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Prohibition: Redefining the sophisticated beverage

(08/21/11 12:00am)

Warning: Prohibition is a classy establishment. Be prepared to feel awkward in nothing less than your smart-casual best, and certainly do not show up in jeans and a T-shirt (as we did, unfortunately). You'll just feel even more out of place than you already do as a Rice kid who's ventured far enough beyond the hedges to end up at the new bar next to Saks Fifth Avenue. After the bouncer miraculously let us in, despite our uncouth garb, we found ourselves in the midst of some weird fusion between 2011 and 1922: a piano playing 1920s-style covers of new music, bartenders dressed in suspenders and hats, and a crowd of people who were doubtlessly as confused as we were but doing a better job of not showing it. We shuffled in as inconspicuously as possible and slid into one of the tables not reserved for people getting bottle service. (For future reference, all the tables are generally reserved for parties getting bottle service, but our waitress took pity on us and was really nice about the whole affair; she even moved us to a larger table once our party grew.) That said, once we sat down and got over the fact that we were pathetically underdressed for the place, Prohibition became quite a delightful experience.

Teach-in panel discusses source of unrest in Egypt

(02/11/11 12:00am)

More than 100 people crowded Keck Hall 100 to listen to three panelists speak about the riots in Egypt and Tunisia Tuesday. The teach-in, called "Witness to Revolution: A Teach-In on the National Protests in Egypt and Tunisia," began with speeches by History Professor Ussama Makdisi, Mark Bebawi, founder of the radio program "The Monitor" on KPFT 90.1, and Economics Department Chair Mahmoud El-Gamal, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.History graduate student David Getman introduced the speakers and the situation in Egypt and Tunisia. He said most Americans' immediate reactions to the images of the protesters was one of immediate sympathy.

Honor Council seeks update

(02/04/11 12:00am)

The Honor Council is proposing four separate referendums to amend its constitution in order to clarify both its language and procedures and enlarge the council's size. Students have the opportunity to vote on the referendums during the Student Association General Elections, which begin on Monday and conclude Feb. 14 at 11:59 p.m. Each of the four referendums requires the approval of 75 percent of the student body.The first referendum will update the language of the constitution, which has been amended but not altered since the constitution was written in 1948. Honor Council Chair Hilary Baker-Jennings said the idea for the rewrite came from reading through the constitution and realizing how many parts of it were obscure and outdated. She said this had led to a great deal of confusion among some students.

RUPD seizes alcohol from college areas

(01/28/11 12:00am)

At last Wednesday's alcohol forum, one of the issues students expressed was a concern that the Rice University Police Department had changed its attitude and philosophy in enforcing the policy and is now becoming stricter.In particular, students cited two incidents at Duncan College and Jones College over Martin Luther King Day weekend in which RUPD seized alcohol from public areas.

Short films compete

(10/22/10 12:00am)

Lights, camera, action ... boobies? Three aspiring filmmakers found a humorous way to promote breast cancer awareness while competing for a $10,000 prize. Wiess College senior Austin Lipinski, Sid Richardson College sophomore Adrien Pellerin and Wiess sophomore Gabi Chennisi submitted two one-minute videos to the YouBoob funniest video contest, which promotes breast cancer awareness. They submitted their videos on Oct. 11 and voting for both will continue until Oct. 27 at 10:59 p.m.

Investigation of data theft ongoing

(09/24/10 12:00am)

Two weeks after data theft was announced via campus e-mail Sept. 10, the Rice community is still trying to piece together exactly what happened and how such an incident can be prevented in the future.All of the 7,250 affected people were sent letters delivered to their campus and home mailing addresses, when available, Sept. 17 with steps to prevent identity theft.

Device with personal information stolen off campus

(09/17/10 12:00am)

A file containing the personal information of 7,250 students, faculty and staff, including names, birth dates, salaries, emergency contacts and Social Security numbers, was stolen from an off-campus location at the end of August. Rice announced the theft in an e-mail to the campus community Sept. 10. The Rice University Police Department is conducting the investigation of the theft in conjunction with the Houston Police Department. The device contained two files copied from a computer which contained the personal data of the 7,250 employees on Rice payroll as of January 2010. The data on the device was not encrypted. Senior Director of News and Media Relations B.J. Almond said the police requested he refrain from giving any additional details about the device or the information contained on it to prevent the thief from gaining any potentially useful information. As of Sept. 15, Almond said none of the information on the device had been used maliciously.

Getcheroxoff 2010 steps up security with wristbands

(09/03/10 12:00am)

Taking a leaf out of Night of Decadence's book, organizers of Lovett College's fall public party, Getcheroxoff, will be taking several measures to increase security and prevent non-Rice students from attending the party. The theme for this year's party, which will be held on Sept. 11 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., is the Candy Shoppe, with candy-themed decorations throughout the commons. These measures were prompted by unforeseen crowd issues at last year's Getcheroxoff, which Lovett Social Michael Powers said was due to the increase in the size of the freshman class last year.

CSL offers certifications

(09/03/10 12:00am)

Wish you could major in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese or one of the six other languages offered by the Center for the Study of Languages for which there is no major? A major will still only be available in German Studies, French Studies and Hispanic Studies, but, beginning this year, all Rice students will be able to apply for a Certificate of Language Proficiency in any of the 12 languages offered by the center. "We saw that students were taking advanced-level [language] classes; a lot of students at Rice do go abroad and we wanted to be able to offer them some type of concrete evidence for themselves and possibly for future employers that they were able to speak and write at a high level in the language," CSL Director Wendy Ring Freeman said.

2011 Commencement speaker selected

(08/27/10 12:00am)

The New York Times columnist David Brooks will be the speaker at the 98th Commencement on May 14, 2011. A committee consisting of six students, representatives from President David Leebron's office, Hanszen College Master Rob Griffin and Associate Dean of Undergraduates Matt Taylor selected Brooks to speak at commencement. "One thing I like about David Brooks is he's a real independent thinker," Leebron said. "He's generally identified as a Republican commentator, but he is independent. When you get up in the morning and go to a David Brooks column, you can't say 'I know how it's coming out [in the end].' There are a lot of other commentators that, once you know the issue, you know exactly what they're going to say."

O-Week welcomes new students

(08/20/10 12:00am)

The Class of 2014 - Rice's largest and most diverse class yet - matriculated in Tudor Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Sunday. New students were welcomed with remarks by Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson, President David Leebron, Student Association President Selim Sheikh and President of the Association of Rice Alumni Karen Hess Rogers. Hutchinson reminded new students that they were capable of doing great things.

97th Commencement: Nobel laureate Yunus addresses grads

(05/17/10 12:00am)

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus shared with graduates the life experiences that inspired him to found Grameen Bank, which provides microcredit loans in Bangladesh, in his speech at the 97th Commencement on May 15.When Yunus returned to Bangladesh, his home country, after teaching at Middle Tennessee State University in the 1970s, he was shocked by the way villagers were exploited by the money-lending industry. He related the story of a woman who received a loan of five taka ($0.07) on the condition that she sell all her products to her money-lender at the price he decided.

Provost selected

(04/23/10 12:00am)

Only July 1, George McLendon, current dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University, will replace Provost Eugene Levy, who announced he was stepping down from his position last September.The provost is essentially the vice president for academic affairs, Chair of the Provost Search Committee Kathleen Matthews said. All of the deans from each school, as well as the vice provosts for research, information technology and university librarian report to the provost. Additionally, the provost is responsible for overseeing the assessment process the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Green dorm initiative launches campuswide

(04/09/10 12:00am)

The Green Dorm Initiative, a program which encourages students to reevaluate their living habits by rating the environmental friendliness of their dorms, began April 8. The program, which was tested last semester at Brown College, required approximately 20 participants from the college to fill out a survey assessing their living habits. They then kept a two-week log of their behavior, Becca Sagestegui, president of the Rice Environmental Club, said.

Master plan survey results revealed

(03/26/10 12:00am)

The Master Plan Working Group presented the results of its survey on the Campus Master Plan, the university's 50-year plan for development, at the Student Association meeting Monday. The survey, which was open January and February, attempted to gauge students' reactions to the various ideas presented in a draft of University Architect David Rodd's master plan of campus Nov. 9. The Master Plan Working Group was chaired by SA President Patrick McAnaney and consisted of eleven other undergraduates and graduate students ranging from college presidents to new student representatives. McAnaney, a Brown College senior, said getting student input about the master plan was one of his big campaign issues last spring.

Online only: Lovett endures construction woes

(03/12/10 12:00am)

Casino party facades aren't the only plywood structures cropping up around Lovett College this week; in response to noise complaints, Facilities, Engineering and Planning installed an eight-foot plywood sound wall between the Lovett College commons and the Will Rice College commons Wednesday.The sound wall was built at the suggestion of Lovett College president Drew Berger.

Diversity finds new role at Rice

(03/12/10 12:00am)

Don't feel left out. Rice's newest administrative addition, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will be tasked with enriching campus life by taking advantage of Rice's cultural diversity. Associate Provost Roland Smith realized the need for more coordinated efforts in dealing with campus diversity after surveys were distributed by the Council for Diversity and Minority Affairs. Smith, a member of the council, talked with individuals at other college campuses and researched diversity inclusion in higher education, submitting his findings to President David Leebron.