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Former Thresher editor honored as Pulitzer prize finalist

(04/11/17 8:37pm)

Former Thresher executive editor, columnist and Backpage editor Evan Mintz (Hanszen ’08) was chosen as one of two finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for his work at the Houston Chronicle. The series of 10 editorials that earned him his spot as a finalist, which are chosen in addition to one prize winner, were co-written with Joe Holley and covered gun laws and gun culture in Texas.


Committee calls for changes to alcohol policy enforcement

(04/04/17 9:06pm)

The Alcohol Policy Advisory Committee has released a report with 25 recommendations for the enforcement of Rice’s Alcohol Policy, but did not suggest modifying the policy itself. The recommendations of the committee, which was convened by Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson in October, included shifting the event registration process out of Student Judicial Programs, supporting the residential college justice system and adding more education on the policy throughout the year.









Berlin Wall segment, other structures vandalized overnight with pro-Trump messages

(01/13/17 6:05pm)

Three acts of vandalism, two of which referenced President-elect Donald Trump, appeared on campus Friday morning. The segment of the Berlin Wall outside the Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Moody Center Student Collaborative’s art installation and a dormitory wall of Hanszen College, which are all within 500 yards of each other, were defaced with blue spray paint.


Rice hosts automation summit

(01/10/17 11:01pm)

While most Rice students were studying for finals in early December, a collection of entrepreneurs, academics and researchers gathered at the BioSciences Research Collaborative for three days to discuss the future impact of automation and artificial intelligence on human work in the De Lange Conference X, entitled “Humans, Machines and the Future of Work.”“To me, it’s the university at its best,” Rice President David Leebron said.




Leebron says Rice’s increasing diversity shows its strength at State of the University Senate meeting

(11/09/16 12:23pm)

Rice President David Leebron presented his State of the University report to the Student Association Senate meeting Monday evening.Leebron said the university has grown stronger over the past decade, evidenced by the more than doubling of the number of applicants and the increased diversity of the student body.



Rice Engineering Alumni donates $50k to improve MECH lab classes

(11/02/16 10:42am)

Rice Engineering Alumni has committed $50,000 to improving laboratory classes in the mechanical engineering department. The funding comes in response to student concerns raised over the past six months regarding outdated curriculum and facilities, including at a highly attended town hall meeting last semester.


Alternative homecoming shirt sale raises scam suspicion

(10/19/16 1:53am)

With homecoming weekend approaching, a two-day weekend sale of homecoming shirts targeting Rice students resulted in more than 100 students placing orders — but some now say they feel misled after realizing that the shirts have no association with Rice, and others on campus have warned that the entire sale may be a scam.Inkonit, a small South Dakota company, launched the sale through a Facebook page over the weekend.