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Women's Starting Lineup and Games to Watch

(11/05/13 6:00pm)

The women's basketball team will play various, prestigious programs in the nonconference portion of the schedule including Baylor University, which won the NCAA championship in 2012. The Nov. 18 meeting with the Bears comes early in the season and will be one of the most difficult games the Owls play all year. Rice will travel to East Lansing, Mich. five days later to play against Michigan State University, a premiere Big Ten team. The Owls have an important home game against crosstown rival the University of Houston on Dec. 21. Rice lost both matchups against the Cougars last season before UH departed for the American Athletic Conference. After a 6-10 conference record last year, the Owls are looking to go over .500 and compete for the conference championship. Rice's major games include hosting conference rivals Tulane University and Marshall University. The women's team will play Louisiana Tech University both at home and away. With 16 teams in the conference, the Owls will only play everyone else once. Key Homegames:Nov. 11 Texas Southern University 7 p.m.Dec. 20 University of Houston 1 p.m.Jan. 15 Louisiana Tech University 7 p.m.Jan. 29 Tulane University 7 p.m.Feb. 19 Old Dominion University 3 p.m.Mar. 1 University of Texas at El Paso 11 a.m.



News in Brief

(11/05/13 6:00pm)

The Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering was founded as a part of Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering on Monday, according to department chair Pulickel Ajayan.Ajayan said the new department will strengthen the relationship between the two distinct areas of study. "The founding of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering is designed to bring focus to these two strong disciplines spread across Rice campus through an academic unit that would develop core curriculum, student training programs [and] industry relations, and establish a platform for interdisciplinary research," Ajayan said. "Undergraduate students should benefit from the new opportunities the department would bring through new educational resources, new avenues in the job market and internships, research opportunities and a new base to explore their interests in new focus areas in science and engineering."According to its website, the department will include professors from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and will offer bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in materials science."The Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering was officially created in November 2013 to bring together these faculty under one program and focus research efforts," the website states. 


Correction

(11/05/13 6:00pm)

In the Oct. 23 issue of the Thresher, a quote in the article entitled "Rice announces new student center director" stated that Kate Abad is in charge of Leadership Rice. The Center for Civic Engagement runs Leadership Rice. Kate Abad is in charge of Leadership Summit. 


Transfer students should be guaranteed on-campus housing

(10/31/13 7:00pm)

A resolution to secure on-campus housing for first-year transfer students at Rice University was introduced at the Oct. 21 Student Senate meeting and amended Oct. 28 to further recommend increased resources to aid transfer students in making the transition to Rice (see story, p. 1). The Thresher supports this resolution and encourages the Student Senate to approve it. The residential college system is a significant aspect of Rice's culture and is often a deciding factor in students' choice to transfer to Rice. Current housing rules, however, do not guarantee on-campus housing for first-year transfer students. This is problematic for transfer students, who may already feel outside of the Rice community, because being off-campus their first year at Rice severely limits their opportunities for residential college participation and interaction. There are always exceptions and those who put extra effort into becoming part of their college culture, but in general, living off campus hinders transfer students' ability to adapt to the Rice community.A survey conducted by Rice Transfer Student Association President Ryan Kim has shown that a significant portion of transfer students who must live off campus their first year at Rice do not move on campus later on. No matter the effort put in by students, being off campus does interfere with college-oriented activities and can restrict the amount of student interactions people have. This is especially true of colleges with strong floor culture, where those transfer students who remain off campus never become part of this culture.Rice students take great pride in the residential college system and the inclusivity it offers to all of its students, yet transfer students are still left in the margins. Despite not being "new" university students, transfer students are new to Rice and should be given the same privileges as all new students. Unsigned editorials represent the majority opinion of the Thresher editorial staff. All other opinion pieces represent solely the opinion of the piece's author.


Annise Parker for Houston mayor

(10/31/13 7:00pm)

Throughout her two terms as Houston's mayor, Annise Parker has advanced the city of Houston in countless ways. Her recent Complete Streets and Transportation Plan is just one of the many steps she has taken toward improving the infrastructure of Houston, and her efforts to reduce crime and other social problems are admirable. These improvements, including the expansion of the METRORail, combined with Parker's focus on the job market and quality of life, have helped put Houston back on the map as a great city in the United States. 



News in Brief

(10/28/13 7:00pm)

A fire alarm caused an evacuation of Keck Hall on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4:35 p.m. The alarm was activated by a smoke detector in a mechanical room located in the building's basement, according to Jeff Coleman, a senior safety specialist for the Rice University Department of Environmental Health and Safety.The Rice University Police Department and Houston Fire Department joined EHS in responding to the alarm, Coleman said."RUPD assisted with getting HFD in the building and [the] evacuation of the building, as well as securing the building so no occupants returned while the building was being checked and made safe," RUPD Captain Clemente Rodriguez said.Coleman said there were no reported injuries, and damage was confined to the compressor. Facilities Engineering and Planning assisted in investigating the cause of the alarm. According to Coleman, FE&P determined that the failure of a compressor in the mechanical room generated the smoke that triggered the alarm.Coleman said Keck's fire alarm system functioned properly and alerted occupants to evacuate. Occupants were allowed to re-enter the building at 5:30 p.m.








Students should respect safety while enjoying NOD

(10/21/13 7:00pm)

Wiess College's annual Night of Decadence is this Saturday. In light of the extreme media coverage of the event last year, the Thresher encourages students not to hold back on contacting emergency medical services or other help if they feel it is needed. Despite any negative fallout from last year's event, the safety and well-being of our fellow Owls should always be the No. 1 priority. Changes to this year's event geared toward improving its safety appear positive. Wiess College is taking extra safety measures to help NOD be as fun and safe as possible, and REMS has reimagined its triage area in order to better serve students and get them necessary aid as efficiently as possible. In order for these measures to be effective, students must respect the party's security plan and the instructions of student security officials, REMS and Rice University Police Department officers.Students should also remember that under the new alcohol policy, consumption of hard alcohol is not permitted on Saturday night and the early morning hours on Sunday; this restriction applies to students of all ages. All students should abide by this policy, especially on a night that is rather infamous for alcohol-related issues and violations.NOD is a beloved tradition at Rice, and we should all do our best to keep it thriving for future years by being safe, responsible and respectful. Unsigned editorials represent the majority opinion of the Thresher editorial staff. All other opinion pieces represent solely the opinion of the piece's author.


Decison to promote Kate Abad will benefit students

(10/21/13 7:00pm)

The Thresher would like to congratulate former Director of Student Activities Kate Abad on her new position as Director of Student Center and Activities. Abad is an excellent choice for this newly created position given her background at Rice.Abad has experience working with the Student Association and student organizations, both of which are intimately tied to the use of the Rice Memorial Center and Ley Student Center as a whole - hosting SA meetings and the myriad of events, sales and meetings involved with the clubs and organizations on campus. Former Director of the Student Center Boyd Beckwith played a critical role in advising student-run businesses, and it is important that Abad continue to emphasize this aspect of the student center director's position. SRBs provide significant benefits to the Rice community as a whole; the availability of advising resources to these organizations helps facilitate these businesses' success.Abad is familiar with the needs of the student body and thus comes to the position with a special insight into changes that need to be made. The Thresher hopes this prior knowledge will help begin a period of improvement in the student center, either in terms of allocation of space or in renovations of the building itself.Unsigned editorials represent the majority opinion of the Thresher editorial staff. All other opinion pieces represent solely the opinion of the piece's author.