The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 16, 1960, Image 1

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12 COPIES '’rqvr'fW*'*' — - The Battalion Volume 59 COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 1960 Number 122 Educators Must Take Lead In TV Use. Officials Told A Year’s Collection Campus Security Patrolman C. E. Bolton which was cleaned out and disposed of were examines some of the collection made by numerous highway signs, gasoline cans and members of the Campus Security force dur- highway flares, ing the past year. Included in the junk College, Community Talent in Show ‘Oklahoma!’ Presentation Set July 12 -13 in Grove Rehearsals are now under way lor the production of the famous Broadwey musical and motion pic ture “Oklahoma!”, according to Di\ William Turner, Memorial Student Center music'activities coordinator and producer and musical director of the show. “Oklahoma!” will be produced by community and college talent in The Grove at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 and 13. Enrollment Set at 2,512; 3-Year Low First session summer school en- ?ollment dropped to a three-year low, according to figures revealed Wednesday by Registrar H. L. Heaton. Total enrollment for this term is 2,512. Last summer ther were 2,596 en rolled in the first summer session, which was a record. In 1958, there were 2,526, which was the high up until the 1958 figure, and in 1957 there were 2,381. The 1960 figure includes 130 female students and 184 students at Junction—12 geology students. 52 civil engineering students and 120 entering freshmen. Last summer there were 167 women and 186 students at Junc tion— 121 freshmen and 65 geol ogy and civil engineering students. For the same period in 1958 there were 122 women students and 202 students at Junction—119 freshmen and 83 geology and civil engineering students. There are 1,167 automobiles reg istered to students on the campus of which 757 are for day students and 410 are registered to dormi tory students, according to Cam pus Security Chief Fred Hickman. Last year there were 1,460 cars registered on the campus. Dormitory students are residing in Puryear, Law, Mitchell, Milner, Leggett and Hart halls. Last Thursday was the deadline for enrolling in the college for the first summer term and Friday was the last day for dropping courses. Registration for the second summer session will be held from 8 a.m. until 12 noon Monday, July 18. Classes will begin Tuesday, July 19. As in the past, a few courses are being taught in the Memorial Stu dent Center. Few courses are be ing taught in the Academic Build ing, which is being air-conditioned. The building will be completely air-conditioned by next session and will be used. The production has a cast of ap proximately 30 and an orchestra of 20, Turner said. Casting Completed Casting was completed last week and rehearsals have been going on nightly in the MSC and will continue until the production is staged, Turner said. “Oklahoma!”, a musical version of Lynn Rigg’s play, “Green Grow the Lilacs,” was written in 1943 by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. With its simple and graceful music modeled after the patterns of American folk songs, the operetta marked a new advance in the development of the American musical theater. Introduced Ballet The production of “Oklahoma!” introduced the use of ballet in Broadway musicals and generally violated many of the then-accepted rules of the musical stage. Its unusual style earned it a special award from the Pulitzer Prize Committee in 1944. One of the greatest Broadway hits during World War II, “Oklahoma!” was also made into a motion picture. Cast Announced Doris Allison has the role of Aunt Heller; Charles Mitchell plays Curly; Barbara Gibbs is Laui’ey; Lane Lynch is Ike; John Paxson is Will Parker; Bill Dans- by is Jud Fry; Ado Annie is played by Janie Rae Fasket; Richard Moore and Justin Kidd alternate in playing Ali Hokim; Charles Arnold plays Andrew Carnes; and Carolyn Barnett plays Gertie Cummings. Ann Elkins, Lynda Chalk, Pat McEwen, Trudie Adam, Sandra Bell, Patsy Varvel, Miriam Chumb- ley, Dorothy Crim and Julia Mc- Culley are members of the girls’ chorus. Jim Pat Hudson, Carroll Brun son, Bob Blakewood and Alex Quisenberry are members of the men’s chorus. Ballet Group Vera Sorg, Kathy Mohr, Su zanne Sorenson and Mary Ellen Scoates are the ballet group for the production. Mrs. Billie Jean Barron is di rector of the show. Stage and lighting is being done by Charles Hearn, Marcia Ransom and Pat Nash. Admission will be 75 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. Texas School Men Close Annual Meet A nationally known educator said Tuesday that “educa tors must take the lead in considering the imaginative use of television.” Speaking at the conferences of the Texas Assn, of Coun ty Superintendents, Texas School Administration and the Texas Assn, for Instructional Supervisors, which closed ! f.'': Wednesday. Margaret 'Gill declared that “since the first educational television station was opened about 10 years ago, the television experts have produced the literature about uses of educational television and have been impressive in the urgency of their claims.” Margaret Gill is executive secretary, Assn, for Super vision and Curriculum De-* velopment, Washington, D. C. . . . put foremost . . . “We must put foremost what we know about teaching- arid learning. We must renew ef forts to involve teachers in plann ing for the use of television by ’making the best use of what they know about children and how they learn.” She said that “in spite of all that is new, confusion, excitement and turmoil, one truth about education remains unchanged: The only pur pose for school is to provide the right kind of learning experiences for boys and girls of America.” Conner Speaks Forrest E. Conner, president of the American Assn, of School Ad ministrators, a speaker at the opening session, said “that pres sure from special interest groups, certain parent groups, business and industrial groups and the grandiose theories of the so-called classicists, do not determine the function of today’s school.” The speaker who also, is superin tendent of the St. Paul, Minn., Pub lic Schools declared that “if the modern school is to meet its res ponsibility, it must take fully into account the total range of ability, interest and cultural background of the student body it is called up on to serve. ‘. . . accomplishment seen . . .’ “In schools where excellence is respected and consequently taught, worthy accomplishment will be seen in varied forms. Students of limited ability should be recog nized when they accomplish what is properly expected of them. “Honest effort is to be respected wherever it is found. “Whether or not anyone approves of the fact, (See EDUCATORS on Page 2) Fire Destroys College Station Chemical Plant m An explosion, described by a College Station policeman as sounding like a 12-inch shell, rocked south College Station about 11:45 Wednesday night. The explosion started a fire that destroyed a building owned by the Agriculture Chemicals Co., located on Wellboim Road south of the A&M campus, and started nu merous grass fires in the area. At 8 a.m. this morning no cas ualties had been reported. The employes of the firm were mixing a liquid cotton poison just prior to the blaze when, according to one of the employes, they looked up and saw flames covering one room of the building. The em ploye said he tried to report the fire on the company’s telephone, but it was not working and he had to run to a neighboring house 300 feet away to report the blaze to the college fire department. A&M and Bryan firemen re sponded to the blaze, but the in tense heat and acrid smoke held them back until almost 2 a.m. They put out the blaze soon after ward, but smoke continued to pour from the ruins this morning. North bound trains were held up at Navasota because of the near ness of the blaze to the railroad tracks until the fire had been ex tinguished. Sparks from the fire set ablaze the roof of a nearby house, but firemen quickly extinguished the fire before much damage could be done. 15th Annual Session for Group Church Meet Opens Monday Approximately 150 rural church workers from across the state are expected to attend the 15th annual Rural Church Conference to be held here Monday through Wed nesday. Included on the program will be talks by nationally known agri cure and religious leaders, the an nouncement of the Rural Minister of the year, and several panel discussions and talks. Dr. Joseph Ackerman, managing director of the Farm Foundation of Chicago, 111., will be the fea tured speaker at the conference to be held in the Memorial Student Center. The conference is sponsored by A&M, the Texas Agricultural Ex tension Service, the Texas Agri cultural Experiment Station and the Texas Rural Church Confer ence. Welcome By Patterson The first session of the confer ence will be held Monday after noon. Vice Chancellor for Agri culture R. E. Patterson will wel come the group. The Rev. Jesse W. Roberson, president of the Tex as Rural Church Conference, will give the response’and presidential address to be followed by a talk, “Analysis of the Rural Economy,” by Dr. R. J. Hildreth, assistant director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. Later Monday afternoon at 3 Dr. Ackerman will speak on “Family Farm Policy” and J. Lloyd Evans, associate director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews of Dallas, will speak on “Moral Responsibility and Traffic Safety.” Father Elmer To Speak The Rev. Charles W. Elmer, chaplain to A&M Catholic stu dents, will open the Monday even ing session at 7. A panel com posed of Dr. Bardin H. Nelson, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economies and Rural Sociology; Robert A. Toland Jr., Director of the Brazos County Youth Counseling Service; Walter R. Delamarter, secretary of the Human Welfare Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; and S. A. Kerley, director of group work and counseling for the A&M College System; will con clude the Monday night progx’am. Tuesday morning at 8 Dr. Fred erick H. Kasten, assistant profes sor in the Department of Biology, will conduct a session for the con ferees in the Department of Biol ogy. Later Tuesday morning at 10 Director of the Agricultural Ex tension Service John E. Hutchison will speak on “Changing Role of Agircultural Extension Service.” Ackerman Talks ’Again “The Rural Church Adjusting to the Changing Rural Life” will be the topic of an address given Tues day morning at 10:35 by Dr. Ack erman. At noon Tuesday the annual Honor Luncheon will be held at which time the Rural Minister of the Year will be presented. Eu gene Butler, editor of The Pro gressive Farmer, will make pre sentation at the luncheon. Tuesday afternoon at 2 Mrs. A. J. Mohr, wife of the Rev. A. J. Mohr, pastor of the Bellville St. John’s Lutheran Church, will lead a panel discussion on “Role of the Rural Minister’s Wife.” At 3 Tuesday afternoon W. A. (Doc) Ruhmann, associate director of the Broadway Plan of Church Finance of Houston, will speak on “Church Financing.” At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday Dr. Vance W. Edmond son, associate professor in the De partment of Agricultural Econom ics and Rural Sociology, will speak of “Rural Resource Development: Economic” and Frank W. Shep pard, agent in rural development for the Agricultural Extension Service, will follow Edmondsoh with a talk on “Rural Resource Development: Human.” Address By Skrabanek The final day of the conference will have an address by Dr. R. L. Skrabanek, professor in the De partment of Agricultural Econom ics and Rural Sociology, on “Prob lems of the Aging” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday. At 8:45 Wednesday morning R. E. Burns, deputy re gional executive for the Boy Scouts .of America, will speak on “The Boy Scout Program and the Rural Church.” Dr. M. Wendell Belew, secretary of the department of Associational Meetings for the Southern Baptist Convention, will speak on “Current In-Service Training Program for Rural Ministers” at 9:15 a.m. Wed nesday. After a business meeting, E. N. Holmgreen, former director of the Food and Agriculture Organiza tion of the International Coopera tion, will deliver the final address, “Special World Challenges Today.” Commissioner Addresses Conference J. W. Edgar, commissioner of education for here Wednesday. More than 500 attended the Texas Education Agency, was one of the the meetings. Dr. Grady P. Parker, head of featured speakers during the conferences the Department of Education and Psychol- of Texas schoolmen and women which closed ogy, was in charge of the meeting. ‘Giants of Jazz 9 To Play Tuesday Night at 8 in MSC A Tuesday evening concert by “The Gulf Coast Giants of Jazz”, a fifteen-piece band styled in the vein of Count Basie and other pop ular jazz groups, will highlight next week’s Memorial Student Cen ter Summer Entertainment Pro gram, which will also feature its regular Sunday afternoon films and a dance in the Ballroom Mon day night. The jazz band, to play in the Bollroom at 8 p. m. Tuesday, is composed of outstanding musicians from the Houston area, most of whom have played with the na tion’s top bands—including the or chestras of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey and Hal Mclntire. Instrumentation fea tures five saxaphones, four trum pets, three trombones, a piano, bass and drums. Lois Wales, a singer well-known in the Gulf Coast area, travels with the group. According to Herb Brockstein, “Giants” drummer, the special ar rangements making up the library of the band include arrangements from the bands of Basie, Kenton, Herman, Harry James and Bill Holman. New additions to the repertoire are some original Basie arrangements by Howard Williams and specialties by Bill Gannon, “Giants” pianist. Organized in January 1959, the “Giants” have performed periodi cally in Houston and have been featured on KPRC-TV. Featured players are Coton Davidson, trom bone; Bill Patterson, trumpet; Art Boyd, Jerry Coker and Ed Ger- lach, saxophones; Pianist Gannon and Drummer Brockstein. , Speaking of the group, MSC Special Programs Chairman Pat Cockburn said, “In the jazz con certs the ‘Giants’ have played in Houston and the surrounding area, they have had overflow audiences. Some music lovers have driven all the way from cities in Louisiana to attend a ‘Giants’ session.” The Aggieland Combd, led by Dr. William Turner, will play for the dance to be in the Ballroom from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Monday. Tomy Thomas, a member of the Decorations Committee, has indi cated that a special surprise theme is planned for the affair. Admis sion will be 75 cents a couple or 50 cents stag. A “20th Century” documentary film, “Suicide Run to Murmansk”, tops the list of films to be shown in Sunday’s “Afternoon of Free Films”, to begin at 2 p.m. in Rooms 2A-B-C. Other films to be shown Sunday will be “The World’s Most Beau tiful Girls”, a color film of the Miss Universe contest; “Marc An tony of Rome”, a short portrayal of the famous love story of Marc Antony and Cleopatra; and a travel film on our 49th state, “The Great Land—Alaska.” Herb Brockstein ... drummer for ‘Giants of Jazz’