Published by the Journalism Students of the Houston Junior College
HOUSTON, TEXAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 1931
Westminster and H. J. C. Meet
In Scheduled Contest of
T. J. C. P. S. A.
BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS
Drenkle and Cafcalas Meet Girls
and Hamberger and Jones
Just hefore the Cougar went to press,
a report came in that the following
changes had been made in debate
Westminster Junior College girls'
team is unable to be here today, April
10, and forfeits the district championship in the girls' division to H. J. C
Westminster's boys' team will debate
the H. J. C. boys' team in the music
room on the first floor at 9:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Sinclair, member of the H
J. C. girls' team, is sick with the
mumps. Adele Drenkle and Lucille Caf-
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AS ROOF FALLS
Burning Home Near College
HJC STUDENT NARROWLY
ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY
WHEN HOME IS BURNED
"That's the nearest I ever came to
meeting the grim reaper." These were
the words of Archie Irwin, H. J. C.
student, in speaking of his recent narrow escape from a fire which burned
Archie and his brother, Kenneth.
were sleeping on the third floor of the
house when they were awakened by
someone calling to them, Archie arose
from his bed, opened the door,, and
then was met by a burst of flame
which burned his face and singed hi;
The escape by the stairs being cut
off from the boys, their only hope
seemed to be through the window beneath which was the roof of a small
As no time was to be lost, both boys
crawled through the window and,
hanging from the ledge a moment, let
themselves drop to the roof of the
garage. The roof was so old that it
collapsed with the weight of the boys,
carrying them downward, so that they
were badly bruised and their clothing
Because of their experience it
necessary for both the boys to spend
the remainder of the night in the
Melhodist hospital. The following
morning they were able to go to their
home in Teague, Texas.
Kenneth Irwin is a student this year
at the Houston Dental College.
Archie is now back at school, having
recovered from his injuries.
MANY NEW BOOKS
ARRIVE FOR LIBRARY
Elizabeth Dickenson, whose frequent
piano programs over KTLC include
both popular ant! ■classical numbers.
Miss Dickenson is a student at the
Houston Junior College and is heard
regularly. She formerly was a resident
of Bryan, during which she was heard
over WTAW at College Station.
H. J. C. ORATORS
AMERICAN PEOPLE PAUSE
TO HONOR AND RESPECT,
GREAT COACH ROCKNE
The passing of Knute Rockne has
greatly affected the students of Houston Junior College as it has stirred the
hearts of the nation.
A most beloved man as well as an
athlete was Knute Rockne, the hero
of children, the friend of lovers of
clean sportsmanship the world over.
"I can tell you lots about him; he
■as one of the finest men I have ever
known," said Ed Duggan, football
coach at Sam- Houston High School,
when interviewed by a student reporter.
And so it goes throughout the nation, for there was not a man acquainted with the work or life of
Knute Rockne who does not admire
and respect him.
It was Rockne's idea that athletic
sports not only develop students physically, but make them better able to
meet life's problems. He said that
every boy at Notre Dame who wished
would be allowed to get out and play
in the athletic games. It is no wonder
that among his students he was able to
select and develop teams that were
able to win spectacular victories.
With the passing of this great i
the world has lost a fine citizen; the
world of football has lost a coach who
can never be replaced in the hearts
of those who knew him.
Students should be interested to
enow that many of their wants have
Being present at a fire hefore the
arrival of the fire department w
thrilling experience of many H. J. C,
students on Tuesday night, March 24,
when the J. C. Foster home, located
near the college, was badly damaged ^en answered in the form of a new
, e I supply of books received here last
While watching the burning building j week- I
a student saw the blazing roof timbers A™ng them are to be found some of
sway outward while directly beneath j the most up-to-date e
meyer, central station, resolutely
climbed upward with a fire hose,
aiU Willie UllCLLij' ucutruLii ... - . -, , TS
ladder Fireman O. B. Bake- I Chemistry, Physics, and Education. For
the lighter moments one may find
many of the latest novels.
The books so far received have ar -
rived in five cases, only two of which
have been unpacked. Some of those
already on the shelves are: "The Deepening Stream," by Dorothy Canfield;
"The Brothers Karamazoo," by Tydor
Doostoeosky; "Swan Song," by John
Galsworthy; "The Ordeal of Richard
Teverel," by George Meredith; "Cowboy," by Ross Santee; "'Long Hunt,"
by James Boyd, and "The Three Musketeers," (abridged) by Dumas.
i For the English department there
! are: A Spencer Hand Book—Jones; A
! Chaucer Hand Book—French. Those
j interested in Economics will find two
AT STATE P.-T. A. MEET books, and perhaps more when the
i numbering and indexing is completed
"The Need of a Dean in All the | "Economic Problems, 'by Fairchild and
High Schools of Texas" was the sub- ! Compton, and "Current Economic
jeet of an address given at Goose [ Problems," by Hamilton. Among the
Creek Wednesday by Mrs. John
pletely ignoring the fiery menace a
few feet above his head.
A gust of wind struck the mass of
flaming timbers, they swayed again;
then they came crashing downward,
carrying Bakemeyer with them and,
burying him on the ground 10 feet
Instantly firemen with long hooks
pulled away the burning wood and
lifted the body of Bakemeyer to safety;
an ambulance with shrieking siren
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MRS. BENDER SPEAKS
Bender at the annual meeting of the
State Association of Mothers and
The Tri Cities were hosts to the organization and the meeting was held
at the Goose Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Bender is first vice president of
the State Association of Deans ef,
Women and Girls, and is active in the
movement to secure deans in all high
schools of the state.
History books is found "Cambridge
Police Reporter Loses
By Decision of Judge
Now at H. J. C Library
Police reporters are "supposed
have a "pull" with corporation court
judges, but Judge Ralph Fowler Tuesday, April 1, rendered a decision
against Harry McCormack. Houston
Press police reporter.
"I am sorry, Mac," said the Judge,
"but right is right- That cnbbage hand
is worth just twenty and no more.
What makes you think it is worth
Interesting information concerning twenty-two?"
ihe question of prohibition may now "I need twenty-two to win," retorted
be gained at the H. J. C. library. Mr. McCormack.
The Intercollegiate Prohibition asso- j Jimmie Lengen, party of the second
ciation has presented the library with part in the cribbage game, received
many books and pamphlets on the sub- I the decision with glee. "I'm a good
ject of alcholic drink and prohibition, j cribbage player, Mac," he announced.
They include the Standard Encyclo- , Mr. McCormack here proved that he"
pedia of the Alcohol Problem, in six! would have made a good lawyer,
volumes. ! "* still think I'm right!" he stated.
Westminster Boy and Tyjer Girl
Win First Places in
Venturing forth rrom two small
rooms in Westminster Junior Collegt
at Tehuacana, Jo Ed Winfree and
Christine Fitzgerald carried H. J. C.
banners in oratory to second place in
both boys and girls' contests, Friday.
Five junior colleges entered contestants in the meet. Representatives from
Temple, Tyler, Corsicana and Houston
entered in both contests, while Westminster entered an orator in the boys'
Tehuacana's lone representative placed
first in the boys* contest, while Jo Ed
Winfree placed second. Tyler won first
place among the girls, and Christine
Fitzgerald tied for second.
Jo Ed, Christine, and her sister, Carmen, went to Teague Thursday. Reverend Mr. Fitzgerald and his family
entertained them overnight, and made
up a party which visited Tehuacana
Friday afternoon the party returned,
and in the evening left again for Tehuacana. After the contest, all returned to the Fitzgerald home for the
night. Jo Ed arrived in Houston Saturday night. Christine and Carmen
spent Easter with their parents.
Several New Courses Offered
in Attractive Vacation
TUTORS' "COURSE SET
Houston Teachers No Longer
Must Leave Town For
Students of Houston Junior College
will be pleasantly surprised at the
quantity and quality of the courses to
be offered during the fifth annual
summer session, June 1 to July 10, according to N. K. Dupre, assistant dean
of the college. Plans are well under
way for the vacation of administration, and practically all the regular
teaching staff has been engaged.
"It is no longer necessary for Houston educators to leave the city for
their summer study," stated Mr. Dupre. "Although the school is yet in its
infancy, it is already helping Houston
teachers in this way and due to its
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IN HIGH SALARY JOB
Do the big jobs go to the student
who is a "gladhander" or the one who
puts in his time studying? The Houston Press has this to say on the sub
There Is a quaint old American tradition that the college student whi
makes his mark in scholarship never
amounts to much afterward; that the
really admirable product of our colleges is the glad-hander who is president of things, plays tackle on the football team, and never lets his studies interfere with his college work; that for
every routine job awaiting the student
"grind" there are 10 big corporations
clamoring for the services at a fancy
salary of the high hurdle champion
who was president of his fraternity.
Enter President Walter S. Gifford -of
the American Telephone and Telegraph Company with disillusionment.
Gifford reports that men who graduate in the first tenth of their class have
four times as many chances of.getting
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Co-Ed Comes to Aid of
Struggling Math Students
One mathematical genius in Professor Warren A. Reese's 123 math
class rated an Eskimo pie from each
member last week.
Every person but the Prof was
stumped by a stiff problem, and he
refused to reveal the solution to the
H. C. Nagel delivered a brief oration that should inscribe his name in
H. J. C.'s hall of fame. "I'll set the
class up to Eskimo pies if anyone in
here can solve this problem," he stated.
Miss Kathryn Johnson then proceeded to tack her name beneath Nagel's
by solving the problem. The class as
a whole gave Miss Johnson a vote of
Appreciation has been expressed for
the fact that Professor Vanzee makes
such a difficult course as Biology so
APRIL FOOL DAY
LAGS AT H. J. C.
April Fool Day was one week behind
time at H. J. C. Rita Burgess Gould,
Majestic Theatre entertainer, was
scheduled to appear on the auditorium
stage in chapel exercise Wednesday,
April 8. Due to a lagging theatre program, Miss Gould was unable to arrive
Several announcements were in order, among which was a plea to the
students on the part of Smith W. Garrison, president of the Student Asso
ciation, to support the Junior Collegf
Federated Clubs dance at End O' Main,
After several more announcements,
assembly was dismissed for class meet
ings. Bill Jeter, in the absence of Bob
McCullough, Sophomore president, called an important meeting of the upperclassmen.
A fluctuating discussion of the possibilities of sponsoring a Sophomore
Ball followed. At length the class decided to stage the dance.
Bill Jeter appointed a committee consisting of himself, Smith Garrison, Lu-
cian Bukowski, Jane Witherspoon, Helen Lee Davis, and Maurine Edminster
to plan the dance for May 8.
Gypsy Dance and Old Nesrrjv,
Songs Given at Assefntily
Houston Junior College students
were treated to an interesting type of
entertainment at the regular Wednesday night assembly, March 25.
The entertainers were members of a
choral club from the Houston Negro
Junior College, which is the only institution of its kind in the United
States. This college is operated on a
similar basis as the Houston Junior
The first number on the program was
a chorus of five girls, who sang a humorous song entitled, "Let That Lion
Alone." Following this the boys' sextet rendered a splendid piece of harmony called, "I Ain't Gonna' Study
War No Mo!" As an encore number
they sang another selection which was
also well received.
One of the girls gave a gypsy dance
as a solo number on the program.
The girls glee club sang an old favorite selection, "Swing Low Sweet
Chariot," which was well received by
the students. They also sang an old
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DR. GRIGG'S LECTURE
Crusaders of the pen have ventured ,
forth repeatedly from the headquart- /
ers of their general, Professor Fred R.
Birney, located in the San Jacinto
High School Building, to invade the>
realms of Dr. Edward Howard Griggs,
noted lecturer, who defends Taylor
Practically every lecture of the two
series, one on Shakespeare's plays and
the other on modern problems, has
been covered as a journalism class assignment by one or more reporters.
Those of the class attending the
lectures include L. P. Marshall, Maurine' Keach, Evelyn Cochran, Bessie
Robbins, Violet Herbert, Margaret
Shell, G. L. Fly, Norma Schneider,
Genevieve' Pledge, Marguerite Crom-(
heire, Gladys Jacobs, Irene Johnson,
George Perry, Carlton Thompson,
Milton Moffitt, and Kenneth Fhinjjk.
The reporters co-operated with Professor Birney in sending news stories
to the "Houston Chronicle," the 'Houston Post-Dispatch," and the "Houston
Press." Doctor Griggs has the support
of the Public Schools organizatioi
presenting his lectures.