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MATINEE AT 2 P. M. IN BABCOCK THEATRE A special matinee for students will be offered this afternoon at the Babcock Theatre, starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in \Ro- meo and Juliet.\ This picture will be in the city today only, and the price for the evening performance will be 80 cents to $1.00. Through the courtesy of the Fox-Babcock Theatre manage- ment, students will see this splendid production at 35 cents. To receive this rate students must obtain spe- cial coupons at the bookstore and present them at the box office when purchasing the ticket. As the Babcock Theatre seats only 1000 persons all students are advised to arrive early, before the best seats are taken. Production Breaks All Records This is the most elaborate pro- duction in the history of the motion picture industry. The costuming and setting are as nearly accurate as painstaking research and unlimited expense can make them. The great- est actors currently functioning in the U. S. act the play as well as it can be acted; the most expensive, the most realistic, and hence the most satisfactory set of cameras ever used was used in the filming. \Romeo and Juliet\ is the cul- mination of the brilliant career of Irving Thalberg as a producer. Mr. Thalberg died before the picture was released. It is Shakespeare's most dramatic play, and it is di- rected by the famous director, George Cukor. School Will Be Host For Athletic Tourney The E. M. S. N. S. will again be hosts to the Southern Divisional Tournament of the Class A and Class B high school basketball teams to be held in our gymnasium, March 3-6 inclusive. The class A teams competing for the right to represent the Southern division at the state tournament will be Billings, Butte Central, Miles City, Bozeman, Liv- ingston, Glendive, Anaconda, and Butte. The class B teams competing will be the winners of the district tournaments in the Southern divi- sion. The tournament which was held at the E. M. S. N. S. gymnasium last year was well attended, and the contesting teams were very well pleased with the way in which fac- ulty and students cared for them. Last year's experience, coupled with the whole-hearted support of every- one, is bound to result in a bigger and better tournament. THE RIMROCK ECHO Eaflern Montana State Normal School VOL. VIII. BILLINGS, MONTANA, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 1937 NO. 3 NOTED POET WILL SPEAK IN AUDITORIUM FRIDAY Students Will See Romeo and Juliet Today at Special Prices Prof. Abbott's Book Wins State Adoption Professor N. C. Abbott's new book, entitled \Montana Govern- ment,\ though still in manuscript form, has been adopted as the basal text on state government to be used in the seventh and eighth grade civics classes in all Montana schools. It is to be printed and prepared by the Gazette Printing Company and will be ready for circulation in the early summer. This little upper grade text will prove very valuable and reliable in that it has in it many direct quota- tions from Montana State Statutes and Montana Constitution. It is di- vided into two sections. Part I con- tains three chapters stressing the fact that Montana Government be- gan with the formation of Montana as a territory. Part II contains seven chapters dealing with the develop- ment of government in the state of Montana. Chapter V of this part is the most outstanding, because it contains 21 lessons on the Montana Constitution including the 21 amend- ments accurately quoted in order. Vocabulary Is Simple The vocabulary of this text is easily within the range of a seventh and eighth grader except where di- rect quotations are used. In such cases the quotations have been dis- cussed and explained in a very in- teresting manner. Each chapter is followed by exercises and questions which will aid both pupil and teacher in getting the full benefit of each lesson. \Montana In Making\ Readopted There is no relation between this new text and the author's first pro- duction, \Montana In the Making.\ \Montana in the Making\ is a book of state history which has been the standard text for Montana History for the last six years, and is used as supplementary material in the sev- enth and eighth grades in American History. With slight revision it has been re-adopted for the next two years. Many Students Enjoy W. A. A. Dancing Party An all school dance was given in the gym Saturday night, January 23, under the management of the W. A. A., and a fine crowd turned out. The grand march started at nine- thirty, the music being furnished by Harry Mardas and his orchestra. The gym was beautifully decorated in blue and silver, with blue streamers and silver stars. Two prizes were given. The prize waltz was won by Mabel Haynes and Bob Lacklen and the Merry Widow Waltz by Cassie Owen and Ray West. At ten-thirty refreshments were served. Admission was by activity tickets and each person was entitled to bring a guest. The W. A. A. committees in charge were: Publicity—Mary Maxon, chairman, Genevieve Brunckhorst. Refreshment—Doris Barnes, chair- man, Ann Nordahl, Eleanor Tenny, Evelyn Tenndeland and Helen Ba- lich. Music—Hope Rockwell, chairman, Irene Hazelton. Decoration—Helen Hughes, chair- man, Emma Rudio, Merie Pederson, Bonita Everett. Clean-up-Mildred Highland, chair- man, Gertrude Atkinson, Marybeth Shreve. The need for a peppy song that will make the students want to cheer, sing, root, come to the games and raise Cain in general (when at basketball games) has long been recognized. What to do about it? At the meeting of the Student Coun- cil on Wednesday, January 20, it was decided that a prize of $10 will be given to any person in attend- ance at the present time who will submit a song acceptable to the committee in charge of selecting the song. If, among the songs that are submitted, there is not one that the committee deems acceptable, the committee reserves the right to re- ject one and all of them. You may use any tune that you want and fit your own words to that tune. The committee that will pick the winning song is composed of Dr. McMullen, Miss Ruth Nourse of the Music Department and Miss Mary J. Meek of the English De- partment. Students on the commit- tee are Luis Gonzales and Vern Clark. SCHEDULE FOR WINTER ACTIVITIES 1. Lecture Friday, Jan. 29, Carl Sandburg in Auditorium 2. Game Wednesday, Feb. 3, Carroll College, here 3. Game Saturday, Feb. 6, Poly at Poly 4. Luncheon Wednseday, Feb. 10, basement, Sketch Club program 5. Game Wednesday, Feb. 17, Poly, here 6. Game Friday, Feb. 19, Dillon, here 7. Freshman Carnival Friday, Feb. 26, in auditorium and basement 8. Southern Divisional Tournament Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sat., March 3 to 6 inclusive, in gymnasium 9. Play ... March 10, auditorium, Miss Dewey's Dramatic group 10. Dance Friday, March 12, Informal, with guests, in auditorium 11. Entertainment Wednesday, March 17, 9 a. m. in auditorium, The Lombards 12. Luncheon for Graduates Wednesday, March 17, Commencement 13. End of Quarter 4 P. M. Thursday, March 18 SANDBURG WON FAME WITH POEM 'CHICAGO' Carl Sandburg, nationally known poet and writer, will appear in our auditorium Friday, January 29. Mr. Sandburg gained national promi- nence in 1914, when he was awarded the Levinson prize for his poem, \Chicago.\ In 1921 he and Stephen Benet shared the Pulitzer award for poetry. Began Working At 13 Mr. Sandburg is a native of Gales- burg, Illinois. He attended school until he was 13, when he began earning his own living. He worked at half a dozen kinds of jobs, such as washing dishes, digging ditches, driving a truck, and harvesting wheat. When the Spanish-American war came along, he enlisted and saw service in Puerto Rico. At the end of the war in 1898 he was mustered out with $100 pay, with which he entered Lombard College in Galesburg. He wrote for the col- lege and local papers, besides per- forming all sorts of odd jobs to earn his way. In 1903 he was graduated and at once began journalistic work. Reads Poems Musically We have all read several of his poems and we are anxious to hear these read by the man who wrote them, because his own reading gives the correct interpretation. One critic said of him, \He has the softest and most musical voice I ever heard.\ He has written six volumes of poetry: \Chicago Poems,\ \Corn Huskers,\ \Smoke and Steel,\ \Slabs of the Sunburnt West,\ \Good Morn- ing, America,\ and \The People, Yes,\ the last being published last summer. Uses Slang of Laborers His poetry has no great sense of melody, but a very great sense of rhythm. Because he spent most of his early life working side by side with all types of American laborers he is able to deal with the innermost lives of the inarticulate masses of his countrymen. He paints the most poignant pictures of the immigrants in our cities. COUNCIL OFFERS PRIZE FOR SCHOOL SONG