The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 16, 1948 Page: 2 of 8
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Demands Free Men
This fall the student goes back to college under
a new Honor System constitution. The greatest out-
ward change in the system will be the several open
meetings which are to be held.
Perhaps, too, there will be other changes in
the operation of the honor system. In the past,
especially in the last few years, there have been
numerous incongruencies in the operation of the
honor system. Too often justice has not been done.
Now is the time to start with a clean slate and
make the honor system work.
It cannot be said too often that the responsib-
ility belongs to everyone. Few people cheat; but,
many people do not support the honor system be-
cause they do not aid in its enforcement. All
students are pledged to support the honor system to
the point of turning in anyone they see cheating.
An honor system is a free institution, and,
like all free institutions, an honor system demands
Harry C. Wiess
Picnic Deserves Support
The all-school picnic to be held Saturday after-
noon represents a much needed innovation in Orien-
tation day proceedings. The Orientation committee
of the Student Council apparently recognized last
year the necessity of creating a way to strengthen
the basic friendliness and mutual respect of the
Rice students for one another.
No better atmosphere has ever been developed
than an informal picnic-ground for rediscovering
old friendships and building new ones. The all-
school picnic deserves the support of all students
who want to make this campus a truly congenial
place to live and study.
Dramatists Set Pattern
A new high in student organization enthusiasm
and service has been attained by one of the new-
est of Rice student organizations—the Rice Drama-
For the four weeks immediately preceding reg-
istration the members of the Dramatic club prac-
ticed diligently in order to bring to the Rice campus
a much needed addition to student cultural life—
the beginnings of an organized and original program
of stage offerings each year by and for Rice stu-
For the most part inexperienced, the members
of the club have made up in hard work and enthus-
iasm what they lack in training. The weeks of train-
ing have given them much-needed poise and has
brought out their natural ability. Working under
a student director, with students in charge of every
part of the stage production, the student actors need
apologize to no amateur group, and The Rice Insti-
tute to no comparable school, for the quality of
Originality and determination were displayed
in the decision to put on a play "intimate theater"
style. An excellent and entertaining play has been
chosen, and Rice students will not disappoint the
hard-working members of the Dramatic club by
letting their first mature performance fail.
With the presentation of "The Male Animal"
Friday night, September 24th, the Rice Dramatic
Club redeems its former errors of immatui'ity and
sets a pattern for other student organizations to
Managing Editor Kenny Reed
Assistant Jeane Lewis
Society Etta Colish
Editor Brady Tyson
Business Manager Nancy Hood
Assistant Robert Mcllhe«ny'
Sports David Miller
Assistant ^ Howard iftartin
Intramurals . Dewey Gonsoulin
Society Eleanor Sticelber
Feature Camilla Grobe
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The Rice Institute lost a great friend and a great benefactor this
past August 26th when Harry Carothers Wiess died. This city, this state,
and this country lost one of their finest citizAls.
As vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Wiess exerted great
influence in shaping Rice's future. The gift of the proceeds from a large
block of Humble Oil and Refining Co. Stock that Mr. and Mrs. Wiess
gave to The Rice Institute last year to be used for operating expenses
enabled the post-war plans to be carried to the extent of the fondest
dreams of hope connected with Rice. As chairman of the building Com-
mittee of the Board of Trustees he. more than any other single person,
is responsible for the building program that Rice students and faculty
members may see around them now. Long hours of patient work, study,
and planning, after his day's work was through as Rresident, then Chair-
man of the Board, of Humble Oil Co., were needed to make these plans
The list of those who have benefited from the kindness and the lead-
ership of Harry C. Wiess is almost numberless. He was a great oil man,
ever striving to improve the service .and efficiency of* that industry. Dur-
ing the war he served in an official capacity "with the government so that
he might lend his talents to mobilizing the oil industry for war needs.
He found time during the war to twice head the Finnish relief drive* in
Houston, and was chairman of the Texas U.S.O. drive in 1942.
Harry C. Wiess was respected and loved wherever he was known.
He was a generous and kind man, and a leader among men. Because of
Harry C. Wiess the way is brighter for those of us who follow.
Jdettek, to- the &&tfo/i
The Honorable J. Strom Thurmond
In the opinion of many of us the
recent contest in Harris county was
marred by the injection of the ra-
cial question into the campaign. Full-
page ads. that mentioned States'
Rights only as a shield to prevent
Federal legislation against segrega-
tion were used. Inflammatory points
were arefully enumerated. The ads
threatened "Negroes in your church-
es, in your schools, in your colleges,
in your swimming pools, in your
beauty sljops,"_unless Thurmond and
Wright were supported.'
Such support can only eventually
hurt the cause of the States' Rights
Democrats. The Christian sense of
the people of the South, will, at last,
become disgusted by such a hate
campaign and will react against the
States' Rights Democratic party. If
such a campaign is pursued it will
only mean that in the eyes of the
people of America those of us who
stand for States' Rights must stand
also for segregation; whereas I be-
lieve the "facts to be that many of
us who support the States' Rights
ticket are convinced that segrega-
tion is morally wrong, and as such
must be eventually eliminated thru
education and a return to the prin-
ciples of Christian brotherhood.
Very truly, <
Editor The Thresher
To the Editor:
While the segregation issue is of
course of vital importance to the
South, anyone who is familar with
the States' Rights issue know that
it is not the fundamental question
which has aroused the patriotism of
Southern leaders. The matter of se-
gregation is merely one of many
fields in which the State is supreme,
under our United States Constitu-
tion. Among other questions are
those of police power, control of the
ballot, and regulation of all inter-
Opfnions as to segregation vary in
the South as elsewhere. I, myself,
believe that separation of the races
is necessary in my own State for
the welfare of both white and col-
ored. But I am firmly convinced that
this question is one for decision by
the people of the separate states, and
not Constitutionally under the auth-
ority of the Federal Government. -
I hope this answers your ques-
If you publish my reply, please
be kind enough to conVey to the
peoplarLof Hbuston my sincere ap-
preciation for the • confidence they
showed in the cause of the States'
Rights Democrats in their Harris
County referendum on August 28th.
With kindest regards and best
J. STROM THURMOND
Pinballics Anonymous New
Challenge to Medicos
The individual who' staggered into the doc-
tor's office was one of the most pathetic cases the
doctor had ever seen. Here was a perfect example
of a victim of the most recently discovered mental
It was difficult to determine by a cursory ex-
amination whether the patient was male or female:
palsied hands were held in a cramped, semi-closed
manner so that the fingers and palms made a right
angle at the Vnuckle; the head bowed, twitching
from side to side and bobbing slowly} the eyes
held in a blank stare and rolling in their sockets
while the pupils dilated and contracted incessantly
as though flashing a message of some sort.
Taking the poor fellow from the grasp of his
companion, the doctor led him slowly into the exam-
ination room. Here the doctor confirmed his first
diagnosis with a device he had invented for the
final test. •
When the patient first discovered the box-
like object in the corner of the room, his face reg-
istered the most ecstatic look the doctor could ever
remember witnessing. The fellow then rushed across
the room to the machine, which was an oblong box
set on long slender legs, with a slightly inclined
glass top. He siezed it with both hands, one on each
of the lower corners, and then began bumping it
gently with the heel of his hands. t
At first his actions seemed to be controlled,
but as the reaction of the machine became familiar,
the actions of the patient became more pronounced
until the whole body was throbbing to the move-
ments of his hands. Suddenly a huge red ligftt
flashed before his eyes, spelling out a familiar four
With a sudden burst of energy he drove his
foot through the flimsily constructed bottom of
the machine and collapsed on the floor in a shape-
less heap of trembling protoplasm.
The doctor bed wisely retreated into a specially
constructed wire cage to record the actions of his
patient. After making the unponscious man as
comfortable as possible in a padded cell, he re-
turned to the reception room to pronounce the aw-
ful decision. "My dear sir," he solemnly intoned,
"I have no other choice than to confine your friend
to an -institution. He, sir, is a PINBALLIC."
"Is there nothing you can do, doctor?" sobbed
"No, son, I'm afraid not. We of the medical pro-
fession have failed in every attempt to restore to
sanity anyone infected with this horrible malady,
which is the product of an unthinking civilization.
However, I can give you the address of a club
whose members are all recovered victims of the
"How they recovered in the first place I'm not
sure, but they l^ve been contacting the poor un-
fortunates who have developed the symptoms, and
have devoted their lives and fortunes to finding a
cure for these people. I cannot guarantee results,
but it is your only hope. The organization is
known as "Pinballics Anonymous" and may be
reached by calling L-4141 and asking for the
A Girl Looks at Football
By Camilla Grobe
Coach Jess Neely has been busy ever since the
August page was torn from the calendar, retooling
for the time the ice breaks on the cold wave in the
To build three teams with interchangeable
parts calls for lots of Bayer's pills. But these f?3
fine boys will be blended into one great team that
will be the southern select, and take the_grand prize
when S.M.U. is buried in the best bier in town.
Makes you'thirsty to think about it.
The Lee twins, Delwood and Derwood, are at-
tracting attention deluxe. I have heard from libel
sources that a Texas scout who watched the twins
working out with the Owls took home a report that
Rice had a man who could throw a 50-yard pass
and cdtch it himself.
Our head coach has been worrying about re-
serves, so here is some advice to you, Mr. Neely
(after.all, sir, I am a sophomore). You should con-
centrate on developing a few 60-minute players.
The man who wants the rules figured a player could
go for an hour.
After Joe Watson has played 59 minutes, he
is still thq. beet center in the conference. Doak
Walker played only 30 minutes in the first half of
the Texas-S.M.U. match, but he playedka full half-
hour in the second half. Anything tDoak can do,
Rice can do better. You know the tune,' Coach Jes-
sie, sing it to the squad.
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The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 16, 1948, newspaper, September 16, 1948; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth230756/m1/2/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.