The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 46, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 30, 1949 Page: 1 of 4
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WE X/CE E 7WKESHER
HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, MAR. 30, 1949 VOLUME THIRTY-SIX — NUMBER FORTY-SIX
Hammond Named Student President
PALS Back Dance
At A-H This Time
The weekly A-House dance to-
night will be sponsored by the Pallas
Athene Literary Society who will
present Nancy Markle and Carol
Wheeler singing their hill-billy
songs as entertainment.
As in the past all girls are urged
to come without dates.
Students coming to the dance are
invited to attend the P.A.L.S. vs.
Girls Club championship Girls bas-
ketball game before the dance. The
basketball game will begin at 6:30,
and the dance will begin at 7:30. The
dance will be over at 10:30.
At their meeting yesterday after-
noon the PALS decided to have a
FREE cake walk, the cake to be
donated by some PAL or her mother.
FREE coffee will also be served to
A Prof-A Dean--An Organ
Player — That's Cameron
By ROBERT FLAGG
Some professors look like profes-
sors. Others don't. You could pass
Hugh Scott Cameron on the campus
or on the street and be sure he was
a saleman, or a lawyer, even an en-
Chances are you'd never guess he
was a prof, a dean, an engineer and
an organ player.
It is understandable how a pro-
fessor could also be a dean, but me-
chanical engineers who play the or-
gan are exceedingly rare. This sing-
ularity came about, he explains,
when he was living on Long Island.
There was a Lutheran Church near-
by that the Cameron family visited
on Sundays. One day he heard they
needed an organist. Now Cameron
had played the piano as a boy—
•periodically," he said. He hadn't
kept in practice and certainly had
never attempted the organ. But he
told the musical director he'd take
a crack at the organ next Sunday.
He did, and he liked it! He's still
Two Minute Drive
Every Sunday morning he plays
the organ at the West University
Methodist Church in Houston. He
and his family attend* this church
because it is so close to their home
at 6654 Auden. ("It's a two minute
drive," he explains with characteris-
tic engineering preciseness.) He al-
so accompanies the Rice Choral" Club
at their concerts at Palmer Memori-
al, across Main from the campus.
Dean Cameron liking of music
has also been manifested in another
student activity. When he came to
Rice in 1944, the Institute band had
been disbanded during the war. He
aided in its reorganization, and with
Joe Morledge's help kept it going
a year until Kit Reid, the regular
director, came back.
As a professional engineer, he
doesn't follow the usual pattern
either. After graduation from Stev-
ens in 1925, he went to work in
Brooklyn, of all places! He was em-
ployed for three years by the Brook-
lyn Gas Company as assistant test-
ing of industrial and domestic gas
Now this engineer, off to a suc-
cessful start in industry, heard that
the Polytechnic Institute of Brook-
lyn wanted a math teacher for night
clases. So Cameron took the job and
found he liked teaching. While he
was still working during the day for
gas company and teaching at Brook-
lyn Poly at night, he heard of an-
other opening—this time at the
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He
taught at Pratt, reaching the rank
of associate professor of mechanical
engineering, until 1944 when he re-
ceived a leave of absence to come
to Rice as lecturer in internal com-
In 1946 Cameron was thinking of
going back to Pratt. In fact, he had
made an appointment with President
Houston to tell him this. Instead Dr.
Houston offered Cameron the job as
assistant dean for student activities
So he stayed.
"Afraid to Ask"
I haven't really understood why
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Navy Program Offers
To Rice Graduates
The Navy is- sponsoring a Reserve
Officers Candidate Program where-
by Rice men upon graduation can
obtain a commission in the Naval
If you are a male American citi-
zen seventeen years old or over and
will not have reached your twenty^
eighth year by graduation, are draft
exempt through previous military
service, are affiliated with the or-
ganized reserves before June 24,
1948, you are eligible for a commis-
The training consists of two six
weeks periods at San Diego, Cali-
fornia. These periods are given in
the summer between the Sophomore
and Junior, and the Junior and Sen-
ior years in college.
For any one interested there will
be a more complete outline present-
ed at the Navy building, Thursday,
March 31 at 12:30 p.m.
For Girls Announced
An effort is'being made to organ-
ize some girls' softball teams for
intramural play. One team has al-
ready been signed up but several
more teams are desirable if therfe is
to ho any competition. Experience is
not necessary, according to the
coaches at the Field House, only a
willingness to learn. Any girls inter-
ested should contact Marianne Luse.
Other activities planned for girls
this spring are tennis, bowling, bad-
minton, and golf. Instruction in
these sports has begun at the Field
House, under the supervision of Mr.
Gilbert Hermance, director of the
Department of Physical Education.
Classes in golf are held every I Mon-
day and Wednesday, with John
Plumbley as coach. Tennis classes
are held in Wednesdays. Bowling
skill may be acquired at the Bowl-
ing Alley every Monday.
Any girl interested in participat-
ing in any of the above activities
ran call the Field House for com-
961 Students Cast Votes;
Two Run-offs Scheduled
Rice students named Ben Hammond president of their
1949-50 Student Association in the annual General Election
Monday. Two other major all-school offices will be at stake
in a run-off election scheduled next Monday.
The balloting was fairly heavy, with 961 students voting
the all-school election—al-
Rice ASME's Take
Two District Prizes
Rice took two out of three places
in the South Texas Trianguler Meet
of the American Society of Mechan-
ical Engineers this last Saturday on
the Texas A & M campus at College
Buddy Silberman won second with
his paper entitled "An Optimum in
Aircraft Design." He brought out
that small changes in design can cut
total costs nearly in half. His dis-
cussion on the use of "beaded skin,"
a corrugated aluminum on the An-
derson-Greenwood Model 14 was
from personal observation, as Sil-
berman had helped to build that
plane. He told how wing shape sim-
plicity could cause an optimum to be
Mr. John M. Clark presented his
talk on "Measurements of friction
on bodies of changing velocities."
His apparatus and procedure were
described last week. His third place
prize enabled Rice to take two out
of the three places offered.
Several student members of the
A.S.M.E. and Mr. John Doggett, who
is honorary chairman, and Mr. Rob-
ert Plunkett accompanied the speak-
ers to A & M.
Gerhardt and Pendl
Two hundred and seventy four
members of next year's Junior class
elected Jim Gerhardt as their presi-
dent: and Bob Pendl as Secretary-
treasurer. The vice president is still
undecided, and Joan Bennet and Gay
Schneider will be in the run-off.
Student Council representatives will
be Raymond L a n k f o r d, Irving
Schwepe, Larry Westkaemper, Mar-
tin Tlacst, and Charley Wolf. Honor
Council members will be Dewey
Gonsoulin, Finis Cowan, and Charley
President of the Junior Class:
Student Council Representative
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most exactly two-thirds of the
present undergraduate enroll-
ment of Rice. In the class election
268 prospective Seniors voted, 279
in the Junior class election, and 325
on the Sophomore ballot.
Betty Jo Joplin will face Eugenia
(Goonie) Harris in a contest for
vice president of the Student Asso-
ciation in the run-off elections. Bet
ty Keyser will oppose Geraidine
Smith for the newly-created position
of secretary of the Student Asso-
Tommy Adkins defeated Roy
Woodmansee for the position of
Councilman-at-Large of the Student
Association. Tom Eubank, Ernest
Voss and Ben W. Cooper were un-
opposed for the three positions they
won, Treasurer of the Student As-
sociation, Assistant Business Man-
ager of the Thresher, and Assistant
Business Manager of the Campanile.
Teddy Montz was easily re-elected
head cheer leader. The other two
cheer leaders chosen were Harry
Hoover and Jim Kelley.
Complete tabulations of the Gen-
eral Election follow:
President of the Student
J. S. Binford—409
Vice President of the Student
"Betty Jo Joplin—371
'"Eugenia (Goonie^ Harris-
Secretary of the Student;
No Votes 41
No Votes 102
To m m y A d k i n s—5 31
Marty Gibson- 209
Set for Thursday
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony will
be the subjeeet of Thursday night's
Forum. Mr. Pierce Girard will offi-
ciate. as he has at other Forums on
topics of musical interest.
interested in music.
The meeting will be held in room
104 of Anderson Hall. The program
will begin at 8 p.m. and will be over
at 10 p.m. All interested students
and faculty members are invited to
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