The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 17, Ed. 1 Friday, January 18, 1985 Page: 4 of 20
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THRESHING IT OUT
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And now we need your help, your vote, your
friends' votes, and your spouse's vote to help
end discrimination. City councilman for the
Rice area, faculty member George Greanias,
has been a strong supporter of this measure,
along with seven other council members.
The council has made a courageous
decision. The opposition has been willing
and able to play on fear and misinformation.
They will get a lot of votes. We need your
votes. Please vote "yes" and encourage
others to vote "yes" on both ordinances this
Saturday. Thank you.
Name withheld by request
WRC alum criticizes
To the editor:
What would you think of a corporation
that gave you a dividend of five to twenty
percent in a form that was intrinsically
worthless? Crazy? 1 think so as well. But
Rice does something similar; I'm talking
about "tokens of appreciation for support of
the University's academic programs," that
I sent my check to the Annual Fund one
month ago. The day before yesterday I
received my two-pound simulated-brass
impressed-motto-and-escutcheon token in
the mail. Postage was $1.99. I called the
maker (O.M.C. Awards, Bryan, Texas) to
find out how much it cost: $15.83. I'm not
going to count in the cost of the envelope
and the effort of mailing my token, but I
think we are witnessing an outlay of $10-
$30,000 per year.
Is this truly supporting the University's
academic programs? I do not think so.
If you, or any of your readers, feel the
same way, would you please drop a note to
to the Development Office? Even if they do
not heed it, at least they can use their own
J. Wylie Donald
Will Rice *84
Moffat warns about
power lack thereof
To the editor:
Every time 1 receive a solicitation for a
contribution to Rice University I am torn.
My four-and-a-half years'experience there
(1966-70) was undeniably formative and
created reserves within me which have
served me well out here in the "real world."
My hesitation begins when I question
whether the benefit of that time was a
product of the aims of the university or was
to a significant degree derived in spite of
them. Since my considered relationship with
Rice is now a matter of donating money, by
"university" I mean the people who will
spend my money. I would like to know if
they will use it to -further my ideals of
education or to oppose them.
There's no way to know that, I've decided.
However, I am sending a donation, my first
ever. I figure if there were no university
there'd be no chance at all, and now that I'm
financially involved (twenty bucks) I get to
complain and suggest. Here's a beginning.
No board of directors has the power to
make a great university. Only the students
and faculty, the unfranchised transients of
the campus, can do that or not as they
choose. The board is the producer of the
play but has little to do with its run. Thus the
power to create that 1 wish to support does
not he with the people who receive my check.
The desire for excellence of the unfranchised
may, in a particular circumstance, be
misunderstood by the governing body, and
the two may come into conflict at a basic
level. This happened at Rice in the late
Having been a part of the student body at
the time of Dr. Masterson's resignation and
President Hackerman's selection, I can
report that 15 years later I can think of no
other incident that more clearly illustrates
what I consider to be the true strength of
Rice University as 1 knew it. In a community
as small as Rice it is a remarkable thing to
have 1000 or so people willing to take a
controversial stand on a vital principle. In
such a case real change is effected.
The incident was not without its rough
edges, chief among them being the
victimization of the completely innocent Dr.
Masterson. As was said at the time, the
argument was not so much against him as
against the means by which he was selected,
with which he had nothing to do. For my
part I will always be grateful to Dr.
Masterson for gracefully defusing a conflict
he had no part in making.
Whatever else is true, there is no doubt
that the then-current board of directors
greatly misjudged the extent of its power.
Real power in this world is a constant ebb
and flow and is not derived from laws or
conventions. This was proven in an orderly
fashion by the Masterson incident.
To the current crop of Rice transients let
me say this:
Overestimating its real power to govern is
a common error with a governing body.
People will tell you all of your lives that they
or others have this orthat power or right and
you don't. In any situation that directly
affects you, this is true only as long as you or
BY GARRY TRUDEAU
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others like you believe it.
Now. The board of directors has my
It's up to you to see to it that they spend
my money according to your needs.
Watson sets forth his
To the editor:
There seems to be evidence that an
individual with scientific credentials is more
qualified to be the president of Rice than any
other candidate. And there is no reason why
someone from outside the current
administration and faculty should not be
One person stands out in my mind as
having done more to guide and support me
in my work at Rice than anyone else. He was
the master of my college and was respected
by everyone, irrespective of anything. And
he was an effective member of the faculty,
receiving a teaching award at least once
while I knew him. Although still a young
man, he knew well the priorities of academic
life and sought to instill respect for the
highest ideals in university life, earning in
the process great respect and great affection
Before the student body blandly accepts
whatever nominees may be presented for the
presidency this year, they should consider
what it is that life at Rice is really intended to
be. And before the alumni consign the
reputation of their degrees to the work of a
new man, they should remember that vitality
and vision do more to liberate human
potential than do outworn tradition, myth,
and the momentum of an unfulfilled legacy.
1 was never happy at Rice, principally
because I felt that the school was not well-
administrated and that an atmosphere of
suspicion and repression had pushed the
social and academic environment back to
the days of Byzantium, when fallen empires
and abandoned dreams gave way to political
expedience and conspiratorial intrigue. And
I still find the general atmosphere at Rice to
be one of great fears of the unknown, great
anxieties over the insignificant, and great
apathy over the genuine needs of the school.
Why would Rice be necessarily so
uninspiring? Might it not really be because
the motivation to excellence has been
subrogated to the contrivances of political
influence, with all its all attendant
hypocrisies? It is very hard to take initiative
and so anything as a student there, because
first departments and eventually the
administration wants to grab everything and
run with the credit. There is no basis for
achievement, because the university
administration has chosen to view itself as
the fountainhead of all nobility, all purpose,
and all resourcefulness. So students must
concede their own ideologies and their own
priorities, and the faculty must concede its
rightful influence in the guidance of the
Be not deceived. It is not working. And do
not wait for proof. Rather, search among
yourselves for an able leader, and claim your
own heritage before it is scattered into
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