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NIFTY Cleaning L TT TT) TT:1771‘ 7 _ cl L 1111111' 1 I 1J1 A:CS Call 5-5050 CLEANERS 122 North 27th St. Variations On An Interview by Dick Westwell Second of a Series . . . A bit shaken from last week's encounter, our diabolical reporter confers with a typical English professor at another typical small western college: Mr. Grump. INT: Mr. Grump. I believe. MR. G: Say! That's right! How did you know? INT: I was told to look for a gentleman wearing horn-rim glass- es and a chartreuse sports jacket. MR. G: But my jacket is PI- CASSO blue. INT: Are you positive? It looks CHARTREUSE to me. MR. G: By grannies you're right! It is beige; Now what can I do for you, boy? INT: You see I have a modest column and I thought an interview with a typical English professor might dispel the contention that college instructors, particularly those in the English department, are . . . well . . . you know . . . MR. Cr: Eccentric? Odd? Scat- terbrained? Absent-minded? Mal- adjusted? INT: Well . . . you know how people are. MR. G: Know how people are? Of course I know how people are. I wouldn't be teaching English if I didn't know how people are —living literature, art for educa . . . er, that is for art's sake, court- ing the muse and all that jazz. You take Hamlet, for instance. Now there was real good writing. Just as significant now as it was forty years ago. Why I know a fella works down at \Rancid Ray's\ who . . . INT: Excuse me, Mr. Grump. I have a few questions. MR. G: Anything at all, boy. Like I tell my students—I don't know all the answers and I can be wrong. Hasn't happened yet, but anything's possible, as the fella says. INT: Yes. Mr. Grump, I under- stand that in addition to your teaching duties you are working on a doctorate thesis. MR. G: You really cover the scene, don't you, boy? Well, that's right. INT: What is the subject of your work, Mr. Grump? MR. G: I'm a professor of Eng- Free Campus Delivery-9-0934 • Meatball Pizza 99 C • Pizza Pepperoni Italian Sausage Mushroom $1 , 24 • SPAGHETTI 99c All You Can Eat! Salad and Garlic Bread • Shrimp • Chicken • Fish Sticks J.11%,i1 , 64%.4,GO J. 1 AGO GILL , ..1. Garlic Bread. Also on Menu Steak - Beef - Ribs - Ham RON GEORGE'S O.K. PIT B-B-O WEST ON LAUREL ROAD Open All Night Weekends lish at a typical small western college. INT: No, I mean what is the title of your paper? MR. G: Oh! Watch those gener- alities, boy. Be specific. I'm knock- ing off a little jobber called \The Ps y co-Sexual Significance of Shakespeare's Use of the Symbol- Word 'If' as Identified With the Model 72 RCA Pre-Amp System.\ It's a gasser. INT: I'm sure it is, Mr. Grump— a very challenging subject. MR. G: I'm sending it in to the Saturday Evening Post. INT: Good luck, Mr. Grump. MR. G: Gotta run.now, boy, I've got a class — gads, how I hate freshman English! INT: I didn't know you taught freshman English. MR. G: Who said I was TEACH- ING it? INT: Mr. Grump! You forgot your beanie! Volly's Flowers BILLINGS FINEST Northern Hotel Bld. PERSONALIZED STATIONERY Peterson Print Shop 2712 2nd Ave. N. Ph. 3-3513 BILLINGS' LARGEST STOCK MEN'S, WOMEN'S LEVIS, WOMEN'S MOCCASINS In all Sizes CONNOLLY SADDLERY 2911 Montana Avenue Student Teachers Hold Tea Tuesday Ted Clark, publicity chairman of the Student Teachers Associ- ation, announced that a Student Teachers Tea will be held in the SUB on Tuesday, May 19, from 3:45 to 5 p. m. The number of people expected to attend this quarterly function will be around 150. Guests include all members of Eastern's faculty. The major purpose of the tea will be to aid in supervision of teachers. Plans for the forthcoming tea are being made by Dr. Hale, chairman, and a refreshments com- mittee. Religious Gifts MORIARTY'S 3001 First Ave. N. The STOCKMAN WHERE MEN MEET MEN octurers of fine printing plates Live Better Electrically THE MONTANA POWER CO. Noyes Grocery 602 N. 27th St. Phone 2-2152 \On the Airport Road\ Plenty of Free Parking Spac€ 541ixeret f a • ■•■ •••■ College & Career Shop 112 North Broadway MASS HISTORIA .. . by Larry Anderson George Rudisill, Jr., in a recent issue of The Nation, outlined a growing disconcern for teaching in the high schools of the nation. He approached this problem through the textbooks used in history classes. \The current generation is the victim of textbooks that do not teach and of teachers who have been taught nothing but how to teach.\ Comes again the question of whether to teach pupils or baby sit children, whether to teach children or entertain them. \The lucrative success of school texts has encouraged the imi- tation of their format on the college and university level; and the declining caliber of the students who have been exposed to such texts has made this almost imperative in the eyes of number-con- scious educators. One representative of a college textbook firm, on th lookout for manuscripts, put it nicely: \What we really need is a good high school text that doesn't say so on the title page.\ A disproportionate emphasis upon the contemporary, dictated by publishers in response to educators who are ignorant of history and to students who are indifferent to it, is misleading. This leads to an emphasis upon the glamorous, not the important, the interesting or dramatic instead of the vital. \The formula for this emasculation of American history is simple. Be brief, be factual, be trivial.\ \Someone has defined social history as history with the politics left out. It has pictures instead.\ This is shown by various texts on the high school and college level that have pages upon pages of beautiful lithograph illustrations, stunning layout, magnificent typog- raphy, and a minimum of text. What text there is is so abbreviated and abrogated as to be practically useless. The fact we must face today is that our teachers are learning more and more about teaching and less and less about factual mate- rial. This hints of a painless force-feeding of pablum to adolescent minds. It is time to discontinue this \soft-sell\ in education and intro- duce some strong motivating factors into the education of the na- tion's youth. Perhaps a hickory switch and an old-fashioned ruler might suffice in most cases, with especial bearing on the so-called \problem child.\ DRIVE INN 411111~141m4+01 ■ 11.1..010.40•2011.WMIIMMINIMMos.. ........•• ■■ ••••••• ■ 111101.000INIMP , 3 Big Boys to Serve You 1041 Broadwater Ave. First Avenue South Rimrock and and 37th Street Airport Road PLEASE DON'T LITTER THE STREETS OF BILLINGS CENTER LANES COMPLETELY AUTOMATIC \Your Downtown Bowling Headquarters\ 109 North 30th St. J. H. \Hub\ Davies, Owner EASTERN MONTANA RETORT 7 3 4e: 4 ' Barbi Huber Editor Al Bielefeld Club Editor Bonnie Burton _________ News Editor Ray Youdan Photographer Jean Zimbelman Editorial Page Pat Isaacson Exchange Editor Gaylord Guenin Sports Editor Pat Peterson Copy Editor Ruth Dye Advertising J. C. Honan, Jr. Advisor STAFF: Jeri Miller, Larry Anderson, Mary Frances Palmersheim, Judy Rollins, Becky Egemo, Marge Kravisin. The RETORT is published each Friday during the academic year by students of Eastern Montana College of Education, Billings. The RETORT is an independent stu- dent organ and its editorials reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board and not neces- sarily that of the administration. Display advertising rates upon request. \More of the Best for Less\ YOUR FOODTOWN STORE THE FOODLINER 1233 N. 27th — Billings Page Two THE El TORT May 15, 1959 EASTERN RITES OTS Applications Air Force officials have an- nounced they are accepting appli- cations for the new Officer Train- ing School Program for college graduates between the ages of 201/2 to 271/2. Its first class is sched- uled Nov. 15; will be held at Lackland AFB. Those interested should consult the Air Force Re- cruiting Officer located at 2514 1st Ave. North, or telephone Sgt. Hoffman at 7-7822. Pilots Wanted Young men interested in pilot- ing or navigating, and who meet the following qualifications will be considered for the Aviation Cadet Program, Air Force offi- cials announced recently. These qualifications are: Age 19-261/2 years, a high school diploma, single male citizens, 64\ to 76\ in height, 20/20 uncorrected vision for pi- lots, and 20/50 correctable to 20/20 for navigators, good physical con- dition, and pass written examina- tions. Contact your local Air Force Recruiting Office for more infor- mation. Faculty Women Meet Mrs. Willard Stibal announced that Eastern's Faculty Women's group held its regular monthly meeting Monday, May 11, in the Education Building. Mrs. Isabelle Johnson presented an art program which consisted of slides and com- mentaries relative to her recent trip to Europe. Refreshments were served -by Mrs. Allen Feldner (chairman), Mrs. M. E. Johnson. Mrs. Richard Grover and Mrs. Dale Daugherty. * * * French Film Tonight The Department of Language will present a full length feature • • • • . . . by AL BIELEFELD film in French, \Les Jeux Sont Faits,\ tonight at 7:35 in the Multi- Purpose room of the Education Building, Mr. Maze said. This thought-provoking film of Jean- Paul Sartre's play of the same name has no English subtitles, but short commentaries in English will accompany the presentation. There will be no admission charge, and all are cordially invited. * Spur Car Wash Successful The Spurs would like to thank the Eastern students and faculty for patronizing their car wash last Saturday. Twenty-five cars were washed to bring an approxi- mate $30 profit for the Spur or- ganization. The Spurs intend on giving this money to the new Spurs, who will be chosen in a couple of weeks. * Spring Vacation Eastern students will have a spring vacation next year, March 19 through March 27, L. J. Aikins, Vice President of Eastern, an- nounced recently. The Deans' Council acted April 30 to change the calendar for spring quarter so that the quar- ter will begin on March 28. Spring quarter will close on the regular date, June 10, and will run for a total of 11 weeks, Aikins conclud- ed. Clean-up Day The Student Legislature's first annual project, Clean-up Day, was held Thursday, May 7. Leo Schlen- ker was chosen chairman of the project. Approximately 20 students met at 3 p. m. to begin combing the campus, in search of scraps of paper and bits of trash that litter- ed the lawns and driveways. —Continued on Page 3