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Something is missing from Rice Athletics these days. It’s not the fans. They were hardly ever here in the first place. And it’s not winning. Honestly, there’s almost been too much of that lately — are we sure this is our women’s basketball team? The spring semester has begun, and things are going a little bit too well. It’s time we added a little bit of negativity. Without further ado, here is a series of complaints about Rice Athletics.
Combine a 17-year-old psychopath and an angsty teen girl and what do you get? A surprisingly touching love story and one hell of an adventure. The new Netflix series “The End of the F***king World” premiered internationally on Jan. 5 and follows British high schoolers James and Alyssa, both equally tortured by the world around them. James is a self-diagnosed sociopath whose only “hobby” is murdering animals and inflicting pain as a way to feel something. Now he’s ready to move on to a bigger project: his first human kill. That’s where Alyssa comes in — the tomboyish new girl in school takes an interest in James after feeling frustrated with her self-obsessed and shallow classmates. James decides Alyssa will be his first victim, while Alyssa determines James will be her first love — talk about not being on the same page. But this unlikely companionship encourages a newfound courage in the pair as they run away from their troubled homes with nothing but the clothes on their back and a stolen car. It’s not long before disaster strikes, and they find themselves with the police on their trail for theft and murder while they deal with their developing feelings for each other.
As civilized as humans may delude ourselves into thinking we are, our monstrosity rears its demonic head when we encounter those we see as lesser than us. But, Guillermo del Toro’s science fiction love story “The Shape of Water,” argues that some of us still haven’t given in to fear and hatred. Del Toro’s best film since 2006’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Shape of Water” celebrates the boundless nature of love.
Arguably the greatest actor of his generation, Daniel Day-Lewis claimed this past year to be retiring from the profession. If this holds true, Day-Lewis certainly leaves on a high note in director and writer Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” a twisted period romance that once again proves the mastery of all those involved.
Strolling across the quad one recent evening, I commented to a friend on the monstrous metallic frame nested among the trees between Rayzor and Sewall Halls, vainly trying to peg the utility and apparent abandonment of the structure. Jokingly, my friend suggested this might be some sort of art installation.
Four years ago, I became a float rider and recruiter for members of the Association of Rice University Black Alumni to represent Rice University in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade. I vividly recall the first time I saw the Rice float. It reminded me of a rickety wooden heap. I said to myself, “Is this it?”
This past Monday, the Student Association discussed a resolution proposed by Martel College senior Danna Ghafir and SA President Justin Onwenu that would aim to fulfill Rice University’s goal of diversifying the international student population. The resolution focuses on socio-economically disadvantaged international populations in particular, and urges Rice to join the International Education’s Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. The goal is to provide more aid to international prospective students and also conduct outreach to some areas that may not know about Rice.
Carl Bernstein, renowned journalist known for his Washington Post coverage of the Watergate scandal, will be speaking at Congregation Emanu El on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Bernstein is the Congregation’s featured 2018 Endowment Fund Speaker. The event is free and open to students.
All Rice students now have access to the Center for Civic Leadership’s newly-launched Student Opportunity Center, an online resource students can use to find learning and funding opportunities, journals and conferences, according to Associate Dean of Undergraduates and Director of Inquiry Based Learning Caroline Quenemoen.
Rice University launched a new website aiming to gather resources for undocumented and DACA students into one centralized location on Saturday.
Two Rice organizations are working to promote new hurricane research in collaboration with various other institutions, five months after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast.
The Student Association will vote on a resolution calling for Rice University’s administration to establish an official policy to diversify the international student population at Monday’s Senate meeting.
With primary elections approaching on March 6, seven Democrats travelled to Rice’s campus on the night of Monday, Jan. 22 to convince students of why they were the best candidate to represent over 750,000 Texans in the House of Representatives.
Rice University Police Department officers responding to a fire alarm at Will Rice College at about 2:23 a.m. on Jan. 20 found a piece of cloth smoldering inside a plastic bag, according to RUPD Captain Clemente Rodriguez.
“I’m not ovary-reacting,” one bright orange sign read over the crowd. It waved among hundreds of others at the 2018 Houston Women’s March last Saturday, many of which were wielded by Rice University students.
The Thresher catches up with former Rice athletes.
Former Rice football player Sam McGuffie (Class of 2013) was named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s bobsled team on Monday. He will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, both in the four-man race as a member of the push crew and in the two-man as the brakeman for driver Codie Bascue. With his selection to the national team, he will become the first former Rice athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams opened up their 2018 season with competitions over the weekend. The men’s team was able to defeat Prairie View A&M University with a score of 6-1, but were unable to beat the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, losing 4-3. The women’s team competed at the Florida Gulf Coast University Invitational, finishing with a 9-8 record in singles and a 6-3 in doubles.
Despite a career-high 30 points from junior guard Connor Cashaw, the Rice men’s basketball team dropped the seventh game of their last eight as the University of North Texas defeated Rice on Saturday, 85-78.