The Rimrock Echo (Billings, Mont.) 1930-1943, November 25, 1936, Image 1

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THE RIMROCK ECHO Eaftern Montana State Normal School VOL. VIII. BILLINGS, MONTANA, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 1936 NO. 2 FIRST ALL-SCHOOL LUNCHEON TO BE HELD TODAY Big Dance Sponsored by M. E. A. Local in Gym Proves Popular SIX PRIZES ARE GIVEN FOR FEATURE NUMBERS A school dance was given in the gymnasium under the sponsorship of the local M. E. A. on Friday night, November 21. This party was fi- nanced by the student council and the music was furnished by Vern Clark's Orchestra. Novelty Dances Added Spice The party started off with a bang and there wasn't a dull minute throughout the evening. During the evening there were several novelty dances given. In the first, a \lucky number\ dance, numbered cards were thrown on the floor and when the music stopped the person lucky enough to be standing on the num- ber called won a prize. The four who won prizes were Bob Patterson, Herbert Berg, Irene Young and Don Mammon. A novelty balloon dance furnished a great deal of entertain- ment. The boys were given pins and the girls were given balloons, which they were required to wear around their wrists. Our hats are off to Virginia Huffman and Max Buiten- veld, who were so skillful at dodging they came out the lucky winners. The prize waltz was won by Kather- ine Williams and Joe Weinschrott. Phoebe Baker Dances A lunch of angel food cake and orange punch was served at 11, while the stage was being prepared for Phoebe Baker, who did several tap dances. She was accompanied by Ralph Loomis at the piano. Social Committee Praised Those on the social committee were: Helen Hughes, chairman, Helen Mc- Kee, Ruth Toothaker, Nellie Fair- burn and Delbert Sirrine. Those on the program committee were: Hope Rockwell, chairman, Virginia Huff- man, Jean Hickok, Shirley Lee, Dor- othy Farris and Homer Loucks. We wish to compliment these commit- tees and all others on the success of this party. Let's have more like them. DR. McMULLEN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL Dr. L. B. McMullen was elected president of the Yellowstone Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America at a dinner and business meeting held in the Normal School gymna- sium November 12. Dr. McMullen has taken an active part in this council for the last nine years. The dinner was served to 75 members of the council and their guests by 25 E. M. S. N. S. students and the faculty advisers who have supervi- sion over the serving. Division of Scout Groups The Boy Scouts of America is a national organization with the Pres- ident of the United States as Hon- (Continued on Page 4) Fox Theatre Issues Special Student Tickets Through the special efforts of Mr. John Trewhela, manager of the local Fox Theater, the E. M. S. N. S. stu- dents will again be able to attend the Fox Theater at a reduced rate of 5 cents. Special identification tickets have been printed which will carry a number and signature of the student and will be absolutely non- transferable. A new ticket will be issued for each quarter. These iden- tification tickets may be obtained at the Book Store. When presented at the box office along with the student activity ticket, the student will be sold a ticket for the show for 25 cents. These tickets will be good at any time except bank night, Satur- day, Sunday and holiday nights and evening performances of road shows. The opportunity still remains, how- ever, to see practically any show which comes to the Fox Theater be- cause, although the tickets are not good at night on these special occa- sions, they are good for matinees on these days. Since this is a very special con- cession which the manager is able to get for Billings, although it is not in effect in any other Fox Theater in the organization, it is very im- portant that students follow care- fully the rules that have been laid down. Attempts to lend tickets to friends are likely to cause the privi- lege to be withdrawn. December Graduation Under New Plan At the faculty meeting Wednesday, November 18th, it was decided to have an all-school luncheon honor- ing the December graduates on Wednesday, December 16, instead of the usual faculty-senior dinner and commencement exercices. The grad- uates will wear caps and gowns and receive diplomas at this time. The one commencement for the school year will be held in June, when graduates of the other two quarters, fall and winter, are expected to par- ticipate. Since there is usually a very large class of graduates at the end of the summer session, there will be a special commencement at that time. Nine Candidates for Diplomas Nine candidates have applied for diplomas for the December gradua- tion. The diplomas, which come in blue leather folders with gold lining, have been ordered from the business office and are expected to arrive soon. The sheep counter who was fast and accurate explained, \I just count their feet and divide by four.\ SANDBURG TO APPEAR HERE IN JANUARY Carl Sandburg, nationally promi- nent American poet, is to appear on the stage of E. M. S. N. S. gym on January 29. It will be with great interest mixed with curiosity that many of us will atend his lecture. His free verse has been described as \brutal in its frank expression,\ and he has shocked some of the more conventional reading public, but the great originality and sin- cerity of his works have won gen- eral recognition. He has used the native idiom of the uneducated masses, furnishing poignant glimpses into the inner life of those who can- not speak for themselves. Mr. Sand- burg gained national prominence when, in 1914, his \Chicago\ won the Levinson prize. In 1921 Mr. Sandburg shared the Pulitzer award for poetry with Stephen Benet. The Eye Testing Program Begun by Mr. Dean Mr. Dean started an eye-testing program in the first grades of the Billings Public Schools as a part of a study to determine the reading readiness of first grade children. This program has developed into quite a large project. At the present approximately one-half of all of the first grade children have been tested. They expect to complete the entire first grade by Christmas. The work is carried on as an N. Y. A. project under the supervision of Mr. Dean. The project has the support of two of the leading eye specialists of Billings. Ruth Blanchard and Jean Jim- merson are administering these tests. They have found either major or minor eye defects in about one-third of the children tested so far. Notices are sent home by the school nurse, Mrs. Ralstron, when defects are found, and quite a large number of children have been treated. This testing program is a new de- velopment worked out by Dr. Betts of the Normal School of Oswego, N. Y. The tests are called the \Betts Ready to Read Test.\ The machine which is used is called the Orthomatic Telebinocular. This machine is able to test both eyes at once to see if they coordi- nate; and can fuse images obtained by each eye into a single clear-cut picture. Eye tests supervised in the past tested only the amount that one saw with each eye separately. The enthusiasm for the project has developed to such a point that school authorities are urging that the test- ing project be carried on throughout the entire school system. SPONSORED BY KATOYA \C\ DIVISIONS SERVE Today for the first time the new students will be introduced to an all school luncheon. It will be served in the basement lunch room under the sponsorship of the Katoya Play- ers. The \C\ section will be rather rudely initiated, because it falls to their lot to do the serving and the cleaning up. But since each section of the first year students has to serve its turn, they may console themselves. Turkey and Fixings The luncheon is really a Thanks- giving dinner, with roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, baked potatoes, beets, olives, pickles, cranberry sauce, gra- ham rolls, pumpkin pie, and coffee. Good Program Promised The program promises to be most entertaining, for the Katoya Players have been working hard at it. They report that it will run something like this: Piano solo—Margaret Van- ek; Sailor's Jig — Helen Friedrich; Much Magic—Floyd Beeler; Vocal Solo—Helen Wallace. The final number is a football \Black-out which has been di- rected by Miss Dewey. The cast is composed of a number of men, with John Schirmer as the coach, Ray- mond Brown as his assistant, Ralph Loomis as a regular guy, and as many others as the Katoyas can persuade to act as the football squad. Committees Named The decorating is in the hands of Miss Roberts and her class. The chairmen of the other committees are as follows: Menu — Genevieve Blackhurst; Linen and Silver—Lil- lian Peterson; Serving—Ruth Wood- house; Kitchen—Gladys Torgrimson; Dishwashing—Bob Paterson; Clean up—Norman Holm. Magazine Carries Article Of Dewey's \Ivory Door\ A picture of the stage setting and costuming from Miss Dewey's pro- duction of last spring's senior play, \The Ivory Door,\ was given a place in the September issue of \The Play- bill.\ The magazine also carries a description of the E. M. S. N. S. stage and the furnishings that have been acquired by the Delta Psi Omega chapter and the Katoya Players. The Playbill is the official maga- zine for the Delta Psi Omega, the national organization for dramatic clubs in two-year colleges. There is a flourishing chapter of Delta Psi Omega in our school. f I wonder why the Katoya girls are trying to persuade boys to join the Players?

The Rimrock Echo (Billings, Mont.), 25 Nov. 1936, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.