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Rice dropped a place in the recently released 2020 U.S. News & World Report National Universities rankings, tying with Cornell University at No. 17. Last year, Rice was tied with Cornell at No. 16 and the previous year Rice was in a four-way tie for No. 14.
The Student Association Senate introduced a bill to create a new undergraduate position, Association of Rice Alumni liaison, to advance opportunities for collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations and the Association of Rice Alumni. The bill was introduced at the Aug. 26 SA Senate meeting.
At the April 17 meeting, the Faculty Senate formed a new Pass/Fail working group to examine the purpose of allowing students to take courses pass/fail.
Residents of the South colleges are scrambling to find parking on campus after the sale of permits for South Colleges Residents Lot was suspended, following the decision to sacrifice more parking spots for the new Sid Richardson College project. Only 45 student permits will be offered for the 2019-20 year, while 150 permits were sold for last academic year, according to parking manager Mike Morgan.
Students voted to pass a constitutional amendment in a referendum that will now allow any student to sponsor Student Association legislation.
Freddy Cavallaro will serve as Student Association parliamentarian for the next year, according to SA President Grace Wickerson.
Rice Environmental Society launched Sustainability Month, an initiative to promote environmental awareness at Rice that began this past week.
The student body will vote on a constitutional amendment to broaden sponsorship standards for Student Association legislation in a special election that opens on April 8.
The Student Association proposed two bylaw amendments and one constitutional amendment aimed at removing ambiguous and redundant positions during Monday’s SA Senate meeting. Two of the changes had been previously proposed by SA Presidential Candidate Freddy Cavallaro in his #DismantleTheSA platform.
Freddy Cavallaro’s #DismantleTheSA campaign for president is focused on significant bylaw and constitutional reform for the Student Association, with the goal of making the SA Senate more representative of the student body rather than actually dismantling it. According to Cavallaro, he would resign from the SA president role once his reforms have been implemented, if he were to be elected.
At the annual Student Association Presidential Debate, presented by the Rice Thresher, three Student Association President hopefuls took the stage on Friday, Feb. 15 to discuss their platforms, including optional social justice curriculums, SA constitutional reforms and banning 8 a.m. classes. Voting will begin on Thursday, Feb. 21.
The Student Association’s “Increasing African Presence in Academia” student initiative committee is advocating for the improvement of the African studies minor and creation of a African studies major.
In response to a lack of humanities students in the Peer Academic Advising (PAA) program, Associate Dean of Humanities Lora Wildenthal has urged all humanities students to complete the Year-Long, O-Week and Head PAA position applications, which were due on Monday.
A total of 11 flu cases have been reported this semester to Rice University Student Health Services as of Tuesday afternoon according to Dr. Jessica McKelvey, director of Student Health Services.
Former director of the Rice School of Architecture Anderson Todd, who served as the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor Emeritus of Architecture, passed away on Dec. 21 at age 97.
Ralph O’Connor, Rice University trustee emeritus and Houston-based entrepreneur, passed away on Dec. 30 at age 92.
Robert McNair, former member of the Rice University Board of Trustees and major benefactor to both Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Baker Institute for Public Policy, passed away on Nov. 23 at age 81. He is survived by his wife, four children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Peter Tang (Duncan ’18) said no one should ever have to experience what he did while trying to obtain urgent dental care as an international student at Rice — waiting outside the University of Texas Dental School Student Clinic at 4 a.m. for his wisdom tooth.
The Student Association Senate hosted a presentation Sept. 10 regarding potential federal Title IX policy changes and their possible effects on Rice University practices.
A total of 49 student cases of gastrointestinal infection had been reported to Crisis Management as of 4:30 p.m. yesterday, according to Doug Miller, director of News and Media Relations. No new cases had been reported in the past 24 hours.