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What is virginity, anyway?

(01/10/18 6:32am)

It turns out that Rice students are pretty good at guessing how many of their peers are virgins: 44 percent was the true number and 39 percent the average estimate, according to a recent Research Methods (SOCI 381) study. Study team member Eric Shi said this result surprised him most; he thought Rice students would underestimate the number of virgins.

​Sorkin delivers trademark intensity in poker biopic ‘Molly’s Game’

(01/10/18 6:24am)

“Poker isn’t a game of chance. Poker is game of skill.” So says Molly Bloom, the protagonist of “Molly’s Game.” For approximately a decade, the real-life Bloom, dubbed the “Poker Princess,” ran high-stakes poker games in Los Angeles and New York City. She chronicled these events, as well as her 2013 arrest by the FBI and the trial that ultimately sentenced her to probation over jail time, in her 2014 memoir, also titled “Molly’s Game.” Written and directed by legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, the fast and furious energy of the film adaptation dares one to keep their head above water.

​‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ builds on the ‘90s original

(01/10/18 6:19am)

People who grew up in a certain era are often territorially protective of its positive aspects. For children of the ’90s, “Jumanji” was precious, even more so in the wake of Robin Williams’ death in 2014. No wonder they were infuriated when it looked like “Jumanji” would be the next classic film in line for a reboot, in a new era that can’t resist rebooting everything from golden ages past. While most stories of cinematic reboots tend to end in disaster, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”’s destiny isn’t the trash bin. Instead, in a big surprise, this sequel/reboot is pitch-perfect in its execution because it is built with respectful comprehension of how to grow out of a legacy while forging its own.

Sports in Brief: Football recruits

(01/10/18 6:11am)

New football head coach Mike Bloomgren signed the first players of Rice’s 2018 recruiting class during college football’s early signing period. The Owls added six players in all: defensive end Miles Adams, cornerbacksAndrew Bird and Jason White, offensive linemen Cole Garcia and Clay Servin and linebacker Ja’Quez Brattley. All six players hail from Texas and are two-star recruits according to 247Sports.

Sports in Brief: Hall of fame

(01/10/18 6:10am)

Former Rice running back Trevor Cobb was selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday as part of the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. Cobb was a standout running back for the Owls football team from 1989-1993: in 1991, he was a consensus First Team All-American and won the Doak Walker Award, given to the top collegiate running back in the nation. The following year, he was named the Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year as well as the SWC Male Athlete of the Year, leading the Owls to their first winning season since 1963.

Swimming resumes winning ways as new year begins

(01/10/18 5:47am)

The Rice Owls swimming team kicked off 2018 with a splash at the Arizona Wildcats Quad Meet and Grand Canyon University Quad Meet this past weekend. At the University of Arizona’s meet, the Owls defeated New Mexico State University and GCU but lost to No. 12 Arizona by 30 points. Senior Alicia Caldwell won first place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.96, while senior Kaitlyn Swinney won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:17.86.

McMurtry wins second straight Powderpuff title

(12/04/17 7:20pm)

As the referees blew the final whistle in the Powderpuff championship game, McMurtry College students poured onto the Rice Stadium field to celebrate. Their college had just won its second consecutive Powderpuff title, this time in a 12-0 victory over Hanszen College. McMurtry sophomore running back Miranda Lee said she was extremely proud to win once again.