PUBLISHED BY THE JOURNALISM STUDENTS OF THE HOUSTON JUNIOR COLLEGE
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1932
URGED TO PAY
Scheduled Elections of Vital
Importance to All
"Students and faculty members of
Houston Junior college will find ample
opportunities for using their poll tax
receipts during the next 12 montha,"
Prof Harvey W. Harris, public speaking instructor, stated Wednesday, in
calling attention to the need for paying poll taxes before the end of January.
American government and institutions are based upon the right of citizens to express their wishes through
the use of the ballot, according to Mr.
Harris. With many elections scheduled for the coming year, every qualified voter should be prepared to cast
his vote for those men and those laws
which are for the best interests of the
city, state, and nation.
"We' may jind very soon that the
right to vote as our convictions dictate will be worth a great deal to all
of us. No time in history has been
more fraught with danger than in this
era through which we are passing,"
Mr. Harris said. "Surely we will meat
the need of the hour by paying the
$1.56 fee for a poll tax, in order to
use our right to vote for those individuals whom we believe to be best
able to guard and promote the best
interests of our schools, our city, onr
state, and our nation."
PAY YOUR POLL TAX!
TO STUDENT ASSEMBLY
Lollypop got her man. And what a
man! A poor, very thin sailor! But
he was white and he knew how to
make love to her.
Lollypop and the poor sailor were
characters in the shadow-acting play
given by the' John R. Bender Dramatic society in the auditorium during
the assembly period, January 20.
Stewemalivt was the name of the
romantic cannibal island where King
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Dramatic Club To Present
Three Act Play March 4
"Polly with a Past." is to be the
first 1932 production of the John R.
Bender Dramatic club, according to an
announcement made recently by Mrs.
Pearl C. Bender, sponsor of the club.
All students are welcome to try out
for places in the cast, and practice will
start immediately. The play is of
three acts, and some twenty odd players are needed.
Mrs. Lyle T. Hooker, co-sponsor of
the club with Mrs. Bender, will direct
the play which will be presented
March 4 in the auditorium. Students
will tie admitted upon presentation of
their blanket tax receipts, while a
nominal fee will be charged outsiders.
As a matter of practice, the club
put on a series of three one-act plays
late in November, 1931, and they were
very successful. An unusual amount
of ability was shown by the three casts,
and all students were greatly pleased
with the presentations.
Mrs. Hooker, who also directed the
short plays, gave lessons in the art of
makeup before the club, and when
the actual plays were presented, those
taking part were able to apply their
own makeup. The same procedure
will be followed this time, and the
extra knowledge will greatly benefit
the club members. Hrs. Hooker deserves all possible credit for her part
in making the productions a success,
and on behalf of all of you, we want
to give her this meager thanks.
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COUGARS TO BATTLE
Tonight, Wednesday, 27th, 9:45 p.m.,
the Houston Junior college Cougar
cage outfit takes on the highly touted
Nathan's Clothiers in the main gymnasium. The public is invited; admission free.
The Nathan's aggregation boasts a
group of prominent Rice institute's
athletes, among which are "Bobo" Mc-
Knight, "Sheriff" Pud Hammett, "Red"
Bourne, Lou Hassell, Fay Lagow,
"Pepper" Smith, Dick Lauterbeck, and
many others. Besides holding down
second place in the fast Club League,
the Nathan's bunch is rated as one
of the leading quintets in the city.
With several wins under theijr belt,
Junior college will put a classy fwe
on the floor that will make the game a
first-class thriller. Coach French will
probably use this starting line-up:
Forwards, Pech and Matthews; guards,
Gayle and Weed; center, Brahnam.
The Cougar wishes to thank the
Houston Post-Dispatch for being so
good as to make a large number of
engravings for it. Read the Cougar
and the Post-Dispatch.
LIBRARY CLUB HOLDS
FIRST 1932 MEETING
The Houston Junior college library
club held its first meeting of the new
year at the home of Bernice Branum.
An interesting program dealing with
the different phases of library work
was given. The program included "A
Comparison of the New Libraries with
the Old," by Lewis Reuckert; "Self
Charging System," by Bernice Branum;
"Kiss Me Good-night byt Not Goodbye," by Bernice Branum; "Administrative Control of Book Losses," by
The newly elected officers are
Lewis Reuckert, president; Bernice
Branum, vice president; Ora Louise
Morgan, secretary; Allyne Allen, treasurer; Isabella Ventresca, reporter;
Bernice Branum, chairman of the program committee, and her assistants are
Ora Louise Morgan and Marion
Banta; Zelda Osborn, chairman of the
social committee, and her assistants
are Isabella Ventresca and Jeanette
After the program, luncheon was
served. President Reuckert announced
that another meeting will be held in
the very near future.
Cougars Pass Way
to Defeat Ice Co.
A smooth-working pack of Houston Junior College Cougars passed
their way to a lop-sided 37-9 win over Houston Ice Cream Company
Monday night at the San Jacinto gym.
It was the accurate passing attack of the Cougars' cage team that
featured the uneven tilt. Time after time a fast break for the basket,
tuned with a quick pass under the basket, put the Cougars in position for an easy crip shot.
SPRING TERM WILL
BEGIN FEBRUARY 1
Approximately 150 new students
will enroll in the Junior College for
the spring term of the 1931-32 session,
according to an announcement by N,
K. Dupre, assistant dean.
Registration for new students will
be held Tuesday, February 2, with all
old students who have not registered
at the early date, registering on February 1. Registration hours will be
from 4 to 9 p.m. both days.
Courses open to new students will
be English, math, chemistry, engineering drawing, education, journalism,
public speaking, history, French, Spanish, music, and physical training.
Chemistry 114, math 113, English 113,
education 113 and 114, and engineering
drawing will be offered only if there
is sufficient enrollment in these
Old students will continue their
present courses. Subjects offered them
are physics, chemistry, biology, history, economics, government, sociology,
math, English, public speaking, journalism, education, accounting, engineering drawing, psychology, and physical
The Junior College faculty will remain unchanged for the new term.
LANGSTON KING HIGH
IN PRAISE OF COLLEGE
Judge Langs ton G. King of the
Criminal District Court was the
speaker at the assembly period on
"I am glad to be able to visit you,"
said Judge King, "but I do not want
any of you to have to come to see
Only one-sixth of our criminals are
born criminals; five-sixth of them are
the results of our corrupt society. Our
schools will have to change the people.
The moral training that some do not
find at home will have to.be supplied
by the school.
Most of our criminals are morons
and do not last very long in school.
Even the morons could be trained to
live a normal useful life.
Judge King was high in his praise
of the work the schools are now doing.
Why Didn't You Kick Him, Walter? -:-
Imagine if you can the thrill of
meeting Otis Skinner in person. Think
of the added excitement of taking
part in one of his plays. Do you believe that you could call him dirty
names, spit on him, and then bulldoze
him into thanking you for it and giving you his personal autograph?
Last week Walter Garrett, being
broke as usual, and wishing to see the
"Merchant of Venice," decided that he
would take the position of usher offered him by a friend.
Upon arriving at the City Auditorium he discovered that no more
ushers were needed but was allowed
to come in ana1 see the play anyway.
"I have arranged with a friend of
mine to get a part as an extra in the
"The manager won't be back stage
and I think that I can sneak you up
to my dressing room," said Garrett's
AH this was accomplished with comparative ease and the next thing that
Walter knew he was on the stage sitting in the jury box feeling very contented until the manager came up and
"That boy over on the end there!"
"At first I thought she meant me,"
Garrett said, "but it turned out that
she was talking to the Italian next to
me. We were all dressed in long
Venetian robes with big felt hats. It
was the court scene and when Mr.
Skinner came in we were supposed to
get up and say uncomplimentary
things about him in Italian. Not
knowing any Italian I just said, Blah,
'When Mr. Skinner made his exit
we were supposed to show our contempt for him by getting up and spitting on him, so I got to spit on Otis
Skinner, all of which I thought to be
quite an honor."
"After the act my companion suggested that we ask Otis Skinner for
"At the head of the stairs we w«re
met by a very tall looking man who
said that we 'positively couldn't see
Mr. Skinner.' We explained that we
were extras and so he finally consented
to let us get an autograph—but we
didn't get to see Mr. Skinner—well."
At first Coach French's charges could
not get started but with the score tied
2-2 at the end of the first period, the
college bunch cut loose with a fast-
breaking attack that piled up a 19-4
lead for them by the half. A timely
defensive rally by the Ice Cream cagers kept the third quarter from being
another scoring party for the Cougars,
who slowed up and fell back into a
tight defense that limited the Ice
Cream outfit to one field goal. The
final quarter climaxed the night for
tho Cougars, who ran rampant and
went on a scoring spree for twelve
H. D. Matthews and Bob Brahnam,
star Junior College forwards, put on
the head man act and ran up a total
of 22 points. Matthews taking high
point honors for the night with 12
cyphers and Brahnam one goal behind
with 10 points. By switching Weed to
center French's offense worked nicely.
Bond and F. Matthews were the big
shots for the Ice Cream boys with
Matthews scoring 8 out of his team's
9 points. Attired in new uniforms, the
Cougar^ made a fine appearance and
seemed in good shape for the fight
with Nathan's Clothiers to take place
Wednesdy night, January 2?rrr~
Line up—H. J. C.: Forwards, Stone
and H. Matthews; guards, Weed and
Pech; center, Brahnam. Ice Cream
Co.: Forwards, F. Matthews and Williams; guards, Brown and Hill; center.
STUDENTS URGED TO
CAST FINAL BALLOTS
Finis will be written to the Cougar
Beauty contest with the ballot in this
issue of The Cougar. This announce-
men came Tuesday from F. R. Birney,
sponsor of the paper.
The last ballot on which it will be
possible to cast a vote appears at the
bottom of this story.
According to Birney, interest in the
contest has been far below that expected, and of the few votes cast,
Ruth Depperman, Wilma Lindsay, and
Hulda Alexander have received overwhelming majorities. Birney said also
that the students of the college should
show more interest and cast this last
vote just to prove that they can really
move and are not dead. Cy Shaw expressed the same opinion, but in a
different way. Cy contends that if
someone were to throw a lighted stick
of dynamite into any classroom at any
period when the smoke cleared away,
Mr. Miner would still be asking ques-
We don't agree with Cy wholly, because we have received some votes
from Mr. Miner's students, however,
we would like to show Mr. Birney
that all of the students aren't "dead"
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Aha! Me Proud Beauty!
Mark an X by your choice.
Most Beautiful Sophomore—
MARGARET MOUNGER '
Most Beautiful Freshman—