The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 33, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 12, 1949 Page: 5 of 8
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Cool crisp cotton for Spring. The
red and blue plaid—the smartly
styled tiered skirt add to the flat-
tering lines of this dress priced at
$39.50 ai^d found on the 5th floor—
Ex-Football Player Adorns New Lab;
Symbol Draws Power-Utility From Sun
Ex-college football players may
enter a variety of professions, but
about the most unique one would be
that of a sculptor.
William M. McVey is just such a
person. A Rice alumnus, class of
'27, he played football here in '23
and '24 as offensive guard and de-
fensive tackle. His latest work, a
relief, adorns the facade of the new
Abercrombie Laboratory building
which was dedicated November 20
as a part of Homecoming.
Man Drawing Power
This figure is the symbol of man
drawing power from nature (rep-
resented by the sun) and transform-
ing it into useful utility. Carved in
deep, foot-and-a-half relief the fig-
ure is clad in the traditional draped
robe. "Using the robe," McVey says,
"eliminates two problems."
For one thing, he explained, the
sculptor doesn't have to worry about
William M. McVey, ex-football
player and Rice class of '27, puts the
finishing touches on his work which
adorns the facade of Abercrombie
Laboratory. Tom Rather, the build-
ing's architect, calls the figure
representing legs—it's hard to pre-
sent bare legs in a graceful shape.
The other thing is that a robe gives
the figure an ageless quality. Put-
ting modern day clothes on a figure
would date it extremely.
McVey was insistent that the fig-
ure represented no one person. Some
Council Decides on FM
Music in Lounge, Roost
Thui'sday the Student Council
voted to provide music in the Lounge
by the first of next week through
FM reception. In a report by Woods
Martin it was pointed out that the
FM equipment could be installed
soon with two amplifiers in the
Lounge and one in the Roost at a
cost not to exceed $50.
Council Member Nancy Hood ob-
jected to the FM on the grounds
that there would be no choice of
music, whei-eas if a juke box were
installed the students would be able
to select the type of music they de-
sired. Martin pointed out that the
Library Committee was not in fa-
vor of a "gaudily decorated" juke
box. When a vote was taken, Coun-
cil members were divided on the
question as to whether to provide
FM or a juke box. Student Associ-
ation President J. R. Myers cast the
vote deciding in favor of the FM
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"bitter remarks which are usually
biased opinions formed due to low
grade marks. These remarks," con-
tinued Dr. Heaps, "even by only one
or two students, often discourage
some of the younger instructors and
create their ill will toward the other
members of the class."
Another view was presented by
Vincente Carrion, assistant in Ro-
mance Languages, who believes the
rating polls give a true represent-
atioh of the opinions of the students
and are very helpful to the profes-
Mr. Morehead termed the poll very
enjoyable because of the whole
hearted criticism of some of the
students, even though other stu-
dents gave their remarks little or
W. H. Masterson, assistant pro-
fessor of history, was pleased that
his students gave helpful sugges-
tions in regard to lecture material.
The student's remarks ranged
from severest criticism to entertain-
taining witticism such as one poetic
opinion about a Math teacher "Fine
as wine dear as beer."
have said it is Moses, others Prome-
theus. "Tom Rather, the architect,
calls it 'Uncle Jupe'," he comment-
ed. The king-sized effigy represents
the work being done in Abercrombie
lab. To the right and left of "Uncle
Jupe" are more representations of
the uses to which this power
drawn from nature is put. There are
power lines, a dynamo, a suggestion
of a spherical natural gas storage
tank and oil refinery equipment.
These symbols are in keeping with
the functional use of the building
which serves as housing for the
training of electrical, chemical, civ-
il and mechanical engineers in these
Chiseled Out Tons
Athletic training has come in
handy for McVey. "I've chiseled out
tons of marble and stone," he says.
"You know, I believe Coach Jack
Heisman is still sorry for having
me come back in '25 to play. I
know he thought then I'd make a
better sculptor than a football play-
Genial Bill McVey, who still looks
like a football player, was president
of his freshman class the years that
some faculty members still quiver
about when they recall what hap-
pened in '23. The Campanile for '24
contains an account of that famous
"Slime President William McVey
concluded a two days sensational
Slime-Soph controversy when he slid
from the ceiling of the Turnverein
Hall and led the grand march of
the annual Freshman's Ball."
According to the tradition, the
freshman president was given a
ten minutes start ahead of his pur-
suers the Tuesday before the dance.
After a wild pursuit, McVey eluded
the hunters and secluded himself in
the hall where the dance was to be
held the following Saturday.
Leads the March
So the night of the dance arrived..
"The lights went out. and McVey
and several loyal followers slid
down to the floor. Tattered and
grimy, the victorious president led
the march, and the great ball was
McVey's Rice days were over, fol-
lowing the '24 football season, whert
he entered the Cleveland art school.
Obtaining a two year traveling
scholarship, he studied in Paris un-
der th6 famous sculptor Despaiu.
Back in the States, he taught in
the Houston Art Museum from 1935
to 1938, holding a teaching fellow-
ship in the Rice architecture school
during 1936. In 1942 he entered the
Army Air Force, which was at
somewhat of a loss to know what
sort of a job to give a sculptor.
At the present time, Bill teaches
sculpture at the Cranbrook Academy
of art in Bloomfield Hills, Michi-
Other examples of his work, be-
sides "Uncle Jupe," may be found in
the relief figures and bronze doors
of the San Jacinto Monument. The
Houston Art Museum also exhibits
some of his figures. McVey's work
is a part of many private collec-
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