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VOLUME THIRTY-SIX—NUMBER TWO
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WE DNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 1948
420 Frosh Commence Orientation in All-day Program
Speakers Outline Organizations,
Extend Welcome to Newcomers
Commencing with addresses by President William V. Hous-
ton and student leaders, the orientation program got underway
for the 420 freshmen last Saturday morning.
Following Dr. Houston's address, Dean Cameron took the
floor to extend an invitation to the frosh to visit his office to
present any questions or prob-
lems that might arise.
Mr. Cameron also introduced Miss
Lane, advisor to women, and pointed
out where Miss Lane might be
Tom Eubank, freshman president
of the class of '51 and chairman of
the orientation committee, then in-
troduced Jimmie Meyers, president
New Lab to Feature
More Space, Equipment,
Air Conditioning Unit
Crowded labs and antiquated
equipment are becoming a thing of
the past with the new Abercrombie
Laboratory swinging into operation.
Much machinery from the old engi*
neering labs will remain in service,
but a large part of it will be re-
placed, and many entirely new out-
fits will added.
Lathes, milling machines, radial
drill presses, grinders, and war sur-
plus metallurgy equipment head the
list of items to go into the build-
ing. The intei'nal combustion lab
has been expanded, and a new Gen-
eral Electric steam-turbo power
plant will be installed in the old lab
These changes will not take place
overnight. The first semester of
some of the lab courses may very
well be spent moving and assemb-
ling machinery. The electrical, me-
chanical and civil engineering de-
partments are expected to complete
their chang^ by the end of this
The electrical and mechanical de-
partments will have all of their
labs in the new building, except that
the mechanical steam lab which
will be in the M.L. building in the
space previously allotted to the
steam lab and machine shop.
Another innovation in the new
laboratory building is the instru-
mentation of the air conditioning
unit. This will permit detailed study
of the operation of a large air con-
ditioning plant under actual func-
Council Names Bryant
The Student Council in a special
meeting held Monday noon ejected
Martel Bryant as representative of
the freshman class. Bryant is an
engineering student from Dallas.
Discussion concerning the elec-
tion of a new fourth cheerleader
followed. In a called meeting last
week, the Council accepted the res-
ignation of Holly Sheehan. Two va-
cancies which must be filed by class
elections exist in the Council, the
positions of Carolyn Croom, junior
class representative, and Miles
Class lists for the election will
will probably be ready by the sec-
ond Monday in October.
By Bev Hawkins
At the Metropolitan this weeek is
The Loves of Carmen, a musical ro-
mance in technicolor with much Rita
Hayworth but little else.
At the Loews, A Date With Judy
—a teen-age comedy with an over-
complicated plot ham-acted by young
and old alike. Stars: Elizabeth Tay-
lor, Jane Powell, Carmen Miranda,
and Xavier- Cugat.
For a complete coverage of
Dr. Houston's address, turn to
of the Student Association. Meyers
emphasized to the freshmen that
they had become a part of a group
with similar interests.
He explained the various cam-
pus organizations and publications,
and strongly urged the newcomers
to take an active part in campus
life. Said Meyers, "Only by full ex-
ploitation of the opportunities pre-
sented can one gain a realization
of the full meaning of university
Leonard Attwell, chairman of the
Honor Council, took the floor to ex-
plain the working of the honor sys-
tem; he urged the freshmen to study
this system and gain full realization
of their responsibilities under it.
John Goodrich, new publicity di-
rector for the Rice Athletic Asso-
ciation, extended an invitation to
drop into the field house any time
and "talk things over" with any
member of the athletic staff.
The president of the Band, Clin-
ton Moore, expressed hope for a
great . musical organization this
year, and invited the freshmen to
join. The Band has recently bought
many new uniforms and equipment.
Patty Radford, president of the
Women's Council, explained the
duties of the big sisters and outlined
plans for a Girls' Club Party. Jack
Turpin and Bertha Gray, members
of the guidance committee, outlined
traditional Slime rgeulations.
Following the speakers, Eubank
explained the afternoon's activities
and then dismissed the group. Sat-
urday afternoon a unit of guides,
headed by J. S. Binford, conducted
tours of the campus for the fresh-
men, pointing out the many unique
and interesting features.
These tours ended at Autry House,
where student religious groups had
prepared a reception. The reception
was followed by the all-school pic-
nic and dance, with large crowds in
attendance at both.
Willis Tate, former assistant pas-
tor at First Methodist Church, dean
of men at Southern Methodist Uni-
versity, will speak at the initial
meeting of the Methodist Student
Opening the " year's activities for
the group, the meeting will takf
place from 12:15 to 12:45 at A-
The Student Religion Council will
meet next Friday at noon for the
purpose of electing officers. Mem-
bers are requested to meet at Sally-
port^t 12:00 sharp.
'The Male Animal'
Director Henry Walters interrupts
Professor Thomas Turner (Pat Lips-
comb) and Ellen Turner (Betty Dar-
gan) to point out ^n intricacy of in-
timate theater staging. This pic-
ture was taken during a rehearsal l has planned, staged, and directed
of "The Male Animal" the week be-
fore school started. This play will
be presented Friday night, 8:00 at
A-house. The Rice Dramatic Club
ihis play entirely with their stu-
dent members. (See accompanying
Girls' Club Slates
Affair for Women
A coke party has been slated by
the Girls' Club to honor the new
women students, both freshmen and
upperclassmen, according to Mitsu
The affair will be at the home
of Miss Bessie Griffiths, 408 Haw-
thorne, next Saturday afternoon
from two till five. Although invita-
tions have been sent only to the
new women, Miss Kobaya^jhi stress-
ed that all women are invited. In-
vitations for them will pass through
the presidents of their respective
For the information of members,
the first jneeting of the organiza-
tion "will be Friday at 12:15 at A-
house. Sarah JLane, advisor of wo-
men, will speak; an important busi-
ness meeting will follow. Miss Ko-
bayashi urged that all big-little sis-
Episcopate to Stress
Home in Lectures
The Canterbury club, working in
conjunction with the University of
Houston Canterbury club, will spon-
sor a series of five lectures on the
general topic "The Christian Home."
The programs will be presented on
Sunday afternoons between now and
The. first speaker will be Dr. Paul
Ledbetter. His talk, which will be
given on October 10, is to be an in-
terpertation and analysis of the con-
troversial Kinsey report.
Second in the series is "Achieving
Emotional Maturity," scheduled for
October 24. The speaker will be Dr.
Hiller, who has done cohsiderable
counseling work. Dr. Hiller is a
professor at the University of Hous-
November 7, the two clubs will
have a panel discussion on the so-
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Players Slate Comedy
For Friday Night
Friday night at 8:00 p.m. the
Rice Dramatic Club will present
"The Male Animal" at A-house.
"The Male Animal," a comedy by
James Thurber and Elliot Nugent,
Concerns the personal and political
problems of an English professor at
According to Henry L. Walters,
the cast has been practicing for
five weeks with gratifying results.
Pat Lipscomb, Betty Dargati, Ar-
thur Cole, Don Britton, and Ray-
mond Lankford play the leads. In
the supporting roles are Pat Cun-
ningham, Barbara Roos, Lyndon Mc-
Knight, Marcia Weiss, Joan' Ben-
net, Stacy Watson, Bev Hawkins,
and Gladys Mugg.
Tickets for the performance can
be obtained at a booth in Sallyport
Six Assistants, 38 Fellows Added to Staff
Six new Assistants have been ap-
pointed to the Rice staff, and thir-
ty-eight new Fellowships have been
awarded, it was announced Septem-
ber 18th from Dr. William V. Hous-
The six new assistants are:
Vincente Carrion, B.A. (Univ. of
Mexico), M.A. (Univ. of Mexico),
Mexico City, has been appointed As-
sistant in Romance Languages.
Coming to Rice from Chester,
England is Sarel Henry Eimerl, B.
A. (Oxon.), who has been appointed
Assistant in History.
Evelyn Kuhn Hake, B.A. (Rice)
1930, M.A. (Rice) 1932, of Houston,
is Research Assistant in Biology.
John Aubrey Plumbley, B.S. in Ph.
Ed. (Rice) 1948, becomes Assistatnt
in Physical Education. Plumbley's
home is in San Antonio.
•A new Assistant in Mathematics
is Hans Reiter, graduate of the Vi-
enna Hochschule, and a graduate
student at the University of Sao
Paulo. Reiter was Assistant in
Mathematics at the Johns Hopkins
University last year.
The following are the new ap-
pointments to Fellowships at the
Luolin Storey Altenberg, B.A.
(Rice) 1935, of Houston, has been
appointed Atomic Energy Commis-
Algernon Sidney Badger, B.S. in
E.E. (Rice) 1948, of Houston, has
been appointed Fellow in Electrical
John Harold Barrett, B.S. (Rice)
1948, of Houston, has been appoint-
ed Fellow in Physics.
Coming to Rice from Doylestown,
Pa. is J. Walter >fieck, B.S. (Penn-
sylvania State) 1936, M.S. (Emory)
1948. Beck has been appointed Fel-
low in Biology.
Robert William Bell, B.S. in Ch.E.
(Rice) 1946, of Houston has become
Pan American Fellow in Chemical
Albert William Blackstock, B.S.
(Texas A.&M.) 1948, of Waco, Tex-
as, has become Fellow in Physics.
A new Fellow in Romance Lan-
guages is Lois Doyle Briskey, A.B.
(Kentucky) 1948, of Lake Bluff,
William Henry Burke, Jr., B.S.
(Rice) 1948, of Dallas, has been ap-
pointed Fellow in Physics.
James Wilford Butler, B.S. in Ch.
E. (Georgia Tech.) 1944, of Dublin,
Ga., has become Fellow in Physics
Olin B. Cecil. B.A. (Rice) 1948, of
Wichita Falls, Texas, has been ap-
pointed Fellow in Chemistry.
Jerry Power Conner. B.A. (Rice)
1948, has become Fellow in Physics.
Jim Douglas, Jr., B.S. C.E. (Tex-
as) 1946, M.S. in C.E. (Texas) 1947,
of Houston, has been named Fellow
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. The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 22, 1948. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth230757/. Accessed July 4, 2015.