The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 7, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 19, 1918 Page: 1 of 4
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BY ARMY TEAM
I08TH HXtHXHERS DEFEAT MCE IX
FIRST BASKETBALL (jAMH
BICE INSTITUTE. HOUSTON, TEXAS, JANUARY M), !9iS
Contest in Closely Played—Anybody's
Came Up to La^t Whistle—Mice's
Xew Men Day Wei].
The Rice basketball quintet met
their Hrst defeat of the season iast
Saturday night at the City Auditorium
when they piayed the teatn of Com-
pany B, 108th Engineers of Camp Lo-
gan. The score was 42 to 38. It was
anybody's game from the Hrst to the
iast whistie. At three or four times
during the game was the score tied, and
never was it one-sided.
The soldiers' team was given strong
support by the men from Camp Logan,
and throughout the game they cheered
wildly for their team. This was the
Hrst athletic contest in which the men
from the camp have been able to wres-
tle victory from the Owl regulars. The
soldiers came in early and filled the
large section reserved for them. When
Colonel Allen of the Engineers ap-
- peared the men arose and gave him a
long ovation. Captain B. C. Allen of
Company B was also present.
When the two teams took the Held
they displayed from the start their snap
and accuracy in shooting goals. Rice
was a bit slow in getting under way,
but soon hit her stride and overcame a
nine-point lead. From that time on to
the end of the first half Rice had things
pretty much her own way. Some of
the Owls were a trifle nervous at first,
but as the game grew older these men
settled down and piayed consistent ball.
Taliaferro, a Freshman, played a splen-
did game at guard, and bids fair to
^3tn.! the -n-endcrfw! playing of "D<Mth
Valley" Delia Valle^M last year. Tim-
mons, another new man at Rice, played
like a veteran, and carried the ball
down the field many times for points.
Lewis, of the soldier team, got right
about the middle of the game, and the
way he shot goals was uncanny. Not
a few times he sent the ball unerringly
into the basket from a distance of over
half the Held. Harkey, his running
mate, also made several brilliant plays,
and threw goals from hard angles.
At the beginning of the second half
the score stood 22 to 16 with Rice on
the long end. Both teams were new
working like machines, but the Engi-
neers had a shade the advantage as the
final score shows. Kingsland and
Dodge were the individual stars for the
Owls, and Lewis and Harkey were the
score-getters for the soldiers.
The game was refereed by Leslie
Mann of Camp Logan, a man weli
known in baseball circles. He was as
fast on the Hoor as he is on the dia-
mond, and he kept the game going at
highest speed. The game showed to
the Rice supporters that they have a
winning team in the Held again this
year, and with more training and pol-
ishing, the Owl quintet will put the
"kibosh" dn Texas and A. & M. when
Field Goals—Lewis 11, Harkey 6,
Stevenson 1, Okerberg 1, Dodge 4, Tim-
mons 5, Dormant 2, Kingsland 5, 1 for
Engineers. Fouls Tossed—Lewis 2,
Will Make Basketball a Major Sport.
Great emphasis is to be laid on bas-
ketball this year at Colgate University.
In years past the university has regard-
ed basketball as an important sport, but
this year many colleges never before in
their schedule are to be played. The
season is to be extended over a much
longer period, as baaebaALiq to be
abandoned and track work greatly cut
CHANGES MADE IN
DRILL NOW COMES EVERY MORX-
IXC IK WEEK—CHAKOES IN
(i CAM) WORK.
Civilian Clothe* Are Taboo With Mili-
tary Authorities—R. O. T. C. In-
signia Must Me Worn—Several
Calls Are Cut Out.
An important change in our military
life awaited us when we returned from
the holidays. Our hearts were at Hrst
gladdened to read that we would not
have to drill any more in the after-
noons, but a little lower down we read
that every morning of the week except
Sundays we would have to make up for
the evenings off, so now we drill every
morning instead of every other as
formerly. Three mornings are to be
devoted to drill alone, and the other
three to physical training. In addition
to this we are to have instruction in
the theoretical side as weli, in a series
of lectures. Classes for these are now
Another change was made in the
system of guarding and the formation
of the guard. Formerly the guard went
from room to room, noting the ab-
sences, etc., but now this duty falls to
a division inspector, who must be a
senior or sergeant. Each dormitory has
detailed one such inspector who, besides
making the inspection at call to quar-
ters, makes one in the morning and an-
other at taps. The entire guard for one
night is now formed from one company,
instead of having a given number of
men from each. Guards are now posted
on Saturday nights, but it is intimated
that this will be discontiuued so as to
allow every one to be able to see the
basket ball games held on these nights.
If a man serves on Saturday night he is
allowed to go to town any other night of
town with the bunch."
Two inspections of cadets rooms have
been heid for the purpose of Hnding
civilian clothes. An order was given
out a short while back that any one hav-
ing any in his possession must get rid
of them in some manner at once, con-
sequently the garret was rushed by the
boys endeavoring to put their "cits"
away in their trunks.
Roll call is now held only at reveille.
Students may absent themselves from
the other two meals as a result, but if
they wish to eat here they must be in
iine when the mess call sounds, as for-
mations have not been discontinued.
Taps is now sounded at 10:30 p. m.,
instead of 11:00 p. m., as before the
holidays, and release from quarters is
at 10:15 p. m., instead of 9:30 p. m. of
The R. O. T. C. insignia, consisting of
a bronze collar ornament composed of
the letters R. O. T. C., and the shields
to be worn on the arm have arrived.
The latter must be sewed on all over-
coats and blouses, otherwise they will be
considered the same as civilian clothing.
AT OHIO STATE
School of Aviation at Ohio University to
Have Hangars Costing $40,000, Me-
sides Much Other Equipment.
Ohio has recently started the con-
struction of a building to house their
School of Aviation. The building wilt
be known as the aviation laboratory,
and in it all problems connected with
the science wiii be worked out. The
north end of the laboratory will be the
hangars for the planes, whiie the va-
rious types of motors will occupy the
south end. There will be two rooms in
the building for the study of machine
guns, two for wireless telegraphy, and
three recitation rooms. The structure
is one-story, containing 10,000 square
feet, and is being built by the State at
a cost of $40,000. .
Some one told me that this column
would look better If I would Hll my
fountain pen with water and write on a
Relieving that he who writes
poetry thereby gains much benefit,
and that the writing of poetry should
be fostered and encouraged in every
way possible, the Thresher wishes
to announce that it will give a cash
prize of ten dollars to the person
who w rites the poem that in the opin-
ion of the judges ts the best entered
in this contest. The judges wili be
three of the instructors here, the
names of whom will be announced
later. The contest wit! end May 1.
From time to time the best of the
poems handed in will he published in
Conditions of the contest:
1. The contest is open to any stu-
dent in the Rice Institute.
3. Poems must not be more than
fifty (.10) lines in leant!).
3. Competitors may contribute as
many articles as desired.
4. The form, meter, or subject mat-
ter of the poem is a matter of
choice with the writer.
3. A writer wishing a contribution
to be anonymously published
or judged, or both, shall make
the desire known on a sepa-
rate sheet of paper, giving the
name and address of the wri-
ter and the name of the con-
O. Articles received after May ) will
not he considered.
Rice has been very much behind
other schools in the production of
lasting pieces of literature. It ran
not be that we have not the ability.
You may have that ability. Try and
see, if you get nothing. If you fail
to get the prize you will have got con-
siderable benefit from the mere writ-
ing of the poem. Hand in something
now, and something else later on.
Put your contributions in the box at
the Thresher office, Room 104 Ad-
ministration Building, or hand them
to the editor-in-chief or the manag-
ing editor of this paper. Write
XHW COURSES TO ACT AS PREPAR-
ATORY TO SERVICE ACROSS
Classes in Wireless Telegraphy and Oas
Engines to Be Taught by Two Pro-
fessors of the Kngineering
Two special "war courses," which
have been recently offered at the Insti-
tute, are causing great Interest among
the men students. The Hrst course to
be inaugurated is an advanced study of
"wireless telegraphy," to be taught by
Mr. Diamant of -the Engineering De-
partment. The other course, ottered by
Mr. A. H. Aagaard, will be devoted to
"gas engines." Both aim to give a
certain amount of fundamental train-
ing in each of these branchep to men
who may later Hnd need for such things
Mr. Diamant's class was organized
some time before the Christmas holi-
days and is now ready to settie down
in earnest. Equipment for experiment
with regulation wireiess apparatus has
been promised by the War Department.
Mr. Aagaard's class of some forty
men and one blushing co-ed has been
formed during the past week. Lecture
periods for the present wiil be from
4:30 to 5:30 on Wednesday and Fri-
day evenings. The purpose of the
course is to give sufficient theory and
practice to enable those who have taken
it to operate and maintain internal
combustion engines of the types used
in automobiles and airplanes. Besides
a complete discussion of types, fuels,
ignition, adaptability and other theoret-
ical considerations, the courses pro-
pose to give a series of experiments
on engines in order to demonstrate the
fundamentals considered in the lectures.
The equipment of the mechanical lab-
oratory affords ample facilities for this
purpose. A number of lectures on
aeronautics will also be given, which
will be of timely Importance, seeing
that all eyes are turned toward aviation
Beyond a doubt the courses wiil
prove Instructive and practical if not
indeed "patriotic," and they promise
to be a Httlng augment to "Military
Science and Tactics."
PRACTICE PHOOHHSSIXO WELL
WITH PLEXTY OF SEW MATE-
RIAL SAYS COACH SHERMAX.
Team Uses South End High Oym. in
Daily Workout—Three Letter Men
Out for )'tares—Schedule In-
trudes Many (<ood Games.
Basket bait practice is progressing
nicely; we have a quantity of good ma-
terial, and "the outtook for a successful
season is very promising," so Coach
Sherman, of the basket ball squad char-
acterized the progress In training to
Some twenty-five aspirants daily
adorn the gym Hoor of the South End
Junior High School lor a hard hour and
a half work-out. The chief characteris-
tic of each evening's practice is work,
which wili certain!)' net worthy results.
At present, of course, the hopes of the
Owis rest maiuiy upon the three letter
men from last year's excellent team—
Dodge, Kingsland and Dormant. These
men are certain to keep the Rice team
weil up in the running. Dodge is re-
membered as one of the cleverest and
fastest of the 1!)17 goa) tossers, and
probabty the hardest working member
of that team. Kingsiand at center was
never outplayed, and towered head and
shouiders (yes, verity) above atl team-
mates and opponents at tossing difficult
goats. One of these two men probably
will captain the team through the ap-
proaching campaign. Dormant at guard
atW forward showed Hashes of bril-
liancy in most every game last year, but
had not the consistency of the others of
this veteran trio. The remaining men
have yet to prove their merit, although
a number certainty took like good col-
lege materia). they tvtff wttnout doubt
be heard from in the near future.
Coach Sherman is a basket batt man
of considerabte experience, having
turned out many very abte teams. A
number of good plays are worked on
each afternoon in preparation for the
party games. Following the preliminary
practice of 3D or 40 minutes, the theory
of the ptays is tested in the practice of
a game between two rather equal
strength fives. Every man gets his
chance, and many take t'utl advantage
The schedule is now complete and
wit] give Houston and the Institute am-
ple opportunity for seeing some fast
games. Of 17 games scheduled, i3 witt
be played before the home crowd—
either at the Y. M. C. A. or the City
Auditorium. The other dates are two
each at Austin and Cottege Station, in
return for which each State and A. & M.
appear for two contests on tha local
courts. These games wit! atl probabty
be ptayed at the Auditorium on account
of the g<!}pat interest, attached to ath-
letics between this triumvirate, and the
consequent, targe attendance of sympa-
thizers for either side.
Further steps towards cordiat rela-
tions with Baytor are taken by the dates
with the bears, the Hrst basket ball en-
gagements between the two schoots.
The Southwestern team is an annual
visitor, and wit! show again in Houston
this season. Two new quintets besides
Baylor atso witl be seen in action, S. M.
U. and Simmons College. These new-
comers are not to be slightingly loo.ked
upon—many a surprise is sprung in
basket ball by comparatively obscure
Saturday evening afforded the Hrst
opportunity of seeing the Owls in ac-
tion and getting a tine on the new stuff.
A strong team from Camp Logan was
met at the City Auditorium.
The results of this game may be seen
in another column.
RICE HAS FIRST
TASTE OF SNOW
AST FRIDAYS SXOWFALL
I HIST IX HISTORY OF
Cadets and Co-eds Have Great Fun
Snowballing—Few Classes Ate
Held on Friday.
Jan. 12—Army Team in Houston.
Jan. 18-1D-—S. W. U. in Houston.
Jan. 24-25-—A. & M. at College Sta-
Feb. 1-2—State University in Hous-
Feb. 6-7—Simmons College in Hous-
Feb. 13-14—Baylor in Houston.
Feb. 18-19—S. M. U. in Houston.
Feb. 25-2R—State University in Aus-
March 1-2—A. & M. in Houston.
When the students of Rice awoke
at the sound of the bugle last Fri-
day morning, and peered out through
their windows into the semi-darkness
(the students dress by artiliciat tight
these mornings, because the sun does
not get around in time to compty with
the Institue regulations), they saw that
the ground was bianketed in a thin but
increasing covering of snow and steet,
the tirst to fait in Houston in twenty-
three years. Here was reat winter
weather, and nature calted and nn i:.'<i
the students of Rice to indutge in a new
form of amusement.
The cadets began before breakfast to
make the must of the fun offered them.
There was no drift Friday morning,
thanks to the omnipotent military au-
thorities, and that it our was spent in
snow-batting. Several energetic young
men came near breaking their spirits
when they proved the faw of gravita-
ti<t)p* .after toning their equilibrium on
the frozen sleet, it. wasn't the fall that
hurt them—the pain came when they
hit upon some hard facts.
The reat fun began, however, when
classes begat). It might be said here,
that those who did not cut some of
their class entirety came in from fifteen
to thirty minutes tate. Nature vas
catling too strongly front the outside
for many students to remain tong on
the inside. Last Friday the Adminis-
ntuch for the profound teaming to fie
derived therefrom, as from the warttnh
from the radiators t.o be derived there-
During the first part of the morning
the students used the quadrangles be-
tween the hedges back to the Admin-
istration building for their playground,
for the snow was banked deeper her. .
L:tter, the space between the hedges
the front of the budding was pm into
use. The snow didn't have much
chance to remain on the campus very
tong, for treacherous mate students
were continuaity washing the giris'
faces with this white and cooling sub-
stance, and pome of them even wen;, so
far as t,o stuff snow into the mouths of
the unsuspecting co-eds. Of course,
this served to keep the girls cool head-
ed. but it metted an awfut amount, of
Another form of amusement was
runniug and diving headfong into (ho
banks of snow along the hedges. Some
dove over the hedges and others siipped
and feli through the hedges. One of
the campus gardeners Was in the Ad-
ministration building "thawing out"
while he watched the students as they
revetted about the hedges, and after
watching them awhile with a wistfui
expression he remarked to himself in
a gentle tone: "Them hedges are sure
ketchin' hetl this morning." He was
right—regardless of the fact that the
thermometer registered 14 above zero.
No one stood on their dignity tast
Friday—it was more comfortable to sit
on the radiator. The students spent
their time between "ireezing up" and
"thawing out." in Hiotogy 300, a stu-
dent came into the room after the ctass
was half over. He gave one the im-
pression of an animated snow man <1
won't mention the student's name he-
cause he is our cadet Major). His back
was caked with snow, his shoulders,
tegs and even on his face, eyebrows and
lashes, clung bits of snow and ice.
After giving Dr. MuHer a cold glance,
he gave his feltow students an icy stare
and sat down stiffty in his seat. He
seemed to be bent on giving everybody
the cotd shoulder, but after remaining
in tha room awhile he melted and be-
stowed a warm smile on his friends.
Yes. Friday was a great day, and the
students enjoyed every Make of snow
that fell upon the Rice campus. If we
have many more snows this winter,
there will be an awfut casualty tist
after the March examinations.
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