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The Battalion
Volume 59
Number 96
Bruce To Give
Muster Speech
Lt. Gen. A. D. Bruce, a member of the Class of T6"and
chancellor of the University of Houston, has accepted an in
vitation as speaker at the annual Aggie Muster here.
Announcement of Lt. Gen. Bruce’s acceptance was made
Tuesday by Larry White, chairman-*
of the Welfare Committee of the
Student Senate—the campus or
ganization which extended the in
MSC Lawn
The annual Muster will be held
on the lawn of the Memorial Stu-
46 Students
Attend Safety
Meet in Waco
Safety on the municipal and in
dustrial level was brought to the
attention of a group of A&M stu
dents Friday in Waco.
The group, 4G students of in
dustrial education and their pro
fessor, L. V. Patterson, were par
ticipants in the Greater Waco
Safety Council meeting in observ
ance of Texas Industrial Week.
Under the direction of Herb La
nier, director of the Greater Waco
Safety Council, the group toured
and observed safety practices and
production methods in various
Waco industries.
Industries visited were General
Tires, L. L. Sams Manufacturing
Co., Central Freight Lines and
Universal Atlas Cement Co.
The tour, an annual affair which
hosts A&M students enrolled in
industrial safety, was climaxed
with a safety dinner.
Representatives at the safety
meet were Lester Levy, chairman,
Greater Waco Safety Council; Ted
Gutterman, Texas Manufacturers
Assn.; Henry Lewis, safety direc
tor, Central Freight Lines; Sgt.
Russell Barr, ground safety offi
cer, James Connally AFB; Vernon
Henderson, safety officer, Waco
Police Department; Ralph Russell,
Chamber of Commerce, Waco; and
L. L. Sams, president of the Sams
Manufacturing Co.
Five Members
To Attend Meeting
Five faculty members of the De
partment of Chemistry will attend
the American Chemical Society’s
national spring meeting April 4-14
et Cleveland, Ohio.
They are Dr. C. K. Hancock, Dr.
E. A. Meyers, Dr. H. K. Zimmer
man Jr., D. N. C. Rose and Dr.
Hans Wiedmann.
dent Center at 5 p.m., April 21.
Cadet Lt. Col. Joe Leeper, Corps
liason officer, will read the Silver
Taps list with the firing squad of
the Ross Volunteers following in
salute to deceased Aggies. The
Singing Cadets will also partici
pate in the ceremonies. The Muster
will be conducted in G. Rollie
White Coliseum in the event of
inclement weather.
With him, Lt. Gen. Bruce brings
an impressive military record.
Among honors received are the
Distinguished Service Cross, the
Distinguished Service Medal, the
Navy Distinguished Service Medal,
the Legion of Merit, the Bronze
Star, the Air Medal, the Purple
Heart, the Victory Medal (5 stars),
three Croix de Guerres, Commenda
tions and the Legion of Honor.
At 24, Lt. Gen. Bruce was one
of the youngest lieutenant colonels
in World War I. In addition, he
supervised the construction of Ft.
Hood. In World War II, he or
ganized the Tank Destroyer Center
and led the 77th Infantry into
Guam, Leyte, Okinawa and le
In 1947, he was the head of the
'7th Division in the Korean occupa
tion. Lt. Gen. Bruce was then
appointed deputy commander of
the 4th Army at Ft. Sam Houston
in San Antonio.
He also served as chief of the
Armed Forces Staff College in
Norfolk, Va., from 1951-54 when
he became president of the Uni
versity of Houston before becom
ing chancellor of the institution in
Lt. Gen. Bruce is married and
has two sons and one daughter.
He also was awarded an honorary
L.L.D. degree from A&M.
The A&M Muster is an out
growth of the Battle of San Jacinto,
where Gen. Sam Houston’s troops
won Texas’ independence at San
Jacinto April 21, 1836. History
books record the tradition began
in 1903 when 396 members of the
A&M student body decided some
observance should be held to com
memorate San Jacinto.
Since 1903 .. .
It was then agreed to assemble
on that specified day each year to
pay homage to deceased Aggies
and the heroes of the Battle of
San Jacinto. Since 1903, Aggies
have assembled for this purpose.
Groups have gathered at Corregi-
dor, and Bataan, Germany, Italy,
France, Korea, all over the United
States and many foreign countries.
Ticket Prize
To Be Given
Corps Outfit
A 21-inch television set or an
equivalent amount of money
($180) will be awarded the cadet
outfit purchasing the largest
amount of tickets to Friday
night’s Cotton Ball and Pageant
in Guion Hall at 7:30.
Tickets will be on sale until
Thursday at 5 p.m. They are be
ing sold at the Memorial Student
Center and through the individual
Corps units.
The presentation of the set will
be made Thursday as soon as pos
sible after the contest closes. In
the event of a tie, the outfit with
the largest per cent participation
will receive the award.
One-hundred eighty six duches
ses will be vying for the Cotton
Queen award. Harold Henk, a
senior agronomy major from Se-
guin, will reign as King Cotton.
Both the King and Queen will be
crowned by the Hon. Olin E.
Teague, U.S. congressman of the
6th District.
Johnny Watkins, farm director
of KWTX-TV in Waco and KBTX
in Bryan will be master of cere
monies. Also presented in the
program will be The Troubadors,
a solo by Miss Virginia McBride
and The Emeralds.
Tickets to the ball will be $2.50
stag or drag or $1 if purchased
through the Corps outfits.
FSA Senior
Class Outing
Slated May 5
The seventh annual senior class
barbecue given by the Association
of Former Students will be held
Thursday, May 5, from 6:15 p.m.
to 8 p.m., in The Grove. The bar
becue will honor the class of 1960,
graduates of August, 1960 and
graduates in January, 1961.
The barbecue will be a stag af
fair and informal. In case of rain,
it will be held in the main dining
room of Sbisa Mess Hall.
W. C. McGee Jr., class of ’31 of
Houston, incoming president of the
Association, will welcome the sen
iors into the Association. Several
others will give brief talks.
The following committee, ap
pointed by Dick Hervey, executive
secretary of the Association, will
handle details of the barbecue: Roy
Snyder, G. T. King, J. G. Penis-
ton, P. L. (Pinkie) Downs Jr., W.
D. (Pete) Hardesty and Allen N.
Smith Appointed Chief
Of Reactor Operations
Floy W. Smith, a nuclear engi
neer formerly associated ..with
Chance Vought and Convair air
craft corporations and with the
National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, has been named re
actor operations chief for the Tex
as A&M College System’s region
al Nuclear Science Center
Announcement of Smith’s ap
pointment was made by Dr. Aaron
Rose, director of the Texas Engi
neering Experiment Station, a part
of the A&M College System
through which the nuclear science
facility is to be administered.
Came from Dallas
Smith came to College Station
from Chance Vought, Dallas, where
he was supervisor of the nuclear
engineering and physics group,
aeronautics division. He had pre
viously been associated with Con
vair, Fort Worth, in nuclear engi
neering projects, and was at one
time a member of the staff of the
National Aeronautics and Space
Administration’s Lewis Labora
tory, at Cleveland, Ohio, where he
worked on nuclear flight propul
sion problems.
A graduate of the University of i
Oklahoma, he has done advanced
work at the University of Cali
fornia at Los Angeles. He served |
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Floy W. Smith
. . . operations chief
in World War II as an Air Force
I weather and combat intelligence
Smith will be in charge of all
routine engineering operations at
the Nuclear Science Center, which
is now under construction near
Easterwood Field.
Construction Well Along
Construction is now advanced to
the stage of foundation work for
the main building at the center.
The $3,000,000 facility has been de
signed as both a teaching and re
search unit for use by Southwest
ern colleges, universities, science
research organizations and indus
try, and is due to be in operation
by early 1961.
Among Largest
When completed, the center will
be one of the largest such campus-
based reactor centers in the nation,
and will supplement the nuclear
training reactor facilities now in
operation on the A&M campus.
A&M overall direction of the Nu
clear Science Center will be by
Dr. Robert Cochran, present head
of the Department of Nuclear En
Great Issues Speaker
Outlines Space Program
Car Wreck Injures
Ag Soph Last Night
A one car wreck between Shiro
and Navasota around midnight last
night seriously injured Milton Ed
wards Jr., sophomore in Squadron
6 from Fredericksburg.
Two other cadets escaped unin
The cadets returning from
Huntsville apparently failed to
make a curve and hit a guard rail
Edwards’ mother arrived at Nav
asota hospital this morning, where
the cadets had been taken, with a
family physician and after consul
tation with physicians at the hos
pital it was decided to move Ed-
wai’ds to a hospital in Austin for
possible surgery.
No details were available as to
the extent of Edwards’ injuries.
The other cadets with Edwards
were Bobby J. Thompson, senior
in Squadron 6 from Center, and
Victor E. Plunk, freshman in
Squadron 16 from Amarillo.
Kennedy Tops
In Wisconsin
Primary Vote I
MILWAUKEE Wis. hPi—Sen. !
John F. Kennedy hurdled another I
high barrier in his drive for the
Democratic presidential nomina- j
tion today, winning the Wisconsin j
primary in a head-on collision with |
one of his principal rivals.
Immediately, the Massachusetts
senator said the election proved \
his vote-pulling power with non- I
Catholics, farmers, and the labor
Kennedy defeated Sen. Hubert
H. Humphrey of Minnesota in six
of Wisconsin’s 10 congressional
districts and in the battle for the
total popular vote.
Nixon Trails
Vice President Richard M. Nix
on, running unopposed in the Re
publican primary, trailed both
Kennedy and Humphrey in the pop
ular vote.
With 3,120 of the state’s 3446
precincts reported, the totals stood:
Kennedy, 407,217; Humphrey
327,830; Nixon 312,487.
This gave Kennedy 55.4 per cent
of the vote cast in the Democratic
20 Delegate Votes
It also allocated 20 Wisconsin
delegate votes in the Democratic
National Convention to Kennedy
and 10 to Humphrey. Each re
ceives another uncontested half
Even before the final count was
in, the vote broke the previous
record, set in 1952, of 1,018,149.
Coming on the heels of his
spectacular sweep in New Hamp
shire last month, this was Ken
nedy’s second straight victory in
an important presidential primary.
Wisconsin was not a spectacular
triumph for him.
‘anything else . .
He said that winning six dis
trict races, plus a majority of the
popular vote, would constitute a
victory for him. “Anything else
would be gravy,” Kennedy said.
There was no gravy.
But Kennedy said he was de
lighted with the result. He added,
“I never took the view that we
could win all 10 districts despite
the pollsters. If we end up with
57 per cent of the Democratic vote
we will be doing very well.”
Humphrey said the election
caused him no pain.
“I suppose numerically I’m the
defeated candidate,” he said, “but
if I’m defeated I certainly don’t
hurt. In light of the predictions
made, we have every reason to be
lieve we did well.”
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Takes 39 Members
Phi Eta Sigma
Holds Initiation
Phi Eta Sigma, the National
Freshman Honor Society, initia
ted 58 freshmen and one sopho
more into the fraternity yesterday
afternoon in the Assembly Room
of the Memorial Student Center.
The A&M Chapter of Phi Eta
Sigma was founded in 1949 and is
advised by Dr. J. W. Dobson, pro
fessor in the Department of Biol
ogy and counselor for the Basic
Division and C. H. Ransdell, asso
ciate director of the Basic Divis
A candidate for membership into
the fraternity must have posted a
grade point ratio of 2.5 or better
in the first semester of his fresh
man year or have attained a 2.5
GPR by the end of his first year
in school. Membership is for life
in this society which emphasizes
Last Year’s Officers
Last year’s officers taking part
in the initiation were President
Ramsey Melugin, sophomore elec
trical engineering major from San
derson; Vice-president James Sul
livan, sophomore electrical engi
neering major from Fort Worth;
Secretary Bill Cardwell, sopho
more liberal arts major from Rul
ing and Treasurer Ralph Loyd,
sophomore pre-veterinary medicine
major from Texarkana.
Two senior advisors also took
part in Thursday’s program. They
were James Barlow, liberal arts
major from Fort Worth and Don
ald Day.
New Members
Initiated into the fraternity
were Roger Alexander, John Ba
con, Roy Baldarrama, Gary Bal-
ser, Paul Bergstrom, Charles Blas-
chke, Thomas Boedecker, Gene
Brossmann, Robert Bryant, David
Chapman, Russell Christie, Char
les Cockrell, Larry Collier, Jerry
Cox, Richard Davis, Richard Den
Wally Echols, William Edmonds,
Jimmie Guy, Earl Henderson, Hu-
ley Horn, George Hoffman, Donald
Hunter, George Johnston, Ralph
Claude Jones, Ray Kappel, Mich
ael Kerley, John Krebs, William
Letbetter, William Mactavish, An
tonio Masso, William Mays, Car
los Mejia, Elvin Moehlman.
Jerry Morgan, Phillip Moseley,
James Norwood, Jack Qliphant,
William Rabel, James Ray, Mich
ael Roquemore, Ed Sartain, Dan
Scarborough, James Scott.
Gary Simon, Travis Small, Jack
Spillman, Lonnie Thomas, Shelby
Traylor, Carlos Vela, Edward
Walker, George Wiederaenders,
Otto Wilke, Jack Wilson, James
Dotson, David Carter.
One sophomore, Charles Skripka,
was initiated after becoming a
pledge last spring.
Pic Makeup
Deadline Set
Pictures for The Aggieland
’60 for sophomores and juniors
may be made up at the Aggie
land Studios until Easter re
cess opens Wednesday.
No pictures will be accepted
after that date, according to
Billy Mitchell of The Aggie
land ’60 staff.
Says U. S. Holds
Lead in Research
Battalion News Editor
“It is clear that the Soviet Union has acquired rockets
of greater thrust than the ones we have,” said Dr. T. Keith
Glennan in a speech in Guion Hall last night.
Glennan, the administrator of the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration, was speaking to a crowd of 600 at
the fourth in the Memorial Student Center’s Great Issues
The administrator explained that the United States had
a definite lead, however, in the quality of instruments in its
rockets and in research. He said the bigger payloads Russia
is able to put up can give no more accurate information than
our smaller ones.
Three Factors *
Glennan told the group
there were three big limiting
factors in the U. S. space pro
gram. He said the most sig
nificant was time, next was the
need for well trained and dedicated
men and finally, money.
He answered more questions
which he thought would best ex
plain the United States’ stand on
space research. The first was why
the U. S. is so active in the space
program. >
Glennan said the search to under
stand the universe and perhaps
some day to control it, coupled
with man’s natural curiosity pro
vides the main incentive. The
search for a new medium and en
vironment in which to learn more
about the manner in which our
planets were created leads scien
tists on, Glennan added.
Economic Benefits
He pointed out that the space
program also holds economic bene
fits. He used the Tiros project, a
satellite circling the earth now and
taking pictures of the world’s
weather, as his example. He said
the ability to make long range fore
casts of the weather all over the
globe, even 10 per cent more cor
rect than it is now, would save
billions of dollars.
The final incentive Glennan
pointed out was that there was a
chance of finding life on another
‘If there were no other reason
than this, it would be enough,”
said Glennan.
He said the urgency of the pro-
(See GLENNAN on Page 3)
Langford Again
Elected Mayor
In Sparse Vote
Less than 350 College Station
residents went to the polls Tues
day and re-elected Mayor Ernest
Langford, Dr. Carl Landiss, J. H.
Sorrels and A. P. Boyett, all coun-
cilmen, for a two-year term on the
College Station City Council.
In Ward 1 Langford received 61
votes and Landiss polled 60 votes.
Langford polled 100 votes, Sor
rels got 98 votes, and A. H. Alex
received 12 votes in Ward 2.
Ward 3 showed 29 votes for
Langford and 30 votes fo Boyett.
Langford has served as mayor
of College Station for the past 18
The small turnout represented
less than one-third of the city’s
potential voting strength of more
than 1,000, according to College
Station City Manager Ran Bos
The other three councilmen serv
ing on the College Station City
Council are J. A. Orr, William A.
Smith and D. A. Anderson, whose
term will expire in 1961.
The new councilmen will offici
ally take office Monday, April 25,
at the city council meeting to be
held at 7 p.m. in the council room
of the College Station City Hall.
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Phi Eta Sigma Members
This year’s president of Phi Eta Sigma, Ramsey Melugin,
second from left, explains the workings of the fraternity
to Carlos Vela, Donald Hunter and Jimmie Guy, three of
the 59 new members who were initiated in ceremonies at
the MSC yesterday afternoon.