The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 23, 1968, Image 2

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College Station, Texas Thursday, May 23, 1968
by Jim Earle
A Parting Shot
It’s finally time to clean out my desk and head for sum
mer camp at Ft. Sill for six weeks and then, various and
sundry places. Last August I thought the end of May would
never get here.
But, somehow, we’ve made it to the end of another
long year. It’s hard to relate how appreciative I am for the
opportunity to try to make Texas A&M better understood,
less maligned, and more acceptable to the majority of the
Texans and Americans who read The Battalion.
It hasn’t been an easy job.
Would I do it all again ?
Heck, yes. But I would do it just a little different.
How the regimes of Glenn Dromgoole and Tommy De-
Frank survived with the little number of people they had
on their staffs is a question that the present staff will
never figure out. We started out with eight people and
now have 13. We could use about 10 more.
The fight between the civilians and the Corps is another
item that needs change. It is useless and serves no purpose
for either group. Many civilians do not see the power of
the Corps and the value of organization. I am a Corps mem
ber and am in a position to see that the Corps is also blind,
to a certain degree, to the potential power of the civilians.
To obtain any concessions from the Administration these
two elements are going to have to join forces and work
for the benefit of the student rather than the “C. T.” or
the “Non-Reg”.
The question of censorship of The Battalion has been
another sore point. At times, the decision of advisers to The
Battalion to withhold certain stories or editorials has al
ways caused consternation in The Battalion offices. How
ever, these men were doing their job as they were instructed
to as employes of the University.
While a slight degree of this still goes on, we feel we
have made a great amount of progress this year and an im
provement over the farce that paraded itself before A&M
last year. Those of us who will be back next year are look
ing forward to continued improvement and service to the
students, in addition to the faculty and the City of College
I would also like to take issue with the latest edition
of the underground “newspaper,” Paranoia, in which an
article under the head of “The Rabid Batt” appeared. This
was undoubtedly the most irresponsible piece I have read
this year, in any publication. The author’s profound state
ments that The Battalion was controlled by certain Univer
sity officials and that these people set Battalion policy
were made in vein that he was knowledgeable on the subject
he was writing about.
He has done a good job of deceiving his readership. He
did not make an appearance in the Office of Student Publica
tions to do any investigation and made statements based on
hearsay entirely.
While the ideals and goals of the people who expectorate
Paranoia do not parallel the goals of the editors of The
Battalion, we feel that those goals that are mutual could
better be obtained by a state of cooperation, rather than
the current aura of hatred and contempt that the staff of
Paranoia has perpetrated.
However, we feel that we must commend these students
for having the ingenuity, after seeing a problem, to come
up with something that to them is a means for solving a
This is something that not enough students are con
cerned about. They are content to sit idly by and let some
one else do the work while they go merrily on their way
without a care about what happens in the university com
Students lack a cause. They are content to go to
classes five days a week and refuse to schedule classes
Friday afternoon. They contribute nothing to the advance
ment of what should be common goals.
Stop and think. What are you doing with your career
at Texas A&M. Will you remember it 10 years from now?
I seriously doubt it if you haven’t got a cause.
It’s too late to do anything this year. But think about
it this summer. Think about it as you go about your day-
to-day existence, lazy, fat, bored, and self-centered. Things
can be different, if you don’t like the ways things are going.
This editorial may sound like sour grapes to many.
It isn’t.
It is disappointment. Disappointment in students, Corps
and civilians. Disappointment in the Student Senate and
its branches. Disappointment in the administration for al
lowing the Dr. Gibbs case to lead to censure by the AAUP.
Disappointment in the Athletic Department for being the
subject of a Southwest Conference investigation and the en
suing reprimand. But there have also been causes for con
A supreme effort by a football team that was down
and came through in the clutch. A national championship
by the Fish Drill Team. Kyle Field was expanded. A new
library is nearly complete. Renovations and additions to
the dormitories are being completed. The syclotron finally
begin doing whatever it does after several years’ existence—
the students thought it had been doing whatever it does
all along.
So there you are. Ups and downs. They just about
balance out. But what is past is past. We at The Battalion
don’t agree with the belief that “what will be will be.” A&M
has the potential to become one of the leading “universities”
in the United States. But provincial thinking, policies, and
students will not let this occur.
A word of caution, however. Don’t attack the radicals
who are trying to make a place for themselves here. Their
coming was inevitable. They will probably attract little
following unless they are afforded the publicity they are
These are just a few of the observations I have been
able to make this year. All but three of this year’s staff
will be back next year. With your help and the help of
other interested students The Battalion and the other stu
dent publications can do a job A&M can be proud of. If
you want to help us attain this goal of a better STUDENT
newspaper, let us know and well will put you to work.
Good luck and a profitable summer.
Charles Rowton
Editor, The Battalion 1967-68
Sound Off
“That idea of yours to give a quiz a day sure ensures that
graduating seniors will attend class this week, but how
does it affect your grading load?”
By Mike Plake
At The Movies
The Battalion:
An article recently appeared
in the “underground newspaper”
and was signed by a certain Mike
Murphy. This article was not
written by a current A&M stu
dent and this letter is to clarify
that I am in no way connected
with the article or the newspaper.
Michael R. Murphy ’71
★ ★ ★
The Battalion:
Everyone knows that this is a
time of the year for gas, and it
seems that it has even spread to
some of our campus conveniences
—namely the cleaners.
A&M Given Two
$500 Mobil Grants
Unrestricted. Mobil Oil grants
of $500 each have been awarded
to the Mechanical and Chemical
Engineering Departments.
Bill Claybourne of Mobil’s Cor
pus Christi offices made the
presentations to Dr. C. M. Sim-
mang, mechanical engineering
head, and Dr. C. D. Holland,
chemical engineering head.
Engineering Dean Fred J. Ben
son noted that the Mobil Founda
tion grants will be of significant
value for departmental programs
during the 1968-69 school year.
Claybourne pointed out that the
money may be used in any fashion
deemed appropriate to support the
work of faculty members and stu
I recently took a shirt in to be
cleaned and altered for Final
Review. After paying $1.60 I
found that the seams were not
completely sewn. In addition ihe
shirt was soiled and the military
creases I asked for were ne
glected. The cadet behind me
received his pants with black
marks on the leg. The bad part
is the fact that we students have
to put up with the situation,
because this business is virtually
a monopoly.
Sure, we can take our cleaning
home on weekends or to North
Gate, but how many of us have
the time to do this? It is not a
question of what we can do, but
what this business will do. If we
are to pay the ridiculous prices
that are charged for cleaning
we should at least get decent
I strongly suggest that the
business to which I refer offer
Aggies a fair deal instead of
taking our money for a job half
done if done at all.
Dave Woods ’71
The Battalion:
I will give a $50.00 reward;
the person who can supply {
with information leading to ft
arrest and conviction of the pf :
son who stole my car, a maroi
1965 G.T.O., from the parkfo
lot west of dorm 15 between)
o’clock last Monday night
4 o’clock Tuesday morning.
The car, when found,
stripped of three two-barrel ca
buretors, intake manifold, fou
speed transmission, Hurst shiftf
and the drive shaft
I would appreciate any inloj
mation on the location of ties
parts or the person who has pcs
session of them or positive idea
tification of any person wl-
might have been seen breakit;
into a car by that descriptij
during the hours mentioned, t
you have such information, cot
tact me, Larry Sweat, Dorm li
Room 401, or the Campi;
Larry Sweet
Saturday, June 1st
Forest Hollow Club
Casual Dress
7:30 til 2:00
Here we go again.
ULYSSES is a film not made
for the average movie-goer.
If you go to the movies for sex,
sadism, violence, or comedy, for
get it.
What, then, is the purpose of
Joseph Stricks flick? To go
strictly by the book.
Strict carefully co-authored the
screenplay. He strictly limited
himself in scene and script. As
much as technically possible, he
used passages from the book as
dialogue in the screen adaptation.
He used Howth Head and the
sights of Dublin and the actual
tower of Sandymount to show
where Stephen Dedalus and Buck
Mulligan lived.
For this he must be compli
mented. As the book spun on an
Irish-Jewish axis, so Strict de
picts it on the film. An Ameri
can, yea, even an Aggie, soon dis
tinguishes the rough and tumble
Irish brogue from the standard
British accent. Like a West
Texan in California, maybe.
If this review seems filled with
more than the usual number of
generalities, a bit of advice: see
the movie yourself, or still bet
ter, attempt to read the book.
There, you find 600 pages of
The Plot:
ULYSSES is not made for the
normal movie-goer. Moreover,
it is not censored for the normal
movie-goer. It, according to Di
rector Strick will not be cut. It
has the same four-letter words
that were put to such forceful
use in the book.
The movie takes place over a
24-hour period in the life of Leo
pold and Molly Bloom. Leopold,
according to the prologue of the
film, does not distinguish past
from present, or future from
fantasy. Each minute of the
day, he lives what he sees, endur
ing only those pangs and pains
he acknowledges as reality to
him. During the 24 hours, he
goes back to the time his dead
son was born. He watches the
son spring from death to life, and
the day progresses
He sees Molly, his wife, as a
prostitute in Dublin’s Nightown.
He remakes love and relives life
of early times with his beloved
He has fantasies with the pros
titutes, signifying everything
from happiness to the bottom
steps of depravity and/or des
He reacts with the young poet,
Stephen Dedalus (Maurice
Roeves), sharing his own artistic
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energies in a common relation
The day moving, further, he
returns home to Molly Bloom.
Molly Bloom’s soliloquy which
occupies the last 47 pages of
Joyce’s book, without punctua
tion or stopping point, begins
here. She spans the entire six
teen years of her marriage to
Bloom, including the 10 long
years without intercourse with
Leopold. For that 10-year period
began with the death of their
son, and the death of a part of
Bloom, the Irish-Jew. He had a
son, one to pass on his heritage,
for only 11 days.
Thus, bringing the events of
the movie from the pages of the
book only serves to confuse
Joyce’s message. Unfortunately,
ULYSSES is the same — con
fusion. It is the search of Leo
pold Bloom for Leopold Bloom,
the man, the dog, the transves
tite, or whatever he believes him
self to be. He like the mytho
logical Ulysses, searches
throughout a major part of his
life. That this major part takes
place in 24 actual hours does not
Some say Joyce played Ulys
ses. The movie’s prologue states
that Joyce, like Leopold, did not
distinguish between fantasy or
past or present or future. To be
reality, it only needed to exist in
Joyce’s mind.
Director strick attempted to
transfer the realities of Joyce
and Leopold to the tangible evi
dence of film. He tried to por
tray Bloom’s and Joyce’s mind.
But he didn’t. The truths in
the book never made it to the
And however good Strick’s at
tempt is, ULYSSES isn’t.
BranifF International’s new Youth
Fare lets anyone under 22 fly for Va off.
At any time of the day, night,
or year!
But instead of having to hang
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Providing you have a Youth Card,
Which is easy enough.
Present any proof of age, $3,00, and
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before you board the plane.
Then, fly.
*No departures on Fridays between 12:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
By Charles M. Schulz