Bmih Editor Isadora Kaplan
Make-up Krtitor .Harry Spaman
DEPARTM BNTAL EDITORS
Literary Louise Husffins
Society Dorothy li.iwnm:m
Sports Robert Tracey
Feature Writers Louis She|iper<l
Frances Willard, C. It. Kawlinsoii
Clubs Helen Cheney
Faculty Advisor F. R. Birney
John J'almer Catherine Fittger
Mozart Hammond Celia Lesky
I.tmni.- Lvoiis Francis Foster
Bomelda Sass Bruce Manley
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i. Junior College
It Is probably unnecessary to stress
the fact that college spirit is lacking
in Junior College. It seems tnat an
Institution having an enrollment the
size of ours would,snow some sparK
of enthusiasm. The 'students should
least support the few activities that
are sponsored. (
College spirit is not built by the
select few, and only by the cooperation, of everyone in general can it
be accomplished. Or course every
Individual must do his part, but it
through a' united support that this
soar Can be reached.
Any school or college must have the
true spirit to create a proper collegiate atmosphere. The students them
selves must be sincere in their work.
Not only in class work but every other
activity attempted as a whole.
One has only to attend a nigh
school football game or social affair,
and then it becomes obvious we have
something to work for. It's true we're
out of thi high school rank, but does
this mean we've become blank, where
any real enthusiasm is concerned?
Numerous quizzes are being given
this week and next by many instructors at Junior College.
Quizzes are not at all a new feature of this or any other educational
institution, even if they were called
tests before we reached college, but
they are merely an unfortunate precedent followed especially by energetic instructors.
The feeling of the students on this
Issue is manifested in their wholehearted sympathy for the instructors
■who spend irksome hours grading badly written but fascinating papers. The
producers of these papers—all geniuses—feel, however, that If they were
allowed to take these examinations
on typewriters they need waste no
sympathy, because, in spite of the fact
that the instructors have gone over
he same material scores of times, the
novel way in which they find it presented would afford no lack of entertainment.
Students, being ambitious, will no
doubt welcome all these quizzes, as
student bodies are known to do the
world over, and as a result the
grades will undoubtedly range high.
The pleased instructors will be inspired to continue the practice from
now on. "What of It, we love it!"
Last Wednesday night at 9 o'clock
eight cars were parked in the driveway, with their rear wheels in the
drive and the front wheels on the
lawn of the campus in front of this
San Jacinto High School is one of
the most beautiful schools in the
United States. Its picture appears in
the civics textbooks used in Texas
and other states, and is labeled as "a
modern, beautiful high school."
Junior college students should appreciate the geenrosity of the city
school board in providing this building to house our classes. Appreciation could well be put into action on
the part of all students and faculty
members, by seeing to it that neither
they nor others thoughtlessly drive
cars across the lawn surrounding this
You would not think of going downtown and instead of parking, turn
your Ford or Cadillac directly across
the sidewalk and park it headed into
a bank or store building. Yet several persons each night drive or park
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BY THE SEA
By LOUISE HUGG1NS.
Lorraine was a blond. She looked
like almost any other attractive blond
and acted every inch the same way.
She had completed her freshman year
at the University of Southern California, and, not having been a very
dumb freshman, she was now far
yond that stage. Her grades had
been passing, though barely, but her
family was greatly disappointed in
her. They had expected so much she
had made such remarkable grades before entering the university. (Families often forget the bad grades
when relating the merits of their offsprings to others. And most of the
time they have no way of knowing
just how much of the work was done
by some one else—friends of their
Lorraine was their darling and it
was unfortunate that she did
come up to their ideal of her. More
unfortunate really that they should
realize that she was not all they
pected her to be. But they did not
admit this even to themselves.
It was this dear, devoted family of
Lorraine's who was going to allow her
to spend the summer in a beautiful
little seacoast town between Los Angeles and San Diego. Lorraine was
thinking sarcastically. She was curled
up in a chair on the tiny, low porch
of their coast cottage. They had^not
come because Lorraine was on'the
verge of a nervous breakdown,
because she was nethusiastic about
spending the summer near the water.
The family had purchased the cottage because it was a pleasant way to
spend a summer; several of their
friends were doing it.
Lorraine hated it. At home there
was always something to do, and she
had especially looked forward to
this summer when she could go out as
much as she wanted to with the people whom she had met at school (she
lived in Los Angeles) without having
her mother suggest that she study
and rather maek a point of it. She
had not minded coming, because there
was always the chance that she
would meet some attractive people—
her mother had assured her of that.
But they had been there two days
and had done nothing but eat and
sleep, and Lorraine's opes were exhausted. And to think of spending
two months and twenty days in this
place was unendurable!
Jerry was back in Los Angeles,
working Lorraine supposed, and she
hoped he was thinking ahotu her at
that minute. It would have been
grand to see him right then. Sometimes she did not even want to Bee
him, but at other times she felt as If
she would die If she did not see him
within the next thirty minutes. She
hoped he would write to her as he had
promised. She wondered how many
dates he would.have and with whom,
and perhaps he would come down to
Lorraine was not really in love.
Most of the times when she felt that
her end was near if he did not appear, he actually did not come and
she kept right on living. Not only
that—if someone else did come Instead of Jerry she liked it just as
well. But no one could have convinced her that she was not In love—
no one even tried. But to be on the
safe side the family had decided definitely to leave town for the summer,
and for reasons already given they
chose the coast. Needless to state,
they did not like Jerry. Details are
unnecessary. Chiefly they thought
Lorraine was too young to even think
of getting married, but if she had not
thought of it they would not have considered her serious enough.
Before this, our little heroine had
always liked the water. She remembered that the summer before she
had had marvelous times at the beach
swimming, but there had always been
a huge crowd of them, and after
swimming they always spent hours
lying around on the sand eating hot-
dogs, popcorn and lots of other messy
things. All that was before she went
to the university, and before she knew
Jerry. Happiness now would consist
of being as far out as she could see
In the water in a boat with Jerry.
Several boats were in sight. Lorraine's mascaro framed eyes almost
pleaded one of them to land near to
where she was. But it was no Jse.
The oceau liners sailed unconcernedly on, and Lorraine listlessly pushed
her short curly hair behind her small
Chug, chug, chug_ came In rapid
succession and Lorraine looked
around, A huge yacht was plowing
along. It came closer and closer until
it almost reached the shore and then
the power was cut off. It was soon
anchored and people began climbing
ashore. Near Lorraine's cottage were
many other cottages, but about the
distance of two blocks away there
was a large two-story frame house.
All the people on the boat walked on
the pier and on farther up a small
hill to the big house. If only someone
had asked her to party like that!
For one whole day she hardly left
her front porch, she was so busily engaged in watching all she could of the
house party. They swam, sailed, and
fished, all one day. The next day
Lorraine was desperate; so she persuaded her mother to go swimming
with her when she saw some of the
others in. She swam as far down
as they were, but when she discovered how far she had gone, she was
ostensibly embarrassed and attempted
to swim back hurriedly. She
quite tired by this time and decided
to float until more rested. The current soon carried her away out. Her
mother screamed for her to come
back, but she did not hear. Finally
her mother became panicky. Several
of the party realized her distress and
two boys swam to where Lorraine
was. She was very surprised to see
them but not displeased. They swam
back together and Lorraine met the
hostess who invited her to join thein
that night at a marshmallow roast.
One of her rescuers asked to come
and get her. She hesitatingly accepted.
That night was beautiful. The
moon was almost full, the fog over
the murmuring waves met the clouds
through which a few stars twinkled.
Lorraine was so excited that she forgot to think about Jerry, and she almost squealed with delight on the way
to the party. They had chosen a
neighboring hill on which to roast the
marshmallows and it was there that
Lorraine and her escort went. The
hostess came forard to meet her. and
after they greeted each other the former, whose name was Gladys, began
introducing Lorraine. Suddenly Jerry
"Why. Lorraine, how did you get
"Well, Jerry—" stammtred Lorr-
"Is your house near here?" asked
the surprised Jerry.
"Then came the dawn," nodded Lorraine.
"I didn't know it."
"What if you had?" accused Lorraine.
"Well, I might—" But Lorraine
heard no more; she had consuered
that little hurt feeling had gained
her self possession and begged her
hostess to go on with the Introductions. She heard no^names however,
and only answered mechanically. She
could not forget the fact that Jerry
had bfeen having such a good time,
when he had told her he did not see
how he could stand it with her away.
She knew she should not have believed him, but she had wanted to
so much. She knew that she should
not mind his being here; that she
should be glad, but sowehow she
Continue this thrilling romance In
next issue of The Cougar.
By FRANCES WILLARD.
The influence of environment seems
to leave nothing untouched; it sets
the direction not only of one's
thoughts and habits of life, but determines in large measure one's manner of speech. Girls that spend several consecutive years In college become so accustomed to surrounding
conditions that unconsciously they
develop a vocabulary typically different from other peeple. To a person
who has been awaly from college for
some time or who r)as never been, this
difference is deciiedly noticeable.
It is not a question of slang as
ie might hastily fuggest, but simply
of the abuse or misapplication of perfectly good, legitimate words. In our
language, as in many other things
American, the prevailing character
is extravagance. . Any adjective thai
makes the trifles of conversation appear interesting or exciting is not
only permissible, but imperative. The
most commonplace remark is splashed
with the high color of adventure; and
an incident is scarcely worth listening
to if it is not "the most exciting
thing you ever heard in your life"—
the last three words uttered with an
inflection gradually rising to a shriek
on life. Naturally, the speaker
"nearly died" under the stress of it
"Exciting" and "killing," however,
are mild descriptives. To obtain a
ready listener, events must be "thrilling." Girls are "thrilled" at seeing
each other after a short absence; they
are "thrilled" at the idea of a eut;
and, above all things, they are
"thrilled" at the appearance of a new
boy on the campus. To keep up this
existence of thrills for several years
must be very hard on the system. This
life surely requires strong nerves!
"Weirdf" and "ghastly" both are
words often dragged from their proper surroundings into broad daylight,
but, fortunately, ont as yet with such
frequency and boldness as the word
"wonderful." This adjective is perhaps the most abused in the college
vocabulary. Of course when one
thinks about it, everything in the universe is wonderful; nevertheless,
some things are incomparably more
amazing than others, and if we describe mere nothings as "wonderful"
how can we express the really vital
somethings? Twenty times a day we
hear, "Oh, we had the most wonderful time at the dance last night,"
and "really, it was perfectly wonderful gin." Surrounded by such intemperate absurdities, is it strange that
any attempt to adequately express
genuine wonder is almost hopeless?
It is as baffling as to try drawing
music from a useless wornout Instrument.
A dance, sponsored by the sopho
more class, will be given on March 1.
This annual affair will be held in the
gym for Junior College students only.
Come at 9 and dance to the enchanting strains of Mart Britt and his "Victor recording artists.
Mrs. A. H. Fergerson entertained
Thursday night with a dinner dance
to compliment her niece, Miss Alleen
Pickett. Miss Pickett is as tudent of
the Junior College and several of her
girl friends remained with her for the
Miss Katherine Kiley entertained
with a buffet luncheon at her home on
Richmond avenue Wednesday, in honor of her visitor, Miss Joan Mitchell of New Yrk. Miss Kiley used
carnatins in develping her decrative
scheme with appintments in harmony. She was assisted by her mother.
Largest of the social events of the
Junior College will be a dance given
on March 15 at Kensington Hall. Many
plans are being made and it is expected to be a big success. Music
will be furnished by Earl McMahon.
Miss Frances Boyles will entertain
on Tuesday, February 19, with an informal coffee to compliment her house
guest, Miss Henrietta Hartman.
Miss Jane E. Smlthey, a graduate
of Central High School and last year
freshman in the college, was recently married to Mr. Ralph W. Nikon
of Austin, Texas.
iss Minetta G. Littleton missed
classes and some monthly tests just
before the Christmas holidays. Now
comes the news that she has married. A new and good excuse for
The members of the course of the
history of Chinese art and culture
were recently entertained at the residence of Prof, and Mrs. Wallace H.
Miner with "an evening of things
Chinese' much to their enjoyment and
that of their friends.
R. Rainbolt—"What makes you hold
me so tight?"
A. Lee—"I work in a glue factory."
The John K. Bender Dramatic club
has been devoting most of its attention to the production of the play,
"Who*B to Win Him'."' which was
presented in the assembly on February 6. The students taking part
in the play were: Garland Sadler,
Bryan Sadler, Robert Cole, Bernice
Newton, Faye Ledlow, Opal Beane,
Dorothy Dixon and Aileen Pickett.
The staging of this play was under
the direction of Mrs. Lilian Blocker.
The club is planning to present a
two or three act play in April.
Officers of the club are: Garland
Sadler, president; Richard Speed, vice
president; Bernice Newton, secretary-
All students interested in dramatics are invited to join the club at its
next regulaj meeting.
The Glee club has been enjoying
the whole hearted co-operation of a
number of very enthusiastic students. All music has been purchased
from a fund derived from payment
of dues and there is still an item of
"cash on hand" on the balance sheet
with no bills outstanding.
The first official appearance of the
body was made in assembly some time
ago, ■ and the second program was
presented on the last school Thursday before Christmas, At that time a
selection of Christmas carols was well
A short skit, "Skip a Class," was
advertised for February 20. The scene
of the action is laid in any room
that contains a piano. ' The time Is
any class hour between 4 and 9 p. m.
The "personnel is any group of students, represented by the members of
the Glee Club.
A musical comedy? And how!
Have you read "Sir Gawain and the
Green Knight?" No? Then we commend you affectionately to the appendix of a Book of English Literature. The play will be modern in all
respects—dress, mode of speech, and
manner of presentation, but it will
remain faithful to the theme of the
Arthurian legand. Watch for further
announcement as to the date and
Y. W. C. A. CLUB.
On February 6 a Y. W. C. A. club
was organized at Houston Junior
College with the assistance of Mrs.
Bender and Mrs. Soule. At this meeting the following officers were elected: Janeva Jacobs, prsident; Mary
Louise Tomsen, vice president; Ma-
ruerite Kennedy, secretary-treasurer.
The one object of this club is to
bring the girls of Houston Junior
College into a closer fellowship.
The college Y. W. C. A. is a separate organization from the "uptown"
Y. W. C. A. and it is so organized
that it can be representative of the
Miss Hilda K. Howard, who is
Southwest district representative for
the college Y ,W. C. A., will be in
Houston about the 15th of March to
aid in a better organization.
The program for the spring session is going to be on the subject of
"Customs in Foreign Countries." Besides this educational program there
to be a number of social events,
first being a "Big Sister-Little
Sister" party oh March 2. This party
is for all Houston Junior College
girls, and it has been so arranged
that the upper class girls will escort
the freshman girls to the party.
The club Is holding its meetings
every Wednesday at 3:15 p. m. in
room 106. All girls interested are
invited to come to these meetings.
"Masculinity covereth a multitude
"It a man would stick to his wife
like he sticks to his seat in the street
car, there wouldn't be much need for
an alimony bureau."
"Faint praise ne'er won fair lady."
Murray—"Didja ever see a horse
with a wooden leg?"
Canatella—"No, did you?"
Murray—"On a merry-go-round."