The Retort (Billings, Mont.) 1955-2014, May 08, 1959, Image 1

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May 8, 1959. Billings, Montana RETORT Vol. 12, No. 6. Glenda Wagner, Eastern co-ed, displays mixed emotions of bliss and disbelief Saturday night when she was announced the winner of the \Miss Billings\ contest. The runners-up, Judy Cald- well, Billings High School student, and Karen Groshell, Laurel High School student, look on as Glenda is presented with a bouquet of red roses and the \Miss Billings\ banner. Israeli Consul Yaakov Avnon Distinguished Campus Speaker By Bonnie Burton Two of Eastern's Social Science classes were honored Monday with a V.I.P. from Israel. Yaakov Av- non, Israeli consul stationed at Los Angeles, appeared before Dr. Rol- lin's history class and Dr. Daugh- erty's sociology class and intently held the interest with an extensive talk on Israel. Probably the most intriguing characteristic of Avnon is his col- orful background. During World War I he was among the first to volunteer for military service in the British army, 'where he ranked as major. Among the coun- tries he fought in are Africa, Greece, Italy, Holland and Bel- gium. During Israel's war for in- dependence at the end of 1947-48, a young general remembered that in the Bible it said that the Ro- mans had built a paved road across the desert to Egypt; a road which could never be found. By the use of their planes, the Israel army disco v eied I ils load ud led a. surprise attack on the Arabs. Per- haps an amusing climax to this incident is that the attack came as such a shock that the leader of the Arab army was caught in his pajamas! Avnon also discussed the socio- logical viewpoints of his country. When asked if there was a juvenile delinquent problem in his country, he replied that because the people in Israel are so busy working on projects to build up their terri- tory, something that the pioneers of our country went through sev- eral years ago, there is no time for juveniles to get in trouble. Al- though thousands of people go to Israel every year, the majority of them Jewish, the families are highly integrated. This is an aston- ishing fact, considering that the immigrants are of many denomin- ations. Avnon, ranked now as Lieuten- ant Colonel, is a professional civil engineer by training at Israel's MIT. He has been assigned in the diplomatic service in Sweden and UNESCO. When he married, his wife was a captain in the army. She is the sixth generation born .L ittCll. Avnon spoke at Rocky Moun- tain convocation Tuesday after appearing before the Billings Min- isterial Association. This is Mr. Avnon's first trip to Montana. He will visit Great Falls, Helena, and Butte to complete his tour. SPEAKERS RETURN Eastern's forensic department wound up its '58-'59 season with excellent showings at the North- west Intercollegiate Tau Kappa Alpha Speech Tournament at Mis- soula last week, Mr. Grover said. Victor Cetrone and Duane Pet- tersen made the best showing of their season with a draw; three matches won, three lost. Neil Lin- inger in extemporaneous took a third • and two fourth places. Le- Roy Lantz, also in extemporaneous, placed fourth in his contests. Barbara Matelich won first and two fourths in varying rounds of oral interpretation. Jim Rowlan, also in oral interp, took a second and two fourths. In original ora- tory Victor Cetrone rated a first, third and fourth. With 18 from the North west district participating in the tourney, Eastern did a creditable job. It was matched with such schools as the University of Kan- sas, Los Angeles University, and —(Continued on Page 3) Choir Departs On State Tour Monday see page 4 Glenda Named Miss Billings Goes to Great Falls Finals Four Eastern Co-eds Show Talent and Beauty by Judy Rollins Eastern produced a winner of the coveted \Miss Billings\ title in the person of pretty Sweetheart Ball Queen Miss Glenda Wagner, a 19-year-old freshman nursing student from Billings. Miss Wagner was selected from 11 candidates, only three of whom were not from Bil- lings, who vied in the contest sponsored by the Billings Restaurant Association Saturday night at the Fox Theater. To begin the program, the master of ceremonies introduced each of the contestants, swathed in formals and anxious to promenade when their names were called, individually to the audience. Then, collec- tively, they appeared on stage to complete the first stage of the contest. The second event was aimed at displaying the particular talent of each contestant. Miss Wagner, trained and coached by Eva Bird— a former student and majorette at Eastern—had to make a last-minute battery-lighted baton substitution for the flaming baton she had orig- inally planned to use when she was informed that the flaming baton constituted a fire hazard. Considering the revisions and adjustments that were made, Miss Wagner pulled her performance off very well. Susan Klindt, another candidate from Eastern, read a three-min- ute monologue depicting an army man's wife. She was aided and abetted by an outlandish costume accented by a fox fur which cap- tured the audience's fancy and provoked many laughs and a nice round of applause. Marge Kravisin, also an Eastern student, did an interpretive mod- em ballet to music composed especially for her performance by Le- anna Storer and Leone Smith, Eastern students, who also accompanied her. Martha Behrent, this year's Homecoming Queen, played a flute solo to the accompaniment of Dr. Alfred Humphreys. Upon completion of the talent exhibition, each candidate, attired in a bathing suit, entered the stage alone and then the group modeled the beachwear, collectively. Three finalists, Miss Wagner, Miss Judy Caldwell, a senior from Billings Senior High, and Miss Karen Gro- shelle, a senior from Laurel High, were selected by a panel of judges. They reappeared on stage and were queried on three questions: \Why did you enter the contest?\ \What does America mean to you?\ and \What part do you think Montana will play in the United States?\ An indication of the high caliber of talent presented by Eastern coeds was the invitation Marge Kravisin received to appear in the Hardin Days celebration, scheduled June 6. Her routines will be a part of a pageant presented by the people of Hardin. Her presentation will depict an older woman who is reminiscing about her younger days as a ballerina, in a five-minute ballet dream routine staged to the music of Green Sleeves. Winner of the title \Miss Billings,\ Miss Wagner will be awarded a wardrobe, accessories, and an all-expense paid trip to Great Falls where she will compete in the \Miss Montana\ contest, May 16. Win- ners of the state competition will be awarded scholarships of $1,000 and $250. The first place winner will represent Montana in the na- tional contest held in Atlantic City in September to select \Miss America.\ Contest judges were Mrs. Harold Wood of Red Lodge, Francis Mayes of Laurel, Mrs. George Mitchell, A. E. Romain, and Frederick K. Miller, all of Billings. Mrs. Mike Dimich, Jr., acted as chairman for the local competition. Festivities begin .. . Eastern will present another \first\ this weekend. Plans for East- ern's first Mother's Day Week End, which will be held on May 9 and 10 in connection with two events staged by Eastern's Music Depart- ment, were announced by Carol Saunders, dean of women, today. The weekend activities, which will —(Continued on Page 2) Concert tomorrow .. . The second annual President's Concert will be presented Saturday at 9 p. m. in the SUB by Eastern's 45-member band, Bud Ridenour, vice-president of the Band Board, announced Monday. Two highlights of this concert is that it will kick-off Eastern's Mother's Day activi- ties and the greater portion of the concert will be student directed, Ridenour said. —(Continued on Page 2) Want Scholarship? The Scholarships and Awards Committee is receiving applications for several scholarships to be awarded o.u. the ui: 1. scholarship, and need, Dr. Gruenert said. Among these are the Fac- ulty Women's Club Scholarship of $100 and the P.E.O. (Chapter Y) Scholarship of $50. Application blanks may be obtained from Dr. Gruenert, in Ad 211, and must be returned by May 15. The awards will be made at the Awards Assembly on June 2, though payable in the fall, Dr. Gruenert added.

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