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Outreach Day

(08/25/11 12:00am)

Rice Student Volunteer Program's Outreach Day pulled in 478 new students fresh out of Orientation Week on Saturday, Aug. 20 to help the Houston community on 26 different projects. Director of the Community Involvement Center Mac Griswold said considering the combined efforts, those students completed 2,018 hours of community service. 

Rice hosts conference

(04/15/11 12:00am)

Nine universities came together at Rice's Dell Butcher Hall for the National Conference on Student-Taught Courses on April 8 and 9, the first conference of its kind. Though all nine universities house a form of student-taught courses, they have formed independently and without much communication between the institutions. The NCSTC was the first chance the universities had to see how other schools developed — or are still developing — a student-taught course program.

Recycling made easy

(03/11/11 12:00am)

With the opening of Waste Management's Municipal Recycling Facility, Rice's recycling system switched to single-stream recycling on Monday.Students will be able to place all recyclable materials into a single bin in their room or at designated recycling locations around campus rather than sorting recyclables into different bins themselves.

RESET appropriates funds to six student projects

(01/28/11 12:00am)

Members of the Rice Endowment for Sustainable Energy Technology recently picked their first round of grant winners. Six projects are receiving a combined $15,000 of funding from RESET to begin green projects around campus, with two groups receiving funds from Housing and Dining and Facilities, Engineering and Planning - another combined $25,000. According to its website, RESET works to combat rising energy costs and climate change by funding student initiatives. The groups awarded grants from RESET's will work toward a greener, more environmentally friendly campus.

Five student projects receive Dr. Bill grants

(01/21/11 12:00am)

In late November, five student-led projects received funding from the Dr. Bill Wilson Student Initiative Grant. The fund backs student-initiated projects that work to improve the quality of student life as the grant's namesake, electrical and computer engineering professor Bill Wilson, suggested at the fund's creation.Wilson was a Wiess College resident associate for 28 years. The grant was established in 1999 by Wiess alumni to honor Wilson in his 20th year as an RA. The grant had its first recipients in 2000 and has continued supporting student- initiated projects ever since.

Coffeehouse to expand to BRC

(01/14/11 12:00am)

Coffeehouse will bring its business to the BioScience Research Collaborative early this semester. A cart featuring almost the entire Coffeehouse menu will be stationed in the BRC. Coffeehouse General Manager Christine Cooper said that the cart will tentatively be open the first week of February and will serve coffee and other treats from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cooper, a Baker College junior, said that the BRC was built with a space for a cafe but was still looking for a vendor when Coffeehouse was approached last semester. Opening a second location for Coffeehouse is something that has not been done before but Cooper thinks it is a great idea.

Study break planned

(12/03/10 12:00am)

The President and Dean's OWL-KART Study Break will take place this Sunday from 9 to 11 p.m. Featuring a Mario Kart theme, the biannual study break is organized by Rice Program Council, Rice Cyber Sports and Rice Annual Fund Student Initiative. Director of the Student Center and Campus-Wide Programs Boyd Beckwith said the turnout is expected to be around 1,000.The study break is a long-running tradition at Rice, with one at the end of each semester. Beckwith said it was running before he came to Rice in 1988. This year, the event's budget was cut by 50 percent because of cuts to the dean of undergraduate's budget. Last year's budget was $19,000 for both the fall and spring study breaks - $9,500 for the fall break alone, RPC Treasurer Mia Velasquez said. This year, the budget for both the fall and spring study breaks is $9,500; however, RPC gathered funds to keep the budget as close to last year's as possible.

SpoCo victorious at regionals

(11/19/10 12:00am)

Spontaneous Combustion, Rice's improvisational comedy troupe, returned victorious from the Nov. 6 College Improv Tournament's Southwest Regionals in Austin. Four of SpoCo's 12 members - Hanszen College junior Josh Herzstein, Martel College freshman Matt Vale, Jones College senior Becky Hofstein and Wiess College senior Danny Shanaberger - competed against 10 other teams in the region. With their recent win, the improv comedy troupe is guaranteed a spot for four to six members to compete in the College Improv Tournament Nationals on Feb. 26 in Chicago."It went excellent for us," Herzstein said.