PUBLISHED BY THE JOURNALISM STUDENTS OF THE HOUSTON JUNIOR COLLEGE
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1931
HOLD ANNUAL PROM
Freshman-Class Breaks Even On College Affair
Held at Houston Club; Large
The class of '33 sponsored the annual Freshman Prom, held Dec. 11 at
the Houston Club, which lasted from
10 to 1. The music was furnished by
Ted Clifford and his band.
The warm December atmosphere,
together with the congeniality of the
crowd, helped to make the dance the
success that it was.
The dance committee was composed
of the following students: Mac Douglas, Gladys Howard, Donald Aitken,
Eugenia Stevenson, Wilma Lindsay,
T. B. Ellis, B. W. Payne, and Lula
W. E. Gattis, representative of the
State Department of Education, spoke
to the studnts of Houston Junior College Wednesday night in the auditorium after being introduced by
Samuel W. Henderson.
"This institution trains students. We
examine it to see that they are trained
right," said Mr. Gattis, "so take advantage of it and go for the full two
He is one of a committee of inspectors here this week and stated in his
speech that Houston Junior College
was not only the largest, but also as
good as and better than nearly any
other school he had visited on this
Mr. Henderson made announcements
and William Jeter made a plea to the
students to support the freshman
dance Friday night. He was at that
time $27 short of necessary funds.
Soar With Wealth
Of New Material
With varsity basketball practice well
under way, Coach French is buckling
down to the job of putting out a first-
class team. French has a wealth of
new material from the high schools
and commercial leagues, besides a few
veterans from last year.
Bob Brahnan, Harry Matthews, and
Bill Jeter are three first-class perform-
• ers, with Matthews and Brahnan lettering last year and Jeter a veteran
of the courts. Jeter and Matthews
play the forward posts, while Brahnan
holds down the center position. These
three players will see plenty of service
■ with the regulars and have grabbed
the limelight among the sophomore
cagers. Besides these three stars, they
can put a speedy forward by the name
, of George Snyder on the floor and a
plenty good guard known as "Moose"
Gonzales. There is plenty of material
• in the sophomore bunch that can make
any man's team.
In the freshman camp, a number of
stars are at hand. Practically all the
• Houston senior high schools are represented, Taylor and Marshall, a pair
of smooth working forwards, hail from
Reagan. Malcolm Pech, Golden Bear
football letter man, shows up well at
I either the guard or forward post.
George Gayle and Dick Ainsworth saw
service with the Central cagers. Allen
Weed, rangy Jeff Davis center, can
"* truly play this pivot position. Besides
these star performers, others showing
up well are L. B. Manry, Lee Stone,
V. F. Harrison, J. Kaufman, L. Gershen, Walter Peterson, and Adolph
Last season, H. J. C. put out a well-
. coached team that won recognition
before the season was over. With a
large squad at hand and several returning letter men, Coach French can
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Grace Kellogg. The faculty sponsors
2 C. W. Schumann and L. T.
The some 300 guests were chaperoned by members of the faculty.
Mrs. L. T. Hooker
Mrs. L. T. Hooker, wife of the
biology instructor, who gives
freely of her time in the directing of the John R. Bender Dramatic Club.
Three One-Act Plays Comprise
Program Under Direction
of Mrs. Lyle Hooker
Under the able directorship of Mrs.
Lyle T. Hooker, the John R. Bender
Dramatic Club gave its first performance of the year Monday night, December 14, 1931, in the auditorium.
Three one-act plays, "Grandma Pulls
the String," "The Exchange," and
"White Dresses," were presented. *
'Grandma Pulls the String," a comedy by Delano, had in its cast Elizabeth Ruthven as Hildegarde, Lucille
Cafcalas as Nona, Evelyn Cochran as
Mrs. Cummings, Christine Fitzgerald
as Grandma, Evelyne Bashara as Julia,
and Walter Garret as Mr. Thornton.
In the cast of "The Exchange," a
farce by Thurston, were Le Roi Taylor
as Judge, Melbadel Wright as Imp,
Leslie Woehst as Poor Man, Lillian
Schwartz as Vain Woman, and Everett
Hutchinson as Rich Man.
"White Dresses," a tragedy by Paul
Green, had Lalage Slay as Granny
Candace, Elizabeth Ruthven as Mary,
Harold Renfro as Jim, and Harvey
Richards as Mr. Morgan.
The production staff included Mrs.
Lyle T.Hooker, general director; Louis
Higginbotham, stage manager; Lucile
Black, prompter; makeup directors,
Helen Higgins, Kathryn Rullman, and
Eugenia Stevenson; special music,
Kathryn B. York.
These plays are the first of a series
that are to be presented by the Dramatic Club.
Large Bridge Party
The Cougar Collegians entertained
Saturday, December 12, with a ten-
table bridge party at the home of Nora
Louise Calhoun, 1401 Truxillo, at 3
Mrs. L. T. Hooker won high score
for girls, and Silas Frye won high
boys' prize. Numerous prizes v
awarded, being donated by different
firms in the city.
After the games, a delightful course
of ice cream and cake was served.
Music for dancing was furnished by
Miss Katherine York and Bernice
Th receving line included Misses
Rena Mai Butler, Wilma Lindsey, Nora
Louise Calhoun, and Betty Covington.
With the author in attendance, the
H. W. Harris dramatic classes had a
great night of it when they successfully waded through three acts to an
uproarous finish and received great
BE CAREFUL DURING
HOLIDAYS IS ADVICE
OF COUGAR STAFF
With Christmas, New Years and
prosperity just around the corner, the
Houston Junior College will temporarily close until the first Monday in
January, which happens to be January
Anything can happen during those
ten or twelve days, and the Coug;
knows of two things that are scheduled
to take place that will probably interest the sophomores of the school.
Two former H. J. C. students will be
joined in marriage in a very short
Aleene Pickett, former president of
the Cougar Collegians, will be wed to
Walter E. Crumpler, Jr., on the night
of December 28 at the First Methodist
Robert Moechel, former president of
the John R. Bender Dramatic club,
will love, honor and obey Miss Dora
Lee Montgomery after the night of December 26 when he will become the
vassal at the North Side Methodist
These little news items "were given
us by Mrs. Pearl Bender who takes a
personal interest in all students and
alumni members. She wants to wish
you all a happy Christmas season.
Score Signal Hit
Domestic Comedy Is Witnessed by Author Who
Lauds Able Presentation by Cast
from Junior High
HELP IS ASKED AS
BEAUTY TILT LAGS
General Apathy Is Main Feature
of Contest for Queen
Although there are ,now nine girls
entered in The Cougar beauty contest,
interest is being shown by the students.
The contest was started by The
Cougar two months ago, and ballots
have not been coming in as they
Mainly for the sake of a little diversion, The Cougar started this thing;
and when it starts something, it likes
to finish it. This issue we are printing
a number of pictures of the entrants
and want you to decide who you think
is the most beautiful freshman and
sophomore girl in the Houston Junior
College. You will find a ballot on
page 1 and pictures of the contestants
scattered throughout the paper. Look
at them and make your choice. Show
some interest in the little things
around the school and the big ones
will take care of themselves.
Mark your ballots and drop them
into the box furnished for that purpose and you will see things begin to
pick up around this place.
Needn't Worry About
Empty Dinner Table
No wonder everybody knows about
the Houston Junior College. Fred R.
Birney sees to that.
At the High School Press Association banquet held last week, Cougars
played an important role in the atmosphere of the place. As a fitting
table setting, school papers of the individual schools composed their tablecloths. According to Birney, every
place where there were not enough
papers from certain schools to cover
the entire table, Cougars were promptly
used to fill the bare spots. We ourselves saw them on the Booker T.
Washington and Gawge Yates tables.
applause for their presentation of
"Why Husbands Go Wrong," by Murray H. Fly.
Cyrus Hufsmith Shaw, ably cast as
Frank Murton, business man, played
his part with feeling, and it was a
great interpretation. Anna Ruth Moore,
as the wife of the wrong-going husband, repeated her co-star's feat and
came through wonderfully. All in all,
it was a great show, and all who saw-
it had an enjoyable evening.
Murray Fly, author of the play, who
superintendent of schools of Odessa,
Texas, traveled 600 miles to witness
the play, and between acts he talked
to the audience on the art of play
writing. Dancers from HaUie Pritch-
ard's studio also entertained while the
scenes were being changed.
Mr. Fly complimented the players
upon their splendid presentation and
said that the tedious journey was well
th the time and trouble.
BRIDGE IS GIVEN
FOR FACULTY CLUB
The Faculty Club of the Houston
Junior College, composed of women
members of the faculty and wives of
teachers, was entertained at a bridge
at the home of Miss Bessie M. Ebaugh
on Saturday, December 5.
A party to be held early in January
at the home of Mrs. Wallace H. Miner
is now under consideration.
This is a new club at Houston Jun-
or College, having been formed early
this fall to furnish social contact
among faculty members of the school.
At present, an evening party is being
planned to which both men and women
will be invited. Later announcements
will be made by Mrs. Pearl C. Bender,
dean of women, who is arranging this
Freshman Girls Have
Classy Basket Quint
The freshman girls have all the appearances of a first class cage team
and have a small edge on the sophs.
In the first game the frosh lost a
closely contested game 17-14. But in
the seco.'d encounter the sophs bit off
too much and the freshmen walked
away with an impressive 28-10 victory. This gives the slimes a slight
advantage, having piled up a total of
42 points to the sophomores 27.
Give yourself a treat while helping
others—see the All Star game at Rice
Field New Year's Day.
DEAN DUPRE'S EIGHT POINTS TO SEEK
AND ENTRY IN JUNIOR COLLEGE ASSN.
If you have attended class at all for
the past week or so, you probably
have had an opportunity to hear Dean
Dupre explain his "eight points." If
you haven't, it will do you good to
read them, and if you have, it will do
you more good to have them imbedded
deeper into your brains. We are delighted to print them in the paper and
hope that they will help to better the
Junior College and promote better
understanding between the instructors
and students. Also, they may indirectly help us gain entrance into the
Southern Association of Junior Colleges.
1. All students absent from three
classes will be brought before a committee composed of faculty members
and if sufficient reason is not found
for the abences, the student will be
put on probation.
2. When a student ig put on probation, the next time he digresses from
any regulaion of the college, he will
be automatically expelled or suspended
from the institution.
3. Girls will not be permitted to
smoke on the campus or in the building.
4. Boys will not be permitted to
smoke in the building, but can smoke
on the outside.
5. Three tardies to class will be
counted as one unexcused absence and
may cause suspension. Students tardy
to class will be expected to report
their reason to their instructor and he
will use discretion in the counting of
6. All students absent with good
reason will not be excused from regular work, but are expected to make
7. Drinking of liquor on the campus
of the school is reason for immediate
8. Instructors will be expected to
treat all students equally and give
Subject to Fine
The following students owe fines to
the library, according to Mrs. H. H.
The Cougar knows that no great
number of students have occasion to
read the bulletin board, so it is pleased
to print such announcement for your
Aron, L.; Ambler, Anne; Amdur,
Celda; Buse, C; Brown, Opal; Branham, R. D.; Cotten Virginia; Edge, R.
Hudson; Garrett, W. W.; Hurwitz,
Julian; Irwin, K. W.; Kint, E.; Lindsay, Wilma; Mitchell, J. S.; McKee,
Roberta; Phillips, J.; Pullman, K.;
Robinson, H.; Euthvin, Elisabeth;
Reed, L.; Stanberry, I.; Stephenson,
Eugenia; Smith, Lula Mae; Werner,
That is the crop, and Mrs. Shearer
would be pleased if you students
name'd above would settle with her as
soon as possible. Thank you!
Aha! Me Proud Beauty!
Mark an X by your choice.
Most Beautiful Sophomore— ..
Most Beautiful Freshman