The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 1, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 21, 1926 Page: 4 of 6
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THE THRESHER .HOUSTON, TEXAS
A Wwkty Paper PublUhwt by th Sliritnta of Bic* In tltul .
Entered at second eto« matter October IT. 1#16. at the pwtoffice in Houston. Texas, under
the Act of March S. 1*79.
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MEMBER HOUSTON CHAMBER OP COMMERCE
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For FirstGrid Game
j. c. McNeil
REPORTERS THIS ISSUE: John Rose, Margie Thlel. Mary Sanford Campbell, Jack Glenn.
Dr. Theo Bald Blinkus.
Back in 1916 several journalistically inclined students banded
together to form the first Thresher staff. They had high ideals
for their paper; they had the good of Rice in mind when they
sacrificed their time to give the school its first student news-
paper ; and they worked that first year to put upon a solid founda-
tion an enterprise which has survived for the past eleven years—
a student undertaking that has met with success from the start.
The current scholastic year marks the twelfth successive year
of The Thresher. A new staff takes over the editorial reins; a
new group of students is taking over a responsibility of getting
out each week a paper that will convey to Riceonians the news of
the school; and as a student undertaking, the Thresher staff asks
the good-will of all that is Rice, and pledges itself to work un-
ceasingly for the good of the university.
There is much to be done; a world of good can come of the
Thresher; and a world of harm can likewise be done. It is the
intention of this year's staff to work for the good, and to stamp
out harmful influences. The Thresher wishes to see perfect har-
mony pervading Rice atmosphere, and will work to this end always
with the thought uppermost in mind to serve the school.
The Thresher will make an attempt to gather every available
piece of news, and to print such without regard to any party or
clique. Neither radical nor conservative, the paper will carry on
along those idealistic lines set forth by the very first Thresher
staff, and using care and diligence in the handling of every story
The Thresher stands to represent the students, and as such it
will remain unbiased in its policy, giving in controversies, every
student an equal opportunity to set forth his side. The paper is
a mirror of the school, and as such will reflect that which is best
The Thresher has resolved to work for Rice and asks the supr
port of the entire student body in doing so.
but little yet to divide the institute
Into departments, such as the depart-
ment of science, departments of medi-
cine or engineering, or dozens of
other s it livisions that go to creation
of a great university, is it possible
that among all our many multimil-
lionaires, who have made their for-
tunes here, there are not many who
would be glad to erect and endow
such departments and to create pro-
fessorships, as their means would
"in fact 1 believe it a great shame
for Houston and Houston people not
to build large on the substantial
foundations that William Marsh Rice
laid down fo rus. The $15,000,000 en-
dowment was adequate 20 years ago,
but it Is nothing now if we are going
to have a great institution here,
where at least every Houston boy and
girl can have available, without leav-
ing his home, the finest education in
the land. In the war we gave of our
millions for many causes, and this is
the war against ignorance, ineffici-
Doctor Jacobs believes the move-
ment should be launched by the peo-
ple of Houston for a great endow-
ment, rather than by Rice Institute.
"I think it a crime against the found-
er of Rice, as well as a sin against
many a boy and girl, and a reflection
and positive detriment to this great
community that in 20 years we hav.e
done nothing to increase the facilities
of Rice and broaden its great scope,"
he says. "I have been often amazed
that we have not taken steps to do
something, that more of our wealthy
citizens have not embraced the oppor-
tunity to do something to carry for-
ward the great work Mr. Rice start-
ed with his millians."
—Prom The Houston Chronicle.
Rice Makes Preparations to
The new ateel stands on the south
side of the field will be ready in
time for the opening game of the
year with Stephen F. Austin College
next Saturday, Gaylord Johnson, busi-
ness manager, has announced.
The stands rise 32 tiers into the
ether, and presage overflowing crowds
at Rice games this season.
Pacing the prospect of one of the
best football teamB in the history of
the school. Rice has made prepara-
tions to accommodate the largest
orowds ever seen on the home field.
Johnson says he expects record break-
ing crowds especially for the Texas,
9. M. U. and Baylor games.
Por these games temporary stands
will be placed at the end of the field,
making the total seating capacity ap-
proximately 20,000. This total will
be swelled by 340 box seats, most of
which have been already reserved, ac-
cording to the downtown box office.
The new steel stands, which are
now receiving finishing touches, will
seat 11,000, a section and a half of
which will be occupied by the student
body and the "R'' association.
The stands cost $41,000.
If the team runs true to form this
season, plans for a complete stadium
and" new gymnasium and field house
will merge into reality. According to
Johnson, the plans at present call for
a complete steel stadium around the
west end of the field to be finished by
The stadium will contain stone and
concrete enough to make it even more
beautiful than the Texas Memorial
Stadium at Austin.
All the entrances this year will be
made from the rear through specially
designed chutea which facilitate quick
entrance and exit and prevent the
swarm over the field which has been
the usual thing, after Rice gamea.
The temporary atands will be of the
usual wood but quite adequate for the
purpose for which they are deaigned.
Contrary to the uaual custom, the
band will sit in a specially reserved
section of the grandstand, but not In
front of the spectators. Thia baa been
the oauae of much complaint in pre-
vious years. Thia will make the band
aound louder to listeners acroas the
field, though It will make it harder to
be heard in the home stands.
If Rice teams make good In the next
two years coming, the present field
house will contain officea and a new
and greater one will be constructed on
a scale in keeping with other build-
ings on the campus, Johnson stateB.
Willie had reported to teacher that
hie mother waa III after a general re-
quest for information during a email*
pox scare. The teachsj t^M him to
hurry back home, dlaeover Jhe exact
.nature of the ailmeSt and report
Shortly this note arrived from the
mother: "Dear Mies Brown: Dont
worry. It'a only a boy and that's not
contagious."—American Legion Week*
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The need of a greater endowment
lund for Rice is apparent, and de-
serves the consideration of all. Lo-
cated in the fastest growing city in
the Southwest, and offering advant-
ages to only 400 Freshmen each year,
the school has an acute need for more!
facilities to carry on its program. j
Houston papers during the past few 1
months have given quite a bit of space;
10 the need of a greater endowment I
fund for Rice. With such co-operation
from the papers, it is reasonable to:
presume that: within the next few I
years to come the school will see
several sums of money set aside by;
local residents, and, possibly, by peo-
ple in the Southwest.
A recent issue of the Houston Chron-
icle carried an appeal by Rev. William,
States Jacobs, pastor of the First Pres-j
b.vterian Church. The Thresher is I
republishing this article to show the'
interest being taken by Houstoniaps
in the school, and their concern for
Hundreds of student®, seeking a uni-
versity education, will fail to obtain j
admission to Rice Institute this fall.
Many of them have made excellent
records in their high school work, and j
the only reasen for refusing them ad-
mission is because of lack of teach-
ing force and facilities to handle
Commenting recently on this situa-
tion. Doctor William States Jacobs,
pastor of the First Presbyterian
Church, declared Houston citizens
should launch a movement to increase
the facilities at Rice and add to its!
"I believe a campaign should be in-1
lugurated at once to raise a fund of
$25,000,000 to add to the endowment
and create more facilities," he said.
"But the demand now for Increas-
ed teaching facilities is so urgent that
I believe the Houston School District,
the city, or the county, or ail three of
them, should make appropriations
adequate to care for every boy and
girl in Houston who is qualified and
wants to enter that institution," he
went on. "Rice Institute belongs to
Houston. William Marsh Rice has
done all he can do to create a great
institution of learning here. But 20
years have elapsed since he passed
away, and nothing has been done by
Houston and very little by the rich
men and women of Houston, to help
along the great institution he so gen-
erously gave his all to found."
Doctor Jacobs says he has often
wondered why Houston and Its citi-
zens have never done anything to help
"But now an emergency faces Hous-
ton and Its people," he added. "We
have outgrown the Institution, and
emergency relief should be forthcom-
ing at once and then we should set
about making plans for an immense
endowment, and for more buildings."
Doctor Jacobs says hU present in-
terest was aroused by the example of
a girl in his church, who has finished
high school with a record of 98 in
"This girl is the daughter of a car-
penter," he explained. "He came to
me and told me she was refused ad-
mission to Rice because of the many
applications. I got in touch with of-
ficials of the institution. They In-
formed me there were 300 or 400 more
applicants than they could admit.
They said the girl would have to take
her chances in competition with all
those. She probably will be admitted,
on account of her good high school
record, but when she is, someone else
will be crowded out.
"Now here is the situation that con-
fronts this man and his daughter:
He is not able to send his daughter
away to college. He could give her
a university education if she could
live at home. The girl is ambitious
and the father ambitious for her. She
will either have to forgo a collegiate
education, if she fails to get into Rice,
or the father, a fine citizen, will have
to move to another place. In either
event the family and the city lose and
the girl may be forced to miss an edu-
"I don't think a city as rich as
Houston, with its many multimillion-
aires, should permit such a condition
to exist. If the family leaves here,
Houston loses, and the word goes out
that Rice Institute can not admit de-
serving students because of its over-
crowded conditions. Instead of the
most desirable people of the state
coming here to educate their sons
and daughters, helping to build up a
great educational institution we will
have people leaving here to educate
Doctor Jacobs says he was informed
by Rice Institute officials that there
are approximately 800 pupils graduat-
ing from Houston high schools annual-
ly, but not more than half of them can
be admitted, to say nothing of the
hundreds that would come here from
Temporarily Dr. Jacobs advocates
appropriations by the city, county or
school board to pay tuition for every
student In Houston who wants to enter
the institute this fall. He would base
the tuition on the cost per capita of
"I understand there is adequate
class room there, and If the teaching
force were Increased the institute
could care for several hundred addi-
tional studeints temporarily," he said.
"At least the institution could be
worked to its full capacity until that
capacity can be increased."
Doctor Jacobs believes then an "or-
ganized drive should be made for an
"Every great fortune In Houston
should be represented by a building
on the ground out there, or by* a
heavy addition to the endowment,"
he says. "It should be a sort of re-
proach to all great fortunes that they
are not represented In that Institu-
tion. 1 believe there are many wealthy
men and women who will donate build-
"I believe buildings should be,
named after donors. Rice has done!
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