The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, October 5, 1951 Page: 2 of 6
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An Open Letter
TO THE STUDENTS:
On Monday^ October 2, the members of the Women's
Council met as a hearing board to try three violations of the
1951 Rushing Regulations for Literary Societies. No penalties
were imposed, although the societies involved were conceded
to be guilty of the charges.
Ultle Man On CamptM
By Mary Ann Johnson
The night of the Clemson-Rice
game, five little slimes felt rather
_ . , disturbed. They all were determined
Because of the unusual circumstances causing this action, to see the game, but their sole
the Women's Council has requested that the students be in- means of transportation had a date.
formed of the background of the cases, since the affair concerns Finally, one of the more courageous
at least a large part of the student body. « f*rls stoo<lyi and announced that
An important section of the rush rules as they were set rJUSJ ?lav® to wal^;
u u ui xi. ^ What's two and a half miles to us?"
up by a sub-committee of the Council last Spring states that she said. "We're young and strong,
certain days during the 5-week rushing period are to be set and we haven't gotten the Rice droop
aside for definitely scheduled parties for the Societies, each yet." Thus began their Odyssey.
group having three specific dates. No member of a Society Dressed in their green dresses and
is to entertain a freshman girl on any day which has been whlte pfnJfo^es' t,he ,fearle®8 flve
,, ,, o • j. started off bravely into the un-
assigned to another Society. known, straegIlng al, over the slde.
Violation of this rule (as for all other rules) calls for the walk and stepping on each other's
penalty of literary probation, both for the Society and the heels. When they reached Montrose,
freshman involved in the violation. Literary probation is one of them a brilliant idea.
defined as follows: ^hy n°* get,in si"gIe file and march
1. For a literary society member-withdrawal of per- bSvte'Sy
mission for her entire literary society to hold any so- could always say it was a part of
cial functions other than the pay dance, which is an initiation. So off they marched, to
all-school function. • the sound of "Hup, two, three,
2. For a freshman—withdrawal of permission for her fo"r!" and <<Sound Off."
to attend any social functions given by her literary . that ..t^ey attrac*ed a*-
... 1, ,. ,, tention xs a mild understatement.
society, with the exception of the pay dance. People stared> yeiied at them, and
All penalties shall go into effect after 10:00 P.M., October honked their horns. What a police- The Editor's Comer
"Men, we lost a great game; th' other team just got
all the breaks that's all."
23, and will extend throughout the first semester.
A vote of 12 out of the 14 voting members (the 2
being tried do not vote) is required to inflict the penalty.
In the three cases tried this week, the violations were of
similar nature. A few members of each Society accompanied
Use "Letters" Column
By Bill Hobby
One of the functions of the "Thresher" is to serve as a
man said when they marched in
single file across a busy street and
got the traffic snarled isn't print-
When they had almost reached the
Campus, a pitying upperclassman
some freshman girls to lunch on days during which no other gathered them into his car and shep-
Societies had been assigned scheduled parties. herded them the rest of the way to forum in which its readers can express their opinions on sub-
A detailed discussion of the nature of the offenses was stadium< jects of interest to the community which the paper serves,
held on both Friday and Monday, and when the vote was taken ga.me' ,were namely, the Rice community. The "Letters to the Editor"
at the hearing, no penalty was given to any of thei three So- ate, stood when ^ey should^have' .*s department of the paper specifically designed
cieties. sat, sat when they should have +V>"
It should be understood by the' students that this failure stood, and got the yells all mixed
to levy a penalty in no way indicates a general softness in the up-
Women's Council's regulations. The consensus seemed to be
After the game, the little slimes
that both the members of the Societies and the freshman girls °one oVthem^urfather
had not been sufficiently informed as to what is the exact hadn't known about this arrange-
procedure during the rushing period. ment, and he had a car full to take
It was specifically stated that in the future no person ^ack to Kemah that night. The
mig-ht be able to excuse herself for a violation by claiming mis- o^er four slimes took stock of
understanding. * the sltuation' said soodbye to their
mv • ,. , , - ,, 0 , companion, rubbed their blisters,
The near-mdictment of the three Societies has served as and started out like pioneers into
a serious warning to each girl as to what will surely happen the night.
to her and to her Society in case of any future offense. About halfway home, the bone-
The Women's Council has" been guilty of leniency—not "in weary> pathetic little quartet were
its failure to impose the penalty in these cases, but in its failure offered a ride- Now> they had heard
to see that every Society member and every freshman girl was
duly informed of details of rush regulations before the rushing
We assure everyone connected with rushirfg this year that b°ys> and since even a slime knows
the next violation which occurs (and we hope there will be that Rice bqys are the self-appoint-
none) will very likely be penalized to the full extent with no e? "'freshmen girls, they
climbed in gladly.
Then — horror upon horrors! —
the girls discovered -that these boys
went to Cougar High. The boys
seemed nice — they kept talking
to do this.
It is your column, to make use of
of you see fit, within certain limita-
t i o n s. Because
of 'space limita-
tions, w e can't
print every letter
we receive or to
print all of any
given letter. But
as long as the
letter is clean, decent, relatively free
Letters can be used for other pur-
poses than criticism. Frequently, de-
served praise can be given to an or-
ganization or an individual in the
"Letters" column when such praise
would not legitimately fall within
the scope of any other part of the
Perhaps the most constructive use
to which a "Letters" column can be
put is the advancement of a new
point of view or suggestion. At let-
of malice, and signed in longhand, ter appearing earlier this year, mak-
about little girls who got into cars
with strange boys at night, (there
were four boys in the car), but one
of the slimes thought they were Rice
is stands a good chance of being
printed. • •
Letters must be factually accur-
They must be readable.
They must not make unsubstanti-
ated charges against individuals or
Though a letter may be withheld
ing suggestions about the setting
of faculty members' office hours is
an excellent example of a construc-
tive letter of this type.
Another function of the "Letters"
column is to provide a medium for
the thrashing out and presentation
of opposite points of view of a par-
ticular controversial issue. The
naming of "Houston Stadium", the
apologies and no leniency.
Ruey Boone, President
The Women's Council
7HEX/CE m 77/XESHEX
one or all of the above standards, it
will most certainly not be withheld
because it disagrees wjth the edi-
torial policy of this paper or criti-
czes any member of the staff. Or,
About what a nice night jt was to . , .. ... . '
frn am™ ^ for matter; because it criticizes
for print because it dees not meet* "Campanile's" attempt to get an in-
crease in its blanket tax allotment
last year are examples of contro-
versies that have been so aired in
go driving, and had the girls seen
some of Houston's lovelier suburbs ?
But one of the girls decided that it
was past her bed time, and since the
others were too loyal to leave her,
they told their hosts that they just
The "Letters" column exists for
a purpose. It's up to you to make
it fulfill that purpose.
Letter to the Editor
Entered as second class matter, October 17, 1916, at the Post Office, , .
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Editor Bill Hobby
Business Manager Georgia Hink
Associate Editor Betty McGeever fun other people.
Editor Allyee Ttasley Cole Scheduled
In Baton Rouge
A pep rally will be held in Baton
had to be in in exactly five minutes, TO THE EDITOR:
^,^rey ™oul.d be restric_fced. Reluct- Though a few people might argue with me on purely esthe-
antly, the nice U. of H. boys let x- T t n * f, V , j ^ ^ j.
them out, after going around the tlc ^rounds 1 have always thought that there are colors that
block six times trying to get them g0 together, and those that do not. Some of the latter clashed
to change their minds. more vehemently than others when combined. Occasionally
The moral of this story is: A two colors thrown together set your teeth on edge.
young girl shouldn't lie about the The individual or individuals re-
time she has to be in — it spoils tKe .sponsible for painting the Student couches. The effect, to anyone with
imports Editor Howard Martin
Assistant Sports Editor Norris Keeler
Lounge are to be congratulated. If color sense^is nerve shattering,
they had studied all summer work- Isolate any of the three colors
ing nightly with a spectroscope, I and all is well, but thrown together
believe it would have been imposs- in that conglomeration, they might
ible to turn up a more vile combina- prove enough to excite the student
tion of greens than the£ foisted off body to violence. Fortunately this
Acting News Editor Mary Anne Mewhinney R 0 u 8 e proceeding the LSU-Rice on the unsuspecting Rice students, is not a clash of reds, but one of
^ 4 „ game. Site of the rally will be the For a particularly horrendous ef- greens.
Reporters: Marion Boone, Florence Kessler, Betty Bess, Marlin Cruse, front steps of the hotel housing the feet, sit in the Roost and let your Since painting is an expensive un-
Cathy Drew, Jerry Logan. Owl varsity. eye travel from the chartreuse in dertaking, as is slipcovering, the
Fanfare Editor Grace jferie Chandler There pre-game cere- the Coop to the bluegreen of the only solution for color conscious is
Staff Photographers Dan Daggett, Eddie Soniat, Bruce Vernor week.
on th^Rice campus this Lounge walls and then to the yellow- eyes up and front when walking
grey green of the plastic leather
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