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EWB founder lectures

(12/03/10 12:00am)

Engineers without Borders founder Bernard Amadei, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, came to Rice as the first guest in the President's Lecture Series to talk about engineering for the poorest 90 percent of the world."The kind of engineering I'm going to talk about focuses on the needs of 5 billion people," Amadei said. "Five billion people whose job is to stay alive."

Q&A with McLendon

(11/19/10 12:00am)

George McLendon, Rice's new provost, sat down with the Thresher to talk about his past, the current state of affairs and his plans for the future.McLendon came to Rice after serving as the Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. He is a well-known researcher, entrepreneur and administrator and comes to Rice as a native of Texas.

Doerr gives advice on jobs, school

(11/12/10 12:00am)

John Doerr (Lovett '73), a venture capitalist whose gift made the opening of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership last year possible, returned to campus a week ago to share some career advice with students at RCEL. "Rice engineering students are well known for their excellent technical education," RCEL Director Mark Embree said. "However, we haven't consciously challenged our students to develop the other essential skills that will enable them to make their greatest possible mark on the world."

Leach on civility, U.S. politics

(11/12/10 12:00am)

Jim Leach, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), gave a speech at Herring Hall on Nov. 4 about the importance of civility in a democratic society to students. Leach prefaced his speech with a short history lesson about the founding of the United States and the values that it was founded upon.

SA, GSA hold first research mixer

(10/22/10 12:00am)

Hungry for research? Rice's first-ever Research Mixer spiced things up with representatives from more than 40 labs manning booths alongside $2,000 worth of food from Thai Village.The research mixer, held Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. on the Central Quad, was a joint operation between the Student Association and the Graduate Student Association, organized by SA President Selim Sheikh and GSA President Corinne Allen.

Senior Committee appointed

(10/08/10 12:00am)

Senior parties: They're classy, they're off campus and they're some of the last haphazard mementos of college life before seniors graduate and go off into the real world. In charge of organizing these grown up public parties: the newly selected seniors of the Rice Senior Committee.Jones College senior Skyler Johnson, Hanszen College senior Cristina Halliburton, Wiess College senior Darren Arquero and Wiess senior Siegfried Bilstein were selected as this year's executive group of the Senior Committee. While they make up the primary leadership of the group, the Senior Committee will eventually have one senior from every college in its mix, resulting in a minimum of 11 members.

Shepherd School of Music ranks high

(08/27/10 12:00am)

The Shepherd School of Music started off this year with a standing ovation. According to the 2011 edition of The Fiske College Guide, the Shepherd School was ranked among among the top ten music schools in the nation. Other schools mentioned in Fiske's top 10, ranked in no particular order, include the Juilliard School, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Oberlin College, Yale University, Berklee College of Music, University of California at Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music and Indiana University.

Budget cut committee formed

(04/09/10 12:00am)

The Student Association is forming a Budget Planning Committee to make sure students have a voice in the fiscal process and to ensure highly valued programs stay despite budget cuts. According to its charter, passed at the March 22 SA meeting, the Budget Planning Committee is charged with "representing the interests of the student body to the Dean of Undergraduates and the Office of Finances on matters having to do with departmental budget planning."

Jones school ranks top 15

(04/09/10 12:00am)

With another rise in the rankings, the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business has proven that it means business. The Jones School was ranked in the top 15 in The Princeton Review's "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools" finance category. Other categories ranked include programs with the highest student evaluations in the accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operation categories. Schools are listed alphabetically, rather than individually ranked from 1 to 15. The results will appear in this month's issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

Rhodes shares broadcast news insight

(03/19/10 12:00am)

A vice president at Fox News Company at 32, David Rhodes (Will Rice '96), who spoke March 11 to a full crowd of students and faculty, has been one of Rice's fastest-rising recent graduates. Rhodes, the current head of U.S. television operations at Bloomberg L.P., spoke at Farnsworth Pavilion about his career and counseled those in social science majors about their prospects after college.

Former AG Gonzales discusses national security issues

(02/26/10 12:00am)

While many Rice alumni have long and distinguished careers after graduation, few are better known outside of the hedges than Alberto Gonzales. Born the son of a migrant worker in a family of six, Gonzales (Lovett '79) rose to become the first Hispanic attorney general, named to the position in Feb. 2005 by then-President George W. Bush. Gonzales was also one of the shortest tenured attorney generals, resigning his post in Sept. 2007 following questions concerning the dismissal of seven U.S. attorneys.Gonzales has since returned to his Texas roots. This semester, he is teaching a course at Texas Tech University. On Monday, Gonzales, who earned his law degree from Harvard University, visited Rice to speak about his experiences with the War on Terror in the Bush Administration and his personal views of how the Obama administration is faring. The Thresher sat down with Gonzales in an exclusive interview approximately 30 minutes before he gave a speech at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

Students oversee investing

(02/19/10 12:00am)

While Rice is reforming the budget to meet the fiscal limit imposed by the current economic climate, Rice students are reforming the social impact of Rice's endowments. A group of students from Rice for Peace and Justice have come together to create the Committee on Investor Responsibility Policy, which focuses on the social and environmental impacts of Rice's investments. Richard Treadwell, co-founder of the committee, said that the committee was started to look at the social impact of Rice's investments.

McMurtry College develops unique traditions

(02/12/10 12:00am)

The five-story 'Mongol college,' sitting near Duncan Hall and the Inner Loop, is the 10th residential college established as part of Rice's residential college system. After a few early growing pains, it is clear that the college, named after Rice alumni Burt ('56) and Deedee ('56) McMurtry, is on its way to developing its own identity.Currently comprised of 74 freshmen, McMurtry College represented Rice's first foray into the growth of the college system in nearly a decade. But instead of being forced to grow on its own, McMurtry has had the experience of sharing close quarters with Will Rice College. With such close presence between the two colleges, it was unavoidable that the older college would have a heady influence on the new college's formation.