The Campus Chat (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 52, No. 35, Ed. 1 Friday, February 28, 1969 Page: 2 of 6
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Friday, February 28, 1969
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Summer Conferences Coming
To Aid Freshmen
Freshmen will no longer arrive at North Texas State a day
before registration for hasty and incomplete counseling to be sent
into the horrors of registration the next day with a week of carrying
a North Texas map to follow.
The February issue of the President's Bulletin announced a
new orientation program, which will consist of 12 two-day confer-
ences beginning July 17 and ending Sept. 12.
AM enrolling freshmen must attend one of these meetings,
spend two nights in a dormitory and pay a $20 fee. The fee covers
room, meals, linens and costs of the conferences.
The new freshmen will get campus tours, testing for advanced
placement, academic counseling in major fields, counseling in peer
groups, mixers, swimming, time to buy textbooks and supplies, ad-
mission and preregistration.
The preregistration will save the students from crowds and
the misery of closed courses of regular registration. One future
goal is preregistration for students already in school, a semester
ahead of time. Right now, however, the school is not equipped to
The whole summer orientation plan is a trial run. Similar
programs are conducted at Texas Tech, Texas A&M and other
schools. Next semester's conferences will be the guinea pig for
determining the problems that will come up and methods of solving
them. The next year they will include transfer students in the
To choose a conference date, students are sent acceptance cards
and a reservation card on which they list their first three choices
of dates with choices granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
All students attending must have been accepted as North Texas
Students coming from more than 400 miles away have the last
conference reserved for them unless they prefer another time. This
way they don't have to go home again before the semester begins.
Decisions have not yet been made on what will be done about
students with conflicting summer job dates, those who are unable
to attend any of the conferences or those who enroll at the end of
the summer. Plans will begin to solidify today with the first meet-
ing of the committees organizing the program.
In the past, students had one day of rapid-fire counseling with
large groups attending each. The peer group counseling was run
by Mortar Board vvjth the help of numerous volunteers divided into
panels for somewhftl unorganized talks on life in general at-North
Texas and question-answer sessions.
The new plan will give more time for careful counseling in
departmental groups. A group of students will be trained for full-
time work for peer counseling, tours and other activities. The
groups will also be considerably smaller with two groups coming
through each week.
After the plan goes into effect and any problems are corrected,
this plan will aid freshmen immensely with understanding and
adjusting to university life, preparing for registration and other
time-consuming difficulties of a novice college student.
Mant a IB I iss Throug h Sparring
Jogging, karate lessons and a few sparring rounds a week may
do a lot more for keeping a happy marriage together or simply
It is not enough these days for a woman to cook and care for
the children — she must also build up her muscles and prepare
herself for what psychologists and journalists call the battles of
In a group called the Institute of Group Psychotherapy, the
originator, George R. Bach, has devised an approach to marital
bliss and stability by deflating the couple's natural latent aggres-
sions toward each other.
Since it is only human for couples to quarrel and fight, the
new philosophy is that the husband and wife do it right.
The main problem in the household is how to avoid unnecessary
battles between mates. This brings about needless physical fatigue
before the actual fighting starts.
The purpose of the group is to increase the sanctity of the
third vanishing American institution — wedlock.
The buffalo and the Indians were the first and second to go.
Aggressiveness is a basic characteristic of every human. Bach
thinks that this aggressiveness is innate and has blinded people to
any possibility of not being forceful.
The home may become a Bunker Hill or Madison Square Gar-
den, but the experts say it will be a happier place to live. If the
theory- does not work, then the marital partners will eventually tire
each other out and perhaps decide to be friends and not opponents.
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79/7 Editor Reminisces About Chat
Ira Bradshaw, 86, edited the Campus Chat during the first summer of its exis-
tence. Those were the war days when the school celebrated the enrollment
of the 666th student. A prime source of entertainment was the discussion of
Iljr SARAH WlllTSON
Chat Staff Writer
The newspaper you're looking at hasn't
chunked much in 51 years. So says Ira
Bradshaw. and he should know. He wai
the editor of the Chat back in the sum-
mer of 1917.
But since he has been receiving each
copy of the paper regularly aince he
left North Texas State, he admits he
may have failed to notice some of the
gradual changes that have taken place
over the years.
Bradshaw, 86, first attended North
Texas State—then North Texas State
Normal College—in 1908-09. He now
lives in Boyd near Port Worth. His
grandniece, Mary Anne Turner, is a
sophomore accounting major at NTStT.
THE FIRST CHAT was published in
the 1916-17 school year and Bradshaw
was chosen assistant editor.
"I don't know yet why they picked
me," he said in a recent interview.
That summer he became editor. The
rest of the staff was also picked out of
the classes of teachers who had taken
an interest in the fledgling paper. After
many setbacks, they secured an office
in the Manual Arts Building, now the
Art Building. In those days, the school
did not own a press and the paper was
printed in a local shop.
"It sure was hard meeting those dead-
lines,'' the ex-editor recalled.
A LOT OF other things have changed,
though, he admitted. Asked if they had
any warring campus groups as we have
today, Bradshaw answered, that, yes,
there were some. There was quite a ri-
valry between the Reagan and Lee lite-
rary societies. The meetings, discussions
Motto for Economics, Sociology:
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When something is split in two, both
sides usually turn out weaker. It's the
old "United we stand, divided we fall"
This semestw, the department of eco-
nomics and sociology split, each half go-
ing its separate way.
Both departments are out to prove the
old maxim wrong.
The two departments, fresh with new
identities, are now free to specialize in
like fields—not to be burdened with each
other's divergent problems.
Both Dt, Hiram J. Fririsam, director
of the sociology department, and Dr.
Kendall P. Cochran, director of the new-
department of economics, are entirely
pleased with the mutual parting.
"THE TWO DEPARTMENTS should
operate much more efficiently, now that
the switch has taken place," Dr. Fried-
Although Dr. Friedsam feels that not
a great deal of change will take place,
he did note one change: "We are now-
called the department of sociology and
anthropology, since we now include in
our department the courses in the field
of anthropology," he said.
Dr. Friedsam feels that the split is
in keeping with current trends in uni-
versities across the nation.
"Basically, economics and sociology
are not combined in any major universi-
ty in the United States," Dr. Friedsam
stated. "The new structure is much more
typical of what you find throughout the
IN ADDITION to the economics de-
partment now having its own director
and departmental organization, Dr.
Friedsam commented on what the divi-
sion meant to his department and to
"The split was necessary, obviously,
because we were two different fields,"
he said. "The division makes our own
departmental structure more unified and
also more consistent with other sociology
departments across the nation.
"The split means to me a break in the
pressure," Dr. Friedsam said. "I no
longer have the responsibility for the
actions of the economics department."
Dr. Cochran has similar ideas.
"I find the job as director of the eco-
nomics department an exacting and chal-
lenging position," he said. "I enjoy work-
ing with the faculty to define or im-
prove our long-range goals and the
methods by which those goals can liest
THE UNDERLYING reason behind
the division, Dr. Cochran believes, is the
sharp increase in the number of teach-
ers in each department.
"Both faculities grew so much that
each needed a pro in the field to be di-
rector," he said.
Members of both the economics and
sociology faculties are happy with the
"I am quite pleased over the split,"
said Lewis M. Abernathy of the eco-
nomics department, "Creating specialisa-
tion was the principal benefit."
Abernathy believes the division of the
two departments will do much to the
inner workings of the economics depart-
"The solidification of all the econom-
ists in one department will aid i|pb-
lem-solving because we all have similar
interests." he said. "We now have a
greater degree of cooperation and to
Economist Martin J. Davidson said,
"We can now become more concerned
with a relatively small number of people
going into economics both as a major
and a graduate area."
I)R. DAVIDSON feels, that the new-
identity of the economics department
will aid in influencing students toward
an economics degree.
"We may now focus our energies in
an attempt to interest students toward
an economics major early in their col-
lege careers," he said.
Dr. Leonard Benson of the sociology
department considers the split, "a much
better situation from a professional
point of view."
He feels that although economics and
sociology are very clo"<>, they are indeed
still separate and should be considered
Not at Fault
From W. Troy McC'lain Jr.. 220 i W.
Hickory, Apt. 205.
This brief comment is in reference to
your article regarding Denton's "War
on Crime" in the February lif issue of
the Campus Chat.
Priorities and policies are initiated and
formulated by the city council, the city
manager and various committees. Con-
sequently, the police are at best only
oblit|uely responsible. To criticize the
police as this editor has done would be
analogous to criticizing students for uni-
versity administrative policy, whiili is
certainly ridiculous. This reader would
suggest that a diatribe of this nature lie
projected at those directly responsible
for the ordinances criticized.
The following point will negate the
ridiculous theme of the article: Of the
last II men employed by the Denton
Police Department, nine had two or three
years of college, and of these, three had
bachelor's degrees. Therefore this reader
would submit that the DPI) is striving
to correct its inefficiencies rather than
augment them as this false, slanderous
article would suggest.
Editor's Note: Acting Police Chief Rob-
ert Mills slated that the police, the chief
especially, decide the policies mentioned
in the column although the city council
make* the laws. Also nothing was said
in the article about the educational level
of the police. And the printed word in
libelous, not slanderous,
Dr. Raytnon C. Forston said that he
too was happy with the change but that
its effects had not yet reached him,
"Although the departments are intel-
lectually kin, there are basic differences,
and the economics department needed to
stabilize itself,'' he Raid.
"I'm looking forward to not receiving
any more advertisements for economics
textbooks," he said.
SOCIOLOGIST David H. Malone said
that the need for the separation was
"There was no question about the
fact that they needed to be formally
separated," he said. "There were ade-
quate faculties to separate the depart-
Dr. Malone also mentioned the close
relationship with the economics faculty.
"1 believe I benefited a great deal from
my association with the economics peo-
ple and I'll miss not seeing them as
much any more," he said.
Dr. Malone summed up the feelings of
"There's no doubt that one can bene-
fit a great ileal from a cross-fertilization
of two departments but there is no good
argument in favor of integrating two de-
partments like ours."
and debates of theae two groups also
served as prime aourcea of campus enter,
At that time, at the start of World
War I, college kids were concerned.
"Everybody figured on going to the war,.
They'd talk about it a good deal—any
chance they got," said the former editor.
Bradshaw left school after that summer
so that he could join the Army.
HERE AT school, female students
lived in boarding houses because there
were no dorms. "And you had to have
a pretty good excuse to get out of going
to chapel, which was held every day,"
The whole school turned out for a holi-
day when the 666th student enrolled.
Then there were no sororities or "frats,"
as he calls them. Miss Edith Clark was
dean of women and Dr. W. H. Bruce was
Chat editors were elected f;-r the
whole year, not a semester as now. The
first editor was Mary Wntlington and
the paper came out once a week. Brad-
shaw enumerated come of the problems
of putting out a campus paper:
"THERE WAS trouble with school
spirit then. Kids would go to class and
go home and it was hard getting any
spirit out of them. They studied, all
right, though. We also had trouble get-
ting interviews with the right people and
getting reporters to cover lyceunt lec-
turers. When the British poet laureate
came to speak, I was the only one who
could cover it.
"There were no organized athletics
then either and we didn't know who we
were going to play before the season
started as you do now. There weren't
any printed schedules."
Bradshaw never graduated from North
Texas State. When he attended, the year
was divided into four terms of 12 weeks
each and the usual length of stay was
three years. In the fourth year, students
did work toward a bachelor's degree, he
said. There was no such thing as a soph-
omore year, just freshman, junior and
ALTHOUGH IRA BRADSHAW did
not graduate from North Texas State,
his wife Sophie did, in 1922, the year
that they were married. His daughter
cam* back to Denton to attend the Col
lege of Industrial Arts (TWU1. Mrs.
Bradshaw has since been a home eco-
nomics teacher at Fred Moore school and
he has taught government. Both arc now
Bradshaw said that he "did have flash-
es of wanting to go into journalism as
a profession" after his experiences with
the Chat, but he wound up in the rail-
road mail service.
In 1917 there were no journalism
classes, much less a journalism depart-
ment. However, some courses were being
offered in 1936-37 when Bradshaw came
back to NT to "pinch-hit" for n vaca-
tioning economics professor, The jour-
nalism department wasn't started until
In the year that Bradshaw was assis-
tant editor, an election was held to de-
cide on a name for the paper. His sug-
gestion of The Pedagogical Twig lost
by three votes, one of them his own.
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