The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 16, 1964, Image 2

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Page 2 THE BATTALION College Station, Texas Wednesday, December 16, 1964 CADET SLOUCH by Jim Earle A Self-Appraisal Needed By SCONA SCONA X is now history. The annual Student Conference on National Affairs has joined its nine precedessors as an example of superb planning, coordination and energy in the production of a public affairs forum. SCONA is no longer a child though, and with its advanc ing age must come criticism—or better, suggestions—if it is to hold its lead in the field of student conferences. The Battalion has followed SCONA closely during its birth and growing pains, both as an “insider” and as an ob server, and feels as qualified as anyone to leap into the breach and provide the first comments. FIRST: The whole purpose of SCONA should be re viewed. Is Texas A&M furnishing the time, money and its campus solely for the benefit of visiting delegates ? Obviously the 24 A&M delegates gain from SCONA, but its worth dur ing the past few years to the remainder of the student body is questionable. SECOND: The method of screening of speakers should be relaxed to allow better-known personalities to address SCONA. The present method allows the conference to ask dignitaties from the President on down, but too often con troversial speakers are vetoed. SCONA has not had a real “name” speaker address the conference since Vice President Johnson spoke to SCONA VIII. THIRD: Each year several prominent members of the faculty are asked to serve as advisors to help resolve internal conflicts and help steer the individual committee toward their goals. But the mere fact that these men are connected with SCONA all during its planning stages discounts their value as critics. The closer their participation, the more likely they are to overlook needed changes as they become “inside” mem bers. This then leaves the remainder of the faculty and stu dent body to sit as impartial judges. Many of the sugges tions may be useless, and much of the criticism may be un founded, but the conference could benefit greatly by such a review of its first decade of operation. FOURTH: On the positive side of things, a host of congratulations are due to the entire staff of the Memorial Student Center and especially to the father of SCONA, MSC Director J. Wayne Stark, for the continued success of SCONA. Stark and his two secretaries, Mrs. Alyce M. Palmer and Mrs. Elsie Patranella have contributed immeasurably to 10 successful conferences. Bulletin Board “Naw, I’m not leavin’ early. I carry it ‘cause it helps my morale just knowing that it won’t be long, now!” — Sound Off — THURSDAY Bay Area Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Academic Building. El Paso Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Room of the Memorial Student Center. Odessa Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Assem bly Room of the MSC. Jackson County Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the MSC. San Angelo-West Texas Home town Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Room of the MSC. Fort Worth Hometown Club will meet at 7:15 p.m. in Room 105 of the Academic Building. Mid-County Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 206 of the Academic Building. Laredo Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the MSfe lounge. as you vote for the ^president of Editor, The Battalion: Members of the Class of ’68: In the primary and run-off elections, you have supported me and my platform and I would like to express my deep appreciation for this. I also ask you to sup port me again Thursday in my bid for the presidency of our class. I will work hard to achi eve our common goals and I will work especially close with the Student Senate. If elected, I will do my best to make our Fish Ball the greatest ever. Our attendance at the polls this far has been very good, and again I urge you to vote. Please remember me Thursday Wichita Falls Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Lec ture Room of the Biological Sci ences Building. Dallas Hometown Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the YMCA Building. Matagorda County Hometown Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the MSC lobby. Aggieland pictures will be taken and the club sweet heart will be chosen. the Fish dags.' Jack R. Coleman, ’68 'k Editor, The Battalion: I had the honor to attend SCONA X as a delegate, and it was very well handled on the whole. My only complaint concerns Mr. Tisdale’s handling of the ques tion by a Latin A&M delegate to Mr. Dubois. Certainly such a Ferreri’s Triangle Restaurant Invites You To Try Our AGGIE SPECIAL Also, try PIZZA, Spaghetti, Raviola, Mexican Food, and Seafood. Book Your Banquets and Special Parties Early. Accommodations From 10 to 200 Persons THE BATTALION Opinions expressed in The Battalion are those of the student writers only. The Battalion is a non tax-supported, non-profit, self-supporting educational enterprise edited and operated by students as a university and community news paper and is under the supervision of the director of Stu dent Publications at Texas A&M University. liege and holiday periods, Septem The Battalion, a student newspaper at Texas A&M is published in College Sta tion, Texas daily except Saturday, Suhday, and Monday, a ber through May, and once a week during summer school. dispatches spontaneous origin in are also reserved. Second-Class postage paid College Station, Texas. MEMBER: The Associated Press Texas Press Assn. Represented nationally by National Advertising Service, Inc., New York City, Chicago, Los An geles and San Francisco. Mail subscriptions are $3.50 per semester; $6 per school year, $6.50 per full year, ptions subject to 2% sales tax. Advertising rate furnished on request Address: The Battalion, Room 4, YMCA Building; College Station, Texas. All subscript News contributions n editorial office. Room 4, lay be made by telephoning VI 6_661§. ; !pjp VI 6-4910 or YMCA Building. For advertising or delivery call VI at the 6-6415. EDITOR RONALD L. FANN Managing Editor Glenn Dromgoole Sports Editor - Lani Presswood Day News Editor Mike Reynolds Night News Editor Clovis McCallister Asst. Sports Editor Bob Spivey Asst. News Editor Gerald Garcia Staff Writers - Tommy DeFrank, Jerpr Cooper Photographer "... - - Herkey Killingsworth ATTENTION ALL HOME TOWN AND PROFESSIONAL CLUB REPRESENTATIVES The hometown club and profes sional club section of the “Ag gieland” staff has announced that the last date for scheduling club pictures for the “Aggie land” will be 18 December, 1964. Pictures are to be scheduled at the Student Publication Office, Y.M.C.A. Bldg. The final day for having the pictures made will be 1 March, 1965. Please make arrangements to have your pic ture scheduled before the dead line. Dave Baker, Section Editor Mike Rasbury lengthy question can not be trans lated into five words. Granting that time was short, Mr. Tisdale cut him off with an arbitarainess that in a few seconds transformed the conference from a device of use in education to a game played by children. The children sub sequently dismiss the purpose and objectives, and the game’s re sults are forgotten in the next moment. I would like very much for you to print this letter to show that not everyone agrees with the handling of the matter. Britt Jarvis, ’65 ★ ★ ★ Editor, The Battalion: The A&M University students will soon be leaving the campus for the Christmas Holidays and I would like to take this means of thanking each one of them who has so graciously donated to the TB Christmas Seal campaign be fore they go, even though our campaign is not officially over. I appreciate the enthusiastic support and the many kind wishes for the success of the campaign which I have received from the Aggies this year. So many stu dents have written wishing they had more to give to the Seal drive. I also wish to thank Ronnie Fann, editor of The Battalion, for all the fine publicity given the campaign this year. It has been a big factor in the success of the drive and I appreciate this help. Thank you all and best wishes for a Merry Christmas. Mrs. D. W. Williams, Chairman, Christmas Seal Campaign HMVIOEND TO ELIGIBLE TEXAS MOTORISTS That’* right, Texas policyholders have come to expect dividend savings from State Farm Mutual’s famous 6-mpnth policy. Nine out of ten policyholders have saved more than $30,000,000 over the past 27 years. State Farm’s pres ent 25% dividend rate makes the- actual cost of car insurance lower than that of most other compa nies. For more complete details see me soont U. M. ALEXANDER ’40 221 S. Main TA 3-3616 HAT! 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These are the findings publish ed recently in a book titled. “Ta lent and Performance”: “Undergraduate performance is a poor criterion of later achieve ment.” Doing well in college doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll do well later in your work. “The most successful tend to marry early (while) those who had difficulty launching their careers tended to maryy late. Single men were not conspicuous among those in the top achieve ment level.” Those who did the best in their work found time to engage in activities outside their work. These talented persons found far more satisfaction in their work than a look at their salaries would indicate. Economics Professor Eli Ginz- berg, chairman of the President’s Manpower Advisory Committee, collaborated with John L. Herma, a psychologist and member of the University’s Conservation of Hu man Resources Project, and five other Columbia researchers in the survey. Other survey findings: Those in the higher achievement levels had the following characteristics: 1. Outstanding grades in grad uate school. 2. Resolution of occupational choice by junior year in college. 3. Early completion of educa tion, including early doctorate. 4. Quick start and progession in careers. 5. Successful assumption of adult x-esponsibilities, including military service, marriage, and family formation. Conclusions: “No individual who has the capacity and desire to proceed with his education should be blocked by lack of funds. “It would be highly desirable to explore the possibility of col lapsing the time required to earn a doctorate. There has been a marked tendency toward the ‘in- fantilization’ of American youth which contributes to the unneces sary prolongation with corres ponding excessive costs of higher education.” LARRY GREENHAW. ’64 COLLEGE MASTER REPRESENTATIVE FIDELITY UNION LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY P. O. BOX 45 COLLEGE STATION, VI 6-8226 AGGIES ... 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