The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, October 12, 1951 Page: 2 of 6
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An Open Letter
TO THE STUDENT BODY:
On Monday of this past week, Martel Bryant and I attended
a meeting of the Southwest Conference Sportsmanship Com-
mittee at Fayettville, Ark. At this meeting, the constitution of
the Committee was formally ratified by the seven Conference
schools, and its program of promoting sportsmanship was ini-
tiated with unanimous support. . _ ,. „ " . _ "T
, ... .. , , . ard Grubb, Secretary of the South-
By the constitution each school weat conference, put It this way:
will be represented on the com- "Sports require sportsmanship, and
paper, the head cheerleader, and a
mittee by the President of the Stu-
dent Body, ^e Editor of the school
member of a varsity athletic team—
in the. Case of Rice Institute, my-
self, Bill Hobby, Teddy Montz, and
As part of its program the Com-
sportsmanship requires true sports-
men." In other words sportsman-
ship is another one of those mat-
ters which rest entirely on the in-
In collegiate sports, it is the stu-
dents, those in the stands and those
in the game, who can and must set
mittee will award a trophy at the the standards of fair play for the
Cotton Bowl Game to the school vot- "paying public" to follow.
ed as displaying the most sports-
man-like qualities among its student
body and athletic teams. This award
has been made in previous years
and Rice Institute was the recipi-
ent for the 1949-'50 year. The com-
In these days of scandals and
doubts in college athletics, we all
remember that the chief aim of
intercollegiate, or intramural, sports
is the development of "sportsmen",
among participants and spectators
mittee will meet three times a year alike,
and will provide the schools par- >l sincerely hope that the student
ticipating with the opportunity of body and the teams here at Rice
exchanging advice and ideas.
The Southwest Conference i
unique in being the only conference
will always be recognized as having
become true sportsmen in the broad-
est sense of the word, whether we
in the nation that has an official ever win another tr°Phy for H or
student-sponsored committee to en-
courage sportsmanship. Several oth-
er conferences are noting this com-
mittee's actions with interest.
Such are the facts behind the com-
mittee. The philosophy underlying
it is of course more complex. How-
The Southwest Conference Sports-
manship Committee should have the
support and interest of every stu-
dent on his campus.
President, Student Association
Letter to the Editor
TO THE EDITOR:
It has always been my understanding that the purpose of
a newspaper, particularly a college newspaper, is to report to
its readers the news as it happens, and not to ignore anything
which would be of interest even to a large minority. The Rice
Dramatic Club put on a good performance in a three-night run
of the play "Blithe Spirit" last " ~
. Z,. , .. , , this year in lowering the price of
week. The cast and the back- acjmission for students from one dol-
stag-e hands had been working iar to sixty cents. This was done
and rehearsing every day for two with the purpose of interesting more
months in an attempt to present to students and giving them a fighting
the student body an entertaining financial chance to see the plays be-
In the past,
'The Thresher" has
cause it it primarily for the stu-
dents' entertainment that the Dra-
been most helpful in publicizing and rnatic Club exists.
reviewing plays. In fact, in the two It seems that the primary pur-
previous issues of "The Thresher" pose of "The Thresher" should be
this year were excellent advance
P ut we were counting on an ar-
ticle in last week's paper to boost
the audience Friday night. I under-
stand that a well-written review niay ^nc^u^ed.
to help the students and their or-
ganizations, and to provide adequate
and timely coverage of student af-
fairs. Perhaps they should add a
page so that everything of interest
was turned in to be published, but
that it was cut because there was
no room for it due to the heavy ad-
vertising and the insertion of sev-
Ginny Smith, Secretary
The Rice Dramatic Club
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The review of
eral features, though clever and "Blithe Spirit" was not printed be-
„ „ ,. , . cause the copy was mislaid and not
well-written, of comparatively minor ,
' y * recovered until a very short time be-
mterest. fore the paper was due to go to
The Dramatic Club made a change press.)
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Advertising offices are in the Fondren Library on the campus.
Editor Bill Hobby
Business Manager Georgia Hlnk
Associate Editor Betty McGeever
Wanaging Editor Allyce Tinsley Cole
i ^orts Editor Howard Martin
Assistant Sports Editor Norris Keeler
Acting News Editor Mary Anne Mewhinney
Reporters: Marion Boone, Florence Kessler, Betty Bess, Marlin Cruse,
Jerry Logan, Mary Anne Johnson, Jerry Weiner; Joe Watt, Jo Ann
Fanfare Editor Grace Marie Chandler
Staff Photographers Dan Daggett, Eddie Soniat, Bruce Vernor
Photo Exhibit ,
At Art Museum
By Marlta Cruse
The Houston Museum of Fine Arts
has opened its twenty-sixth annual
International Salon of Photography.
The exhibit features work from
twenty-one states and three for-
eign countries, with varied subjects
and numerous examples of the lat-
est types of photo developing. Also
on exhibit is a group of Chinese
contemporary paintings. The show
will close October 21.
One of the most interesting and
industrious theatre groups in town,
the Houston Civic Theatre, has an-
nounced an ambitious program for
the year. The opener will be "Alice
in Wonderland" to be followed by
"Little Women," "Pied Piper of
Hamelin," and "Ali Baba." The
plays, chosen for juvenile appeal,
feature children in all the main
roles. The productions have been
so delightful in the past, that they
have attracted a great many adult
"Hotel Universe," the final out-
door production of Garden Theatre
before moving indoors, opened last
night. The Phillip Barry play, a
provocate, phychological drama, will
run through Sunday, October 22.
Symphony fans should note that
Monday, October 23, marks the
opening of the Houston Symphony's
season with Efrem Kurtz conduct-
Final cast of "Androcles and the
Lion" is readying for the Four Arts
Theatre opening. The play will be
presented in Lamar High School
Auditorium, October 24, 25, and 26.
The performers include John
Shanks, Jeannette Clift, Milton Wil-
son, and Lee Osborne.
Duke" Ellington, Nat "King" Cole,
and Sarah Vaughan join forces in
a show featuring many jazz per-
formers at the City Auditorium on
Tuesday, October 31.
Looks like Monday, October 15,
will be the last opportunity to see
the Playhouse hit "Junior Miss"
unless it's held over for a fifth
By JoAnne Hickman
The Newman Club held a regular
meeting October 10 in the Fondren
Library Exam. Room. Father Conlin
spoke on the "Authority of the Pope
and the Government of the Church."
The club has been invited to at-
' tend a Halloween Party given by the
Newman Club of the University
of Houston at Holy Rosary Hall.
These two clubs will also hold a
joint Communion at -Annunciation
Church on the first Sunday of every
The Lutheran Student Association
will have a party after the Navy
game tomorrow night at the Christ
the King Lutheran Church on Rice
and Greenbriar. It will be an in-
The LSA will have a regional
meeting at Texas A&M on Novem-
ber 2, 3, and 4. Delegates will be
elected at the next meeting.
The Methodist Student Fellow-
ship is meeting today at 12:15 in
the Fondren Library Exam Room.
Dr. Neils Neilsen, of the Philosophy
Department, will speak on the World
Council of Churches.
The Presbyterian Westminster
Fellowship had a program yester-
day at which the Rev. Bob McLaur-
en spoke on "Here Is Encourage-
ment". Rev. McLauren is the director
of religious activities at the Univer-
sity of Houston.
On Halloween night a "Horror
Haunt" party will be given at the
First Presbyterian Church at 7:30.
irA spook chamber and a ghost movie
will be included on the entertain-
uule Man On Campue
"Why don't you boys spread out a little more—there's no
use for all of you to flunk this examination."
The Editor's Corner
A Study In Typ es
By Bill Hobby
If attendance is any measure of success, the Forum Com-
mittee is off to an excellent start this year. The attendance
at Tuesday night's Forum on intercollegiate athletics was excel-
lent. Furthermore, those who went did not spend an entirely
unenlightening evening. While they probably did not learn
much about the question that ——________________________
hasn't already been said several . .. . , . . x ..
,. . m. T . „ ... athletics had not left the campus
times in Time, Life, The At an- because they had neTCr 8rri^d
tic, The Thresher, and other widely there, that athletics have always
read periodicals, they were provided been treated like a step-child by un-
with a fascinating study in types. iversity administrations.
There were no points at issue be- From time to time he lapsed into
tween the speak- the trade jargon of physical educa-
ers, but rather a tion. The gist of these digressions
common a d m i s- seemed to be the highly revelant
sion that inter- p0jnt that the modern theory was
ics had left the that elementary school children
rr n campus — in the shouldn't start playing football be-
Hobby , . ,
fore they "acquire the fundamental
skills of physical education" i.e.,
learn to walk, etc.
words of the cop-
ious Forum black board publicity.
The differences were not of opin-
ion but of attitude.
Howard Martin, Sports Editor of
The Thresher, led off with a factual
presentation of some of the prob-
The next speaker was Dr. E. H.
Phillips, ardent sports fan and mem-
ber of the History Department. He
was the only speaker of the evening
lems and abuses" to which the pres- wh0 had a solution to offer. His
ent system has given rise: an aca- theory was that intercollegiate*
demic double standard for athletes, sPorts have "gotten away from the
paid players and the consequent loss ™mpus" because faculties have
deemed the matter none of their
concern and let it pass from thiir
if integrity, by the, institution that
practices it, the commercialization control. According to Dr. Phillips,
of the game, the making of the athletics should be controlled by the
students and their cheering section faculty just as any other phase of
into "part of the show", the cheap- UI"vers*ty
ening of a college degree by bestow- If this control isn't possible, he
ing it upon athletes who have not said, athletics should be separated
earned it. from the colleges—and both would
He made no biting criticisms or „
... , ... . . The point is that he had an an-
stinging denunciations of any of . .. ,, „ ...
f ... swer t0 problem. He undertook
these things. Just factual, objective to answer, from a different angle,
mention of their existence. Further- the questions- posed by Howard Mar-
more, he had no cure-all, no panacea tin.
for the evils of the system. His was
the position of a thoughtful observ-
er with some questions—questions
he did not undertake to answer:
"What is the aim of a college?
How does the present system of
intercollegiate athletics advance
these aims V*
The fourth speaker, Backfield
Coach Cecil Grigg, threw little light
on the subject. His main contribu-
tion was a passing remark which,
one gathers, was not in the script.
In answer to a question about gamb-
ling in intercollegiate athletics, he
inadvertently said "Why, if I had
Next, Mr. Gilbert Hermance, the , ,,
Professor of Physical Eduction, known ttere "* • **mW«r •
spoke. He successfully avoided the tr ln («le) talking to our boys ..
issue by saying that intercollegiate Enlightening.
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