The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 15, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 10, 1950 Page: 1 of 4
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The North Texans
Be at The
TAKLETON STATE COLLEGE, STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS, TUESDAY; JANUARY 10, 1950
TO BEAR NEW SEAL
This year, mail from the ad-
ministrative offices at Tarleton
will bear a new seal, Pres. E. J.
Howell announced last week.
The new seal, which contains a
largq "T" superimpose^ on a map
of Texas, and surrounded by a
spray of wheat, will be used for the
first time this month.
After the name of the college
was' changed last year, many
people felt that a new seal should
be finally adopted, since there had
been a growing feeling that the
old seal was too much like the
seals of other Texas colleges,
Pres. Howell said.
The first step was the appoint-
ment of a faculty committee to
study the requirements for a seal
and to make recommendations as
to the new one. This committee,
appointed by President Howell laSt
year, included Jack' Hcrrington,
professor of architecture; H. C.
Doremus, director of the engineer-
ing division; Dean Paul A. Cunyus;
J. E. Tompkins, registrar; and
Reuben R. Friou, College Store
After this committee had made
an extensive study of the require-
Donna D'Arcy was crowned Am-
vet Queen of I960 in a ceremony
held in the Tarleton gym recently.
Donna is a business administration
major from Stephenville and a
senior. She is a member of the
Eternas and the band, and she
siflgs in the choir.
* The coronation of the queen cli-
maxed the Annual Coronation
Dance and Banquet of the Amvets
of Tdrletoh.' The' (fueen'and prii£
cesses • were preceded by a color
guard bearing the national, state
and chool colors, while the band
played "Under the Double Eagle."
L Donna was crowned with a red
crown on which "Amvet Queen—
1950" was written in silver letters.
Following- her crowning, the prin-
cesses and their escorts danced to
"The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi."
The music was furnished by
Merle Shelton and his Sunshine
Boys, and by the Campus Cowboys.
The gym was decorated with flags
of the United Nations, and a nur-
sery was set up for the younger
children of the dancers.
The proceeds of the dance will
go to-the Memorial Stadium Fund.
The Amvets have pledged them-
selves to one seat in the stadium
which will cost $1,250. It will also
help pay for a femorial plaque and
an American flag.
* The 14 candidates for Amvet
Queen were Donna D'Arcy, La
Vonne Foss, Beverly Burns, Betty
Lockhart, Dorothy Corder, Bebe
Kincheloe, Gloria Dixon, Johnnie
s Fae Carlisle, Gene Ragsdale, Pat
'iCollinsworth, Peggy Woolridge,
Doris Scott, Sue Pratt, and Betty
Here we go again with a brand
new year. Perhaps it would do us
no harm to -make a resolution to
put in more time on our lessons,
It .does give one a good feeling' to
be prepared in a class.
The Student Council has some-
thing- that might be of interest to
some of the social clubs that are
planning an entertainment. Films
can be acquired from the Easting-
Pictures for dancing. The idea is
that some top notch band is shown
on the screen playing a song while
you dance to the music. There are
four dance programs offered, fea-
turing most of, the popular songs
of today and yesterday.
Each program consists of 30
i songs assembled on two reels.
Rentals are $15.00 a day plus
round trip postage and insurance.
Anyone interested should contact
' some member of the Student Coun-
cil or Dean Cunyus,
Remember what next week is?
Dead week. And it follows as the
night the day that the week after
that is test week.
ments of the seal, it submitted a
number of suggested designs.
Meanwhile, several architecture
students had been studying the
same problem, and offered a series
of recommendations. TJie combina-
tion of the ideas and suggestions
of the two groups resulted in a
tentatively approved seal. After
several revisions were made in the
next few weeks, the seal was sub-
mitted to the faculty at a meeting-
early during the semester.
The Tarleton faculty approved
the adoption of the seal as official,
so it was then sent to the A&M
Board of Directors, which gave its
approval on November 23, thus
completing the series of altera-
tions and transformations. '
A cut impression of the seal
will be used on all official corres-
pondence, arid also in the library
for identification purposes.
The College . Store has made
plans to offer the new seal on
pennants, match holders, and other
articles. The adaption used for
these will probably be white with
a purple background and lettering.
The seal which was replaced had
a white star in the center, sur-
rounded by garlands of oak olive.
NEW TARLETON SEAL
DURING COWBOY WEEK
The new Tarleton seal, which was officially adopted in November
by the A&M Board ot Directors, features a large "T" in the center,
representing Tarleton. Behind the "T" is an outline map of Texas,
indicating that Tarleton is a state institution, and that students
come from every section of the state. Underneath the map appears
the date 1899, when the college was first established. The circle
of wheat around the border shows that the area in which Tarleton
is located is essentially agricultural and that agriculture is one of
the main objectives of the college.
GRAFF BALLET PLAYS
BEFORE LARGE CROWD
This season's largest crowd at a
Tarleton civic series program wit-
nessed the Graff Ballet Friday
night in the main auditorium. The
principal dancers, Grace and Kurt
Graff, were assisted by Paul Reck
with Arthur Kleiner at the piano.
The comedy numbers were the
best liked by the Tarleton audience
although one tragical dance re-
ceived much applause. The pro-
gram consisted of "Festive En-
trance" by Ravel, "Melody" by
Niles-Kleinerr • "Rennaissance" - by
Campbell, "Bavarian Cream" by
Pinto, "Flame" by De Falla, two
parodies, "Chapeaux Emile" and
"Vantage 1912", "Aperitif" by
Bowles, "Romance" by' Satie and
"Ballada" by Niles-Kleiner.
"Flame" by De Fallas, executed
by Paul Reck, Grace and Kurt
Graff, was the most popular trag-
edy number. It is described as be-
ing the impression of the fire of'
jealousy and love that destroys the
object of its passion, and- finally
Death extinguished the flame. A
large screen was placed at one side
I of a large white spotlight which
was shining on the stage. Op-
posite the screen was a long, low
bench. Grace Graff was dressed in
a low cut, flame colored dress and
carried a large black scarf. The
men wore red tunics of a darker
shade and dark trousers, and as
the ^dance. drew to a close, -Kurt
Graff disappeared behind the
screen. He emerged a few minutes
later as Death, in long, flowing,
black and grey robes, to extinguish
the^ Flame, as -the curtain closed^
In the center of a yellow spot-
light Kurt Graff proceeded to sell
a hat to Grace Graff in a dance en-
titled "Chapeaux Emile", one of
the parodies. Dressed in a floor-
length orange dress in the style of
sixty years ago, Mrs. Graff tried
Tuesday, Jan. 10—Semper Idem
Wednesday, Jan. 11 —. Coronas
Initiation, Gil-Is' Dorm, 515:-
Friday, Jan, 13—Tarleton Town-
Friday, Jan. 13—March of Dimes
Show for Dining Hall Ladies,
Saturday, Jan. 14—AAUW Meet-
ing-, Dining Hall, 12 Noon.
Saturday, Jan. 14 — Basketball,
Tarleton and NTSC, Gym.
Saturday, Jan. 14 — Coronas
Dance, Rec Hall, 7:30-11:00.
on all the hats in the store before
she found the one which sent her
into ecstasies of delight and which
she finally bought. Kurt Graff, as
the .salesman, was dressed in a
dark suit and hovered about the
prospective Customer, uttering loud
comments about each hat she put
The other parody, 1 "Vintage
1912", gave the dancers' impres-
sions of early-American-.ragtime,
and it was received with much ap-
plause: Kurt Graff was dressed*
in a .bright sport coat and plaid
trousers, and Mrs, Graff wore an
orange dress with black overskirt.
The costumes were designed by
Kurt Graff, who also did the chore-
ography. Lighting and stage man-
agement were by Paul Reck.
Cowboys and cowgirls turned out
to attend 'a gala dance held in the
gym Saturday night. Sponsored
by the Rodeo Club, this affair cli-
maxed three days of western
events on the Tarleton campus.
Boys -were asked to wear blue
jeans and boots instead of the uni-
form and the girls also wore west-
Barbara Bruce was presented as
Ranch Queen at eleven p.m. Voting
was held during Ranch Week and
each vote cost a penny. The candi-
dates for this honor were Barbara
Bruce, Santa Anna; Pat Collins-
worth, Dublin; Jerry Kinnard, De
Leon; Mary Lee Bridges, Glen
Rose, and Dorma D'Arcy, Stephen-
The gym was decorated western
style with bales of hay surround-
ing the dance floor. Benches were
placed among the bales, and potted
trees stood around the wall. At
the end of the gym opposite the
door stood the refreshment table,
from which coffee and cookies
were served. Also at that end of
the floor was' the band stand.
Music, was-furnished by Weldon
Pitman and his. Musical Texans.
This organization is composed of
part of the players' from the Cow-
town Roundup, a Fort Worth or-
Members of the various commit-
tees who worked to arrange the
events of Ranch Week are as fol-
lows: .entertainment committee,
Richard Gilbreth, Pat Collins-
worth, Donna D'Arcy, Tom Black,
and Chili Smith; refreshment com-
mittee, Barbara Bruce, M. C. Jones,
Mary Lee Bridges, and "Buck"
"Venice," a photographic exhibi-
tion prepared by the editors of
Life, is being shown in the library
and the art building, Marston Hall,
until January 17. The exhibition is
an expansion of the article, Renais-
sance Venice, and is the third to
be based on, the Life articles deal-
ing with the history of Western,
For a thousand years Venice has
been , the wonder of travelers. In
1365 the poet, Petrarch wrote, "I
know not if it has an equal within
the bounds of the world." This
exhibition in both text and pic-
tures, suggests the Renaissance
splendor and opulence and rich
commercialism—in fact the whole
extraordinary achievement of art
and life in that unique and serene
The exhibition opens with a
panoramic view of Venice in 1500
as imagined from the ail- by a
Renaissance artist, with the Grand
Canal winding like a serpent
through th eheart of the city. The
twenty-four enlarged panels then
follow with the story of the fabu-
lous sea-girt city which enjoyed
a charmed life. With her govern-
ment and populace alike there was
but one faction: Venice; one loyal-
ty, Venice; one love, Venice.
The pictorial material is organ-
ized under four categories: Gov-
ernment, Religion, Art and Litera-
ture, Civic and Private Architec-
ture. Included are the color repro-
ductions which appeared in Life
of the paintings by Titian, Vero-
nese, Giorgione and Carpaccio; also
photographs of St. Mark's, the
Beginning next Thursday at
2:30 p.m., weekly broadcasts by
the Tarleton studio chorus and or-
chestra will be presented. The
music will be of an entertaining
nature including popular music,
piano and vocal solos, and also
music of a more serious nature—
both instrumental and vocal.
Programs will be all especially
arranged for performance by Mr.
Morton, -Mr. ' Foster, and Mr.
Brantley of the faculty and Janice
Alsup and Edgar Anderson of the
student body. ■
Groups will consist of an instru-
mental group including- Ailene Me-
Nabb, Edgar Anderson, Joan King,
Horner Durham, Freddie Wenck,
James McCloud, Buddy Couch,
Houston Schirmer, Jack Feather-
stone, J. P. Harris, Tommy Daw-
son, Vera Mae Boenig, Gene Mari-
nelli, Dean Duncan, Don Mitchell,
Wayne Nickel, Martin LeBrecht,
Bill Dosher, and Janice Alsup. Vo-
cal groups include a girls' trio, a
male quartet, and various soloists.
Members of these groups are
Janice Alsup, Sammie Powers,
Janella Jones, Betty Jo Loveless,
Randy Evans, Bill McCarty, Bob
Walker, Gerald Dingus, John Holi-
day, Billy McCarty, Webb Golston,
Randy Evans, Doug Corley, and
Victor Moore will also be featured.
A special added attraction will
be a faculty quartet. Members
are Prof. O. A. Grant, Prof. Don
Morton, Asso. Prof. Royal Brant-
ley, and make-believe Prof. Victor
'Students Prefer Comedy'
States Ballet Dancer
By ANN BRYAN
Small, blond and lovely Mrs.
Grace Graff, female member of the
Graff Ballet, laughed pleasantly as
she remarked that she could clear-
ly see that comedy ballet was the
most appreciated by the Tarleton
audience. She stated, however,
that a good program could not be
had without a proper balance of
both tragedy and comedy. If there
was too much of either one, the
program would 'become heavy and
Mi's. Graff said that she could
tell that many' members of the
audience were unfamiliar with bal-
let, but she added that this was
not very disconcerting. She smiled,
and said, "At least, it's ni<;e to
know that the audience is there."
The dance entitled "Romance" usu-
ally interests an audience who
isn't familiar with the ballet, be-
cause it is easy to understand.
When asked |ier nationality, Chi-
cago-born Mrs. Graff said em-
phatically, "I'm American!" Her
husband, Kurt Graff, was born in
the Rhine country around Cologne,
and he came to this country about
fifteen years ago. Their present
home is in New Hampshire.
The Graffs came to Tarleton di-
rectly from New ' York, and this
was the first stop on a long tour.
They spent most of Thursday here
and inspected the music depart-
ment during the afternoon. Mrs.
Graff stated that she believed that
Tarleton had a fine rnusic depart-
The Graffs met and started danc-
ing together a few years before
the war. They were members of a
troup and when the war broke out,
most of the men were called into
the armed -forces. After the war
the troup were reorganized, so the
Graffs make tours over the coun-
try much of their time now. and
the rest of the time they dance in
When asked what had first in-
terested her in the ballet, a puz-
zled look came over Mrs. Graff's
pretty face. She said that she could
not remember why she had. be-
come interested; it was just that
she had always loved dancing, and
it came to her naturally.
When they dance in New York,
the Graff's do more . serious and
longer numbers. She said that she
thought a college audience liked
shorter and lighter, dances. Their
dance routines are worked out by
Kurt Graff, and he also designs
their brilliant and colorful cos-
tumes. Paul Reck is their assistant
and he dances some, but he also
works the lighting and the stage
Rec Hall Receives
N.o longer do Tarleton students
wander into a dim dungeon be-
tween classes to converse with
their friends, • for now the Ree
Hall has the new look.
This new appearance came by
the courtesy of over five thousand
dollars and much hard work on the
part of the Student-Faculty com-
mittee appointed1 to work on the
project. This committee is made up
of Harvey Summers, Sue Spratt,
John Clayton, Bernard Brims, Jack
Herrington, Miss Dollie Glover,
Miss Lee Edwin Terry, Neal M.
Randolph, W. P. Showaiter, Peggy
Hoover and Dr. Dick Smith,
The former dull, antique furni-
ture which held the tired bones of
hard-working students and faculty
members, has been replaced by
bright, luxurious furniture of
chromium and plastic in colors of
green and coral. The anqient
couches are gone, and ten three-
seat lounges and five easy chairs
have taken their places. Twelve
breakfast sets witfi yellow-topped
tables and red and yellow chairs
have been set up.
The walls, ceiling, and beams
have- been painted of a lighter
shade of g'reen. The lantern-bright
lights gave their task to new fluor-
escent lights running the length of
the beams in parallel lines Shining
down on pleasure seeking Tarle-
A coffee bar, operated by Dieti-
cian Frank O. Moosberg and his
dining hall staff,, is noy in service.
The bar serves coffee and dough-
nuts to the famished from 9 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m. every morning.
The old dance orchestra dais
has been removed, and the only
remains of the old furnishings are
the cold drink machines, the nickel-
odeon, and the scales.
Here is Kurt and Grace Gral'f of the Graff Ballet Company
as they appear on the stage in one of their coming numbers.
They were presented by the Tarleton Civic Series in a pro-
gram January 5.
Doge's Palace, the Sansovino Li-
brary, Palladio'^ Church of San
Giorgio Maggiore, and portraits of
Vittoria, Sansovino, Titian, Are-
tino, Tintoretto, and Aldus title
page, views of various private pal-
aces, the Rialto, the Colleoni, the
Grand Canal, etc.
After the discovery of America,
and new trade routes to the Orient
were opened in the 16th century,
Venice was doomed. That she with-
stood her enemies in war and trade
from 097 to 1797 is testimony to
her great strength. But by the mid-
eighteenth century Venice was a
shell of her former self. The masks
worn at her brilliant carnivals
seemed to symbolize her false posi-
tion. Then in 1797 a handful of
Napoleon's troops put an end to
the once proud state,
The exhibition was prepared un-
der the direction of John Goldsmith
Phjllips, associate curator of Re-
naissance and Modern Art, Metro-
politan Museum of Art. The text-
ual commentary, also by Mr. Phil-
lips, quotes freely from various
15th and 16th century writers and
describes the Republic of Venice
at the height of its power.
The next exhibit by the art de-
partment will be an all-student
exhibit starting January 17 and
ending February 21.
Rogers; publicity committee, Mary
Kinnard and Jerry Kinnard.
Kangaroo Court was held in the
Rec Hall every day at noon. Pre-
siding over this court was Judge
Tom Black. His most trusty helper
was Chili Smith, high sheriff. All
the boys in the rodeo club were
deputies and each did his share to
bring in offenders.
Various offenses were not wear-
ing western apparel, cheating at
cards, carrying concealed weapons,
and attempted murder. Punish-
ments inflicted varied with the
enormity of the crime. '
The usual punishment was plac-
ing- the offender in chains until he
had suffered sufficiently. Other
evil doers had to pay a nickel to
play the nickelodeon or buy a
ticket to the dance.
Knobby Netusil was caught
cheating at cards and running
j around without his boots. However,
] because of the -innocent look on liis
face he was released with only a
lecture and a warning not to do it
Johnny Johnson was brought to
court for not looking enough like
a cowboy. He declared that he had
on something western; it just
didn't sliow. Being skeptical and
hard as flint rock, Judge Black did
not believe him, so Johnny was
forced to bail himself out of jail
by buying a ticket to the dance.
A few of the deputies became a
little too zealous, though, and
dragged Sue Spratt into court.
They had to turn her loose because
they couldn't find anything to
blame on her.
Peggy Hoover, Roy Anderson
and Dottie Jackson were a few of
the people who were chained be-
cause they committed the unpar-
donable crime of wearing- ordinary
clothes instead of western apparel.
The AWS Council plans to sell
the new 1949-1950 edition of the
Student ;Directory which has been
recently compiled. At,.a meeting-
held Wednesday night plans were
made to elect five new members.
These members were elected Thurs-
day night by the eight members
of the group.
The newly elected members are
Jane Hicks, Lyndith Leifeste;
Patsy Barber, Frances Caldwell,
and Eva Von Wyatt. Old members
are Anne Sheffy, Tuesday Stasny,
Betty Bradley, Lynn' McGregor,
Dora Lee Leatherwood, Joann
Bradley, Lou Cunningham, and
Miss Mae Jones, state president
of the American Association of
University Women, attended a
Christmas program given on De-
cember 19 by the Waxaliachie
branch of that organization.
During the Christmas holidays
Miss Jones visited other branches
in the Rio Grande Valley. She left
Stephenville Tuesday and was -in
Mission and Edinburg Wednesday.
She spent Thursday morning in
Weslaco and Mercedes and the aft-
ernoon in San Benito. Thursday
evening Miss Jones attended a
Mexican dinner in Brownsville. Ac-
companied by four members of
the Brownsville branch, she toured
Matamoras on Friday. That even-
ing in Kingsville she was honored
with a tea given by the Kingsville
branch , of the AA'UW, Saturday
Miss Jones visited in San Antonio
and conferred with the state treas-
urer of the organization.
ATTENTION ALL CLASSES!
If you have had your picture made for the Grassburr, please check
the li^ts posted in the post office. If your name appears on that list,
your picture has been sent in for the Grassburr. If there are any mis-
takes on the list, please notify the staff or write the correction on
a postal card to the Grassburr by January 15.
NANCY HOWELL, Editor
Instead Of Drilling
A training film, "Why We
Fight," was shown to the cadet
corps by the Military Department
Thursday evening after old man
weather had caused the cancelling
of the scheduled drill.
The picture was one which was
shown to all members of the arm-
ed forpes when they entered serv-
ice to give the inside story on
why the United States was forced
to fight in the recent World War
II. Facts .and figures explaining-
why the United States had to help
Britain and 1 Russia .were given
with examples of (the reasons;
Actual films of the Jap, Ger-
man, and Italian doctrines in vise
were given. The German advance
j into Poland, France, and all of
I continental Europe were shown
step by step. The Japanese ad-
vances and diplomatic treachery
j were also given with emphasis on
the Pearl Harbor attack.
Beginning as early as 1936 the
United States realized the danger
of the growing aggressor nations.
All tl}e military precautions taken
to ■ protect our shores anil the
Panama Canal were outlined in de-
The movie ended with the ad-
dress of President Roosevelt to
j Congress asking them to declare
| a state war on Japan and the Axis
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