Published by the Journalism Students of the Houston Junior College __
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1931
ON PACIFIC COAST
Eleventh Annual Convention
Attracts Two Hundred
DEAN J. T. DAVIS SPEAKS
Richard G. Cox of Mississipp
Is New President of
Meeting for the first time west of
Fort Worth, the American Association
of Junior Colleges held its eleventh
annual convention at Berkeley, California, November 18 and 19, 1930,
according to "The Pony Express" of
Sacramento Junior College.
Approximately two hundred junior
college executives, representing both
public and private junior colleges in
all sections of the United States, attended tho conclave.
Dean J. Thomas Davis of John Tar-
leton College, Stephenville, Texas,
the only representative of the Lone
Star State, addressed the convention
on "Junior College Activities in Texas." "There are forty-seven junior
colleges now operating in Texas," he
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ON IDEAL PERSON
. Gives English Class Lecture
On Characteristics of
Four Square Man
"Personality is that magnetic outward expression of the inner life,
which radiates courage, courtesy, and
kindness," said Professor H. W. Harris in a lecture to his English classes
recently. His subject was "The Four
It is the opinion of Professor Harris, expressed in his lecture, that personality can be improved until It
gradually approaches the ideal, this
attracting rather than repelling one's
- "Personality such as this is a product of (he positive qualities. It makes
a man a leader instead of a follower,"
said Mr. Harris. "There are three
phases of personality," he continued.
"They.are the physical, mental, and
the moral or spiritual phases. Among
the qualities of good personality are
a pleasing appearance, pleasant conversation, friendliness, originality,
open-minded ness, dependability, tact,
decision and perseverance."
In closing his address Mr. Harris
said: "It is my belief that by the
use of the will we can change our
desires or motives and thus over a
period of years improve our personality from the inside out."
COACH FRENCH'S CAGERS
Coach French gave all promising
basketball aspirants a chance to
show their wares Thursday evening,
January 8, as the Second Presbyterian smooth working quintet gave
them a great battle, winning 25-6.
The Cougars, due to breaking train*
ing during the holidays, just couldn't
get started. Second Presbyterians'
well-oiled machine displayed worlds
of defensive power, which the Cougars failed to penetrate.
The Cougars have some promising
material In Branham, Davis, Parker
and Viebig with which to build a
quintet around our lettermen, Nesmith and Matthews.
The Presbyterians have some players of merit in Wax and Calhoun, who
are the cogs of the machine.
"How did John take it when May
gave him his ring back?"
"He took it to the nearest pawnshop." —Carolina Buccaneer.
Pa Perkins Beats
Prof. Einstein, the eminent
scientist, at last has some real
competition, none other than Pa
and Ma Perkins of Punkin Center. Here they are:
"Whats' this. Pa, that everybody's talking about this here
feller Isenbine, or Einstein or
"I dunno. Ma, 'ceptin' he's
supposed to know more'n anybody else in the world about
"Huh, I'll bet a cooky he
don't know half as much as I
do about 'em—especially since
that time your cous'n Amos and
his ten kids visited us. When
they finally did leave I could
have written books about relatives myself.—and they wouldn't have been joke books
"Oh, I dunno, Ma. Seems to
me I mind the time your cousin
Emmy and her four boys spent
a year here with us one summer. When they left I could
have told E'nstein things about
relatives that would make him
go back home without wait in'
to pack his other shirt."
"Is that so. I'll have you understand. Zebediah Perkins,
that my relatives is the cream
"And if I had my way them
boys would be whipped cream.
Be that as it may, there's one
feller in this country that's a.
heap more famous than this
"Who's that Pa?"
"Why, Col. Limberger, of
SOPHS HELP CHARITY
AND FRESHMAN BALL
Sophomore charities. Freshman ball,
and charity collections came in for
their share of discussion in the Sophomore class meeting held Wednes-
y, January 7. Bill Jeter, vice-president, acted as chairman in the ab-
nce of Bob McCullough, president.
Most outstanding in the list of old
business was the uncollected charity
money. In the December meeting, the
lass decided to require of every
member a contribution of either
twenty-five or fifty cents. The Star
of Hope mission will receive the
Gadys Jacobs, a Freshman, made a
special trip to the upperclassmen to
see that the Freshman Ball was duly
discussed. Sheets of paper were passed for the boys to make a generous
response in disposing of bids. How.
', It seems still more results are
Just to make the program a little
unusual, Smith Garrison called for a
collection of the above mentioned
charity money. Those who did not
"pay off" were to arrange with the
secretary to do so.
Mr. Miner, sponsor, made the an
nouncement that in the next meeting
a definite step will be made toward
adopting the long-planned Sophomore
PEP GIRLS WILL GIVE
KID PARTY TONIGHT
Entertaining the "blue" team the
members of the "white" team of the
Cougar Collegians Pep Club will
sponsor a kid party in the gym Wed.
nesday, January 14, at 10 p.m. Only
pep club members and their dates are
to be present.
Kid games and dancing afterward:
will be the evening's feature.
In order to enlist "honest-to good
ness" fine pep club members the
Cougar Collegians sponsored a membership campaign. Hazel Taylor, club
president, appointed Lucille cafcalas,
captain of the "blue" team, and Nora
Louise Calhoun, captain of
QUICK TRIAL TO
District Attorney Addresses
Student Body at Regular
JURIES ARE INADEQUATE
Favors Training Schools for
Officers, and Reformed
"As long as we have human nature, bodily disease, mental infirmity,
and poverty, we will have crime," declared District Attorney O'Brien Stevens to H. J. C. students Wednesday,
December 17 while speaking on the
subject of Law Enforcement.
"I cannot propose a cure-all" Mr.
Stevens continued. "If our problem
of law enforcement is to create fear
of the law in the hearts of those who
have no respect for government, and
if the present machinery of enforcement has failed, what is the remedy?"
Among other things advocated as
an answer to this question by Mr.
Stevens are a state training school lor
officers, a state constabulary, and a
state auto drivers' license law, also
certain changes in our system of
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IS GRID FAVORITE
W. C. Munn Company Sponsors
Third Contest to Decide
Winning the Most Popular Football
Player contest by receiving almost
half the votes, Harry D. Matthews
was honored by the student body of
H. J. C. this semester.
This is the most recent of the popularity contests sponsored by the W.
C. Munn company. The former contests were to select the prettiest girl,
most popular girl and most popular
hoy on the campus.
A picture of this semester's winner
will be found in this issue of the
Cougar, through the courtesy of the
W. C. Munn Company advertising department.
All the players On this year's team
received votes which indicates that
the students greatly appreciated their
efforts on the gridiron.
Other players who were the runners
3 in the voting are Donald L. Mc-
Kiblin, Thomas P. Studdard and
James Bertrand. The contest was
conducted on the campus by Prof.
Wallace H. Miner.
Tourist (in Yellowstone Park):
Those Indians sure have a bloodcurdling yell.
Guide: Yes—everyone of them is a
—Pennsylvania Punch Bowl.
COUGAR GETS BOUQUET
Your Cougar is becoming
quite well known. From an exchange on the Pacific coast, the
Pacific College, we find the following item concerning the
Houston Junior College publica-
From the far South comes
The Cougar, one of the most
delightful publications we have
yet received. It is edited and
published by the journalism students of the Houston Junior
College, Houston, Texas. The
Literary Forum with its peppy
short stories and plea sing
poems is the outstanding feature of the paper. Nournish-
ment for Nuts, Cougar Razz,
and the drawing Slippery Slime
also help to make The Cougar
very popular with our students.
Angry Door Socks
Students of H. J. C, listening
respectfully to most of the holiday tales, are slightly dubious
over the story of a very belligerent and obtrusive door, which,
according to one of their classmates, J. C. Snyder, came and
met him as he started to bed
one night in a dark room. It'
circumstantial evidence is to be
trusted, it must have been a
swinging door which, after the
first assault, kept coming bark
and lambasting him until he
was dragged to safety.
Although convinced of the veracity of Mr. Snyder's nature,
we are a bit inclined to believe
that th's is one of those cases
where the victim is unable to
recollect what really did happen.
What class of holiday excitement this might belong to we
are undecided. It may have
been that eternal one of mistaking the other fellow's girl
for your own; the common
trouble of vicious hallucinations,
where two telephone posts appear in the place of one and
prove themselves immovable
and undodgeable: the troublesome trait of manly courage
wherein the young man attempts to buy tickets to a very
popular midnight preview at
11:30 that even'ng; or it may
have been, as Mr. Snyder said,
PENNANTS SOLD BY
Beginning Monday, December 1
the Cougar Collegians Pep Club sponsored a sale of H. J. C. pennants. A
small deposit will be required upon
placing an order, according to Mrs.
Bender, dean of women.
Orders may be given to Hazel Tay
lor, club president, or Mrs. Bender.
Pennant, prices; range from seventy
five cents up.
HEADS LIBRARY CLUB
Houston Junior College organized
its first library club Friday, December 19, under the sponsorship of Mrs.
Hannah H. Shearer, Junior College librarian.
The following officers were elected:
Isabella Ventresca, president; Mar.
garet Boyett, vice president; Mary
Adele Cobb, secretary; Jeannette
Wlllman, reporter; lone Brown, treasurer; Mary Ellen Henderson, chairman of the social committee;
Zelda Osborne, chairman of the program committee.
Definite plans for the year's work
will be made at the next meeting,
Friday, January 16.
ANNUAL BALL OF
SET FOR JAN. 16
This Will Be the Biggest Social
Event at H. J. C. College
TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST
Collegians Will Furnish Musio
For the Affair at the
Freshmen at H. J. C. are eagerly
anticipating Friday night, January 16,
when the class will stage its biggest
affair of the year at River Oaka
Country elub. The annual Freshman
Ball starts at 10 p.m. and ends at
Bids are selling for two dollars,
Warren Lemmon. Freshman president,
and Tom Fatjo are in charge of the
ticket sales to this semi-formal affair. Junior College and its friends
will turn out in force.
Bob McCullough and his '"Collegians" are tuning up. Dr. E. E. Oberholtzer, president oE Junior College,
Dean and Mrs. F. M. Black, and Assistant Dean N. K. Dupre and his
wile will be the guests of honor.
Miss Fairfax Moody has been ap-
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GET WRONG NUMBER IN
PHONE OPERATOR GAME
Houston Junior College girls' basketball team has had a "refining"
influence on the team of basketball
girls of the Humble Oil and Kefiniur
Company, the Junior College girls
were winners in an early season
game. They lost, however, in t!ie
next game with the Bell Telephone
Company girls, at least the score
1-roved to be a "wrong number.'
In the near future games have been
scheduled with the Rice Y. W. C. A.,
the West End Baptists, the Ric«
Hotel Laundry team, the Temple Baptists, the Houston Land and '1 rust
Company and the Dr. Peppers. The
dates for these games will be placed
on the college bulletin board and will
be published in the newspaper.
Mrs. Shearer, College Librarian,
Says Magazines Helpful
In School Work
Magazines which cover a large variety of subjects are now available to
students in the library, according to
Mrs. Hannah Shearer, librarian. Mrs.
Shearer sends the following communication to the student body:
You will find about forty current
magazines in the magazine stand near
the Junior College bookcases.
Some of these are general and recreational. Many of them correlate
with the various courses offered by
the college and would be helpful In
A slip has been placed in the back
of each one and we request that when
you use one kindly place your name
and the date on this slip.
We desire to tabulate the use ol
these magazines this month.
The following periodicals are regularly received by Houston Junior Col.
Academy of Political Science Proceedings
American Historical Review
American Journal of Sociology
American School Board Journal
Bulletin—American Library Assocl-
Bulletin—Harris County Medical
Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Elementary School Journal
General Electric Review
Journal of Educational Psychology
Journal of Educational Research
Journal of Engineering Education
Journal of Modern History
Journal of Political Economy
Journal of Social Hygiene
Junior-Senior High School Clearing
New York Times—Sunday edition
(Includes tbe Book Review and
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