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‘We’re not going back’: Students talk mental health as pandemic drags on

(22 hours ago)

Any Google search of COVID-19 will bring up lists of symptoms — fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath and more  — but these lists don’t always account for everything. Missing is the impact the disease has had on the mental health of people, regardless of whether they contracted the virus or not. 


Bridging the gaps: Student activists aim to protect survivors in face of new Title IX policy

(09/02/20 2:59am)

In early May, as a challenging spring semester came to an end, the Department of Education released the final version of a new Title IX policy, leaving school administrations across the country scrambling to adjust their own Title IX policies to reflect the federal policy before an Aug. 14 deadline amidst navigating a global pandemic. With these new rules came a slew of student advocacy at Rice as students pushed administrators to implement the new policy in a way that minimizes the harmful effects the updated federal guidelines have for survivors of sexual assault.


How to Support Houston’s Independent Booksellers

(08/25/20 8:41pm)

While the pandemic is keeping us all inside, it’s not stopping us from keeping up with our to-read lists. With small businesses severely impacted by financial hardships brought on by public health and safety necessities, what better way to support Houston’s literary community than by cozying up with a brand new book purchased from local, independent bookstores? 


ImPROMptu: New students plan for prom at Rice amid widespread cancellations

(04/21/20 10:20pm)

As more and more social distancing guidelines were put in place over the past months, high school seniors across the country watched as prom slowly slipped out of their grasp. Instead of donning prom dresses and tuxes, they realized they would be donning face masks. Rather than spending the night dancing with their classmates, they would be staying home, only stepping out for groceries and medication.



‘Joy at Work’ (from home): Rice professor teams up with Marie Kondo in new book

(04/14/20 8:48pm)

Since the debut of Marie Kondo’s show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” many of us have been asking ourselves, “Does this spark joy?” either in jest or while actually sorting through clutter that we should have thrown out three years before. However, while it is easier to function in a tidy workspace, many items that are crucial to someone’s career cannot be thrown away regardless of their emotional value. This is where “Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life,” coauthored by Marie Kondo and Rice business professor Scott Sonenshein, comes in to bridge the gap by helping readers declutter their workspaces and take pleasure in their jobs.


Don’t miss these artists at Rodeo Houston 2020

(02/05/20 4:03am)

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo offers more than just rollercoasters, mutton bustin’ and fried twinkies - this year, the world’s largest rodeo returns with an impressive lineup of musical performers. From homegrown hitmakers like Lizzo and Willie Nelson to international sensations like K-Pop boy group NCT 127 and Latin chart-topper Backy G, this year’s star-studded lineup boasts diversity in genre as well as its performers. Out of the 20 major artists headlining NRG Stadium from March 3 - 22, here are five that are definitely not to be missed. Experience the sounds of Rodeo Houston 2020 early with our playlist of must listen to tracks by headlining artists here. 



“Frozen 2” delivers more emotional depth than original

(12/04/19 3:07am)

After “Frozen” took the world by storm in 2013, a sequel has been in discussion on social media among executives, columnists and fans alike. As the second highest grossing animated film of all time (recently dethroned by Disney’s CGI live-action remake of “The Lion King”) it was expected that Disney would attempt to capitalize on “Frozen”’s monumental success. 


Rex Orange County’s “Pony” is lackluster but genuine

(10/30/19 2:47am)

With “Pony,” indie pop artist Rex Orange County makes his debut with a major label while sticking to his genre-defying roots. The overall sound of the album is nigh impossible to define as songs alternate between crooning over gentle acoustics to rap to synth-pop. Despite this, each song in the album is connected by a common thread in the utter genuinity in Rex Orange County’s delivery.