The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 38, Ed. 1 Saturday, July 21, 1923 Page: 3 of 4
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(This column ol observation by Kol-
lege Press and clippings from other
college papers and periodicals is main-
tained, not only as a means whereby
to voice the opinion of K. P., but also
to serve as an open forum to show
the thought of the college world at
large, as well as to offer an opportunity
for a little nonsensical literature and
harinelss satire or take-off.)
Profs Still Tend to Be Human
Certain, of the state's weekly jour-
nals have taken it upon themselves to
slam the Varsity ed and co-ed with
imaginary and putrid tales of woe,
all comic magazines make them the
butt of countless jokes, and serious-
minded philosophical and literary genii
submit page after page of criticism and
grim prophesy concernong the fate of
these hopeless beings, but seldom is
the name of the professor mentioned.
Certainly not, for a few centuries ago,
some semi-conscious sap designated
the university professor as an eccen-
tric, pessimistic, literary fanatic who
was bald-headed and carried a parasol,
and no great number of mortals has
since seen fit to correct this idea.
But, sad to say, this time-worn adage
nas been found greatly at fault when
applied to the faculty members of Texas
University. Whether the local bearers
of the Royal Key of Knowledge are
exceptions to the rule has not yet been
decided, but the most of them are found
to be unusually human in manner and
in the means by which they dispose of
their spare time.
Profs Go in for Sports.
Instead of dashing madly from the
classrooms to their offices and devot-
ing every extra moment to a study of
why friend Oliver Cromwell had Iron-
sides and when “x” will probably be
equal to “y” again, many of them mean-
der toward home, actually speaking to
such students as they happen to know
and many others with whom they are
not well acquainted, don their ice-
cream pants, and, tennis racquet in
hand, hot-foot it to a nearby court
where they forget for awhile that stack
of quiz papers which they might be
looking over. Though scarcely believ-
able, it has been rumored that some
few profs have actually engaged in
these athletic contests with students,
and that still more have openly discuss-
ed going fishing with certain fortunate
Few Attend Movies.
A distinctly minor portion of the fa-
culty favors the movies, ten of its
members, upon being asked what Ru-
dolph Valentino was, guessed every-
thing from hair tonic to shaving
cream, but a good proportion of them
are heartily enthusiastic for fishing.
Several instances have been cited
wherein students, considering them-
selves more or less clever, were out-
witted in their attempts to merely se-
cure the good will of the instructors
by asking them to go fishing with
them, when the said profs accepted the
invitations with a still more clever
smile and held the boy to the deal.
And, strange to say, although such stu-
dents received no exceptionally high
grades in return for their trouble, each
and every victim .has testified that he
really enjoyed his little rod and reel
escapade with his super-cunning pro-
fessor. Not one found his guest the
least bit overbearing, unpleasantly in-
telligent, or unwilling to catch his
share of the grasshopper bait and for-
get that he had a nineteen coach string
oi degree letters tied to his cognomen
when he was in the realm of civiliza-
tion. At least fifty per cent of the
faculty is emphatically in favor of any
and all forms of the angling art and
may easily be inveigled into going
forth in search of the game fish most
any time. -
Most of instructors are twice as
ever-ready as a safety rador when it
comes to engaging in the so prevalent
practice of “woofing the boys”, pro-
vided the topic selected for discussion
is of at least mediocre quality. This
is especially typical of the members
of the English department, simply drop
into one’s office sometime when he has
an idle hour, and whether reading a
Whiz Bang or studying Boswell’s
“Life of Sambo Johnson”, he’ll drop
his book, ask you to be seated, and
talk to you indefinitely about anything
from the evils of the Volstead Act to
why Austin’s traffic system is so per-
fectly regulated. Seldom is the English
prof, if sufficiently young, at loss for
material on why the Volstead Act
shouldn’t have happened and of how the
prices ranged on “beay and light wines”
when he was yet pursuing the paths
of knowledge in gay Paree and there-
about. He spends a goodly portion of
his time in just such manner, is ever
glad to discuss any question arising
from one of his courses, concerning
which he knows the apparently inter-
ested stude seldom has the slightest
intention of worrying about once out
of the ocice, invites him back again,
and with that permanent little “I’ve
got your number smile”, bids him fare-
The religious stude also never fails
to find faculty members attending ser-
vices, regardless of the denomination,
and usually these persons are serving
in the capacity of Bible instructors,
choir leaders, and such, instead of
merely attending church. By far, the
larger portion of faculty members are
conscientious church goers and with-
out attempting to step in and abolish
at a blow all the supposed evils of the
institution, quietly go about suggesting
remedies and letting their lights shine
into all the dark corners of student
activities without the binding glare of
So, all things considered, and es-
pecially the fact that they aren’t nec-
essarily supposed to be devinely creat-
ed individuals who should be minus
each and every fault, profs are not so
bad, for after all, they are only human.
The Happy Medium.
Apparently, being a medium is not
as easy as some people think. The
profession is, in fact, so dicicult, and
is becoming so crowded with incompe-
tent, ignorant mediums that the Illin-
ois Spiritualist Association is going to
establish a college which will raise the
A thorough-going three-year course*
will be necessary to train the future
mediums; one can imagine the high-
sounding titles of “Ectoplasm 56” or
"Photography A”, or “Ventriloquistics
10”. The entrance requirements are
designed to develop that democratic
student body appropriate to such a
science—anyone with a grade-school
education is eligible. And at the end,
the successful scholars receive certifi-
cates proving that they are certified
mediums. This is expected to put the
“fake” mediums completely out of bu-
sinss,—a step of public benevolence on
the part of the association.
Another improvement is the estab-
lishing of a home for Aged Mediums.
It seems that mediums age very quick-
ly. The work undoubtedly is of an
exhausting nature; constant communi-
cation with the “outside” results in
premature baldness, loss of appetite
and general decline. The profession
might even die- out under such adverse
conditions if the prospective medums
were offered no inducements. At any
rate, it is exceedingly thoughtful of
the association to provide for the grad-
uates of its college. Would that all
professional schools could do as much.
(Ohio State Daily)
Critics of college education today
indicate as one of its major faults the
tendency of students to do no more
than go to class with a notebook and
copy lectures by the instructor. They
assert that the average student—and
he is many thousand® in number—
is little more than a mechanical tool;
he copies but never thinks for him-
self. Originality is declared to be
made impossible by this process; the
product of the process of education
is merely a type which conforms to
the mold of the conventional.
Whether or not this criticism be
just, it must be admitted that stu-
dents generally depend too much on
the instructor. Everything is hand-
ed to them in a patent form—ideas,
formulas, principles, and doctrines.
Nothing is doubted except in rare in-
As James Harvey Robinson pointed
out in his recent valuable book, most
of the ideas and doctrines of the pres-
ent generation have been inherited
from past centuries. We of this day
merely have the word of people of
other centuries that many things are
as they are, or are at all. We tend
merely to scratch the surface of the
most commonplace things and to swal-
low the whole. As Professor Robin-
son advocates, a spirit of intellectual
independence should be roused.
Yale attains this end in part by
means of the Yale Union, which af-
fords opportunity for open discussion
of matters of common importance. Re-
ligion, politics, science, literature—all
are debated and discussed. Some simi-
lar group on the campus here could
perform a signal service for the Uni-
versity and the students by promoting
these discussion groups. They un-
doubtedly give a rounded quality to
a university education.
Big Elephant Goes Mad About Movies
“Oscar”, the elephant, who plays a
leading role in Thomas H. Ince’s pro-
duction of “Soul of the Beast”, devel-
oped a mania for screen appearances
during his eight weeks’ association with
the movie company.
“Oscar” is a prize member of the
Selig Zoo and he became violently
attached to all the members of the Ince
company while C. Gardner Sullivan’s
great human interest story was in pro-
duction. Early every morning he would
begin to stamp and trumpet in his im-
patience to get out on location for he
knew that work meant sugar.
Since the completion of the story
the trainer has written several times
to Mr. Ince telling him how much
“Oscar” misses the petting of his fel-
low workers and the admiration that
his fine acting aroused.
This Metro picture tells the story
of a ilttle circus girl who runs away
with the circus elephant, and of their
adventures in the Canadian backwoods.
It will be seen Monday and Tuesday at
the Palace Theatre.
Gloria’s Stunning Gowns.
At least a dozen stunning, startling,
dazzling creations will be worn by
Gloria Swanson in her new Paramount
picture, “The Impossible Mrs. Bellew”.
This may interest such women as are
interested in Gloria Swanson’s beauti-
ful gowns. The picture comes to the
Palace Theatre today and tomorrow.
Conrad Nagel is leaidng man.
POETRY AND OTHERWISE
Tell me not, in idle jingle,
Marriage is an empty dream,
For the girl is dead that’s single,
And things are not what they seem,
Life is long, and youth is fleeting,
And our hearts, if there we search,
Still 'like steady drums are beating
Anxious marches to the church.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of life,
Be not like, dumb, driven cattle;
Be a woman, be a wife!
Lives of married folks remind us
We can live our lives as well,
And, departing leave behind us;—
Such examples as will tell.
Let us then be up and doing,
With the heart and head begin;
Still aching, still pursuing,
Learn to labor, and to win!—Handout.
I felt his soft toulch upon my cheek,
And the gentle touch of his hand;
His very presence near me
Seemed like a breeze on desert sand.
He deftly sought my lips,
My head he did enfold;
Then he broke the silence with,
‘Shall the filling be amalgam or gold?’
Strict is my professor; I shall not
He maketh me to study references;
he criticiseth my work.
He restoreth my fright; he maketh
me to recite though my knees shake.
Yet I walk through the maze of lines
I shall not get there; and many are
He giveth me a test in the presence
of my class mates ;
He useth no mercy; my grief run-
Surely zeros and failures shall fol-
low me all the days of my life; and I
shall dwell in old S.W.T.T.C. forever.
METHODIST REVIVAL TO
CLOSE NEXT SUNDAY
Large crowds continue to attend the
revival at the Methodist church and
up to Monday night twenty-five had
come forward and professed conver-
sion, many others coming for prayer
Evangelist L. J. Miller is hitting
some telling blows at present day evils
and is constantly calling the church to
a deeper religious life and more loyal
support of the Master’s cause. The
singing, led by Prof. Milam, is a greot
feature, the large choir loft being filled
with singers at every service, with Mrs.
Crowell playing the piano acompani-
The Baptist, Presbyterian, and
Christian churches are lending splen-
did cooperation and Bro. Perry, the
pastor, expresses his gratitude at each
service for this splendid spirit.
The revival will continue until Sun-
day night with morning and evening
services except Saturday, when there
will be no service, but all will rest
preparatory for the great climax of
three services Sunday when it is ex-
pected one of the greatest revivals ever
held in San Marcos will come to a
The Very One.
A certain automobile manufacturer
claimed to have put a car together in
A few weeks after this event was
heralded in the newspaper a voice on
the telephone asked;
“Is it true that your factory put a
car together in seven minutes?”
“Oh, nothing. But I believe I have
that car!”—Literary Digest.
Smith: “Who are you working for
Jones: “Same people—wife and five
There is no place like our fountain
for cool, refreshing drinks. Ice
cream, ices, sodas and sundaes ser-
ved just right. Home-made candies
made fresh every day.
KING’S and PANGBURN’S
THE SI VDENTS’ SHOP
AH Work Guaranteed. One
NORWOOD’S TAILOR SHOP
Normal Hill Luncheonette
Candy, Cold Drinks, Tobacco
Our sandwiches are the best. Leave ordert
for picnic parties with
Breaking all records in value-giving
IT IS GRATIFYING TO KNOW THAT WHEN WE ANNOUNCE THE
OPENING OF A SALE, THE PEOPLE SO READILY
RESPOND—BUT "THERE IS A REASON”—
ALWAYS UNEXPECTED VALUES ARE
FOUND. THIS_SALE CONTINUES
WITH SLASHING REDUC-
TIONS ON ENTIRE
CLEAN UM SALE OF SHOES!
Black Satin Slippers; values up
to $7.50, slashed to:
$4.95 and $5.85
Suede Slippers, values to $8.50,
Tremendous reductions on all
white shoes priced from $2.85
LADIES SILK HOSE
1.75 values ..............
2.25 values ..............
2.50 values ’.............
3.00 values ..............
3.50 values ..............
| Special Lot of Voile Dresses!!
ON SALE SATURDAY AND MONDAY
SLASHING REDUCTIONS ON
Lot No. 1.............................................$1.98
Lot No. 3 Felt Hats.............................
$2.95, $4.48, $5.89
CLEAN UM UP SALE OF
Values to $29.50, sale.........$16.85
Values up to $27.50, sale......13.85
Values up to $22.50, sale... 11.85
EXCLUSIVE LADIES SHOP
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The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 38, Ed. 1 Saturday, July 21, 1923, newspaper, July 21, 1923; San Marcos, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth614265/m1/3/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State University.