The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 30, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 19, 1949 Page: 1 of 4
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VOLUME THIRTY-SIX — NUMBER THIRTY
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 1949
Socialized Medicine is Forum Topic
At the Mellerdrama
Texas Student Group Proposed
North Texas Sends
Letter Calling for
Meeting in Spring
The student senate of North
Texas State Teachers College
has begun a movement to or-
ganize a conference of the stu-
dent bodies of Texas colleges,
according to a letter received by
Student Association President, Jim-
my Meyers last week.
The reasons for the proposed con-
ference of delegates from all Texas
colleges were outlined by North
Texas student president Dick Bar-
nebey in a form letter, sent to all
student governments in Texas.
"We have found no need for mem-
bership in the United States Na-
tional Student Association," the let-
ter said. "Many of the projects, such
as extensive discussions of Ameri-
can foreign policy, are too remote
to help us materially. Prohibitive
costs and dues and the fact that
only two colleges in the entire state
are now affiliated with the NSA
membership of dubious value."
"However," the letter continued^
"we believe that our needs would be
answered on a more localized level,
in a state organization."
Bamebey further proposed that a
convention be held at North Texas
this spring, and offered the facili-
ties of their new student union build-
ing for such a conference. All Texas
colleges would be invited to send
delegates. Barnebey said tjie organ-
ization that would be considered at
such a meeting would be designed
to facilitate an exchange of ideas on
specific school problems such as stu-'
dei\t courts and class absences.
The letter from North Texas was
read to the Rice Student Council
last Thursday by President Jimmy
Meyers. The Student Council bas
informed the North Texas student
senate that it would be interested in
sending delegates to such a confer-
ence, and considering the advantage
to the Rice Student Association of
an organization such as the one
proposed by North Texas.
Philosophy Professor And
Local Doctor Meet at Forum
Tonight at 8:00 Dr. R. A. Tsanoff and Dr. W. H. Hamrick
will discuss the question, "Is Medicine Menaced by Socializa-
tion?" The Forum program is open to all students and faculty
members, and will be held in room 110, Anderson Hall.
Dr. Tsanoff, Professor of Philosophy and head of the
philosophy department at Rice, j and is very quick to point out that
will present his opinions, favor-
ing socialization of medicine. He will
speak from a laymans point of view,
Grawunder Scores 16
Left to right, Jetta Schumacher and Jackie Terrill. The
two "Tar>Babies" appeared* between the first and second acts of
the annual presentation of the E. B. Mellerdrama, Thursday and
Friday night. —Photo by Nelson Miller.
Saga" Brings Forth Cheers and Hisses;
But Everybody Ends Up Well Satisfied
by George Wray
Thursday and Friday nights here at the Institute featured heavy
dramatics with cheers and hisses as the E. B. L. S. came forth with
its annual effort in the entertainment field.
Petite Martha Ann Moore led the galaxy of stars in her excellent
portrayal of Patience Ann Fortitude, heroine deluxe. Playing opposite we
have our hero, Betty Faye Grosse,
who by dint of excellent make-up
and timely gestures gave much to
build up the aura of rural innocence
while turbulent passion raged back
and forth across the stage.
These two aided by Roberta Mur-
fee (I didn't know her feet were so
big!) and Virginia Barber (a vamp,
no less) as Maw Higgins and Lura
Lovegood respectively, carried the
weight of the show. The delightful
hamming of Roberta lent much to
make the play the humorous success
it was. It should be added the Miss
Barber's pai-t in the opus, while not
exactly conducive to a tightly-knit
plot, was greatly appreciated by all
who enjoyed being distracted by her
Museum of Fine Arts Now Offers Opportunity
To See Cross-Section of Today's American Art
An excellent opportunity for Rice students to see a true cross-section
of today's art by leading American artists is presented by the Museum
of Fine Arts in the collection, "Houston Exhibit—Art in the United States
—1949" which opened January 9 and will continue on view through the
Valued at a quarter-million dol-
lars, the exhibit consists of 154
paintings and 2 sculptures assem-
bled by the Museum with .the assis-
tance o£ the Qrand Central Art
Galleries and 16 other New York
galleries. Every effort has been
made to show the best of contem-
porary art as well as - all of the
various schools of artistic thought
from the most radically "modern"
to the most conservative.
The collection includes the work
of such famous artists as Wayman
Adams, Darrell Austin, George Bel-
lows, Isabel Bishop, Robert Brack-
man, John Carroll, Marc Chagall,
Jon Corbino, Gladys Rockmore Da-
vis, Max Ernst, Lyonel Feininger,
Marsdep Hartley, David Fredenthal;
Leon Kroll, Yasu® Kuniyoshi, Regi-
nald Marsh, Grandma Moses, Ivan
Olinsky, Hobson Pittman, John
Sloan, Frederick J. Waugh, Andrew
Wyeth, Mitzi Solomon, William Zo-
rach and a number of others.
The Museum is open daily and
obvious talents (sh^sang also).
The heavy, Betty Seale, aided by
a multip-ocketed costume, contain-
ing all manner of interesting ob-
jects, grimaced and threatened in
the true manner of all good villains.
She was particularly effective with
her use of her amazing time-piece.
The dupe to everyone's intrigue was
Patty Radford, whose efforts to do
the right thing by everyone caused
the suspense of the chase through
As for the play itself, it came off
in the traditional manner of all good
melodramas, with much hamming,
'mid cheers for the hero and hisses
for the villain. A round of applause
is certainly due those indispensable
people whose job it is to see that
the play comes off without a hitch.
So here are three cheers for Direc-
tor Roberta Murfee, Business Man-
ager Marty Gibson, and pianist
Tempe Howze. Song leader Grobe,
yours was a difficult job and I con-
gratulate you for the excellent per-
formance of it. Thus we have talke3
about the play itself, so now let US'
talk-about the added attractions to
the night's fun.
First of'all, let me toss a bouquet
to little Mary Attavell for the best
job of dead-panning I have ever
seen. Your constituents in the Saved
Navy, while excellent, were hard-
pressed'to keep up with you. ■*
The dancing routine of "Tar-
Babies" Terrill and Schumacher,
pictured above, was thoroughly en-
Although the Rice varsity hung up
a victory in Austin Saturday, the
Blue Bolts were not so fortunate.
They started too late.
The Shorthorns got off to a fast
start, racing to a 16-5 lead and held
it until halftime when they led 27-21.
Then big Ralph Grawunder got
going (he scored 2 points in the
first half; 14, in the second) and
with 6 minutes to go, the T.U. lead
had been cut to .42-39. However, the
Shorthorns untracked themselves
and hung on for the 51-47 win.
Luther Scarborough and Bob Riley
led Shorthorn scoring with 15 each,
while Grawunder with 16 and Sonny
McCurry with 14 topped Blue Bolt
The fact that both Grawunder and
McCurry fouled out in the fading
moments didn't help the Rice cause, [ custom
he "will probably not have all the
facts that Dr. Hamrick will." Sup-
porting his view point will be Mr.
Rush Moody, a sophomore pre-law
student at Rice. Moody has debated
this question" in high-school debate
Dr. Hamrick will present the med-
ical practitioner's general opinion.
He is definitely opposed to any sort
of socialization. Dr. Hamrick is a
graduate of Rice, and once was a
student in one of Dr. Tsanoff's phi-
losophy courses. He received his
medical training in Galveston and
did graduate work in surgery at the
University of Pennsylvania. He is
a member of the public relations
committee of the Harris County
Dr. Hamrick will be supported it*
his position by David Braden, a
senior pre-medical student at Rice.
The question of socialization has
been called to public attention lately
by the American Medical Associa-
tion, which says that the system of
compulsory health insurance advo-
cated by President Truman in his
State of the Union message to Con-
gress is menacing the free enter-
prise system of medicine.
Following the two main speeches
and the two supporting speeches the
floor will be thrown open to ques-
tions from the audience. As is the
in Forum programs the
meeting will be adjourned at 10 p.m.
Plastics Progress Is Subject for ACS
Sponsored Lecture Thursday Night
"Recent Developments in Plastics" will Be discussed in a public lecture
by Dr. Paul 0. Powers, terhniral adviser at Battelle Institute, Columbus,
Ohio, tomorrow evening at 8:00 p.m. in shcm lesture hall.
Dr. W. O. Milligan, assohiate professor of chemistry and chairman
of the Southeastern Texas section of the American Chemical Society,
has extended a special invitation to
Sundays and on Wednesday evenings
until 10 o'clock. There is no admis- joyed by all as they were takenback
sion charge. (Continued on Page 4)
all gi-aduate and undergraduate stu-
dents of Rice. "We would be glad
to have anyone who is interested in
finding out more about this new
field of plastics," Dr. Milligan said.
Author of the' book, "Synthetic
Resins and Rubbers," Dr. Powers is
widely known in the fields of syn-
thetic chemistry, in 'which he holds
numerous patents. He is probably
best known as the author of charts
on the preparation of synthetic re-
sins and rubbers, published periodi-
cally and used as standard ref-
erences by resin chemists.
Dr. Powers is a graduate of Bos-
ton University and holds master of
science and doctor of philosophy
degrees • from the University of
Pittsburgh. He taught chemistry for
three /ears at Pittsburgh; and was
a research fellow at Mellon Institute
for two years.
Before joining the Batelle staff
early in 1946, he was chief of or-
ganic research for the Armstrong
Cork Company. During the war he
was in charge of development work
on new portective coatings for metal
In connection with the lecture, the
A. C. S. is sponsoring a dinner at
Santa- Anita Mexican restaurant at
6:15. Ayone interested in attending
may call E. R. Scogin, C-1181, by
five this afternoon, for reservations
at $1.50 per person.
Shows Good Profit
Mr. .Borden, treasurer of the Rice
Dramatic Club, stated Tuesday, that
the Dramatics Club had made
enough money on the late produc-
tion to erase all debts incurred since
its late revival.
The performance of Jan. 11, 1949,
had netted the club a profit of
Concerning the debt incurred by
the club in 1947; Mr. Borden stated
that immediate payment would be
considered at the next business
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