The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 24, 1980 Page: 1 of 16
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Jones wins top Brown Teaching Prize for '80
The $4,000 George R. Brown
Prize for Excellency in Teaching
has been awarded to Dr. B. Frank
Jones, Professor of Mathematics.
Winners of the six $1,000 George
R. Brown Awards for Superior
C. Sidney Burrus, Professor of
Terrence A. Doody, Associate
Professor of English,
Thomas L. Haskell, Associate
Professor of History,
Harold E. Rorschach, Professor
Richard J. Smith, Associate
Professor of History, and
William L. Wilson, Associate
Professor of Electrical Engineer-
The recipient of the Nicholas
Salgo Distinguished Teacher
Award, which carries a prize of
$1,500, is Dr. F. Barry Dunning,
Associate Professor of Physics and
Space Physics and Astronomy.
Funds for the Brown Teaching
Awards were made available in
1967 by the Brown Foundation at
the direction of George R.
Brown. This year the awards were
based on voting by alumni who
received four-year bachelor's
degrees in 1975 and 1978.
Qualified alumni were asked to
vote in preferential order for the
three Rice faculty whom they
remember over the perspective of
five years or two years as
particularly outstanding or
This spring students named 201
out of 370 faculty. Although
faculty members must be currently
teaching in order to qualify for one
of the awards, 42 faculty who are
deceased, emeriti, or no longer at
Rice were also named. Many of the
ballots included comments of high
praise and appreciation.
Jones has previously won the
$1,000 Brown Award for Superior
Teaching in 1968, 1972, 1973 and
1978. Burrus, Doody, Haskell and
Rorschach have all been previous
recipients of Brown Teaching
Awards. These are the first awards
for Smith and Wilson.
According to the rules
governing the awards this year, a
faculty member who wins the
Brown Prize for Excellency
becomes ineligible to receive it
again for five years. Likewise, a
faculty member may win the
Brown Award for Superior
Teaching three times, after which
he becomes ineligible to win an
award again for five years.
The Salgo Distinguished
Teacher Award is funded jointly
by the Noren Salgo Foundation
and Rice University. The award is
based on voting by the current
junior and senior class. A faculty
member who has won the Salgo
award becomes ineligible to win it
a second time.
Presentation of the Brown
Teaching Awards and the Salgo
Award will be made at the
Commencement exercises May 10,
Volume 67, number 33
Thursday, April 24, 1980
•The largest Thresher in history.
36 pages, and a special section
on Rice's future: pages 1-20B.
• The Thresher Theater Awards
are back: page 9.
• Riders' service: the Back Page.
Senate refers Montgomery fraud case to Court
by Rolf Asphaug
The Student Association Senate
voted unanimously Monday night
to have the University Court
investigate an impropriety by
former Rice Program Council
President Chris Montgomery
which, claimed Wiess President
George Hall, "has ruined the credit
rating of...the whole university
[with Films, Inc.]."
In a session lasting nearly three
hours, senators heard Mont-
gomery admit to "terrible error" in
attempting to defraud Films, Inc.
of the $650 rental fee for the movie
10, shown during Rondelet
SA Finance Committee chief
Scott Froehlich, who recently
examined the RPC books,
explained that Montgomery,
angered by what he considered a
breach of contract by Films, Inc.,
Bomb rocks SRC
This window pane will cost $500 to replace.
by Mark Winstein
Richardson College quaked as a
homemade bomb exploded on the
seventh floor balcony yesterday.
The blast was heard throughout
the Rice campus at about 1:25 pm.
Two 39" by 95" windows were
cracked into small pieces by the
concussion although the panes
remained standing in their frames.
Fred Ender was one of the few
SRC men on the floor at the time.
"I was doing my homework when
all of the sudden there was a
boom!" said Ender. "Within 10
by Bill Keller
Decisions on granting tenure
will be reached late this week. The
names of this year's candidates for
tenure will go before the Board of
Governors Thursday afternoon at
4 pm, and the list of those
professors granted tenure will be
released some time Friday.
The President's office refused to
release names of tenure
seconds I had run out to the
balcony. I found the place where it
had blown up on the balcony. It
had to have been placed there,"
added the seventh-floor
representative. A few bits of the
device were still on the balcony
when Ender arrived. He described
it as "made of nylon packing tape
with a small wire wrapped around
several times. It looked like a very
well made homemade bomb. A
campo arrived twenty minutes
later. He didn't seem the least bit
interested in the pieces of explosive
but he called a man from B and G."
Manager of Residential
Housing Frank Petru and B & G
Maintainance Coordinator Mark
Johnson arrived on the scene
shortly thereafter. Petru, reached
at his office, said, "It's going to run
better than $500 for each pane,
$1200 to $1500 for the two,
including labor. I hope it's less. We
will make the original payment."
Johnson estimated 10 to 14 days
for completion of the repairs.
Ender gave Johnson the bomb
see Bomb, page 7
at first told the company that the
movie had not been shown. When
company officials expressed
skepticism, Montgomery claimed
that the film had only been
previewed but not shown.
Montgomery said he agreed
with Froehlich's explanation.
As a result of the incident,
Student Activities Director Bonnie
Heliums has written a letter of
apology to Films, Inc., and the
company has been reimbursed the
$650 movie fee minus rental costs
of $37.50 for a Cinemascope lens
the company had agreed, but failed
to provide. Nevertheless,
according to Wiess president Hall,
the business of other Rice student
groups is now not accepted by
Films, Inc., which is one of two
major suppliers of movies to Rice.
Before voting 23-0 to take the
case to the University Court, in
which SA senators would act as
prosecutors, senators voted 13-8 to
table a motion by Bruce Deskins to
forbid Montgomery, a senior,
from participating in graduation
ceremonies. In approving what
Will Rice President Bill Cober
supported as "hard-line" action,
the Senate counted on assurances
by newly-elected University Court
Chairman Paul Check that the
court could convene and hear the
case before the end of the semester .
see Foss, page 8
Montgomery (left) under fire from Stout's (right) SA Senate—Wayno Derrick
Drug suspect booted
A Hanszen College student,
suspended for the next semester by
Proctor E.C. Hoit for suspected
drug dealing, is appealing his
sentence with the University
Holt suspended John Goldstone
against the advice of Hanszen Co-
Masters Priscilla and Dennis
Huston, who favored probation,
after a search of his room last week
revealed several ounces of
marijuana. The search, conducted
by the proctor, Dennis Huston,
Hanszen Chief Justice Ron Stutes
and Hanszen President Sue
Taeuber, was made because of
several students' complaints that
The Honor Council will hold an open meeting Sunday, April
27 at 7:30 pm in the Kyle Morrow Room of Fondren Library
(by the second floor lounge).
Here are some suggestions that will help everyone enjoy the
advantages of the Honor System.
♦It is the student's responsibility to know the rules for each
exam — the time duration, the allowed reference materials, the
time and place to turn it in.
♦Most professors would appreciate it if you would mark the
time and place the test was taken on the cover of the blue book.
♦When you are finished with a take-home exam, seal the test
and test booklets by stapling them shut or by sealing them in an
♦Try to turn in the exam yourself as early as possible; if you
cannot, make sure whomever you designate to do this for you
knows the correct time and place for turning it in.
♦Remember to sign the pledge; not signing the pledge does not
relieve you from the responsibilities of the Honor System.
♦Be circumspect in your conversations so as not to
inadvertently give or receive aid concerning an exam.
♦Self-scheduled exams are to be taken in the room they afe
distributed in. While a student is free to leave at any time, the
exam is to remain in the assigned room. They only exception to
this policy is a student wishing to type his exam.
(These suggestions provided by the Honor Council)
people from off campus were
repeatedly visiting Hanszen's old-
section third floor in search of
Goldstone acceeded to the
search voluntarily, but is now
appealing his sentence on several
procedural grounds, including the
possibility that the confiscated
see Dealing, page 8
held by HPD
by Allison Foil
Eight Baker college men were
frisked and searched by Houston
Police officers last Thursday night
near Lovett College. The Houston
police were called in by a Main
Street motorist who mistook a
firecracker and yelling war
between several of the residential
colleges as a criminal shootout.
"The police said they thought
some student went nuts during
exams and started shooting
people," said one the the student
Approximately ten minutes
after the Houston police arrived,
the Rice Campus Police appeared
telling the Houston Police officers
that they would handle the
situation. The students were then
It all began with a fairly routine
shouting match between Will
Rice and Lovett Colleges,
according to one student.
Firecrackers, pop bottle rockets,
and water balloons were shot from
one college to another.
A few hours later, members of
Sid Richardson and Baker joined
see Fireworks, page 8
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Muller, Matthew. The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 67, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 24, 1980, newspaper, April 24, 1980; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth245440/m1/1/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.