The daily collegian. (University Park, Pa.) 1940-current, December 19, 1940, Image 1

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VOL. 37—No. 63 _
- Carol Singing, Dancing
Spread Christmas Cheer
Student Carol Sing
Scheduled Tonight
The terrace in front of Old Main
will be the scene at 8:30 tonight
of..the annual Penn State Christ
mas carol sing, sponsored by the
Penn State Christian Association
and the College music department.
Professor Hummel Fishburn, of
the music department, will direct
the music for the sing. Carolers
'will be accompanied by trumpet
ers Victor Dimeo '43 and John
Lord '44, and trombonists Walter
C. James '42 and Russell J. Myers
In addition to the group carol
ing, a special arrangement of "The
First Noel" will be rendered by
the College choir. Harry Seamans,
General Secretary of the PSCA,
will read a Christmas selection.
During the sing an offering will
be' taken for Mrs. Hetzel's Fund
for Needy Students and the World
Student Service Fund.
Following th,e singing, a short
worship service will be held in
Room 304 Old Main. The service
will be under the direction of the
Worship ComMittee of the,PSCA.
Fraternities To Have Community
Kids As Dinner Guests Tonight
Baskets Of Foodstuffs
Will Be Contributed
Anxious to have Christmas
Cheer spread throughout the
whole community, .32.. fraternities,
in cooperation with 'the local Ki
wanis, will play host to approxi
mately 200 children from needy
families at dinners and parties
Members of Kiwanis will furn
ish transportation to and from the
The fraternity parties, annually
an event for both guests and hosts,
will feature special .Christmas din
ners and gifts for the young guests.
Further spreading the spirit of
Yuletide, 45 fraternities are plan
ning to contribute baskets of food
for needy families in the vicinity.
The baskets will contain necessary
provisions for several meals.
A special committee of five stu
dents has been engaged for the
past several weeks in forwarding
this plan of dinners and contribu
tions of baskets. The committee
members are: Robert Robinson,
chairman, Maynard L. Bloom, Ro
bert L. Elmore, John H. Hibbard,
and John R. McCracken, all sen
(ally Critic Decisive
In Charcoal Deadlock
A third recount of votes was
being taken to decide which char
coal drawing 'of the Art II class
would take second place for com
position and technique in the stu
dents' opinion.
A definite decision could not be
reached between two particular
drawings for, despite heated dis
ctitsion and persuasion, the re
counts-would not add up to a ma
jority. •
' Finally the instructor ordered
each student to choose the one
picture he thought best and asked
for another show of hands. As she
was counting.hands for the second
picture, a tie vote seemed inevi
table, until a scrawny, stray cat
strolled under the screen, glanced
at the picture, and cast his decisive
vote with a loud "Meow."
Poverty Ball To Aid
Local Charity Funds
One dollar plus a can of food is
all you need to have an evening
of fun and still do something
worthwhile. That's all it costs to
get into the hat societies' informal
Poverty Ball in Rec Hall tonight.
The dance will start at 9 p. m.
and last until midnight. During
that time, while dancing to the
music of Rex Rockwell's orches
tra, you can think of the good that
your dollar and can of food will
be doing to help needy students
and needy families.
Profits from the monetary ad 7
missions will be contributed to
Mrs. Hetzel's Student Fund. The
canned goods will be donated to
the Local Welfare Committee and
distributed among needy families
of the vicinity to ,help spread
Christmas cheer.
This is the second year that a
dance of this kind, has been spon
sored by the hat societies. Last
year's Charity Ball was a great
success. Poverty Ball will be an
even greater success, according to
Thomas C. Backenstose '4l, chair
man of the ball.
$5 Cut Fine Period
Starts Noon Today
The 48-hour cut fine period
lor the Christmas—vacation—will
go into effect today noon--and
extend to and including Janu
ary 8, A. R. Warnock, dean of
men, has advised.
Strict attendance checks of
all absences will be kept by
class instructors, Dean Warnock
said. This is evidenced by the
385 students who were billed
for cutting classes within the
48-hour period during the
Thanksgiving vacation.
Written applications for fine
exemptions may be filed for one
week after the Christmas holi
days, which extend from Satur
day noon until 8 a.m. Monday,
January 6.
Below Grade Increase
Probed By Welfare Group
In an effort to determine the
cause of the increase in below
grades .this semester, the Senate
Committee on Student Welfare, is
requesting all instructors 'and ad
visers to report any cases of han
dicapped students to A. R. War
nobk, Dean of Men; Miss Charlotte
E. Ray, De'an of Women, or the
College Health Service.
Believing that bad health, mal
nutrition and undernourishment,
faulty eyesight, and a few nervous
disorders may be hindering some
students, the committee hopes to
discover and correct any possible
Insufficient sleep, irregular eat
ing habits, •and general personal
neglect may be further contribut
ing factors, suggested Dr. Charles
D. Dietterich, College, physician.
Dean Hammond Honored
Dean Harry P. Hammond, of
the Engineering School, was made
'an honorary member of the Tri
angle fraternity at the regular fall
initiation Sunday. •
Defense Moves
Affect College
As the nation, state, and College
worked over the ever-growing
problem .of national defense yes
terdai' there were developments
of importance affecting the College
on all three fronts.
1. On the national front an op
inion was submitted to Dr. C. A.
Dykstra, director• of the Selective
Service System, urging permanent
exemption for six main groups of
men in science, including under
graduates, graduate students, men
in -- industry, and college faculty
members. The groups: '
a. Medicine, dentistry, and phar
b. Biology, bacteriology, and any
other branch of biological
science which bears directly
upon •problems of medicine or
the public ' health, safety, or
c. Chemistry.
d. Physics.
e. Geology and geophysics, in
cluding such specialized fields
as meteorology, hydrology, and
f. Engineering, including civil,
electrical, chemical, mechanic
al, agricultural, sanitary, and
2. The state faced an increase
in its January draft quota, the
number to be jumped from 1,590
to 4,023 presumably because en
ough. housing facilities have been
completed in the South where the
next contingent of Pennsylvania
trainees presumably will be sent.
3. The College announced 60
students will arrive here January
6 to begin 16 weeks of intensive
training in both production and
Diesel engineering. Persons with
rooms to rent to these incoming
students were urged to write M. S.
Gjesdahl, 'Engineering D; in care
of the College.
4. The fourth Civil Aeronautics
Authority training course sponsor
ed here will begin February 1 and
will be open to 30 students, Prof.
H. A. Everett, head of the depart
ment of mechanical engineering,
Freshmen To Hold Dance
Tomorrow Hight, 9 to 11
An all-freshman dance featuring
an all-freshman orchestra will
highlight the beginning of the
holiday season in the Sandwich
Shop tomorrow night from 9 to 12
p.m. according to Lane Pollack,
chairman of the dance committee
of the PSCA Freshman Council.
Thirty-five cents will admit any
freshman to the "Christmas Holi
Box Office , Hits 'Routine
Stuff' To Penn State Grads
If 'you've ever seen
the movie screen titled, "Four ..."
then it's a pretty good bet the pic
ture was written by the Epstein
twins, graduates of Penn State.
Fresh from Hollywood, Julius
'4l, and Phillip '32, are now in
New York City preparatory to
visiting the Bennington College
campus where they intend to
gather, background material for a
picture they intend to write.
For instance it goels-like this:
"What kind of a movie are you
going to write about Bennington?"
"Oh, you know, one of those
college movies—except we won't
have the girls wearing sweaters
in this one," says one of the boys.
"That's right, we don't want it
to be a box-office smash," says the
Among the various movies the
Epstein boys have written are Four
Daughters and Four Wives, starr
ing the Lane sisters. Julius was
employed by Warher Brothers
immediately after his graduation
Return OF 1 44 Customs
Asked By WSGA Judicial
Still Plugging For
Armory, VanZandt Says
Plans for a $1,800,000 armory
to be built here are still being
pushed in Congress, Congress
man James E. VanZandt said
Original efforts to get money
from WPA fund's have been
abandoned and the money is now
being sought as an outright de
fense appropriation, VanZandt
Some of the hope for the suc
cess of the plan, he said, depends
on suggestions that West Point
and Annapolis be made "post
graduate schools" with the bulk
of•. military training thrust on
college and university military
and naval ROTC units.
The probable site of the arm
ory if erected is on Ag Hill west
of Horticulture.
PRA Plans Three
Inquiry Trips
Three separate social inquiry
trips have been planned to Har
risburg. Philadelphia, and Pitts
burgh for Monday, Dec. 30 by the
Penn State Christian Association.
Itinerary for the Harrisburg
trip includes visits to a federal
housing project, the negro section,
the State Hospital for the Insane,
the 'Bethlehem steel' plant, and the
Harrisburg airport.
The Philadelphia group will
visit sections which give rise to
problems of housing and poverty,
South Street, Bedford Center, a
housing project, and the Depart
ment of - Public Assistance.
Crime and juvenile court, and
a federal housing project will be
included in the. Pittsburgh tour.
Two Attend Meeting
Mrs. Marion S. McDowell, as
sociate professor of home eco
nomics, and Miss H. Irene - Patter
son, instructor in home economics,
attended an executive committee
meeting of the Pennsylvania As
sociation of Adult Education in
Harrisburg Tuesday. _
and the brothers are still working
for the same company.
The br others were on the
"Hollywood for_Roosevelt Corn
mitee" during the recent electiOn.
"We used to get together in the
studio lunchroom, thinking up
gags for the billboards like "Give
Wendell back to the Indiana-ans,"
said Phil.
"That one we didn't use," said
- When Henry A. Wallace arrived
in Hollywood, the Roosevelt com
mittee telephoned various studio
executives for a-fitting deputation
to meet the vise - presidential can
didate. One producer, in high en
thusiasm, sent three studio cuties.
"When Wallace stepped off the
train," Phil related, "one of them
grabbed his left arm, one of them
grabbed his right, and the third
threw herself around him with a
big smack on the cheek, while the
flashbulbs popped."
The alert committee squelched
that one, pronto, too.
Generally Fair
And Cold
24 Violations Cause
Unprecedented Action
That freshman women's cus
toms be reinstated following
Christmas vacation unless there is
a decided improvement in fresh
man coed conduct was recom
mended by WSGA Judicial Com
mittee to Senate late yesterday.
This is the first time such action
has been taken.
The action developed from the
increase in violators and serious
ness of their offenses since week
day dating regulations, hair rib
bons, and name cards were re
moved. These customs will be re
sumed if conduct toward customs
does not improve.
Since the removal of ribbons
November 11 and name cards De
cember 2, and the conclusion of
the three-week_ no-dating period,
the number of violators ap
pearing before the board has in
creased considerably.
Most of the cases tried by the
committee were for taking two
one o'clock permissions a week
end, dating off campus, and fail
ure to keep campuses.
Approximately eight freshman
women have appeared before the
board for taking two one o'clock
permissions a weekend. Penalties
for this offense have ranged from
weekend lenient campuses, to
weekend strict and week strict
campuses, depending upon the
For dating during the week ap
proximately 12 violators have
been questioned and penalized.
Campuses for this offense include
week - and weekend lenient cam
puses and strict campuses, de
pending upon the case.
Failure to keep campuses have
brought four freshmen before the
board. For this offense an addi
tion to the original penalty has
been made.
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Late News
London The warnings that
Lord Beaverbrook and Prime Min
ister Churchill made to the English
people yesterday were seen to be
developing as Hitler's forces built
rafts and made ready every con
ceivable craft for invasion across
the English channel. The RAF,
with full knowledge of this action,
bombed the channel ports of the
Germans continually yesterday.
Cairo—The lightning attacks of
the British which have taken them
on Libyan soil, advanced them to
the towns of Tokra and Bardia
yesterday. Though the British
forces were slowed up somewhat
by the cold weather in central Al
bania, the mechanized forces in
vaded the city and took complete
control last night. The sea bomb
ardment was terrific and the long
range land bombing drove the
Italians from the city.
Belgrade The Grecian army
bombarded the Tepelini last night
and believed the_ city to be com
pletely evacuated. They approach
ed the city and were confronted by
a large force of 'ltalians, resulting
in hand to hand fighting which the
Greeks won.
Paris—Reports from France last
night .told of Laval's opinion tow
atik his dismissal from the French
government. Laval, who is in
agreement with the joining of
France to the Nazi powers, said
last night, "It we can't lick them
we should join them."