The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 10, No. 34, Ed. 1 Saturday, June 24, 1922 Page: 2 of 4
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THE NORMAL STAR
Summer Term, 1922.
Editor-in-Chief______ Henry Pochman
Mgr, Editor__________—Alfred J. Ivey
O. C. Stroman, Robert Saunders,
Elizabeth Fulton, Lynda Remy, Arlyn
Johnson, D. L- Walker, Paul Milam,
Wylie Summers, H. E.f Raison, Frank-
lin Herndon, Le Gare Atmar, Marie
Lusk, Frances Donaldson and Laura
Business Manager--------Alfred Weir
Published weekly during the school
year by the students of the Southwest
Texas Normal College.
Entered as second-class matter, Nov.
21, 1921, at the post office at San Mar-
cos, Tex., under Act of March 3, 1879.
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ness to the business manager.
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'22? ’23? ’24? 25???
Look-a-here, ye old studes and Stu-
dettes, we have been going to school'
something like three weeks, and we
haven’t shown a single spark of class
spirit. Don’t you think it high time
that we get together and organize our
classes, elect the officers, the Student
Welfare Committee, etc? Why, an
outsider can hardly distinguish a Fresh-
man from a Junior, except by the time
honored verdant hue of one of the
above mentioned classes. We need to
have all the classes organized, from
the First Year to the College Senior,
so that there will be a little spirit and
pep shown at the class games that are
going to be played this summer on
Evans Field. _ /
And too, how are we going to have
a Student Welfare Council this sum-
mer if the classes do not organize? It
is absolutely necessary for the classes
to organize before- a Welfare Commit-
tee can be elected. We have a tem-
porary one in operation at present, but
the ones now • serving do not feel that
they are true representatives of the
student body this summer.
Let’s get together some off chapel
period next week and show our old
time form and class loyalty by organ-
izing the different classes.
JUST FOR FUN
Why are we Americans such lovers
of a joke? We have gotten several
tips from students, all to the effect that
they want the Star thoroughly spiced,
as they term it, with jokes. The idea
Is a fine one to ponder and think aboil
a little. We must not lose sight of
the fact that this is essentially a
school paper; that we cannot, as some
would have us do, .make a Blunderbuss,
or a Scalper out of it. We shall try
to keep a balance of things however.
While one student wants jokes, hu-
mor, and quibbles, the other wants due
attention given ,to the organization to
which he belongs, the next wants to
see the athletic feature developed more,
the next wants to us the Star as a
means of expression of his literary ex-
ploitations; so that it resolves itself
into quite a task to give the student
body, as a whole, exactly the thing they
desire. Let us look a little more close-
ly into our love of humor.
We are internationally famous for
our wit. We have not excelled or even
equalled other people in poem, novel
or play, but what nation has surpassed
us as humorists? And of all Ameri-
cans, who can equal the college student
as a joker,—someone immediately ask-
ed, “Who can equal him as a joke?”
There you are—somebody saw a quibble
Well, as the pedagogue would say,
“in the first place”, we as a pioneer
people have had such hardships and
privations to combat that we could not
afford to tolerate inefficiency or senti-
mental repining. In those hard days
Prints fancy Stationery, Re-
cital Programs, Cards, Grad-
uating Announcements — Let
us show you our slock.
of the colonists it was laugh or go
mad, and to this day we have not .got-
ten over the idea of ridiculing the in-
efficient or melancholy sentamentalist.
Thus it happens that a great number
of our qollege jokes are composed of
the student’s own ridicule of himself
as a failure either in class or in love.
In the second place (Rhetorics tell
us to be sure to use “in the second
place” if we have used “in the first
place”) in the second place, we have
until recently been an exceedingly sane,
healthy-minded, normal folk. Especially
has this been true of college students,
despite appearances to the contrary.
And all sane people have an abounding
sense of humor.
So we American people, and especial-
ly we college people have done a great
deal of laughing, because in our pani-
ty, we have realized that man is the
only animal that laughs at himself—
or hs reason to. Dean Hollidy of the
College bf Arts and Sciences of the
University of the City of Toledo, who
seems to be an authority on the sub-
ject of college humor says, “The chief
reason has always been incongruity.
Probably nine-tenths of the jokes to be
read in the various college publications
are based on the incongruity of things
in general on the college campus.”
Emerson has said, “The difference
from me is the measure of the ridicu-
lous,” and goes .on Mr. Holliday, “Any
student looking at a college professor
feels like agreeing with Mr. Emerson.
Hence (to use professional language),
a multitude of college jokes deal with
the poor pedagogue and other incon-
gruous things about the campus
Indeed, the vast amount of American
humor is founded on our national in-
congruities—the Georgia “Cracker”
versus the Down East Yankee, the
Carolina “Tar Heel” versus the breezy
New Yorker, the New England college
graduate versus the Western gold-dig-
ger, Mark Twain corralled the idea in
that famous conversation between the
western miner, Scotty, and the New
“Are you the duck that runs the gos-
pel-mill next door?”
“Am I the—pardon me, I believe I do
With another sigh and a half-sob,
Scotty rejoined: “Why you see, we
are in a bit of trouble, and the boys
thought maybe you would give us a
lift if we would tackle you—that is if
I’ve got the rights of it and you are
the head-clerk of the doxology—works
“I am the shepherd of the flock
whose‘fold is next door.”
“The spiritual advisor of the little
company of believers whose sanctuary
adjoins these premises.”
Scotty scratched his head, reflected
a moment, and then said:
“You rather hold oyer me, pard! I
recken I can’t call your hand. Ante
and pass the buck!”
“How? I beg pardon. What did I un-
derstand you to say?”
“Well, you’ve rather got the bulge
on me. Or maybe we’ve both got the
bulge somehow. You don’t smoke me,
and I don’t smoke you. You see, one
ol the boys has passed in the checks
and we want to give him a swell send-
off, and so the thing_ I’m on now is
to roust out somebody to jerk a little
chin-music for us and waltz him
This mixture of races, this friction
of classes, this clash of opinions, have
given our language a whimsical twist
that is a constant source of amuse-
ment. What tremendous amount of
slang and mutilated English originates
on the college campus! Wherever sev-
ral types of people meet, this pictur-
esque gibberish is sure to spring up.
You can note it for yourself in any
“beanery” aven here in San Marcos.
“Two fried eggs. Don’t fry ’em
hard”, says the customer. “Adam ahd
Eve in the Garden. Leave their eyes
open!” shouts the waiter.
“Mutton broth in a hurry”, says the
customer. “Baa-baa in the rain. Make
him run.” shouts the waiter.
“Beefsteak and onions”, says the
customer. “John Bull, Make him a gin-
ny”, shouts the waiter.
“Where’s my baked potato?” asks
the customer. “Mrs. Murphy in a seal
skin coat!” shouts the waiter.
“Poached eggs and toast”, says the
customer. “Bride and groom on a raft
in the middle of the ocean”, shouts
“Chicken croquettes,” says the cus-
tomer. “Fowl ball!” shouts the waiter.
“Hash”, says the customer. “Gentle-
man wants to take a chance !” shouts
“I’ll take hash, too”, says the next
customer. “Another sport!” shouts the
“Glass of milk”, says a customer.
“Let it rain!” shouts the waiter.
“Frankfurters and sauerkraut, good
and hot”, says another customer. “Fi-
do, Shep, and a bale of hay!” shouts
the waiter, “ and let ’em sizzle.”
See for yourself then, how many a
college joke is born of a play of words,
puns, perverse figures of speech, and
abnormal contortions of meanings. _ It
is the college man’s natural rebellion
agaiinst too much uniformity or class-
And that leads us to another source
of these college jokes—the student’s
inborn- romanticism. It exhibits itself
manly in his tremendous, unabashed,
astonishing exaggeration. He shows it
in his speech^ he reveals it in his ath-
letics, he declares it in his love-making,
he screams it in his dress. This power
of exaggeration is rampant in our col-
lege humor; the mighty fabrications of
imagination .conceived by college stu-
dents—especially around examination
time—are the marvel of the unsophis-
ticated outsider. It is an ancient trait,
this American genius for expanding an
idea. Long ago Ben Franklin told the
British that ‘1the very'1 tails of the
sheep in America are so laden with
wool that each has a little car or wagon
on four wheels to support and keep it
from trailing on the ground”. And
even today the Westerner tells you that
the California trees are so tall that it
takes three men to look to the top of
them, one man beginning where the pre-
vious one left off.
The college student has, further-
more, followed another American char-
acteristic in his humor in insisting on
a certain moral sincerity in all per-
sons, in all things—plain morality, if
you will, in the broadest sense of the
word. His jokes have in the main been
a ptea for hard common sense, for
lack of hypocrisy and affection, for
ordinary, practical decency in thought
and action. A great many jokes in
student periodicals, when reduced to
the final analysis, amount simply to
the question: “Why be a fool, men-
tally, physically, or morally?”
These, then, are some of the
causes of the college humor,
or of American humor in gen-
eral—incongruity, mutilated English,
exaggeration and a demand for com-
mon sense standards of thought, action
and morality. The joke-mill grinds
busily on every college campus, and
this is well; for when an individual,
community, or nation ceases to be hu-
morous, that individual, community or
nation is drifting toward the rocks of
pessimism, hopelessness and madness.
Apparently American college students
are1 in no present danger.
Do you want to learn to speak in pub-
lic? If so, come to the Chautauqua
Literary Society, Monday morning at
nine o’clock. We have a society for
men, ia place where you can develop
your talent as a speaker and have a
good time at the same place. If you
want to get acquainted with the men
of the Normal this is the place for you.
Spend an hour on Monday morning
in a crowd of enthusiastic men who
are striving to better themselves and
are willing to help you. Lets all get
together and put some pep on Normal
hill. There is nothing that will fit
you for the week’s work like an hour
spent in room 12 with the members
of our Sooiety. We are in for fun
and fun that will help us to develop
our natural ability. >
The old members of the society are
expected to present themselves ready
for work, and with enough pep to set
old Normal hill buzzing as in times of
the past. Every old member come and
bring a new one is the attitude we ex-
pect of you.
This summer session will provide a
means for those who expect to do so-
oiety work next fall to get in with the
swing of things now and be ready to
take the lead in September. If you ex-
pect to go out and teach school you
should become accustomed to thinking
on your feet. There is no better place
on Normal hill than the Chautauqua
Literary Society .to acquire this prac-
Can you debate? If so, keep in
practice, if not, come and learn how,
by doing so. Can you declaim? We
have a place for you to show your ta-
lent, if not come and try. Do_ you
understand parliamentary order, if not,
come and see how the thing is done.
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If you are interested in any kind of
public work you need to be in a so-
ciety—the Chautauqua is a good one.
Our constitution was revised last fall
and is now up to the present day
standards. Come and see, and be one
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Louis, Mo., died last Wednesday af-
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Miss Mary Stuart Butler. Mr. But-
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ler was born in Buckland, Mass., Sept.
18, 1831. He was a successful student,
teacher and composer in the field of
music. He was one of the prominent
music supervisors in the middle Wesi*
As supervisor of music in St Louis,
St. Joseph, Montana, and Indianapolis,
he had great success. He was the com-
poser of many songs that are now be-
ing used by the schools over the coun-
try. For many years he was an elder
in the Presbyterian church to which
he belonged. He is' survived by his
daughter and one son, Mr. J. W. But-
ler, of Chicago. The Star, speaking for
the student body and the faculty, ten-
ders its deepest sympathy to daugh-
ter and son in their bereavement.
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