the squad prior to the Rice game
Both players blamed Head Coach
John Floyd as their reason for
“We’ve gone two and a half
years,, saying ‘we’ll try it again.
Maybe it’s our fault.’ Now I’ve
finally decided to quit, thinking he
(Floyd) might be fired. We’re just
fed up. We dread going to pi-ac-
tice,” Pirtle said in telling why he
(II IS Accepted
Into Southern
School Croup
A&M Consolidated high
school has been accepted in
the Southern Association of
Colleges and Secondary
The effective date of the accep
tance was September, 1953.
To gain membership in the asso
ciation, a school must meet mini
mum standards set forth by the
association. An inspection team
from the association determines if
the school meets the requirements.
The standards set by the asso
ciation include the following: A
minimum of 175 school days a
year, a student teacher ratio max
imum of 30 to 1, the location and
construction of buildings, and
courses offered with respect to the
needs of the students.
One advantage of belonging to
the association is in favor of stu
dents ( who find it necessary to
transfer, they may transfer to oth
er schools without the loss of any
credits or class standing. Also
students may enter college without
taking entrance examinations, ac
cording to Superintendent L. S.
Besides being a member of the
Southern Association of Colleges
end Secondary Schools, A&M Con
solidated also belongs to the Gulf
Schools Research association. This
organization was formed to do re
search for better educational meth
Fees Must Be Paid
To Reserve Rooms
Students desiring to keep next
semester the same rooms they now
occupy, may pay second semester
fees and reserve their rooms be
tween 8 a.m. today, and noon Fri
Any room not reserved by this
time, will be available on a first
come, first served basis, beginning
at 1 p.m. Friday, said Harry Boy
er, chief of housing - .
All students moving from a mil
itary dorm to a non-militai*y dorm,
who are not dropping- military or
air science at mid-term must se
cure written permission from the
assistant commandant in the Mili
tary Science building before re
serving rooms, Boyer said.
Quisenberry, Staff
To Go To Dallas Meet
Di\ J. H. Quisenberry, head of
the poultry husbandry department,
and staff members will attend the
Southern Agricultural Workers
meeting in Dallas Feb. 1-3.
Quisenberry will serve as a pan
el discussion leader and K. F.
Schlamb, C. B. Ryan, W. E. Briles,
Quisenberry, B. L. Reid, W. F.
Krueger, J. F. Elam, W. A. Camp,
and G. J. Mountney will give pa
pers on the poultry section at the
Floyd, confronted with Moon’s
and Pirtles statements to The Bat
talion, said that to offer a defense
to the statements would add cre
dence to what had been said.
“They have cooperated with me
as nearly as possible to their abil
ity, and we feel they don’t think
basketball at A&M is giving them
what they deserve,” Floyd said of
Pirtle and Moon.
Both players came to A&M un
der one-half basketball scholar
ships and were on full scholarships
when they quit.
“I’d like to get a degree in agri
culture here. Thisi is the best place
to get one, and I don’t see how I
can without a scholarship, but I
won’t play under Floyd,” Moon
Pirtle played high school basket
ball at Coleman, and lettered last
season as a sophomore. He plans
to go to Denton this weekend to
enroll at North Texas State Teach
ers college.
Also a junior, Moon was a mem
ber of the varsity squad last sea
son and was a high school player
at Minden. He said his plans at
present are to stay in school.
Floyd, in his fourth season as
basketball coach, came hei*e from
Wellington, Kan., where he coach
ed the hig-h school team. Prior to
that, he was assistant coach at
Oklahoma A&M.
The Battalion interviewed W. L.
Penberthy, dean of men and chair
man of the athletic council, con-
cerning* the action, and statements
of the two players.
“We’re going to look into the
situation,” Penberthy said.
Athletic Director Barlow Irvin
had little to say.
“I want to talk to the hoys be
fore I make any comment,” Irvin
The Battalion also learned.from
authoritative sources that the bas
ketball squad was recently on the
verge of quitting as a group, but
was persuaded by an assistant
coach to reconsider.
£ f~Wl .4 ® e
texos Aggie'
Changes Sh irl
3 Times Daily
There is a boy in Texas who
has to change shirts three
times a day in order not to
show favoritism.
Recently A. L. Ward sr.,
visited in the MSC gift
shop in search of something
“Aggieish” for his 14-year-
old grandson.
The saleslady showed him
a T-shirt which said, “My
grandfather is a Texas Ag
gie.” A smile of satisfaction
crossed the ex-Aggie’s face.
Further questioning of the
grandfather proved that his
son, A. L. Ward jr. ’4.3, is also
an ex-Aggie. The grandfather
and his son want young R. A.
Ward, future ’68 to be an Ag
After looking at two more
T-shirts, one saying “My dad
dy is a Texas Aggie” and the
other saying “I am a little Ag
gie,” the grandfather bought
all three.
ina! Quiz Exemption System
Removed By Academic Council
Graduating Seniors
All Editors [Named
To SLC Committee
The Student Life committee has
permitted other publication editors
to attend in an advisory capacity,
the next meeting of the special
group trying to decide if a stand
ing committee is needed for stu
dent publications.
The motion was passed yester
day at the January meeting of the
Student Life committee in the Sen
ate chamber of the Memorial Stu
dent Center.
Battalion co-editor Ed Holder
pointed out that he and Jerry Ben-
MSC Council Sets
Election in March
The Memorial Student Center
council voted last night to
change the election date of
new officers from its Febru
ary meeting to March.
Members also heard suggested
amendments to its constitution and
by-laws from Councilman Carroll
Phillips. Phillips will present his
proposed amendments in writing to
the council at a future called meet
The council voted to add a new
committee to its directorate. The
addition will be called the Hobby
committee. It will be composed of
various activity groups which do
not' fit in with those already on the
A motion was passed to move
the audio group from the music to
Draft Laws—-III
S )eferments
Draft Age
(Editors Note: This is the
third of a series of ten articles
on draft laws and how they af
fect persons of draft age.)
Young men of draft age who
ask for and get deferments under
certain conditions automatically
extend the time during which they
can be drafted by nine years.
Brig. Gen. Paul L. Wakefield,
state draft director, names the fol
lowing types of deferred men,
March of Dimes
Receipts Total $500
March of Dimes campaign re
ceipts now total $500, said Curtis
Mathis, county campaign treasurer.
School cards are being distrib
uted to school children throughout
the city, and plans are maturing
for the Mothers’ March to be held
during Jan. 29, he said.
Leon Hayes is in charge of The
school drive and Mrs. John Perry
is chairman of the Mother’s March
for College Station.
“All persons in Brazos county
are urged to contribute to the max
imum extent to make the 1954
March of Dimes the campaign in
which polio is defeated,” said Wil
liam McCulley, Brazos county
among others, who have their lia
bility for service extended until
age 35:
1. Members of the ROTC and
other officer training programs.
2. Students deferred to go to
high school or college under re
quirements of law; college stu
dents defended under authority of
the local boai’d.
3. Men left at home for civilian
4. Men deferred to farm.
5. Married men deferred because
of their children or because of ex
treme hardship and privation to de
6. Men classified as mentally,
physically, or morally deficient or
“The regulations spell this out,”
General Wakefield says. “So when
a man gets the privilege of a de
ferment he is taking on a corres
ponding responsibility. The man
who never receives a deferment
like these cannot be drafted after
he reaches his 26th birthday.”
The state draft director says
that, under this provision of law,
it is possible for a deferred man to
lose his qualification for deferment
at age of 34, for example. Under
such circumstances, he would again
be eligible for draft.
the hobby committee. The audio
group was added to the jViusic com
mittee at the council’s last meet
ing. Disagreement among the
two groups on an operations plan
was blamed for the reshuffling.
MSC Director J: Wayne Stark
explained how lack of funds had
caused the Center to cut some of
its facilities and dismiss some
Also passed were motions to:
• Have the MSC board ask the
college executive committee for
funds to set up a great issues for
• Appoint a committee for es
tablishing a personnel system for
MSC student workers’.
A&M To Get 100
Mid-term Entrants
Approximately 100 new students
are expected to enroll for the
spring semester, according to H. L.
Heaton, Registrar.
Placement and testing of new
students will be done on Jan. 27
and 28.
Upon arrival, the new student
will go immediately to the Housing
office, pay fees, and get his room
The students will be welcomed
by Dr. David H. Moi’gan at 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 in the Biological Science
building. Other speakers at this
same time, who will talk about var
ious phases of college life, will be
Dr. J. P. Abbott, dean of the col
lege, W. L. Penberthy, dean of
men, and C. G. (Spike) White,
director of student activities.
After registration on Friday the
students will be free to return
home for the weekend.
Phi Bella Kappa
To Be Considered
A committee was formed by the
student Arts and Sciences council
to investigate the possibility of ob
taining a Phi Beta Kappa chapter
at A&M.
Phi Beta Kappa is a national
honorary society for liberal arts.
It is comparable to the Tau Beta Pi
engineering fraternity and the
Alpha Zeta agricultural fraternity.
The council took this action be
cause it felt members of the School
of Arts and Sciences at A&M did
not have an equal opportunity to
distinguish themselves scholasti
cally with the engineering and agri
culture students.
nett, the other newspaper co-edi
tor, were the only students from
publications named to attend in an
advisory capacity. He explained
The Battalion, editors did not feel
they should represent all the edi-
It was also decided to let any
Student Life member attend the
next meeting of the special group.
Members present will be allowed to
speak when recognized by the
group chairman.
Student Life
The first meeting of the special
Student Life group was held last
Wednesday. Nothing was decided
about publications. However the
group decided a standing commit
tee should, be set up for the yell
Holder and Bennett have main
tained that a committee on publi
cations would lead to censorship of
the press.
Holder questioned the appoint
ment of C. G. (Spike) White as a
voting member of the group.
White, as secretary of the Student
Life committee can not vote when
the whole committee meets. Holder
wanted to know if a non-voting
member could be named to a sub
Parliamentarian Carroll Phillips,
also a member of the group, said
the Student Life chairman could
appoint whomever he wished to a
special committee. White said that
he had been a member of other
Student Life groups before and had.
voted several times.
The special group will meet
again sometime next month. If it
decides a publications committee
is needed, the group will determine
its duties and membership.
An Amendment
These recommendations will be
presented to the ontire Student Life
committee for its approval as an
amendment to the constitution.
Persons which the group picked
to decide the duties and member
ship of the yell leader committee
are White, chairman, T. B. Field,
Bill Henderson and Barlow Irvin.
Vol. M. (Monty) Montgomery will
act in an advisory capacity.
The Student Life committee also
approved all recommendations of
(See STUDENT LIFE, Page 2)
Meat Judgers Set
Fort Worth Meet
The Junior Meat Judging team
will participate in the Southwest
Exposition Fat Stock show inter
collegiate meat judging contest in
Fort Worth, Feb. 2.
The team will go to Fort Worth
Jan. 29 and do practice judging
at Swift and Company plant Jan.
29, 30, and Feb. 1.
The meat judging contest is
sponsored by National Livestock of
Chicago and the Southwest Expo
sition Fat Stock show at Fort
Superintendent of the contest
will be Roy W. Snyder, Extension
meat specialist here.
The A&M team is made up o fall
juniors who will compete in the
American Royal and International
contests next fall. Members of
the team are W. C. Davis, J. I.
Durham, Wick Alexandra, Loyd
Joyce and C. E. Bombardear.
Under Consideration
AE May Fry New Commission Plan
May Still Exempt
There will be no more exemptions from final examina
tions except for graduating seniors beginning with the fall
semester, 1954.
The Academic council voted 20-15 Friday to remove the
paragraph in College Regulations listing requirements for
undergraduates to exempt finals. The paragraph on ex
emptions for graduating seniors was not changed.
A similar motion was tabled last May and a study of
the exemptiion system was made by the council. Friday’s
action by the council was a result of this study, said John P.
Abbott, dean of the college and member of the council.
The council is composed of heads of departments, deans
■fand others designated by the
' council. The registrar is an
MSC Gets
T V Set
A television set has been
donated to the MSC TV drive
by Sears, Roebuck and Com
pany, southwest territory.
The set, a 21-inch Silver-
tone, is now on display in the foun
tain room.
A $100 gift from the Houston
A&M Mothers club and a $50 gift
from the Austin A&M Mothers
club have been received since the
appeal was made to the mothers
clubs last week by Charlie Parker,
chairman of the TV fund drive.
Another set was donated to the
center in December by Jack Finney
’38. Gifts of money, including the
mothei’s clubs donationas, totaled
more than $650.
The goal for the drive is $2,500
of which $1,500 will be spent in
putting an antenna system on the
new physical education building,
Parker said.
“The antenna system has not
been approved by all necessary col
lege officials, but I am sure it will
be soon,” he said.
Alternate Set
For English 203
Journalism 202 may be substi
tuted for English 203 by students
who plan to take another English
literature course.
Journalism 202 is a beginning
news writing course. English 203
is composition and literature.
The substitution is for students
who have to take another literature
course and want to do more writing
in addition to the literature cour
ses they may take, said D. D. Bur-
chard, head of the journalism de
The plan has been approved by
Dr. S. S. Morgan, head of the Eng
lish department, Walter Delaplane,
dean of the School of Arts and
Sciences and Burchard.
Staff Members
To Aid In Show
Members of the poultry husban
dry department staff will serve in
an official capacity as superinten
dents, judges and sifters at the
Fort Woi’th and Houston Livestock
At Fort Worth Charles Hensar-
ling will serve as assistant poultry
superintendent and E. D. Parnell
will judge turkeys.
In Houston F. Z. Beanblossom,
W. J. Moore and E. D. Parnell will
serve as poultry superintendents;
George J. Mountney, Cecil Ryan
and Kermit Schlamb will serve as
sifters in the Market Poultry di
vision and W. J. Moore and Par
nell will serve as market poultry
ex-officio member.
“This was not a hasty de
cision, and it was gone into
fi’om every side,” Abbott said.
Among reasons given by mem
bers of the council for abolishing
exemptions were the following:
• Since A&M is one of the few
schools in the country that has an
exemption system, the system,
might affect A&M’s national ra
• If examinations are good for
C and D students, they should be
good for A and B students.
• It is hard for a professor to
make out an examination without
A and B students in the class to
use as a comparison.
Reasons voiced in favor of the
exemption system included the fol
• It provides an incentive for
• Exams are valuable, even for
C and D students.
A committee of the faculty was
appointed by the council to study
the entire matter of the final ex
amination system. This study will
include scheduling, dead week dur
ation, weight, and all other ques
tions which may be raised in con
nection with examinations.
To Be Considered
Possible consideration by this
committee includes a study of the
possibility of rescheduling final ex
aminations to avoid “bunching up”
of examination periods in the first
part of the week and a study on
the advisability of a “reading
week” for review the week before
the examination week.
The committee will be appointed
by Dr. David H. Morgan, president
of the college and chairman of the
academic council. He will make
his appointments from recommen
dations by the executive commit
tee. The committee will receive
suggestions from the academic
The exemption system was start
ed here in 1946. During World
War II, when the college was on
a stepped up program, no final ex
aminations were given. Before that
final examinations were given,
without exemptions.
The academic council also voted
unanimously to provide an “appro
priate” inauguration exercise for
Morgan. The date for the exercise
has not been set.
Weather Slows Work
On Recreation Room
Cold weather has slowed down
the work on the new student rec-
I’eation building at Saint Mary’s
Catholic chapel at North Gate.
The cold weather prevents plas
ter from setting properly, so the
| carpenters are waiting for warmer
All 1954 AFROTC graduates
may get commissions if the air
force adopts a plan now under con
sideration for absorbing excess of
ficers, according to an article in
Air Force Times.
Officials feel the present plan
for giving certificates of complet
ion to ROTC graduates is unfair
and a breach of contract by the air
force, the Times said.
At present, only 8,550 of the 16,-
000-man. AFROTC graduating class
are slated to receive commissions.
The bulk of the cadets to receive
commissions will be either stu
dents with technical degrees or
pilot training applicants.
Under the “certificate” system,
air force graduates who receive the
pieces of paper immediately be
come draft bait. The air force
will allow them to enlist for the
usual two-year draft period in the
grade of E-l, equivalent to private
first class.
After they serve their two-year
tours, the cadets then receive their
second lieutenant’s commissions if
they want them.
The air force is considering plans
to dispose of the excess number of
second litutenants by assigning
them to active reserve units per
haps after a short period of active
duty, the article said.
This plan is favored over the
certificate by air force leaders, the
Times said.
Offered once before during the
summer of 1953, the plan was
turned down by Selective Service
officials who felt it was tmfair to
defer college graduates from ac
tive duty while other young men
were under fire in Korea.
Political repex'cussions from the
proposed plan would not be so
great now that shooting in Korea
has stopped, the Times said.
The army is also in difficutly
deciding what to do with 10,000
excess officers who will graduate
and receive commissions in June.
If Pentagon officials appi-ove
the plan for use by the army, the
air force will also get approval for
the plan, said a high official, quo
ted in the Times.
The army may commission all
14.500 of its ROTC cadets, assign
4.500 to active duty assignments
and the 10,000 surplus officers to
active reserve units.
“A&M AFROTC cadets will know
mox-e about the situation when we
receive more definite information
from Air University,” said Col.
John A. Way, PAS&T.
January Graduate
Commissioning Set
One hundred and thirty-nine
January graduates will be com
missioned at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 in
Guion hall, according to Maj. Luth
er Westbrook, air force operations
Col. John Way, PAS&T, will be
the master of ceremonies, and will
also present the air force commis
sions. Col. Shelly Myers, PMS&T,
will present the army commissions.
President D. H. Morgan will be
the principal speaker.
Weather Today
Cloudy weather will continu
with possible showers and warme
weather tomorrow. Low last nig!
was 31. Expected high today