The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 45, No. 28, Ed. 1 Friday, April 25, 1958 Page: 6 of 8
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By MEYER NATHAN
The College System has been successful.
This was indicated by a majority of the responses to the
In what ways is it successful ?
1. Students enjoy better living accommodations.
2. There are increased student associations and fellowship.
3. Social life on campus has been improved, or, at least,
expanded, mainly due to Jones College putting the girls on
4. More faculty members on campus has led to increased
contact between professors and students.
5. New leadership has been given an opportunity to ex-
press itself through the creation of college governments; and
more students have been enabled to participate in school ac-
How has the College System failed?
1. It lacks a means of including non-residents in activities.
2. The problem of noise in the residential halls has not been
3. A certain amount of unhealthy rivalry has been engend-
ered among the colleges, which serves to diminish overall school
It is to be hoped that solution to these problems is merely
a matter of time.
What Do M asters
Think Of Themselves ?
In their own opinions, how
have the masters performed
their roles in the College sys-
tem? What do the masters
think 'of the System's opera-
tion to date?
One master listed his role
primarily as adviser and a lia-
ison with "higher echelons of
Institute authority." He ap-
praised his work thus far as
"too indecisive, and sometimes
too opinionated." He said he
sometimes "failed to protect
the student with a dawning
sense of excellence from the
pressure of organized medio-
To improve the system the
master suggests bringing in
■outside dinner speakers, im-
proving initra-college commun-
ication, but he is hostile to "or-
ganization - for-the-sake-of-or-
ganization," insists the crea-
tive student must retain his
POLICY AND TRADITIONS
Another master analyzes his
role as presenting policy and
traditions to succeeding col-
lege governments, advising the
students, and to act as stu-
dent-administration liaison. He
says he is not fulfilling this
role, but he is trying.
To improve the System he
recommends first that stu-
dents should get the idea that
faculty and administration are
not "out to get" them. The
...a thresher special report
A STUDY OF RICE OPINION
By Meyet Nathan
And Don Payne
Under the direction of Thresher College Editor Don Payne, a survey rvas recently conducted on
the values—or lack °f them—exhibited by the residential College System after one year of operation
at Rice. This Thresher Special Report is merely a compilation, co-ordinated by Staff Writer Meyer
Nathan, of the. results of that survey. It includes the views of college masters, college officers, fac-
ulty members, and students not associated with college government. The report is offered in the hopes
that it might give someone an idea for the direction of the Colleges in the future.
Unanimity On Only One Point
faculty should realize the col-
lege, as well as the classroom,
has educational value. Stu-
dents should accept corporate
responsibility and gain more
freedom of activity.
A third master sees his pri-
mary responsibility is to in-
doctrinate college members in
the responsibilities that come
with freedom and leadership.
He says he has not succeeded
as well as he should because
students still believe freedom
is anarchy, not the right to
Time, says this master, is
the biggest factor which will
improve the operation of the
FRIEND, ETC. . ,
Another master said his
role was "friend, expediter, co-
ordinator, adviser, and guide—
in a very general sense." He
evaded the question of whe-
ther he felt he had fully lived
up to this joib.
For improvement of the
System, he thinks faculty as-
sociates should "make them-
selves available, guide hoblby
groups, and make informal
talk on their specialties for
majors in other fields."
He also hopes to see more
geographical deployment of
cabinet members throughout
By MEYER NATHAN
IN THE RECENT evaluation
of the College System at one
year, there was near unanimity
on one point: town students are
not participating enough in the
Ideally, residents of Houston
should receive as many benefits
from the System as campus
residents. Solutions offered to
the problem included' compul-
sory freshman college resi-
dence, compulsory college
nights, and the establishment
of "interest groups" which
would tend to attract the town
Up to now, most colleges have
tried a number of ways of draw-
ing Houston residents into the
circle of college activity, but
apparently to little avail.
AS FOR THE residents, most
of them listed some benefits de-
rived from the colleges, includ-
1. Community living.
2. Improvement in rooming
3. New sources of relaxation.
4. Improved meal atmos-
Most non-residents polled said
they received no appreciable
Non-resident faculty associates
did claim they received more "fel-
lowship" with students and a bet-
ter understanding of student
Hordes of suggestions — some
of them unique, some construc-
tive, and some absurd — were
offered for improving the Col-
lege System. Among them were:
1 More personal contacts be-
tween students and' masters.
2. Faculty recognition of
the educational value of college
3. More inter-college activi-
ties to tone down overly-deve-
loped college "spirit."
4. Freshman orientation pro-
grams within each college.
(These are being discussed:
5. Giving the Inter-College
Council more power.
6. More social functions.
(There docB not iseem to ]be la lack
of them at the (present time.)
Some Specific Problems
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EISENHOWER AT JONES
Dr. Milton Eisenhower, presi-
dent of John Hopkins University
ate lunch at the Jones College
commons Wednesday. Dr. Eisen-
hower, brother of President
Eisenhower, was in Houston to
address the Johns Hopkins alum-
The Thresher survey raised
some specific college problems.
Here are the answers given by
the students and faculty who
PROBLEM: DOES THE STU-
DENT REALLY HAVE MORE
VOICE IN STUDENT GOVERN-
MENT BECAUSE OF THE
A student said: "Yes, for lead-
ers of activities are better known
to the student since they come
from the college. Hence, he has
more influence on his own acti-
A master said: "The student
has more voice than he is willing
to assume responsibility for."
Other students said that the
increase in student participation
was only on paper, not real.
Most college members wanted
more voice in the direction of
PROBLEM: HOW CAN SOC-
IAL LIFE BE IMPROVED
THROUGH THE COLLEGES?
Students said: more dinner
guests, informal and inexpensive
Saturday night dances, more
inter-college functions, allowing
girls in men's commons for
evening studying, more off-cam-
pus socials, more varied social
A master said: "By subordinat-
ing social activities to the true
purpose of a university."
PROBLEM: HOW CAN ACA-
DEMIC LIFE BE IMPROVED
THROUGH THE COLLEGES?
Most agreed the colleges should
provide orderly conditions, make
intelligent discussion a regular
part of daily life, sponsor re-
views and inter-college grade
competition, set up systems
through which upperclassmen can
aid freshmen, keep test files, and
put colleges on social probation
if they failed to meet a certain
PROBLEM: WHAT IS THE
ROLE OF THE MASTER ANt)
IS HE FULFILLING IT NOW?
His roles were variously listed
as adviser, friend, co-ordinator,
college representative, tie-in be-
tween successive governments,
elements of stable guidance, con-
servative element in planning,
enthusiastic leader, individual
counselor, personal associate of
the members, supporter of the
college against the Administra-
tion^iason between students and
Administration, and ultimate
From this it is clear that the
master's function is still an
About one-half of the students
polled felt the masters were
taking too big a share of the de-
cisions. The other half believed
they were performing their duties
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