Published by the Journalism Students of the Houston Junior College
HOUSTON. TEXAS, FEBRUARY, 1929
CURRICULA HAS NEW
Many Phases of Newswriting
to Feature Course Under
F. R. Birney
A new course has been offered the
Houston Junior College students thin
term. The subject. Journalism 213,
although it gives sophomore credit,
is open to both freshmen and sopho-
Under the instruction of F. R.
Birney, instructor in journalism, in
the city high schools, the class is to
study new? writing and editing, emphasizing those phases of newspaper
work in which they are most Interested.
As a special diver lisement, the
students in the journalism class will
publish "The Cougar," receiving
credit for laboratory work for it.
However, since the enrollment in this
class is ont large enough to entirely
car.? for the- editing and publishing
of this paper, the privilege will be
given everyone to assist. Those interested in any type o'f writing are
asked to see Mr, Birney, and to try
out for places on the staff.
GIVES OPINION ON
NEW MODE OF TESTS
"The teacher or instructor
doesn't appreciate scientific tests of
the objective type will wake up
some morning and find himself out
of harmony with the school business.'
This statement was made by Profes
sor Kerbow, pbychology instructor,
in reference to the new objective
tests he is trying to introduce In
Houston Junior College. Professor
Kerbow is strongly opposed to
subjective or essay test. He claims
It is this type of examination that
gives the student a false impression
of school life.
The purpose of education is to
"build ideals and attitude. It seems
to be accomplishing everything but
this." Professor Kerbow pointed out
that many boys and girls, especially
boys, leave school before gradua
tion, mainly because of these unfai
He groups these objective tests unto
two distinct branches: Classification
or achievement, and intelligence. The
following types of examinations
be employed from these branches:
True and false, sentence completion,
multiple selection, and simple recall.
They can be used effectively in practically every branch of education.
The objective tests, according to
Professor Kerbow, are already being
used in principal universities throughout the country. These scientific
tests not only cover more territory,
but also leave out any possible bias
or prejudice on the part of the teacher, in grading. Again, they make it
possible for a comparison of students
in the same class, various classes in
the same school; or in classes in Junior College and Rice Institute.
HOUSTON JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL SQUAD
COUGARS LOSE CLOSE
CONTEST TO BLINN
Visitors Display fast Attack
to Defeat Coach
Coach C. B. Smith's Cougers dropped the first of a two-game series with
Blinn Memorial College of Brenham,
by th/ narrow margin of
28 to 26 on the
Blinn's style of
in the first part i
sonal fouls cause __
ease up in the (late- stages,
fast Blinn forwaVd,
unior College <
play was rather fast
the game but per-
i the Skies men to
STANDING (left to right)
SITTING (loft to right):
: Manager Bilao, Scarbrough. Tracy, Banks, Peet, Coach
Boyd, Yelverton, Martin, Jones, Peterson, Bergin.
Visitors from Australia Given
Big Reception on Visit
Representatives of the Rotary club,
chamber of commerce, the board of
education, high school and college
students united in welcoming 160
Australian students visiting this city,
in a meeting at Albert Sidney Johnston Junior High School at 3 p. m.
Preceding the welcome in the school
auditorium, the visitors were served
lunch in the high school cafeteria.
Members of the Qir's Pep Squad and
the Cadet Corps from San Jacinto
Senior High School served as hosts
and hostesses. Following the lunchi
eon the visiting studente were honored in a special exercise in the school
A welcome on behalf of the Rotary
Club was delivered by Jeff Alexander, president of the Houston Rotary
Club, who spoke briefly of the sixth
objective of Rotary International,
which is the promotion of international good will and permanent peace.
Tracy Word, president of the San
Jacinto Senior High School student
body, welcoming the Australian students on behalf of the San Jacinto
students, said: "Today we meet our
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COACH SMITH SOUNDS
CALL FOR TRACK MEN
C. B. Smith, coach and athletic director of Houston Junior College, has
issued his call for track and field
candidates for the coming season.
Several men, who are physical
training students have already put in
a week of limbering up on the cinders. With the host of athletic talent in the school Smith contemplates that teh college will have a
formidable crew of "hoofers." Those
students who are expecting to take
physical training should come out for
the team and give their best.
By Addition of
The college library is to be expanded and improved this new term.
Part of a large order of books and
magazines has already arrived and the
rest is due in the next few days. The
purchase of these publications was
made possible by the library fee
money, paid by the students, the beginning of each year.
This new literature will increase
the outside reading material of practically all departments of the school.
Also an improvement is being made
to the dictionary card catalog with
the addition of analytical and subject cards.
Books in the library are now classified under the Dewey decimal system. The common system employed
throughout the country.
NEW PLAN KEEPS TAB
ON ASSEMBLY ABSENCES
A new inovatiou was tried out ...
assembly February 13. Students were
assigned a certain section and will
be checked each week by members
of the faculty. Failure to attend is
punishable by loss of credit.
Sprightly Edition Promised
With New Editor Each Issue
With the reorganization and rebirth
of the Inactive student publication,
the Cougar, there has been a complete change of staff.
In an attempt to acquaint the student body with its new staff, a shoit
sketch of he life and experience of
each is given.
The following have been selected as
As first issue editor Isadore Kaplan has been selected. He is a graduate of San Jacinto High School,
where he served on the "Campus
Cub" staff for two years. If the paper goes over he will be responsible
for its success-
Margaret Boyett will serve as copy
editor for this edition. It is her duty
to read all the material that comes in,
correcting any mistakes she may find.
Miss Boyett is also a former student
of San Jacinto High School, having
served as treasurer and assistant editor for two years on the "Campus
The job of making up the paper has
been given to Harry Seaman. H
an ex-student of San Jacinto High
School, Allen Academy, and Sam
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point man. barely\played a .whole
game when he fouled- Thornton. H-
J. C. center, as the final Whistle blew.
Both teams see-sawed for "the lead in
the first quarter. With Thornton ah<(
Searabou^h as the nucleus of defence,
the local boys played air-tight for the
first frame. When the quarter ended
the Cougers were on the long end of
an 8 to 6 count.
The Smith men began warming the
hardwood in the second quarter, with
Bergin. former South Park baskeeer,
and I'hs'ps, mite forward from
Heights, exhibiting some fine work.
These two boys broke fast and worked beautifully under the basket. Blinn
had an outstanding guard in Kay,
well built football man of the past
season. This stocky lad drilled thru
entire defense twice to make crip
shots. "Cap" Harding, coach of the
San Jacinto High School turned in a
fine performance as referee. The
coach let no one escape his eye-
throughout the game.
At the half, the score was 13, all
and the third and fourth quarters were
practically given over to roughness,
result Blinn had to replace Jenkins and Maxwell with Knauf and
Koat, on personal fouls. Time out
was called for Junior College after
about six minutes of play, when Peter-
and e.Iter were sent in for Yelverton and Jones. The score at the
third quarter stood 19 to 18 in favor
of Blinn. Blinn held a two-point lead
est of the game.
TOO MUCH WHOOPEE
Our librarian seems to have been
having a great deal of trouble lately
keeping some over-exuberant ex-high
school seniors quiet.
They are sort of noisy and naturally disturb the other students in the
ibrary, but r eally It's sort of encouraging to see this energy being exerted on these little social gatherings.
It shows a desire on the part of our
students to develop their social life
Perhaps necessity is again the mother of invention, and we will soon organize the "Houston Junior College
Library Club" and serve coffee, hot
chocolate, etc. If such a thing happens, then perhaps we could put in
a radio or orthophonic and have a
little dance between hours. Or perhaps "Skipper" Boyd could bring a
deck of cards and some dominoes
from the Houston Eleetric company's
In the meantime, we might nominate a bouncer who would take care
of the noisy ones. Brother Reeves
might fill this job with the able assistance of Julia. Reeves and Julia
nearly had to clean up on the whole
Amos club basket ball team the other
night, if you remember, but luckily
the pride of Junior College held his
However, the appipaching "football" dance may give us social climbers a ohance. Let's see. e ha"ti a
dance in the gym »e night. It was
a success. Later, ile had a dance in
the University clut] It was a success. Now let's ca pulate. It's been
since last Septemb'f. five months,
since school starlet1* Can you blame
these students for Peeking to get bet
ter acquainted in our library? Since
they moved the cars out to the streets
from the driveway it's too far to walk
to the cars, although a few still persist in this quaint custom.. Shining
examples would be the now famous
tragedian, Robert Cole, Jr.,
friends, "Skipper" Boyd and friends.
Ralph Miller and friends, Pete Garrison and friends, etc.
We might mention our athletic
tests as social gatherings, but how
much support have our students giv
en our athletic games? Why, Coach
Smith could attract more attention
and get a larger crowd of young ladies in two minutes on the corner of
Main and Capitol, should he stand
still that long, than he can by star
ing a contest for which he has sweat
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DRAMATIC CLUB STAGE
ONE-ACT COMEDY FOR
STUDENTS OF SCHOOL
The one act comedy, "Who's Going
to Win Him?" was presented before
the student body in assembly February 6 by the John R. Bender Dramatic club. The play was given under the direction of Mrs. Lillian
The play was enjoyed to the utmost by an appreciative audience-
The parts of Squire Brushleigh,.
played by Byron Sadler and Arotella
In the person of Allen Pickette are
particularly well rendered.
Garnett Burman, who was to take
the part of Squire Brushleigh, was
unable to be present and Byron'Sadler very graciously consented to take
The cast was as follows:
Cyril Dashwood . Robert Cole
Mr. Prattjow Primrose Garland Sadler
Squire Brushleigh . Garnett Burum
Rose Dorothy Dixon
Sylvia . Bernice Newton
Minuetta Opal Reane
Musidora Paye Ledlow
Arotella Alleen Pickett
A WORD TO THE WISE.
So study, that when the summons
comes to join that great caravan
which moves to the great halls, where
each shall take his finals within those
silent halls, thou go not like the
foolish student, cramming at night,
but sustained and aided by unfaltering knowledge, approach the exams like unto one who wraps the
mantle of wisdom around him and sits
down to perfect work.