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Off-campus community members lose heat, water among statewide infrastructure failures

(02/17/21 5:22am)

Below-freezing temperatures, hazardous roads, power outages and frozen water pipes in the Houston area moved Crisis Management to cancel classes Feb. 15 and 16, with Feb. 17 remaining a scheduled sprinkle day. No classes or exams can be held and no assignments can be due on these days. 


Hundreds of students rush to get vaccinated after Rice receives last-minute vaccine doses

(02/17/21 5:08am)

Rice students, staff and faculty dashed to the East Gym amidst the ongoing winter storm to claim one of the hundreds of Moderna vaccines administered on campus Monday afternoon. Harris County Public Health gave the vaccines — which would have otherwise gone to waste due to a power outage at their building — to Rice and other institutions that were already equipped to administer the vaccines. 810 vaccines were distributed to Rice’s campus, according to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.


Harris County Health gives 800 doses to Rice amidst winter storm

(02/15/21 5:19pm)

Rice University received 1,000 Moderna vaccines from Harris County Public Health that had to be administered by 5:00 p.m. Monday, according to Rice’s Crisis Management Team. Due to the weather and unsafe road conditions, these vaccine doses were designated for those who were already on the Rice campus. Vaccines were given at the East Gym beginning at 11:15am, and the student were advised to turn back at 12:30 p.m., according to Director of News and Media Relations Doug Miller. 



Award-winning architecture firm selected to design new student center

(11/04/20 6:14am)

Adjaye Associates, an architecture firm with offices in Accra, Ghana, London and New York, will design Rice’s new student center, which is expected to be complete by fall 2023. The winner was selected by a committee of Rice administrators and faculty, with input from the Student Association and Graduate Student Association.





Early voting starts today

(10/14/20 1:29am)

Early voting starts on Oct. 13 in Harris County and will continue through Oct. 30. Those who are registered to vote in Harris County, including students who have registered to vote with their on-campus address, can vote at any election day polling location starting today. Rice Stadium will be Rice’s on-campus polling location for both early voting and on Election Day. Voting booths will be set up inside Gate One, on the Greenbriar Lot side of the stadium near University Boulevard.



College magister and professor Dale Sawyer honored at rainbow building

(09/30/20 3:55am)

Former Sid Richardson magister and planetary sciences professor Dale Sawyer, who passed away on Sept. 15, was honored this past week with a tribute at the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza. The building, also known to Rice students as the rainbow building, displayed Sid’s colors of red, black and gold starting on Sept. 22 until the end of last week.


Innovation District developers enter partnership with food insecurity non-profit

(09/23/20 2:52am)

Rice Management Company has entered a multiyear partnership with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit focused on addressing food insecurity and health education, according to a Sept. 16 press release. Rice Management Company is currently developing The Ion, an under-construction tech hub in Midtown, as well as the South Main Innovation District in the surrounding neighborhoods of Midtown and Third Ward.



SRBs prepare to reopen with CDC guidelines in mind

(09/02/20 12:34am)

The three official student-run businesses on campus, Rice Coffeehouse, The Hoot and Rice Bikes, all expect to reopen in September after submitting return to campus plans to Rice’s Crisis Management Team, according to the businesses’ respective Facebook pages. The student-owned business East-West Tea will not open in the fall, and Willy’s Pub, which is student staffed, cannot open until statewide restrictions on bars reopening are lifted.


Student leaders adapt O-Week to COVID-19 precautions

(08/26/20 2:37am)

Orientation Week is a decades-old event at Rice, with traditions that have largely remained untouched. This year, coordinators have had to modify or cut out many traditional O-Week events to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and university guidelines in light of the pandemic, resulting in a unique experience for the incoming class of new students.



Midtown Fiesta by Innovation District closes, drawing attention to food inaccessibility in the area

(07/23/20 4:03pm)

The Fiesta Mart in Midtown at 4200 San Jacinto St., which was leased from Rice University and is across the street from the currently under construction Ion building, closed on July 10. The store serviced both Midtown and Third Ward residents and the closure has drawn attention to the issue of food access in the Third Ward, which is classified as a food desert.


Criticized over lack of Black O-Week advisors, Lovett coordinators reopen applications

(06/25/20 6:10am)

The Lovett College Orientation Week coordinator team reopened advisor applications to add additional advisors and to create an additional O-Week team after some students raised concerns about a lack of Black advisors at Lovett. This comes after previous years in which residential college advising teams have been criticized for lacking diversity.


Students push for removal of Founder’s Memorial from academic quad, administration responds

(06/24/20 9:53pm)

Many Rice students, alumni and community members participated in a social media campaign called “Down With Willy,” demanding that the Founder’s Memorial, the statue of William Marsh Rice, be removed from the Academic Quad and that Rice University end all use of his image in marketing and public relations materials on Monday.


History professor Caleb McDaniel wins Rice’s first Pulitzer Prize

(05/11/20 3:02am)

History professor Caleb McDaniel became the first Rice professor to win a Pulitzer Prize for his book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America” on May 4. The book is about Henrietta Wood, a woman who in 1870 successfully sued the man who abducted her and sold her into slavery.