The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 14, 1954, Image 2
Page 2 THE BATTALION
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1954
What Is The College
Attitude Toward Hazing?
The faculty panel that yesterday decided
the three men charged with use of the board
shouldn’t be severely punished has broken
faith with the rest of the students.
They have broken faith with those stu
dents who want to see the board eliminated
at A&M, and who know that the only way
to do it is to catch and punish offenders.
These three men were not punished at all.
Their “punishment” will consist of being re
quired to do school work, and then waiting
three months to get their degrees.
The panel, with its membership surround
ed in secrecy, may have thought that it was
doing the three seniors a favor. “It’s so
close to graduation.”
But what about the hundreds of other
students of all classifications who have
worked for years to prepare for corps con
solidation and a better school? Is it better
to favor these three men than to discourage
use of the board at A&M ?
College Regulations say that the use of
the board can be punished by dismissal. In
reality, dismissal is rarely used here as a
punishment. The term “indefinite suspen
sion,” which means the student can even
tually come back, is used.
But no punishment lighter than indefin
ite suspension should ever be given for haz
ing. Otherwise, students will continue to use
the board, knowing that the college is going
to let them get away with it.
Next week, if a senior cuts a class, he can
be punished by having his degree retained.
Yesterday, three men who used the board
had their degrees retained. In other words,
cutting a class and hazing are of equal ser
iousness. . . <
But several students in the past have
been indefinitely suspended for traffic vio
lations. So hazing is not quite as bad as
The opinion of the state of Texas toward
hazing is clearly outlined in its Penal Code.
Hazing is punishable by a fine and/or jail
Just exactly what is the college attitude
John Dornbush was named head
drum major of the consolidated
band for next year after tryouts
White band drum major will be
Dave Ashcroft, and Maroon band
drum major will be Earle Pike.
The drum majors were picked
from 12 contestants, judged on a
basis of appearance, posture, atti
tude, signals, music directing, band
response, and direction of the na
The selection committee was
composed of three present drum
majors, the three band command
ers, the two first sergeants, the !
two outstanding sophomores, the
freshman band drum major, and
Lt. Col. E. V. Adams, band di
Editors, The Battalion:
In place of questioning the cour
age of those R. V. juniors who al
lowed a board to be used on them
selves, why do you not say a few
words about the courage of he who
chose to inform the college offi
cials of the incident? Who so
proudly shouts his own name from
the housetops ? It is hard to be
lieve that such a person was moti
vated solely by his desire to bene
fit the College through the expo
sure of malefactors (so-called).
Would not the chances for Corps
consolidation have been better
served if the incident had not been
treated in the sensationalistic man
ner which has characterized the
Battalion’s handling of the situa
We hope that the Battalion and
the informer are proud of them
selves. It is difficult to under
stand in what manner they have
benefited the College.
William L. Walton ’53
Bruno C. Homeyer, Jr. ’53
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BOB BORISKIE, HARRI BAKER
Nimlcnls Arc Invilcd
during the month of May to
place their requests for guest
room reservations with the
Memorial Student Center for
all major events from Septem
ber 1954 thru May 1955.
Four To Attend
Meeting In Waco
Four A&M students will attend
the spring meeting of the South
west Conference Sportsmanship
committee tomorrow in Waco.
The students are Jerry Ramsey,
next year’s student senate presi
dent; Glenn LangforJ, next year’s
head yell leader; and Bob Boriskie
and Harri Baker, Battalion co-edi
tors. Baker is executive secretary
of the committee.
The Sportsmanship committee,
composed of student representa
tives from all Southwest conference
schools, gives the Sportsmanship
trophy each year.
Meet Here May 17
The district agricultural agents
of the Extension service will meet
in the south solarium of the YMCA
at 7 p. m., May 17.
The purpose of this meeting is
to discuss employment possibilities
with senior agricultural students.
There are twelve Extension ser
vice districts in Texas and anyone
interested in working in a certain
district will be able to meet the
agent from that disti-ict and discuss
the matter with him.
News of the World
By the ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUSTIN—Two F84 jet Thunderstreaks collided and
crashed in Bastrop county yesterday, killing one pilot. The
other pilot, Lt. Ivan Yopp, parachuted safely, suffering only
minor injuries, a Bergstrom air force base spokesman said.
★ ★ ★
PARIS—The French National assembly last
night gave Premier Joseph Laniel a slim vote of con
fidence, 289 to 287. The closeness of the vote left
Daniel’s prestige and position sharply reduced de
spite the nominal victory. The vote come on Dan
iel’s plea to the assembly to defer a debate on his
government’s Indochina policy and to continue him
in office. The vote came a week after the fall of the
Indochina fortress of Dien Bien Phu.
★ ★ ★
MIAMI, Fla.—Gar Wood, 73-year-old noted speedboat
racer, and eight other persons were rescued yesterday after
Wood’s “unsinkable” twin-hulled yacht Venturi broke up in
heavy seas and sank in the Bahamas near Great Isaac Light.
The veteran boat builder and designer, his secreary, Jean
Berry, 24, and his housekeeper, Jodie Rodriguez, were
brought to Miami by a Coast Guard helicopter which lifted
them out of a lifeboat wallowing in the rough water.
★ ★ ★
HANOI, Indochina—Vietminh troops yester
day hurled their heaviest attack of the year in the
vital Red River Delta against French forces near
Phuly, 30 miles south of Hanoi. The French said
their battalions smashed the assault but suffered
★ ★ ★
NEW YORK—Frank Costello, once the king of gamb
lers was convicted last night on three counts of federal
income tax evasion. The 63-year-old Costello, dressed as
conservatively as any banker, bowed his head into his tremb
ling hands as the foreman of the jury announced the verdict.
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