The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 45, No. 28, Ed. 1 Friday, April 25, 1958 Page: 4 of 8
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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, IMS
"Capital Punishment" will be the topic of the For-
um scheduled next Wednesday evening, April 30. It is
timely that we discuss this topic now, since Houston
has recently been termed "Murdertown, U.S.A.," and
the death penalty has long been considered a deterrent
Since Texas law includes capital punishment, and
since its largest city is "Murdertown," it would appear
that the presence or absence of capital punishment has
little effect on the rate of killing.
In fact, in areas where the . death penalty is not
used, the murder rate has in many instances been lower
than in capital punishment areas.
The simple fact is, in our opinion, capital punish-
ment is unthinkable in a civilized society.
From the practical point of view, too many erron-
eous verdicts have sent innocent men to their deaths
to warrant continuing a practice in which there is no
chance to correct a wrong decision.
What right has the state to allow mere men to
play God in determining the life of fellow men ?
Should not rehabilitation be the principal aim of
punishment—even punishment for what we now con-
sider "capital crimes?"
We hope that such discussions as Wednesday's
Forum will eventually impress upon us mortals that
capital punishment is a barbarous anachronism for a
people who consider themselves marvelously advanced.
John Gates is news again.
This time in Austin.
The former editor of the communist Daily Work-
er, who now styles himself an "independent socialist,"
spoke Wednesday night at an SMU forum.
University of Texas students had asked that Gates
be allowed to speak there. UT President Logan Wilson
and Vice President Harry Ransom turned down the re-
quest, according to The Daily Texan, on the grounds
that it was against University policy to invite anyone
convicted of the crime of "conspiracy."
The University "Y" then jumped into the fray
and invited Gates to speak under "Y" auspices. But,
said a later issue of The Texan, this engagement was
canceled "by mutual agreement" because Gates wasn't
enough of a Communist for the "Y." Apparently they
wanted a real, honesl-to-gosh, bushy-haired, glassy-
eyed, arm-waving, chair-busting Red who'd make no
concessions by calling himself a "democratic social-
And so, because of reasons ranging from one ex-
treme to the other, Texas—and Rice, too—will not host
Oh, yes—amid the hubbub at SMU and UT, T. S.
Eliot came and went, comparatively unheralded.
The Rice Thresher, written and edited by students of the Rice Institute,
to published weekly in Houston, except in the summer, during holidays, and
In examination weeks. The views expressed are those of the student writer*
and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the administration of the Rice
Member of the Associated Collegiate Press.
JIM BBRNHARD STEVE WILLIAMS
Editor . ■ " Business Manager
GINGER PURINGTON " JIM MILLS**
Assistant Editor Assistant Bus. Mgr.
FRED ER18MAN MIKE REYNOLDS
Managing Editor News Editor
Jim Bower and Bob Malinak Sports
Ann M. Davis Features
Mare Smith Drama
Margie Moore Society
Will Barber ........Polities
Don Payne V4 Colleges
FranS Van Orden * Chief Photographer
Frank Dent, Den Coney, David Hash, Ed Summers, Harriet Hekanson,
Eileen O'Leary, Jarrene Ifangden, Mary Ann* Boone, Maureen O'Leary,
FranJI lfensley, Baddy Hen, Gary Webb, Hester Finke, Meyer Nathan, Pan
Hoffman, Mike McNeil, Frank Van Orden, Phyrne T. Marines, Ray Ruhlen,
Robert K. Hinton, David Lodge, Ann Bartlett, Hugh Hudson, Claire Plnn-
gtdan, Ann «KriegeI, Sktppy Johnson, Catherine Kelly, Bob Durst, Pesttu
Virtanen, Hardee Kilgore, Leslie Arnold, Karen Oban.
Data Pub - lushed
(ACP) — College students who
drink did so before college.
Drinking behavior is "largely
These were two points uncover-
ed by two senior sociology majors
at University of Arkansas. The
ARKANSAS TRAVELER report-
ed their findings.
The students used as their de-
finition of a drinker "anyone who
had a drink of any alcoholic be-
verage during the past six
weeks." The six weeks before the
study, no holiday or special school
function had occurred.
* Most parents disapproved of
their children's drinking, but the
majority of students who drink
have parents who drink occasion-
* The majority of non-drinkers'
parents never drink.
* Students with friends who
drink were mostly drinkers them-
selves. Those who said none or
only some friends drink were
* There was some correlation
between frequency of attending
church and probability of abstain-
* Drunk women were more
disapproved by both sexes than
drunk men. •
* Drinkers have less respect
for drunks than do non-drinkers.
* Topping the list or reasons
for drinking was enjoyment of
taste. Chief reason for not drink-
ing was because it was contrary
to religious training.
* Most popular places for
drinking were night clubs. Most
popular drink was beer.
* Few students felt that the
strictest possible enforcement of
rules on student drinldhg would
The &or?ology students con-
cluded: "The findings should not
be consumed as final or all-in-
Jusive. However, we feel we have
obtained Jrree useful information
and some insight into the customs
and tsMefs of college students
Eighty-six students — 38 men
and 48 women — answered ques-
tionnaires which were the bas's
of the data. Since men are a 4-1
majority at the university, point-
ed out the TRAVELER, the-
sample was not representative of
the total student population.
Of the group questioned, 42
drank and 44 did not. But, thinks
the TRAVELER, it would be in-
correct to say that 48.3 per cenc
of the university's students drink.
And no consideration of differ-
ence of percentage of drinmng
among men and women age
groups, amount of drinking done
or other distinctions were made,
said the newspaper.
Peaiits... by Schalz
Navy Lt. (jg) Stoval, a
1954 Rice graduate, has
flown the Navy's new "Cru-
sader" jet in excess of 1,000
miles per' hour to become a
member of the 1,000 mile per
He is serving with fighter
squadron 143 at the Miramar
Naval Air Station, San Di-
f 1 \ \ t I -N
TH£Y NEED /RE OUT THfRE
10 JiAD THEM..WAT HULL
THErDO WITHOUT A MANAfiRi
THEIR FIRST SAME, AND
TWEIS MNA6ER IS HCHAE
(Peanuts is a regular feature of The Houston Frees)
Ginger Purington has injured her typing finger on a Volks-
wagen. Her column will appear here next week.
Policy For New Chapel
A questionnaire on the desired
policy of the new student Chapel
now being built will be distribut-
ed next week by Joe Key, chair-
man of the Chapel Committee,
which is a committee of the Re-
There will be boxes in various
spots — Colleges, Anderson Hall,
the Lounge — around campus
for your answers to the following
1. What type of interdenomi-
national services do you prefer:
Religious Music Program, Prayer
Service, Devotional Service, Medi-
tation Service, or Visiting Speak-
2. How often? Daily, Weekly,
Bi-weekly, Monthly, or not regu-
3. Which times would be more
convenient for you Sunday morn-
ing (9 am), Sunday afternoon
(4:30 pm), Sunday evening (7
pm), Sunday night (10 pm),
weekday morning (7am), Week-
day evening (7 pm), or Week
Night (10 pm) ?
4. What time would you like
to see the chapel open for medita-
tion, 6-10 am, 7 am-11 pm, 5 pm-
11 pm, or 24 hours a day?
5. What- suggestions do you
have which might improve the
interdenominational use of the
Here is a summary of proposed
The Chapel shall promote the
religious life of the student body
and encourage an informed in-
terest in religious matters,-and.
yet maintain clearly a non-sec-
tarian nature of the Rice In-
There will be regular inter-
denominational religious serv-
ices, directed by the student 'Re-
ligious Council and a Faculty
No regular denominational
services will be held in the
chapel, although student denomi-
national clubs may sponsor indi-
vidual services subject to the
approval of the above faculty
committee and the student Religi-
The Chapel can be used by Rice
students, Rice Alums, or Rice
faculty members for weddings.
Office space associated irith
the chapel shall be assigned < to
the various student religlotis
organizations on a year to year
Bike Race, Beer
And Barbecue Bust I
This is the entirety of a nine-
year-old's winning essay on the
subject of "Manners." "I have
good manners. I say good night
and good morning and hello and
good-by, and when I see dead
things lying around the house I
By (EILEEN (O'LEARY
The Rondelet picnic will begin
at 1:30 pm Saturday, May 3.
Tickets for the picnic are $1.25
per person or $5.76 for a ticket
for two to both dance and picnic.
The picnic will be on the
grounds adjacent to the faculty
club, where Dr. Davies' bee hives
♦ Field events will precede the
bike race. These'consist of paddle
balling, sack race, three legged
race and a surprise event. At 3
ipm the 1.27 mile bike race will
begin along the main road and
Lovett Hall loop with the tra-
ditional stops-for beer in front
of the Faculty Club.
Each college wil have teams
Immediately aflfcer the
race the food will be served. This
will be brought top ^the xHftih
Street entrance north of Will
Rice and Baker Colleges atid
served from Chuck wagons. In
case of lain the picnic, bike rice,
and other events, will be held! in
the Stadium. ^ .
The'menu gives a variety Of
choices: barbecued beef, smoked
Iowa ham, potato salad, baked
and smoked beans, eold law,
pickles, peppers and onions,
French bread, regular white and
rye bread, vanilla ice cream for
dessert an<Lchoice of iced tea
or fruit puron of drinkB.
For any additional information
call Henry Gissel or Ed Renter.
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