Published by the Journalism Students ot the Houston Junior College
HOUSTON. TEXAST"WEDNESDAY7DECEMBER 17, 1930
CHOSEN TO DEBATE
Elimination Meet Held in the
College Auditorium On
TEN DEBATERS TRY OUT
Harris and Johnson Serve as
Judges for the Team
In the Meet
Budding Cougar orators tried out
Monday night, December 13, for tbe
honor of representing Houston Junior
College in a debate with the Texa3
University team after the holidays.
The following debaters were selected:
First team, Milfot'd Smith, Harvey
Richards and Jo Ed Winfree; second
team, Aaron Tapick and Albert Gordon Jones.
Coach Harvey W. Harris of H. 3.
C. and Coach Lyndon B. Johnson of
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BE ON TIME SAYS
M^CALLA OF PRESS
Tells H. J. C. Journalists That
Make-up of Newspaper
Kenneth McCalla, news editor for
the Houston Press, addressed the 6
o'clock journalism class of Houston
Junior College Friday evening.
According to Mr. McCalla, one. of
the most important things that ni
paper work teaches one is to be on
time. There is no time for delay.
When a reporter is told to do a certain task immediately, be soon learns
that it was not meant to be done
few minutes later. He said that
newspaper work is very hard, work
being started at 6:30 a.m. with no
definite lime to quit. Mr. McKalla
said that newspaper work is very
fast and that if people in other professions worked as fast, they would
have three days a week for work and
three for play. The general impres-
son that once a newspaper man, always one, is false according to Mr.
McCalla, although he said it is one of
tho most fascinating professions of
life, and that one has a chance of
coming in contact with people from
every walk of life, more so than in
any other way.
He said that much thought must
be given to the writing and making
up of the paper, as these things attract the public's attention. Aa people do not have a half day to spend
reading the stories, they must be in
short, concise and condensed form.
From his observation in this work,
people prefer current events to history, and the average reader will
subconsciously buy a 'paper that is
attractive. A good picture is worth
three times that amount of space
given over to a story, and pictures tell the stories much more effectively.
Fly-walking has become a
new feature between classes at
H. J. C. as illustrated by the
human fly, Fay Jean Lawrence,
here last week.
Harold Lloyd may be good
when it comes to fly-walking,
but Fay Jean has it all over
him, because she dared to climb
out of a window in a class room
onto a narrow ledge that runs
along the front of the school
This acrobatic stunt took
place at the beginning of a 6
o'clock class, when Fay Jean
entered the room where several
other students were.
The daring young miss was
suddenly seized by some wild
idea because before the class
was assembled she had climbed
out of the window onto a narrow part of the building, two
stories above the ground.
This was a fly in a glass cage,
because as soon as she had left
the room, a member of the class
immediately pulled the window
down, and this left her clinging
onto the glass with plenty of
space to fall behind her.
The excitement of the class by
this time had reached a hilarious point and was even greater when Mr. Birney, the instructor, entered the room, and requested that the window be kept
Miss Lawrence has not definitely decided on her next publicity stunt, but she is positive
that it will not include fly-
GOOD WORK SHOWN
J. A. Herrington Exhibits the
Work of Star Pupils
Even mechanical drawing and kinematics classes have their star pupils,
according to Professor J. A. Herring-
ton, instructor in those subjects at
Houston Junior College.
When questioned as to whether or
not he had any star pupils, Professor
Herrington enthusiastically replied:
"Star pupils? Why, sure, lots of 'em!"
To verify his statement, he consulted
the familiar "little black book," and
read a list of ten or more names, foremost of which were those of w. T.
Richard and J.Workman, mechanical
drawing, and Messrs. Booker and Graham, kinematics.
Exhibiting pleasure in the interest
shown by the reporter, Professor Her-
ington pointed proudly to a number
of neat plates on the walls of the
drawing room, explaining that each
student completed approximately 24
similar plates during the semester.
"In addition to that," the professor
added, "we have a test and about
25 pages of outside reading every
LOUIS GUBBLES LEAVES
FUNDS TO COLLEGIANS
Because Louis Gabbles requested
that his unused tuition fee be given
to a worthy cause, The Cougar Col-
* legian treasury" was increased ?9.0(L,
according to Genevieve Weldon, club
Mr. Gubbles, formerly of Rosenberg
'High School, attended Houston Junior
College until some few weeks ago,
when he secured a position with an
toil company and left for South
T^Be'ng considered the most worthy
organization at Hopston Junior Collie, the Pep Club was given the
money i'y Mr. J. H. Ledlow, registrar.
MANY NEW MEMBERS
ADDED TO PEP CLUB
Honors in the membership contest
between the Blue and White teams o!
the girls pep club go to tho Blues
who gained the most members. The
new members added to the organization are: Mauris Anderson, Gladys
Jacobs, Dorothy McGraw, Frances
Baty, Bernice Branum, Bessie Robins,
Henrietta Sokolsky, Jane Wltherspoon, Mary Owen Black, Mildred
Cramer, Mary G. Harris, Madolyn Mc.
Graw, Louise Morgan, and Etlene
The White team will entertain the
winning team at a party fn the near
A treasure ship can't come in unless you first send one out.
STORY OF PROGRESS
OF H. J. C. TOLD BY
Newspaper Devotes Entire Page
to Story of Growth of
MANY ILLUSTRATIONS USED
Discusses Advisability of Public Support of These
Progress of Houston Junior College
was played up in a special feature
story by Miss Bess Whitehead Scott
in last Sunday's magazine seclion of
the Houston PosMM spatch!.
"Junior College is unique in its accomplishments and rating among jun-
ior colleges of the South," stated -Miss
Scott. "It has accomplished all Its
original objectives. Its purpose is to
provide means for working people to
acquire the first two years of college
training at home."
"In four years 250[i students have
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SPEAK AT COLLEGE
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rider Give
Valuable Pointers on
That it is possible for two good
newspapermen to be in the same family is proved by Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Rider, both of whom write for the
Mr. and Mrs. Rider addressed the
sophomore journalism class of Junior
College on feature, short story, and
sports writing Wednesday night.
"I have always prided myself on
being a good 'newspaper man', and it
takes that attitude and plenty of enthusiasm to carry a woman through
the newspaper game," stated Mrs.
Rider who writes theatre and radio
news for the Chronicle.
The greatest value in feature writing, according to Mrs. Rider, is the
ability to get a story when one is assigned. Never return empty handed.
Having sold several short stories,
it Is her opinion that most beginners
write "over their head". Her advice
to would-be writers is to observe situations and study people, and to decide the type of story and the kind of
magazine to write for before beginning.
In discussing news feature writing,
Mr. Rider, staff correspondent for the
Chronicle, stated that it is the most
Interesting phase of newspaper work
and the most popular with readers.
"But," he added, "there is danger of
becoming warped on the idea of feature writing. A feature article should
always deal with action and not in-
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Jazz Peps Up Class
"Public utilities, 10 per cent
interest, unearned increment,
tum-te-dada—" Mr. Miller's
sophomore economics class took
their regular six weeks quiz
Monday night to an obligato of
lively music *by the San Jacinto
band which was practicing at
the same time.
If any of them were trying to
use "quiz helps," they hastily
concealed them when the band
struck up "The Eyes of Texas
Aro Upon You."
One student, who had trouble
keeping his feet still while writing about price levels, suggests
that it might be a good Idea to
combine economics and dancing
lessons, thus killing two birds
with one dance tune.
'Unto the Least—'
What is life for a six-year-old
chid of ignorant, destitute par-
A Cougar reporter knows just
such a little girl, and gives his
impression of her view of life if
she were to tell It:
"Hungry? I'm always hungry.
And my baby brother and two
little sisters cry 'cause they're
"Sometimes mother brings in
a little food. It never lasts
long, and then we're hungry
again. When we cry, mother
sometimes just looks at us and
doesn't say anything. Daddy.
too, just sits and looks at us—
especially since he got his hand
hurt at the cotton mill.
"I'm glad I've got my dolly,
Raganna, that the kind.faced
lady gave me. The lady told
me about a land—way off, I
guess—where boys and girls
don't cry because they're hUn*
gry, and they have clean clothes,
and toys and everything. I guess
it isn't really true though, 'cause
she said they have big yards to
play in, that are not muddy and
filled up with tin cans and
weeds. I guess there isn't any
place without weeds, and mud
and dirty waier when it rains."
A long time ago One lived
who told of a remedy for human woe. He said: "Inasmuch
as ye have done it unto one ot
the least of these, my brethren,
ye have Hone' it unto me."
IN NEW TREND SAYS
Famous Educator Speaks On
Modern Development in
ABILITY OF IMPORTANCE
Success Measured by Amount
Of Satisfaction Found
"The world has a fashion of getting
out of the road of a man who knows
where he is going," said Dr. George
'. Strayer of Columbia University in
addressing the faculty and student
body of Junior College fn the auditorium Wednesday evening, November
Three speeches and a duck bunt
were on the day's program for Doctor Strayer before he addressed the
night school students. He is touring
the country, making speeches on his
favorite subject, education. Directors
>f the institution siezed the opportu-
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DEFINED IN LECTURE
Mrs. Hannah Shearer Lectures
On Value of Library
In order to familiarize students
with the library and aid them in serving themselves, Mrs. Hannah Shearer,
Houston Junior College librarian, gave
a lecture recently on the arrangement and uses of the library to Freshmen and Sophomore English classes.
"The Junior College library uses
the Dewey Decimal System. That is,
books are arranged numerically ac-
cording to subject matter," explained
Mrs. Shearer. She then discussed
book classifications, their numbers,
and where they are found in the tf-
The author, subject neading and
title cards of every book In the library are alphabetically arranged and
catalogued. Students were shown
which card drawers to use when
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STUDENTS HEAR RECITAL
AT ASSEMBLY MEETING
Piano music was an attraciive feature at the regular Wednesday night
The artists were Mrs. Charles A.
Hall and Miss Maxine Jeanes, who
rendered the following numbers:
Weiner Bon Bon, by Mile Rive-King;
a Suite for Two Pianos, which consisted of romance and waltz melodies,
composed by Arensky; the old popular number, Turkey in the Straw, and
two piano numbers written by David
Gyon, a native Texan. The recital was
well received by the students and
Mr. Henderson thanked the artists for
their part in the program and Invited
them to come again in the- near future to entertain the students.
The announcement of note for the
evening was the one concerning the
address to be given by O'Brien Stevens, criminal district attorney, next
Wednesday night at the regular assembly. Other minor announcements
concerned college activities, and the
graduation of students in June.
COUGAR SHOULD USE
BOTH NEWS AND WIT
Prominent Co-Ed Gives Views
Of What Student Paper
"Wise-cracks" exclusively or a few
intelligent constructive news Items
scattered in with the jokes? That is
the question that has been before the
minds of The Cougar staff this year.
Interviewing a popular co-ed, who
stands high in her classes, a reporter
received the following statement of
her opinion regarding the content's of
"Most college students consider
themselves strictly modern. And, of
course, being modern, we demand an
"According to the opinions of some,
such a paper should be crammed with
'hot' jokes, and wise-cracks by famous 'wise-crackers.' This group of
sophisticates confess a. bored distaste for anything having a trend toward the literary.
"I wouldn't call such an attitude
modern. It certainly isn't broad.
Is just stubbornly narrow, r
ber, that when an outsit oping
college paper, he base1" sock."—
the college, itself, upon
and strength reflected in i
of the paper.
"I, therefore, feel that it is absolutely necessary to print material that
will tend to uphold the higher standards of the college, and thus intensify
her prestige in the minds of the
ON H. J. C. CAMPUS
Santa Claus came very near being
the most popular boy in the H. J. C.
"Popular Boy" contest held recently,
but Harold Wood managed to nose
the good old saint out by a few votes,
thereby winning the prize dinner at
San Jacinto Cafe. Herbert Hoover
also polled a heavy vote for popularity
among the students.
The other winners, each of whom
had the privilege of partaking of the
cafe's chili, were Mack Daugherty,
Howard Graham, and Pete Garrison.
Receiving favorable mention were
Albert Ktndel, Martin Lowe, Warren
Lemmon, Donald McKibben, Mai
Ludke, Soap McGinty, Terry Russell,
Jlmmie Bertrand, Willard Nesmith,
Dan Foster, Harold Steele, Kenneth
Phillips, Fred Collins, Joe Peabody,
Roy Teinert, Bob McCullough, and