The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 4, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 29, 1948 Page: 2 of 4
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This campus must be expected to furnish many
leaders for Houston, for Texas, for the United States,
and indeed for the world in years to come. Whether
or not the students of Rice recognize this challenge,
and whether or not they are preparing themselves
accordingly, are questions that must be considered
now, rather than at some future time when the
world is again looking for leaders and again finding
The main problems that face the leaders of
tomorrow are the problems of the essential human
relationships, the way a man treats and considers
another man. World civilization has long ago pro-
gressed as far as is now useful in the realms of
abstract ideas, of remote theories, of academic re-
search on social problems. Unless the problems of
human character, of human personality, of individ-
ual human dignity, sincerity and honesty of purpose
are considered and met the science and understand-
ing of thousands of years will come to nought.
What can be done today on this campus? There
is a large field of activity outside the classrooms,
outside the social whirl, that is largely neglected.
These are the ones where understanding and appre-
ciation of your fellow students and your fellow
citizens are learned and enjoyed. It is an education-
al process, that should begin in the cradle and last
as long as life.
The art of genuine fellowship, without farce
and hypocrisy, is perhaps the greatest loss that
Rice students suffer during college days. Congenial
groups are usually narrow not only in number but
in outlook. Individuals tend to stay with small groups
and make no attempt to find new friends and new
interests. The art of making genuine friends is
not practiced much on this campus, friendships too
often degenerate into doggerel and trite repetitions
of stereotyped subjects, lacking the growth that
should accompany every true fellowship .
The art of intelligent and sincere discussion
of "the great questions," and the issues of the
day, is neglected here. Very few students can ex-
press original ideas, and almost all students show
an unwillingness to enter into sincere debates with-
out giving or taking personal offense. As the art
of intelligent individual oral expression is not much
practiced, so the art of the written word is neglected.
Life is too little to contain on one campus, there
are too many humans to know only a few. There
are too many fine and beautiful things to ignore
all but a few. JCach individual owes ft not only to
himself to develop his character and personality,
but to his fellow man.
Better Bleachers ?
A sports writer in a Houston paper this last
"They are having a heck of a time getting
caught up at the Rice ticket office on mail orders
and .season ticket orders. They set an all-time
high of 14,000 season tickets at Rice this year,
which is quite a few fjr a 30,000-seat stadium.
"When are we going to have a new one?
"I don't know. All I know is the same as you
and you and you. We need one. Enlargement of
the present one is just about impossible, certainly
Who, exactly, is "we"? Not Rice, certainly.
Rice needs a new men's dormitory, new Physics
laboratories, a student union building, and women's
dormitories. But Rice doesn't need a new stadium.
Perhaps this "we" means the sports writers
and others apparently closer in contact with the
Rice Athletic Association than Rice is. Maybe it
would save "us" a lot of confusion all the way
around if Rice were left a good college, and "we"
called it the "Houston Athletic Association." It
would hurt to say the "Houston Owls," the same as
the "Green Bay Packers," but it might be more true.
Managing Editor Kenny Reed
Assistant Pat List
Editor Brady Tyson
Assistant Robert Mcllhenny
Business Manager Nancy Hood
Assistant Tom Smith
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Letters to the Editor
I should like to answer the blasphemous letter appearing in the
Saturday issue of The Thresher. The author is apparently a new student
or one who, in the past year, took little or no interest in student affairs.
This is borne out by the fact that he is about six months late. The foot-
ball ticket situation was fully "thrashed out" last spring by the student
council and adequate publicity was
given such that anyone with com-
plaints could have appeared before
the council before the policy was
determined. His questions would
have been much more timely last
year when the actual issues were
before the student body. The stu-
dents sit "almost in the end zone
when Texas or A. and M. come to
town" because Rice has a contract
with twose two schools giving them
half of the stadium which includes
all of the North stands. The good
seats in the South stands belong to
the season ticket holders, people
who contributed to the construction
of the stadium. Theferore the stu-
dents are given the best seats pos-
sible under these conditions.
The veteran's wives sit behind
the goal posts because they want
to see the game. Last year they
didn't even get tickets at the spe-
cial price that they are now get-
ting. This arrangement for vet-
eran's wives was decided upon by
a representative of the Veteran's
Club, a representative of the stu-
dent council, and a representative
of the Athletic Association. If
this arrangement did not meet
with the approval of the author,
he should have brought his com-
plaints before the council when
the issue was under consideration.
The complaint about guest tickets
is untimely also, but further shows
the lack of appreciation for the
guest tickets. Last year was the
first year students could buy guest
tickets, and most students recog-
nize this as a privilege.
As a football player, I should like
to ask "where' my share of the
"profits" is ? As far as I know there
is no luring of high school athletes
into our school with profits from
the Athletic Ass'n. Anyone that
makes such slanderous statements
should be ready to furnish proof
upon request—where's the proof?
To be an excellent student
takes a lot of hard work and
study; to be an excellent football
player takes a lot of hard work
and practice. Few students have
time for both. Rice athletes have
to be both.
Rice has several "Bleeders" who
complain about student policies af-
ter it's too late rather than lending
their support to remedy the situ-
ation at the proper time. For ex-
ample Brady Ty&on wrote an edi-
torial last year telling the students
to vote down the new Honor Council
Constitution in the election that
was scheduled about two weeks af-
ter the editorial appeared. The
Honor Council had worked two years
on their new constitution before Mr.
Tyson took an interest in it. If all
students would offer their com-
plaints with suggestions for im-
provements at the proper time—
but they won't, so why talk about
Contrary to the conception of
the anonymous writer the Ath-
letic Association is a department
of the school just as is the math
department, English dept., etc.,
and operates on a' fixed budget
just as the others do. The writer
should have a basis for his opin-
ions other than his own inept
Contrary to most college campuses
where the athlete is looked on more
or less as a popular fifeure, here, due
to the familiar "Rice Caste System,"
they are looked upon as "untouch-
ables." This has its beginning when
a freshman athlete arrives here. We
do, however, realize that there are
a few groups and individuals here
who don't have such a* narrow-mind-
ed view and back us 100%.
We also believe that whatever
the character of an athlete may be,
he would have enough upstanding
character to put his name to any-
thing he might compose.
A student first, a football player
She's Got $3.60 ■ ■
In reply to the unsigned letter
written to the Editor last week there
are several phases which should be
discussed and several facts con-
cerned which every student of Rice
Institute should realize.
To begin with, in answer to the
complaint about having only 400
guest tickets at $3.60 per ticket and
veterans wives having to sit in the
end zone behind goal posts. Rice is
one of the few schools in the South-
west Conference which even sells
guest tickets to their students and
our school also has one of the smal-
lest stadiums of all the schools in
the conference. Instead of finding
fault with the arrangements which
the Athletic Department has been
working on all summer and airing
our complaints now, on the Satur-
day of our first game, we should
have done it at the end of-the last
In the second place, possibly who-
ever wtfote the letter to our editor
last week did not check before he
or she stated that the funds of
which the Athletic Department is
depriving the school are, as he stat-
ed, used "to lure promising high,
school athletes into our fold." May-
be it is true, however, that there
are colleges which do use such funds
for attracting their athletes, but it
is a policy of the Rice Institute Ath-
letic Department to induce boys to
attend Rice because they themselves
want to become a student of the
school. Whether those boys after
they have started the institute feel
that they are a part of the school
is a question. In lots of cases, the
fault of our athletgs not to become
a more integral part of the student
body lies in the individual boy him-
self, but on the other hand just
stop and think about how much we
put ourselves out to make them
feel as if they were more a part
of the school. Now, do we?
furthermore, our unknown writer
must have overlooked the fact that
due to the new codes of the South-
west Conference, football, basket-
ball and all the other kinds of
player^, on a scholarship are no
longer allowed to have sponsors who
possibly could do "special favors"
for them. Another ruling of the
conference now is that the athletes
may not participate in any kind of
a concession at football and other
games, and because of this a little
extra money is no longer afforded
Another thing mentioned in last
week's letter was about "the spe-
cial courses given to P. .'s." I
kn'ow for a fact that Mr. Neely
places as much emphasis on brains
as he does on brawn, and that he
encourages boys to take the type
of courses that they feel will pre-
pare them best for what they want
to do in later life, but in lots of
cases those boys who would1 for ex-
ample like to start out as an engi-
neer are not allowed to do so be-
cause of one or two* B'^ received in
high school and in the long run Rice
Institute loses such boys who would
make as stated last week "football
players who are excellent students."
In conclusion, if what was written #
(Continued on Page 4)
Number, That Is
By Emmett McGeever
Peering over our typewriter the other day*
we were not very astonished to behold that this
year has brought a new crop or, perhaps, herd of
freshmen. Neither were we surprised to note that
there is an unusually large number of girls, or
It will not be a shock, moreover, when these
chicks break their shells at mid-year. Much has
been said about the attitude of Rice Women, but
it is not clear to most Men that they are the cause
of all the trouble.
When a girl enters the Institute, although she
may not be—this is possible—particularly attractive,
there will be at least five boys who think she is,
and three more who don't care, so long as she is
These gentlemen will drop their upperclass
flames and concentrate upon this gay little pilot
light. At an equitable-estimate, she will receive at
least three offers for any one occasion. The men
prefer this girl because of her freshness, her naivete,
which the men themselves are quickly destroying.
By December, Sally Schlug has gotten used to
saying, "No, not this week, I have an evening open
in two months though—if you don't mind a late
date." She takes these dates for granted, and has
a right to. In a word, she has become a typical
There is a solution! Not only possible, but
practical. After a three week introductory period,
a list of all girls should be posted in some private
place. Each boy would be allowed three choices
and should sign his name beside these "sweetables."
Then a governing board should decide when the
girl would be allowed only one Saturday night date
every two weeks, one movie date tevery two weeks,
one movie date per week, and any afternoon foot-
How's Your Eye-Q?
By Camilla Grobe
Freshmen, are you oriented ? The Thresher
has devised a test that will help you to decide,
whether you have made the adjustment to college
life on our campus. Although you may have grace
fend charm and can carry a book on your head, the
faculty will not appreciate you unless you know
what is in the book. Similarly too, you cannot win
friends and influence Seniors unless you know and
understand Riceian expressions and current usage.
Sallyport - n -
a. Light wine served in Rice mess hall
b. Arch in Lovett Hall
c. Dean of women
a - A recreation hall for students
b. Where freshmen register for athletics
c. Headquarters of Gene Autry fan club
a. Afternoon teas given by faculty
b. Annual spring rodeo given by Rice stu-
c. Round-up of Rice beauties *
a. Rice Girl Scout troup
b. Text book for Forestry 100
O. W. L. S.
a. Girls literary society
b. Engineering honor society
c. Late daters. „
a. A bribe given to a prof.
b. Shortest distane between' 2 points on
b. Skipping class
Freshmen may avoid Math 100 by:
a. A note from your doctor stating that
you have adenoids.
b. Joining the Rice band.
c. It can't be done!
P. A. L. S.
a. A club composed of "comrades" and their
. "fellow travelers"
b. A faculty-student club.
c. Girls literary society.
Rally Club '
a. Men students' choir.
b. Yell-leaders fraternity.
c. Men's Social-service club.
a. A freshmen "slime" club.
b. Rice "Softball League"
c. Sarah Lane Literary Society.
a. Eager Beavers.
b. Literary society.
c. Rice Chapter of Evangeline Booth Society.
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