Published by the Journalism Students oi the Houston Junior College
HOUSTON. TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1930
Do you like your "Just Talk" short
We have received so many good
ideas, that—v e r y reluctantly—we
have cut some of the contributions
in order to hear from as many as
possible. Do you mind? We thought
Among the interesting things is
this one about the green ribbon situation by RENA MAI BUTLER:
"What's all this I bear about Freshmen girls? It couldn't he that they
are poor sports. What! some without green ribbons ? My goodness,
imagine any co-ed not wanting to
wear a pretty green bow around her
sweet face. Girls, are we going to
let it bo said that the boys are beating us? Have you noticed the sportsmanship being shown by them? From
now on, it can be said that our
Freshman class is the best yet.
"Let's be a good example, and set
our standards high. We can do it;
and just watch, we will do it."
We'll be watching,- RENA MAI.
And ELSA CHINN has just the
right idea about our team. Says Elsa:
"Stick with your team! Be on the
sidelines at every game; lead them
to victory with your song. They need
your cheers when they are winning,
and your support when things look
gloomy. Be with them—win or lose.
And they won't lose."
And, remember, there are some
good games ahead.
While digging in our pile of contributions, we uncovered this one
from C. H. ALBERT:
"Commendation is due Fred R. Birney and Wallace H. Miner, faculty ad-j
visors for the school paper, regarding
the appointment of new members for
the editorial and business staff. The
new staff has already proven their
ability by the last issue published.
"Let's co-operate with the staff;
make this a paper that will receive
favorable comment in the various
competitions and contests in which it
may be entered."
Now, that IS a contribution. The
Cougar staff bows, modestly, In acknowledgement.
MILTON MOFFITT hesitates between a career in engineering and a
judgeship—a judge of confusion. His
"Perhaps I haven't a clear understanding of the problem, and maybe
I should take up engineering, but it
seems to me that something could be
done to remedy the confusion In the
cafeteria at dinner time. Couldn't the
arrangement of food be fixed so that
students could enter through the door
nearest the left side of the hall and
leave by the center doorway?'
Page the committee on halls and
doors The Cougar's right with you,
Attention, musicians. This'll interest you. It's from A. C. IRWIN:
"Wouldn't it be nice to have a Junior College orchestra to start the assemblies by playing a couple of popular dance hits, and the college song?
Good hot music would put pep in
everyone. The orchestra could play
for college dances, banquets and
programs of all kinds."
We'll add another "wouldn't it be
nice" to A. C. IRWIN'S. Who will
start the thing off?
"Why not have night football?"
asks R. DERMODY. "I am certain
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Miss Stockard, of the H. J. C.
Spanish department, holds a B. A.
degree from University of Texas
and an M. A. from Baylor University. In addition she took graduate work in Madrid and Barcelona.
PLANS YEAR'S WORK
Houston Junior College Oratorial association held its second meeting
Monday night, November 3, at the
college. Mr. H. W. Harris, sponsor
of the asociation and teacher in the
college English department, called
the meeting to order and gave a brief
summary of the aims and purposes
of the club.
"This association has a threefold
purpose," Mr. Harris stated, "for it
is to be a social and dramatic as
well as an oratorial organization." He
continued by saying, "Several
act plays are to be produced during
the school year, representatives of
the club will participate in inter-collegiate debating contests, and the club
is also to sponsor several outstanding social affairs in the near future."
Harold Steele, newly elected president, then took tbe chair and introduced the following officers of the
association: Joe Peabody, vice president ; Genevieve Weldon, secretary;
Nelwyn Turner, treasurer; and James
The program of the evening, presented under the supervision of Hal-
lie R. Pritchard, Houston teacher of
dancing, consisted of several dance
numbers of both the tap and acrobatic
variety. These dances were given by
members of Miss Prltchard's dancing
class. The skill of the dancers and
the beauty of the costumes furnished
an hour of excellent entertainment.
In addition there were several other
numbers presented by students of H.
J. C. Fay Gene Lawerence and Miss
Lou Johnson each gave a reading,
both of which were highly amusing.
Two very much applauded piano
solos were given, one by Margaret
Munger and the other by Miss Melton.
Harold Wood, a member of the public
speaking department, spoke very effectively on "The Value of Argument."
The next meeting of the association
will be held Monday night, November
17, at 9:30 o'clock. An interesting
program is being planned which In
addition to several readings and an
oration is to consist of a one-act play
and a lecture by Percy Foreman. A
large attendance is expected.
Send in "Just Talk" Ideas
The Cougar wishes to remind the
student body to send in their communications for the "Just Talk" column early. If you have an Idea about
the college, write it briefly, and hand
to any member of the staff.
SURVEY SHOWS MANY
Methodist Students in Majority,
While Many Do Not Express
Preference; Baptists Second
in Number of Members.
Methodist students predominate at
Junior College among those who have
expressed religious preference on
their registration cards, according to
a committee from the Journalism department which has checked the registration cards recently.
This survey, the first of its kind in
the college, was made with the hope
that the Information might be of interest to students and others; it was
not made with any desire to arouse
The Baptist students stand next in
the list, while those of the Presbyterian faith are third in number. A
large number did not express their
church preference. Four persons failed to designate any definite denomination, hut expressed themselves,
merely, as Protestants,
Following aro tho membership fig-
, taken from tbe survey:
No preference 201
Catholic „ 44
Christian _ 31
Church of Christ
Seventh Day Adventist .
Mr. Nigro, in addition to being
principal at Taylor School, is doing
part time teaching at H. J. C. He
received his B. A. degree at Baylor University and an M. A. at
BURSAR SOUTH TELLS
OF THRILLING ESCAPE
BENDER DRAMATIC CLUB
WILL PRESENT COMEDY
Members of the John R. Bender
Dramatic Club of Houston Junior
College held their regular meeting
Monday night, October 27, in the
school auditorium. Following a brief
business session, a program was presented by members of the club.
An Interpretation of the by-laws of
the club and an announcement by V.
H Igro, sponsor and director, that
James Montgomery's comedy success,
"Nothing But the Truth," will be the
first presentation, constituted the
main part of the business discussion.
The program was then turned over to
the president, Willard Nesmith, who,
acting as master of eeremonies, introduced the entertainers.
Mr. Nigro stated that he is satisfied with the abundance of talent that
was discovered at this meeting. Jane
Wltherspoon offered two vocal
bers, playing her own accompiment on
tho piano. Fred Stark and Vincent
Artale harmonized in a vocal duet
that brought thunderous applause
from the audience.
President Nesmith offered tw.
ca! selections and Miss Hazel Taylor
rendered a reading.
Miss Witherspoon, vice president of
tho club, has been appointed chair
man of the program committee for
the year. The members of this organization aro planning many interesting and entertaining programs for
PROSPECTS ARE BRIGHT
FOR H. J. C. BASKETBALL
Coach French will call togetln
candidates for the basket-ball team
on November 23. Cage Prospects are
bright this year with the return of
three lettermen, Harry Matth'
JimmyOliver, and Willard Nesmith.
Around these three men Coach French
hopes to mold a winning combinati
By Ethel Mercer
It is my privilege to witness day
after day the tactics employed by a
plump, comfortable looking gentleman in dealing with the various stu-
denls who haunt his door. Troubled
faces emerge with smiles. Knotty
problems vanish. No question is too
insignificant to receive his undivided
His natural good humor shines
forth in undiminished lustre
South bids you "welcome" in :
husky witli good living, good sleeping
id good health.
Then I make a discovery,
gentleman with the kindly eyes and
genial smile, who is so ready to li:
ten to your troubles has a dislike for
publicity and is a bit shy of one who
seeks to gain some high lights
interesting sketches of a vivid
I shall have to confess that while
had hoped for some hair-raising
talcs of the old Indian Territory, some
thrilling hold-ups of Texas border
days or some equally weird experience of life in Old Mexico, I bad to
content myself with a few anecdotes,
one of which I shall relate to the
best of my ability as Mr. South told it.
"One evening, about dusk. I was
walking down the railroad track in
Old Mexico. Now this railroad track
was not like the ones you see in
America today but was a rough embankment thrown up and on which
the weeds and grass bad been allowed to grow to a considerable
height. I had been to tbe village on
an errand and was returning to camp.
It was necessary for me to pass
several camps before reaching ours
and, on account of the ferociousness
of some of the dogs kept at tbe
camps, I had gotten into the habit of
carrying a large stone for protection.
I rarely carried a gun.
On this particular evening I was
briskly swinging along, my arms moving almost as fast as my feet, when
when without warning I was suddenly confronted by a Mexican with a
"Hands up," said the Mexican.
"Si, Senor." I answered, throwing
my hands high. In doing this, the
stone, which I had forgotten, was
loosed and sped on its way, striking
the Mexican squarely in the chest,
sending him sprawling down the embankment into a pool of water at the
bottom. I distinctly heard the splash
when about a half mile away."
JUNIOR COLLEGE TO
Cougar Collegians, the Girls Pep
Clubs, Will Have Uniformed
Members to Give Information
Houston Junior College will for the
first time come before the eyes of
the assembled public school educators
of Texas, when from six to e'ght thousand public school superintendents,
principals, and teachers of Texas meet
in Houston for the annual convention
of the Texas State Teachers Association, that will take place here November 27 to 29 for the first time since
the organization of H. J. C.
The Houston Junior College booth
at the generrl exhibit at Sam Houston Hall will be a statistical history
of the college, showing its growth and
advance. Its student body has
doubled in size during its first four
years. In 1927 there were only 23
instructors at Junior College, many
of them working only part time. Today there is a faculty of 32 instructors, several of whom It has been necessary to add since the beginning of
this semester. H. J. C .has a grade
A standing, and its graduates make
■ades above the average schools of
higher education. Such facts as these
.11 be presented for the first time
to the assembled forces of public educators of Texas.
The Cougar Collegians, the Girls'
;p club of the college, will have uniformed members of their organization
at the H. J. C. booth to give visitors
information regarding any particular
phase of the college.
H. J. C. WILL COMPETE
IN FORENSIC MEETS
Students of H. J. C. are now able
to participate in approaching contests
between all Texas Junior College Oratorical Associations.
H. W. Harris announces that the
H. J. C. Association has just become
a member of the Texas State Junior
College Oratorial Association, all necessary fees and membership papers
having been sent to headquarters.
H. J. C. expects to make her mark
in these contests, and the students
are now active in preparation of one-
act plays, debates and orations.
COUGAR IS MODEL IN
SOUTH TEXAS SCHOOL
COUGAR is being used as a model
newspaper by Miss Ida Davis, Houston Junior College student of '28 and
'29, who is now teaching in Central
school of Lovelady, Texas.
Saturday, November 9, Miss Davis
stepped into the Cougar office and
asked to be Included on the Cougar
mailing list. "I am using your paper
to arouse interest in my class room,"
the young teacher said. "I find that
Central school students," she continued," are very much interested in the
make-up of the H. J. C. paper, and by
studying it, we hope some day to have
a paper similar to the Cougar."
Work of Talented Artists
Shown in Cougar Columns
Real talent is available for use of
the Cougar, one example of which Is
the work of Miss Katherine Jackson,
whose drawings, "Slippery Slimes,"
and "Wedding Bells" appear in this
Miss Jackson graduated from H. J.
C. in 1929 and is now a senior at
The Cougar Is always glad to use
the work of talented H. J. C. students.