The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 23, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 11, 1948 Page: 1 of 8
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VOLUME THIRTY-SIX — NO. TWENTY-THREE
HOUSTON, TEXAS, SATURDAY, DEC. 11, 1948
Alumni Office Will Serve
As Rice Clearing House
In Handling Job Requests
In line with the trend of colleges
all over the nation, the Association
of Rice Alumni is setting up a
Placement Service to be effective
January 1, 1948.
It was felt by Dr. William V.
Houston, president of Rice, and
Alumni President John Schuhmacher
that a central Placement Service
for the Institute would prove to be
an extremely important operation
for ' alumni and undergraduates
alike. Primarily the idea of such a
service was Dr. Houston's. Several
months ago when Mr. Schuhmacher
asked him how the Alumni Associa-
tion could be of more service to
Rice, Dr. Houston replied that it
could set up a Placement Service
As the situation now exists at
Rice, requests from various com-
panies go to the different academic
departments. There is no central
handling of such solicitations from
organizations asking to employ Rice
graduates. For instance, L. B. Ryon,
head of the engineering department,
alone received communications from
173 different companies last year
asking for Rice graduates.
As Common Point
The Alumni Association Place-
ment Service will serve as a com-
mon point for the several depart-
ments of the Institute in handling
these employment requests, and it
will'assist applicants seeking em-
ployment in contacting those firms
where there are opportunities for
The Service will have three func-
tions: first, to assist alumni in the
procurement of positions when they
are unemployed or are in search of
a better position; second, to ar-
range interview schedules and main-
tain records pertaining to the place-
ment of alumni who are receiving
degrees the current year; and third,
to secure part-time employment for
undergraduates and graduate stu-
dents during the current year and
during the summer months.
All Alumni Eligible
Any alumnus, or student whether
he holds a degree from Rice or not,
Soph Class Meets .
A meeting of the Sophomore
Class was held Tuesday at noon in
the Physics Amphitheater.
Jack Turpin, president of the
class, formally thanked those sopho-
mores participating in the Freshman
Plans were then discussed for the
Sophomore Dance to be held on
April 9. The class voted to have a
semi-formal dance to be held pre-
ferably at the Elks Hall or at the
Turpin asked the opinion of the
class as to a hayride to be held for
the class sometime between the
Christmas holidays and the mid-
term exams. The class voiced its
approval of the idea, and a commit-
tee will be appointed to work out
Teddy Montz put a motion before
the class thanking Tuurpin for hid
gdod work as class president, and
especially for his work with the
Freshman Guidance Program.
is eligible for the benefits of the
placement service. Any of these
people may obtain an application
blank be personal request, by let-
ter or by telephone. No registration
fees will be charged.
When an application is received,
stating the type of employment, it
will be referred for confidential
evaluation to the academic depart-
ment in which the alumnus or stu-
dent took his training. Then the
pertinent organizations desiring em-
ployees will be contacted. If desired,
the Placement Service will arrange
Alumni recommended for a po-
sition will be notified of the details
of the job by letter, telephone or
telegram—whichever will be the
most expedient. These alumni are
requested to advise the Placement
Service immediately whether or not
they are interested in the position,
so that all records may be kept cur-
An applicant should inform the
Placement Office immediately of any
decision reached by an employer to
whom he has been referred. When
an alumnus obtains a position, his
application will be removed from
the active files of the Service. If at
any time an alumnus ^wishes to make
his application active again, he may
so notify the Placement Office, stat-
ing the reason for the desired
change and giving any supplemen-
tary data needed to bring the appli-
cation up to date.'
When a permanent position (three
months or over) is obtained through
the Alumni Placement Service, a
contribution of ten percent of the
first month's salary will be custo-
mary. This contribution will help
defray the expenses of this service.
Contributions, however, are not ex-
pected from candidates for degrees
who are placed by the Service before
July 1, following receipt of degrees.
The Placement Service will have
its offices combined with the Alumni
Office, Room 205 Lovett Hall. Whit-
lock Zander, alumni association ex-
ecutive secretary, will serve as Di-
rector of Placements. It will be his
job to manage the system, estab-
lishing a common contact point be-
tween employees and employers.
Will Report to
The discussion concerning the
Literary Society entrance require-
ments will be continued Tuesday
noon at an open meeting of the Stu-
dent Council Constitutional Com-
mittee in 108, Anderson Hall. At
this time the president of the four
Literary Societies and the Rally
Club will report the reaction of their
respective organizations to the pro-
posals to establish a maximum for
entrance requirements to a % vote.
The meeting will be open, and all
students interested may attend. Fol-
lowing reading of the committee's
minutes, and a discussion concern-
ing the accuracy of the Thresher's
new reporting of the meeting last
Tuesday, the Student Council voted
to have the committee meeting
At the same Council meeting Tom
Eubank, chairman of the Consti-
tutional Committee, said that he
had rumors that his committee was
meeting to consider "abolition of
the literary societies." He said that
these reports were greatly exagger-
ated, and that the committee had
absolutely no such intention. He said
the purpose of the meeting last
Tuesday, and the purpose of the
meeting next Tuesday, is to discuss
the entrance requirements of the
Eubank also said that it is pos-
sible that the meeting Tuesday may
arrive at a decision to recommend
to the Council that a maximum %
vote be allowed to invitation socie-
ties. In such a case the constitutions
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Actors in Plays
Mr. Warren and Henry L. Wal-
ters announced Friday that the fol-
lowing people have won parts in
two of the three Dramatic Club
plays. Parts in Ways and Means
were awarded to Ruey Boone, Ray-
mond Lankford, William Pilcher,
Beverly Hawkins, Georgia Hinks.
and Marcia Weiss. Parts in The Wo-
man Who Was Acquitted were
awarded to Art Cole, Etta Colish,
Bob Borden, John Lawyer, and Ja-
cob Geller. Calvin Clausel, director
of The Boor, stated that definite
assignments in that play will be an-
nounced Saturday, Dec. 11, 1948.
"Everyone must be a salesman!" That is what Mr. Thomas
Hockaday, a General Electric sales engineer, told the Engineer-
ing Society Wednesday evening. "Many good ideas are buried
because a poor selling job is done in putting them across."
Mr. Hockaday, assisted by C. F. Holland and W. Kissler,
s brought out a few of the "sales
tools" used by successful sales-
men and some obstacles that
are encountered. However, he
emphasized that "the impor-
Council Votes to
Appoint RI Editor
RI Magazine will continue accord-
ing to the present set-up with a few |tant Q«estioin is how proficient one
_i ... is with his 'selling tools'."
A good salesman will emphasize
first the benefits arising from the
subject he is selling. He has respect
for the buyer's point of view. Second
he will point out the quality of the
product. In order to aid in empha-
sizing quality, the salesman may
bring out his experience or prestige.
Everyone is more easily moved by
a story, so this may be used as a
fourth selling method.
Mr. Holland brought out a few
of the obstacles that must be over-
come. He emphasized that glossing
over any argument put up by a
prospective purchaser will have a
harmful effect in the purchaser's
mind. Each obstacle must be met
and discussed before proceeding.
Included among the obstacles met
are: competition, fear of a new prod-
uct, or laziness on the part of the
During the business meeting, un-
der the chairmanship of President
Orville Gaither, plans wei*e discussed
for the forthcoming Society Picnic.
However, it will not be possible to
hold the picnic until after the
Christmas holidays. Malcolm Ce-
zeaux was appointed chairman of a
committee to handle the details of
the event. The session will definite-
ly be a "with date" affair.
minor changes in its constitution,
it was decided at Student Council
meeting Thursday. Only Council-
man-at-Large Woods Martin voted
against the motion to allow the
RI Publications committee to con-
tinue to appoint the Editor and
Business Manager of the magazine.
The pi'esent Publications Com-
mittee consists of six members, it
was explained by J. S. Binford,
chairman of the Student Council
committee on Publications. Two of
these are appointed by the Council
two are faculty members appointed
by the Publications Committee it-
self the preceding year, and two are
appointed by these four.
The most important of the minor
changes in the constitution was the
provision made for an auditor to
be appointed for the RI as an au-
ditor is appointed for the other two
Binford explained that his com-
mittee believed that these changes,
and those instituted by the Publi-
cations committee, will spread RI
positions among more students so
that it will be more representative.
SL's Get Yule Spirit;
... Lounge Gets Tree
The Sarah Lane Literary Society
will supply and decorate a Christ-
mas tree for the Student Lounge
it was announced Thursday in Stu-
dent Council meeting. Nancy Helen
Walters had contacted the Student
Lounge committee and had request-
ed their permission to put the tree
in the lounge next week, and Woods
Martin, chairman of the Student
Lounge committee had told the
council that his committee unless
any member of the Council had
any objection. The Council seemed to
express unanimous approval and
support of the idea.
Reporter Interviews Students
Working in Institute Library
by John Blakemore
Sniffing the air, which smelled somewhat like boiling horses' hooves,
I started my interview with Miss Lane about the students working under
her. Finding that the odor was overpowering all thought, I decided to
find what could possibly be so foul smelling. At the source I found a pot
of melted library glue. Quite seriously bent over a table was Carolyn
Delhomme, repairing books whose
backs had come off.
Carolyn, a senior, just started
working in the library this year.
Her reasons for joining the staff
are not too apparent. There are
many -reasons that a person might
join a library staff. Knowing how
to get along in a library is of great
value to anyone. Almost unlimited
knowledge is at your fingertips, if
you just know how to get it. A
person who is going to do research
that will require some library, work
finds preparation through work in
a library invaluable. For those who
intend to teach or who will have
filing, cataloging, etc., in their occu-
pation, work in a library is of great
benefit. In so far as Rice students
ai*e concerned, a job in the library
is an interesting way to make |
spending money. For all these good
reasons my suspicion is that Caro-
lyn works there because it is a con-
venient place to meet her friends. 1
The most important thing in the
min^s of the students who work in
the library is that the work is not
as you would probably think, dull.
The esprit de corps of the student
assistants is quite good. They have
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, Monday, December 13.
| Ave Maria Club meeting, 12:10,
| Autry House.
' Choral Club, 7:00 p. in., Autry
i House. Last practice for the Christ-
| Tuesday, December 14.
1 S. L. L. S. open meeting for all
j freshman girls, 12:00, at the home
( of Etta Colish, 2929 Rice Blvd.
J Mt> S. F. meeting, 12:15, Autry
House; Walter Jenkins, choir di-
rector of First: Methodist Church,
will lead the singing of Christmas
Thursday, December 16.
j Pep Rally, 7:30, South Hall.
Junior A. S. M. E. meeting, 7:30
p. m., M. L. 20(5? a movie will be
Aspects of Chemical Industry."
Friday, December 17.
South Texas Section of the A. S.
M. E. meeting, 8:00 p. m., Physics
Amphitheater, Mr. H. A. Davis to
talk on "Hydrolic Drive."
Choral Club party and caroling,
7-11; meet at the home of Buster
Matteson, 2178 Troon Road.
Saturday, December 18.
Beginning of Christmas recess,
1:00 p. m .
Monday, January 3.
Resumption of classes, 8:00 a. m.
It's Your Student Lounge—Keep It Clean
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