The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 25, 1975, Image 2

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Page 2 THE BATTALION THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1975 ■ ■*WWs»i' xv' TVE SXVED THE BUSING-R)R-I NTE6RATI0N PROBLEM— I'M BUSING Ml THE FEDERAL -JUDGES ID PODUNKJOWA.' ‘Spirit of Aggieland’ Just a summer project. Off-campus voice Editor: Since the majority of students at Texas A&M live off-campus, it is ex tremely important that we have a voice in student affairs and deci sions. I was elected as an off-campus undergraduate senator for this school year. It is my goal, and I am know their views. Twelve people were elected as off-campus under graduate senators, so go to the Stu dent Government office or ask around and find out who we are. If you have questions or want to voice your opinion contact one of us. That is why we are here. Jimmy Arnold iliillllil Hymn obsolete ■ ■ ■ .vi'i'i . i'i i'i i'i i . ivl i i iEditor: sure the goal of the other off-campus senators, to do the best to represent our constituency. This will take an effort on both of our parts. How ever, it is the students’ responsibil ity to keep informed about issues on this campus, and to let the senators Editor: The aggie war hymn song is obso lete. One of the best ways for mature and intelligent A&M adherents to celebrate the bicentennial would be prompt Aggie War Hymn abolish ment. Emerson Rutherford OMBUDSMAN If you have a question or com plaint regarding news coverage please contact our Ombuds man’s office between 6 and 11 p.m., Monday through Thurs day. We established the office to help you with problems re quiring the attention of any top editorial personnel of The Bat talion. Call 845-2611 or write Ombudsman, The Battalion, Texas A&M Univer sity, College Station, Texas, 77843. By DON MIDDLETON and JOHN ADAMS Battalion Staff Writers Throughout the history of Texas A&M University, music has been an integral part of Aggie traditions. The two best-known Aggie tunes, “The Spirit of Aggieland and “The War Hymn,” have been sung for over fifty years. “The Spirit” began as a summer project of Marvin H. Mimms in 1925. Mimms, ajunior at A&M, had planned to attend Army ROTC summer camp that year, but a heart murmur discovered by an Army surgeon postponed the trip. In a handwritten article Mimms sent to the University Archives in 1967 he wrote that he was forced to spend the summer at his parents’ home in Marlin, Texas. All the jobs in Marlin were filled by the time he arrived, and the prospects for an ex citing summer seemed grim. “I could look forward to just a lot of puttering around the place, Mimms wrote. But “during my first vacation day at home, an old thought possessed me, as it had off Aggietoons and on during my three years at col lege. Why hadn’t someone come out with a real alma mater song for Aggieland?” Bothered by the thought that A&M had been without a school song for almost fifty years, Mimms began mentally to form guidelines for the lyric to an A&M song. Minim's first criterion was that “the lyric must be correctly written so as not to bring down the adverse criticism of the College English Department. The rest of the criteria demanded that the words express a definite purpose, and lend themselves to a military cadence. Minims top prior ity was that composition be “abso lutely original.” With these in mind the young A&M student began writing the song, starting with the eight-line chorus then backing up to compose the two verses. The second verse is seldom sung. With the lyrics on paper and a tune in his head, Mimms hitched a —Brad Foster SLOUCH Battalion Classified Call 845-2611 Cbe Battalion Opinions expressed in The Battalion are those of the editor ur of the writer of the article and are not necessarily those of the university administration or the Board of Directors. The Battalion is a non-profit, self-supporting enterprise operated by students as a university and community newspaper. Editorial policy is determined by the editor. LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor should not exceed 300 words and are subject to being cut to that length or less if longer. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit such letters and does not guarantee to publish any letter. Each letter must be signed, show the address of the writer and list a telephone number for verification. Address correspondence to Listen Up, The Battalion, Room 217, Services Building, College Station, Texas 77843. Members of the Strident Publications Board are: Bob G. Rogers, Chairman; Dr. Gary Halter; Dr. John Hanna; Roger P. Miller; Dr. Clinton A. Phillips, Jeff Dunn, Tom Dawsey, and Jerri Ward. Director of Student Publications; Gael L. Cooper. Represented nationally by National Educational Advertising Services, Inc.. New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Mail subscriptions are $5.00 per semester; $9.50 per school year; $10.50 $10.50 per I r —»«•«=» ryuvcrusing rate furnished on request. Address: The Battalion, Room 217, Services Building, College Station Texas 77843. I — , ipw.i^xy NCTIUUI year. All subscriptions subject to 5% sales tax. Advertising rate ilding The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in the paper and local news of spontaneous origin published herein. Right of reproduction of all other matter herein are also reserved. Copyright © 1975, The Battalion Second-Class postage paid at College Station, Texas. MEMBER The Associated Press, Texas Press Association ride to College Station to present his idea to band director Col. Richard C. Dunn. Mimms found Dunn in the lobby of the Y.M.C.A. and explained to him why he had come. Dunn im mediately expressed interest in the song and invited Mimms to sing it for him. While Dunn picked out the melody on a piano, Mimms sang his song for the first time in Aggieland. The band director was so excited with the tune that he immediately phoned Col. Ike Ashhurn, Com mandant of Cadets, asking him to come hear the song. After hearing the song, Ashhurn “came over, put his arm around my shoulder,” Mimms wrote, “saying That's wonderful! There will be no contest. This is it!' Mimms was told that a contest was being planned to choose a school song, but there would be no need of one since Mimms had writ ten a song to fill the bill. ^ Dunn and Mimms continued throughout the summer putting the finishing touches on the score and making preparations for the mass printing of the song. Dunn composed individual scores for each instrument in the band, and when the musicians re turned in the fall the fW „ , they learned was “The which, according to Mimtn J 1 N “- At the first yell 1)racti ( year The Spirit of Aggiel^J flayed and sung for the firstti mt i the student body. "The ARgie Wa, Hy.y, product of the imaginafe,; Marine private, spurred by thek for his school. J. V. “Pinky”WL had left A&M in 1917 to serveg the American forces in Eurow While sitting in a trench in4, Champagne-Argonne Forest, % son composed the words andui* to the song, which was first surf! Wilson and his comrades as fc marched into Gennany. When Wilson returned to theb ited States and Texas A&M, 4 formed a quartet that performed^ song during intermission at tl ( Queen Theater in Bryan, in ei . change for free admission. Eventually, the song caught« with the students and wasadoptel as the school fight song. Thewrp first sang the "The War ffymn\ fore a football game with Howaic Payne College in 1921. Formed in the now-famousAp "T”, they started a tradition thatstl lasts that of beginning every hont football game with "The AggieWj Hymn.” Embrey’s Jewelry We Specialize In Aggie Rings. Diamonds Set — Sizing — Reoxidizing — All types watch/jewelry Repair Aggie Charge Accounts 9-5:30 846-5816 ALLEN Oldsmobile' Cadillac SALES - SERVICE “Where satisfaction ii-; standard equipment" 2401 Texas Ave. 823-8002 TH€ OPTICAL 9HOPP€ H. W. Fulfs, Optician LATEST IN EYEWEAR FASHIONS ADJUSTMENTS & REPAIRS 10% - 20% AGGIE DISCOUNT with I.D. Card Located on the front of Manor East Mall next to Montgomery Ward. 822-6267. 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