The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 09, 1956, Image 1

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Number 100: Volume 55
Price 5 Cents
Church Group
Opens Meeting
Today at 3
The fourth annual Ecu
menical Student Christian
Conference will open this
afternoon at 3 as approxi
mately 400 students and
guests, representing some 30 col
leges and universities, register at
A&M Methodist Church.
All college students, ministers,
faculty or other persons associated
vcith college student groups are in
vited to attend the conference.
The opening worship will begin
at 7:30 tonight with a choric dram
atization entitled “I Believe in
God” by an Ecumenical Aggie
team, directed by Bill Libby.
Dr. Elton Trueblood, professor
of philosophy and noted author-
lecturer from Earlham College,
Ind., will be the principal speaker.
He will speak at 8 tonight on
“The Present Status of the Chris
tian Cause;” 10 a.m. Saturday,
“Movement in Depth;” 2 p.m. “A
Personal Discipline;” 8 p.m. “The
Formation of a Task Force;” and
Tl a.m. Sunday “The Meaning of a
Dr. Noel Keith, head, Depart
ment of Religion, Texas Christian
University, will lead Bible discus
Meetings wil be held in the Wes
ley Foundation and the A&M Meth
odist church. The conference will
adjourn Sunday, following the noon
Second Annual Civilian
Tomorrow In Sbisa
SERGEANT MAJOR— Jack Lunsford, right, junior chemi
cal engineering major from Houston, has been named Corps
sergeant major, effective today. He was chosen from a
group of six juniors interviewed by the School of Military
Science. Col. Joe E. Davis, Commandant, made the an
Letting Off Steam
Senate, Good or Bad?
Battalion Managing Editor
Texas A&M’s Student Senate has
done one thing all year that this
writer agrees with.
And that was done last night.
Byron Parham, Senate president,
has appointed a committe to look
into and “criticize” efforts of the
Senate to live up to its standards
of governing the student body.
So far this year, the Senate has
done exactly nothing in the way
of governing the student body. Un
less arranging for Kyle Field seat
ing could be classed as governing
®f the student body.
The Senate could be, and should
le, one of the most powerful or
ganizations on this campus. As
it now stands, nothing is ever ac
complished by Senators who meet
as two different groups — Corps
and Civilians—when any contro
versial issue between the two
The Senate met for exactly one
hour and forty minutes last night.
One hour and thirty minutes of
this time was spent discussing
Kyle Field seating and the price
of date tickets, which the Senate
has no authority over at all. This
year’s seating plan was revised
after every home game.
Some good points of the Senate
Employees Dinner
Set For Thursday
Rue Pinalle of the Employees
Dinner Dance Club will be held
^next Thursday in the ballroom of
the Memorial Student Center. It
will be a costume affair carrying
the theme “Moulin Rouge.”
The dinner will start at 7 p.m.
and tickets are $1.50 per person.
They may be purchased at the
main desk of the MSC before noon
Wednesday. There are only 300
tickets available for the dance.
Music will be provided by Bill
Tm’ner’s Aggieland Orchestra. All
part time employees and graduate
students are invited.
Weather Today
Scattered clouds and windy is
the forecast for College Station.
Yesterdays high was 62 degrees
* and low was 29 degrees yesterday
morning. Temperature at 10:30
this morning was 61 degrees.
include backing of the local tuber
culosis drive, campus beautifica
tion, naming of Aggie Sweetheart
escort for the Cotton Bowl game
on Jan. 1 and election of new of
ficers each year.
Other things, such as who will
keep Reveille and Kyle Field seat
ing arrangements are foolish and
a waste of time for a student gov
erning body.
The Senate could, but avoided it
in their meeting last night, discuss
resolutions concerning segrega
tion, as outlined at the recent Tex
as Intercollegiate Students Asso
ciation conference at the Abilene
Christian College. They could try
for something besides, end zone
seats .for A&M. students, better
living facilities in dormitories, de
termine powers and allocate pow
ers to other councils over the cam
The constitution of the Student
Senate states, “The object of the
student government will be to act
in an executive capacity for the
student body, represent the stu
dent body both on and off the cam
pus and to serve as a liaison or
ganization between the faculty.
the student body and other col
leges in matters relating to stu
dent activities.
The Senate now has ten stand
ing committees. Of these ten, only
two are important—the Executive
Committee and representatives to
the Student Life Committee.
If a governing body, represent
ing the entire student enrollment
of a college can’t act in some ca
pacity to help those represented,
then what’s the use of having a
governing body at all ?
Lunsford Takes
Over As Corps
Sergeant Major
Jack Lunsford, junior
chemical engineering major
from Houston, has been
named sergeant major of the
Corps of Cadets.
Lunsford, son of Mr. and Mrs.
R. M. Lunsford of Houston, was
Corps scholastic sergeant before
his appointment, which is effective
He attended Stephen F. Austin
(Houston) High School where he
was president of the National Hon
or Society. Activities at A&M in
clude, member of Aloha Club, vice-
chairman of the Student Confer
ence on National Affairs held here
last December, temporary chair
man of the Executive Committee
of next year’s SCONA, A&M dele
gate to West Point’s Student Con
ference on United States Affairs,
member of Tau Beta Pi, recorder
for Senior Court and a member of
the Ross Volunteers, honor mili
tary guard.
“I am looking forward to a great
year,” Lunsford said, “and if
everyone works together, we will
move forward together.”
Lunsford was outstanding sopho
more in the First Wing, best drill
ed sophomore in squadron 10 and
a member of the outfit winner of
the Gen. George F. Moore trophy
during his sophomore year. He
was a member of Phi Eta Sigma
during his freshman year and his
present over-all ^grade point ratio
is 2.81.
“We feel he is the man for the
job,” Larry Kennedy, Corps com
mander said. “He is fully capable
of carrying out the duties of ser
geant major.”
The Corps sergeant major, usu
ally, becomes Corps commander
during his senior year. He was
selected from a group of feix jun
iors interviewed by the School of
Military Science.
Great Issues
Has Sunday
The Great Issues Committee
will present Dr. Elton True
blood in an address Sunday in
the ballroom of the Memorial
Student Center at 2:30 p.m.
He will talk on “A Positive
Answer to Communism.”
Traeblood has been chief of
religious information, U. S.
Information Agency, Wash
ington, D. C. and director of
the Yokefellow Foundation.
Orders Now Taken
Thui'sday, March 22, is the last
day to order graduation announce
ments, according to the Office of
Student Activities.
Students are reminded that they
must pay in full when they place
their order. Any number of an
nouncements may be ordered, but
the personal cards, either engrav
ed or printed, may be ordered only
in groups of hundreds.
Prices of the announcements
ai’e: leatherbound, 75 cents each;
cardboard, 40 cents each; French
fold, 10 cents each.
Printed personal cards are $1.50
per hundred and engraved per
sonal cards are $2.50 per hundred.
Praise, Stern Talk
Morgan Talks To Corps
Texas A&M’s president, David
H. Morgan, gave praise and stern
talk to the Cadet Corps assembled
together in White Coliseum yester
day afternoon.
“You officers have more than
authority—you have responsibili
ty,” he told told the 3,040 members
of the Corps,
“A&M is the largest military
college in the country, t
“Last year, of the hundreds of
colleges and universities in. this
country, A&M confen-ed the larg
est number of B. S. degrees in ag
riculture to men.
“We led the nation. Agriculture
is important in the future—addi
tional responsibilities for us, in
cluding the Corps of Cadets.
Barbecue Starts at 6,
Dance Follows at 8:30
Beards, barbecue and billies (hill-, that is) will be the
menu tomorrow evening as the second annual Civilian Student
Day program opens to the twang of guitars and the strum
ming of banjos.
The first course of fun is the barbecue at 6 p. m. in Sbisa
Hall. A full house is expected to enjoy the food which is being
prepared by the college dining hall. No barbecue tickets will
be sold at the door.
During this part of the evening’s entertainment, the
eaters will chew their food in tune with a whole array of
"♦■western singers and instru
mentalists. Carlton Norris and
John Jay Crawford will pick
the electric guitar, Frank and
Jeannette Amarello of Dallas
will dance, John Montgomery from
Paint Creek will give with the
songs, the Aggie Ramblers will
play and Cowboy Lloyd Weaver
from station KCUL in Fort Worth
will provide more guitar music.
United Artists' stars, John Foibes
and Elaine Walker will not be able
to make the program, having got
ten an urgent call to go to Holly
wood, according to Hugh Lanktree.
own Manning Smith will be master
of Ceremonies for the proceedings.
For those who can still move
after the meal, the big dance,
“Western Shindig,” will be held at
8:30 in Sbisa, featuring Bob Wills
and his Texas Playboys in the big
room, with Dallas’ Buster Satan
and his Rhythm ’n Blues rocking
and rolling in the mess-hall ban
quet room for “Nightclub ’56.”
Intermission will be at 10, but
the fun goes on as the two-month-
old beards of the students pass un
der the critical eyes of six judges.
The judges are Charlene Seth, Ag
gie Sweetheart; Bill Lawrence,
constable of Snook; Buster Kern,
sheriff of Harris County; and “Six-
gun” Annie, champion lady truck-
driver from Hempstead. Two local
men, well known for their ability
to judge men, will be asked to come
up from the audience to help.
The contest is divided into three
categories: gambler, prospector and
badman. Contestants should reg
ister with Bill Lilly at the mess
hall door by 9:30 at the dance, and
secure an official registration card.
No make-up is to be allowed, other
than that of clothing which is in
keeping with the type of beard
grown by the student. Prizes rang
ing from a western belt buckle to
10 free gallons of gasoline will be
awarded to the first and second-
place winners.
Tickets for the dance for stu
dents are $2, stag or drag. For
visitors the tickets are $3. Tickets
may be purchased from members
of the Civilian Student Council,
dormitory floor and ramp repre
sentatives, row representatives in
College View, at the Office of Stu
dent Activities in Goodwin Hall,
and at the door tomorrow night.
Ray Carroll, senior veterinary
medicine major from Italy, Texas,
is chairman for the program. John
Jones, a senior accounting major
from Dallas, is president of the
Civilian Council, which sponsors
the event.
Prize Division
For Winners
The following is the “Divis
ion of the spoils” for winners
and second places in the three-
category beard - growing con
test of the Civilian Student
Day program tomorrow.
First place: 8x10 black and white
framed portrait; $15 dollars worth
of merchandise; Aggie belt buckle;
Texan Special sirloin steak, free
shave and haircut.
Second place: Western belt
buckle; cuff links, $2.50 down on n
pair of dress trousers.
First place: 8x10 black and white
framed portrait; gold belt buckle;
10 gallons of Ethyl gasoline; Texan
Special sirloin steak; free shave
and hair cut.
Second place: Western belt
buckle, made to order; $2.70 worth
of cleaning; T-bone steak.
First Place: 8x10 black and white
framed portrait; Levi western out
fit (A. M. Waldrop & Co.); $36
worth of savings on records; Tex
an Special sirloin steak; free shave
and haircut.
Second place: cuff links and tie
clasp; $5 reduction on dress pants;
smoking pipe.
The beards will be judged during
intermission at the dance tomor
row night in Sbisa Hall.
EDUCATION COMMISSION—Pictured above is the education Commission of A&M Con
solidated Schools. The Committee met yesterday afternoon to hear reports on improve
ments for the school system. From left to right on the near side, they are Mrs. D. F.
Weeks, Mrs. Melvin Eisner, W. A. Tarrow, Charles Workman, Dr. Charles LaMotte, W. T.
Riedel, Mrs. T. S. Burkhalter, Dr. Melvin Brooks, J. J. Skrivanek, E. D. McMurray, Mrs.
H. S. Creswell, Mrs. Stewart Brown, Mrs. R. M. Holcomb and Dr. Les Richardson, stand
ing. A story will be carried in next Tuesday’s Battalion.
“A&M last year was the sixth
ranking land-grant institution in
the number of bachelors conferred
in engineering.
“These distinctions place greater
responsibility on us, including the
Corps of Cadets.
“Visitors to Russia report back
that education is spelled there with
all caps.
“Are the people in this country
—in Texas—as conscious of the
need for education as are the Rus
sians ?
“I am not talking of going to
college or university—but of edu
Dr. Morgan gave figures on the
performance of sophomores on pre
liminary report for the fall semes
ter of 1955. In the upper 25 per
cent of the sophomore class, 83.3
per cent of civilian students passed
their work while only 63.9 per cent
of Corps students passed. In the
second 25 per cent of the class, 72
per cent of civilian students passed
while only 60 per cent of Corps
students passed.
“A&M prides itself on being one
fraternity. What have you done
to your brothers?” Dr. Moi’gan
said. “You should have helped
them, but you not only let them
sink—you may have helped them
go under.
Three hundred and forty-eight
sophomore cadets failed to make
their grades, 87 of them in the top
25 percent of their class. If they
fail this semestei’, they will not
be back next year,” he added.
“Compulsory ROTC should not
be necessai-y.
“Membership in the corps should
be a privilege sought by all—a con
tinuous privilege to be earned each
(See SPEECH, Page 2)
Two Scholarships
For Ag Journalism
The Journalism Department will
offer two $500 agricultural jour
nalism scholarships for the next
academic year.
The awards are to be paid for
by the Clayton Fund, established
by W. L. Clayton, former chairman
of the Board of Anderson, Clayton
and Co. Candidates for the award
must have completed at least two
years of college work. The schol
arship may be given to assist a
student in either undergraduate or
graduate work, said Donald D. Bur-
chard, Journalism Department
Applications for the Clayton
Award scholarships must be filed
with the Journalism Department
by April 5. Forms may be secured
by writing to the department.
‘Basis of selection will be scho
lastic record of the candidates, sin
cerity of purpose, outstanding po
tentialities in the field of agricul
tural journalism, and financial
need,” Burchard said.
Carroll said, “We’ve spent about
$2,100 to make this a fabulous
event. We hope the students will
appreciate these efforts and sup
port this second annual Civilian
Student Day.”
W. D. (Pete) Hardesty of the
Student Activities Department,
who has been working closely with
the CSC on the program—and who,
in the words of Council President
Jones, “has done a fine job”—is
very pleased with the results of the
planning for the activities.
Batt Safe-Driving
Issue Wins Third
The Battalion has been noti
fied that its entry in the 1955
Lumbermans College News
paper Safe Driving Contest
has won third prize. The is
sue was put out in December.
The third prize award is for
Singing Cadets
To Give Concert
The Singing Cadets, 55 strong,
under the direction of Bill Turner,
will give programs in Dallas,
Mount Pleasant and Tyler, this
They gave a program at the
North Dallas high school auditor
ium, Thursday; Mount Pleasant
High School auditorium, today;
Tyler City Auditorium, Saturday
and at the Tyler Marvin Methodist
church, Sunday.
The Singing Cadets are being
presented by the A&M Mothers
clubs of those cities.
School Conference
To Start Monday
A conference for Texas public
school administrators on problems
involved in organization and ad
ministration of guidance services
in smaller schools will be held here
Monday and Tuesday.
About 80 public school admin
istrators are expected to attend the
conference which will be held in
the MSC.
Dr. W. P. Ewens of the Educa
tion and Psychology Department
at A&M will serve as general di
rector of the conference.