The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 4, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 29, 1948 Page: 1 of 4
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VOLUME THIRTY-SIX — NUMBER FOUR
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 1948
Petitions for Candidates in Special Student Election Due Friday
Set For Entries
by Dewey Gensoulin
Friday coming, October 1, at 5
p.m., is the deadline for intramural
entries in tennis, singles and dou-
bles, and football, leaving but three
days left for getting entries in.
The Athletic Department, in order
to make up a schedule for the games
and to provide time and space for
those games, must know exactly
how many participants will b^ en-
tered; therefore, all late entries
will be turned down. Get your team
signed up today and get your entry
in today or tomorrow for sure. En-
try blanks may be acquired at the
field house from Mr. John Plumbley
or Mr. Gilbert Hermance, so don't
So far the entires for tennis are
coming in fast and furious, and in
one week over twenty-five entries
for boys intramurals tennis singles
and doubles have been turned in.
This is really remarkable and as
many more should be turned in this
week before the deadline Friday.
Matches will have priorities for
courts over other tennis play. The
girls are doing all right for them-
selves in the tennis entries, too: up
to date there are over ten entries
with many more expected.
Also, there seems to be some en-
thusiasm among the girls for bowl-
ing and if enough girls wish to get
up a bowling league, the Recreation
Bowling Alley will be made avail-
able. So if you have a spare after-
noon and wish to enjoy a swell game
with some of the other girls on the
campus, tell Carolyn Douglas or
Dewey Gonsoulin who will put you
on some team; Prepared teams will
be accepted also. Incidentally, if
there are any boys interested in
bowling see the above mentioned
about getting up a couple of teams
A special note to the faculty: It
has not been mentioned before in
this colunjn but the Athletic Depart-
ment welcomes any entries from
faculty members for intramural
sports. Last year there were a
couple of faculty teams entered in
the softball intramurals and one of
them, the Engineering Faculty, gave
a very good account of themselves,
behind the pitching of Dr. Smith. So
if you would like to enter the in-
tramurals at any time, and you are
heartily invited to submit entries for
the coming football and tennis in-
tramurals, then just come down to
the field house and sign up.
The Donkeys, softball intramurals
champions of '48, were the first
team to throw their hat into the
ring for the football intramurals.
Led by W. R. Fairchilds, their cap-
tain, , the Donkeys defeated the
Shieks with Buddy Russ for the
softball championship last spring
after bowing to them in the finals
for two years in a row.
Now they have turned to football
with a roster including C. J. Car-
michael, B. L. Choate, O. N. Borron,
W. R. Fairchild, J. F. Burns, J. 0.
Reiter, Jerry Jax, D. Cochran, G.
Catsinas, and L. Sawamura. The
Navy will field four football teams
this year, announced Major Oliver
at a meeting of the NROTC mem-
bers last Thursday night. It is plan-
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With "Male Animal"
By Robert Mcllhenity
Friday night was a turning point in the cultural activities at Rice,
but few of the students were present to witness it. After no little
difficulty last year, the Dramatic club has proven itself. The intimate
style of presentation of James Thurber's "The Male Animal" would have
brought crtfdit to even those schools which are not handicapped by volun-
tary participation. Orchids to the
Dramatic club for a creditable per-
The play is a favorite among col-
lege students because it deals with
a subject that they can understand
without undue effort. It hits close to
home for those who remember the
fiasco at the University of Texas
not long ago. Even in printed form
it is amusing and worthwhile, but
on the stage it becomes a window
in the intimate lives of a group of
people the students know mostly in
the class room.
The "intimate .theater" produc-
tion is a difficulty for even sea-
soned players since it demands so
much more poise and control than
conventional staging. The audience
becomes part of the cast, and the
cast is part of the audience. The
students who played the parts of the
characters with such limited experi-
ME's to Organize
Chairman Bob Jepsen announced
today that the Rice branch of the
American Society of Mechanical En-
gineers will hold its initial meeting
tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in M.L. 206.
The meeting will be organizational
in character and Mr. Dusty Rhodes,
chairman of the junior group of the
South Texas section of the A. S. M.
E., will speak.
Jepsen pointed out that while only
Juniors and Seniors may hold mem-
bership in the national organization,
any enginfeering student may become
a member of the Rice branch and
participate in all of its activities. He
invited all interested students to
attend the meeting.
ence showed a bravery that few
people can appreciate.
As is to be expected with such
limitations, there were a few mis-
takes, a few forgotten lines, a few
muffed cues. But on a whole the
performance lacked very little. The
best acting and pure ability of the
evening were demonstrated by Bet-
ty Dargin. It was she, more than
anyone else on the stage, who held
the play together. In the last act
particularly when there were strain-
ed silences and when Pat Cunning-
ham made a rather lengthy, un-
scheduled stay on the set, Betty re-
covered more quickly and smoothed
over the roughness. She was well
cast in the lead role.
Lyndon McKnight, acting the
part of Dean Frederick Damon, de-
serves recognition for the best char-
acter interpretation. The weary,
henpecked "man of letters" that
Lyndon made the Dean more than
served the purpose. Comedy came
in the form of Barbara Roos as Cle-
ota, the rather stupid maid. Studied
comedy is a hard job in anyone's
The men behind the scenes are not
to be forgotten either. Bob Borden
supplied the sound effects and did
a "bang up" job. Woods Martin con-
trolled the lighting system, which
was a little gem in its own right.
The most important person of all,
without whom the play would have
been lost before it started, was Hen-
ry Walters. Weeks and weeks of
sweat and handfuls of hair paid div-
idends with a good show. Henry's
directing, though far from profes-
sional, should win the highest award
of anyone in the club.
Contemporary Artists Organize;
First Exhibit Scheduled October 31
By Robert Mcllhenny
One of the most neglected phases of expression here in Houston is
contemporary art. To remedy this situation a group of forward looking
art patrons and artists formed the Contemporary Arts Association, Inc.
early this year. In the short time it has been organized, the association
has made great progress and will have its first show this fall.
The first exhibit, which will be
open from October 31st through
November 14th will be a display of
all phases of contemporary art. The
title of the Show will be "This is
Contemporary Art," and will at-
tempt to explain just what is meant
by the term. Most of the articles
will be taken from the local mar-
ket and will include such things as
household articles, architectural and
industrial design, silverware, pot-
tery, and textiles. Most of the ma-
terial will be chosen for straight-
forward design, utility, pleasant ap-
pearance, and intelligent use of ma-
Of particular interest will be an
architectural model by Frank Lloyed
Wright, a "mobile" in relation to the
electric fan by Alexander Calder,
and photographic work by Kepis",
Weston, and Lescaze to explain im-
provement of design through the
work of contemporary artists. Hous-
ton owned modern art will be exhib-
ited, including some of the works of
the more famous contemporary ar-
The association is anxious to win
the suppoi-t of the large student
group in Houston so that it can
bring more exhibitions lecturers,
and education films here. The regu-
lar membership fee is $10, but the
association is offering the students
a special fee of $2 a year which will
entitle them to all the privileges of
other members for as long as they
are students. All students who are
interested in joining the group can
contact Miss Nina Cullinan at K-3-
2110, or Elaine Maas at L-4805.
From December 19 through Jan-
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Six Positions to Be Filled;
Meyers, Murfee to Accept Petitions
Petitions for the elections to be held October 11 must be
turned in by midnight Friday. Only Jimmy Meyers, president
of the Student Association, and Roberta Murfee, secretary,
can accept these petitions.
Six positions are to be filled in the coming election. The
Senior class will elect two rep-
resentatives to the Honor Coun-
cil and a treasurer; the Juniors
will fill one vacancy on both
the Student Council and Honor
Council. The entire student body will
vote on a Councilman-at-large.
Petitions for Councilman-at-large
must be signed by 25 members of
the student body while petitions for
class vacancies need the signatures
of only ten class members. All pe-
titions must be signed by the candi-
date and must be accompanied by a
$.50 ballot fee when turned in to the
Student Council. The petitions must
also include a signed statement that
the candidate has read the new and
old Student Association and Honor
Only those students who were en-
rolled last year are eligible to vote
in the election.
Morris to Address
At Initial Meet
The initial meeting for the year
of the Student Affiliate of the
American Chemical Society will take
place this evening at 7:30 in the
chemistry lecture hall.
At the meeting, Dr. Milligan wilj
give a brief talk on the purpose of
the Student Affiliate, and Dr. Rich-
ter will introduce the chemistry fac-
ulty of the Institute.
The program will feature intro-
ductory remarks by W. H. Shearon,
member of the American Chemical
Society and associate editor of the
magazine, Industrial and Engineer-
ing Chemistry. The principal ad-
dress of the evening will be by H. E.
Morris, of Monsanto Chemical Com-
pany, on "Research."
The motion picture, "Prospecting
for Oil," sponsored by the Shell
Chemical Company, will be shown,
followed by a business meeting and
the serving of refreshment.
by Bev Hawkins
Majestic—Sorry, Wrong Number
A melodramatic shocker about a
bedridden woman who is about to
be murdered. Starring Barbara
Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster.
Met—That Lady in Ermine
A musical comedy by the late
Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Betty
Grable and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Should a wife forgive her husband
for one false step? Answered in a
melodrama starring Lizabeth Scott
and Dick Powell.
A re-release of those top slap-
stickers, Bud Abbott and Lou Cos-
There will be a meeting of the
Forum committee Friday noon in
105, Anderson Hall. Chairman Bob
Flagg said that all students inter-
ested in working with the Forum
Committee should attend the meet-
ing. Future programs will be dis-
There will be a corporate commun-
ion of the Canterbury club Friday
morning at 7:00 a.m. in Palmer cha-
pel. All student Episcopalians are
PALS Hold First
Rush Party of Season
The first Pallas Athene Literary
Society rush party of the season
was held Sunday afternoon at the
home of Connie Owens. The guests
included the Freshmen girls and a
group of men students of Rice.
The informal theme was carried
out with an old-fashioned box
lunch and refreshments were served
over the bar of The Pals' Palace.
Music was furnished by Buster Dees
and Karl Leely, an instrumental
The members of The Girl's Club
entertained the women students of
Rice with a coke party, in honor of
the Freshmen girls, Saturday after-
noon at the home of Miss Bessy
Approximately 160 guests enjoyed
refreshments and entertainment,
and were given an opportunity to
meet the new girls.
The Menorah Society held an elec-
tion of officers Sunday, September
26th. Ernst Mass was elected presi-
dent; Arthur Beck, vice president;
Patty Jacobs, corresponding secre-
tary; Sophie Silverstein, recording
secretary; Ernst Maas and Larry
Katz, representatives to the Student
Religious Council. The next meeting
has been set for the 9th of Octo-
ber. A detailed announcement will
Pick the Time, Choose Your Team,
And Play Ball!
Monday—"Blue" league, 2 p.m.
Tuesday—"Red" league, 2 -p.m. —
Thursday—"White"'league, 2 p.m.
Friday—"Gray" league, 2 p.m. -
'Green" league, 4:30 p.m.
Turp|e" league, 4:30 $.m.
- "Brown" league, 4:30 p.m.
"Tan" league, 4:30 p.m.
Each league must have at least four teams. Special challenges
and championships between leagues will be played off on Saturdays
that the varsity football team is out of town.
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