Published by the Journalism Students oi the Houston Junior College
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 1931
LOSE THREE TO
Westminster Sends Boys' Team
and South Park Sends
Girls and Boys
OUR GIRLS ARE CHAMPS
Drenkle and Cafcalas Debate
Roberson and Fife in
Tough Luck recently cast a disapproving eye on efforts of H. J. C. students to defeat debating teams from
Westminster Junior College in
Tehuacana, and from South Park
Junior College in Beaumont.
La Roy Dorsette and Kenneth Cope-
land of Westminster J. C. defeated
Phil Hamberger and Gordon Jones in
the music room at 9:30 p.m. Friday,
Westminsters girls' team was unable
to make the trip, and ceded the district championship to H. J. C, Miss
Margaret Pitcher is debate coach at
Westminster. The boys' debate and the
girls' debate were scheduled contests
of the Texas Junior College Public
Four orators and the debating coach,
Mrs, Fred Fonville, of South Park J.
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INNOCENT LITTLE GIRL,
FRESH FROM COUNTRY,
FOILS SEDUCTIVE SHEIK
Your Cougar now has its own confessions department. Even the "hardest boiled" reader ought to get six or
eight heart throbs out of the following touching little confession from one
of our charming co-eds:
"Neck?" he asked in a low, seductive voice.
I did not know what to answer; I
am a girl shy by nature and slow
to accept what other girls eagerly and
openly rush to take up. As-a result
I did not have the experience with
which to cope with his proposal. I was
perplexed as to what to reply. I could
do nothing but remain seated in em-
Again he asked, "Neck?"
Though his tone was as soft and
alluring as before, it had an added
throb of Imperiousness that could not
be overlooked. I was. keenly aware
now that I could not delay much longer. He looked at me quest ion ingly.
There was no way out other than to
make a hasty decision.
"Yes," I replied recklessly. "Only
you must be careful not to shave it
too close. If you do it's bound to
tickle unbearably when I put on my
coat with the fur collar."
"A reading teacher and a library
in every elementary school has been
Beaumont's aim," declared Superintendent M. E. Moore of that city in his
talk to the Library Section of the
South Texas Teachers' Association at
their luncheon in the Rice Hotel Friday at noon.
Supt. Moore described the elementary library as an informal place full
of light and color with furniture to
fit the small people. The planning of
the daily program should be made to
include time for independent reading
in the library.
In the junior high school, Library is
a subject like mathematics or English
and requires a teacher just as the
other subjects. The library in the
junior high school includes books,
magazines and newspapers selected by
the students. "There has been too
much censorship," stated Supt. Moore.
The senior high school library should
be a large room with work room for
librarians and assistants. In connection with the senior high school library is a class room where freshmen
are taught the use of the library, where
certain students are taught how to
read, where committees work, and
where others make use of it.
Superintendent Moore advocates the
departmental library where the multiple copy makes supplementary reading accessible to the whole class ot
According to Supt. Moore the library is becoming more and more important as the methods of teaching
Supt. Moroe was introduced by Dr.
E. E. Oberholtzer, Superintendent of
Houston schools. The orchestra of the
San Jacinto Senior High School fur-
ished the music.
—1^~~ .,_— 0pEN your EYES TO THE
i LOVE AND THE LIFE AND
THE GOD ALL ABOUT YOU
Here is something from the pen of
Evelyn Cochran which makes one
pause and think. It is called:
I see love laboring; the mother for
her wayward, unseeing child; friend
for friend; man for his mate.
I see truth, blinding in its beauty.
I see lies, blinding in their garishness.
I see bare feet bathing in a sparkling
stream, with piles and piles of glistening sand.
I see gnawing hunger, and thirst, and
nakedness in the city streets.
I see thousands and thousands of
glittering windows of gold as the Sun
awakens a Dream City in the greyish -
lavender mist of morning.
I see jagged flashes of lightning that
I see violets hiding beside a fallen
I see gaunt, bearded warriors braving the loneliness of the forest in win-
Miss Weldon was elected the "most
popular girl" in the contest sponsored
by the Cougar Collegians.
POETS UNDERSTAND BUT
WE MERELY SEE NATURE
Interesting thoughts on life, worthy
of contemplation, are given in the following essay by an H. J. C. student
Life is a swift revolution of beauty,
tragedy, hope, fear, anxiety, indulgence, sacrifice—in general, a condensed .complicated matter, and because of the alacrity with which it
revolves, we have but fleeting glimpses
of its different aspects. Our conception o£ everything about us is so obscure and so inconsistent that we
merely grope along, like the blind
creatures that we are, incomprehen-
sive of the full significance of our existence. There are only a few things,
our hobbies, which attract, and hold
for an indefinite time, our attention,
while all else, however beautiful, is
meaningless. We are blind, deplorably
Why do we not have the same emotional feelings about a certain matter
as our neighbor? Why do we look
upon a seemingly barren mountain as
a mere elevation of land, when he
looks at it as a mighty,mass of grandeur and splendor? Why do we regard highly classical music monotonous
and irritating when to him it speaks
volumes? Ah! It is misunderstanding!
Our lives are molded, more or less,
along commercial rather than along
literary lines. So commercialized are we
becoming that even our mode of
speech betrays us; we usually express
ourselves in quick, unfigurative terms.
Nor do we take a few moments to
meditate on a matter outside of our
routine—that is considered as idling
away precious time. Hence, we are deprived of developing a keener sense
for the beautiful; something we do not
understand, yet, which we might understand if we only sought it out.
With what reverence the poet looks
at a scene of nature! How inspiring
it is to him! Certainly Shakespeare felt
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J. C. graduates organized the
graduate class and elected officers
April 17, when they met to get grad
uate functions under way.
Officers elected were Harold Wood, j
president: Nelwyn Turner, vice presi- I
: Uozelle McReynolds, secre-
Class pins have been selected and
numerous activities are being planned,
according to Harold Wood, president.
Mr. Wood stated that the graduates intend to make merry at a bay party
scheduled to take place May 28;
Whether or1 not the bay party is to be
only for graduates has not yet been
''We are going to issue invitations,
for commencement," stated Mr. Wood,
"and this will be the most outstanding
affair of the sort that Houston Junior
College has yet seen." Mr. Wood was
reluctant to discuss minor details of
the commencement exercises but intimated that adequate committees have
been appoinled to attend to the matter.
"The graduates will take charge of
the last assembly of the semester," Mr.
Wood further remarked. "As yet we
know that dislinctive class pins are
being decided upon, that we shall have
quite a unique . commencement*, am"
that wo are going to have a real bay
party. Further questions will be de
cided at our next meeting."
I see little baby leaves heralding
the coming spring. .
I see the night, kind and soothing,
oblivious of all that is harsh and ugly.
I see a life beyond.
And everywhere I see God.
—Evelyn F. Cochran.
ANOTHER H. J. C. GIRL
FOUND IN HIGHER-UPS
. ..Miss Edith Lord, Houston Junior
College student is a member of the
Van Hoose Little Symphony Orchestra,
composed of professional players. Miss
Lord plays the Viola.
Houston Junior College may rightfully be proud of its many accomplished students.
STUDENTS TO SUPPORT
WOODUL'S SENATE BILL
Senator Walter Woodul's senate bill
No. 422 is up for consideration in the
state legislature this week.
This bill will, if passed, mean much
to H. J. C. and Houston. All students
are urged to write their representatives at Austin7; asking that they support the bill.
Letters favoring the bill should also
be written to Senator Woodul, and Roy
Holder, chairman of the house educational committee.
John Brown's Body Brings
Mystery to H. J. C. Halls
Gruesome indeed was this report sent
out last week by our librarian, Mrs.
"John Brown's Body disappeared
from the library last summer before it
could be indexed." Regarding it one
bright student said:
"Just Imagine, the body may be
wandering about the halls of the college—unnoticed among throngs of
students. A few tactful questions addressed to Mr. Vanzee might disclose
some clue as to its whereabouts."
POPULAR NOVELS NOW
HERE, SAYS LIBRARIAN
Mrs. Hannah Shearer, H. J. C. librarian, announced Wednesday the
arrival of a new shipment of book:
She called especial atention to a
Chemical Encyclopedia" and an "Encyclopedia of Social Sciences," the
first two volumes only in each set being available as the entire works have
not as yet been published.
Among the new fiction to be found
on the shelves are the following:
"Hans Frost" by Hugh Walpole.
"The Woman of Andros" by Thornton Wilder.
"The Great Meadow" by E. Madox
"Clarissa Harlowe" by Samuel
"Swan Song" by John Glasworthy.
"Uncle Sam" by John Erskine.
''Victory" by Joseph Conrad.
"The Deepening Stream" by Dorothy
"Forever Free" by Honore Willsie
"Cimarron" by Edna Ferber.
"Exile" by Warwick Deeping.
"Long Bondage" by Donald Joseph.
"Angel Pavement" by J. B. Priestly.
"Hudson River Bracketed" by Edith
"A Lantern in Her Hand" by B, .
RECEPTION TO BE
HELD HERE MAY8
H. J. C. Students to Entertain
All Graduates of Houston
Senior High Schools
Welcoming Address To Be Given
In Auditorium by President
E. E. Oberholtzer
Senior high school graduates have
been invited to attend the annual reception, given them by the students of
the Houston Junior College, in the auditorium here Friday evening at 8:30
p.m., May 8.
AH arrangements have been completed including the distribution of
bids at the various high schools in the
city. Mr. Dupre, the assistant dean,
will make the introduction. President
E. E. Oberholtzer is to give the welcoming address.
Tbe queen of the reception will be
elected and bouquets presented her by
the Phi Honor Society. The grand
march is to be led by the queen-elect
and S. W. Garrison, president of the
Junior College Student Association.
'Previous receptions," said Mrs.
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Miss Maurine Edminster was
elected most beautiful girl, and
Miss Genevieve Weldon the most
popular girl at Junior College at
the election held Monday.
These co-eds will represent H.
J. C. at the annual reception for
high school graduates to be held
Examination Blockade Is
Broken by Brawny Janitor
Outside looking in, and inside looking out, was the experience of students of Journalism 123, Monday night,
April 20, when the door of room 210
As a test was scheduled for that
night, students were not particularly
interested in getting the door unlocked,
and in fact were quite open in expressing their wishes of keeping the
door permanently closed.
But alas, all good things must come
to an end. A rescuer in the form of
our brawny janitor came to the aid
(of Mr. Birney, not the students) and
opened the door to the classroom and a
OLD FABLE TOLD
IN CHAPEL TALK
Assembly Wednesday night, April
22, was. the ozcaeiiM of an address to
the student body of E. P. Neilan of
the Houston Land and Trust Company.
Mr. Neilan was the winner of the re-.
cent American Institute of Banking'
Oratorical.contest. The subject of his
talk was "Diamonds in Your Own
The story involves the tale of a rich
and satisfied Oriental farmer. One day
he is told of the wealth and fascination of a diamond by a Buddhist priest
that came to see him. When the priest
had gone on his way the thoughts of
conversation still lingered in the
mind of the farmer. Eventually, he
sold his wonderful farm, left his wife
and family, and went in search of this,
The man who bought his farm was
very frugal and did all that he could
to improve his status in life. One day
found a glittering piece of stone
the back yard, and thinking that
it was merely a piece of pretty glass
he brought it in and placed it on the
mantel. When the Buddhist priest
stopped by on his next visit he asked
the man where he had obtained the
diamond. The man was very much
surprised on learning this as he did,
not even know what a diamond was.
Far away on the coast of a sunny
sea an old beggar threw himself into
the blue waters to die. It was the old
farmer who in his searchings for the
diamond had at last given up the fight.
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MRSi MERCER INJURED
Mrs. Ethel Mercer, H. J. C. student,
was painfully injured April 12, at Galveston.
Mrs. Mercer was walking on the jetty
when she stepped on a slippery rock
and fell, breaking her ankle.
KERBOW'S CLASS PLANS
DRAMA OF CLASSROOM
Plans for the dramatization of the
old and new classroom proceedures are
being worked out by the Education 123
classes of Professor Alva Kerbow, to,
be given in the assembly entertainment period.
Group two is taking the old method
of conducting classes with its switches,
memory work, and old-fashion
The new socialized plan of school
will be presented by group two. The
contrast of the two methods will show
the development of schools from the
days of "the ole' swimming hole."
The definite date for the presentation has not been set.