The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 06.01.1945, Blaðsíða 2

The White Falcon - 06.01.1945, Blaðsíða 2
 ill I i -w SioBltMfliiii Mir ii^Si as M¥ '- Through the University . of Iceland, a free college education is provided for all students felt capable of benefitting from higher learning. Upon completing high school, all students have an opportunity of taking the university entrance examinations. If they pass, they may then choose any field or profession taught, all leading to a degree, at absolutely no cost to them. In addition, scholarships are provided even for living expenses in the cases of needy stud- en ts. Degrees in medicine, law, economics, theology, philosophy, engineering and dentistry may now be earned at the university. All degrees are called "Candidate" instead of the American "Bachelor." Many of the schools are .new, this being the first vear for the school of The University of Iceland dentistry. The first stu- dent of the engineering school will not graduate until 1946. The majority of the professors on the faculty have received their educations in Ice- land, supplemented by some study abroad, al- though a few of the older members were educated in Denmark, Sweden and Germany. One handicap that Ice- landers face in studying for a profession is the fact that one must first -be- come proficient in a for- eign language, preferably English, for few technical textbooks have been trans- lated into Icelandic. Co-ed education in the university is not yet strong, only about ten- percent of the present en- rolment of 350 being girls. Due to the longer "basic" courses of second- ary education in Iceland, the college graduate is a bit older also, the average age being 25. Founded in 1911, the University of Iceland, with its principle of free higher education, may well he looked to as a working example for many other countries to follow in the post-war world. Many Icelanders still go abroad for college train- ing., Many at the present time are in American uni- versities, a number.being at the University.of South- ern California, Minnea- polis, Iowa and others. Be- fore the war, many went to schools in Sweden, Den- mark and Germany. For- eign students also come to the University of Iceland. A number of Scandinavi- ans have studied Iceland- ic here as a background for higher language deg- rees, while others have been engaged in geologic- al research and studv. WOUIDWIBENI New Year's Day, at 1800 hours, the Bepublic of Ice- land began the first of a ser- ies of shortwave broadcasts, beamed all over the world, including America. It was the first such broadcast ever attempted here and will hen- NAUGUBATE WS ISO AMIS' Mr. Bjarni GuSmundsson ceforlh be a. weekly feature, giving a compilation of local and international news af- fecting Iceland, enabling, former citizens now living abroad to keep in touch with their country. Mr. Bjarni GuSmundsson, press liaison officer, will conduct the broadcasts, which will be in Icelandic at present, hut later an Eng- lish translation will also be given. Mr. GuSmundsson pointed out that the news- casts will be particularly welcome to Icelanders abroad, for to many it will be the only link by which they can keep abreasLof re- cent happenings and deve- lopments in Iceland. Due to [wartime transportation dif- ficulties and .censorship, loc- al newspapers often do not reach other countries for as long as. • three or four months; It was therefore felt that such news over the air would fill a real need. —Colleges (Continued from Page 1) ans with no previous aca- demic credits — if they can pass an intelligence test and provided they display a wil- lingness to learn. » Yale, which does require previous high school or col- lege credits for enrolment, but which is offering special courses designed to fit vet- eran needs. Holy Cross, which allows enrolment at any time and offers four months refresh- er courses for which college credits are given. University of Pennsylvan- ia, which — like the Univers- ity of Southern California — is RutUagj) articular, sir ess.on soldiers' readjustment to ci- Just to keep you up to date with things at home . . . the most popular songs right now are. . . "I'll Walk Alone". . . "Dance With a Dolly". . . "The Trolley Song". . ."Always" "How Many Hearts Have You Broken". . ."Together". .. The most popular radio shows. . . Bob Hope. . . Fibber McGee and Molly. . .Badio Theatre. . .Mr. District Attor- ney .. . Abbott and Costello . . . Bing Crosby . . . Joan Davis-Jack Haley . . . Edgar Bergen . . . The poll marks the drop of Winchell from the top for the first time, as well as Edgar Bergen's descent to eighth place___John J. Anthony can now talk to himself about his own pro- blem for his program was dropped some weeks ago by Mutual network . . . Another midseason casualty was the Barry Wood-Patsy Kelly show, over NBC . . . "The Voice" Sinatra also is looking for a new sponsor, his contract with the vitamin firm being terminated without a rene- wal . . . But he does not have to worry; he has four other offers awaiting his decision. * * * The best selling books that are now being read back home are . .. "Forever Amber," Kathleen Winsor's torrid, sexy romance . .. "Green Dolphin Street," an earthy love triangle . .. "The Bazor's Edge," by that past master of fiction, Somerset Maugham . . . "The Bobe," by Lloyd C. Douglas ... it has stayed on the best seller list for nearly two years . .. "Leave Her to Heaven" and "Earth and High Heaven" ... Among the best non-fiction are . . . Bob Hope's "I Never Left Home" . . . "The Time for Decision" . .. "Yankee From Olympus." * * • Back home the cigarette shortage remains as acute as ever . . '. even the children have become aware of it... . Shortly before Christmas, a little 2-year, old girj meeting her first Santa Claiis in a Manhattan department store, when asked what she would like for him to bring her, solemnly replied, "Cigarettes" ... A familiar sight in Penn Station arid Grand Central is a line of anxious hopefuls following a "refill" truck around to the newsstands . . . hoping to be the first to grab any fresh supply of ciga- rettes ... In addition to a shortage of a meat and lemons in most place, the shortage of sugar caused many house- wives to discover the baby's formula, dextrose, to be a happy substitute . . . until stocks of that were soon as- scarce as sugar. * • * In addition to the new "Seven Lively Arts" put on by Billy Bose, other new amusement fare included George S. Kaufman's adaption of John. P. Marqand's "The Late George Apley" . . . Another World War II play, "The Streets Are Guarded" . . . and "Bhapsody" the musical for which Fritz Kreisler wrote the music, the best part of the show . . . Ethel Barrymore enjoyed all the fanfare of a second opening night when she returned to the National Theatre to reopen the dramatization of Franz Werfel's "Embezzled Heaven" which had closed for a month due to the star's illness. vilian life. Both universities have found that veterans consider fraternities and similar campus activities "childish" and have establ- ished advisory boards for re- turning servicemen. Oklahoma A and M, which permits a revision of the curriculum for servicemen to allow the vets to. take any combination of courses thev need. Ohio State, which announ- ces that reports and grades will be disregarded if it is felt that they are due to re- adjustment or to emotional problems resulting from military service. Temple University, which is allowing six credits for a special six week's refresher course for servicemen. THE WHITE FALCON is published weekly by and for the American Forces in Iceland, under supervision of Special Ser- vice Section, Iceland Base Command. Some material is supplied by Camp Newspaper Service, New York City, republication of which is prohibited without CNS approval. THE WHITE FALCON has been passed by the censor and may be mailed home for one-and-one-half cents. IBC Special Service Officer .Lt. Col. Lee F. Gilstrap Supervising Officer........Lt. David Zinkoff Editor .-',*.££.-.-.; ¦-.. Associate. Editor NewssEdiitor. ... Sfifrf Reporter . . ISgt, John Moran . .Sg& J. Gordon Farrell . wCpI. Robert HU1 . f\ Bvf> E. ¦£?¦¦ Gray V 4 ¦

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