The Simmons Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 30, Ed. 1, Saturday, April 23, 1927 Page: 1 of 4
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SIMMONS UNIVERSITY ABILENE TEXAS SATURDAY APRIL 23 1927
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Cowgirls Will Sponsor Irl Allison's "Royal Purple Program " Friday
By Ray Gay Rat
Editor's note Dub gave Ray the
privilege of writing the Iron this
week for Sophs. Thanks for the mistake.
The course in Campusology is
flourishing and all partakers are mak-
ing high grades. If Greek were that
easy I could make a few A's.
We hear much of Barber Shop
philosophy but I just invite you to
visit the tennis courts each afternoon
from six to seven.
Tho Band manager has to carry a
portable around to talk and sing for
him. To bad he is so bashful.
Chief Pickins said he was going to
whip the next one that mentioned
student elections to him.
Spring weather works wonders on
thriving red mustaches. For particu-
lars see Bill Carter. Fritz says his
was cut eastern style.
Anyone having a late report on our
Senior president please turn it in to
Brand office. 4 a. m. dates and spe-
cial Eastern dinners are rather hard
on the constitution.
We are proud of the fact that wo
have among our faculty some of the
best spellers in tho world. Dean Olsen
would have made a hundred but Dr.
Cooper has a peculiar habit of shield-
ing his paper while writing
Lloyd Miller thinks that man has
always been the leader and has had
tho last word in all decisions. Wait
a few more years Lloyd and then give
We are proud of our Soph quartet
consisting of Rathmell Cureton
Davenport and Daley. Hear their
concert each morning at ten a. m.
over in the Soph corner.
PIANIST WILL PLAY
AND ENTERTAIN WITH
PICTURES AND LECTURE
FEATURES CARLSBAD CAVERN
AND SANGRE DE CRISTO
MOUNTAINS AS SETTING OF
HIS POPULAR NOVELS.
Professor Irl Allison head of tho
piano department will give a "Royal
Purple program" under the auspices
of the S. U. Cowgirls Friday eve-
ning April 29th. This concert and
lecture will feature the Carlsbad
Cavern conceded to bo tho eighth
wonder of the world and the Sangrc
de Cristo Mountains both of which
are settings of Allison's popular
novels "Through The Years" and
"Carl of tho Caverns." Prof. Allison
will play a group of his own composi-
tions. Prof. Allison has given his "Royal
Purple Program" twenty times since
January and many times previous to
Irl Allison is rightfully given the
title the "Moses of Music" because
of the work he has done and the dis-
tinction ho is now attaining. Eminent
critics have noticed that even in his
novels he is bringing tho American
people to an appreciation of the fine
arts in fact all of his musical com-
positions are dedicated to the purpose
of creating a renaissance in this
country. It is Mr. Allison's intent to
do for Americans and their attitude
towards music what Moses did for the
children of Israel lead them out of
SIMMONS MAN ENTERS
T. S. 0. A. CONTEST FRI.
Cdwgirls Drum Major and Mascot
SIMMONS IS HOSTESS
TO HIGH SCHOOLS
Simmons University Is again to play
the part of hostess! April 22nd and
23rd high schools from all parts of
this district will como together for the
largest intcrscholastic meet of the
year. There will bo essay contests
declamation contest spelling contests
and nil forms of athletic work. Many
of the faculty members and student
body are to act as judges in the vari-
ous events. We have many things of
interest to show them. Every student
should do his part to make them feel
at homo. Give them an opportunity to
know what Simmons has to offer
them. High school students you arc
MERLE ALCOCK WILL
BE PRESENTED IN
FINAL LYCEUM NUMBER
NOTED SINGER'S APPEARANCE
IS LOOKED FORWARD TO
WITH GREAT INTEREST
Miss Willie Rny McDonald head of Physical Education department and
teacher of speech arts who is the official drum-major of the S U. Cowgirls;
and Grace Elizabeth Compere daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E- T. Compere and
grand-daughter of President nnd Mrs. J. D Sandefcr who has served as
mascot of the pep squad sinco its organization.
The boys gave Prexy a rising vote
of thanks for postponing tho day for
the collection. The girls did not think
so much of the idea.
The cold wind Thursday made us all
shake like a boy proposing to a girl.
Ray Barrett was feeling warm enough
but ho has never had the other x-perience.
Dub's head looks like he had con-
fetti on it but its only peeling off
from a eood blistering. Though he
can't grow new hair he may bo able
to grow new skin.
Floyd Sitton represented Simmons
Friday in the T. S. 0 A. contest at
S. M. U. in Dallas. He won out in the
local elimination contest last week
over Luther Kinard Harold Gage
and John B. Stephen
Sitton and Bill Sutton made the
trip to Dallas. The prizes in tho con-
test are fifty dollars for first place
thirty for second and twenty for
Simmons has failed to place in the
T. S. O. A. contest only twice in the
last twelve years. Luther Kinard
represented Simmons last year.
FRESHMEN CLASS HOLDS
PLEDGE LOYALTY TO "KOLLEGE
SIRKUS" AND ALL
After caroful consideration and
much dilligent study we arrive at
the conclusion that "There is no
Ribble said his nose was just sun
blistered and not at all sore. It looks
as if some one has been pulling It.
I wonder who?
ART DEPARTMENT WILL
OFFER MANY COURSES
The Freshman Class is beginning
to have the real spirit of the Uni-
versity and hag been having a num
ber of meetings lately. Many plans
for the great event the College Slrkus
were discussed and although nothing
definite was settled every Freshman
pledged himself to do his part in mak-
ing it a great success.
TWO SIMMONS YOUTHS
MERIT HIGH HONORS
Vivacious jolly cheerful and all
other words relnted to "joy" that's
Miss Willie Ray McDonald well-
known sponsor of the famous Cowgirl
Pep organization. As drum major
she has led the girls over many grid-
irons of the state. In her beautiful
uniform of purple and gold satin S.
U. boots and large Cowboy hat she
has showed her ability as a leader.
Miss McDonald has been connected
with Simmons University since 1918.
She received her A. B. degree in 1922
and gradunted in expression the fol-
lowing summer During the time she
spent as a student in Simmons she
took an interest in muny extra-curricula
She had an active part in the B. S.
U. Council dramatic club and was a
member of all varsity basketball
teams. In her Senior year she was
given tho highest honor that can be
bestowed upon a girl by a student
body that of being elected College
The following year she was made a
member of tho faculty and she has
proved herself to bo as capable as an
instructor as she was as a student.
She is head of the physical depart-
ment for women and is a teacher of
Speech Arts. Since her graduation
Miss McDonald has attended several
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COWGIRLS' MASCOT IS
FAITHFUL PEP MEMBER
WILL BE PRESENTED
Interesting and extensive- courses
are to bo offered by the art depart-
ment under the capable supervision
of Miss A. M. Carpenter and her
assistants during the summer term
and next 'winter.
Practical work will be done and
great pleasure can be derived from the
splendid range of courses to bo given.
Among them are classes in Art Struc-
ture Color Design Drawing Paint-
ing both oil and water color. Costume
Design Interior Decoration Posler
and Advertising Design Stage Craft
Public! School Supervisor's and Teach-
ers' courses and Basket and Leather
All the courses offered lead to a
'degree. They are of great value and
the art work-offered in Simmons is
comparable to that given in any other
universities and schools.
"Tid" the little golden-haired Cow-
girl has beon with the pep organiza-
tion two years. Last year at tho be-
ginning of tho football season she was
chosen as official mascot of the squad.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
E. T. Compere and tho granddaughter
of President and Mrs. J. D. Sandefcr.
She is a real Cowgirl because she has
participated in almost every game that
the S. U. Cowgirls have. Dressed in
her clever costume which is only a
miniature of those of tho larger girls
she has led tho drills that the squad
has become famous for. Sho is a very
faithful member and has never missed
a meeting When "Tid" grows up it
is expected that she will appear in the
full regalia of the S. U. Cowgirls
und no uniform could over be more
deserved than the one she will don
when she becomes a fair co-ed of
Simmons. Stay in there Tid!
Material for tho Corral must be in
the hands of the editor by Monday
April 25. All students are urged to
submit material that the Spring issue
muy bo the best one of the year.
Tho Corral will be ready for dis-
tribution sometime during the first
part of May.
Merle Alcock the popular contralto
of the Metropolitan Opera Company
who will sing here on Thursday eve
ning April 28 at the First Baptist
Church auditorium is probably more
in demand for oratorio work than any
other singer in America today. The
concert is being sponsored by the Sim-
mons University Lyceum course and
is the concluding number of tho splen-
did artists course offered this year.
Miss Alcock is the singer who at
tracted considerable notice last spring
by virtue of being chosen to appear
at no loss than ten of the important
music festivals. It wus quite a dis-
tinctive record that this young Ameri-
can artist established; during the
month of May alone it was estimated
that she song to nearly fifty thousand
people at a half dozen of the festivals
in Cincinnati Evanston Bothlehem
Pittsfleld Norfolk and Keene. One
of tho imposing events in which she
wns a prominent figure was the New
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COWHANDS WILL MEET
EIGHT EASTERN TEAMS
SENIOR GIFT TO BE
INSTALLED MAY 1ST
Absence makes the
"Tho Senior Gift twelve ornamen-
tal lights for the campus will soon be
installed" said Guy Caldwell chair
man of the class committee Thursday
evening. "They will be burning
brightly early in tho merry month
of Mny. And some things around
here will be brought to light."
Already the surveyors have com-
pleted their work the cables and other
materials with the exception of the
standards are already here for erec-
tion. Tho standards have been ship-
ped and will reach Abileno within ten
According to a vote of the class tho
Seniors will attend to the preparing
of the holes into which the foundation
of the street lights will be placed.
"Yokohama Moid" a Japanese oper-
etta will bo presented in the Abilene
Hall auditorium on the evenings of
Mny 9 nnd 10 under the auspices of
the Fine Arts Department of Sim-
The production is under the direc-
tion of William James Work head of
the University Voice department and
he is assisted in the directing by Miss
Olivia Hobgood Miss Willie Ray Mc-
Donald and Mrs. O. H. Harwell.
Miss Carpenter head of the art de-
partment is scenic artist and with
the opportunity that comes from the
impressive Japanese scenes and the
picturesque costumes the affair
promises to be quite colorful. In addi-
tion to this is the excellent cast which
is made up of the outstanding pupils
in the fine arts department who offer
a rare combination of good acting and
beautiful voices added to tho effective
background promises to make the
operetta the outstanding musical pro-
duction of tho University.
Included in the cast are the mem-
bers of the Simmons quartet Rudolph
Caffey Burl King Lacey Beckham
and Ira Marshal who have become
well known over tho state as musi
cians through their tours this year.
Miss Jessie Maud Humphries a senior
in the voice department is given an
important role as well as Misses Leola
and Connne Day members of tho
girls' quartet. They have also made
themselves popular through programs
broudcast from Fort Worth and Dal-
las. Miss Leona Caldwell daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Caldwell of
Austin is among the chorus. Mr
Caldwell is a composer of note his
best known composition being "Fear
Not." Miss Caldwell is a student
recently enrolled in Simmons and
has a beautiful voice.
The entire cast is as follows: Takasi
the herald of Kybosho Rudolph Caf-
fey; Muvon Yu a policeman Burl
King; Ah No a Chinese Laundrymnn
from the U. S. A. Lacey Beckham;
Fateddo the mayor of Kybosho Ira
Marshall; Knogudi his secretary A.
D Whisenant; Harry Cortcase an
American lawyer Rudolph Caffey; 0
Sing-A-Song a Japanese heiress Jes-
sie Maud Humphries; Kissimee her
companion Leola Day; Tung-Wnga
an elderly nurse Connne Day; Hilda
und Stella American tourists Elsie
Payne and Pauline Cook.
The cast will be supported by
choruses of Japanese men and maid
ens und wedding guests in uuui-
tion to this a fifteen piece orchestra
will furnish music Miss Lyda Gresh-
am will play tho uceompaniments.
WILL RETURN SOON
CRANFILL'S APPLE TOSSERS
DOPED TO BRING HOME THE
BACON AS THEY DID IN
GAMES WITH DANIEL BAKER
Byron Pollock a Freshman and J.
N. Tidwell a Sophomore in Simmons
University have recently won distinc-
tion in the Boy Scouts organization
and have received their merit badges.
Mr. Pollock who has had his Eagle
Badge for some time received a
bronge palm leaf for which f ivo merit
badges above the twenty-ono roquircd
for tho Eagle Badge are required. He
also received a gold palm leaf which
required ten more merit badges.
Mr. Tidwell received his Eagle
Badge. Ho lacked only one point of
having enough to secure the bronzo
Coach Kuhn is to appear soon for
his agle -tBadge. Other Simmons
students who have received honors in
this organization are Eugcno Surface
and Ross Routh
"When I left college I didn't owe
anyone a cent."
"What an awful time to leave."
S. U. Cowgirls Have Interesting History
Covering Two Years Peppy Existence
WORK ON CORRAL AND DEBATE
CALLS HIM BACK FROM
BEDSIDE OF MOTHER
By Glenna Fay Grant
"Little but loud" doesn't exactly
apply to the Cowgirls but "short but
strong" does apply to this famous pop
organization of Simmons University
as far as the history of it is con-
cerned. Although the Cowgirls have
beon organized only a little over a
year it is known as one of the best
pep squads of Texas.
"On Thursday September 24 1925
approximately fifty co-eds of Sim-
mons met with Miss Willio Ray Mc-
Donald physical director of women
for tho purpose of organizing a pep
squad with the object of furnishing a
center around which to build more pep
among the girls and to furnish stunts
and special acts between the halves of
the different athletic events The fol-
lowing officers were elected! Francis
'Melton president; Sadio Sue Hard-
berger drum major; Lucilo Hnrdberg-
er vice-president; Glenna Faye Grant
secretary; Arvie Bishop press re-
porter; committeo on uniform: Mary
Lois Kincald Velma Thomas and Lois
Purple skirts and blouses of a
golden hue purple ties tan oxfords
became the official uniform of tho
The girls appeared in complete uni-
form for tho first time on October 3
at tho football game between the
Cowboys and tho Southwestern Okla-
The next feature appearance of tho
pep squad was in Fort Worth on Oc-
tober 17 when Simmons met T. C. U
on the gridiron. The S. U. parade
led by the "famous Cowboy Band"
olid' girls pep squad was said to be the
best parade ever staged in Fort
Worth according to the city manager
of tho city.
However tho biggest und best stunt
of tho year was made Turkey Day
Homecoming Day for Simmons
when the Cowboys .met the Yellow
Jackets on Parramore Field.
Tho pep squad banquet given by
Abileno Simmons boosters Saturday
December 12 at tho Grace Hotel in
honor of the pep squad and their
guests was ono of the most elaborate
functions of tho year.
This year the work of the pep squad
started off with a bang. Only thirty
of the' members returned and as fifty
were needed for the drills it was
necessary that twenty new members
bo elected. As a result one hundred
girls were rushod-as candidates for
the places. During "rush week"
several -social affairs were given and
the charter members drew up a consti-
tution and made "The S. U. Cowgirls"
(Continued on Pjo 4)
Proving that the love of the Uni-
versity one hopes will become his
Alma Mater is strong enough to make
great sacrifice for Lawrence Fitz-
gerald will arrive in Abilene from El
Paso about April 25th where he has
been called to tho bedside of his
mother. Mrs. Fitzgerald is consider-
able improved and her condition is
such that Lawrence can again resume
his work in school. Possessing the
real old Simmons spirit Lawrence feels
only right in returning to tho Uni-
versity to help "carry on." Ho is
.coming back to put his wholo soul into
editing The Corral and helping his
colleague .Conrad Lam invade the
Eastern states on a dobate tour.
Since going to his homo Lawrence
has been engaged in a two weeks
young peoples meeting in El Paso in
which much good has been accom-
plished. Lawronco is a prominent member of
the Junior Class is president of the
B. S. U.. editor of Tho Corral and ono
of the best debaters in the history of
It is straw hat' time but "Sthnoops"
has tho big head.
With four victories in four starts
already under their belts the Simmons
University baseball aggregation is
looking for more scalps this week as
they go up against Daniel Baker at
Brownwood Friday and Saturday and
continue their invasion on into George
town Austin nnd San Antonio next
Those making the trip are Hunt
Bailey Bochart pitchers; Miller first
base; Steakley second base; Parks
short stop; Daley third baso; Miller
Harris Stowe Pickens Estes out-
fielders; Hyde utility and Captain
The first four games made the Cow-
boys look like pretty good apple
tossers and if they can maintain the
stride in hitting and pitching set in
these contests not a game should be
lost. However eight games in a row
on foreign fields is a tough assign-
ment and anything can happen in
The first game with Daniel Baker
found the Hill Billies completely under
the control of Bob Potter lefthanded
twirler who let them down with five
hits and one run much to their sur-
prnise and chagrin not being ac-
customed to such crude treatment. In
fact the Brownwood crew wanted to
win everything from Abilene this
year. All they got were moral vic-
tories in this series however for the
first game went from them 5-1 and
the second contest with Hunt also
wrong-handed heaving tho baseball
found the Cowboys on top 10-4.
Witherspoon and White hurled for
Daniel Baker on Friday and Saturday
respectively and were greeted with
twelve solid base blows each in spite
of the fact that they had been saved
especially to humble Cranfill's
charges. Miller Hnrris led in the Cow-
boy attack with three hits each day.
The Matadors put up stiffor opposi-
tion although dope figured and still
does the Hill Billies to be a better
club The first game was won in the
ninth by the score of 5-4 and the other
contest was nosed out only after a
hard struggle 2-1.
T. J. Bailey was the moundsman
for the local ball chasers in tho open-
ing Tech game and the Plains crow
were unable to solve his delivery suc-
cessfully errors and boneheads ac-
counting for the Tech tallies Potter
hurled the second game giving tho
bull-fighters a score in the opening
canto on a walk sacrifice and single
after which their activities were main-
ly along the line of making outs.
Stcukley figured in the scoring of this
game with both Cowboy tallies to his
Waller must have had a grudge
against the local nine for some reason
for he hurled both games for tho
opposition in an attempted iron-man
comeback for a win. Although pitch-
ing a better game tho second day
than ho did the first his efforts were
in vain and both contests were credit-
ed against him. Ho allowed seven
hits the first game and five tho next.
SIMMONS DEBATERS HAVE
HEAVY SPRING SCHEDULE
The Simmons men debaters have
already met several strong forensic
teams and will during the coming
months meet some of tho strongest
teams of the South.
The following is the debate schedule
for all tho Simmons teams during the
remainder of the spring torm:
May 10 Hendricks College Con-
way Arkansas; Simmons representa-
tives Lawrence Fitzgerald and Con-
May 12 Union University Jackson
Tennessee; Simmons representatives
Lawrence Fitzgerald and Conrad Lara.
May 14 Louisiana Baptist College
Pinoville Louisiana; Simmons repre-
sentatives Lawrence Fitzgerald and
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