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   Alton Shrapnel (Newspaper) - November 18, 1948, Alton, Illinois                                 Vt me XLI  ALTON, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1948  Number 9  P; j.ns Being Made  F .r Thanksgiving  oc yc  \ -i  ill Be Outstanding Social fair; Other Events Will ,ck Thanksgiving Day By Schweppe  a week from tonight at 8:30 will the first all-school dance of the the Thanksgiving Formal. It wii >e attended by all cadets and will be ¡t! of the biggest and most colorful social events on the calendar. A ro. iving line and an impressive grand mai'h will begin the festivities. Mrs. Gn ti stated that over two hundred couj/ies, in addition to the stags, will be present.  Music, Corsages, Decorations! liill Lemen's popular orchestra has been engaged for the dance. The field house will be decorated in a football theme by the Senior Dance Committee and the Art Club. Stars with the names of varsity players and- their' dates will vie with banners on the walls. Streamers will swing from the lights, and the stage and wrestling room will be decorated to represent the end zones of a football field.  At, this dance cadets will be per^ mitted to obtain corsages for their girls. Flowers will be sold by members of the "Recall' Staff and should add color to the event. Many parents, alumni, and visitors are expected.  A Hon-Western Game The dance will be one of the big features of Thanksgiving Day, but other events will also crowd the program. Interest in the afternoon will center in the Alton-Western football game at 2:00 o'clock on the Alton field. These two schools, with competition extending back over 30 years, aii ays come up with a gridiron classic before thousands of spectators. The day will begin with a Thanks-'ng Service, followed by a dress  IK; }>V  lo  ne 0! \Y  t:  ti-  IV E L  de and a "goose shoot" sponsored he gun club. Cadets will be alii to go on dinner leave with their nts but must report to the foot-field by 2:00 P. M. A turkey din-.vill be served at noon to cadets e campus, afteV which the corps march in formation to the game. Varsity gridmeh will have their y dinner at 6:00 P. M.  Scellent Addres;  On How To. live  By Nickey  Last week classes were shortened so that cadets could hear an inspirational lecture by Dr. Warmingham, with The American Youth Foundation, on the subject, "The Philosophy of Living".  Dr. Warmingham said that living is more important than anything else. The activities of our lives are not built up in a short time but are the result of experiences which start in babyhood. He stated that we receive no rewards or money merely from living. We have to learn to gain satisfaction from life.  • >  The educated man is not fooled by the world, he said. He learns to judge true values. However, the uneducated man often thinks that the whole universe is against him and is unbeatable.  Many people fear death because they do not know whether to expect heaven or hell. There should be nothing to fear, the speaker declared, if we live a full life here according to our right philosophy. His "philosophy of living" meant the living up to his highest possibilities as an individual and making a success, not a failure, of life here and now.  The lecture was stimulating and thought-provoking for the corps. It was one of the very best of the entire year.  stess At Formal mer For Cadets  ly one formal dinner for new s was held by Col. Jackson last • For the first time, Mrs. R. L. son was able to join the Colonel )stess, as she had been away on ut.  ; usual, a delicious menu, perfect-erved, awaited the cadet guests, ollows:  ulted nuts; shrimp cocktail, Ritz French onion soup, Saratoga :es; celery and olives; veal pocket  v >'-m dressing and fresh mushrooms; ■s- '.¡¡Fed potato boats with cheese sauce;  -uered green brussel sprouts; stuffed tomato salad, cheese Ritz; hot but-t'- ecl rolls; angel food cake a la mode wiih fresh strawberries; demi-tasse.  After dinner the party adjourned to the school parlors, where games ""d conversation were enjoyed until ^00 P. M.  Cadets present were Morey, Peck-ham, Joslyn, Clark, Fraser, W., Cam-won, Smith;'G., Pool, Schuster, and Jacobs.  ca  Wi.  Ja as a  lv  C: .  F ;   By Hargraves  Seniors comprised the entire Ju-nior-Senior speech program during the last week, as the speeches remained at the good quality standard set earlier in the year.  Grimm started the week off right on Monday with a semi-humorous talk on the land of perpetual peace, Switzerland. Although regarded by most people as a land of milk, cheese, and pretty milk maids, it is in reality a nation of inventive geniuses. The Swiss invented the wristwatch, microscope, and other inventions. Morahn spoke next on his life at Western up until this year. The funniest ncident in his five-year stay was when he blew a "first call" at 2:00 A. M. one morning. Morahn's speech was indeed original and well delivered.  Miller, C. and Conley spoke on Wednesday and gave two informative speeches. Miller spoke on the mink, that precious animal from which the valuable fur coats are made. He told the habits of the animal and the various ways to trap it. Conley gave a good talk on a mountain in Tibet which is reported to be over 35 thousand feet high. Pilots flying over "The Hump" during the war reported seeing it hover above them, and now explorers are busy searching for this  reported giant.  Ratcliff gave an interesting and colorful speech on the Texas Rangers on Friday. The Rangers were originally the only police in Texas but are now part of the State Police. One Ranger used to stop riots, and no man who ever killed a Ranger lived to tell of his dirty deed. The old-timers in Texas now consider the modern jeep-riding Ranger as being too "dang new-fangled"- Major Persing then told of his own experience in Texas and of his friend, General Bill Sterling of the Rangers.  laae  By General Orders  Col. Martz Reads List Of New Cadet Officers And Non corns  Last Friday in the mess hall, Lt. Col. W. V. Martz, PMS and T, read General Orders, No. 2, appointing a, group of new cadet officers and non-coms from captains down to the rank of master sergeant.  Col. Martz stated that winning an office does not depend upon seniority alone. A cadet must show that he deserves that rank by exhibiting qualities of loyalty, leadership, scholastic achievement, and other good character traits, he said.  Appointments  The appointments were, as follows: Nov. 12, 1948 General Orders, No. 2  1. The following appointments of commissioned and non-commissioned officers in the corps of cadets are hereby announced:  TO BE CADET CAPTAINS: H. J. Chalfant, Commander, Co. "D"; W. E. Foster, Band Leader; R. E. Rook, Commander, Co. "A".  TO BE CADET LIEUTENANTS: C. D. Bobbish, Band; W. H. Davis, Staff; W. J. Fletcher, Co. "B"; R. W. Gillmann, Co. "C"; B. A. Grimm, Co. "C"; R. J. Hunter, Co. "A"; E. W. James, Co. "B"; W. J. LeClair, Co. "A"; H. W. Nickey III, Co. "D"; J. E. Norman, Co. "B"; B. E. Ratcliff, Jr., Co. "D"; H. N. Schweppe, Jr., Staff; C. P. Taylor, Co. "A"; R. Webb III, Co. "C"; W. Zimmerman, Co. "D".  TO BE CADET MASTER SERGEANTS: J. S. Heyman, Bn. Supply Sergeant; O. A. Kaffenberger, Jr., Bn. Sgt., Major; A. L. Marty, 1st Sgt., Band; R. G. Morahn, 1st Sgt., Co. "C"; C. L. Oldfield, 1st Sgt., Co. "B"; A. B. Samuel, 1st Sgt., Co. "A"; J. F. Touscany, 1st Sgt., Co. "D".  2. The above named cadets will be obeyed and respected accordingly.  By Order of R. L. Jackson, Colonel I. N. G., Superintendent (Continued on Page Four)  Continuing to broadcast over Station WOKZ on Saturday afternoons, "Cadet Capers" again aired a well-balanced and well-performed radio program last week. The show, now approaching its third week of broadcasting, is keeping its standards high, for it set a precedent in this area.  Last Saturday's show featured an interview with Guillermo Liera, cadet from Mexico City. Sheldon Green asked most of the questions, which dealt with such topics as early life, politics, clothing, entertainment, and sports in Mexico. The answers were clear and concise and provided a novel twist to the ordinary kind of program. Jay Heyman asked Guillermo a few questions on sports in his native country and learned some new facts.  Bill Foster again acted as announcer and did his usual good job. Charles Boiles and Horatio Garza provided musical interludes with two South American styled piano pieces, include ing an original rhumba composition by Boiles. Jay Heyman was not cut off this week and managed to give a short newscast on football, orders, and the coming dance.  Dick Hutter was at his usual post in the control room, seeing that all were ready to speak at the right time. Capt. Richard Martin was again producer and supervised the entire operation. The program came off" smoothly from the technical side, too.  Next week's program will have a football theme, because of the coming Alton-Western game. Several varsity football players will air their views on football in general and on Western's chances in the Turkey Day game. Carl Bobbish will also be on hand to handle the musical end of the program.  Time marches on . . . as "Cadet Capers" continues on Station WOKZ, 1570 on your dial, Saturday at 12:45 P. M.  "FIESTA" IS MOVIE SHOWN LAST WEEK  The cadet corps was treated to a musical film in technicolor, "Fiesta", as the weekly movie Saturday night. The picture starred' Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban as twins who grew up together in Mexico as the children of a former star matador in the bullring. But the boy loved music, and the girl liked the art of bullfighting and from there the trouble began. Ricardo ran away and tried to contact a great musician, while the country called him a coward for leaving the ring during a bull fight. Esther took his place to make him come back and was hurt trying to do this. Richardo finally returned after having his composition accepted by the great maestro and was forgiven by his father for forsaking the bull ring. He and Esther found happiness in marriage. A newsreel and hilarious cartoon were also on the program.  —By Lucas, W.  SOPHOMORES HOLD INFORMAL DANCE  Last Saturday night the Sophomores held their first informal of the year in the canteen. The comfortable settings blended nicely with the dance, planned by Mrs. Grefcn and the Sophomore Dance Committee. Refreshments were served, and Carlson and Hasselman kept the phonograph going to provide recorded music for the dancing. All enjoyed themselves immensely and are looking forward to the next class social gathering.  Those who attended were Hage-mann, Schaefer, D., Webb, D., Tolle, Sinclair, Rivadenyra, Bickerton, Un-nerstall, Holmquist, Carter, Nicolay, Melnick, Mervis, Bilgere, Lucas, W., Rebar, and Baker, J.  —By Lucas, W.  Capt. Bowman Improves Trap Range; Goose Shoot Will Be Held Thanksgiving Morning By Whitfield King  Before this year Western's Gun Club has consisted mainly of the rifle team members, but this year the activity has been extended to trap-shoot-ing. Backed by Col. Moore and Capt. Bowman, this sport has greatly increased in popularity.  At a recent business meeting the club elected the following officers: Westerland, president; Michel, secretary; Richards, treasurer. Plans were made for a gun storage room in the basement of "C". All guns arid shells will be kept there and can only be taken out when one of the two sponsors is with the cadets. Plans were also made to re-sod the area where the shooting takes place, and benches will be built close to the range for spectators.  Visitors Watch Shooting  The. trap-shooting range has been built east of "the grove". If; has five shooting positions and a gun rack. It was constructed by cadets under the supervision of Capt. Bowman. Shooting has been a major attraction, and on recent Sunday afternoons many visitors have gathered at the range to watch the cadet marksmen.  The gun club will sponsor a trap-shooting match Thanksgiving morning, with the prize a big fat goose. It is open to all cadets, and those wishing to enter must see Capt. Bowman. They must furnish their own guns and ammunition.  Targets For Riflemen  Rifle enthusiasts also have plenty of opportunity to shoot now, either on the indoor range in the gym or at the trap range. A' new type of breakable targets has been secured for them, which gave the rifleman the same advantage as the clay bird does for the trap-shooter.  Anyone wishing to join the gun club should see Capt. Bowman. Those already engaged in shooting are Altheimer, Baker, P., Cameron, Cox, Fischer, D., Fisher, E., Fletcher, G., Foutch, Holmquist, Ingold, Jacobs, Keller, L., King, Koch, Linde, Locke, Lund, Mallory, Meiners, Melnick, Mil-bauer, Michel, Richards, Robinson, Schlueter, Schroeter, Scott, Schusler, Smith, A., Telford, Vedder, Wessel-hoft, D., Westerland, White, Wilson, S., Woodruff, Burroughs, Unnerstall, and Browne, R.  COMING MOVIE  The movie next Saturday will be the comedy, "Cynthia", about the love life of an adolescent girl. Elizabeth Taylor and George Murphy are starred, and a Pete Smith Specialty will complete the bil.  TAKE LONG RIDE TO CLIFTON TERRACE  Last Sunday a group of cadets took a trip to Clifton Terrace on horseback. The day was clear and crisp, and the ride went off smoothly. The cadets caught no rattlesnakes as they had before on this ride. The group ate a hearty meal at Clifton and played football before returning. Those who went were: Williams, Pelzer, Jeffrey, Cox, Hasselman, Calhan, Vevier, Frazer, E., Lloyd B., Lloyd, F., Koest-er, Seelye, Keller, H., Murphy, W., Carter, Schlueter, and Reeder, J.  —By Pelzer  Bulletin  New Chapel Will Be Used For First Time On Thanksgiving Day  The wide and comfortable seats for the new chapel in the east end of the gym have arrived. The slanting floor, the motion picture projection room for two machines, and the stage are about completed.  With the installation of the 380 seats next week, Col. Jackson hopes to use the new chapel for the first time for the Thanksgiving Service next Thursday morning at 10:15. This service will include several cadets on the program.  During the Thanksgiving Dance that evening, a continuous program of movie "shorts" will be shown in the   

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