The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 17, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 22, 1955 Page: 2 of 8
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Tuesday, Feb. 22, 195;")
~ POINT OF VIEW
This week I think J will don my crusading,
robe and really blow oil' a little steam. (Don't
panic, it isn't as bad as it sounds.) My topic .
Well, I think.most of- us give up too easily. (If
you are one of those amazing: geople who does
not know what the words "give up" mean/skip
over and read someone else's column; this
isn't for you.)
" Charles Steen, an ex-student of Tarleton and
"Sir. Uranium of the United• States," belongs
to' the category of persons who never give up,.
• Miss Mary Hope WestbroOk, professor of Eng-
lish at Tarleton, was. Steen's teacher when he
was a freshman at' Tarleton. According to
Ji'Iiss VVestbrook, Steen got -A's in everything
' tiut- .English.
"lie couldn't spell, she said," and "he pun-
ctuated ' by the pepper and salt method." So
she flunked him. Instead of giving up, Steen
got mad and earned an A in English, and he
and Miss Westbrook have been friends ever
since. Today she is in jYloa'b, Utah, writing the
story of a man . who didn't give up; a man
that now owns the biggest uranium mine out-
side, the Belgian Congo.
course, I'm not saying that he found an
uranium mine because he'made an A in English.
I: am. only saying 'that he followed the prin-
ciple of never giving up when the going got
tough. He patterned his life on his faith' and
■ found his'"pot of gold a„t the'end of the rain-
bow." ~ . *
Most <>f us give up far too easily. We make
a C in English and we fire convinced that we
couldn't make a better grade in English if
we dropped all our other courses and just
concentrated on that one subject. Instead of
working- we throw up our hands in despair and
yell that the teacher grades too harshly.
We yell like Comanche Indians if we get a
I) out of some of our more diflicult subjects.
(And. I don't mean in dismay either.) Why
be satisfied with just passing? Do you know
who. we cheat when we just slip through? We
don't hurt anyone but ourselves and our par-
ents. Most of our parents are having to sac-
rifice something -to put us in school; some
more than others. We don't have the right to
cheat them even if-we are content to cheat our-
selves. ! 1 ' • «• - . • - J
■ We make a grade that is just barely over the
border line.of safety ap.d: should be improved
the next semester. Do we improve it? Usually
we'doivt. We sit' back and wail that we just
can't understand and remember all the things
that are necessary to pass it. If we're lucky
we'll wade through it and-get out of the sub-
ject with a p,arrot'.4 knowledge,of the course.
Admitting defeat is a characteristic of a los-
er, not a winner.
Our pattern of life that we adopt during
(he years that we are in college will be with us
long* after our college days are over. The met-
hod of attaining our goals now will probably
be the same methods we are using 10 to 20
years from now. If we give up easily now, we
will give up easily in life, and we will never be
the success that we should be.
If .vye give up in business life as easily as
vvo do in college life, few of us will ever have
the financial security we would like to have
We should realize this and contest ourselves
to working: toward higher goals. These goals
will be our future. We have to ask ourselves the
questions . . . Do we want to be1 a leader or a
follower? Do we want to be a success or a
failure? It's up to each and every one of us.
"This is the time to decide and pattern our
lives as wts want them. So get up, not ive up*
P. M. '
'Now I'm convinced that women go to coilegc only to get a man
By PAT MORRISON
'OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION OF
TARLETON STATE COLLEGE
( Stephenville. Texas '
.- Entered as • second-class mail'matter at" the Post
Office in Stephenville, Texas, under Act of Congress
of March 3, 1870.
Represented by the National Advertising Service,.
Member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Associ-
ation, Asociated Collegiate Press, Collegiate
Scholastic Press Association, and Columbia
Scholastic Press Association,
SCHREINER INSTITUTE ■ has
a new past-tin?i... . . weight-lift-
ing1. It would probably be a,wise
idea not to say too much about
this little sport since it is also
popular in Bender Hall. I wonder
if . they read the advertisement
about "I use to be the weakest
boy in town
'■ WITTY PURCHASE LIKE "Be
my Valentine" weren't sent via
mail at A&I, They .were sung.
These-singing valentines came in-
to being-,four years ago when one
of thev. sororities devised that met-
hod i'qr' making money.
The valentines came in three dif-
ferent types — comic, friendly,
or "loving." It seems that campus
faculty members were the favorite
targets with students running a
close second. Faculty wives were
reportedly the best customers.
TALL TALES ARE told in Tex-
as, but the biggest tale of all con-
cerns the TCU biologists who tell
that persons should have, tails.
(Confusing isn't it?)
That's what they said . . . t-a-i
According to the biologists,
there is a small vertabra* at the
base ' of the spinal column, which
if on a monkey, would have deve-
loped into a very useful instru-
ment. That is, it would have been
useful for swinging through trees.
Even though few of us ever con-
sidered tree-swinging for a past-,
time, Ave do have a tiny tail, about
an inch and a half long. (It's a
fact!) The length would complic-
ate the. tree7swinging diversion,
but it would certainly be a grand
sport for the bystanders. (Or
would it be byhangers?)
. Giving this idea though, you can
really come up -with some gen-
dandy ideas. Among the ideas list-
ed by the SKIFF is the idea of do-
ing away with chairs in the class
roms. All that -would be necessary
would be a rail upon which the stu-
dent could dangle during the class
The cafeteria problem would al-
so be solved. Instead of standing in
lino griping about sore feet,- stu-
dents could just hang there and
rest. For relaxation thev, could
rock gently to and fro.
ANOTHER IDEA CONVEYED
by the SKIFF would be to the ad-
vantage of the faculty. Tails could
be used to carry bull whips. As
the teacher wrote on the black
board with one hand and held a
book in the other, a well placed
move would effectively wake-; up
that student on the back row.
This icould go on forever so let's
forget the tall Texas tales and tell
Taking Care of the Library
For those living in the dor my who cannot
study for the racket and other noises that go
with dorm life, the library is^ust the place to
get away from it all. The doors are open until
10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until
5 p.m. on Fridays. The doors to the library
are open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.
The Tarleton library is one of the best stock-
ed libraries in the league of junior colleges.
One can find any kind of a book that his heart
may desire, from Dante's Inferno to the latest
style of hot-rod racers. These books are well
taken cafe of by certain students acting as
librarians in their free periods under the sup-
ervision of Miss Lola Thompson, head of the
- According to Miss Thompson, there are a
number of books that are overdue, or which
there is no need to let happen. A book can be
recheckcd if it has not been read through at
the end of the first check-out period. There
is no limit to the number of times that a book
can be rechecked; and the management can
keep a more accurate record of the library
books if the rules for checking books out are
adhered to. , '
If anyone. has any suggestions on how to
improve the library to a better standard; there
is a suggestion box, located in the library for
this .purposer. The management of the library
use these suggestions as the student's idea of
what'the library should"have and what it needs.
' For the music lovers, there is a record play-
er with several volumes of records to suit any*
ones taste of music. The record player Is equip-
ped with a set of earphones to enable the lis-
tener to have the music as loud as he likes,
yet not disturb the ones who are studying. Tho
management is leniiiet in enforcing the regula-
tion that students must follow in order to check
out a book. There are no fines to be paid should
a person let a book become overdue, and any
number of books can be checked' out by one
person while enrolled at Tarleton Jr. College.
Miss Thompson and her staff of librarians
are doing a marvelous job taking'care of the
library paraphernalia. Tarleton should be proud
to have, a library as well stocked as it is and
j.ust as proud of its librarians. J.
To Get Underway
Intrainurais will get1 underway
with full force as soon as basket-
ball season is over. It is a lot of
trouble to keep taking down the
intramural equipment everyday in
order for the basketball team to
work out. As soon as the season is
over, volleyball, handball, table
tennis, badminton, and basketball
free throw, will get underway. The
girl's gvm will be, used for part
of the intramurals, but tough luck
boys, the girls won't be there.
Coach Flory still needs a few
more contestants for these events ■
so if you are interested in enter-
ing your self or a team go see
-'Eifigttf&d' Manager ...
3* e.w,s Editor r............
'Sports' Editor ...
Exchange Editor .......
Melba Dean Neely
;. Joyce Short
. ........ Sally Wyaft
.... Jerry Flemmons
... Marilyn, Frazier
... Wayne Tiller
Jleporters: Dell Heinriehs, Roy Jiistlss and Ice-
land Boyd, Nancy White, Marylin Maroney/ ,
At Book Store
. Tickets to the Steplienville High,
School football banquet are oil
sale in the College Bodk Store, J.
Louis. Evans, store manager, An-
The banquet will be held at 7
p.m. March 1 .in tlie Ohaniberlin
Elementary' .School and .the pick-
ets are $1:25 each, Evans said.
Burk, Stubblef'ielcl —
(Continued from Page
and Commoners. In high school he
was senior class president, stu-
dent council president, honor stu-
dent, and Boys' Sj;ate representa--
tive. He made all district in foot-
ball and was' on the second place
state mile relay team.
Nancy White, a business major,
is a' member of the Eternas and
the Aggettes. .In high school she-
was Best •, All-Around Girl, Most
Likeable Girl, winner of the DAR
Good .Citizen award, and a mem-
ber of Who's Who.
Mike Vardeman is majoring' in
trades and industries and is a
member , of the , Barons arid the
Wainwriglit Rifles. In high school
he participated in football and
track and was football captain.
All-Tarleton nominees included
Ronnie Burk, Gerald Karr, Tpmniy
Harkcy, Jerry Stubble-field, Joyce
Short' and Linda Lee. Senior class
favorite nominees were Tom 'HaK
ley, Bob Emmons, Bobbie Hardee,
Jeanne Rexroat, Frances : Mote,
Marilyn Maroney, and Sue Walkj
er. Freshman' class favorite no-
minees were Mike, Vardeman,
Woody Sehober, Mike Myers, Mel-
Vin Allen, Sandra Herreli, Naii'cy
White and Marijyn ■ Frazie'r.'
Nominations'were -made' Tie elSss-
meeMrrgS' held > F&ftr '14', - ,
Gasoline Is Your Biggest V,
Bargain,. • ■; :
■ The average wages of the American worker
has spared since 1925; however, millions of
American families have been well aware that
the cost of living has also gone up over that
period of years. But, they-and you-enjoy an
important exception to rising costs.
To quote the U. S. Consumer Price Index of
June, 1954, "The price of today's gasoline (ex-
cluding taxes) is only slightly higher than it
was in 1925. The main reason for gasoline
prices being kept so low during this time is
the intense competition among thousands of
oil companies for - American motorist's gaso-
line business. This same competition has re-
sulted in remarkable gasoline improvements
since 1925. Through constant research, oil-
men have boosted gasoline quality at least.
50%; That mean's two gallons of . the gasoline
you buy today actuallydo1 the work three gal-
ons did in 1925.' • ■
Every day you see this competition at work
in your neighborhood. Your dealer knows that
to keep your business, he must offer topflight
service and the best available oil products-at
competitive prices. This is how competition
among U. S. oil companies works for you. Also,
this is- why Americans enjoy the finest oil pro-
ducts in the world-at competitive prices. N. W.
We are in our second day of Religious Em-
phasis week. Those who attended the morning
assembly and tlie evening Vespers service yes-
terday probably realize the value' of them.
There is much for one who participates in
these programs to gain.
Don't' you agree that one has a better at-
titude throughout the week-if he'att^nds church
on Sundtiy?rTheh why.np.t give a fW.iiii'nutea
every day this week and take part' in- the as-
semblies, devotionals,- and fellowship gather-
ings offered to' us.
To often we do not remember to take part
.in,the things which are of value,ih helping us
lead better lives; But, let's go all' out thi^
week in:observation; for; Tvltat this "Week Stands*.
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