The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 433
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B Hall of Texas
taking care of these needs. President R. E. Vinson recommended
that B Hall be converted to office and teaching purposes."8
On April 27, 192o, at the suggestion of President Vinson, the
Regents appropriated $45,000 to convert B Hall from a dormitory
to offices and teaching rooms. Because of an appeal by B Hall
students to Colonel Brackenridge, this conversion was stopped
and the appropriation was rescinded on June 7, 1920.99
B Hall leaders came to the defense of spooners on the campus
in the spring of 1920o when a fake love scene was put on in the
moonlight by two B Hallers, one dressed as a woman. A watch-
ing Austin policeman was lured into the Hall by the fleeing
pair. Deluged immediately by buckets, tubs, and barrels of water,
he faithfully promised not to return to the campus.100
Ed Gossett, a dyed-in-the-wool barb, and inmate, started the
movement in 1926 which brought about the abolition of the
"German," the yearly University ball, "because they were creat-
ing too much social distinction."101
On December 20o, 192o, the patron saint of B Hall, George
W. Brackenridge, died.
Another Brackenridge Hall perpetuates his memory.
In 1921 and 1922 Archie D. Gray was manager of the Hall.
Big-hearted Archie had a reputation of never expelling a B
Haller for inability to pay his room rent.102
In 1924 throwing bricks down the silo (fire escape) was one
form of entertainment not tolerated by the inmates if the per-
petrator were caught 1os In the summer of 1924 a pedoggie by
the name of Arnet was driven almost wild by the terrific noise
of the bricks in the silo. He and others spent many days and
nights trying to catch the culprit. Finally Howard Whipple caught
him. It was Arnet himself. Arnet always carried a brief case and
9slbid., lo9; Minutes of the University of Texas Board of Regents, April 27, 1920
(MSS., Office of the Board of Regents, University of Texas ), E, 337.
99Splawn, The University of Texas: Its Origin and Growth to 1928 (typescript,
University of Texas Library), log; Minutes of the University of Texas Board of
Regents, June 7, 1920 (MSS., Office of the Board of Regents, University of Texas),
looBrown, B Hall, Texas, 19o.
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