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Editorial: News of CRISPR babies highlights need for better ethics curriculum

(11/28/18 5:10pm)

Rice’s connection to the world’s first genetically altered babies is alarming. Not only was a former Rice graduate student leading the research, but an active Rice faculty member has academic and financial stakes in the project. Rice released a statement that the work is inconsistent with the ethical norms of the university. But the troubling truth is that while Rice students are introduced to the honor code during Orientation Week, most will go their entire undergraduate experience without a crash course, let alone a comprehensive one, in ethics.




Editor’s Column: Why Rice deserves a College Football Playoff spot

(11/28/18 7:33am)

Yesterday, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee released their new set of rankings. For those unfamiliar with the system, the top four teams at the season’s end will enter a playoff, culminating with one of the four winning the championship. And, like many of you readers, I was shocked to see that Rice football was not among the four teams included. I can only assume that this is yet another example of the heavily SEC-biased committee neglecting any non-Power-Five football program’s laudable achievements. Whatever the reason may be, this is an unforgivable oversight and I will not stand for it. Here’s why Rice deserves a spot over Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and especially Georgia.



Volleyball prepares to open NCAA tournament against Texas State

(11/28/18 7:27am)

For the first time since 2009, Rice volleyball is NCAA Tournament-bound. After their three consecutive match victories in the Conference USA Tournament from Nov. 16 to 18, the Owls secured an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament. On Sunday, the selection committee revealed that Rice will face off against Texas State University in Thursday’s first-round match, with the winner then playing the victor of the concurrent match between the University of Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University. 









Coffeehouse evolves into art, performance hub with Espresso Yourself

(11/28/18 7:16am)

On Wednesday nights, Rice Coffeehouse fills up wall to wall with students waiting to hear their friends, roommates or favorite a cappella groups perform. On the walls themselves hang pieces of art created by Rice students. These performances are part of an event called Espresso Yourself. In 2017, current Martel College senior Clair Hopper added a visual art component to the event and began accepting student submissions for the art that hangs on the Coffeehouse walls. 



‘I was looking for you’ illuminates Inferno Gallery

(11/28/18 6:42am)

The tiny space of Inferno Gallery is home to ever-changing landscapes and atmospheres curated by students and developed by artists. The second such installment this fall was Will Rice College sophomore Lindsey Douglas’ “I was looking for you,” a sculpture-based installation that immersed its viewers in its calming light play.




Discussing Division: Obama, Baker tackle bipartisanship

(11/28/18 6:32am)

The president of Rice University introduced the former president of the United States to the crowd at the Baker Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala by listing three things the Thresher Backpage wrote 11 years ago that the two men have in common. Both David Leebron and Barack Obama attended Harvard Law School, served as presidents of the Harvard Law Review and married women who are way out of their league.