The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 20, Ed. 1 Friday, March 10, 1950 Page: 1 of 6
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VOLUME THIRTY-SEVEN — NUMBER TWENTY HOUSTON. TEXAS, FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1950
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In JC Contest
Alice Jan Flack, Bice Junior,
is the winner of the Miss Hous-
ton Beautiful Contest. She, was
chosen Miss Houston Beautiful
from a field of six contestants
—three from the University of
Houston and three from Rice.
The other nominees were Beverly
Carter and Virginia Barber from
Rice and MaryXee Steinhort, Doro-
thy Elliott, and Ruthmary Anderson
from the U of H.
Alice Jan, a foreign language stu-
dent, graduated from Lamar. She
attended Randolph-Macon Women's
College her Freshman Year, and
went to Columbia last summer while
studying piano at Julliard School
Miss Flack will make her first
official appearance as Miss Houston
Beautiful over KLEE-TV at 6:45
PM, Wednesday, 8th. She will also
appear at the opening luncheon of
the campaign, Friday at the Crystal
Ballroom, and in the downtown pa-
rade of the Houston Beautiful Cam-
paign on March 18th.
The contest was sponsored by the
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Miss Houston Beautiful
ME Equipment Backbone
Of April Science Review
ALICE JAN FLACK
There will be a Dramatic Club
Meeting, today in AH 110. The
play "The Impressionable" by
Clarke Foster and Henry Walters
will be discussed and scheduled.
Virgil Thomson Will
Speak On Critic's Job
Mr. Virgil Thompson, pianist, or-
ganist, composer, conductor, and
critic will deliver a lecture on "The
Critic and His Assignment" at 4:30
PM, Sunday, March 19, in the audi-
torium of the San Jacinto High
This, appearance by Mr. Thomp-
son is sponsored by the Rice Insti-
tute which extends to its friends and
the public a cordial invitation to be
present. Mr. Thompson has kindly
agreed to speak as he is in Houston
at this time to conduct one of his
own compositions, presented by the
Houston Symphony orchestra on the
evening of March 20.
A graduate of "Harvard Univer-
sity in 1922, Mr. Thompson studied
composition with Scalero and Boul-
anger in Boston and Paris. He lived
in Paris for many years coming to
the United States during World
War II to accept the post of music
critic of the New York Herald Tri-
bune. §A.mong his operatic composi-
tione are "Four Saints in Three
Acts" and "The Mother of Us AIT."
He has contributed musical scores
for a number of films: "The Plough
That Broke The Plains," "The Ri-
ver," and "Louisiana Story." For
his musical contribution to Robert
Flaherty's film, "Louisiana Story,"
he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in
In addition to symphonies, string
quartets, and numerous other forms
of musical composition, Virgil
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Dr. Glady/ Falshaw, a mis-
sionary recently returned from
India, wil speak to the Canter-
bury Club at its regular meeting
at 6 PM Sunday. Refreshments
will be served, Connie Owens,
President of the club announced.
Dates Are Set For Election Of
Coeds To Positions In Rice Rondelet
The Queen and Princesses of the 1950 Rondelet will be
elected on March 13. All senior girls are eligible for these
positions except those who are married or on, probation, and no
petition is required. The whole student body will vote at this
time. The polls will be outside Anderson Hall.
Petitions for class duchesses
and maids must be turned in
to any member of the Women's
Council by Wednesday, March 15.
Members of the council are Gloria
Castello, Jackie Terrill, Colletta
Ray, Barbara Hall, Puddie Hall,
Vickie Schwarting, Claire Margaret
Moore and Carolyn Coy. The peti-
tions must have twenty-five signa-
tures (members of the candidate's
class only) plus the signature of
the girl herself.
The election for the maids and
duchesses will be Monday, March
20 from 8 to 1. In each class, the
girl with the highest number of
Initiation Is Set
For New Members
Of Phi Beta Kappa
Eight members of the Class of
1950 have been elected Members-
in-Course of Rice's Texas Beta
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, an-
nounced Floyd S. Lear, president.
The new members are Jesse Stone
Binford, Jr., Mary Agnes demons,
William Farrell Fulton, Jr., Ray-
mond Harvey Hedge, Jr., Konstantin
Kolenda, Marilyn Louise Krueger,
Richard Taylor Swim and Lewis
The formal initiation of the group
and the annual dinner will be held
March 24. The dinner will be at
Cohen House and the ceremony in
the Lecture Lounge of Fondren Li-
An address will be made by Pro-
fessor Hardin S. Craig, Sr., the
well-known authority on Shake-
The Architectural Society elected
new officers on Thursday, March 2,
and took in a total of seventeen new
The new officers are Bob Brad-
budy, president; Charles Lowe, vice-
president; Gene Hines, secretary;
and A1 Roberts, treasurer.
The new members are: Graduates;
F. W. Bryan, J. H. Brennan, A.
votes will be duchess, and the next Heidbreder, and D. H. Sites. The
All students wanting small pox
vaccinations are requested to report
to the informary before April 1.
Typhoid and tetanus innoculations
are also available.
This year you may obtain shots
any time between 8 AM and 2 PM
Monday through Saturday. Miss
Werner said that she likes the plan
much better than last year's ar-
rangement. Last year there were
only two hours in the morning and
two hours in the afternoon set aside
for shots. Miss Werner feels that
this year's plan causes less rush and
eight will be maids.
Any students who are willing to
help the Women's Council in making
posters and in planning decorations
are requested to Puddie Hall or Car-
new senior member is J. T. Koon,
J. C. Reynolds, and B. M. Wingfield
are the new Juniors, and in the*
Sophomore class, the new members
are J. W. Christopher, N. D. Davis,
olyn Coy (for posters) and Claire " *Ieaton' V. J. Higgins, C. D
M&rgaret Moore or Barbara Hall
All students are requested to vote
in the elections so that the contest
will be representative of the whole
. ; ft
All of the Beauty Nominees
can pick up their pictures in the
Campanile Office, Gloria Wilson,
editor of the Campanile, announc -
In a story about mercy death
and the trial of Dr. Hermann
Sander in last week's issue of
the Thresher, Dr. Floyd S. Lear
was misquoted as saying, "I
would not want to convict Dr.
Sander for what he did, but if
I had been in his position, I
would have done it."
The last clause should have
read "I would NOT have done
Hill, N. T. Lacey, W. G. McMinn,
R. Morris, R. T. Stavely, and C. R.
Bob Warren Elected
President of New
Rice French Gub
Les Hiboux, the Rice French Club,
held its first feeting of the year.
Officers elected\were Bob Warren,
president; Carol Wheeler, vice-presi-
dent; and Nancy Boothe, secretary.
The club was revived mainly through
the efforts .of-Lester Mansfield of
the French Department, and as its
principal function will sponsor the
bi-weekly French films to be shown
in the Lecture Lounge. Two, "Les
Marseilles" and "Grande Illusion"
have already been shown.
Plans are being discussed to "have
a luncheon at "La Riviera," to spon-
sor an A-House Dance, to visit
French ships at -the Ship Channel,
and similar excursions.
New Lit Societies
Elect First Officers
By Betty McGeever
The four new Literary Societies
met this week and elected their
officers for the rest of the yesfllP
The Virginia Cleveland Literary
Society elected Nancy Branan, pres-
ident; Doris Cassil, vice-president;
Jackie Dargan, secretary; Suzanne
Oelfke, treasurer, and Barbara Wat-
son, Literary Council representative.
Officers of the Chaille Rice Lit-
erary Society are: Neysia Cum-
mings, president; Nina Lee Kraft,
vice-president; Mary Esther Hudson,
program chairman; and Edwina
Blankenship, representative to the
Two of the Literary Societies have
not adopted a name yet but their
officers are: Jean Upshaw, presi-
dent; Virginia Amis, vice-president;
Alice Spafford, secretary; Lois Per-
ucca, treasurer; and Norma Jean
Rogers, Literary Council represen-
The officers of tfie other Literary
Society are: president, Doris Jaffe;
vice-president, Shirley Arnold; sec-
retary, Martha Ann Purifoy; treas-
urer, Lillian Stuessy; Literarv Coun-
cil representative, Gloria Wilson.
Definite meeting days for the
societies have been established. The
Virginia Cleveland Literary Society
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Engines To Be Shown
In the last year, since the
opening of the Abercrombie
Laboratory, the mechanical en-
gineering department has de-
veloped one of the most exten-
sive and spectacular laboratory set-
ups in the country. This equipment
in operation will furnish the back-
bone of the M.E.'s contribution to
the Rice Review of Science and Arts
which will take place on April 14
Of special interest is the metal-
lurgy laboratory in which two stu-
dents, H. C. Burghard and G. O.
Burke have constructed a water-
squirting machine which is cap- J
able of determining the effects of
different temperatures upon the
hardness of various metals. This
small, black, pot-shaped affair
permits a red-hot piece of metal
to be inserted into it and the
spectator can see the water-squirt-
ing portion of the mechanism play-
ing water on the heated metal in
a very unusual manner. It is called
a Jominy Hardenability Tester.
Another portion of the M.E. ex-
hibit which should attract laymen
and 'engineers is the department's
collection of internal combustion en-
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Institute Team Will
Debate At A & M
The Rice Institute debate team
will leave at 11:00 AM today, Fri-
day, March 10, to participate in the
Texas A&M Invitational Debate
Tournament. The team is composed
of Raymond Lankford and Gail
Mount. They will be accompanied
by Mr. Warner Mills of the History
The tournament will include col-
leges from all over this area. Thirty
colleges were invited, among them
the University of Houston. This will
mark the first tournament compe-
tition for a Rice debate team since
the war. Langford and Mount were
members of Rice teams which last
year defeated A & M in two special
debates here at Rice.
The intercollegiate question for
debate this year is Nationalization
of Basic, Non-Agricultural Indus-
tries. Teams will debate both sides
during the four preliminary rounds
Friday and the finals Saturday.
Film Society to Show
The next film in the series spon-
sored by the Rice Film Society wilt
be "Alexander Nevsky," a Russian
film directed by Sergei Eisenstein,
with a musical score by Prokofief.
It will be shown on Tuesday, March
14, at 8 PM, in the Lecture Lounge
of the library. *
For those interested in hearing
the score, Bill Barnes has lent a
recorded arrangement of it to the
library for use in the Music Room
during the next two weeks.
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