The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 10, No. 30, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 13, 1922 Page: 2 of 4
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Journalism by the students of The
Southwest Texas State Normal Col-
lege, under the general direction of
the Department of English.
Entered as second-class matter, Nov.
21, 1921, at the post office at San Mar-
cos, Texas, under act of March 3, 1879.
Address all communications for the
Star to Department of English, South-
west Texas State Normal College.
Students contributing news, etc., please
bring same to ROOM 23, Library
Building, by Wednesday afternoon of
each week to insure prompt publication.
For advertising rates see THE
Faculty Director________Gates Thomas
Office Assistant and Athletics
----------------------- Ben Baines
Anna Woodson, Anne Myhand, Ma-
linda Brown, Hoy Chaddick, Kate Wil-
lingham, Joe Francis, Mrs. Storms.
Hope Foster, Elva Wyatt, Ltda Mar-
cus, Alma Gause.
115. THE DEBATING SQUAD
This is a practical course in debat-
ing. At the beginning of each Winter
term there are chosen on a competi-
tive basis eight students from among
the men enrolled in the Normal Col-
lege who will constitute the debating
squad. From this squad will be chosen
two teams to represent the Normal
.College in competition with teams re-
presenting other Normal Colleges of
Texas, and four alternates. The stu-
dents who constitute the squad will be
assigned to coaches appointed by the
President of the Normal College from
members of the faculty, with whom
they will meet regularly, and to whom
they will be accountable as to the
teacher in any other course. They
will be graded and for successful
completion of the course receive three
term-hours credit, provided, however,
that such credit shall not absolve any
paid: of the eighteen term-hours in
English required for a diploma or for
a bachelor’s degree.
Application for admittance to the
course must be made to the head of
the English Department at the begin-
ning of the Winter term.
In the caption and the two para-
graphs of explanation above, all of
which are from the copy of the catalog
for next year, are found the results of
the deliberations of the Faculty Com-
mittee on the matter of providing
coaches for training the debating
teams for the intercollegiate contests
and for giving credit as it is earned
by the respective members of the de-
The report as adopted provides for
a generol reorganization of methods
of selecting participants for the inter-
collegiate contests to debate and a
method of arranging for other inter-
collegiate contests in debate and a
method of arranging for other inter-
collegiate contests in forensics. The
matter of arranging for and conduct-
ing intercollegiate contests will be
placed in the hands of the Oratorical
Council, a body to be composed of the
faculty coaches, a representative from
each of the men’s literary societies,]
(and women’s too, if the latter elect j
to engage in intercollegiate forensics)
and a member-of the Student’s Welfare
Council, the suggestions and decisions
oi this Oratorical Council to prevail
in all things not subject to adminis-
trative, faculty, or student review or
For our intercollegiate debaters, as
indicated above, eight men are to be
chosen competitively (in the fall term)
three from each of the literary socie-
ties and two from the college at large,
according to the present plans of the
Faculty Committee, who are given
discretionary powers in providing for
the' make-up of the squad, the train-
ing of it, and, with the cooperation
of the Oratorical Association, the
staging of theU:ontests. Once the de-
baters are chosen, they constitute the
Normal Debating Squad, from which
the active or actual representatives of
the College are to be chosen by the
coaches for each contest. Thus it is
possible for one society to have three
active representatives in the contests,
one or none, according to the relative
prowess of its representatives. The,
method also provides an opportunity
lor any student who wishes to par-
ticipate in debate or other forensics,
to take that opportunity without hav-
ing to belong to any literary society
as a prerequisite, provided he can de-
liver the goods of sufficient quantity
and quality to get a place on the
squad and stay there. It also insures
efficient- and systematic coaching to
those who make the squad and a mea-
sure of credit for their efforts in pre-
paring themselves to represent the in-
stitution, even though the coach does
not call them into the actual intercol-
legiate fray, thus automatically re-
moving one of the chief causes of un-
rest and friction in the old system.
All in all, the new arrangement, while
not perhaps wholly satisfactory to all
the interests concerned, is a distinct
advance over the old system, and af-
fords a useful nodal point for future
development and progress toward the
Aliment and Art.
Beneath the Mask.
The afternoon was hot and sultry,
and the streets of Easton were empty
of all traffic save a few pedestrians
who found it necessary to be there at
this hour of the day.
At the end of the street the postman
was entering the yard of a large grey
house. As he stepped upon the porch,
the front door was opened and a wo-
man came out to receive whatever
mail there might be for her.
“William”, she called, “here’s a let-
ter for you.”
. In a few minutes William ' came
slowly down the stairs rubbing his
eyes and yawning at intervals. He took
the letter without a word and went
upstairs again. As he entered his
room he closed the door behind him
and sat down on the bed to read the
letterfl He tore the envelope open,
pulled the paper out, and hastily
glanced over the contents. An invita-
tion to a house-party! Now was his
chance to meet other girls without al-
ways having Grace at his side. He’d
show his family that he didn’t have
to go with Grace.
Three houses down the street, Grace
was reading an invitation to a house-
party over and over. She kept won-
dering if William had got one also.
In her heart she hoped he hadn’t. For
once, she could meet boys without hav-
ing William look on with an expres-
sion of ownership, which invariably
drove the boys off in search of other
girls to talk to.
That evening when William came
to Grace’s house, it was some time
before she came downstairs. When
she did, her face wore an expression
which William had never seen, and
her eyes were shining.
“What makes you look so happy?”
he asked abruptly as he went forvrard
to meet her.
“Look at this”, she said, and handed
him an envelope. As he read the
note, his face fell, and he pulled a
note from his pocket and handed it to
her for her to read. They looked
at each other.
“I didn’t imagine you were invited,”
William said, trying his-best to smile.
“And I didn’t think you were” re-
torted Grace. “Isn’t this awful, Wil-
liam? We’re so tired of each other
that we are bored to death when we’re
together. And we have to go together
because we’ve always done it and our
families expect us to keep it up.”
“And the worst of it is, I guess we’ll
have to marry some day just because
everybody expects us to.”
“Oh, I have an idea, William. The
invitation says there’s to be a mas-
querade party the first night. Let’s
keep our costumes a secret from each
other and for one night forget" we’ve
ever heard of each other.”
“That suits me perfectly, only I’m
afraid' I can’t get up much of a cos-
tume without your help. I’ll do the
best I can, though.”
The next Thursday, William and
Grace boarded the train for a seven-
teen mile ride to the next station.
They were met at the train by the
hostess, Virginia Gay, and her mother.
They were put into the Gay car, and
taken to their lovely home where the
other guests were waiting.
“Dinner is at six”, Virginia said
as she took Grace to her room. “After
dinner we’ll get ready for our mas-
querade. I think we’ll have lots of
At dinner Grace sat next to William
as she had expected. Why couldn’t
her name be spoken without Wil-
liam’s? There were sixteen girls and
boys at the table and the conversa-
tion was lively.
After dinner they hastily retired to
their rooms to dress for the party.
Grace put on her lovely Bo-peep cos-
tume, being careful to fasten it- just
right. She fixed her hair a new way
and, as she heard the guests going
down the hall, she grabbed her long
crook and went quietly downstairs.
Such a hub-bub as was going on!
All the invited guests of the town had
arrived and such a conglomeration of
costumes! No one seemed aware oi
her entrance, so she slipped through
the crowd to the far end of the room.
She stood looking on to the crowd un-
. til the orchestra began to play. Pro ■
grams were hastily made out and the
Her first partner was a tall boy in
a Chinese, costume. After the • first
dance she asked her to go with him
for a drink.
“Let’s talk a while”, he said as he
set down his glass. He led her to a
seat where they could watch the other
dancers and talk at the same time.
“It’s natural to ask each other’s
names first,” he said, “but since these
are not to be disclosed, we’ll have to
talk about something else.”
So the conversation drifted to other
things. They talked about the dan-
cers, the costumes they wore, and
other impersonal things.
Finally a partner came up and
claimed Grace, and she had to leave
her entertaining company. Immediate-
ly after the dance, he came and asked
her to talk to him some more.
Grace was beginning to feel roman-
tic. If only she might see the face
of her partner. Just then she was
sure she caught sight of William
dancing with the same little girl he
had been dancing with all evening.
She gave a sigh of relief and contin-
ued talking to her new friend.
“Rou know,” he said finally, “I be-
lieve you’re the most entertaining girl
I’ve ever met. Somehow I enjoy
talking to you more than I do the
others. They seem so silly.”
Grace’s heart was beating fast. At
last she had a real admirer. And all
the time William was still dancing
v/ith his little prtner. How glad Grace
was that both of them had come.
Conversation became a little more
personal, but neither Grace nor her
friend even intimated who each was.
Grace was sure she had never met so
delightful a companion. She wonder el
where his home was and what his
name could be.
The tall boy in Chinese costume
watched her every movement with ad-
miring eyes. Here was one girl he
could talk to easily, and she was a
sensible girl, too. He must know her
Time flew and they still talked
heedless of the dancing that was going
on. It was time to unmask. The lights
flashed and masks were removed.
Grace looked at her companion, anx-
ious to see what he looked like. They
looked at each other and gasped.
“Well,” William said after a min-
ute, “We must not be as tired of each
other as we thought we were.”
* * * * *
The Quadrangle and the Drive-
The trolbles of a Star reporter are
not a few, for the other day I was
told to interview the quadrangle, the
drives, and walks on Normal Hill,
which are being improved lately, so as
to find what they thought of the im-
provements. Though it was a pretty
large order, as these walks and drives
have the reputation of being a “rough”
set, I started out.
The quadrangle, whose face is fur-
rowed with sorrow because the recent
rains caused the students to forsake
its hospitality, was the first on which
I called. “From a Star which some
careless student dropped,” said this
venerable watchman of the hill, “I see
that I am to have a new surface. of
rock screenings. By the way, speak-
ing of screenings, the student body
here needs screening, so that those who
seem to be majoring in campustry,
may be put at something where they
will accomplish more than they are
doing now. This sounds good to me,
for it has been a thorn in my side, so
to speak, to think that I, who am a
part of the highest in more ways than
mere altitude, to judge from remarks
which I have overheard, of any insti-
tution in this city, am falilng into a
disreputable state. Yes, I heartily in-
dorse this action of the administra-
tion, and, to show my appreciation,
will gladly become their means of
support, literally speaking, any time
they care to ask me.”
From the quadrangle, I went to the
drive- by which most of us reach
school each morning, that from the
Education Building to the Main Build-
ing. From my nc|tes, its remarks
were something like this: “I can’t al-
together agree with the quadrangle,
for I do not hesitate to say that a
surface of mere screenings, whether
ot rock or of students, does not suit
me. As I am very steep, automobiles
will scatter loose .gravel in getting
traction. Then, as boys seem to Jiink
that it is their predestined occupation
to throw rocks, it would be better for
the glass in the vicinity if there were
no rocks on the hill. Also, loose
gravel is hard on shoe soles, which
I know from intimacy of contact, are
growing thin. Also, loose gravel is
hard on the tires of the automobiles,
whose drivers never tire of driving to
the top of the hill to turn around.
Therefore, no criticisms, mind you,—
I got my system of argumentation
from the English Department—as
loose gravel will not suit me but a
tarviated surface will, I hold that my
surface should be tarviated.”
The walks to the Education Build •
ing stated that there had been less
profanity on their slopes since those
rocks on which students have persisted
in stumbling, have been taken up,
while the other drives on the hill
agreed that, though they didn’t carry
much traffic, a hard surface would
make them more popular, for boys and
girls could then stroll upon them with-
out slipping, and without getting their
shoes dusty. One drive in particular,
was quite indignant over the treatment
which it has received, for it said
that, as it is well shaded, it should by
all means be as popular as the south
side of the Main Building, which is
very public, and it would be if it
weren’t for the discomfort that students
feel when they walk upon it, because
of the loose gravel.
As I crossed the quadrangle on my
way to the Library Building, the quad-
rangle, whose hobby is being obliging,
asked me if I needed any more of its
opinions. Although I didn’t, I was glad
that it stopped me, for- I had left it
in such a hurry before that I had
failed to thank it for the service it
had rendered me in giving me the
material for a theme—no, they don’t
call them themes any more—for an ar-
ticle, which will perhaps raise my
batting average in English. Although
this interview doubtless helped me in
English, still it had its drawbacks,
for it seems now that all the inani-
mate and much used objects, such as
the stairs, the newspaper stand in the
library, or the drinking fountains, are
trembling with eagerness to express
their opinions on matters of interest
on the hill. No doubt their wishes
will be granted,' for I expect to inter-
view some of them soon, as I have
taken a liking to this type of work.
Rythmic Madness and Moonshine
Blue!- Blue! Blue!
What the hell’s the matter with you?
Cheer up, man, and raise a smile;
You’re not down by half a mile.
Twist your face and grow a grin;
Let a bit of sunshine in;
Look in a mirror a little while;
\ou look good when you start a smile.
Someone, somewhere cares for you,
Watches everything you do;
If your soul is crushed with care,
Smile a bit, and do and dare.—H. C
* * * * *
Today the nation celebrates,
Proclaims the day “To Mother,”
But think and think, no words I find
To tell how much I love her.
Her tendernes and purity,
Dear symbols of a mother,
Just make me nerve myself for fight,
And tell the world I love her!
So, when despondent I become,
And studies are a bore,
I like to turn my thoughts to home
And mother mine for evermore!—N.O.
Notes From the Board of Regent’s
President C. E. Evans returned Sat-
urday afternoon from the annua!'
meeting of the Board of Normal Re-
gents at Austin. At this meeting nom-
inations and election of the members
of the different faculties of the Nor-
mals were made and acted upon, and
all prospective vacancies were filled.
Five members of this faculty were
granted leaves of absence for another
year, to be in attendance at standard
universities for advanced studies. The
Board approved the.use of Local Dis-
trict No. 2 as a rural demonstration
school for this Normal. This is the
newly incorporated district across the
river from the city, which recently
voted a local tax for maintenance. It
lies generally to the east and north of
the city between the Blanco and San
Red: “Why, trigonometry is as easy
as falling off a log.”'--. .
^ Ed: “Maybe so; my trouble is in
finding the log.”
* * * * *
Mr. T.: “Differentiate comedy and
C.: “When a man is shot, it is a
tragedy; when he is only half-shot, it
is usually a comedy.”
Miss Laura Owens, B. A.
Miss Owens, who needs no formal
introduction to the students of S. W.
T. N. C., has proved herself to be a
faithful and efficient Y. W. C. A. Ca-
binet member. During this year, she
has been head of the Exchange, and
has given hours of service *which few
She made her first appearance at
this school in 1903, shortly after the
opening of the institution. The school
must have, made a deep impression
on her, as she came back for .a year’s
work in 1910; and although, in the
meantime, she took on summer work
in our own State University, she is
here with us again this year. It is
here at S. W. T. N. C. that she will
receive her B. A. degree. She is spec-
ializing in Spanish.
Throughout her college career, she
has made a splendid record. The honor
roll is sufficient testimony. She has
been a winner so far as class work
is concerned, but a loser when it comes
to fountain pens and purses.
While here in 1910, Miss Owens was
treasurer of the Comenian Society. We
notice this society is “no more.” The
signification may or may not be im-
portant. Probably not. Some people
are laboring under the false impres-
sion that she is very dignified and se-
date, but we know her to be full of
life and fun. We cannot help but re-
mark how wonderfully Miss Owens
has “come out” since her association
with the Freshman.
But after all, we cannot find a truer
friend or a more faithful student on
* * * * *
Jesse Edmonston, B. S.
Jesse Edmonston, better known as
“Bubba”, was born on Normal Hill on
July 9, 1900, in the house now occupied
by Miss Bernice Moore. Jesse is not
much farther from his starting point
than he was twenty-one years ago.
He was graduated from San Marcos
High School in 1917, carrying with
him the honor of “Sergeant-atArms.”
“Bubba” entered S. W. T. N. C. in
the Summer of 1917 as old Junior or
College Freshman. Jesse’s progress
inspired him to take his 1917-18 school-
ing in A. & M. Having completed the
regular session of 1917-18, he returned
to San Marcos where he was pro-
moted to the ice wagon for the sum-
mer. Jesse said he had just as soon do
something else as to work on an ice
wagon, so he re-entered A. & M., tak-
ing a course in civil engineering. Here
he also received, a commission as Ser-
geant in the S. A. T. C. Unit.
Bubba did not grow ostentatious
over his promotion, for he returned to
San Marcos in the summer of 1919
and resumed his official job of sling-
ing ice, and other things. During the
session of 1919-1920 at A. & M., Bubba
grew tired of the army life and joined
a civilian company known as “The
Sons of Rest”. During the summer of
1920, Jesse spent three weeks in Hous-
ton as a hash slinger. He resigned
at the restaurant and joined the En-
gineering Department of Humble Oi!
Co., where he worked for seven months
as an Humble servant.
In the fall of 1920 he entered S. W.
T. N. C. as a Senior and completed
all of his work for a degree except:
Practice Teaching. It was in this
course that he found that his “old
line” would not “go”. He was Asso-
ciate Editor of the Star in the Spring
and President of his class in the Sum-
mer. He taught a school in Gonzajes
county this past se*eion with great
success. Jesse makes a success of al-
most anything he attempts. We will
always remember him as a jazz-or-
chestra player. He even knows the
language of the piano, for he makes
it talk. Bubba has accepted a posi-
tion as science teacher in the San
Benito High School.
Dean Birdwell’s Speech at Huntsville
The last speaker at the general ses-
sion (the recent Rural Life Confer-
ence held at Huntsville under the au-
spices of the Normal there) was Pre-
sident A. W. Birdwell, of the newly
created Stephen F. Austin Normal
College (to be located at Nacogdoches)
who reviewed the financial aspect of
education in Texas. Taxation, state
and local, he said, is the principal fac-
tor in determining what our educa-
tional progress is to be. A full and
just rendition of property would in-
crease educational revenues fifty per
cent and result in a twenty dollar per
capita scholastic apportionment. In ad-
dition, a- severance tax on oil, lum-
ber, salt, and other natural resource's
would be in line with the progressive
steps already taken by several of the
statesr In its last analysis, President
Birdwell’s view is that we shall have
just as good schools as we are willing
to ■ pay for.—The Houstonian.
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