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Home of the Strange concert

More photos here. Photos by Christina Tan.

Minicharette 2017

Photos by Serena Liu

From the Rice Design Alliance website

Reimagining the Sukkah, Rice Architecture Society’s annual fall mini-charrette, challenges multidisciplinary teams of 2-6 students to explore the possibilities of short-term architecture by designing an innovative and meaningful temporary structure that proposes experimental solutions to traditional design constraints in order to reimagine the Sukkah.

RCEL Engineering Liftoff 2017

Photos by Jiayi Lyu

Free Press Summer Fest Review and Gallery

The Thresher went to Free Press to shoot artist sets, crowd reactions, evacuations, and make-up events. For full galleries, see our Free Press album and the free Stereo Live pop-up show album with Jauz, Jai Wolf, and Party Favor. 

Rice Bikes move

Cheese Fest

What's hip right now

What's hip right now

What's Hip Right Now

Salary and Graduation

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What's Hip Right Now

What's Hip Right Now

In a phrase: Tinder for your workout

Where to get it: wellsquad.com

Finding a workout buddy is damn hard. Friends and significant others often don’t work: The kindness of a good companion may just enable your quitting or procrastinating tendencies. Or, alternatively, your S.O. could be a marathon-running, weight-lifting, fitness maniac like mine, who inadvertently makes you feel like a flabby sloth during workout dates. Just like there are a million points on our checklist for a romantic partner, the best workout buddy needs to complete us in a very specific way. Fortunately, in our extraordinary, technology-laden world, we don’t have to pick through strangers at our local gyms; no, we have algorithms. Enter WellSquad, a new website and app that matches you with workout mates based on fitness goals, favorite activities, motivation levels and geographical locations. Your excuses for putting off developing that NOD bod are growing fewer and fewer. 

What's Hip Right Now

In a phrase: Computers that know when you’re sad.

Where to find it: Hasn’t hit the mainstream market yet, but it’s just a matter of time. 

Computers have already gained the capability to play several roles in your life — library, secretary, personal assistant, dietician. Soon, however, it seems that your Macbook may also be able to take the place of your psychiatrist. New software program Affectiva, a start-up that grew out of research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, uses algorithms to recognize emotions through facial expressions with 90 percent accuracy. 

The possible applications of such a program are endless: Experts say software may be able to detect psychiatric disorders more objectively than well-trained physicians or identify if a driver is stressed or tired to help prevent car accidents. The only concern is that these programs are a little creepy. Some critics claim the technology could be used to collect “emotional” data and use it to exploit consumers: There’s a fine line between cool new tech and Big Brother.

Chalk Lines

RDT presents spring show, “Art in Motion”

Rice Dance Theatre presented their spring performance April 17-19. The show featured work by guest choreographer Kevin Ferguson.

Little Shop of Horrors

Wiess College freshman Ariana Morgan performs “Somewhere that’s Green” as Audrey. 

Rice awards Watson and Zeff fellowships to three seniors

Baker College senior Ana Builes received the Roy and Hazel Zeff fellowship, which will also fund a year of world travel.

Builes said she use her fellowship to gain a global perspective on coffee farming by visiting Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Rwanda. 

Builes said she plans on going to law school after her fellowship, and then potentially starting her own coffee cooperative. She said she hopes to be able to explore global issues, such as women’s rights and fair trade, within the context of coffee production.

“I want to be able to explore both my interest in coffee and my interest in social justice through my Zeff fellowship,” Builes said. “I expect to be able to see how these two interests intersect.”