PUBLISHED BV THE JOURNALISM STUDENTS OF THE HOUSTON JUNIOR COLLEGE
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 1932
H. J. C. PRESIDENT
TALKS TO TICKET
PEP CLUB OFFICIALS
In a talk Wednesday night, Dr. E. E.
Oberholtzer president of the Houston
Junior College outlined some of the
things that make up salesmanship to
Junior College students who are selling tickets to the Elks' charity ball.
"The first fundamental is to have
faith in what you are trying to sell,"
Dr. Oberholtzer stated. "The kind of
person who sells me, is the person who
is sincere and enthusiastic."
Dr. Oberholtzer said to make the
person feel as if you were doing him a
favor. And above all don't let anyone feel neglected.
"The fellow who believes he has
something worthwhile and goes out and
tries to let the other person know that
he is doing him a favor is the real
salesman," Dr. Oberholtzer stated.
Dr. Oberholtzer told of the many
times that he was chased from a house
during the time when everyone was
selling liberty bonds and thrift stamps.
But he always went back.
Then turning directly to the drive for
ticket sales to the light opera, "The
Maid of Manalay," Dr. Oberholter con -
"If we could make a big success of
the thing (ticket drive) the Elks might
let us in on their annual charity drive
every year and make it an annual affair for the Junior College. In that
way we could finance our own Students' Loan Fund."
Dr. Oberholtzer expressed surprise
hearing that the Junior College students had sold only 109 tickets up till
"I fully expected you to sell 1000
tickets," he said.
Dr. Oberholtzer concluded his talk
by saying: "Don't plead for charity or
anything like that. Show the person
to whom you are trying to sell the
ticket, that he is buying something
Bender Dramatic Club
Will Present Comedy
Farce Called 'Hoodoo'
Cougar Collegian officers who were recently elected to serve for
the following year. They are, left to right: Nora Louise Calhoun,
president; Dorothy Frew, vice-president; Florence Borofsky, secretary; and Frances Nesmith, treasurer. The insert is Nora Louise
Calhoun. —Courtesy Houston Post
Third Cougar Directory
Will Sell at New Low
Price Level of 15 Cents
Monday the Cougar directory, with
names, addresses, and telephone numbers of 490 students, went on sale at
the astonishingly low price of 15 cents.
This is the lowest price for which the
directories ■ have ever been sold.
The enterprising student may phone
that irksome instructor and upbraid
him; from the address may compute the
mileage involved in a prospective
"date"; and may get a class assignment, as well as enjoyable conversation, merely with the little trouble of
turning a few pages. Cougar directories are terrible books to have,
The present 1932-1933 issue of the
directory is the third issue sponsored
by the Cougar Collegians, Houston
Junior College's leading girl organization. The tedious work of checking
and rechecking, requiring hours of
time, is cheerfully undertaken each
year by the Collegians. That organization and its sponsor, Mrs. Bender,
deserve high praise.
Fifteen cents is more than 50 per cent
less than the books cost last year. A
lower price 'could not be placed upon
such a valuable article. Of course
every copy is to be sold. Perhaps
scalpers will buy up the existing small
stock and raise the price. A word to
A meeting of the Houston Junior
College ice skaters for purpose of organizing an ice hockey team will be
held Monday at 7:15 in the conservatory.
All students able to skate are urged
to attend, as plans for the team and
requirements for players will be discussed.
MEN'S FACULTY CLUB
At a recent meeting of the Men's
Faculty Club, the following members
were elected as presiding officers for
the ensuing term: W. A. Rees, President; S. A. Bishkin, Vice-President;
and A. L. Kerbow, Secretary and
Treasurer. S. W. Henderson was named
chairman of the Executive Committee
Treasurer. S. W. Hnderson was named
charman of the Executive Committee
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OF H. J. C. TEACHERS
TOLD AT MEETING
The Women's Faculty Club held their
last meeting at the home of Mrs. BenT
der, with Mrs. F. M. Black and Mrs.
Shearer assisting the hostess.
The main purpose of the evening was
a sort of informal gathering of all the
members after the summer vacation.
Miss Thomason and Miss Ebaugh gave
very interesting discussions of the
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TALKS TO CLASS
Harry McCormick, police reporter of
the Houston Press, delivered an interesting talk to the juonrnalism class at
the Junior College Monday.
In relating his own experience in
newspaper work, McCormick stated
that he regrets the fact that he had
no journalistic training in school and
that he has learned what he knows
only through experience. He advised
no one to choose newspaper work un-
they had the necessary enthusiasm
'The policy of a newspaper," McCormick said, "should be to print news as
it is found, and not suppress any news
from the public. It is not for the press
to judge what the public should or
should not know. The most important
factor is the printing of 'correct news'.'"
In street editions, local crime head'
lines are preferable because of the additional appeal. Local news is always
most interesting, and it should dominate and be conspicuous.
"A newspaper should do everything
in its power to expose corruption in
public trustees, politics, etc. It should
stand for the public, and the public
should co-operate with the press," McCormick asserted.
The speaker explained that in covering local news, it is very important to
get pictures whenever they are available, even though considerable trouble
must sometimes be taken to get them.
The more art, the better according to
He explained that his job on the
police run was interesting, and that
considerable competition existed between the Press and Clironicle. He
said that they were always on their
Closing his talk, McCormick briefly
told of some incidents concerning his
covering the "Jones case," and the
"Young brothers" killings, most of the
details of which he obtained for the
stories which appeared in the Press.
Sixteen Junior College students will
comprise the cast of the "Hoodoo,"
three-act comedy farce, by Walter
■n Hare, which will produced by the
John R. Bender Dramatic Club. The*
production will be staged in tbe Junior
College Auditorium November 21.
The play, "The Hoodoo," is listed by
its publishers as the third most successful production of the type suitable
for amateur presentation. Rating is
based on box office sales and copy
sales. Mrs. Hooker, the coach of the
cast, says that she has never known
of the play being unpopular. "Th»
Hoodoo" is packed with both humor
and suspense. The characters become
involved in some of the most compromising situations that when the author saves them from trouble so unexpectedly that the audience sighs
The stage and scenery will be re-
finished for the presentation of th©
play. The, decorating will be under
the supervision of Bill Goggan and
John McLelland. The walls of the set
will be of a sand finish and the lighting system has been re-arranged. The
border decoration has not been decided upon.
The dramatic club is standing the
expense of this improvement. Last
year the club paid for repairs of the
curtain and some minor electrical repairs.
Leading tbe cast are, Harold Renfro,
John McLelland, Christine Flannagan,
Evelyn Cochran, and Frances Bates.
Others of the cast are Alexander
Gardener, Bob Stallings, Lou John-
>n, Israel Robinowitz, Arielle Kit-
idge, Dorothy Golden, Minnie Topek,
Naedell Mills, Bill Stanford, and Lil-
The cast was selected by Mrs.
Hooker after the try-outs during the
first part of last week. Mrs. Hooker
is pleased with the material with which
she has to work for this production.
She found much more talent in the
Dramatic Club than she had expected
and could not use all of it in the cast
of "The Hoodoo." This talent, she says,
will be used in auditorium programs
and in the large production of the
Dramatic Club in the spring.
PARTS BY THE CAST
—Harold Renfro clever looking.—Practically impossible for Harold.
—John McLelland a devil with
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BY C. W. SKIPPER
Do you feel run down? Do you lie
awake at night? Are you thin and
run down? If so, you must not
read the advertisements.
Advertising has become the backbone of the newspapers and magazines,
despite the fact that the advertisers
pull some "fast" ones.
Some magazines picture a thin,
underfed lad who permits his girl
friend to be insulted by a stranger.
She gives the hero of the story the air,
and he goes home broken-hearted. He
reads an advertisement which states
that Robert Strongman will make a
different man out of him within a
The next picture shows him admiring his manly torso. He has gained
about 70 pounds, gotten a movie hero's
profile, and acquired muscles that
would makea professional strong man
turn green with envy.
The last picture shows him knocking down the mean bully before the
admiring gaze of his old girl
John Bookworm, head bookkeeper of
the public library, reads the ad, and
like most other readers, pictures himself in the shoes of the hero. He sends
for the free trial offer, receives a still
more impressive set of booklets, and
sends a week's salary for the equipment that will make a different man
Six months later John has lost *
badly needed 10 pounds, has been
licked by a man half his size, has
thrown away the muscle-making gadgets, and has written a letter of complaint to Robert Strongman that he
did not have the nerve to mail. He is
now in a sanitarium recuperating, yet
the advertisers kept their word. He
is now a different man.
Then take the sad case of Bill Nap.
He had a good job as night watchman
until he started reading advertising.
Sieepum, famous coffee substitute, ran
an ad showing a man peacefully sleeping. "Do you stay awake nights?"
the ad read. "Then try Sieepum."
Now Bill works at night, and of
course could not afford to do his sleeping then, but the ad was so attractive
that he sent for a sample can of
Sieepum. The night after he received
his sample he was found sound asleep,
and without a stitch of clothes on his
body. Thieves had stolen his garments and robbed the store he was
Then take the pitiful case of Bobby
Buterfinger. He had always longed to
be a football hero, but had lacked the
courage to mix with the other boys.
Bobby read an advertisement stating
that Abe Polariskiki, all-American
draw-back, owed his success to Nutty
Grapes, the well-known breakfast food.
Of course he did. The $10,000 he was
handed for his statement would make
a success of anybody.
Young Bobby, however, knew nothing of the 10 thousand, so he religiously
ate Nutty Grapes for a week, then
donned his new uniform, and set forth
to do or die for the dear old North
Side Pole Cats, the neighborhood foot-
bal team. After the scrimmage Bobby
was carried home with three broken
ribs, a warped collarbone, a black eye,
numerous cuts and bruises, and a poor
opinion of Nutty Grapes.
Suppose we take Life Net soap. You,
too, may have B. S. (body smell). Now
those advertisers are smart. They tell
us that we can't tell ourselves if we
have the dreaded malady, and that
even our best friends won't tell us.
John Sucker reads the ad, pales a
trifle, dashes to the drugstore, and
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Library Club Holds First
Meeting of Year; Officers
Elected for Ensuing Term
Members of the H. J. C. Library
Club met at the home of Mrs. Shearer
recently for their first monthly meeting. Those present were Mrs. Hanna -
Shearer, Lewis Ruecket, Isabella Ventresca, Mrs. Ruby D. Brittain, Zelda
Osborne, Bernice Blackshear, Mabel
Smith, Ora Louise Morgan, and Kitty
An election was held with the following students elected as officers for
the following year:
President, Lewis Rueckert; vice president, Mrs. Ruby D. Brittain; secretary, Mabel Smith; treasurer, Bernice
Blackshear; chairman of program committee, Zelda Osborne; chairman of social committee, Isabella Ventresca;
reporter, Kitty Hurlock.
The meeting was then continued with
the following program: Bernice Black-
shear reported on an article by James
Norman Hall, "Too Many Books." Mrs.
Brittain gave a talk on "Library in the
Future." Zelda Osborne read two
poems. Louis Rueckert gave a book
review on Pearl Buck's novel, "Sons,"
a sequel to "Good Earth."
Refreshments followed the adjournment of the business meeting.