The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 19, 1948 Page: 1 of 4
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The Rice Institute
Student Weekly Publication
HOUSTON. TEXAS. THURSDAY. FEURUABY 19. 1948
At Forum Meet
First Hand Knowledge
George E. B. Peddy, Houston at-
torney and candidate for the U. 8.
Senate, will speak on universal mil-
itary training ut the Kiee Forum
program to be held at 8 p.m. Friday
in Anderson hall 108.
Mr. Peddy has gained a first hand
knowledge of European conditions
through two and a half yeurs ex-
perience in millitury government in
Mr. Paddy's military experience
as a twice-decorated army officer in
both wars makes him particularly
well qualified to speak on universal
T. U. Grad
Born in 1892 in Shelby County,
Texas, Mr. Peddy was educated in
rural schools and at the Universi-
ty of Texas whore he was president
of the student association. In 1920
ho graduated from Texas Law
school with honors. Mr. Peddy hffs
been intermittently active in public
affairs since 1916, having served at
various times as state legislator, as-
sistant criminal district attorney of
Harris county and spccial assistant
united states attorney.
In 1922 he was drafted by' the
Anti-Ku Klux Klan Democrats to
oppose Earle Mayfield, Demo-
cratic nominee for the U. S. Senate.
Although his name was not printed
on the ballot, Mr. Peddy received
140,000 write in votes.
' Since his discharge from the arinty,
, Mr. Peddy has been practicing. law
in Houston and has made over 80
speeches to civic and church groups
on foreign policy.
Universal military training, the
subject on which Mr. Peddy will ad-
dress the Rice Forum audience, is
a political hot potato. Veterans' or-
ganizations, labor unions and re-
ligious and educational leaders ate
all joining in the fight over U.M.T.
St. Valentine Plus
Leap Year Gives an
Edge ToRice Girls
What with spring just around the
corner and St. Valentine to set many
a heart a-palpitating, several cou-
ples around school exchanged sweet
somethings and the gals now blind
„ us with th'eir glittering diamond
Nora P4fj? the only one to re-
ceive her "Valentine" on the 14th,
is now engaged to Bob Schleier, son
of Mr, and Mrs. W. M. Schleier.
Nora, a sophomore student and the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert S.
Potts, said their wedding date has
been set for May.
Barbara Murphy and Ralph Blake-
sley are a Christmas couple we miss-
ed. Their plans are very indefinite
as yet. Barbara, a freshman, is the
daughter of Mr, and Mrs. R. D.
Murphy; Ralph is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. R. C. Blakesley!"
Elizabeth Sharpe, daughter of
Rev. and Mrs. Dwight A. Sharpe,
surprised everyone with her pre-
Valentine sparkler! Her fiance is
Andy Jumper of Parkan Arkansas,
and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L, B.
Owings of that city. No particular
date has been chosen for their wed-
ding but Elizabeth disclosed that she
will be going to Ole Miss next year
to complete work on her B. A. now
that she has her MRS.
And it's hearts and flowers, or
maybe a young man's fancy, but
anyway for sure it's thoughts of love
between Ann Putney, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Putney, and Lloyd
Bolton, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. C.
Bolton. Their future plans are as
JUNIOR DANCE PLANS
There will be a meeting of the
Junior class at noon Thursday in
A. H. 110. The meeting was called
by Junior class Prexy Scott Van De
Mark to diacuu plana for the Junior
Prom, which ia scheduled for April
Council Accepts Seven
Frosh Office Nominees
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Holding up what is probably a blank shoot of
paper, Kenneth Smith, Annette Gano and Clifford Law-
rence (all "architects) are completing plans for the
Architectural society's annual Arch-Arts ball, ".lab-
berwockey," to be held Saturday at Nik's hall.
Photo by Caroline Valenta, courtesy The Houston Post
"Jabberv/ockey" Honorees Announced
Honorees for the annual Archi-Nora Potts, Jetta Schumacher, Do-
Arts ball, "Jabberwockey," vv e r eriti Mpellenberndt, June Davis, Nan-
announced last Saturday when thecy Hood, Martha Jameson, Elsie
Architectural society entertained Taylor and Jocelyn Harleston.
with a tea nt the home of Annette The honorees will be presented at
Gano. the ball, to be held Saturday at Elk's
The list includes Joy Vittitoe, hall. The time for the pageant to
Donates "New York Times" Collection
Moraud to Aid Rebuilding
Caen University in France
^ by Jacqueline iftcyer
The University of Caen, largely
destroyed during the war, will be
helped in its rebuilding by a mem-
ber of the Rice faculty.
Professor Marcel Moraud will do-
nate a three year collection of the
"New York Times" magazines to
the library of the University. Real-
izing that a collection of such docu-
ments would be valuable, Dr.' Mor-
and began saving the magazines at
the outbreak of the war.
Founded in 15th Century
Located in the picturesque city of
Caen, France, the University was
founded in the 15th century. As the
center of the province, the Duke of
Normandy used this city as his capi-
tal. Through the years beautiful old
bujldings, churches and other his-
torical monuments have stood as
an indicator of Caen's colorful his-
"Caen is the most city in France,"
according to Pierre Girard, assis-
tant professor of French.
The University is ideally situated,
being close to England so that stu-
dents may make excursions to Bri-
tain to see historical landmarks and
documents while they are getting a
first hand experience in the English
Destroyed in 1914
The war struck in 1939, and all
of France was called to defend their
country. In 1944 American, English
and German forces made a stand
at Caen for control of n strategic
point. The Allied forces succeeded
in their campaign, but the city was
almost completely ruined. The dam-
age to Caen was such that archi-
tects have estimated that two more
years will be needed' just to clear
away the remaining wreckage. They
say the location of the city may
even have to be changed.
Of Rice to Be Hosts
Coaches and officials of Rice In-
stitute will be hosts to 500 or more
coaches for three days beginning
Feb. 26 and lasting through Feb. 28.
High school coaches from all parts
of the State are invited to the school
which will be entirely sponsored and
taught by the Rice athletic staff.
Mingled among the high school
coaches will be many college men-
tors from this section.
Discussion of the fundamentals of
football is the main purpose of the
conference. Along with th£ir daily
sessions, the coaches will have an
opportunity to, watch the Rice
spring football training program.
In thia short football school, the
coaches will become pupils for a
The University of Caen was en-
tirely destroyed. Not even a wall
of a building, nor a book in the
library was left for future use.
Few People Left
Since then, reconstruction has
been taking place. The University
is operating in any space it can
find, mostly in garages, while new
buildings are being constructed.
There are only a few people left
in Cain, so progress is not too rapid.
From the first day of the de-
claration of wur, Dr. Moraud saved
the Times magazines. He knew that
the French people were not able to
get American or British points of
view legally during the war. Sup-
posedly only German propaganda
reached French ears; but at 9:15
p.m. many in France were listening
to American broadcasts in cellars
with blankets draped over the radio.
The record of American opinions
as recorded during the war in the
magazines will be valuable to future
students at Caen.
The French department is quite
familiar with Caen; Dr. Landre,
dean of Caen, is a close friend of
Dr. Moraud's, and M. Girard was a
pupil of Dr. Landre's at the Uni-
versity of Paris before the war. Re-
cently Dr. Moraud received a letter
of gratitude from Dr. Landre ex-
pressing appreciation for the dona-
tion by him and by the rest of the
Rice French faculty.
Members of A.C.S.
To Make Lab Tour
began, according to a confused mass
of publicity from the architects,
ranges from 9:15 to ID p.m. It is at1
the pageant that the ladies will be
A beautiful array of costumes for
the honorees is promised by Ken
Smith, chairman of the costume
committee. The pageant is under
the direction of Miss Gano; Charles
Wilson and Bill Condon are in
charge of decorations.
Students are requested by the so-
ciety to dress in some sort of :i cos-
tume representing a character from
"Alice in Wonderland."
AH sort* at rW.s arc jioh \Mp, mvuV
Smith. "It will be simple enough to
take a large piece of cardboard and
paint a design on it." One poker en-
thusiasts-it was learned, has threat-
ened to carry a plumber's friend,
crown himself with a chamberpot
and come as a royal flush.
Additional ideas for costumes may
be secured from' the architectural
lab and library in the Chemistry
Accredited members of the stu-
dent affiliate of the American Chem-
ical society will be given an oppor-
tunity to visit the Shell Oil com-
pany's new research laboratory on
Bellaire at 4 p.m. today.
Those members of the student
affiliate who are interested in mak-
ing the trip should meet at the
Chem lecture hall at 3:45 p.m.
Transportation will be provided if
enough members bring their auto-
Arrangements for the tour of the
new lab were made through Dr.
Hubbard, assistant director of re-
search. Guides will be furnished.
NEW BASEBALL COACHES
Howard Pollet and Joffre Cross
of the St. Louis Cardinals will coach
the Rice baseball team until March
1, Coach Jets N e e 1 y announced
Neely will assume baseball coach-
ing duties after the completion of
spring football training on March
Only Old Thresher
Readers Get Shot
You lucky THRESHER readers.
When small pox, totaling and ty-
phoid strike, you may be saved by
taking your shots. You also may
have your little green lungs x-rayed
because you have the facts present-
ed by this paper.
Last week the THRESHER point-
ed out that innoculations started
Monday. Sure enough, as the sun
rose up over the shimmering roads
of William Rice's Marsh, one could
see a queen of students. They were
lined up, each with right trouser
leg lifted, waiting for the shot. (The,
other two are given in the left and
right arms.) Significantly, only
THRESHER readers were in that
For students who didn't happen to
read last week's issue—immuniza-
tions will be given at the health
service office until March 15. Tin-
office hours are from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. daily, except Saturday and Sun-
G. L. Hermance, director of the
health service, requested those de-
siring to begin a new series of in-
noculations repoort during the earl-
ier part of the period.
In their mid-term report the
health service notes that student's
health is slipping—:W3<> disorders
this year were reported, from itch
to intestinal flu, compared to last:
year's 1971 treatments. Another in-
teresting item in the Veport ques-
tions the fact that girls arc the
weaker ex—3146 hoys received at-
tention compared to 111 girls.
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A gala office warming marked
the opening of the new THRESHER
office at noon February 12 in Lovett
hall. Ltincheon served smorgasbord
style was provided for all the staff.
The table was appointed with an
arrangement of orange napkins on
each side. Nancy White and Bob
Flagg were in charge of arrange-
ments for the party.
The academic calendar was re-1
vised at the faculty meeting last
Friday night so that students will
get a four day Easter holiday this
This decision in effect approved
the recent student council action of
recommending the holiday period.
The holiday will begin on March
25. and classes will start <4$ H a.m.
March 30. However, the three Sep-
arate holidays scheduled earlier this
year will not be observed. Classes
will be held on Washington's birth-
day, Texas Independence clay and
San Jacinto day.
The faculty also approved the new
Honor Council constitution, and di-
rected that Hugh S. Cameron, as-
sistant dean for student activities,
continue work with the Honor Coun-
cil and the student council to see
that lite constitution is voted on by
a sufficiently large portion of t.he
Three-fourths of the students vot-
ing on the new constitution has been
mentioned by members of the Honor
Council and by Mr. Cameron as a
number that would probably he in-
dicative of enough student support
to warrant adopting the new consti-
Senior Class Holds
Today the Senior class has called
one of its most important meetings
of the year. It will be held at noon
in the Physics ampitheater.
This meeting has two purposes:
first, to afford every class member
a chance to get accurate and offi-
cial data pertaining to the order-
ing of rings, invitations, caps and
gowns, and to get oilier vital infor-
mation; second, to meet, with the
Senior class representatives to the
student codncil in an informative
session as outlined in last week's
Reports will be heard from each
of the following committee chair-
men: Frank Shelden, cliaiirnan of
the Banquet and Dance committee;
George Peterson, chairman of the.
Senior American committee; Bill
Davis chairman of the Bar-B-Q com-
mittee; lven Smith, chairman of the
Decoration committee; Dean Weeke,
chairman of the Cap and Gown com-
mittee; Wright Howell, chairman of
the King committee; Charles Lucky,
chairman of the Invitation commit-
tee: Harold Tate, chairman of the
Publicity committee; and Joe Reilly,
chairman of the Historical commit-
Every Senior class member is
urged to attend this meeting.
Dates of Rondelet
Elections Set for
March 8th and 11th
The election of members of the
court of "RondeletRice's all school
event of the year, will be held live
second week in March, the Women's
council announced Wednesday.
On March K the entire student
body will chnii:,- a queen and two
princesses from senior class nomi-
nees. N'opiftrnting petitions, signed
by J.r. members of the ■■•indent body,
inn .t be turned over to the women's
council by noon, Feb. 27. Arty senior
girl not nil scholastic probation is
To He Announced
Candidates will be announced in
the THRESHER of March -1,
Three dn.cs later, on March 11, a
duchess and eight; maids will be
elected front each class. Petitions
must have signal ores of HI mem-
bers of the candidate's class who are
in good standing scholastic-ally, The
freshinmen. sophomore and junior
class candidates must deliver their
petition*.to the Women's council by
limit!,. Feb. 'J7. ns must petition.! for
queen and prince,ses.
Senior cla.--s petitions for duchess
and maids are not. due until noon of
Each member uf the several clas-
ses who is not on school probation
is eligible to vide for nine of the
candidate; . The one receiving the
most votes will bo duchess, and the
eight runnel.s-up will be maids.
The Women's council has decided
i\ <m v\ ive., y yinvV UMy i\t« \\\ Hon-
do I c t only twice as a maid, once as
a duchess and once as queen.
Clause! Resigns As
Drama Club Head
"No man is iridl*|ietisn:!>j1el to any
organisation, Fiesh blood is always
an asset to tiny club. The Dramatic
club needs new people. I hope my
resignation will provide a new presi-
dent in the club, because if one man
is re-elected ttmii ui;d again, unless
he is of excellent caliber, bo will
grow stale in "his foresight and du-
ties." With these words Calvin Clau-
sel and It";. Simp-on resigned as
preside!'! and freassrer, respective-
ly. front ;1 ■. Rice Diiuuatie club.
lle.feie icsij-, i < lauscl offered
the snggt si ion el' the i bib's presen-
tat ion of (i scries < f i'l glish reviews
in which each year the club will read
the plays of freshman contemporary
drama students with side comments
by Dr. W. S. Dix and John Parish,
who are club members,
Being charter members of the
club. Clause! and Simpson were
elected in. I'i-'17 and to-olceted in
'47-'Doris Moolletibei not will he
acting president until ijow officers
can he elected. Membership in the
club is open to any student of Rice
and their family.
All Future Elections
To Feature Hearings
Of Candidates' Views
Seven petitions were accepted
Tuesday by the student council on
behalf of candidates for freshman
president, vice-president and secre-
tnry-troasurer. Three petition fur
freshmen vice-president were re-
Finis Cowan, Tom Eubank and
Ben Hard are candidates for l"i>!•.
prexy, while Jacqueline Meyer and
Geraldine Smith seel, to be slinie
vice-president. Rush Moody and
.Martin llaest will battle it out
March 1st at the polls U see who
will be freshman secretary -t c■usur-
Hue to a mixup in covering
the student council meeting of
Feb. 10. the THRESIIF.it incov
rectly reported the date of the
freshman class election. The po!
ling date is March 1, not Feb.
Small Discussion Groups, Less Talking
Are Results of Prof Rating System
By Nancy White
On the whole the prof rating
program seems to have brought
about some excellent results.
It, was suggested to one philoso-
phy professor that one of his classes
was too large for adequate discus-
sion of important ideas. The next
hour that professor agreed to hold
the class twice one day a week so
as to have smaller discussion groups
on that day.
One of the comments rendered
by n student in a psychology class
proved a system whereby written
questions on the previous assignment
arc handed in at the start of the
period. The, professor, during his
lecture, answers the questions and
clarifies moot points. The practice
ameliorates some diffcultics in this
course, since students had not been
given opportunities to provoke dis-
cussion due to the large size of the
A language prof received the sug-
gestion that the course should stress
pronunciation more strongly. He
asked for volunteers to mimeograph
phonetics sheets and several days
later began, to correct this dif-
In an Eco. class the students even
criticised themselves, saying that
there was entirely to much talking
during roll call ami that is continu-
ed through the hour us a result of
this toliching-off period. The pro-
fessor now passes out a sheet: to be
signed, by way of calling the roll
ns well as eliminating the first dis-
turbances. This same class also holds
more discussion periods as a result
of the poll.
These improvements show that
some of the students and professors
approached the project with sinceri-
ty and clearness of judgment. In
some cases the improvement has
been immediate, while in a few,
there was merely a complete show
of indifference. This apparently was
the result of a fcelllig that the
grading had been unduely vindic-
tive. In several instances this was
In contrast some of the professors
felt they had been too highly judged.
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The petitions of Jo f.ynne Ingle-
hart', Mary Alice Sanders and Etta
< 'illish were rejected because the.v
had failed to pay the necessary f>(lc
Student Political Rallies
The student council and tin* f..>.im
committee will, at all future /"In-
dent elections, fnrl'fingii! student polit-
ical rallies to hear the candidates
for student officers present their
pint forms. Joe Reilly introduced i
bill establishing such meetings held
under the auspices of the council;
however Melvin Dow. chair
man of the forum committee, in-
formed the council thut the l'orurn
committee had made plans for -m\
Dow stated that he was at the
meeting to ask the council's per-
mission and co-operation in such fu
rum-sponsored meetings. After con-
siderable discussion the council pa-
ssed a bill giving joint super,
of the meetings to the council elec-
tion committee and the forum eon
The student, council charity com -
mittee made its report to the meet-
ing Tuesday, The report called fo>
a student referendum on the - ha tv
question, to be held at the same '.line
as the general election. The ballot
will present the students with ■
era! alterant# choices, embodying
the main pluns that have beet! <i
The council heard a report i .
Don Anderson who informed tin .
that he had contacted the proper .e!
ministration officials t.i see if
would be possible to fix the sirei!
and sidewalks around the dome.
The officers informed Anderson that
they would do all that was in then
power to see that this was done.
The council decided to delay until
next week the filling of the vacancj
caused when one of the junior rep
resentatives went on probation thn
becoming ineligible for office,
Tuesday the assistant business
managers of the THRESHER and
Campanile, Roy Simpson and James
Randall respectively, submitted their
resignations to the student council.
After the council accepted the res-
ignations they requested the respec-
tive business managers of the pub-
lications involved to recommend
temporary replacements next Tues-
Nancy Hood was appointed tem-
porary assitant business manager
of the THRESHER, pending fur-
ther council action.
All students who would like to
become assistant business manager
of the THRESHER should contact
Ed Curry, business manager of the
THRESHER, before next Tuesday.
Interested future assistant business
managers of the ^Campanile should
contact James Vick.
The Honor Council rendered a ver-
dict of not guilty in a trial held re-
The plaintiff was accused of copy-
ing during an hour exam.
Honor council rules require a
unanimous vote for a guilty verdict,
to be reached. •
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