“the principle involved is vital,” 1940

This kind of thing was not uncharacteristic. Back in the day the powers that be (or were, I guess) enforced regulations with what looks today like unseemly vigor. In particular there was a mania about keys. I’ve seen people fired for having unauthorized keys and even a couple of students expelled for the offense. Still, I’m boggled by the thought of the bursar bawling out Mr. Ryon and sympathize whole-heartedly with his offense. The principle is, indeed, vital.

Bonus: Some timely advice from St. Paul.

I was astonished to meet a Rice alum after the service. We managed to find each other despite the fact that neither of us wore any owl gear to church yesterday.

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8 Responses to “the principle involved is vital,” 1940

  1. William A. Weatley says:

    The advice from St. Paul is golden. Stealing this to post on Facebook.

  2. Galloway Hudson - Wiess '60 says:

    The two references to “related” football posts led me to the one describing the 1915 thrashing by the Owls of Trinity U. The score was 46-0. I’m pretty sure Rice beat SMU something like 146-0 around that same time. Can you please tell me if there is a post about that game?

  3. William Johnson, Jr '57 says:

    There were some small minded people involved with Rice. I thought some had a thing against students. Prof. Ryon was one of my favorites and I had him the last year he taught. In checking with Dr. Jim Sims, Rice and Prof. Ryon may have been the last school in America that taught students how to roll a train across a bridge and calculate all of the stresses.

  4. Steve Lukingbeal, Hanzsen ‘76 says:

    It’s interesting how language evolves. I don’t recall hearing the term “bawling out” for over fifty years. However, come to think of it, when we were in early grade school, it was an extremely common expression used to describe a situation where a teacher severely admonished a student.

  5. grungy1973 says:

    In another era, it was a (former?) student manager of KTRU that arranged a meeting with Russ Pitman, to lecture him on the evils of the Buildings and Grounds master and control keys.
    KTRU had copies, so they could access their wiring hard-points in various buildings, but I don’t think they were administration-approved keys.
    At that time (late ’70s?), nearly every building on campus used the same keying system, so nearly every lock on campus could be opened using either the master or control key.
    Not sure what the outcome of the meeting was with regard to rekeying, but I don’t recall any personal or personnel repercussions.

  6. William Watson says:

    At least some of the keys ktru had were official.

  7. Bob Roosth says:

    In ’69 or ’70 one of my friends in Will Rice took apart one of those Best locks and decoded the master key for much of the campus. He then made copies that a number of us carried for several years. As I recall, on more than one occasion, one of us would let a professor into his office. Those keys also allowed us to explore the steam tunnels.

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