The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 1, Ed. 1 Friday, September 23, 1949 Page: 1 of 8
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VOLUME THIRTY-SEVEN No. ONE HHHH HOUSTON, TEXAS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1949
Erttered as second class mailing matter, October 17,1916, at the Post Office, Houston, under the act of March 3, 1879.
Dr. Houston's Speech
Opens Orientation Day
by Bill Hobby
Opening the thirty-eighth session of the Rice Institute,
President Houston welcomed new Rice students to the campus
with an address in the Physics Amphitheater Saturday morn-
ing at 9:00.
President Houston's speech marked the opening of a day
of orientation activities design-
ed to acquaint new students
with the Rice campus and cus-
One of the themes of Dr. Houston's
speech was the difference between
university and high school life. In Dr.
Houston's words: "You will find out
rather soon that a university differs
from a high school in many ways.
It is a good deal more than a teach-
ing institution. It is a center of a
scholarship, a place for cultivating
Speaking of Rice's objectives, Dr.
Houston said, "I presume it can be
summed up in a simple statement
that the Rice Institute hopes that
each of you will become a fairly
valuable and useful citizen ... a
useful citizen must recognize that
he lives in a world with other peo-
ple. He must have a sympathetic
understanding of them and their
needs. He must guide himself in
such a way as to benefit himself
and his neighbors."
Following Dr. Houston to the plat-
form was Ben Hammond, President
of the Student Association. Ham-
mond welcomed the new students inr
to the Association and explained
its labyrinthine workings.
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A1EE Meet Monday
To Discuss Review,
Plans For Picnic
Rice's chapter of the American
Institute of Electrical Engineers will
hold its first meeting of the new
school year Monday night at 7:30
in room 206 of the Mechanics Labs.
The meeting will be devoted largely
to consideration of plans for a
picnic to be held at Galveston Oct.
1 and a form letter to national man-
The AIEE picnic planned for Oct.
1 will be a listening party for the
Rice-LSU football game and a gen-
eral "get acquainted" outing for all
electrical engineers. It will be held
on West Beach beginning at 2 p.m.
As part of its contribution to the
Science and Arts show scheduled for
the latter part of the school year,
the electrical engineers group is
planning to send a form letter to a
number of manufacturers through-
out the country publicizing the show
and asking for advertising. The let-
ter has been partially drafted but
it is scheduled for further considera-
tion at Monday night's meeting.
17 Members Added
To Institute Faculty
Rice will have 17 new faculty
members this year in addition to
new graduate students who have
part time teaching obligations.
These additions to the faculty are
in accordance with the administra-
tion's long range plan to lower the
instructor to student ration.
Robert Folsom Lent comes as an
Associate Professor of Architecture
from New York City. He is a gra-
duate of Cornell University and
Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology. In addition to experience
gained through foreign travel, some
of the New York firms by whom
he has been employed are'John Rus-
sell Pope, Howe and Lescaze, Nor-
man Bel Geddes, and York and Saw-
ets, and dressers.
Hugh Cleon Black comes as an
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
and Education from the University
of Texas where he has received his
degree of Doctor of Philosophy this
Jack Woodward Daugherty comes
as an Assistant. Professor of Biology
from the University of Wisconsin
where he has completed work for the
doctor's degree. Dr. Daugherty stud-
ied at the Southwest Missouri State
College and the University of Mis-
souri, and has tought at Morris, Har-
vey College in West Virginia and at
Miami" University in Ohio.
Adrian Pauw comes as an assist-
ant Professor of Civil Engineering
from the California Institute of
Technology. In addition to his stud-
ies at Cal Tech, Dr. Pauw has stud-
ied at the University of Washington,
and has been employed by the Bur-
eau of Reclamation. He is specially
trained in foundations and struc-
William Delaney Walker, Jr.,
comes as an Assistant Professor of
Physics from Cornell University. Dr.
Walker received his bachelor's de-
gree from Rice in 1944.
Trenton Wann comes as an As-
sistant Professor o f Psychology
from the University of California at
Shmuel Agmon comes as a Lec-
turer in Mathematics from the Uni-
versity of Paris, where he has re-
ceived his doctor's degree. Dr. Ag-
mon is a native of Tel-Aviv, Israel,
and his undergraduate work was
taken at the Hebrew University.
Cyrus W. Perkins will be Visiting
Lecturer in German during the com-
ing year. He is a retired Professor
of German from Grinnell College.
Eirik G. Furubotn comes as an
Instructor in 'Economics from Col-
li m b i a University. Mr. Furubotn
has also studied at Brown Univer-
William J. Knightley, Jr., conies
as an Instructor in English from
Princeton University where he has
been doing work on his doctor's de-
gree. Mr. Knightley has also attend-
ed the University of Wichita.
Edward Hake Phillips comes as an
Instructor in History from Harvard
University. Mr. Phillips received .his
bachelor's degree from the Univer-
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Hudson and Wann
Open 49-50 Forum
With Talks Monday
Beginning the 1949-50 schedule of
Forum programs will be a meeting
Monday night planned primarily for
new students but of definite interest
to former students as well. Drs. B.
B. Hudson and T. Wann of the psy-
chology department will address the
students on "How to Study" and
"Adaptation to a New Enviorn-
Dr. Wann pointed out that, in his
talk, no answers will be given to
adjustment problems since they are
highly individual matters. Some fac-
tors arising from changes in en-
viornment will be dealt with, with
hope of aiding students in gaining
tolerance toward themselves.
Simple class experiments will be
used by Dr. Hudson to illustrate
principles of study at the meeting.
Study techniques will be explained
and the experimental basis on which
these principles have been establish-
ed. Problems involved in reading
will be illustrated with eye-move-
ment photographs of the different
The meeting wili be held in Room
108 of Anderson Hall frorh 8-10
p.m. Future Forum programs will
take place in the Lecture Lounge
of Fondren Library, on every other
Plans Being Made
For 1950 "Review
One of the most interesting and
spectacular campus activities ever
existing at Rice will be revived this
year for the first time since 1940.
The old Engineering Show which
was a sort of Rice size world's fair,
before the war drew crowds up to
50,000 people from all parts of the
state. The purpose of the Engineer-
ing Show was tefgive practical ex-
perience to students and to bring
about a feeling of friendship, inter-
est and understanding between Rice
and the public—to let those outside
of Rice know what takes place at
« Last year students, faculty, and
administration decided that the En-
gineering Show, which had been
forced from existence by the war,
should be brought back, but in a
slightly different form. Through the
years' from 1920 when the first
Engineering Show made its appear-
ance until the last show in 1940, the
show became more than a display
of the Engineering departments. The
show began to become more of an
all-school display with almost all
but the strictly academic depart-
ments taking part in the show. Thus,
it was decided that the new show
should be an all-school affair de-
signed to familiarize the public with
the activities of the entire school.
The name of the display was chang-
ed to the "Rice Institute Review of
Science and Arts."
Substantial progress has already
been made in the efforts to prepare
for the "Review," which will take
place in April. The Engineering So-
ciety is sponsoring the "Review" and
has approved by-laws setting up the
general organisation, for its admini-
stration. -Leo Wroten, Senior civil
engineering student, has been elect-
ed General Manager of the display.
Wroten has appointed the officers
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Dramatic Club Shines
In "Boy Meets Girl"
by Werner Grunbaum
"Boy meets Girl," a three act comedy about Hollywood,
Wednesday night proved itself to be packed with laughs from
curtain to curtain. The Dramatic Club's presentation of this
hilarious play was highly successful and entertaining. Rice
students still have the opportunity of spending a thoroughly
enjoyable evening at the Dra-
matic Club's third performance
in Fondren Library tonight.
The first act of the play progress-
ed rather slowly in as much as very
little action took place. The actors
also seemed to restrain themselves
during the first act; but after the
second act, they seemed to lose all
of their timidity and rendered a
very spirited and successful p e r -
The Dramatic Club used the "in-
timate theater" stage, which again
proved itself a.s successful in this
play as it had been in last year's
performance of "The Male Animal."
The intimate stage requires much
First Yell Practice
Will Be Tonight In
A special pep rally will be held
tonight at 7 in honor of the Rice
football team. Besides the usual
yell practice, a special show will be
staged including skits, acts, etc.
Due to the cooperation of Dr. Dix,
librarian, and Dean Cameron the
rally will be held in front of Foun-
dren Library. The yell leaders will
stand on the roof of the colister
and from that vantage point direct more poise and action than the con-
After a few yells, Coach Jess
Neely will give a short speech and
then introduce the co-captains of
the team, Froggy Williams and
Gerald Weatherly. They, in turn,
will introduce the rest of the team
to the audience.
The new Rice Band, sponsored and
directed by Kit Reed, with Neal Cot-
ton as drum major, will perform
throughout the rally.
Teddy Montz, head Cheer Leader,
will present a new "Charge Yell,"
designed to help push the. team over
the last hard yards to the goal line.
The band is used as a support to
The cheer leaders cordially invite
ventional stage does. Tonight's cast
did an excellent job of facing the en-
tire audience by moving freely about
the stage. The intimate stage's only
defect was its poor lighting, for the
spot lights glared into the audience's
eyes. The other technical aspects
of the play, such as scenery, the
public address system, and the hook-
up of a microphone to a small radio,
The movie script writing team of
Benson and Law, played by Henry
Walters and Pat Lipscomb, was by
far the most comic element in the
play. Although the script supplied
tham With wise cracks and imita-
tions, only the combination of Pat'*
more comic, and Henry's more ser-
everyone from slimes to seniors, ious interpretation put the pair in
from graduate students to alumni, I the spotlight.
and all friends of Rice to attend this
first pep rally of the season.
First Students Move
Into New Dormitory
Some students are already living
in- North Hall and more are expected
to move in very shortly. A§ yet the
date of its formal completion is
Thirty-two students are now liv-
ing in rooms 101 to 109? and 201 to
219 of the southwest wing. By 'Wed-
nesday of this week thirty-two more
men will have moved into rooms 109
to 116 and 209 to 216. On October
15 rooms 116 to 124, and 216 to 224
will be opened along with the twen-
ty single rooms for fellows.
A bath room is placed between
two double rooms, thus giving a
certain amount of privacy to the
four men occupying the two rooms.
Each single room has a private bath.
All of the rooms are equipped
with built-in desks, wall lamps, clos-
The men expecting to move into
North Hall are now living in South
and East Halls. West Hall is not
over crowded because its residents
are paying more rent than S. or E.
Hall residents. Over the summer
West Hall was slightly modernized
and repaired, so its rent has been
Beverly Hawkins who played the
role of Susie deserves recognition
for the best character interpretation
of the evening.
Dean Hill, who played the produc-
er C. F., rendered a fine job of act-
ing although he interpreted C. F.
for laughs, instead of as a weary,
ha'ggard old man who tried his best
to produce what we call "adult Hol-
lywood entertainment." C. F.'s char-
acter seems evident from these
lines: "I want to do something fine
—with sweep, w i t h scope—stark,
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Enrollment at 1557
Slime caps were issued to 353
Freshmen men and 110 Freshmen
women Thursday, September 15 as
the 1949-1950 registration opened.
Upperclassmen were registered Fri-
day, September 16, bringing the
total enrollment to 1557.
Registering students filled out en-
rollment cards in Anderson Hall.
In Fondren Library*, the Freshmen
were guided by students to the cor-
rect advisei*, who helped them de-
termine courses for the year.
After paying the tuition and turn-
ing in the enrollment cards, the new
Rice students filed into Fondren
Basement and Lounge to sign for
Freshmen Guidance program and
receive information about extra-cir-
cular campus activities.
Among the 1557 total fr^gistrants,
were 294 veterans, including one
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