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Page 2 College Station, Texas Friday, April 3, 1964
Corps Fast Approaching
‘Do Or Die’ Position
The A&M Cadet Corps is fast reaching a point where it
must reevaluate its position as a military unit and its repre
sentation of this university. The present decision to update
the Articles of the Cadet Corps is a major step in this direc
tion, but alone, this will not accomplish the goal.
Probably the biggest single problem facing this unit is
its spasmotic chain of command, where promotion is so static
that positions of leadership are sometimes decided three
years in advance. This leads to apathy, dropouts of those
who are not given command positions and have little hope
of attaining such jobs, and downright disobedience.
This chain of future promotions is not difficult to follow.
Once a sophomore obtains the position of unit clerk, he has
the best chance of becoming first sergeant, and ultimately
unit commander. This, unfortunately, is often times the rule
and not the exception.
True, other sophomores are eligible for several positions
of leadership as juniors, and the unit clerk doesn’t always get
to be first sergeant, but many sophomores don’t care to stay
around long enough to wait and see. The juniors are faced
with the same situation—the first sergeant will automatically
become unit commander, and their only hope is to obtain a
highly competitive staff position, too often based upon who
has a contract.
The seniors are even in a worse situation. After all
major positions are handed out, there is little chance of their
moving up in rank, therefore little reason for concerted effort
to improve themselves. Those who receive the positions of
leadership hold these jobs for the entire year, and too often
consider themselves irreplaceable.
Solutions are always more difficult to find than problems,
but the Corps might consider as a guide, a promotion method
used at most all other military institutions—the semester
or trimester system.
In this way all position of leadership would be rotated
among the affected individuals, with the eventual selection
of the top man, to hold the job at final review or to graduate
with the title. This method would give most everyone a
chance at important offices, and relieve many for a period
of rest and study.
In the trimester program the student showing the best
potential of the two competing, would receive the job for the
third and final period of the year. This is the system now
used at most other instiutions. If a semester program were
used, it would be a step in the right direction, but there would
be no competition between the two students and no ultimate
honor at final review.
Whatever method is adopted, anticipating that a change
is due, the juniors and sophomores will have the responsibility
of making it work. This will mean doing away with the buddy
rating system, which measures a person’s popularity, not his
leadership ability. It would also mean doing away with the
prerequisite of a contract before receiving a high staff posi
Present leaders are urged to adapt, if not this system,
then a workable solution, ta relieve the present stagnation.
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Ex - President
“I’ve planned all week to really hit th’ books tonight and
get caught up—and along comes th’ Cotton Ball! What if
I said no! I’ve got to study! And don’t go? What if every
body said that and didn’t go? It was selfish of me to think
only of my grades—th’ Cotton Ball needs me!”
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (A*)
— Joao Goulart, deposed as Braz
il’s president by an anti-Com-
munist rebellion, fled into exile
He was reported headed for
Uruguay or Paraguay.
Congress, early in the morn
ing, had sworn in Paschoal Ra-
nieri Mazzilli, president of the
Chamber of Deputies, as his suc
Goulart’s last reboudt in the
southern state of Rio Grande do
Sul, where he was born 47 years
ago, apparently collapsed under
relentless pressure from the gen
erals who launched the uprising
In a voice choked with emo
tion, Mayor Sereno Chaise of
Porto Alegre announced over the
radio that Goulart and a party
of 15 had left, that resistance
was all over and told the people
to go home.
Raked In Senate
Planetary Space Rocket
Launched By Soviet Union
MOSCOW <A>) — The Soviet
Union launched Thursday a plan
et probe from a platform orbited
in space as the United States has
done many times in the past.
Authorities avoided telling what
the target was. U. S. intended
destinations are always publiciz
Although few details of the
new shot were given, the tech
nique appeared similar to — if
not identical with — that of the
United States in all its Ranger
shots and deep space probes.
The Russians called it Zond-1.
Zond is Russian for probe.
The official announcement said
the purpose was “further develop
ment of a space system for dis
tant interplanetary flights.”
The new space feat was an
nounced while Premier Khrush
chev was in Budapest for talks
with his Hungarian allies on splits
in the world Communist move
ment — particularly the quarrel
Tass described Zond-1 as a
space rocket but gave no details
as to its weight, size or desti
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ed senators who support the civil
rights bill got a lecture from their
The dressing down was given
in a news letter distributed by
Sens. Hubert H. Humphrey, D-
Minn., and Thomas H. Kuchel,
R-Calif., assistant majority and
minority leaders and floor lead
ers of bipartisan forces seeking
passage of the bill.
It took more than an hour
Wednesday to round up a quorum
—a majority of the Senate’s 100
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Mid-Continent Supply Company
— Business administration, fin
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Rural Electrification Adminis
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American Cast Iron Pipe Com
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Cameron Iron Works, Inc. —
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Employers Casualty Company
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Geological Survey, Surface
Water Branch, U. S. Department
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Statistics Wives Club will hear
Dr. Robert L. Skrabanek of the
Sociology Department discuss
“The Changing Population in
Texas” at 8 p.m.
Oceanography and Meteorology
Wives Club will meet at 8 p.m.
in the home of Mrs. Dale Leipper.
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