The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 24, 1964, Image 2
Page 2 College Station, Texas Friday, April 24, 1964
With All Sincerity
In studying- last editorials by previous editors we dis
cover that it has been traditional for the outg-oing editor
to heap words of praise on the accomplishments of the past
year and on the cooperation received during the year. Not
wanting to upset tradition, our last editorial will heap praise.
However, at the moment we are embarking upon our
next-to-last editorial, and we have no intention of heaping
praise, nor do we have the intention of piling on criticism.
We are, though, going to attempt to fire a flare or send
out an SOS on behalf of Texas A&M University, an educa
tional institution which is of strong body and frame; but
sucked void of its strength by mal-functioning organs.
Contrary to most common arguments the illness of A&M
is not the result of one external wound inflicted by “THEM”;
but, is a cancerous internal illness eating away at the very
guts (pardon, please) of A&M. This cancer is composed of
thousands of little cells which must be referred to by all
associated with A&M as “US.”
Factionalism is the cancer that eats away at A&M. It
is not so small a thing as Civilians vs. Corps, students vs.
administration, for co-ed vs. against co-ed, etc.
The death-carrying factionalism stems from selfish
group ambitions and is fed by the idea that anything
“THEY” do is wrong. It would be tragic for all factions
supporting A&M to agree down the line. This would soon
make us stagnant and the school would die of its own odor.
However, it is just as tragic that the factionalism has
become so ingrained that it is always a foregone conclusion
that the other faction cannot intend any good, regardless
of the idea which might be projected.
What can be done about this deplorable situation ?
That’s a hard thing to determine, because the human animal
A glorious start would be for everyone to take up the
cape of dignity and swallow their foolish pride which will
not permit any member of any faction to admit that he has
been wrong. If but one time one faction will lend its support
to another faction for the total good of A&M we will be
much further down the road we so often talk about than
we will ever get under present conditions.
Aggies are men with nerve, with backbone, with prin
ciples, it is said. It must be pointed out that men with nerve,
men with backbone, men with principles do not think in
packs like hungry wolves, or more fittingly in most of our
cases, in herds like sheep.
These last remarks are not aimed only at Civilian that
think Civilian because of his dress, or Cadet that think
Cadet because of his uniform; but, it is intended for the
professor who does not have the nerve to tell a superior
that a new teaching practice might improve a department;
it is intended for the person in the administration who will
not walk into a better furnished office than his own to
discuss something with which they do not agree; it is
intended for those people who have or who would ask the
editor of The Battalion to stand for a principle, but would
decline the opportunity to declare themselves openly.
We of A&M have a choice. We can let our ideas and
ideals embrace one another and then stand together or we
can continue as little cancer cells and eat away at this mighty
institution until it is completely void of the life stuff.
This editor says to you students, former students,
faculty, staff and administration, after having read the fore
going, frown if you wish, anger if you must, but in the name
of God and for the sake of A&M think. Think that the other
side might have ideas with merit. Think how selfishly and
dogmatically you and your faction have held on to your own
narrow views. Think of the expense to A&M for your
It Has Been Rewarding
As indicated above we are going to follow tradition.
However, it is not as idle an effort as might be implied above.
A&M has accomplished some things this year.
However, we must point out now that our accomplish
ments have been in the plant and not the intangible insti
tution of A&M. Our accomplishments have been physical
and not idealistic.
We have been generally pleased with the cooperation we
have received on campus this year.
We could not leave this post without saying that it has
indeed been an honor to serve as Editor, The Battalion 1963-
64. It hasn’t all been fun, but it has very well been
interesting, educational and rewarding.
May we all see A&M prosper.
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%H m Earle Johnson Invites Opponents
To See Intelligence Files
“ . . . And this year instead of having a Splash Day they’re
having a Splash Month! I’m not sure I can spare that
much class time!
— Sound Off —
WASHINGTON <A>)_p r esident
Johnson opened the administra
tion’s intelligence files Thursday
to Republicans who might be
nominated to challenge him for
the White House. And he said
he wants to talk with them per
sonally to help chart “the wise
course” in foreign affairs.
“I do want all the men in the
opposition party to know all the
facts that dictate the decisions
that involve national interests,”
the President told a news con
His offer of intelligence brief
ings for major Republican pres-
klental contenders was quickly
rejected by Arizona Sen. Barry
Goldwater called it a “basic
ally unwise, offhand political
gesture” that could be used to
muffle Republicans who want
to challenge administration for
Through a spokesman, Sen.
Margaret Chase Smith of Maine
accepted the invitation and add
ed she would be “delighted to
confer with the President any
time he calls, on anything.”
At Johnson’s behest, Secre
tary of State Dean Rusk sent
invitations to six Republicans
and a dissident Democrat to
hear intelligence briefings from
I’ve heard a word used on
campus more lately than usual
which implied other words that
led to ideas and finally to this
letter. The expression could
mean a lot of things but I in
terpreted it in an educational
Any kind of education is a
beneficial procedure under some
circumstances and it is a process
which requires a teacher as
well as a student whether the
teacher be the student or some
one else. We paid good money
to come to this institution to
get educated. We were intro
duced to many conflicting ideas
as soon as we started learning.
We were also presented with the
various types of teachers that
would mould and build out phil
osophies for now and the years
to follow. As good Ags we soon
learned to classify teachers as
either good or bad. I learned
but restricted my classification:
A good prof was one who ap
preciated his job because the
student was able to use him to
develop himself to the limit of
his desires. The bad prof was
the one who appreciated his job
for the single reason that the
prof was able to see his own in
telligence only when it was re
lative to his ignorant students.
The word I refer to is enlarge.
The bad prof was and still is
the one who goes out and looks
for poor, helpless, devils to build
into mighty men with much en
largement and broadened views.
They do this to console themselv
es for their goodness and in
Candidates for Vanity Fair
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ent, enlarger should examine
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EE Students Win
Three senior electrical engineer
ing students at A&M University
were awarded second place for the
technical paper they presented at
The Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers Regional
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The contest involved student
chapters from 25 universities in
The A&M entry, the seventh in
nine years to be among the top
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and Lee D. McIntosh.
The students were awarded $80
in prize money for their paper
entitled “Transistorized Fourier
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