The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, October 27, 1950 Page: 2 of 8
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With draft and re-enlistment one of the chief topics of Rice
conversation since September, the Charity Committee voted to sup-
port the Foster Parent Plan for War Orphans.
The last Rice Forum reached a majority opinion that if peace
is not gone it is going rapidly. Rice will send its money to ease the
suffering still going on three years after VE day.
Everyone at Rice, faculty and student will receive a postcard
next Wednesday, asking them to support in dollars and cents to the
one charity drive of the year. This will be a personal obligation and
no check on fulfillment of pledges will be made. This pledge will
be a gift. The Charity Committee will provide entertainments of
various kinds supported by the organizations on the campus. Your
pledge of two, five, or ten dollars should not include these activities.
Because our future rests upon these children, a gift to them is
a gift to ourselves.
Last week at the University of Texas there occurred an incident,
iittle publicized outside of Austin, which should make us all do a
Herman Marion Sweatt, the Houston Negro mail-carrier whose
plea for admission to the University of Texas was last year sustained
by the US Supreme Court, has been attending classes at the law
school since the opening of school.
One morning last week, a sixteen-foot-high flaming cross was
found in front of the law school building. The letters KKK were
found daubed in red paint in over a hundred places throughout the
law school building.
It is not known whether or not this action represented some stu-
dent's idea of a prank, or whether the hooded terror of the Klan is
to be losed in Austin again.
Perhaps, if this is the work of the Klan, it is the last gasp of
the bigoted, hate.blinded cowards who form the organization.
The question of admitting Negroes to Rice was fought out in
these columns several years ago. The result of that fight was a tem-
porary victory for those who would maintain segregation.
T hat the victory was temporary is a certain fact—made tem-
porary by the trend of judicial and public opinion which has in the
past few years so diminished racial hatred and prejudice.
It will not be many years, we feel sure, before the Rice Insti-
tute will admit qualified Negroes, whether under orders from the
courts or voluntarily.
When this comes about, Rice and Rice students will be on trial
just as surely as are Texas and Texas students now.
It can happen here.
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Associate Editor Allyce Tinsley
Managing Editor Bill Hobby
Advertising Assistant Dick Whitty
Feature Editor , Betty McGeevef
News Editors Shirley Armstrong, Bernice Davis
Society Editor Beverly Camden
Make-up staff Harold Melniek, Julie Martin, Charles Tapley
Fine Arts Columnist B, J. Havers
Sports Editor Nick Athas
Sports staff John Plumbley, Joey Horn, Dan Reidy,
Pat Kemp, Tom Stoner
Reporters Marie Coyle, Marlin Cruse, Gay Guillory,
Mary Anne Mewhinney, Charlotte Millis, Julie Claire Walker
by R. J. H.
Monday, October 30, the Houston
Symphony will present its first con-
cert for the 1950-51 season. The
program will include Schuman's
Carnival, Resnicek's Overture to
Diana, and the Cesar Franck Sym-
phony in D. The concert will be
given at the City Auditorium,
where individual tickets are now on
sale. Ticket prices range from $1.50
At the Alley Theatre, "Joshua
Beene and God"—a dramatization
of the Jewel Gibson novel. The Al-
ley's performance markes the pre-
miere of this play. The run will open
November 1, and tickets are $1.80.
Phone LI 8579 for reservations.
The address of the Alley Theatre
is 709 Berry.
* * * *
Patricia Munsel, soprano of the
Metropolitan Opera, will appear in
a concert at the Music Hall, Novem-
ber 1, Wednesday, sponsored by Civ-
ic Music Association.
Edna W. Saudners will present
three performances of the Wagner
Opero Campany's production of "La
Boheme" on Saturday and Sunday,
November 4 and 5. Tickets are on
sale at the Saunder's box office in
Levy's Department Store.
♦ * * *
Elsewhere in this paper there ap-
pears a rather snide little article
which suggests that there are fav-
orable conditions for the building
of a public auditorium on this camp-
us. It is true that our stadium
parking lot is quite large; however,
there is also an abundance of park-
ing space at Public High School
Such civic enterprises as an audi-
torium should be placed so that use
can be made of public facilities, and
in spite of its name, Rice's stadium
grounds are definitely private.
The foresighted men who laid out
the plan of The Institute which
Mr. Rice's statute holds in its left
hand had definite ideas as to the
arrangement of this campus. The
present location of'Fondren Library
has altered their plan somewhat,
but there is still no room for a
Should the city buy some of the
residential property bordering The
Institute on University or Rice Bou-
levard for the purpose of building
a City Auditorium, the school would
probably donate the use of its park-
ing lot. That is as far a's it should
gcf. Acres for parking, but not one
inch of ground for a City Auditor-
Poor City Auditorium
Reaps More Criticism
By Allyce Tinsley
Perched on the sharp-edged rim of a seat in Houston's City
Auditorium about two weeks ago, I was not alone in swearing
at that architectural masterpiece of inconvenience, and about
whoever designed, and above all permitted the building to be
by Ruey Boone
As an alien in the upper East
stands of the _ stadium Saturday
night the editor was in a good posi-
tion to see how the situation stood
in the student' section across the-'*
field. Believe it or not there were
several empty seats! A number of
students have been heard the last
few days complaining about how
crowded they were, and that $ome
of them even had to sit in the aisles.
Uh uh! Of course it may be that
Though music lovers have suf-
fered with the accoustics for
many years, the ballet Jpvers,
seated on the ground floor Saturday
and Sunday to watch Sadler's Wells
hit rock bottom. Obviously the only
reason for scheduling the ballet
there was the large seating capacity,
and I use the word with raised eye-
People were crowded into the area
in front of the stage with hard-wood
chairs beneath them. If you sat as
supposedly one does in such instan-
ces, you saw an arm gesticulating
madly or gracefully, depending on
the tempo of music. An arm, and
that only occasionally seen, during
a performance where the feet of
the dancers should have been the
focal point of all attention.
I've never seen a wrestling match
or sports event of any kind in said
surroundings. Aside from the dirt
and obvious age of the building, I
can't see why the arrangement
should.be impossible for such events.
However, there is no question ap-
parently in anyone's mind but that
for musical performances including
opera, concerts, and ballet, a new
auditorium is needed.
Quoting from the Backstage Chat-
ter column of the Sunday Post writ-
ten by Pandora—(The authenticity
and strength of the following quo-
tation ought to be judged in light of
the column) "Latest suggestion for
site is Rice campus near the football
stadium where acres of parking
space beg for use." This is not 1;he
only suggestion made. The Univer-
sity of Houston has been mentioned,
and a site near the Shamrock also
that I know of. The parking space
is an item in favor of such a build-
ing from the city planners' point of
view but Rice can raise many ob-
jections, principally that our ground
is valuable and necessary to the de-
velopment of the school. A City
Auditorium takes a whale of a lot
of space. A possible advantage
would be arrangements made for
this building to meet Rice's grow-
ing demand for some kind of audi-
The whole idea seems to be in
the vague "if" stage and will prob-
ably never be mentioned again. The
same situation of the Music Depart-
ment supposedly donated or to be
donated to The Institute. The' Ad-
ministration simply says "We don't
know a thing about it."
The Administration would prob-
ably not refuse any gift offered pro-
viding that the acceptance of such
a gift would not rob the existing
school either of teachers or funds.
Rice is equipped at present to hand-
le 1500 students under the existing
conditions. More students would de-
mand different conditions. If some-
one, unknown at this time, is willing
to provide the money to change,the
conditions, then there is a possibility
of more students and new schools.
At the present moment there is
nothing known of in the Charter to
prevent either the Auditorium or the
Music School but there is nothing
to warrant excitement either.
The fifth annual College Writers' Short Story Contest has
been announced by TOMORROW Magazine. First prize is $500;
second, $300, and the third, $200. Manuscripts will be judged
by the editors of TOMORROW and the editors of Creative
Age Press, an affiliate of TO-
these seats were crawling with ants,
or even more objectionable objects
but that's doubtful. The fact remains
that plenty of space was provided
Along these same lines . . . what
about the roped off section for Rice
and visiting student council mem-
bers. It was explained that this
plan is a courtesy which is extended
to Visitors by every SWC school.
Should we carry our renowned in-
dividualism to the extent of rebelling
against this bit of hospitality?
Students and faculty members will
receive Charity Drive pledge cards
next week. It is the sincere hope of
the members of the Charity Com-
mittee that the collection box in the
Student Lounge instead of a waste-
basket will be the recipient of these
cards. This plan involves very little
inconvenience for anyone, but will
greatly facilitate the drive for funds
for the Foster Parent Plpn for War
Orphans. In the inimitable words of
our recent illustrious editor Mrf Em-
mett McGeever (who, at the latest
information, has received the final
word from his draft board) "Let's
get behind the Charity Drive and
The prize-winning stories will be
published in the spring and summer
of 1951. All other manuscripts will
be considered for publication as reg-
ular contributions and paid for at
TOMORROW'S regular rates. This
year the editors of Creative Age
Press will be interested in consider-
ing any noveMength work of the
Entries should be addressed to
College Contest, TOMORROW Mag-
azine, 11 East 44th Street, New
York 17, N. Y. The contest closes
midnight, January 15, 1951.
The contest is open to anyone
registered and taking at least one
course in any college or university
in the United States. This includes,
undergraduate, graduate, special, ex-
tension, and adult students. Manu-
scripts may not exceed 5000 words.
Any number of manuscripts may
be submitted by ariy student pro-
vided that each story has not had
previous publication. Each entry
must be accompanied by the stu-
dent's name, home address and'the
name and address of the college he
Entries will be returned only if
accompanied by a self-addressed,
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