The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 06, 1956, Image 1
Number 97: Volume 55
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 1956
Price 5 Cents
March AFB Visit
Awes AF Aggies
Thirty-five DMS Air Force stu
dents visited March and Edwards
AFB in California last Thursday
and Friday as a field trip in Mil
Col. Henry Dittman, PAS, and
Capt. J. M. Palmer, assistant PAS,
together with Dr. Ide P. Trotter,
dean of the Graduate School and
Dr. John C. Calhoun, dean of En
gineering - accompanied the group.
The group left E>ryan AFB
Thursday morning and arrived at
March AFB that afternoon. The
students toured the base and saw
a display of B-47 and KC-97
planes used in Stragetic Air Com
Leaving the B-47’s they visited
a SAC squadron and were shown
A special invitation has
been issued to Corps students
to attend the Civilian Day
barbecue and dance Saturday.
Civilian clothes are authoriz
ed from 5 p.m. for the affair, said
Lt. Col. Taylor Wilkins, assistant
Barbecue tickets, which are $1,
go off sale at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Dance tickets, $2 stag or drag for
students and $3 for non-sfudents,
go off sale at noon Saturday.
The barbecue will be held in the
main dining hall of Sbisa from
6-7:30 p.m. Entertainment in the
form of the Aggie Ramblers, the
guitar playing of Carlton Norris
and John Jay Crawford, the danc
ing of Frank and Jeannette Amar-
ello of Dallas, the singing of John
Montgomery from Paint Creek, and
the singing and strumming of cow
boy Lloyd Weaver from KCUL in
Fort Worth will be provided.
United Artists stars John Forbes
and Elaine Walker will be present.
They will aid in judg - ing the Beard
Contest at dance intermission.
The dances start at 8:30 p.m.
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
will play in the main dining hall
and Buster Satan with rhythm and
blues will be located in the Sbisa
All students who expect to
receive a degree in June can
order graduation announce
ments at the Department of
Student Activities, second
floor, Goodwin Hall. Orders
will be taken through March
the duties of the squadron by Maj.
Cotton, class of ’44.
Traveling from squadron head
quarters, the group was briefed at
15th AF Hq by the Commanding
Officer, Maj. Gen. Old, who gave
a briefing on the “Mission and
Capabilities of SAC”.
The visit to March AFB was
terminated by a dinner Thursday
night honoi'ing the guests.
Friday morning the students
flew to Edwards AFB, Calif.,
which is the flight testing center
for the Air Force.
“We saw planes there that look
ed as if they came out of Buck
Rogers,” said H. W. (Bud) Whit
ney, one of the students making
Among the planes the group
saw was the X-l, X-2, and X-3
rocket planes and also the new
fighters F-101 and F-J02.
While inspecting these aircraft
the group met one of the Air
Force’s top test pilots and the first
man to crack the sonic barrier,
Lt. Col. Pete Everest.
“We were very impressed with
Col. Everest and his reputation
said Whitney, but as he left us he
jumped into a Model A and dvove
away. He told us it was the hot
test ‘A’ on the base.”
Between stops on their inspec
tion tour the students watched the
(See AGGIES, Page 6)
TEXAS SIZE—This “Texas Size” barbeque sign displayed
on Bizzell Hall pretty well sums uj) Civilian Weekend ac
tivities. The drawing and designing of the sign was done
by A. Conrad Neumann, graduate Oceanography student
from Martha’s Vinyard, Mass., and James L. Knighton,
freshman engineering major from Overton. Civilian Week
end starts Saturday evening at 6 with the barbeque, which
will be followed by a dance in Sbisa Hall.
Hospitalization for System
(This is the second article
that John W. Hill, Workmen’s
Compensation director for the
A&M System, is writing to ex
plain the revision of group
hospitalization coverage. An
open meeting will be held this
afternoon at 4 p. m. in the
Chemistry lecture room for
those employees desiring clar
ification of any phase of the
Group hospitalization coverage
for employees of the A&M College
System as revised by the insurance
committee effective April 1 pro
vides several changes in benefits.
Revised coverage drops the $5 per
day hospital room benefit plan and
Ag. Eng. Society
Phillip M. Price, state engineer
for the Soil Conservation Service,
will speak at the Agricultural En
gineering Society meeting tonight.
The meeting is slated for 7:30 in
the Agricultural Engineering
Building. Anyone interested in
the engineering phase of the SCS
is invited to the meeting.
FRESHMAN SWEETHEART—Miss Barbara Moody of
Dallas, escorted by Bob Williams, was named Freshman
Sweetheart at the Fish Ball Saturday night in Sbisa Hall.
Miss Moody was chosen from five finalists during inter
provides a new Plan I with a $7
per day hospital room benefit, a
Plan II with $10 per day rooih
benefit and Plan III with a $12
per day room benefit.
It also provides an increase in
the allowance for hospital special
charges. The new rriaximum hos
pital special charge allowance for
Plan I is $400, for Plan II, $750
and $1,000 for Plan III. This in
crease in maximum hospital spe
cial charges is brought about by
the addition of a $25 deductable
clause for special charges apply
ing to in-hospital care only. The
deductable clause does not apply
to special charges for out-patient
surgery or emergency treatment.
Mrs. Irene Claghorn, known
to Aggies as “Mom” Claghorn,
is still on the critical injured
list following an accident Sun
day night on the outskirts of
Mrs. Claghorn, 67, is. suf
fering from chest injuries and
multiple cuts. She is in room
611 of Baylor Hospital in Dal
A Baylor Hospital spokes
man said last night that she
had shown little improvement
yesterday. She was the only
person involved or injured in
the accident, of which the de
tails are not known.
“Mom” has been here since
1918 when she came here as
an Army nurse with the rank
Maximum reimbursement for
surgical expense benefit for the
three plans are Plan I—$225, Plan
II-—$300 and Plan III—$350.
Two new coverages will become
effective ''Under the new plan.
These are in-hospital medical calls
by the physician and benefits for
nine dread diseases including Pol
iomyelitis. The in-hospital medical
care provides $4 per call, per day,
while confined in the hospital un
der Plan I with a maximum of
$200; $5 per call, per day under
Plan II and Plan III with a maxi
mum of $250. Hospital confine
ment cases in which surgical pro
cedures are performed are not eli
gible for reimbursement under the
in-hospital medical care provision.
The in-hospital medical care
provides reimbursement starting
with the first call by the physician
in the hospital following an acci
dent and starting with the fourth
call in-hospital following an ill
ness disability. The dread disease
benefit provides a maximum of
$5,000 for Poliomyelitis, Diphthe-
ria, Scarlet Fever, Leukemia,
Smallpox, Encephalitis, Spinal
Meningitis, Rabies or Tetanus.
This coverage provides hospital
room, nursing care, therapist and
all medical treatment necessary
for recovery from the disease.
(The last of these articles
will appear in tomorrow’s
Talent Show to Feature
Acts Drawn From 13
The A&M Arts and Sciences
Council passed a resolution at
its-regular meeting last night
which read: “Resolved, that
the Arts and Sciences Council
favor the admittance, with full
privileges, of Negroes at all meet
ings held on the A&M campus.”
The favorable vote was passed
by a lopsided majority.
Discussion of the resolution
arose over the policy of the A&M
Board of Directors concerning
meetings at A&M. The Council
was told by a member that the
Boaid has a committee studying
the problem of integration, and a
majority apparently approved
passing a resolution which would
indicate to the board the feeling
of at least one group of students
The hope was also expressed that
other groups would express an
opinion on this matter.
Other issues taken up by the
Council were a short discussion of
the Arts and Sciences magazine,
The Commentator, following a
short talk on the publication by
Ross Strader, director of Student
Publications, and a discussion of
Pet Show Planned
For Next Year
Four A&M juniors have
been named to a committee
charged with raising $12,300
to finance the second in a se
ries of student planned and
operated conferences on national
affairs for southwestern college
men and women.
They are Jack Lunsford from
Houston, Brad Crockett, Harling
en; L. E. Sheppard, Crockett and
Alvan Richey, Houston.
The first Student Conference on
National Affairs west of the Mis
sissippi River was held at A&M
this past Decembei - , attracting del
egates from 47 colleges and univer
sities in 14 states, Canada and
The meetings are designed to
Plans are being made for the acquaint southern and southwest-
1956 Pet dnd Dog Show to be held ern students with national prob
at A&M Consolidated School April
The annual show wall be Consol
idated’s sixteenth and is expected
to be the biggest in their history.
Twenty-nine classes of animals will
include everything from horses and
pink elephants to crayfish and tad
poles. Children will have an op
portunity to show any type of pet.
Sponsored by the Consolidated
Mothers and Dads Club, the pet
show is the largest and most suc
cessful in this area.
General Chairman J. R. Jackson
has announced a meeting of all
committee chairmen for 5:00 p.m.,
March 15, at the Consolidated Jun
ior High School. Chairmen have
been urged to attend since this is
a very important meeting.
Scattered clouds with occasional
light rain showers is forecasted
for College Station this afternoon
with gusty winds from south-
southwest. Yesterday’s high was 83
degrees; low, 69 degrees. Temper
ature at 10:30 this morning was
The Kilgore Rangerettes, girls’ drill group from Kilgore
Junior College, will be the special attraction at the 1956 In
tercollegiate Talent Show to be held here April 13, according
to Joe Harris, producer of the show.
The Rangerettes are well known for their performance
at Cotton Bowl halftime activities and at the Pro-College All-
star Games each August at Soldier Field, Chicago.
Fifty girls will perform for the show and are now work
ing on two acts.
Announcements of winners of the recent auditions was
made last week by Dudley Brown, corresponding secretary of
the show. The winners are as follows:
■ Texas A&M—Ed Burkhead,
University of Arkansas —
Bob Green, Jimmy Johnson,
and Bruce Smith, comedy and
imitations. Green and Johnson
were part of the Arkansas act last
Baylor University — “The Three
Flusihers”, mens trio that does
comic imitations of bop songs.
Louisiana State University —
“The Tiger Tappers”, novelty danc
ing act starring Mike Cooper who
represented LSU last year, and 11
girls. The act won a similar talent
show on the LSU campus this past
Oklahoma A&M—Two acts; Joe
Cannon, trumpet player who plays
semi-classical music, and “T h e
Beta Four”, barbershop quartet
composed of Gary Blake, Bryan
Duke, Bob Hill and Bill Thompson.
Oklahoma University — “The
Four Lambs”, Ames Brothel’s type
style with three men singing and
one playing piano. The group is
composed of Larry Cohan, Jerry
Bitterman, Sqm Esterkyn and
Rice Institute*—Record pantom-
ine composed of Penny Blackledge,
Patti Blackledge, Collene Caldwell
and Phyllis Phair.
Southwestern Louisiana Insti
tute—“The Dukes of Rhythm”, a
Dixieland band. The saxophone
player in the band played in the
original recording of “See You
Southern Methodist University--
Denise Foster, featured singer on
the radio show “Early Birds” on
station WFAA, Dallas.
Texas State College for Women
—Betty Harrison, singer.
Texas Christian University —
Bob Romo, baritone.
Tulane University and Sophie
Newcombe — Leroy Ottman and
Becky Carson, dancers. Miss Car-
son is beautY queen at Sophie New
University of Texas — Linda
Potts, harpist from Bryan who has
played for the last two years at
the Freshmen Open House during
New Student Week in September.
The music she plays ranges from
semi-classical to jazz.
Arrangements are still being
made for a master of ceremonies
for the show.
lems by bringing a series of na
tionally known speakers from in
dustry, business and government.
This year’s conference will be
held Dec. 12-15 on the A&M cam
pus. Like the first, it is a stu
dent planned and operated meet
ing with delegates from about 50
southern and southwestern schools
invited to participate. It is to be
financed through private contribu
tions from business and industrial
firms and individuals.
A&M Deans Attend
Dr. J. P. Abbott, dean of the
college; Dr. W. H. Delaplane, dean
of the School of Arts and Sci
ences; and Dr. T. J. Parker, pro
fessor of geology, are represent
ing A&M at the 11th National
Conference on Higher Education in
“Resources for Higher Educa
tion” is the theme of the confer
ence, which is sponsored by the
Association for Higher Education.
About 1,000 administrators and
faculty members of colleges and
universities are attending the meet
ing which ends tomorrow.
In Unruly Meeting
The class of 1958 voted to wear
ties instead of scarfs to the Soph
omore Ball, in their first meeting
of the year held last night.
“The class has $338, but if we
have an out-of-town orchestra we
will * have to collect $2 dues from
each member of the class,” said
Robert Martin, class treasurer.
About 125 sophomores attended
the slightly unruly meeting, and
voted to leave the choice of orches
tra and site for the dance to com
“Committees will be appointed
next week,” said Orvill Newby,
class pi - esident. “We hope to have
the money collected by March 16,
by having company clerks collect
in each of the Corps outfit.”
OFF WE GO! Thirty-five DMS Air Force Students pic
tured before their visit to March and Edwards AFB in
California-last Thursday as a field trip in Military Science,
they returned Saturday morning.