Published by the Journalism Students of the Houston Junior College
TOX, TEXAS. APRIL, 1929
ANNUAL DANCE FOR
JUNIOR COLLEGE IS
HOT AS FIRECRACKER
Plenty Hey-Hey Created When
Studes Congregate at
Joy written on the face of every
Junior College student and faculty
member who glided over the slick
floor to the dreamy strains of music
pouring from the orchestra pit.
All the music was not dreamy. Some
of it was just wicked enough to make
the dancers feel inebriated. Everybody had plenty of chance to execute
all hot steps they knew. And just
when they might feel all out of breath,
the orchestra would break into a more
conservative popular melody so that
the couples could talk. The musicians
did not play anything but the best of
the latest popular music, and they outdid themselves. If everything had
been as god as the music the dance
would rate one hundred per cent.
And everything was, almost. The
Kensington floor is heavenly to dance
on. Heavenly because the golden
streets are certainly no slicker. One
can glide and slide on them with the
greatest of ease and rythym, and during intermission one can walk across
them without slipping down.
And then everybody was so happy!
No, not because of what you are thinking—they were just happy. In the first
place, it did not hurt anybody's feelings—not even the faculty's—to miss
that last late class. And then it was
a beautiful night and a lovely drive
out to Kensington, and—well, why
shouldn't ihey all feel good?
There were many very attractive
dresses worn by co-eds, faculty ana
wives of the faculty. Evening gowns
were in the majority. Miss Huberic's
was a very becoming green taffeta.
A long black velvet worn by Mis3
Mary Elizabeth Riggs, and a quaint
equally long white satin worn by
another popular co-ed were the most
outstanding on the floor. The white
beaded creation of Miss Nancy Wilson's looked like a Parisian model—
or rather she looked like the model.
There were some very chic street
frocks worn also. Too bad we cannot
comment un the clothes worn by the
shieks. Hope they do not feel leu
It was not the stove burning in the
center of the hall that made the dance
hot. No one would have missed the
stove if it had not been there. People
did congregate around it, but only because of its central location. Nor was
the financial success the sole rea'sou
that everybody had a good time. But
everybody did, and if you did not g-
ask somebody what you missed, and
if yon did go, are you still wondering
why you enjoyed it so much?
What we want is more dances, since
they can't be bigger and better.
Rehearsa's for "At the End of the
Rainbow," three-act play to be presented by the John R. Bender Dramatic Club, under the direction of
Mrs. Lillian Blocker, were started
Tryout for parts were held March
25, and the following cast selected:
Richard Speed, Robert Moechel, Wil-
. Morrow, Pat Quinn, Richard Ragland, Bryan Sadler, Gertrude Beard,
Ailleen Pickett, Helen Davis, Bernice
Newton, Stella Calotta, Portia Cleaves,
Faye Ledlow, Mary Elizabeth Bigg,
Anna Ray Qualtrough, Alpha Adams,
Louise Forrest, Helen Hume, Grace
Mc Donald, and Shelly Jordon.
The corpse is slowly coming lo life.
H. J. C, spirit which died a natural
death way back in November Is reviving. Doctors report that soon small
spoons of Eagle Brand Condensed
Milk with a cake crumb, can be given
The faculty started work on the
body at the beginning of the spring
term. The corpse was brought to Assembly and given injections of a certain substance commonly called "pep."
So far the experiment has been
a success—but it has a long way to
go. The doctors are going to work
until the two-year old dauhter of our
dear student-body can walk to Assembly alone.
On to higher grades. That seems
to be the motto of most students
since absences are checked carefuly.
Teachers report that classes are well
attended and that grades are higher.
Maybe, oh, maybe, there will be a
time when there are no failures an
Coming Drama to Cast
Local Material of No
Mean Histrionic Ability
KING BASEBALL IS
Here, There and Everywhere
National Pastime Is
Baseball lias broken into the ranks
of athletics as the national pastime
for another season. Speaking of national pastimes do you know what the
principle sport is, in the Phillipine,s?
Well it's baseball. Just as the game
is in our own country, it holds the attention of everyone. Last year the
Phillipines imported a bunch of players to this country and went on a
barnstorming tour. Prom the class
of players that were on the tour, the
Phillipines must be a very adept p"eo-
ple at throwing the horsehide- Who
knows but what we will some day be
playing baseball in an International
League, making all trips by air? Well
it sounds impossible, but Lindbergh
performed an impossible task.
Gettin away from this high hat subject we will see if we can find out
what our own baseball team is doing.
This year looks more promising for
the Junior College tossers every day,
with the arrival of new recruits on the
diamond. Manager Bilao has been
working with the candidates for the
last few days. Men who are out for
the team are: Bilao, Blair, Sadler,
Warden, Banks, Wiseman, Yelverton,
Jeter, James, Aleo, and Joues.
IN MAJOR SPORTS
Nineteen Grid and Six Cage
Letters Are Awarded
With the football dance over, and
the necessary coin rolling in, our athletes are taking the spotlight again.
This means that the lettermen have
been announced, and all that remains
undone is the banquet.
Coach Smith announces that nineteen letters are to be awarded and
four men will receive reserve letters
for their untiring efforts. The men
who are to receive letters are: "Red '
Elmick, "Jug" Reynolds, Ken Jones,
Byron Sadler, Bill Jeter, Harry Wood*,
'Dopey" Richards, Wallace, Nick Peet,
■Wally" Banks, "Black" Klaros, Richard Ragland, John Kuritza, Waiter
Scarbrough, Wendell Ley, "Ted" War-
"Skipper" Boyd, and "Deacon"
Reeves. These men were all mention-
lettermen, but those who left school
will doubtless fall to receive the customary sweaters.
Men receiving reserve letters are:
Aleo, Blair, Freeze, and Garland Sad-
These men certainly deserve a
lot of praise even though they did
not make the gade. They stuck wtih
the squad and made the rest of the
boys fight hard for what they received.
Basketball letters were also announced by Coach Smith. Men who
will receive letters in basketball are:
Jones, Yelverton, Peterson, Bergin and
Scarbrough. A little consideration
may decide between Burk and Lay
for a sixth letter. These two Boys
have battled for a berth on the ti
about evenly, and difficulty in naming
one of them is being had by
LOOK TO THE LADIES
IS CHALLENGE TO RICE
FOR GIRL ATHLETICS
Rice is catering to the men, as
usual. In an effort to build up a
football team (maybe), Rice will offer
physical education courses to men.
But the girls, poor things, can get
their exercise on a crowded dance
floor, clunched in the arms of stalwart football men.
In fact, Rice's only provision for
girl athletics is tumbling. The girls
can tumble as long and as much as
they want to, on Wednesdays. If the
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Boxing, a new course offered in
physical education under the direction
of Coach C. B. Smith, is expected to
be organized here this year.
College boxing teams will be formed
from those taking the course, and
work done in boxing will count as
physical education credit. An all-
campus boxinug tournament may be
held in a few weeks, depending on the
amount of interest the students show.
i too late to form a college boxing team that will be able to compete
ith other schools this season. The
object this term will be more to get
students interested and have a team
that next year will win honors in A.
!. boxing circles.
LOCAL BOXERS LOSE
Good Showing Made by Long
and Wallace "
Junior College was well represented
fn the Press-Salesmanship boxing
tournament, held at the auritodium
last week, by "Big" Walace and Donald Long, two promising scrappers,
who will bear watching in the future.
Before a crowd of some three thousand fans, these two boys made their
first appearance in the ring. Long
lost a close decision io Bert Friedburg
of the Y. M. C. A„ while Wallace who
was outweighed 30 pounds, lost to Dan
Rogers of the Ford plant.
Owing to Long's
lack of experience he was greatly
handicapped in the first round. Friedburg took the first stanza of the fight
with a series of rabbit punches anti
body blows. Long mixed it the full
round but failed to click perfectly. The
second round was a mitt-slinging affair for Long. He tore into Frieburg
and fed him leather from every
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Leather pushers Organize
To Promote Gentle Art
Of Fisticuffs in School
BIG TIME ENJOYED
AT SOPH-FROSH HOP
Gymnasium Is Scene of Lively
Yes, it was a success. That is, the
long-looked for Freshman-Sophomore
dance, which was held in the Junior
College gym on the night of Marcu
t, was one grand hop.
The gym was crowded, and the jazz
usic from the blaring saxaphones,
the cornet, and the piano, could scarcely be heard above the din of wayward
feet keeping time to the latest song
hits played by Matt Britts' Sylvan
Beach Orchestra. Due to the unusual
number of stags present, the intermissions were few in number and short in
length. Indeed, the gentlemen, wu.
could always find a partner was most
The dance ended at 12:15, leaving
the Freshman tired but happy—and
the sophisticated Sophomores pleased
with their dance.
OF REFERENCE BOOKS
The Library committee is considering the purchase of more books. The
books under consideration are those
pertaining to history, English and biology.
Not all of the large order of books
which were delivered several weeks
ago arrived. The publishers said they
were not in stock at present, but that
they would be sent later.
Some of the new magazines which
have arrived are: Current History,
Golden-Book, Review of Review, Monitor, and The Scientific Monthly. These
books may be found on the west side
of the library.
The library now contains books covering practically all the outside reading required in the various
taught in Junior College.
Pray for the Lights to Go Out
Now don't get excited and tell something you shouldn't for we were only
inquiring about the unusual incident
that happened last week. Bill Jeter
said he was on his knees praying to
pass that English test, when all at
once the lights flickered. Well, BUI,
you got some consideration, even
though you didn't pass the teat
Mr. Harris undauntedly carried on
his lecture in the dark. When he had
finished someone struck a match and
found seven-eights of the class had
succumbed to slumber. Coach Smith a
class was very quiet during the period
of darkness. Yes, they all quietly left
the room. Mr. South failed to gather
In lots of cash because it was so dark
he couldn't see how to write receipts.
It is rumored that someone tipped
the building superintendent a few
shekels so they could leave school
early and go to one of the various rat
races in town. Mr. Birney didn't even
come to his class at 8:30. He surely
did the wrong thing, for Harry Seaman, C. R. Rawlinson and Lonntu
Lyon were all up there studying to
beat—oh! pardon! I forgot it was supposed to have been dark. Well, anyway they were there because the writer passed by to see how the class was
progressing without him.
The cafeteria was packed to capacity. That's funny, you never heard of
our students all eating at one time
before. Well anyway, Mr. Dupre was
there with his flashlight, so we will
assume that nothing malicious happened. I didn't go outside to scout
around out there but someone said
there wasn't a soul in sight. Yeah, I
reckon so with all the lights out.
Dorothy Dixon came down the main
corridor looking for a light. She said
the girls gym class had just got half
dressed, and now they couldn't see a
thing. Many offers from the boys
were refused, when they volunteered
to strike a match for her. One thing
is certain and that is we'll have to
arrange to have the lights act queefly
when our Glee Club puts on another
"Trial of Mary Dugan," show.
TO JUNIOR COLLEGE
Educator Advises Young People
to Solve Life's Problems at
"We must be worthy citizens in our
daily tasks," Dr. Daniel Russell said
in his speech delivered before the
students of the Houston Junior College in their assembly meeting Wednesday night.
Dr. Russell received his highest degree from the University of Chicago.
Then he spent a great deal of time in
Chicago and elsewhere doing research
work in trying to build better citizen-
Not only in voting must we be good
citizens, but in the little things, ha
said. "There are many problems confronting boys and girls. I wonder
what you are thinking," he continued.
"One thing that each of you is thinking is what am I going to do when 1
finish this school life. Only you can
solve the problem. The first thing to
think," he stated, "is what do I want
to do. What is your interest? Where
does your ability lie? People waste
time taking courses in which they
have no ability. The second thing in
the choice of an occupation is, are you
willing to work? If you are willing to
work, you can do anything taking Into
consideration the above factors."
He talked about one's philosophy o£
life. But he said he did not want to
scare anybody with that term. "What
is right and wrong? Is it right for me
These were questions that had to
be considered in forming one's philoa-
ophy, he said.
"Bad citizenship begins in public
schools. There is more forgery In.
public schools than anywhere else and
It goes unpunished," he continued.
'There should be student honesty."
He related a story about having
>een an old classmate of his in the
penitentiary who used to copy on ex-
inations. He said he did not mean
that everybody who had copied In
school would eventually go to tuu
penitentiary, but that more bad citizenship began in schools than anywhere.
"If other people think for you in
school you will get in the habit of letting them do it. It develops an inferiority complex," brought out Dr.
"How can boys and girls adjust
themselves to the responsibility or a
home," he asked. "This responsibility
is so great that those who delay taking it do it better."
Professor Black who had been sitting on the stage rose and thanked Dr_
Russell, and invited him to come back.
Professor Black said that he believed in giving credit where it was
due and that it was Mrs. Russell who
composed the speech that her husband
delivered. Amid much applause sha.
rose and bowed.
Dr. Russel was introduced by Mr.
Walter Jones who is the exalted ruler
of the Elks. He said that Mr. RTis-
sell's message was teh privilege wa
have of citizenship which many of us
do not realize.
The Elks Lodge is sponsoring thj
numbers of speeches that Dr. Russell
is making In the schools here.
Dr. Russell is well acquainted with
several members of tho Junior College
Anyone knows that anyone who
loves tests is a sap. Well, there are
precious few saps at H. J. C, The
reinstatement exams have been attended by a few—all others could Invent excuses for absence.
Advance Info: A new member, un-
elected as yet, will be added to the
faculty next term. He will help Mr.
Porter pound math into freshman
head3. and he will take over the
physics department. Mr. Bishkin will
devote all his time to chemistry.