i ! J 1 ^uiuME s m t f Ring Figure, Johnny Long 9 Concert Mark Easter Hops Full Weekend Adds To Best Set Since 9 42 Track Meet, Usual Parade Are Features "Plans are in the final stages for the biggest and best set of hops since 1942," was the announcement made today by Sarge Wise, President of the Hop Committee. The Hop Committee will begin work on Cocke '94 Hall Wednesday afternoon, in order to complete the finishing touches by Friday afetrnoon. The gym will be decorated in blue and white streamers, with the balconies being trimmed in smilax. It is believed that Johnny Long and his Orchestra will be a great attraction to the Corps, since his is the most outstanding orchestra which has bee nsigned for any VMI dance since 1942. The booking of Johnny Long is the last band contact to be made by the 1948 Hop Committee, which will retire just as sobn as the last accounts are settled after the Easter Dances. Another feature of this set is the Ring Figure of the Class of 1950-A, which will be Friday at 10 p. m. W. D. Collier and H. E. Logsdon, President and Vice-President respectively of the Class of 1950-A, will lead the figure. A total of thirtytwo men will receive the coveted rings from their favorite girl under the arch. This class, the flrst to enter the Institute since the end of hostilities in World War II, is small, since they entered the Institute in February of 1946. With the graduation of this class, the Institute will return once again to the normal four class system with only four classes in barracks. The weekend promises to be a full one at the Institute. Friday afternoon at four there will be the usual retreat parade which seems to darw many spectators on hop weekends. Friday evening the Ring Figure of the Class of 1950-A will be held at 10 p. m-, followed immediately by dancing until 2 a. m. Saturday afternoon the Varsity Track Team will open the 1948 season on Alumni Field, meeting the Maroons Sec FULL WEEKEND Page 4 IH Year Olds May Hold Commissions Information was received in the ROTC office last week that those cadets who hold certificates of capacity in the grade of 2nd Lt. and letters of appointment and commission may receive their commissions even though they are under 21 years old. All interested persons are urged to contact the ROTC department immediately because this condition is expected to terminate July 1, 1948, when the war is formally temminated. All applicants must be able to pass the physical for appointment in the Officer's Reserve Corps. The following information concerning the decision of the Judge Advocate General is quoted for all interested persons: "The only statutory restriction on age for appointment in the Officers' Reserve Corp is found in Section 37 of the National Defense Act, as amended (10 U.S.C. 353), which provides that: 'In times of peace an officer of the Officers' Reserve Corps must at the time of his appointment be.. .between the ages of twenty-one and sixty years.' As the state of war has not been officially terminated, the mentioned provision ot law is not now controlling.' Ring Figure Leaders Of The Class of 1950-A WILLIAM D. COLLIER THELMA ANN KING HAROLD E. LOGSDON EDMEE JONES New Ideas Are Suggested By Lt. Col. Dillard By Ned McDonald One morning at Rocky Mount, Virginia, not too long ago, a young man destined to become a leading figure in social and academic life at VMI, was born. That young man was Herbert Dillard. He was raised in Rocky Mount and received his elementary and high school education there. Since his high school days Colonel Dillard has had a very interesting and eventful life. Entering VMI with the class of 1934, the Colonel made the worst entrance a rat possibly could—he was conducted to the matriculation line and then to the barrracks by an Institute officer. The officer, however, was none other than the Superintendent. "I shall never forget what happened as soon as I was in the arch and the Superintendent had disappeared," said the Colonel. Upon graduation from the Institute, Colonel Dillard went to the University of Berlin where he studied music for a few months. Leaving Germany, he returned to the United States and entered Harvard University. He took as many courses as his time would allow. He studied at Harvard a total of six years, receiving both the A. M. and Ph.D. degrees from that university. In the fall of 1940 he returned to VMI to teach. He remained here until he entered the service. In the fall of 1942, Colonel Dillard entered the United States Navy and was commissioned a Lieutenant J. G„ communications and tactical officer. Most of his time was spent in the Pacific. He is authorized to wear the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations ribbon and eight battle stars. (We might add that there were not many more than eight ma jor battles in the entire Pacific theater.) When he was discharged he held the rank of Lieutenant Commander. On becoming a civilian, the Colonel, returned to VMI-once more. He is now associate professor of English. Aside from academic work the Colonel is active in finding positions for the "Liberals" after graduation, directing our excellent Glee Club, and serving as friend and counsellor to anyone who approches him. When asked if he thought the Institute had changed any in the last decade the Colonel replied, "Yes, greatly and for the better. Particularly is this true-in connection with musical activity. There is a definite and pleasing increase in the amount of interest shown in music which only goes to prove that intelligent young people, if given a fourth of a chance, will fall over themselves to get to good music." He seems to think that the Institute has become very lenient with cadets recently, but he says, "In spite of all the liberalities of the Institute in granting dance furloughs, "8" furloughs, "9" furloughs, and first and second class weekend furloughs to cadets, I believe we had a better time than is had today. For instance," he added smiling, "when we went to a hop everyone danced with everybody else's date instead of dreaming all See COL. DILLARD Page 4 THE V.M.L CADET, LEXICON, VlfalA, MARCH 29,'1948 College Delegates Hear World Figures At Siveetbriar By J. A. Allison On the afternoon of Saturday March 13, representatives from many colleges in Virginia assembled at Sweet Briar College for a conference on "College Life and World Understanding." VMI's representatives were Jack Sadler, Brevard Meyers, George Hughes and Jim Allison. The speakers at the afternoon session were: Sir Alfred Zimmern, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Oxford University, England; Dr. Laurence Duggan, Director of the Institute of International Education and an official of the State Department; Mr. Luther Evans, Librarian of Congress and member of the National Commission of UNESCO. The principal speaker was Sir: Alfred, who was especially interesting because of his nationality and his vast experience in the field of international relations. He spoke upon the problem of developing in American college students an attitude of international understanding. an attitude which he said is essential to world peace. The program which Sir Alfred suggested may be divided into three parts. First of all, the attitudes of the instructors, must be favorably oriented on an international basis. It is essential, said Sir Alfred, that teachers be well informed about their subject and that they have a sincere interest in it. Secondly, students must develop an international rather than a national out-look, and they must be en- See COLLEGE DELEGATES Page 4 Corps May Attend Gobbler's r Brother Rat 9 April 17 at VPI All cadets desiring to see the VPI Maroon Mask presentation of "Brother Rat" in Blacksburg, Saturday night April 17, 1948 will be permitted to attend if they fulfill a "Dance Permit" provisions, Col. Barksdale revealed today. John Marshall, president of the Maroon Mask, has revealed that all VMI cadets in uniform will be admitted free. Also a section of the best seats will be roped off so that the VMI group may be together. Pete's legion of legendary buses will be available to transport cadets to and from Blacksburg for a fee of $2.50. Buses will leave VMI at approximately 1600 and will return by 0200 Sunday morning. If a sufficiently large number show a desire to miake this trip, efforts will be made to make special supper accomodations at VPI. The requirements necessary to make this trip are: 1. Not more than one deficiency last term. 2. No deficiencies for month ending March 27, 1948. 3. Under no restrictions and no excess demerits for the March period. 4. Proper cadet uniform is worn. This permit will not count as one of the four authorized "dance permits". The play will start at 2000 April 17. Sufficient time will be allowed before and after the play for visiting friends at VPI. Time for returning to Lexington has been tentatively set for 2330. 65 aspirants to the roles in "Brother Rat" answered the first call for casting several weeks ago. Today the cast has been set and presumably everyone knows his lines. All of the actors are very enthusiastic over the play. Last week some uniforms and a few other "distinctive" VMI items were loaned to the "Maroon Mask" to help them make the play more authoritative. All members of the corps desiring to make this trip may sign up in room 106. Bus tickets will be sold at a later date. Dr. Strong Creates New Aptitude Test Dr. Edward Strong, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, has created an aptitude test based on the likes and dislikes of the person taking the test. This test consists of four-hundred questions arranged under four different headings. It is self administered and you can take all the time you wish, and even interrupt yourself while taking the test. Unlike many other tests, this one is not based on how much you know, but on what you like, dislike, prefer, want to do, etc. Dr. Strong considers this the best way of determining what a person is best qualified to do, because if a person chooses an occupation he likes, he is almost certain to succeed in that field. He has based his correct answers and grading, on leading people in all professions, ca- See DR. STRONG Page 4 Popular Speakers of the Industrial Conference At the lectern is Mr. Henry MeWane, president of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, presiding over the Saturday session of the two day Management-Student conclave held in JM Hall March 19-20. Tbe inserts picture four of the moat popular speakers on the program. Top right hi Colgate W. Darden, President of U. Va. bot. right is Judson M. Ellis, Sales Promotion Manager of the G. C. Murphy Co; bottom left is Rev. George D. Beaton of Charlotte N. C.; top left Is Erwin Haskell Schell, Professor of Business and Engineering Administration at MIT. Spencer Photos Coach Clinic Attracts Over Fifty Mentors TheVMI Athletic Association was host on Saturday, March 27 to some fifty Virginia high school coaches who assembled here to attend the Coaches' Clinic. Both football and basketball were discussed with VMI's "Slick" Morton and Frank Summers using movies, lectures, open forums and actual demonstrations to help the visiting coaches. The guests registered in at 1000 Saturday morning. The program got underway at 1030 with movies of the Oklahoma A&M championship basketball team being shown with narration by Mr. Summers. Following the film, the VMI athletic director gave a lecture on basketball and answered various questions asked by the audience. The meeting was then turned over to Mr. Morton and football took the spotlight. Coach Morton showed movies of the Kentucky-Alabama football game, pointing out the highlights of the play of each team. After the film, he gave a thorough talk on the T-formation, its uses, varations, and the defense against it At 1300, the visitors were taken | Williamsburg, Ky.—Cornelia Ann to lunch in the Officer's Mess of j Greene, Concord, N. C.; J. G. Ripley, Crozet Hall. The meeting was then turned into an open forum, the discussion centering around T-formation jassing, defense, and a variations of the T j Va.—Margaret Hambrick, Peterstown, W. Va.; S. S. Gillespie, Rocky known as the "split-T". In answering the many questions, Mr. Morton Mount, Va.—Rosa Lou Soles, Cobbs showed a thorough working knowledge of his 'Creek, Va.; R. L. Martin, Staten profession. The afternoon "class" shifted to Alumni Field with all attention focused on the VMI football squad. 33 Keydets & Lovely Dates In 50-A Figure Five Classes From 1946 On Represented The long awaited event for the class of 1950-A will come Friday night when the second class in barracks (together with twelve "guest couples" representing classes back to '46) will glide across the floor of W. H. Cocke '94 Hall to the music of Johnny Long's orchestra. Although a high rate of attrition has narrowed the ranks of the '50- A's to twenty-one, a combination of original ideas promises to make the ring figure an unusually impressive function. Despite the comparatively small number, the figure will be representative of all VMI ring figures in that the SYT's who slip on the rings have been attracted from almost all of the four corners of the country—as far north as Connecticut, and as far south as Florida—and also represent Honolulu and the Philippines Islands. The cadets and their respective dates as follows: W. D. Collier, East Orange, N. J.— Thelma Ann King, East Orange, N. J.; H. E. Logsdon, Louisville, Ky.—Edmee Jones, Honolulu, H. I.; M. Lamont, Richmond, Va.—Hilma Anne Smeak, Greenville, S. C.; J. L. Mallard, Greensboro, N. C.—Adrian Heim, Cranford, N. J.; C. A. Andrews, Irvington, N. J.—B e s s i e Franklin, Curacao, Neth W. Indies; W. M. Warwick, Washington, Va.— Louise Miller, Washington, Va.; H. E. MeWane, Lynchburg, Va.—Nancy Leonard, Simsbury, Conn.; M. E. Witcher, Houston, T e x a s—Terry White, San Antonio, Texas; J. E. Duke, III, Austin, Texas—Doris Palmer, Rockville Center, L. I. N. Y.; D. M. C. Greathead. Richmond, Va.— Lucy James, Richmond, Va.; L. Shahun, Memphis, Tenn.—Betty Page, Amherst, Va.; W. R. Moore, Lynchburg, Va.—Emma Harris, Lynchburg, Va.; D. E. WykofT, Salem, Ohio—Barbara Roose, Letonia, Ohio; T. J. Meier, Salem, Mass.— Galen Snell, Staten Island, N. Y.; j R. S. Tauss, New York City—Bettye Whitfield, Ft. Myers, Fla.: L. J. Adams, Norwalk, Conn.—Helen Whitmore. Edom, Virginia; J. J. Croley, ! Stanton, Va.—Barbara Ann Holmes, Marion, Va.; T. C. Hathaway. Portsmouth, Va.—Elizabeth Shaw, Portsmouth, Va.; R. N. Smith, Bluefield, ' Island, N. Y.—Kay Ward, Lake Mohawk, N. J.; R. R. Mandt. Charleston, W. Va.—Mary Delle Wilson, Putney, Ky.; E. A. Miller, Atlantic Finer points of the T as used at j Beach, L. I. N. Y.—Betty Meredith, VMI were demonstrated with emphasis being placed on passing and Dallas, Texas—Rita Bedford, Dallas, j Richmond, Va.; R. T. Townsend, blocking assignments. | Texas; B. T. Franklin, Curacao, The football team, divided into j Neth. West India—Annemieke Kas- two evenly matched squads, then j teel, Curacao, Neth. West India; staged a game of regulation time. ,J. E. Olivares, Manila, P. I.—Gwenn Coach Morton was merely a spectator, See 33 CADETS Page 4 the two squads being directed I by assistant coaches Lou Brownson and Pop Strange. (See football story page 3) Maj. Patterson Joins ROTC Staff Last week, Major William G. Patterson reported into the Infantry section of the ROTC for a 90 day toour. The major is a resident of Rockbridge County, and is a reserve officer. He entered the army as a private on 5 May 1941 from Lexington, Virginia. His first duty was with the 29th Inf. Div. at Fort Meade, Maryland. Shortly after being promoted to buck sergeant, he left for Fort Benning, Georgia to attend Officer's Candidate School in July 1942. With his new bar just pinned on his shoulders, Major Patterson was assigned to the 394th Inf. Div. in October 1942 and stayed with this unit until the end of the war. He was promoted to 1st Lt. in March 1943, captain in December of the same year, and major in July 1946. After the end of the war in Europe, he was transferred to the 1st Div, and spent a year on occupation duty with See MAJ. PATTERSON Page 4 FRUMFTFER M Personalities.. At VMI the name Edwin Allen Jarrett is almost synonomous with football, since Ed- • M n g H win, nicknamed ^•tfv I "Red", has been ^^Hfei an ac '' ve partici- P an ' ' n sport * ^ ^ H , from hiq rat year . HJ ' • to the present time. Being a L AjflHHB member the Class of '47, he entered in June '43 with his 200 other classmates. | At the end of the year, having received a letter in football, "Red" like many of his Brother Rats entered the armed service, his choice being the US Navy. He returned to the Institute in March '46 and was made regimental supply sergeant, but he soon realized that he had rather have a good time than be an ambitious cadet. At present "Red" is a member of the Monogram Club, and is studying Civil Engineering. After the big day in June, he hopes to obtain a job with a contractor in Roanoke.