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Pub reopens with new security measures

(02/05/20 6:21am)

To prepare for its reopening this past Monday, Willy’s Pub implemented a camera and ID scanner system at the bar’s entrance. Pub was closed for the first few weeks of the semester following Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission violations in December at the “Last Pub of the Decade” event, according to Frank Rodriguez, board president of Valhalla & Willy’s Permits, which oversees the licenses of Pub and Valhalla. 


Toxic Tour brings students to polluted sites

(01/29/20 5:06am)

On a "Toxic Tour" of Houston, led by the Houston Air Alliance, 15 students visited gas-flares, a polluted section of the Buffalo Bayou and a neighborhood encircled by refineries. The event was hosted by the Green Dorm Initiative and wound through the Second Ward, crossed Galena Park, touched the Buffalo Bayou, circled back toward the Fifth Ward and ended at Manchester.  


Owl House Properties draws controversy over new building

(01/22/20 5:55am)

Owl House Properties, a local property management company, plans to combine, or replat, lots 1933 and 1937 Dryden Road, in May 2020 into a one-lot, a four-story apartment complex, according to company president Ben Bahorich (Will Rice ’10), drawing backlash from some Southgate residents. The property management company, which owns several properties that are primarily occupied by Rice students, has twice been criticized by students in Thresher coverage in the past year for poor living conditions, unfair leases and delayed renovations. 


Rice admits 19 percent of Early Decision applicants to the class of 2024

(01/15/20 5:46am)

Rice welcomed 385 students into the class of 2024 through the university’s binding early decision program, according to Vice President for Enrollment Yvonne Romero da Silva, as well as 55 students through QuestBridge National College Match. This year, Rice accepted around 18.9 percent of the 2,042 applicants on Dec. 12, according to Romero da Silva, a higher percentage of students admitted than last year. 




Pell Grant recipient graduation rates lag behind university average

(11/13/19 5:32am)

Graduation rates for Pell Grant students at Rice have trailed the university average for the past three years, according to the 2019 common data set released in May by the Office of Institutional Research. The finding highlights issues in social mobility and underscores the university’s No. 204 placement in the U.S. News and World Report’s Top Performers on Social Mobility. 





Civic Duty Rice holds Houston Youth Voters Conference

(10/09/19 3:22am)

The Houston Youth Voters Conference was held at the University of Houston-Downtown by Civic Duty Rice last Friday, drawing over 100 attendees two weeks after the original date was altered by Tropical Depression Imelda. According to Meredith McCain, president and founder of Civic Duty Rice, the event was the culmination of a six-month process of reaching out to several speakers, planning four policy breakout sessions and building a coalition of local colleges including the University of Houston, UHD, University of Houston-Clearlake and Texas Southern University.



Hanszen College Hosts First Fall Public Party in Four Years amid Copyright Concerns

(09/25/19 2:48am)

Hanszen College hosted “Lights Out: Don’t Sleep on Hanszen,” described as a “pajama party you don’t want to miss” on Facebook with music from “three of the best DJs on campus.”  As Hanszen’s first fall public party in the last four years, “Lights Out” was meant to change up the Hanszen party scene, according to Jeremiah Murrell, a Hanszen social chair and senior. 


Houston GREEN Film Series Brings Biodiesel Awareness to Rice

(09/25/19 2:19am)

The Houston GREEN Film Series hosted a screening and a panel discussion of “Hot Grease” at the Rice Media Center last Wednesday. The documentary draws attention to biodiesel, a renewable source of energy that can be made from soybean oil and recycled cooking oil, that turns leftover grease from deep fryers into fuel that can power 18-wheeler trucks.