The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 40, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, November 7, 1952 Page: 2 of 6
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FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 7, IMS
& 9 a.
Rice has responded in its usual fashion to the Charity Drive
appeal. Not only were contributions practically nil, but the
Charities committee was not successful in buying money in the
guise of entertainment tickets. Our generous students con-
tributed the gigantic sum of around 700 dollars after expenses
were paid or approximately 43.75 cents apiece to the Houston
Cerebal Palsy Clinic. An overwhelming response to the call
The figure breakdown is as follows according to the Chari-
ty Report given the Student Council by committee chairman
$1046.46 gross intake
$ 693.35 for the Cerebal Palsy Clinic.
Jordan specified that the total contributions from organiza-
tions and the donation jars were approximately $597.74. Flor-
ence White, member of the Charities Committee has said that
as she remembers the financial breakdown the organizations
had pledged and contributed approximately $300 by the Satur-
day of the Dance. This means that the students took from
their own pocket in free donations about $300 or approximately
20 cents per student.
Rice students are not selfish. They do not pinch pennies.
European Import, Bert Wheeler's and the like as well as the
cigarette machine and coffee machine do a big business from
Rice. The first two mentioned to the tune of five or six dollars
a visit. The latter two mentioned, less per visit perhaps, but
more visits per day. And for Charity, be it local, national, or
international the students really stretch themselves to donate.
They scrap together less than 20 cents each or less than 1/25
of the minimum cost of a visit to European Import.
Their generousity per person is overwhelming. Particular-
ly so when we consider that most of the jar donations came in
the form of quarters and over. Because fdr each four quarters
donated, the percentage per student gift falls by one person.
We do not wish to criticize the Charity Committee per se.
Leaderl^ss until the last minute, the committee may have slip-
ped occasionally publicity-wise, but the percentage of student
contribution is not to be chalked in fairness to their door.
The committee asked for few donations. They attempted
to buy the students' money, enticing it out of grasning fingers
with raffles, dances, football gam°s etc. While not successful,
this did wrest from the grasp of the poverty stricken Riceites
as mnrh as was donated.
The Charity Committee set its poal for one dollar per stu-
dent, A small troal—for the poorest student "working his way
through Rice with or without a scholarship is capable of giving
that much—not buying a dance or raffle ticket but giving that
much. Perhaps it would mean one less pack of cigarettes a day,
one less malt, or even one less drink at the Charity ball.
Never believe that Rice students are selfish though. They
dug down deep and came up with the sum of less than 20 cents
apiece for charity. Not for cigarettes, not for liquor, not for
movies, not for coffee, but for charity. Rice's generousity is
We were generously allowed to
occupy the Thresher symphony
seats for the Tuesday opening, on
October 28 and on Monday, Novem-
ber 3. Having enjoyed both gala
occasions, getting to walk under the
white canopy both times, the
thought occurs that its about time
to comment on the concerts. Gala
openings these two performances
were, complete with be-rhinestoned,
be-tuxed, and sometimes be-mused
On Tuesday, the symphony per-
formed Berloiz' Overture to Le
Corsaire, Mozart's Symphony No.
39 and Wagner's Siegfield's Rhine
Journey before the intermission and
the Second Symphony of Sibelius
afterward. It was a delightful
peaceful evening, for Mr. Kurtz
didn't hurry one bar.
Monday in a far less leisurely
tempo Kurtz led the players through
Haydn's Symphony No. 37, and the
Mozart Concerto for Horn, No. 3.
The latter was the focal point of
both evenings, for the horn soloist
played the difficult pieces with
aplomb and a mellow sustained tone.
Berloiz' Symphonie Fantastique
ended the evening, and the audience,
having thoroughly tested the Sym-
phony Society's new cushions in
every possible position, was almost
brought to its feet by Mr. Kurtz
energetic and rousing finale. Per-
haps it was Kurtz first encounter
on the Houston podium with this
Impressionist Romanticist's work,
but Berloiz and Kurtz would seem
a combination to look forward to in
We had looked forward to the
Symphonie Fantastique ,for one of
our most favorite symphony mem-
ories involves this composer.
Three years ago the symphony
had included some Berloiz music
on its program, whose name es-
capes us at the moment. This mas-
terpiece involved chimes. The sym-
phony percussionist had unfortun-
ately placed these chimes upon what
must have befen a very small plat-
form up about four steps from the
floor. The chimes occupied this very
small platform leaving a short inch
for the timpanist's feet. Consequent-
ly, the worthy gentleman was sil-
houetted against the chimes as a
prisoner is against prison bars. His
gyrations in striking and tuning
the chimes held the audience spell-
bound for not only did his flapping
arms and coat tails resemble an
enormous spider but perched on his
inch of footing he seemed ready at
any minute to fall through the
chimes to the waiting mouths of
the horns below. Few knew any of
the other orchestra members exist-
ed but the man with the ehimes went
down in Houston symphony history
along with the rats who walk across
the stage. . .but that is another
Little Man On Campus
can T net-?
I hate to say it, but it looks like you'll either have to dig
ditches or teach school. Sorry, buddy.
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Field, which is not available on Sat-
urday night, was mentioned as a
possible valid reason for having
a dance on a Friday night. It was
then pointed out that the use of the
officers' club would cost the corps
nothing, and the group voted to
have the dance at Ellington Field.
A committee was appointed to in-
vestigate thjs possibility and to pick
a Friday night earlier in the year
than April. The committee, con-
sisting of Bill Shepherd^ chairman,
Jack Roaper, and Conway, Jordan,
was appointed because the dance
must be scheduled before October
Sledge appointed a committee
consisting of Joey Horn, John
Joiner, and Watson Link to design
a suitable emblem for the organiza-
At a meeting next Wednesday,
November 5, the club will discuss
plans for a social event in the near
future. Membership in the club is
open to all Army ROTC students.
Efram Kurtz will lead his orches-
tra in the contemporary "News of
the Day" by Hindemuth, and the
Brahms Symphony No. 3, to round
out the program.
Zino Francescatti, world renouned
violinist, will appear as soloist with
the Houston Symphony Orchestra
in the second concert of the Tues-
day subscription series in the city
auditorium at 8:30 PM Tuesday,
The Armistice Day concert - will
present the great violinist in the
Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3. Fran-
cescatti is a Chevalier of the Legion
of Honor, a title bestowed by the
French government in recognition
of his unique position in the musitf
world and of his services to French
mucis. His violin is the fabulous
"Hart" Stradivarius. Dated 1727, it
is one of the finest examples of the
great "violinmaker's art.
It has been said that the truly
great violinists of the world can he
counted on the fingers of one hand,
and that among these is Francescat-
ti, whose are, for more than a dec-
ade, has highlighted the Amerlean
Issue Editor t Joe Watt
The Rice Engineering Society
is having an all-school beer
brawl in "ye olde society Tradi-
tion" tomorrow afternoon at 2'
PM in Milby Park
The occasion is a listening par-
ty for the Arkansas game and
the underlying cause is an over-
whelming desire to drink beef.
Beer and pretzels will be served;
cost: 25c for members, 75c for
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