“Students Have Food Fight at Table,” 1918

Looking for something else in an old scrapbook I discovered this newspaper article attached to a small piece of paper that had come loose and lodged inside the back cover. This is quite a good story, a vibrant contemporaneous account of a really stupid incident. You can almost hear the chaos:

I’m not surprised at all by the harsh discipline but I was a bit taken aback by the idea that they would let the homeless students camp out in the woods on the west side of campus.

Bonus: Yesterday I found myself umbrella-less, waiting out a thunderstorm in Keck Hall. For the first time I noticed that the little medallion on the defunct drinking fountain in the main hallway on the first floor matches the medallions on the front doors. That’s nice.

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6 Responses to “Students Have Food Fight at Table,” 1918

  1. The “medallion” is a Tudor Rose. Used prolifically at Palmer Church.  You can double check with Stephen Fox for a more detailed history of their use at Rice and Palmer. Thanks,Cornelia Williams

  2. almadenmike says:

    The food fight article appeared on page 15 of the Sunday, May 27, 1917, edition of the Houston Post. (https://www.newspapers.com/image/94927641/)

    I did not see any mention of it in the next issue of the Thresher (June 11, 1917; https://scholarship.rice.edu/bitstream/handle/1911/64919/thr19170523.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y), which was largely devoted to Rice’s second commencement and looking forward to the next year.

  3. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    Following the release of the movie “Animal House” food fights at collegesbecame all the rage for a while.

  4. David W Scott says:

    One always heard that the reason the Baker Commons has the beautiful dark-stained wooden walls is that a food fight resulted in the plaster being permanently stained; hence, the change. Any record of that?

  5. My mistake. It is a quatrefoil. Decorative architectural motif. 

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