A monthly newspaper devoted to the
interests of Hrnist.m .Junior College. Pub-
]ishi.(1 l>v ill.- .hnii-ii:LlLs.ni i >enai-tniL-nt,
Houston Junior College.
Louise Shepperd Editor-in-Chief
Margaret Bovett Assistant Editor
Denis SnelgT Make-up
Helen Cheney Activity
Doris Hartman Humor
Robert Tracey Sport
F. R, Birney Advisor
George Lanaux Frances Foster
Mrs P B. Nagel J. M. Gorman
Frances Willard Celia. Lesky
Ivalice Horn Margaret Tab-any
Zelda Amdur Lamar Grant
Mary Adele Cobb Jane Witlni sp<n.n
R. E Neil Harold Sninm.-'liii
Mauree Anderson Alyce Spilman
Fred Mills Maurlne Kdmlnster
Myron Schelling Manager
Harold Wood Assistant Manager
Wilma Tleman Typist
Celia Lesky Manager
W. H. Miner. Virginia Rainbolt
The Finals Are Coming
The coming finals remind us that
students of Junior College, as well as
of all other institutions of learning,
are too inclined to dread final examinations and to regard them as a punishment imposed by the instructor.
As a matter of fact, finals may be
made a most valuable part of each
college course for the student. They
afford a means of checking up on ourselves to see how much we have
really gotten from the course. They
show just where our weakness lies,
for the instructor seldom fails to
touch on each important division of
his course in the finals. No instructor relies entire'-y on final examination grades and if a student has done
passing work all through the course
he has little to fear from the finals
and may benefit greatly thereby.
Boosters build, knockers tear dow
It matters not what the organization
may be, this rule always proves true.
Many students in Junior College are
real boosters. But some do not appear
to be so loyal.
If a person fully rea'izes what the
College offers him, at a minimum
charge, and at hours which allow him
to work his way while attending
school, he surely will have little
cause to be a knocker.
Many high school students judge
the College by the actions and words
of their friends who are now enrolled
here. Let your words and your actions show that you are attending a
real, live co'lege, and that you are
proud of your school. If you can not
take this attitude, why are you here?
Better far that you should get out
and try some other institution, where
you may find matters even less to
But if you are interested in the future welfare of Houston Junior College, invite your friends to come here
■when they finish high school. And
do more than just invite them. Show
them the advantages offered. Explain
to them that they can work at a full-
time occupation, and still attend their
classes here. Point out the fact that
Houston Junior College is a fully accredited, fu'ly recognized Junior College, with instructors of the highest caliber, and offering training unexcelled in any college or university.
Having pointed out these academic
advantages, why not mention the athletic side, and the social events which
make the college something beside
a place for hard work and Intensive
Be Boosters for Houston Junior College.
THE FORENSIC COUNCIL
The Forensic Council is composed
of the following students: Howard
Branch, president of the Rostrum;
Terry Russ, president of the Harri-
sonlans; Maxwell Von Ludtke, President of the Speakers; J. W. Newton,
president of the Houston Junion College Oratorical Association, and H.
W. Harris, coach of Debate at the
Houston Junior College. It held Its
first meeting January 3, 1930.
The purpose of this council is to
determine the public speaking policies of the Houston Junior College
for the year. Plans were discussed
for arranging of debates to be held
in the near future.
At the bi-monthly meeting of the
Scholia Club, January 8, Mary Pierce
gave an interesting talk on "The Unused Volumes in Our Library." Her
statements were based upon a recent
survey of the library made by Mr.
Henderson, Instructor in education,
and his 233 education classes. This
survey will enable the librarians and
teachers to seleet more useEul books.
The members selected and put in
their orders for club pins. The Scholia Is an Education Club, sponsored
by the Education Classes. Although
It has been in existence but two
months, it has gained recognition as
one of the most active clubs In Junior College.
No matter how much and how severely Mr. Dupre talks, Pete Garrison,
John Aleo, Howard Branch and a few
others are always decorating the front
cf the Junior College building.
Mamie Claire Brown had better
make a New Year's resolution and attend gym class once in a while.
Look! Here comes sheik Oliver Mc-
Call. He's one boy who has a smile
And Max Ludtke and Adele Drenkle
—is she the latest. Max?
Terry Russ, the "HI" fellow with
the big personality.
Bill Bauer, Morris Wilson and Joe
Cain—they seem to be big buddies.
Poor Bill—his girl goes to Central.
Mr. Duggan conies for Mrs. Duggan
early on Tuesday and Thursday nites
—just like a date, Isn't It, Mrs. Duggan?
Hugh Manford—and who Is your
crush, Hugh? No one seems to know
Here comes H. C. Nagel, a Rice
sophomore, who comes for Ivalice
Horn. Gee, they sure have been going steady a long time. See—it can be
Mr. Birney, who is trying to en-
arge his journalism classes.
Jane Wltherspoon surely has a
sweet disposition. Don't you think so?
Always on the drag—Katherine
Meyers and Wayne Phelps—cute
Bobbie McCullough—all smiles—
d that Freshman Ball was simply
grand! And everyone sure had a grand
SIDEWALKS AT SEVEN
OR ON THE WALK OR
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NAME 'EM AND TAKE 'EM
From the display of vanities, ties,
handkerchiefs, and smiles, everyone is
sure to have had a very merry Christ-
Here comes that nice and tall J.
M. Gorman. Wonder what causes the
Ruth Kidd looks a little tired after
the "strain" of the holidays. Suppose
she's glad to get back to work!
Such a likeable pair are MAX
LUDTKE and TERRY RUSS.
Late again is Mr. Birney to his class,
but not late enough, thereby shattering the hope of getting a walk—maybe.
Tile Harrises seem to flock together,
such as in the case ol Joe Harris and
J. W. Newton (Newtie) is stiil wondering who "spiked'' the punch at the
Freshman dance. Do you reckon he's
trying to cover his own sins?
Coloma Powers has a faithful
"shadow" in Lonnie Lyons.
An attractive young business woman
is Hazel Gindrup. We love her brown
It's funny how some of these small
and dainty co-eds have such husky
shadows. In no hurry to get to class,
Genevieve Weldon with Floyd Galbreath ; Eva Smith, likewise Gus
Krell; Maurlne Edminsler versus Terry Russ.
With a thoroughly business-like look
around him, Dennis Sneigr.
If you have hope of being nonchalant, take a look a Margaret Boyett
and lose it.
Not far UJehind is Mamie Claire
Brown with "Bubba" Armstrong.
A real blonde is Beatrice Biggs.
You've heard that gentlemen prefer
blondes. No wonder!!
Two inseparables—Wayne Phelps
id Soapy McGinty, coming back from
supper, laughing, as usual, about
And there's Catheryn Meyers, that
adorable semi-blonde, with one of her
many B. F's.
Ask Miss Mackey to tell you all
about her New Year's Eve party!
'NOT SO BAD" TO BE
PRESENTED JANUARY 24
The John R. Bender Dramatic Club
is presenting its bnemheiii in a comedy, "Not So Hod,' January 24, at S
m., in the Wan Jacinto auditorium.
After many serious workouts, the
play is almost at perfection and Mrs.
Bender, the ciub's sponsor, assures us
of its success.
Mrs, Lillian Blocker of the Houston
Conservatory of Music has graciously offered her help for the benefit of the play and she can never
realize how much it is appreciated,
The ca3t of the comedy is as fol-
ws: Mrs. Markham. Grace McDonald; Mrs. Hobbs, Irene Cafcalas; Kitty Ransom, Alice McCullough; Harriet Wilson, Marie Cappin; Louise
Markham, Hazel Taylor; Ethel Gris-
, Ce'ia Lesky; Willard Hazard,
Robert Moechel, Jimmy Tweed, Roy
Hofheinz; Morris Hunter, S. Cowley;
Mr. Markham, H. K. Foreman; Mr.
Betts, Francis Hinton; Edward, John
Hinton; Sophy, Zelda Amdur; Nora,
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND
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JOURNALISM ARE VERY
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NECESSARY TO STUDENTS
Far he it from me, ever so far, to
try to tell you what subjects to sign
up during the next semester. But if
you want to make your college years
count for something, if you want to
make some definite achievement of
which you can say "I did that my
year at college," you will hiimediate-
ly sign up for Public Speaking and
You think that because I am a
member of the Journalism class, and
a "member to be" of the Public Spending class, that I am a fanatic on both
subjects. You are right, I am.
There is nothing that I desire
so much as to be able to express what
I feel," said Mr. Harris.
If Mr. Harris thinks that he lias a
lot to learn about self-expression, how
Journalism will teach you how to
"put yourself on paper." Public speaking will teach you how to express
Come on, from January 25 to January 28, you can sign up for these
courses when you come to sign up
for your regulars.
HISTORY OF H. J. C—
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that the work done at the Houston
Junior College is transferable at face
value to all other Texas colleges, and
that students from Houston and this
section of Texas can do two full years
of standard college work at home,
which can be transferred without loss
to all the colleges having membership
in the Texas Association of Colleges.
In view of the fact that no building was available for the college, it
has had to hold Its classes in the San
Jacinto High School building in the
afternoon and evening hours from 4
to 9:30 o'clock.
The Jacksonville College Mirror,
published by the Jacksonville College,
is a neat paper, showing careful editing. Good news, excellent editorials,
and some rare humor put the paper
above the average. The paper has
several personal columns that add attraction to the already attractiveness
of its wit and hhumor.
W. Phelps: Your daughter, sir, has
consented and made me the hasplest
man in the world.
Mr. Bullard (with a sigh of relief):
Pardon me, the second happiest.
Oliver McCall (pretty well perfumed, picked up the telephone):
-Hello! Hie! Hello!!"
"Hello!" returned the operator.
"My gosh!" said he; "how this
The Mountaineer, edited by the
Schreiner Institute of Kerrville, Tex.,
is an excellent paper. The front page
is arranged very attractively with pictures to break the monotony of the
regularity. It has some very good humor under the head of "Jots in Jest,"
besides a number of good jokes scattered throughout the whole paper.
There is one column that deserves
special note. The Here and There column has special mention of a number
of miscellaneous subjects, including
sports, short stories, and art.
Firs'. Student: "I wish I could be
like the river."
Second Stupdent: "Like the river?
In what way?"
Firt Student: "Stay in my bed and
yet follow my course."
Fred Mills: "I could half-sole my
shoes with that steak.
Faculty: "Well, why didn't you?"
Fred Mills: "I couldn't get the nails
The Pacific Star, published by the
Mount Angel College at St, Benedict,
Oregon, ranks as more than just a
college paper. It contains universal
news as well as the college news. The
paper has one column under the title
of Echoes from Europe, that has news
from various places such as France
and Bunderland. Benedictine Notes,
another column, gives information
about the different church incidents.
The humor, under the head of Stardust, is unusually good, having not
too much to take up space but enough
to make the paper Interesting.
Harry L.: Doesn't that girl look like
Robert McG.: Yes, but she looks
worse in black.
Mother (indolently): "Willie, you've
been a bad boy. Go to the vibrator
and give yourself a good shaking."
"Then there is the fastidious man,
who puts on riding breeches to pitch
Housewife (to garbage man): "Am
I too late for the garbage?"
Garbage Man: "No, ma'am; jump
The Gainesville High School at
Gainesville, Texas, edits the Hi-Quest,
a newsy paper containing lots of
news. We are glad to have them
on our exchange list. The paper had
a unique way of writing up a weiner
roast given by students, describing
the treasure hunt that turned out to
be suckers. It Is write-ups like these
that catch the readers' eye and put
more life into a paper. This little
edition contains some rare jokes. Here
Irene C. went up to Mrs. Soule and
said: "Oh look where a mouse bit
Mrs. Soule: "Where?"
Ireue: "In the staff room!"
"Doc, I've just been bit by a dog!"
Doc: Well, well; was he a rabid
No, Doc, he was just a plain bird
A. Krell—"Do you love me?"
F. E. S.—"Why, of course, Freddie."
A. K.—"Freddie!—my name's August!"
F. E. S.—"Pardon me. I keep thinking this Is Tuesday night."
WHEREIN IS UNFOLDED
A MYSTERY OF WHY
THE DESERTED CORRIDOR
Why I sighed is beyond me. Perhaps it had something to do with the
spirit of the times. Perhaps I sighed
because I realized that, for three hundred and fifty days, I would hear no
sanctimonious carolers, read no more
"Empty Stocking" tales, see no more
maidens, huddled about under quaint
Salvation Army bonnets, as they
pleaded for one last penny. Perhaps
my sigh was merely the echo of the
voice of my sadly flattened, greatly
overworked wallet. Perhaps ....
When my respiration had returned
to normal I swung open the main portal of Houston Junior College. I entered the hall, followed by a gust of
chill, misty wind. The door slammed
with a bang behind me, the noise
echoing and re-echoing through the
building. Throwing open my great
coat, I glanced at my watch—7:10.
"Odd," thought I, "is this not usually
the noisiest of periods?"
Proceeding further, my eyes beheld
a long figure imbibing the information
posted on the bulletin board.
The president of the sophomore
class turned at my greeting. His face
was ashen—his pale lips parted with a
What had befallen my beloved alma
mater? Could they—could I—my
thoughts settled on nothing plausible.
Turning on my heel, I strolled back
towards the library and peeped in.
Save for the librarian, dozing over a
book of poetry, it was empty. If you
have ever been into the creepy cold
stillness of a cave, you have experienced the same feeling, the same Hl-at-
ease sensation that I felt.
Trying, almost in vain, to overcome
the .sordid, clammy atmosphere by
hurrying my step almost into a run,
I managed to reach the stairs, and
mounted them one by one. Fearsome
of what spectacle I might behold, I
peered cautiously ahead of me. I saw
no one until I passed the fountain;
then I noticed three young women,
their backs turned towards me, so
that, to this day, I cannot know who
they were. They spoke in an undertone, but, against the qiuet of the surroundings, I heard one distinctly say:
"I danced through two pair of shoes,
The mystery was solved. I ran
from that building as if the devil himself was upon my heels, determined
that if I did any cutting at all, it would
be on the first day after the Christmas
(The above is told not as a story,
but merely as a narration of the Incidents that happened to me on the
night of January third, nineteen hundred and thirty, at 7:10 p. m.)
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This class will meet Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, from 4 to 5
p. m. Persons wishing to enroll in
either class should arrange their programs so that there will be no conflict, since there is no alternate time
for taking journalism.
For information concerning the
work in ether of these classes see Mr.
Birney or Dean Dupre.
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The book must be left at the registrar's office not later than January
25 and May 25 of each year for posting, in each instance, of the grades
of the preceding semester. The book
will be ready for return to the student in about two weeks thereafter.
A fee of 50c will be charged for making a duplicate of the book.
The date of distribution of this
term's grades has not been definitely
decided but will be announced within
a few days, Mr. Duggan said.
MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS
Miss Doris Hortman, 18, and George
Miss Zelda Amdur, 18, and Jack
Miss Dorothy Mackey, 22, and Sir-
Miss Celia Lesky, 14, and Mel Davis,, 20.
Miss Muriel Payseur 24, and Sher-
rard, Warden, 14.