The Redbird (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 4, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 9, 1941 Page: 1 of 6
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OF THE RAPID
PUBLISHED BY STUDENTS OF LAMAR COLLEGE
FINAL EDITION OF
FOR SPRING SEMESTER
BEAUMONT, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 1941
LAMAR DEFENSE SCHOOL UNDER WAY
DEAN GRAY APPOINTED DIRECTOR
In order to take over his duties
rs director of Greater Lamar
College, to which he was ap-
pointed March 31st, Dean John
Gray was relieved of his teach-
ing duties' in the government
-lasses, Wednesday, April 2, by
Coach R. M. Hodgkiss.
Mr. Gray will have charge of
he college while the $850,000.00
milding program and the selec-
ion of courses and personnel
are in progress'.
He has been, variously, Dean
.f Men, Government Instructor,
and head of the athletic depart-
ment at Lamar.
Much of Coach Gray’s time
has been taken in working on
the new college, and he has been
instrumental in its progress thus
He is an alumnus of Lamar
CollegK', having entered its first
freshman class in 1923, after
DIRECTOR JOHN GRAY
High School as valedictorian,
business manager of annual, edi-
Ciouth I ark|tor Pi school paper, etc.
(By Max Phillips)
NOT BAD, BUD!: After
some investigation (and much
math) your columnist has
just learned that there are ex-
actly 2 2/3 boys to every girl
enrolled in Lamar. So if you-
’re going “steady” with one
of the local coeds, “you’re not
doing bad at all, brother!”
(Depending, of course, ON
WHICH ONE you’re going
3 CHEERS: . . . For Sam
Sledge and C. B. Holland,-
whose wit and humor have
made the “L” in Lamar stand
for “leogVer” . . . for the
persons Responsible for start-
ing the!stunt programs and
for the “South AmericanWay”
Assembly program—the best
in two years ... to Jack Hu-
ber for T—RIFFIC ice-skat-
ing! ... to Patricia Fecel for
being such a glamour-gal . . .
to the nine notes for such
Jam ’n’ Jive.
SWING ME A SONNET!:
When thinking of poets you
usually picture a long-haired
individual muttering of bees
and spring. It must come as
a shock, therefore, when I tell
all and reveal that several
Lamar “he-men”, write son-
nets “on the sly”, as it were.
Some of these would-be “Col-
lege Cavaliers” are Fred
Brent, Zane Graves, and Rob-
ert Carey. I particularly like
the following four lines by
“What fools we mortals are,
To trust, in seeming bliss,
Our iives to the flight of a
Our hearts to a woman’s
UNTIL: Ntext time, then,
this is yours truly, who thinks
that Lamar is a very fine'col-
lege—there just isn’t enough
of it! (Ah, but wait ’till'next
year!) G’by, now.
Lamar Debate Club
Enters State Meet
The debate club winds up a
very active season this week as
they participate in district and
state junior college speech tour-
naments. The club has travelled
over two thousand miics this
season, attending tournaments
and other activities.
Keith Fuller, Lamar represen-
tative in oratory, tied for sec-
ond place in the state meet.
The forensics team travelled
to Nacogdoches on March 3'i to
compete with Tyler Junior Col-
lege for district honors'. Those
winning there went to Temple,
Friday, April 4, to enter the
Lamar’s representatives are:
boys’ debating, Irley Bonnette
and Roy Biser; girls’ debating,
Lillian Bonnette and Patricia
Pierce; boys’ oratory, Keith Ful-
ler; girls’ oratory, Martha Jane
Long; boys’ extemporaneous
speaking, Lyndon Daly; girls’ ex-
temporaneous speaking, Nell
Daniel; boys’ poetry reading,
Arthur Greenspan; girls’ poetry
reading, Gloria Byrnes; boys’
radio speaking, Rudolph Neu-
mann;' girls’ radio speaking,
Mary Virginia Stone.
Miss Celeste Kitchen and Mrs.
Billie Fonville are accompany-
ing the contestants.
Boitnott Seeks Aid
For Junior Colleges
Dean D. W. Boitnott left
Thursday for Dallas for the an-
nual meeting of the Association
of Texas Colleges. While there,
he will also attend meetings on
junior and senior college plan-
The dean has recently return-
ed from Austin,* where he ap-
peared before the Appropriations
Committee of the House of Rep-
resentatives in behalf of a bill
for state aid for junior colleges.
This bill, which is stiU in the
hands of the committee, would
provide fifty dollars a year for
every student in a junior college.
Dean Boitnott has already re-
ceived several invitations to at-
tend conventions during the rest
of the month.
April 10 and 111—Spring Holi-
April 12 — Southeast Texas
April 17,18,191—Chorus Trip.
April 26 — Revelers Dance,
Hotel Beaumont, 10-2.
April 29, 30 — Curtain Club
presents ONE AMERI-
May 2—College Picnic.
May 26-30'—Final Exams.
New Building Plans
Plans for the eight new build-
ings and the athletic plant of
the greater Lamar College are
nearing the stage of completion
and construction on them will
The Administration and Lib-
eral Arts Building will house
classrooms for English, mathe-
matic®, the social sciences, and
foreign languages. One wing of
this building will be devoted to
the Business Administration de-
partment, a new feature of the
college. It will include the fin-
est possible practical business
courses, such as shorthand, typ-
ing, bookkeeping, accounting, use
of office machines and equip-
ment, filing, and a specialized
secretarial course for medical,
dental, and legal secretaries. .
Several new courses will be in-
troduced in the science depart-
ment. The new Science Building
will include lecture rooms and
modem laboratories for physics,
chemistry, botany, zoology, and
An auditorium with a seating
capacity of one thousand will be
(Continued on page 4)
The Lamar defense school, now
located temporarily at the fair
grounds, is well under way,, ac-
cording to F. W. Fonville, co-
ordinator of the O. S. Y. Re-
fresher and N. Y. A. Defense
Equipment for the welding and
machine shops has already been
purchased and is1 “on the way”.
Equipment for the auto, radio,
aviation, marine pipe fitting,
marine electric welding, sheet
metal foundry, and electric weld-
ing shops has been ordered.
An instructor for the machine
shop and three welding instruc-
tors have been selected.
Thirty-six trainees, recom-
mended by either the Works Pro-
gress Administration or the Tex-
as State Employment Service,
will hr. interviewed by,Mr. Eon-—
ville and instructors for their
suitability. Trainees imusf have a
year’s experience in j the craft
they are to study. Courses will
be for 6 hours a day, 30 hours
per week. Supplementary cour-
ses will be offered later.
| Army, Navy, and Canadian Air Forces j
| Claim Grads of Lamar C. A. A. Course j
Since the C. P. T. P. flying
school, under the supervision of
the C. A. A., first opened, Jan-
uary 15, 1940, fifty-six “men
with wings” have been graduat-
ed. An additional twenty stu-
dents are at present ljusily en-
gaged' in working to get private
pilot’® licenses. There have been
quite a few of these students
who have progressed beyond
this stage. Among those who
have continued their flying are
Second Lieutenant J. D. Proctor
of Porto Rico; Leon Folse, Roy
Bythewood, and 'Robert Wyche,
all instructors in aviation at A.
& M. College; J. D. Thompson
and Red Brown, aviation stu-
dents at University of Houston;
and Harvey Mitchell, an avia-
tion student at A. & M. All
of these students are from the
first class which was composed
of ten students.
In the second class, Henry
French and Harvey Vincent, Jr.
ane continuing their aviation
studies at San Marcos; Tommy
Martin is now in the Royal Ca-
nadian Air Force*, and Maxie
Mull is now a meteorologist in
the Navy forces.
In the third class, Herman
Cohen, Johnnie Crouch, Clayton
Smart are either in the Army
Air Corps or will be called im-
mediately for service. Jess Hen-
sley is flying at A. & M. Col-
lege; George R. Hill is in the
Navy Air Corps at Pensacola,
and W. S. McGill, Jr., has join-
ed the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The first and second classes
wore trained by Capt. Charles
Miller, while Jack Wilson had
charge of the third class. The
fourth class was in charge of Mr.
Meek, assistant instructor.
Mr. 0. B. Archer of Lamar
College has been CPTP co-ordi-
nator for all four classes and he
was also the Ground School in-
structor for the third and fourth
The flying school has made an
excellent record. In the first
class all ten students 'graduated,
unusual in itself. Add to this
the fact that of the seventy-six
boys taking the course, none
had been, killed or seriously
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Ward, Wendell. The Redbird (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 4, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 9, 1941, newspaper, April 9, 1941; Beaumont, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth499464/m1/1/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lamar University.