The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 06, 1954, Image 1

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Circulated Daily To 90 Per Cent Of Local Residents Number 227: Volume 53 The Battalion PUBLISHED DAILY IN THE INTEREST OF A GREATER A&M COLLEGE COLLEGE STATION (Aggieland), TEXAS, THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1954 Published By A&M Students For 75 Years Price 5 Cents News of the World By the ASSOCIATED PRESS HANOI, Indochina—Vietminh “mole men” dug trenches and foxholes closer to the heart of Dien Bien Phu last night amid signs that another major assault on the shrinking French fortress might come quickly. French aircraft, tak ing advantage of a let-up in the tropical rains, plastered Vietminh artillery and antiaircraft positions. ★ ★ ★ GENEVA—France and the Soviet Union agreed yesterday to start peace talks on Indochina Friday if possible and certainly by Saturday. Agreement was reached as French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault decided to ride out his country’s Cabinet crisis in Geneva. ★ ★ ★ LONDON—Britain has agreed to join early Allied talks to consider taking united military action in Indochina if the Geneva peace negotiations fail, American and British sour ces said last night. The American-proposed parley of air, land and sea force chiefs is expected to take place within the next three weeks in Washington. * * * WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Dulles was reported last night to have told 24 key congressional leaders that the United States at present has no plans whatever to send any forces into the Indochina war. Dulles is understood to have advised the legis lators at a secret State Department briefing that President Eisenhower believes Indochina is a far worse place to involve American forces than was Ko rea. ★ ★ ★ WASHINGTON—President Eisenhower said yesterday the McCarthy-Army row has cost the United States a loss of international prestige and, to some extent, of national self respect. He hopes, he told his news conference, that the incident will provide advantages that are at least comparable to those losses. NUGGET CLUB—Talking over life at A&M after the For mer Students Association barbecue for seniors last night are Bud Fried, Hal Schadel, John Kimbrough ’41, and Ken Clinton. Kimbrough, former Aggie football great, spoke to the seniors last night. Magazine Controversy MSS. One, Commentator Argue By JOHN AKARD Battalion Feature Editor MSS. One, a collection of student writing's, is now appearing on the newsstands. It is an anthology containing essays, narratives, poems and satire written for Eng lish class assignments. MSS. One was sponsored by the English Major’s club and was ed ited by G. W. Dawson, Raymond Gossett, Charles Donohue and W. D. Willis. The question was raised whether MSS. One competes with The Com mentator, official magazine of the School of Arts and Sciences. The Battalion contacted Robert Feragen of English department, advisor for MSS. One, about the controversy. He said that the purpose of MSS. was to sum up the year’s work in student writing by re printing the best feature articles written during the year. MSS. was compiled by review ing articles collected from papers submitted by English professors. The articles were written by the students as class assignments. Feragen said that the editors reviewed articles in The Commenta- Skrabanek Treated For Snake Bite R. L. Skrabanek of the rural sociology department returned to St. Joseph’s hospital Tuesday fol lowing treatment for a copperhead snake bite. He was bitten on the foot, April 25, at Camp Creek lake where he and his family were having a pic nic and fishing trip. He was rush ed to Franklin hospital and given anti-venom serum and retm-ned home the following day. Later he developed a skin rash and reswell ing. Wednesday he was repoi’ted to be recovering from the reaction but he will remain in bed for some time. Weather Today STILL CLEAR Continued clear today and to night. High temperature yester day 71. Low this morning 48. tor and The Battalion, but found none of them worth reprinting. None of the articles in MSS. One has been printed before. “MSS. One is not designed to compete with The Commentator . . . it is subordinate to all campus publications,” Feragen said. “The Commentator would not print all the things we print,” he said. Feragen pointed out that the problems of MSS. were not the same as those of The Commentator. “The Commentator was not a lit- Filing for the Democratic pri mary July 24 closed Monday with many office-holders making the race without opposition. Because of errors in Wednes day’s election story, the list of candidates is repeated for the in formation of voters in the College Station area. In the wide open race for dis trict judge of the 85th judicial dis trict, four candidates filed for the spot vacated by the retirement of Judge W. S. Barron. They are John R. Grace, Heame attorney; W. T. McDonald, Bryan city at torney; Davis Grant, Brazos county attorney; and W. C. (Bill) Davis, Bryan attorney. Senator Race Incumbent State Senator W. T. (Bill) Moore will be opposed by J. Alton York, Brenham attorney and former state senator. Candidates for commissioner, precint 1, are Raymond A. Nolan, incumbent, and Glynn A. (Buddy) Williams. Unopposed for justice of the peace for precinct 7 is John F. Royder, while Joe Noi’wood is the Students Named To Replace Staff Thirteen students were named to the student entertainment staff yesterday to replace the present seniors who graduate. New membez*s of the staff who will be seniors next year are Val Canon and Bill Utsman. New juniors on the staff are Bobby Lee, Bob Bacher, Don Driggs, Les Robinson, Walter Par sons, B. F. Watkins, Gay Henry, Bill Huskey, Mike McGregor, Har ry Scott and Hughes McCrarry. “These men were selected from more than 50 applicants. This is the largest turn out for new mem- ; bers we have ever had,” said Bill Johnson, student entertainment manager. Staff members usher and are in charge of publicity for Town Hall and the all-college dances. erary magazine this year,” he said. Articles from The Commentator will be printed in next year’s MSS; if the editors think they are worthy, he said. When asked if the English de partment had encouraged its stu dents to submit articles for The Commentator, Fefagen said that he could not speak for the Whole de partment but that he pei’sbnally had. He said he had never sub mitted any articles which were written as class assignments for lone candidate for precinct con stable. Candidate for the office of coun ty attorney and running unopposed is John M. Barron, Bryan attor ney.. Office-holders who did not draw opposition in the Democratic pri mary include B. H. Dewey, state representative, 44th district; A. S. Ware, county judge; A. B. Syptak, county clerk; J. W. Hamilton, coun ty sheriff; Norton Burkhalter, county tax assessor-collector; F. T. Cole, district clerk; B. V. (Bill) Elkins, county treasurer; and Wil liam D. Bunting, county school su perintendent. Clifton C. Carter, Bryan business man, is the lone candidate for coun ty Democratic party chairman. Party precinct chairman candidates for precinct 3 are Norman F. Rode and F. C. Bolton. Unopposed can didate for precinct 16 chairman is Mrs. K. E. Elmquist. Highway Research To Be Done Here A&M has been chosen as the construction sight of the $78,800 highway research center, said Gibb Gilchrist, A&M highway and water system research engineer. Construction will start May 24, said T. R. Spence, physical plants manager. The building will be used for research by the highway depart ment and has been approved by the Texas Legislature. The center will contain a base ment storage-room 19 convenient offices, two large conference rooms, a reference library and map rooms. There will be no laboratories in the building. Experiments will be car ried out in other laboratories with available facilities. [ “It will provide graduate in- sturction for young men who de sire to pursue their studies to ad vanced degrees in the engineering field and to engage in research in transportation projects and pi'o- blems,” Gilchrist said. publication in The Commentator. “If The Commentator can get the cooperation of the English depart ment, then maybe they can get the articles . . . we were never sure what the intent of The Com mentator was,” he said. Feragen said that the staff of MSS. One had thought over the question of whether or not it dup licated The Commentator and de cided that was not the case. He felt that MSS. One was more for the good of The Commentator by interesting the students in good literature. He stressed the fact that there was a need for a maga zine which reprinted the best in student writing. Other Side Bob Hendry, editor of The Com mentator, said, “after looking over MSS. One, I would definitely say that it is not in competition with The Commentator.” MSS. can reprint any article from The Commentator as long as they give credit, as does The Read er’s Digest, Hendry said. “We encourage anybody from any school to turn in an article for The Commentator. I prefer this method because I think it tends to get only the better-written stories for the magazine as well as giving the author more satis faction when it is printed,” he said. All the articles in MSS. One would have been considered for publication in The Commentator, but because the magazine has col lege-wide readership, reader inter est and importance should be con sidered, Hendry said. “There is no guarantee that they would have been printed,” Hendry said. Hendry said, “The Commentator is a more professional magazine than just a collection of student writings.” The policy of The Commentator as announced in this year’s first issue (November) is “our main objectives this year are to inform people with our features, cause people to laugh with our humor, make people think with our edi torials and just let people enjoy our fiction.” The authors and editors of MSS. One did a good job, Hendry said. “There is a need for such a publi cation at A&M,” he said. MSS. is an author’s abbreviation for manuscript, the completed draft of his work. The editors say that since a manuscript is always sub ject to revision and proofreading, MSS. represents student writings which do not have the polish which comes with time and experience. The editors have dedicated MSS. One to “Michel T. Halbouty ’30, geologist, petroleum engineer and author, whose generosity provided for its publication.” COMMENCEMENT exercises of the eighth annual Game Wardens school will be held at 10 a. m. May 27 in the Memorial Student Center. Candidates Prep For Primary Race Praises Sung for FSA To Graduating Seniors Texas Dust Flies North To Yankeelam SCHENECTADY, N. Y., May 6—CP)—Sweep out that dust reverently, ma’am. It might be from Texas. A weather researcher advis ed New York housewives last night that soil from the South west, stirred up by windstorms, fell in the East during late winter snow storms. Vincent Schaefer said sam ples of the soil, collected in eastern New York, showed that each square mile contained several tons of dirt from Tex as, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas. Phi Eta Sigma To Initiate Three Three honorary members of Phi Eta Sigma honor society will be initiated at a banquet May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center ballroom. The members are W. W. Armi- stead, Dean of the School of Vete rinary Medicine, Walter Delaplane, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and H. B. Curtis of the mathematics department. New officers for the 1954-55 school year are: Larry Dean Piper, president; Aubrey G. Owen, vice president; James Duke Willborn, secretary; Robert L. Glazner, treas urer; Charles R. Correl, historian; Weldon Walker, junior advisor and Jerry D. Ramsey, senior advisor. Students making a 2.5 grade point ratio on their first semes ter’s freshman work or both semes ters of their freshman year auto matically qualify for admission to Phi Eta Sigma. Battalion Gives Awards May 14 Five awards for outstanding service to A&M will be presented at the annual Press club banquet in the Memorial Student Center ballroom May 14, said Bob Boris- kie, co-editor of The Battalion. Harri Baker, Battalion co-editor, will present the awards. B. C. (Dutch) Dutcher, chairman of the executive committee of the press club will preside at the banquet. Dunn, Kimbrough Speak at Barbecue A&M’s graduating seniors heard the praises of the For mer Students association sung last night, and ended by sing ing the “Spirit of Aggieland” themselves, led by the top rank of the college. The occasion was the first annual barbecue given by the Former Students association for the seniors as. an unofficial farewell from the college and a welcome into the association. Speakers were J. Harold Dunn ’25, president of the FSA and member of the system board of directors, John Kim brough ’41, former All-American from A&M, and Oscaj? Hotchkiss ’24, vice-president of the FSA. J. B. (Dick) Hervey, secretary of the FSA, introduced the speakers. Also on t h e-* : — speakers list were President David H. Morgan and Pat Wood, president of the senior class. “Your success in life is in direct proportion to your abilities learned here and the contact you keep with the Former Students association,” Dunn said. He said everyone connected with the association “derived great sat isfaction” from being associated with it. Kimbrough asked the seniors to ‘keep the spirit alive” and to en courage boys to come to A&M. Hotchkiss listed the work of the FSA, including the Development fund, the Memorial Student Cen ter fund, the Gold Star scholarship, the archives office, the Opportuni ty awards, and their current proj ect, the building of an all-faith chapel here. Good Cooperation Morgan said he could not have wished for any stronger coopera tion from the senior class this year. “This has been your senior year and my fish year as president,” he said. Wood thanked the association for the barbecue. Cadets To Take Commission Oath May 21 All air force cadets receiv ing commissions in June will take oath in the chemistry lec ture room at 4 p.m., May 20th. The army cadets will re ceive the oath in the physics lec ture room at 7:15 a.m., May 21. The commissioning ceremony will take place in the new physical education building at 1 p.m., May 21. Maj. Gen. Charles E. Hart will give the principal address. After the address Maj. William J. Winder will give the oath of office. Maj. Gen. Hart will then present commissions to 203 cadets sched uled to receive army commissions. Maj. Gen. Gavriel P. Disosway will present commissions to 155 ait; force cadets. “Those air force cadets not re ceiving commissions will be given a certificate of completion,” said Maj. Luther J. Westbrook, opera tions officer. The more than 600 seniors, for mer students and guests present for the meal ate four cows and three goats, barbecued by the din ing halls. The goats were donated by Dr. J. E. Marsh, college doctor. To close the meeting, Hervey called for volunteers to lead in singing the “Spirit.” The call resulted in Morgan, Dunn, Kimbrough, Hotchkiss, Her vey, Wood, College Greeter P. L. (Pinky) Downs jr.. Dean Emeritus E. J. Kyle, and insurance man John Longley leading the singing. Turkish Minister Makes Study Here Yusuf Ziya Alkan of the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture is study ing plant physiology and pathology here. He is on the campus studying under L. S. Bird, who is in charge of the cotton disease and research program, and Dr. G. M. Watkins, head of the department of plant physiology and pathology. READY SOON—Putting the finishing touches on College Station’s Little League base ball park at the southside are (left to right) Otto Richter, W. J. Coney (on the pole), Ben ny Chapman and David Washington.