The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 74, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, January 16, 1987 Page: 2 of 20
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Friday, January 16, 1987 "HRESHER Opinion
TABC wasting its time
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) inspectors
visited our campus last Friday, and what they saw probably
surprised them. They saw a college party attended by young,
intelligent, generally conservative students who, at least as far as
they could tell, were complying with the law of the state of Texas.
Normally, government inspectors would not be surprised to
see students of the sort we have here obeying a law. This,
however, is no ordinary law, and these are no ordinary
inspectors. The law is one which passed the Texas legislature
only because our representatives feared their popularity would
suffer if our freeways' potholes got worse, and that just that
might happen if federal highway funds dried up. The inspectors
are people recently charged by their director to frequent
university campuses, which must be the safest places in their
jurisdiction for a person to get drunk: where else can anyone
drink in a social atmosphere, yet be within walking distance of
either his own home or a friend's?
Despite the lack of enthusiasm legislators showed for a
minimum drinking age of twenty-one years, despite the social
atmosphere and inherent safety of the university campus, the
TABC officers found nothing to complain about last Friday
night. Had they found blatant infractions of the law, though,
and taken strong and immediate action, still they would not have
been doing their jobs well. The TABC should spend its time and
resources enforcing the spirit of the drinking age law, which is to
keep irresponsible drinkers off the roads. By policing university
campuses their officers may get some quick, high-publicity
busts, or they may even keep alcohol away from a few thousand
young adults who are willing to be intimidated, but they will not
save many lives on the roads. If, on the other hand, the officers
spent that much more time going after harder targets, the lax
Houston-area bars and clubs which so many Rice students know
about, the roads might be as safe at 2 a. m. as they are at 11 p. m.
Try the non-tradltlonal
Four years, one student, one (hopefully professional) degree.
It's a traditional formula, but not necessarily a good one for
everyone. Rice offers such a variety of non-traditional options
that a student might miss out on a lot by not considering them.
For someone intent on a B.S., a fifth year can open up time for
a semester abroad or for pursuit of other interests. The
university recently decided to hold out a new incentive for a fifth
year of study: a double major in engineering and a B. A. major
who has ISO semester hours ofcreditcan now receive botha B.S.
and a B. A. degree—two diplomas—at the same time. Freshmen
and sophomores whose schedules still have some flexibility
might even be able to take advantage of a five-year Masters
degree plan that some departments offer.
The staff in the Student Advising office, downstairs in the Ley
Center of the RMC, have details about these and other
programs. If you don't want to bother them by making a formal
visit (though they're usually happy to be bothered), watch out
for their open house, Majors/Careers day, coming up next
BSU to honor birthday
of Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the foot of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963,
Martin Luther King, Jr., revealed his vision of the future of the
world in his famous "I have a dream" speech. He spoke of a
world in which all men would be judged on the basis of their
characters, rather than on the color of their skins. In his thirty-
nine years, he championed black demands for equality and
justice from the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955
until his support of garbage collectors' rights in Memphis in
1968. He taught us to stand up for that which is right, be ever
intolerant of injustice, fight discrimination, and seek peace in
The social and economic justice that King helped win during
the Civil Rights movement continue to brighten the lives of
many. King's birthday, January 15, has been commemorated as
a national holiday, letting us remember his heroic efforts and
that his dream has not yet become a reality. The members of the
Black Student Union at Rice University invite you to share in
their fourth annual vigil and memorial service in tribute to King
as they observe the holiday on Monday, January 19. The
memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Willy's statue, and
the vigil will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Jones Commons. Please come
and lift your thoughts and voices in song reflecting that the
dream lives on.
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Placement had no place for me
The top five questions asked of
seniors in their final semester in
5. Have you found a job yet?
4. What are you going to do
after you graduate?
3. Do you know what you're
going to do next year?
2. Have you decided what to do
with your life yet?
1. Is there anything you think
you might like to do once you're on
by Scott Snyder
Actually, these are the subtle
ways my dad found during
Christmas break to tell me that it's
time I got out of the food line
which forms in our kitchen at
home every night in order to look
for my future. Never before this
year has he been so interested in
my learning how to fill out income
tax forms, despite my meek
protestations that I have no
income to tax.
I suppose one reason why I'm as
concerned as dad about finding
something to do next year is that
I Ve known it would come down to
this for a long time. I had plenty of,
prior warning that the Rice
placement office would fail me and
that I would be unemployed if I
persisted in majoring in English,
but I didn't really believe it.
Even my dentist warned me:
"Mrs. Warnkey's son was an
engineer down at Rice. He married
an engineer and their doing really
well at TI in Dallas. Mrs. Warnkey
says you can get a job with a Rice
degree in just about anything
except English." That's what my
dentist said to me the summer
before I even started at Rice, but
evidently I didnt listen.
My dad had been urging me over
the phone for the trillionth time to
check into my future, and I gave
him the standard line: Don't
worry, Dad, 111 marry a rich
woman engineer and everything
will be OK. (No, I haven"t been
writing sappy romantic misclass—
I'm not that desparate.)
My engineering friends were all
camping out now on Monday
mornings in order to sign up for
interviews in order to get plant
trips in order to get jobs, so I
thought it couldnt hurt to visit the
plush new Placement Office in the
RMC and find out just what I
needed to do to get a job.
After climbing the stairs to the
second floor, taking the elevator
back down, and climbing the stairs
again, I decided it was time to go
in. The placement office wasjjretty
busy, and I saw about five or six
people dressed up in suits sitting at
a table and staring at each other.
For just a moment I thought the
placement office had some sort of
dress code, but then I remembered
they were all waiting for interviews
and were more nervous than I was.
see EntlMi, page 4
Parking board tells what not to do
To the Editor:
The Student Parking Appeals
Board is repeatedly faced with
appeals based on some apparent
misconceptions regarding Rice
University Parking Rules and
Regulations. We present these
reminders to help those who park
on campus avoid being ticketed by
the Campus police.
1. Yellow painted reserve
spaces and college lots are
restricted 24 hours a day, 7 days a
2. Parking illegally is not
justified by lack of available
spaces. For example, lack of
vacant space in the Sid College lot
does not allow a Sid decal holder
to park in the adjacent commuter
3. The Stadium Parking Lot is
overflow for commuting students.
Lack of space in the assigned lots is
no excuse for illegal parking.
4. The roadways in front of
Wiess College and the Chemistry
building must be kept clear for
emergency vehicles. Parking along
these roadways is strictly
prohibited. Persons who need to
unload materials along these
roadways should not leave their
vehicles unattended. Cars left
unattended along any campus
roadway fere subject to immediate
ticketing and towing.
5. A car is not considered
properly registered until the
parking sticker is completely and
permanently affixed to its rear
window. Taping or incomplete
attachment will not suffice.
6. Faculty and staff holidays do
not necessarily coincide with
student breaks. Parking in faculty-
staff lots during breaks is
prohibited unless it is a staff
7. Cars brought temporarily on
campus must be registered with the
8. All disabled vehicles left
parked illegally should be reported
to the campos for entry in the
Vehicles Left On Campus book.
Confirm that it is indeed entered
when reporting it to the dispatcher.
A subsequent ticket can usually be
resolved through Campus Police
Headquarters, rendering an appeal
Greg Laborde et al
Parking Appeals Board
not done justice
To the Editor:
The portrait you labeled
Herbert Allen in Allen Center is
not Herbert Allen but Samuel G.
McCann. Mr. Allen's fine portrait
does hang in Allen Center,
however. Cleveland Sewall's
portrait was presented by his wife
Blanche Harding Sewall, donor of
the building, and hangs there at
her request. It was painted by
Robert Joy, a very well-known
William W. Akcrs
Vice President For Administration
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Greene, Spencer. The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 74, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, January 16, 1987, newspaper, January 16, 1987; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth245652/m1/2/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.