The Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 40, No. 36, Ed. 1 Friday, April 24, 1953 Page: 1 of 8
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Entered as second class mailing matter, October 17. 1916. at the Post Office, Houston, under the act of March 3, 1879.
Volume Forty, Number Thirty-Six
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 1953
May Fete Entertainment
Includes Cruse, Thomas
By FLORENCE KESSLER
Something new in the way of entertainment will be seen
at this year's Rondelet pageant. Official court dancers will
replace the jesters of previous years. Carolyn Thomas and
Bud Cruse, well known for their fine performance in the Follies,
will execute three dances which promise to add much to this
year's Rondelet. Songs will be
provided by Charlotte Dykes,
Dorothy McNeill, Sally Ringer,
and Dick Thomas. Acting as Master
of Ceremony this year will be Fred
Duckett. Several new features have
been added to the pageant which
will begin on the campus at 4 PM
Saturday, May 2. A radical change
has been made in the color of the
May Fete dresses, and the effect
should be worth seeing. The pa-
geant is open to all spectators free
Buddy Brock's Orchestra will
play for the formal ball in the
Crystal Ball Room and South Am-
erican Room of the Rice Hotel
from 9 to 1 AM that night. Tickets
w hich are $3.00 a couple and $2.50
stag will go on sale this coming
Honorees from the six Southwest
Conference schools, Sam Houston
State Teachers College, St. Thomas
University, and the University of
Houston will be presented gifts at
the dance. Other activities planned
for them include a coffee at the
home of Mrs. W. V. Houston, a lun-
cheon at Cohen House, a brunch at
the home of Cheryll Madison,, and
a reception sponsored by the Rally
Club. The four all-school open houses
starting at 8 PM Friday, May 1 will
be at the homes of the following:
Freshmen : Ann Brown, 3723
Sophomore: Peggy Mauk, 3656
Junior: Ann Krachy, 2115 Bol-
Senior: Therese Arnold, 3404 Del
This first week end in May has
traditionally been the climax of the
year's all-school functions. The Ron-
delet Committee hopes that all stu-
dents will attend the pageant and
dance, welcome visitors to rice, and
generally give their support in mak-
ing this week end a memorable and
enjoyable occasion for all.
The Rice ForUm' Committee will
receive new members at its next
scheduled meeting for May 5 at 12
noon in Anderson Hall 109. Stu-
dents interested in becoming mem-
bers of this joint student-faculty
organization are asked to please
attend this meeting.
The purpose of The Rice Forum
is to present a series of programs
throughout the school year which
are.-Of general interest to students
and faculty. The committee meets
once a week to handle the business
of presenting these programs. Since
the planning and presentation of
programs is the major function of
the Forum Committee, student
members are not necessarily re-
quired to speak.
* A Good Forum Committee is one
in which all the student and faculty
■members have a wide variety of in-
terests and are never at a loss for
program suggestions. These are the
people the Fortiih Committee
Account For 75%
Of SC Absences
By JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
Attendance to meetings by
SC members has fallen off con-
siderably in the past few weeks.
According to the By-Law on
this matter, each SC member
is allowed a maximum of 5 absenc-
es during his term of office. Fur-
ther absences automatically drop
the representative unless he writes
a letter, which must be approved
by the SC, requesting re-admit-
tance. . .Likewise, a member is
dropped if he misses 2 consecutive
At present count, there have been
29 meetings. Overall absenteeism
has amounted to 10%. Individual
absenteeism ranges from 9 perfect
records to 3 cases of 6 misses as
well as 5 instances where SC mem-
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Final Blood Drive
For School Year
Set for May 7
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will
be on the Rice campus from 8:00 AM
to 2:30 PM Thursday, May 7. This
will be the last blood drive of the
school year. All donors who gave
blood in the last two drives will be
eligible again on May 7 and are
urged to give again.
Pledge cards and pai-ental consent
cards will be handed out by members
of the Rally Club.
Please sign up early for the May 7
blood drive and help Rice go over
the 900 pint mark for. the last 12
Sigma Xi Banquet Set Thursday
10 New Full Members, 47 Associates
Honored At Banquet April 27
New members of Sigma Xi will be honored at the annual
initiation banquet at Kaphan's at 7 PM, Monday, April 27 an-
nounced Dr. Roy V. Talmadge, president. Sigma Xi is a national
honorary fraternity dedicated to stimulating research in the
fields of science and engineering.
Biology major; and Jerry
Tapped For Tau
Beta Pi Members
Seven students and one
alumnus will be initiated into
the Rice chapter of Tau Beta
Pi, Thursday evening, from 7-9
PM at Cohen House.
The students tapped for this hon-
Richard MacDonald Griffith
Robert Lowry Dal ton, Jr.
John Lloyd Reeves
Fred Ernest Gibbs
Harry A. Deans
David Floyd Griffin
Bobby Louis Sledge
Mr. Herbert Allen of the Cam-
eron Iron works is the alumnus ad-
dition to Tau Beta Pi.
Keefe, senior Philosophy major
presented the data to a large
The following are new associate
Approval to request a chapter
of Sigma Tau, honorary engin-
eering society, for Rice was
granted by the Student Activi-
ties committee a week ago. The
vote in approval was unanimous.
Wednesday the SC met for its
third-last meeting of the year. A
rare instance occurred since there
were no communications. The cap
and gown committee reported that
.they were going to meet soon with
Dean McBride about the possibility
of getting a permanent set of caps
and gowns to replace the rental sys-
tem we now have. The parking com-
mittee announced that all "wrecks"
in the dorm parking lot would be
removed by the school on May 1.
The question of providing for the
two extra cheerleader's uniforms was
referred to a committee to investi-
gate the situation. A by-law con-
cerning the Freshman - Sophomore
week activities was passed. It pro-
vided for the general regulation of
the activities by a committee com-
posed of SC members and former
Freshman and Sophomore class of-
ficers. It stipulates three rules: 1^
classes shall not be interrupted, 2)
the activities of the girls shall not
be interfered with by the boys, 3)
no activities shall take place be-
fore the date specified for the com-
mencement of events. Violation of
any of the above results in the can-
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Sophs Plan Picnic,
Meeting, and Open
There will be a short Sophomore
Class meeting Tuesday noon, April
28, in the Fondren Library Exam
Room to set the time of the class
picnic and to take care of a few
other short items.
The Sophomore open house hon-
oring the out of town honorees will
be held at Peggy Mauk's house at
7:30 PM Friday, May 1. Soft drinks
and sandwiches will be served.
The picnic is set for Sunday, May
23, at Freeport. Beer and soft drink
will be furnished by the class treas-
ury. The time will be decided on
and information given on how to
get there at the meeting Tuesday]
The Rice student branch of
the A.I.E.E. will meet at 7:00
PM next Thursday, April 30, in
212 Abercrombie Lab. The elec-
tion of next year's officers will
be held at this time, and the an-
ual A.I.E.E. picnic will be dis-
cussed. All electrical engineering
majors are asked to attend.
After the business is transacted
a tour will be made of the new
KPRC-TV station on Post Oak.
All students are invited to make
this tour; cars will leave from
the front of Abercrombie at
about 7:45 or 8:00.
Members Rush Thru By-Laws As End Nears
By fOHN QUINCY ADAMS
This time of the year brings quite fervid activity among
a few members to pass pet by-laws, etc., concerning one
thing a®feanother. Also during this? period a number of im-
portantslbpics tend to crop up on their own account. A goodly
numbef%f these subjects are noteworthy and/or controversial,
For instance, the proposal was
made to 'investigate the possibility
of the SC buying the caps and
gowns for the seniors on a perma-
nent basis instead of the individual
rental plan !now employed. Every
year the graduating seniors - pay
from $3 to. $5 for the mere use of
this apparel; It is thought that buy-
ing all the necessary caps and
gowns at ope time will be more
profitable in the long run, and this
is undoubtedly true. Thus, all that
remain are the problems of storage
and initial expense.
Another important matter
brought up was the problem pre-
sented by the increasing wildness
of Freshman-Sophomore week. The
newly-passed by-law appears to
have the situation well in hand. It'
provides for a committee of an ad-
visory nature and also sets forth
the^post |mportant point of all—
that of setting a time for the start
of activities. The penalty might
seem harsh, but since " monetary
fines have not acted as a deterrent
to violation in the past, perhaps
this type penalty will.
SC action concerning the conven-
tion to be housed in North Hall
next year is attempting to help the
dorm students get a clarification of
the entire situation. The indefinite
attitude of the Administration has
led to many questions about what
will be done should certain possi-
bilities occur. Two aspects of the
problem present themselves: who is
going to assume responsibility for
the students' property left in their
rooms and what will be done for
those students who undergo excep-
tional hardships? At this time
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Undergraduates ' s
Biology and Pre-Medical:
Hoopes, John Eugene
Ottinger, Leslie Wayne
Simons, Ehvyn LaVerne
LeBlanc, Oliver Harris, Jr.
Watson, William Harold, Jr.
Coy, Carolyn Susan
Estle, Thomas Leo
Walters, Geoffrey King
Rees, Compton, Jr.
Roco, Marian Jcanette
Gotten, Dennis Neel
Dameris, Nick Theodore
Johnson, Delbert Benjamin
Block, James Rush
Collins, William Nelms
Davies, Wm.- Allen
Davis, Sam H. Jr.
Janicek, John D.
Partridge, Christopher M.
Price, Arthur R.
Vernor, Bruce ^
Wheeler, Jdsepft Darr
Daggett, Dan H.
Reed, Dale H.
Smythe, Robert C.
Soniat( Alvin. E.
Lewis, David W.
Merwin, John E.
Pressler, James W.
_ Singer, Isaac M. Jr.
Whitson, Robert E.
Buchanan, G. Dale
Dacres, William G.
Garson, Seymour F
Hummel, J. A.
McLeod, Robert M.
Brugger, Robert M.
Dalrymple, George F.
Gossett, Charles R.
McDaniel, George T.
Urquhart, J. C.
Wade, Albert L.
Rolf Sinclair, James R. Smith,
Elmo J. Stewart, Richard T. Swim,
Charles F. Cook, H. C. Filgo, Yuen
Chu Leung, Nelson Duller, and Phil-
lip Joseph Closmann have been made
The Rice Film Society April
28 showing has been cancelled.
The May 5 showing will be as
Bill Agosta was elected chair-
man of the 1953-54 Honor Coun-
cil by newly elected Honor Coun-
cil members last week.
Lloyd' Swenson will serve as
vice-chairman. Bobby Sheridan
was elected secretary and Wal-
ter Schleyer, Trial Clerk.
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