(This article was published in the Dec.10, 1941 edition of The Orange
and White, the predecessor of The Daily Beacon.)
"On to Tokyo" may have been the jesting cry of UT students Monday, but
administrative officials here advised caution and a policy of watchful
waiting, following this country's declaration of war.
"We will continue as we are," President Hoskins said with calmness, "and
await instructions from the government. It won't do anyone any good to go
"In the other war, we waited for government instructions, and when they
came, we carried them out. That is what everyone else will be doing this
time, including business."
Dean of the university, F.C. Smith, took the same attitude.
"Don't fly off the handle and join the army. If and when the government
needs more men, they will be called. Continue your education. At least
finish out this quarter.
"There were some boys in here today talking about quitting. That wouldn't
do any good at all.
"We're going to do anything as a university that is necessary. If it is
necessary to give additional courses, or to speed up the graduation
process, we will go the limit.
"Probably there will be a demand shortly for more intensive courses in
aviation. We're willing to go the limit," Smith said.
WWII students choose between army, school
Published: Mon Sep 12, 1994 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:45 p.m.