Published by the Journalism Students oi the Houston Junior College
HOUSTON, TEXAS, JANUARY, 1930
Student Association Hard Hit As
Guiding Lights Leave
For Other Climes
Recents withdrawals from the student body have left the Student Association of Junior College in a critical condition. The chairs of two important offices, those of vice presi
dent and secretary, have been vacated by their former occupants, Mr.
Fred Weigman and Miss Mary Sadler,
leaving only Mr. Branch, president,
and Mr. Russ, treasurer, to handle
the affairs of the organization. Miss
Sadler will enter South Park Junior
College at Beaumont, while it is believed that Mr. Weigman intends to
return to his home in Germany.
But two such important offices of
the organization that is the backbone
of the Junior College student body
could not be allowed to remain unoccupied. So according to a late statement of Mr. Branch, the office of vice
president will be filled by Miss Ruth
Kidd, who, incidentally, has already
proved her capability of filling the
same office in the sophomore class.
The secretarial chair will be occupied by our popular and well liked
friend, Miss Margaret Boyett. Ea'm
of these new officers received \otes
numbering second to those of the resigned officers in the election early
in the term.
In order to realize the importance of
the new officers, the purpose of the
Student Association must be understood. This, as some of us know, is
a body composed of the students to
serve as a connecting link between
faculty and students. In preceding
terms the organization has been a
great help to the ichool and faculty
financially and otherwise, ami being
led by leaders of such ability it will
undoubtedly continue to do so, now
and in the ftuure.
As for Miss Kidd and Miss Boyett,
wo may rest assumed that they will
co-operate with the other officers and
do al! in their power to better the
association and the school.
The schedule of examinations
for Friday, January 17, has been
changed slightly. The 4 to 6
p. m. examinations will remain
as scheduled, but those announced for 7 to 9 p. m. will be
held from 8 to 10 p. m. This
change is due to a basketball
game between the Cougars and
Blinn Memorial College. All
students are urged to be present at the game.
FOR NEW SEMESTER
AT JUNIOR COLLEGE
Honston Junior College will start
its second semester's work on Monday, January 27. New students and
those who have attended the Junior
College before, but are not now in attendance, will register on Saturday
morning, January 25, from 9 to 12 a.
m. and Tuesday, January 28, from 4
to 9 p. m.
FRESHMAN BALL IS
Students Loud in Praise of
Froshs' Attempt at
"LONG LIVE THE FRESHMEN"—
provided they continue to sponsor
such events as the Freshman Ball.
That the affair was a huge success is
evidenced by the fact that same was
called "great" by no less a personage
than Smith Garrison, Sophomore
president. The Junior College colors,
blue and white, were effectively used
as a color scheme in the decorations.
Punch was served throughout the evening (or night). An informal reception was held with President Oberholtzer and Mrs. Oberholtzer, Mrs.
John R. Bender, Junior College dean,
and other faculty members in the receiving line.
Although the affair was not strictly
formal, a majority ot those present
were in formal attire.
Black was the predominating color
In the array of stunning gowns. Frances Eva Smith, Adele Drinkle, Margaret Castle and Alice McCullough
were among those attractively gowned
in black. Gayle Ruddell (Bob Mc-
Cullough's date) wore a stunning
model of black and gold.
Janes Wltherspoon attracted no little attention in a black velvet frock
that set off her blonde loveliness to
"Song of the Flame" might have
been the inspiration for Catherine
Meyer's ensemble. The dress with
drop shoulder effect, was set off by a
cocktail cap of gold.
Grace McDonald's black velvet
dress, made along severe lines, and
relieved by a cluster of buds at the
shoulder, was the envy of many of the
Of course, we can't go into detail
about what the boys wore, but we do
remember how nice Soapy McGlnty,
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Old students (meaning those who
are now in attendance at the college)
will register Monday, January 27,
from 4 to 9 p. m. Old students registering after Monday night will be
charged a late registration fee. New
students and former students will be
charged a late fee after Tuesday.
The following new classes will be
offered during the second semester if
there is sufficient demand:
Mondays, Wednjesdays , Fridays,
English 113, 7:30 to 8:30; Math. 113,
5 to 6; Education 113, 4 to 5; Journalism 113, 5 to 6; Engineering Drawing 113, 6 to 7. Laboratory for the
latter course will be offered from 7:15
to 10:15 on Tuesdays. History 113
from 4 to 5:30 and Spanish Aa from
5^0 to 7:00 will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
New sophomore classes to be offered are:
English 213, 5 to 6; Education
223E (Elementary practice teaching),
6 to 7; Education 223H (high school
practice teaching), 6 to 7 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Education
213, 7:15 to 8:45, will be offered.
TWO COURSES IN
AT JUNIOR COLLEGE
Aspirants of Fourth Estate Are
Offered Occupation or
Persons interested in writing for
profit might profit by entering one of
the two courses in Journalism to be
offered in Houston Junior College the
coming term. For persons who are not
sure as to their interest in journalism
or other writing, the course in beginning journalism, meeting from 5 to
6 p. m., each Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, would probably be best. This
is a freshman course, but advanced
students and special students may enroll for it.
The course deals largely with a
study of the way in which newspapers
obtain the news. Members of this
class will cover events for the Cougar, and students showing ability and
zeal will soon be given editorial positions on the Cougar staff. The type
of work done in class and on the
school paper will prove of interest
and great practical value to persons
intending to follow any type of writing as a career.
Teachers who sponsor, or wish to
sponsor, school newspapers, will also
find the work of this class of great
value. After completing this one term
course, any teacher should be able to
organize a staff for a school rT^,
should be able to direct students in
Belling advertising, and should be
able to manage a successful subscription campaign. All phases of school
newspaper publication will be thor
Special Feature Writing Course
The second course in Journalism.
Special Feature and Magazine Artiele
Writing, is usually of greatest interest to persons interested in writing
short stories, essay and other feature material to be sold to newspapers
The course includes a study of feature articles, criticism of stories and
articles written by students in
class, and direction as to impr
ments to be made, and suggestions
as to possible markets for stories and
Members of this class also work
on the Cougar staff, usually as editors
and special writers. The training hi
class and on the staff usually proves
very beneficial to persons wishing to
do either professional newspaper
work, or those who intend to do their
writing as a side line, while keeping
a home or following some other occupation.
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A Word to the Wise
So study that when thy summons come to join that great
caravan which moves to the
great halls, where each shall
take his finals within those silent halls, thou go not like the
foolish student, cramming at
night, but sustained and aided
by unfaltering knowledge, approach the exams like unto one
who wraps the mantle of wisdom around him and sits down
to perfect work.
NOVEL CAMPAIGN IS
SPONSORED BY FIRM
Advertisers Are Friends of the
Student Body and Make the
Among the best friends of Houston
Junior College is W. C. Munn & Co,
This company Is continuing to show
its interest in our college by offering each month some suitable and val-
e prize for the winner of a contest among the students. All receiving THE COUGAR are eligible to
vote. Get a copy immediately, cut
out the ballot and deposit it in
box of the "Who's Who" contest of
W. C. Munn &. Co., In the Dean of
The contest ends Wednesday, Jan.
22, but do not wait until the eleventh hour, but attend to this NOW.
The ballots will be counted by an
HONEST Board of Judges and the
picture of the "Prettiest Girl"
Houston Junior College will appear in
the next issue of THE COUGAR, together with the announcement of the
Don't worry if you are not the
"Prettiest Girl" in college, but join
in the contest, for next month the
contest may be for the most homely
boy and you will want your friends
to help you win. Then there may be
a contest for the best student or one
for the biggest "flunk." So come one,
come all and in due time you will
have fortune come your way.
HISTORY OF H.J.C.
IN EDUCATION FIELD
Increased Enrollment and Addition of New Courses Mark
Houston Junior College, now enrolling 600 students, was established by
the board of education in the spring
of 1927. After conference with representatives from the State Department
of Education, University of Texas,
Rice Institute, and Sam Houston State
Teachers College. The college opened
with a summer session June 5, 1927,
in the San Jacinto Senior High School
building with a faculty largely recruited from the staffs of the University of Texas and Sam Houston State
Teachers College. Two hundred and
thirty-two students were enrolled for
this first session and courses were offered in Education, Spanish, English,
History, Biology, Art and Physical Education.
The first regular session of the college opened September 19, 1927, with
a staff and faculty of twenty-one. During this session, 460 students were
The faculty was, organized with a
view to teaching ability, as well as
academic training. Full freshman and
sophomore work was offered, special
provisions being made for groups preparing for professional courses - in
medicine, engineering^ dentistry and
law. In addition to the splendid library of San Jacinto High School, over
two thousand volumes, purchased by
the college, were available to the student body.
During the year, the work being
done, and the equipment of the Junior College, was rigidly Inspected hy
the State Department of Education
and the College was fully recognized
as a Junior College of the first class
and under the law, entitled to full
certificate privileges. Later in the
year, the college was again inspected
by the representatives of the Texas
Association of Colleges and at the
meeting of the association in the
spring, the college was recognized as
class A Junior College with no reservations whatever. This action means
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On Thursday, January 16, 1930,
Paris Junior College sends us representatives of their school at debate
with Howard Branch and J. W. Newton, the Houston Junior College representatives. Final plans have not
been made but is expected that the
debate will be held in room 202 so
that ah who are interested may come.
STUDENT COMPOSER UNEARTHED AT H. J. C.
"I intend to study until the hearse
backs up to the door for my remains."
"To promote a feeling of friendship
among all human beings is what I
hope to some day help in accomplishing." With these words, Miss Addie
Benbow Henderson, social service
worker composer, and educator,
sums up her aims in life. Miss Henderson, a chemistry student at Houston Junior College, wrote the lullaby,
"Lindy-Anne,'' sung in assembly
Endowed with a keen sense of humor, and a personality of unusual
charm, this versatile lady has made
a host of friends throughout the country. It was due to the efforts of her
associates that "Lindy-Anne" was
brought before the public.
In her early youth, Miss Henderson
left home to make her own way and
gain an education. A well-trained
mind and determination to succeed
were her only worldly goods. After
taking a business course and gaining
practical experience, she obtained a
position and started at once to save
every spare cent for college funds.
However, fate intervened, when she
was on the verge of entering college.
Circumstances forced the long-fondled
hopes into the background, for over
six years. But dreams of a college
degree were too deeply rooted to be
entirely overlooked. Miss Henderson
enrolled for several courses at the
Peabody Institute in Nashville, Tenn.,
and after working eight hours a day
in an office, spent hours at night preparing lessons. To her, "Education"
was "Recreation." During this six
year period, the student studied expression, later earning her livelihood
as a teacher in this field. When financial matters were again remedied,
Miss Henderson attended S. M. U. at
Dallas, where she was awarded her
B. A. degree. A fellowship at the
same university allowed her to obtain
her Master's degree. In addition to
her duties as secretary to various
members of the S. M. U. faculty,
Miss Henderson found time to take
active part in the Arden Dramatic
Club at S. M. U.
As a teacher, Miss Henderson spent
some time In New Mexico as well as
Texas. She was a member of the faculty at East Texas State Teachers
College. Her travels have taken her
from coast to coast.
A picture of Santa Claus giving a
Christmas dinner to the "Leftover?
was MisL Henderson's inspiration f>
social service work. The portrait wi
received during her childhood, anJ
affected her so deeply that she later
adopted the work. In Dallas, Miss Henderson was supervisor of the Faith
Home. Prior to coming to Houston
last June, she was engaged in social
service work In Dallas. At present
Miss Henderson Is in the employ of
the City of Houston Social SerticO
An athletic looking young woman,
with boyish bob, and fasclnatiu^ :«mile
—that's Miss Henderson, or "Bunch,
as she is affectionately callei by her
BOOKLETS TO CONTAIN
GRADES AND RECORD
OF H. J. C. STUDENTS
Students of Junior College will be
given their grades at the end of this
term in new "Complete Record of
Work" booklets, according to Mrs.
Kathleen Rucker Duggan, registrar of
the college. Not only this term's
grades, but all previous grades and
entrance credits will be shown, and
the books will become the permanent
property of the students.
The booklets are similar to those
used by all large colleges and universities and will fill a need of long
standing. The cover of the books
carries the name of the student, below which Is printed "Houston Junior
College." The second page sets forth
the following purposes of the book:
1. To keep the student himself In.
formed at all times about his entrance
credits and college courses. For this
information he will be held responsible.
2. To aid the registration committee.
Student must present his complete
record each time he enters the college.
3. To give Information to members
of the faculty with whom the student may wish to confer about his
work. He must present it to add or
drop a course.
4. It is not a credential. A student
wishing to enter another Institution
should ask the registrar's office for
an official transcript of his records
and name the Institution to which he
expects to go.
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