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Opportunities for Women in Aviation
Today aviation offers wide opportunities for women. Many of us used to be surprised to hear of women actually flying planes, but now it seems little stranger than seeing them drive cars. There are two distinct types of courses in aviation, which are both open to women, the ground course and the flying course.
In the ground course, which offers numerous possibilities, one may study mechanics, aerial navigation, radio, air current, and air pressure. A woman after the proper study courses may work her way up to high executive positions.
The second course, the flying course, teaches the student the actual piloting of a plane. The work of both the test and private pilot is often dangerous but always adventurous.
If a woman desires to fly and yet does not wish to take these courses just mentioned, she may become an air stewardess, provided she is a trained nurse, with her weight not exceeding one hundred and fifteen pounds, and with'a height not over five feet, four inches.
As one may see, the opportunities for women in aviation are just as wide and varied as those for men. To one who is interested, it is a promising career.
Ella Jakob, ’37
We have all heard about the twenty-two thousand, eight hundred lives taken in the United States last year by automobiles. We have all heard again and again of Safety Driving Campaigns. Probably we all read that famous article And Sudden Death. Still thousands continue to be killed by automobiles.
Many plans for the solution of this problem have been suggested. Foremost of these are The National Safety Council, better traffic engineering, and the education of the public. All plans are useless without the cooperation of the public, and this leads to education. In our school we are having a number of safety-driving programs, which will cover many phases of the safe operation of automobiles. Thus we are being educated in the subject; next comes the application of this knowledge. Only through the assuming of individual responsibility may we hope to achieve our goal, for it was in this way that other great nation-wide dangers were overcome such as yellow fever, typhoid fever, railroad casualties, and the crime wave of a few years ago.
We all either drive or ride in automobiles. Let us all try our best to see that the automobile death-rate is reduced.
John May, ’39
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THE CHRONICLE 9
Of course, there are certain restrictions made by some of the clubs such as the Daubers, to which you may belong only if you take art. The Junior College Club is only for girls who are taking the Normal or College Course. Naturally you must have somewhat of a voice to be in the glee clubs, and you must play an instrument to join the ranks of the band or orchestra. If you can sing or play your fiddle or flute, please don’t make the grave mistake of losing one of the grandest opportunities offered in high school; for music in any form is one of the most instructive as well as pleasurable trainings one can find.
And now a word about the A. A. and Chronicle. To be sure they require a dollar or two a year, but they are both good investments, and besides you will receive the satisfaction of knowing that you have done your part in helping your school along its way. And, too, don’t forget the basketball season! Our team needs your support to keep it going to the best of its ability.
Well, I’ve said my bit. Have I said enough? I certainly hope I have, so that you’ll now join the popular movement toward more members for our clubs.
Roberta Bingham, ’38
The words “Yankee Ingenuity” are well known to us, but perhaps some of us have a rather vague conception of their true meaning. We are inclined to associate this quality with something that died with Eli Whitney, Elias Howe, Samuel Morse, and other New England inventors. Yankee ingenuity is not mentioned so much in our modern times, but it still exists, however. Clever people are continually inventing or improving upon labor or money saving devices. The following is a good example of this.
An excellent opportunity is offered to prospective students by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Every year a scholarship of five hundred dollars is awarded to a student born and reared in New England who best shows his ingenuity.
This year the scholarship was given to Franklin D. Hayes, who lived on a farm in Massachusetts, where his father had a greenhouse. He was sick of running out every few hours to keep track of the temperature, and he was especially weary of leaving his warm bed two or three times during the night. Determined to make his wits save his heels, he contrived a device which flashes a light and rings a bell in his room whenever the temperature changes three degrees. When the temperature reaches a fixed danger point, the device also starts a blower under the boiler in the heating room of the greenhouse. This creates a draft and the heat rises and all is well. The principal materials used were two strips of zinc, a strip of sheet iron, a bicycle spoke, two clock wheels, some copper rivets from a discarded harness, some colored bulbs from Christmas tree decorations, an electric doorbell, a toy electric train transformer, and part of an old vacuum cleaner. Worth perhaps — well — they were worth a five-hundred-dollar scholarship and a lot of glory to Franklin D. Hayes.
Charles Upham, ’39
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Follow Your Hobby
Hobbies are many and varied. A large number, however, deal with collecting perhaps stamps, coins, arrowheads, old furniture, or books. From these hobbies one may gain valuable information as well as a great deal of enjoyment.
Take each hobby separately. On stamps there are pictured maps, statesmen, lawyers, generals, and politicans. Maps help one in geography and history. If you are interested in art, you may, also, wish to collect stamps, for on stamps you will find reproductions of well-known pieces of art.
Coins tell the history of many countries. In the early days of our country coins were marked in pounds, shillings, and pennies; now dollars and cents are used. Through this, one sees how the United States was a British possession and now a separate country. Coins are also issued in honor of the anniversaries of cities and states.
Arrowheads show us where the various Indian tribes lived. Thus we are able to follow the migration of a tribe from the Atlantic Coast to the far West. There are many different types of arrowheads, and one is always pleased when he finds a new one.
Old furniture takes us back to the early times in this country or even back to the early European countries. By collecting furniture one sees how styles have gradually changed from what are now antiques to the most modernistic pieces.
Books delight many people. First editions are always sought by book collectors. Through the collecting of books one becomes interested in the authors and learns a great deal about their best works.
Hobbies, as well as being instructive as shown throughout this article, are sometimes remunerative. A great many stamps and coins bring high prices. Some day you may need some money; if you have a hobby, you will probably be able to get it.
Then, too, there is the enjoyment of your hobby. When you grow old, a hobby will help pass many otherwise dreary hours, and you will be glad you started one when you were young. Also when you are sick, you are more than willing to turn to your hobby.
Follow your hobby, and you will always be happy, whether in prosperity, poverty, loneliness, or sickness.
Bobert Thompson, ’39
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