PUBLISHED BY THE JOURNALISM STUDENTS OF THE HOUSTON JUNIOR COLLEGE
HOUSTON, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1931
- RECEPTION FOR
Five Hundred Novices Initiated
Into Mysteries of Junior
* College Society
Amid the yells, boos, cheers, jeers,
hoots, hurrahs and whoopees of 500
freshman boys and girls, the fourth annual freshman reception of the Houston Junior college was held Friday,
October 9, at 9:30 p.m. in the gymna-
"sium of San Jacinto high school.
"Hail,, Hail, the Gang's All Here,"
opened Ihe program- The Rice Cavaliers furnished the music while the
The "fish" class assembled on the
" second floor of the main building and
marched in a column of fours, surrounded by a bodyguard of sopho-
w mores, into the gym. The slimes then
were seated on one whole side
the gym as the affair began.
The orchestra played "Home, Sweet
Home," and Eugenia Stevenson, "Cisco"
Kellogg, Pat Foley, and Lee Stone sang
a mournful quartet. Pat sang soprano.
.At the conclusion of Berlin's famous
ballad, (or was it De Sylva, Brown,
and Henderson?) the "fish" filed out
of ther places and danced fervently to
*.he lulling strains df "Lazy River."
Following a brief period of dancing,
all freshman boys were ordered to
lake off their shoes, tie them together,
and throw them into the middle of
the floor. After the shoes had been
deposited, the slimes were lined up
. «£ when given the word, div
ed in for their zapatos. It was a
After numerous other "slime agi-
"tating" stunts of this type, the sophs
and "fish" settled down to the task of
the evening and danced into the early
hours of the morning.
Cy Shaw, Jim Bertrand, Christine j
Fitzegerald, Bob Branham, and Rena
Mae Butler composed the committee,
which, with the assistance of Prof.
*Harvey W. Harris, completed plans for
Birney Puts One Over
"I can't compete with a donkey!" Fred Birney, instructor of
journalism at th* Houston Junior college, announced to one of
his classes last Wednesday night.
The confession was accompanied
by blushes on the part of Mr.
Birney, and giggles from the
The innocent cause of this remark was an old grey donkey
ridden across the college campus
while Birney was discussing the
advantages of the next text.
The scene aroused so much interest among the students near
the window that Birneys lecture
was passing unnoticed-. ' A slight
mistake was made as to the nature of the animal, but the remark brought back the attention
of the class, which was, after all,
what he wanted.
NEW STUDES COME
FROM MANY PARTS
Thirteen States and Canal Zone
Represented by New
President of Institution Addresses
Record Gathering at
Dr. E. E. Oberholtzer, president of
Houston Junior College, spoke to one
of the largest assemblies in Ihe history
of the school at the formal assembly
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
"We can't have a college without
sludent;\" stated Dr. Oberholtzer. "We
can get along without the building, but
it is necessary that we have students
to have a college. You are part of
this college as a student, and the kind
of college we have depends on the kind
of student you are. There are two
kinds of students, and tivo kinds of
teachers. One group always does, End
the other group always claims they
Approximately 325 new students, representing schools in 13 states and the
Canal Zone, enrolled in the Houston
Junior college for the current school
Heading the list of states with students in H. J. C.'s is Texas with 295
representatives. Following Texas, in
order named, are Louisiana, California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio,
New Mexico, Iowa, Indiana, and Canal
Colleges outside of this state represented in the Junior college are University of California, University of Col-
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Doctor Oberholtzer stated that he
worked his way through college, but
before going there, had lived in a small
country town. Village boys were always considered as "bullies." "I was
always higi;-tempered, and never liked
to take a licking. I later found that
in order to be a good fighter, I had
to get licked occasionally. I was never
licked until I thought I was, but I
soon learned how to take a licking," related Doctor Oberholtzer.
"There isn't a student in Houston
Junior college that can't make the
grade if he sets out to do it. Nothing
would please Mr. Black or me better
than to have the records of this college stand out in the kind of work you
do as college students. Of course most
of the students work in 1he day ti
. and some are perhaps wondering if it
ELECTION OF OFFICERS will pay? It all depends on why you
SPEAKER AT FIRST
"Chances are 750 to one against (he
non-college man to make a success in
life," stated Prof. M. A. Miller in a
* speech delivered hefore the student
body of Houston Junior college last
Wednesday flight in the auditorium.
This is the first of a series of assembly programs that have been planned, according to S. W. Henderson, as-
- slstant dean, pro tern, for benefit, instruction, and pleasure of H. J. C.
Mr. Henderson presided over assem-
. bly in place of N. K. Dupre, and introduced Professor Miller as the principal speaker of the evening.
« In closing his address, Professor
Miller said that in order to make a
favorable impression on the outsider
and also help the student, always keep
"striving for a good, cl?an, wholesome
Members of the freshman class of
Houston Junior college elected officers
at a mass meeting held in the school
assembly hall Monday, October 5, at
7:30 p.m. '
Mack douglas, former San Jacinto
student, was elected president. Other
officers chosen were B. W. Payne, Jr.,
vice president; Eugenia Stevenson,
secretary; and Donald Aiken, treasurer.
Payne was formerly a member of the
Sam Houston high school student body,
while Miss Stevenson comes from
Milby high, and Aiken from San Jacinto.
Suggestions for a freshman dance
were made by the president, although
no definite arranegments were made.
The first activity of the class was the
reception given by the sophomores,
Friday, October 9, honoring the freshman class.
War On Sheet Plague!
War is declared! General N. K.
Dupre and his Flip minute men
(20 squirts per minute) have
started mobilization and direction of forces against the swamp
invaders who wrought destruction and distraction in the be-
studentcd battlegrounds last
On the first night of the invasion, Admiral Dupre and his flippant, flitting, Flip fly-fighters ,
went down in glorious defeat as
the supply of ammunition
dwindled to zero. Cy Shaw then
promoted Sergeant Dupre to Rear ■
admiral PROVIDED that the
gunner's mate would turn in a
requisition for a new supply of
On the second night, Admiral
Dupre was demoted to private
because of his ineffectiveness in
directing such an undertaking.
The mosquitoes not only chewed
up all the flesh in school, but
they proceeded to turn bookworms. Rifle shots echoed in
every room. The students, hereafter referred to as mosquito bait,
took to fistic violence.
The plaguey pests under Colonel Drill-an-arm-or-leg-harder
suffered several hundred casualties that night.
Both sides went at it harder
after an intermission of one day.
The Flips sprayed harder and the
mosquitoes bored harder, but
neither (pronounced nyther) side
was able to score a victory or
suffer a defeat. The students did
most of the suffering, by the way.
After all of this dilly dallying,
whatnot, "or sump'n", don't be
surprised, and please don't laugh
if you see some Cougaretes coming to the battlefront armed to
the teeth (now we know why
Cy Shaw wears boots to school)
with a PRIVATE SPRAY "AND
A CAN OF FLIP!
are heve> The fellow thai, doesn't haye
the spunk to sav 'you can't keep me
out' will fail," concluded Doctor Ober.
During the formal procedure, members of the faculty were introduced to
the freshmen of the college by Doctor
Scholarships were awarded Miss
Louise Shephard and Mrs. Cora Stratford, who hold the highest scholastic
record for the past two years. Both
had A records.
AS BEST OF ITS KIND
SOPHS SPONSOR DANCE
AT END-0-MAIN HALL
Approximately 125 H. J. C. students
were present at a dance sponsored last
'* Wednesday night, October 14, at "End
O' Main" by the Houston Junior College sophomore class.
. Music was furnished by Curtis Smith
and his orchestra, and the "affair
considered to be more of a success
than the opening college dance of Ihe
Another dance will be given at the
same address on Friday, October 2
for-the students of the Houston Junii
college and Houston high schools.
NAME YEAR'S LEADERS
Election of officers for the sophomore class of '31 was held Friday, October 3. Jimmie Bertrand was elected
Other officers elected were: Harry D.
Matthews, vice president; Christine
Fitzgerald, secretary, and Gordon
Oct 23 H. J. C. Night at
Westmoreland Farm Inn
Friday night, October 23, has been
designated as "Junior College Night"
at Westmoreland Farm Inn, according
to an announcement by the management of this popular night club.
The club will be decorated in the
school colors and all Junior college
students will be given special privileges for the night.
The management aso stated that if
it has the co-operation of the students
of t his institution, a regular dance
night will be set aside for Junior college students once every two weeks-
Music for this special dance will be
furnished by "Lee's Owls", one of the
outstanding college orchestras in the
South. Admission will be Sl.00.
In the lunch room of the Housti
Junior college 175 men and women a
served on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday ant! between 50 and 60 on
Tuesday and Thursday.
Menus are changed every day. Five
hot foods are offered with each meal,,
and a choice of two salads and two
desserts. We consume an average of
90 bottles of milk, nine pounds of
bread, and 14 pounds of meat per day.
Our lunch room is one of a group
of 81 that is operated in Houston under
the supervision of the Board of Education. Over 25,000 students are served daily and 3000 pounds of butter are
used each week. Only the best products are used in these sanitary kitchens
and a wholesome meal can be purchased for the low cost of 15 cents.
A government inspection is rendered
bi-annually and all employes are required to present health certificates at
the beginning of each semester. Meals
are scientifically planned and perfectly
Miss Kimble is in charge of the lunch
room division of the city and Mrs.
George W. Browder of our own lunch
GOOD YEAR SEEN
Plenty of Talent Available in
School, Coach Harris
Houston Junior college Public
Speaking and Dramatic Clubs promise
a very successful year of intercollegiate
activities. "There is plenty of public
speaking and dramatic talent ,'n Houston Junior college," stated Harvey W.
Harris, coach of the two classes. "Many
old debaters are back, in addition to
a number of new students whose records are encouraging."
There will be two public speaking
clubs, each meeting an hour every
two weeks for public speaking contests and programs. And, in addition,
a dramatic club is being organized.
This club.is composed mostly of the
members of the dramatic class which
is being 'aught in the Houston Junior
college for the first time this year.
Another club is being formed, made
up of all three clubs, whose membership is about 75 students.
the intention of the coach to
re-enter the Houston Junior college
in the Texas Junior College Public
Speaking association, which organization is composed of junior colleges
only. Last year was the first time the
Houston Junior college participated in
the association, making a very fine record in each event—girls' debate, boys'
debate, girls' oratorical contest, and
boys' oratorical contest.
The Dramatic club has chosen a
three-act comedy drama, entitled
"Why Husbands Go Wrong", to be presented just before Christmas. This
play was written by Murray H. Fly.
Mr. Harris, while instructing in Sul
Ross State Teachers college in the summer of 1930, had the privilege of meeting Mr. Fly and working with him in
producing the play;
Mr. Harris praised this play very
much, stating that it has everything
that goes to make a good three-act
comedy drama. The cast has not been
announced at this time.
Villa de Santiago
By Harvey B. Richards, Jr.
As the early morning mists rise to the
peaks of the Sierra Madres, skirting
the city of Monterrey, Mexico, they
lift above the quaint little village of
Village de Santiago. Its hillside setting, its quiet dusty streetsr clean
white abode houses, all give the atmosphere of a peaceful and tranquil exist-
ance- In passing down the narrow
streets, we see some stiring among
the natives. They are anxious to complete the morning chores before the
sun rises above the peaks of the mountains and heats the day, but are loath
to hurry, for hurrying is a waste of
time and time is in abundance in
Mexico. Heavily laden burros, two
wheeled ox carts drawn by slow and
awkward oxen, women carrying huge
jars of water and small children
clutching to their lo^K heavy skirts.
make up the street scene of Villa de
Santiago. When we look at this spectacle of quaint houses and strange
things, we wonder how a village like
this started. There is always a mythical version as to beginnings of such
settlements, and after a tiresome search
we come in contact with the village
story teller, who, proudly and elabo-
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FIVE HUNDRED NEW
BOOKS ON SHELVES
OF COLLEGE LIBRARY
Five hundred new books have been
placed on the shelves of the Houston
Junior college library since the opening of the fall term. Every department has been enriched by the addi-
dition. of the latest books in its. field.
To name a few—in the economic section there are Hamilton's "Control of
Wages;" and Thorpe's "Economic Institutions," both timely questions discussed by economic authorities.
In science there are such books as
Guggenheimer's "Einstein Theory Explained and Analyzed," Whitehead's
"Science and the Modern World,"
Jean's "Mysterious Universe," all of
which would be of interest to the general student as well as the scientist.
"Walpole's England," edited by Alfred Bishop Mason, is a distinct addition to the history department. Volumes 11 and 14 have been idded to
the set of Cambridge Modern Histories,
bringing this set up to date.
Those interested in collections of
short stories will new find a most complete list in that section, including the
well known O. Henry stories, Thomas
Nelson Page's "In Ole Vrginia," La-
facdia Hearn's "Some Chinese Ghosts,"
May L. Becker's "Golden Tales of the
Old South" and many others.
A book of special intevest to every
Texan is J. Frank Dobic's "Corr.nado's
Children." Mr. Dobie is a native Texan
and the story he has written is of the
old Southwest, a tale of lost mines and