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A Backward Glance
Cash Dispute, Physical Hazing Top Campus Stories
Cancellation of the Johnny Cash Town Hall appear
ance and last week’s outbreak of physical hazing share
the top spot in The Battalion’s yearly listing of the major
campus news stories for the 1965-66 school year.
The rhubarb which erupted after Cash was refused
permission to perform here after being charged with
smuggling drugs across the border was selected the
number one story of the year, barely nosing out the
hazing incident which resulted in the suspension of 29
upperclassmen for striking freshmen with brooms.
THIRD-RANKED STORY was the long-simmering
dispute over admission of political clubs to the campus
and the administration’s counterproposal of political
The top 10 also included:
4. A one-year probation levied by the Southwest
Conference for alleged violation of scholarship regula
tions and illegal football practices by Coach Gene Stall
ings’ football squad.
5. Developments in the coeducation question which
resulted in the Board of Directors authorizing President
Earl Rudder to scrutinize all female enrollment applica
tions and decide if applicants could be admitted.
6. Poor Corps-civilian relations, particularly in the
north dorm area, including the flooding of Dorm 20,
the May 9 water fight and minor Corps-civilian confront
ations throughout the year.
7. CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION projects — like the
million cyclotron, the long-delayed library expansion
and the |2.25 million Space Research Center — which
★ ★ ★
A Look Ahead
will increase the value of the physical plant by $26.5
million by the end of 1967.
8. Adoption of a resolution by the Student Senate
urging adoption of a system for faculty evaluation of
professors by students. The university Executive Com
mittee is currently drawing up plans for the project.
9. The death of Ranger on Dec. 9 after President
Rudder’s pet bulldog had been considered by some stu
dents as a possible replacement for an ailing Reveille
as campus mascot.
10. The eleventh Student Conference on National
Affairs which concentrated on the challenges of South
east Asia.
OTHER STORIES receiving votes were the proposed
renovation program for Kyle Field; painting of the
campus by students from Baylor and Rice on two football
weekends; student apathy in campus elections; the drop
ping out of the non-compulsory Corps of Cadets by 300
freshmen at mid-term, and the scientific discoveries and
experiments of senior Forrest Mims.
The Cash squabble was touched off Oct. 4, when
the country-and-western singer was arrested in El Paso
and charged with illegal possession of illicit drugs. Prior
to his arrest Cash had been signed to appear as a special
Town Hall attraction Bonfire Night.
The Memorial Student Council and Directorate de
cided Nov. 8 to let Cash appear as originally scheduled,
but A&M President Earl Rudder canceled the contract
Nov. 12 on the grounds that to have permitted Cash to
perform would have reflected discredit upon the uni
A Committee for Johnny Cash was quickly estab
lished by a student-faculty group, and more than 2,000
signatures were collected on a petition expressing dis
approval of the administration’s action.
THE CJC BEGAN negotiations with Saul Holiff,
Cash’s manager, and the singer appeared on Bonfire
Night as planned — but off-campus and without univer
sity sanction.
One of the perennial problems of the Corps —
physical hazing — was revived last Wednesday when
an anonymous source tipped the Commandant’s Office
about some freshmen with severe bruises in an ROTC
After a unit inspection by military officers, 18
upperclassmen, including the commanding officer, were
suspended from the university and dismissed from the
Corps. The action varied in severity, with juniors
punished more harshly than sophomores and seniors.
However( even as 11 more students were suspended
over the weekend, nine of the original 18 had their
sentences lightened and in some cases suspensions were
At the present time several students have appeals
pending with the University Appeals Committee.
POLITICAL CLUBS, a campus hot spot for the
last two years, became a controversial issue anew in
November, when the Student Senate considered a resolu
tion urging that clubs be permitted to operate on campus.
Texas A&M System regulations specify that “no
property will be used for political campaigns, meetings,
speeches or in the furtherance of any political campaign
nor used in any way for any political office.”
Dean of Students James P. Hannigan told the Senate
Nov. 18 political clubs would be sanctioned like all other
student organizations if they operated as study groups,
refrained from active campaigning for political candi
dates on campus and abided by university policies regard
ing student organizations.
The Senate then authorized the Issues Committee
to work with the administration and draw up guidelines
under which political clubs could operate.
A TENTATIVE PLAN was adopted and a Senate
resolution sent to the Board of Directors in January.
But the Board refused to pass on the matter, explaining
that the Executive Committee disapproved of political
The Senate passed another resolution April 21 re
affirming approval of political clubs and urging the
Executive Committee to act on the proposal.
President Rudder told student leaders in late April
that the Executive Committee disapproval of political
clubs, but he offered an alternative in political forums —
whereby the Department of History and Government
would sponsor programs of outstanding speakers in the
field of politics.
The issue was rekindled last week, when the newly-
elected Senate for 1966-67 expressed unanimous approval
of political forums but stressed that forums are not the
only alternative to political clubs.
And the Executive Committee Monday upheld the
present university policy that prohibits political clubs
from operating on campus.
Fearless Picks
For Coming Year
Che Battalion
Volume 61
Number 320
Battalion Staff Writer
It’s that time of year again
when college newspapers across
the nation begin looking back
nostalgically and reliving the
high points of the year in col
umns like these. We would like
to offer a new twist on this tried
and true theme by looking for
ward to next year and making
reasonably safe predictions based
on past experience.
Here, then, are the Batt Picks
for Sixty-Six. And the spring
of Sixty-Seven, too . . .
Coach Gene Stallings will issue
a statement describing the foot
ball team as undersized, slow,
mentally deficient and morally
decadent, but “a great bunch of
kids.” Although he won’t pre
dict any Aggie victories, he will
soothe everybody’s fears by prom
ising that “nobody’s going to
embarrass us any.”
The famous “sheep trails”
across the grass will be renamed
“the ruts” due to continued use.
Eventually, the Board of Direc
tors will vote to cover the eight-
foot-deep impressions and install
a subway system. As a result,
Mole Men chapters will come
back into the limelight.
A new pressure group, the
Greater Apathy Society (G.A.S.),
will arrange a special election to
abolish the Student Senate in
view of the fantastically low
number of votes which the sen
ators received in the 1966 spring
elections. The results of the
plebiscite will be: for abolition, 0;
against, 0.
The administration will finally
hit upon a sure-fire method to
eliminate all traces of Corps-
civilian friction: a checker tour
nament. Unfortunately, the tour
nament will erupt into a bloody
gang war when a civilian accuses
a cadet , of using loaded checkers.
Vandals from another South
west Conference school will paint
the entire A&M campus with
their colors, and will be rewarded
by seeing the Sportsmanship Tro
phy go to their college.
Corps leaders, alarmed by the
prospect of losing hundreds of
fish from the Corps at mid-term,
will call a meeting in an attempt
to convince the freshmen what a
mistake they’d be making by get
ting out. They will make impas
sioned speeches, ending with that
stirring call-to-arms: “Remem
ber—Highway 6 runs both ways.”
Graduation Highlights
Big Weekend Schedule
Hazing Probe
Now Complete
Dean of Students James P.
Hannigan announced Wednesday
that the current investigation
into reports of physical hazing is
“We have no more reports of
hazing and we consider the case
closed,” Hannigan said.
Meanwhile, 11 students sus
pended earlier brought appeals
before a committee headed by Dr.
Richard C. Potts in a session
lasting all afternoon Wednesday.
Potts would not release commit
tee decisions to The Battalion
Wednesday night.
The cadets are the last of 29
upperclassmen charged with beat
ing freshmen with brooms. All
were suspended but will be per
mitted to take final examinations
next week.
Nine students had earlier re
ceived lightened punishment from
the committee.
“We are bound and determined
to eliminate and keep eliminating
physical hazing from the student
body,” Hannigan declared Wed
Hannigan endorsed the actions
of the University Appeals Com
mittee, saying that “any action
that the committee chooses to
take, whether it be upholding the
Punishment recommended by this
office, lessening it, or in some
cases, increasing it, is completely
Up to them.”
He commented on the growing
publicity over the investigation,
saying that “A&M has so many
?ood things that should be mak
ing the headlines. It’s too bad
that the acts of the minority can
be so detrimental to the school’s
Hannigan said a letter in the
“Sound Off” column of Tuesday’s
Battalion was “the most ridicu
lous thing I’ve ever read.” The
letter expressed pride in having
been beaten bloody by a saber.
“A letter recommending duel
ing again would be just about
as inappropriate,” he added.
Final Review,
Boot Dance Set
President Rudder’s son Bob holds the Eng- presented by senior class vice president
lish bulldog given to the Rudders by seniors Tom Hargrove, left. Ranger II, who bore
at Saturday night’s Ring Dance. Named a resemblance to the new pet, died earlier
Ranger III, the eight-week old puppy was in the year of a kidney ailment.
Commencement, commissioning
ceremonies, Final Review and the
Boot Dance will be this weekend’s
highlights as the year draws to
a close.
Over 900 degrees and 133 com
missions will be conferred Satur
day in White Coliseum. The 9
a.m. commencement exercises will
include the granting of 679 bacca
laureate, 50 master’s and 170
doctoral degrees.
Main speaker will be W. B.
Murphy, president of the Camp
bell Soup Company.
Saturday afternoon at 1:30 93
Army cadets, 37 Air Force cadets
and three members of other
branches will receive second lieu
tenants’ bars.
Fourth Army Commander Lt.
Gen. Thomas W. Dunn will speak
before the newly commissioned
Murphy, in addition to heading
Campbell’s, is a trustee of Massa
chusetts Institute of Technology.
He received a B.S. in chemical
engineering from the University
of Wisconsin, which later honored
him with a doctor of laws degree.
Gen. Dunn, a Fort Worth
native, was graduated from the
United States Military Academy
in 1930. His World War II serv
ice included tours in Brisbane,
Australia, New Guinea, Leyte,
Luzon, and Japan.
His last assignment before
moving to San Antonio was com
mander of the 1st U. S. Army
and senior Army representative
to the United Nation’s Military
Dunn will also review the Cadet
Corps at 3 p.m. Saturday at
Final Review on the drill field.
A formal review will be followed
by the traditional second passby,
in which graduating seniors will
take the salute from junior
The Boot Dance, set for 8 p.m.-
midnight Saturday, will mark the
first wearing of senior boots at
a social function for members of
the class of 1967.
The dance will be held in the
Memorial Student Center Ball
room and Terrace. Dress is semi-
formal. Tickets are available, at
$3 per couple, from class officers,
at the cashier’s window in the
lower level of the MSC or at the
YMCA Offers Versatile Program
Battalion Managing Editor
Editor’s note: The following
is the concluding segment of a
two-part series concerning the
YMCA... Today: The overall pro
Engaged in a never-ending
quest for improvement, General
Secretary J. Gordon Gay is con
stantly striving to keep the
YMCA program up-to-date.
In his 38th season of service
with the YMCA Gay is currently
developing a 10-point addition
to his already extensive program.
“We want to try to present
an overall program that is chal
lenging,” he said, and will answer
problems students will face as
they leave here.”
But this is a difficult endeavor
and one which 38 years of ex
perience cannot handle without
“THE WHOLE program is cen
tered around a hub — the YMCA
cabinet,” Gay explained. “They
determine the speed and direction
that the whole YMCA travels.”
A group of students chosen
YMCA officers, the cabinet meets
weekly to plan and discuss activi
In addition to the multitude of
services currently rendered for
the benefit of students, Gay and
his cabinet are outlining the ini
tiation of five new series pres
entations, two original clubs, a
high school tutoring program, a
number of current events groups
and a faculty-student-industry
weekend conference.
All are proposed for the upcom
ing school year.
The series presentations in
clude a program with representa
tives from six of the world’s
religions and their comparison to
cuss the God Is Dead theory be
ginning in the fall and a third
proposal calls for an Executive
Roundtable, with businessmen
speaking on topics of a busi
ness nature.
The Changing Role of Men and
Women will be inaugurated to
add another viewpoint to the cur
rent Marriage Forums.
The last proposed program calls
for the presentation of a series
of state leaders in various fields
of discuss topics of interest.
The Triangle Club will obtain
speakers to discuss civic, politi
cal, moral and religious topics.
Another newcomer the Gavel
Club will provide students with an
opportunity to speak before
groups and conduct meetings.
The majority of YMCA activi
ties can be classified in five gen
eral areas: series presentations,
students organizations, promotion
of group get-togethers, YMCA-
sponsored services and facilities.
GAY FEELS that his program
has been quite effective in aid
ing students.
“I am certain that every stu
dent has been touched in some
way or another,” he commented.
“By our count a total of more
than 22,000 students have par
ticipated in our programs this
Lectures series programs in
clude the My Last Lecture pres
entations, where a faculty or staff
member addresses students as if
Also available are the Fresh
man Handbook, denominational
preference lists, listings of tem-
it was to be their last speech.
The Educated Man series brings
in outstanding personalities with
varying points of view and the
Chapel Series considers moral,
ethical and religious topics.
Spring lectures and panels con
sist of the Marriage Forums
exposing students to marriage
experts and the Man Your Man
ners program presented by coeds
from Texas Woman’s Universi
THE APOLLO Club meets four
times each semester with sup
pers and lectures by educators
while the Sphinx Club and Po
laris Council are organizations
geared toward outstanding fresh
International Clubs are spon
sored for students from foreign
nations and Christmas and New
Year parties are given in their
Each summer the YMCA spon
sors and maintains the Freshman
Camp in Palestine for incoming
first-year students. This ac
quaints them with their fellow
freshmen and answers many of
their questions concerning col
lege life.
Graduate students meet month
ly throughout the year for dis
cussions of a number of “great
IN ADDITION to these get-to
gethers the YMCA sponsors such
activities as steak fries and pic
nics in the Hensel Park area
for various campus groups.
YMCA services include the
preparation of booklets and
pamphlets for students without
A few of these are the Lenten
Devotional Booklets, Bible Study
outline, Christmas carol song-
book, a meditation booklet and
Thoughts To Remember,
porary area housing in the area,
sports participant lists and post
ers with the Thought For Today.
“THIS IS A very important
phase of YMCA work and it pre
sents many challenging and
worthwhile experiences,” Gay re
“I believe our image as a YMCA
is in good repute,” he said. “We
try to assist wherever we are
needed regardless of denomina
tion, creed or religious belief.”
Texas Students
Caught Passing
Anti-war Material
Five Austin youths, three
claiming to be University of
Texas students, were caught dis
tributing anti - Vietnam war
literature on the Texas A&M
campus Thursday.
Campus Security Sergeant Mor
ris A. Maddox nabbed one of the
“peaceniks” as he stuffed leaflets
into student cars. Four com
panions were picked up in an
automobile loaded with litera
ture from the “Vietnam Day
Committee 2407 Fulton Street,
Berkeley, Calif.” A sixth youth
escaped when patrolmen ap
proached the car.
The five were described by
Maddox as “in real need of a
bath, a shave and a haircut.”
The group was escorted to the
county line Thursday morning by
Campus Security officials after
their literature was confiscated.
First Bank & Trust now pays
4%% per annum on savings cer
tificates. —Adv.