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President David Leebron spoke Oct. 12 in his semiannual Town Hall Meeting to an audience of faculty and staff members about the university's past achievements and present challenges, dividing his presentation into what he called the five Cs: Cash, Contributions, Community, Campus and Celebration.Cash
Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics, visited Rice Sept. 23 to speak at the biennial Social Dilemmas Conference, held in the Baker Institute for Public Policy by the School of Social Sciences. The program featured presentations by prominent social speakers on causes and solutions for today's collective issues. Ostrom's lecture was entitled "Cooperating for the Common Good: Challenging Supposed Impossibilities and Panaceas." During her speech, Ostrom addressed the research she had done on the management of common resources. Ostrom said that humans can work together to combat the tragedy of the commons - the belief that people, being self-interested, will deplete a shared resource - and instead ensure resource sustainability. Ostrom's findings contradict the popular belief that this phenomenon is inevitable. Ostrom said that communities which utilize common resources can devise regulatory systems that help prevent resource exhaustion. In fact, she said that when people communicate, they manage natural resources with 92 percent optimality.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker (Jones '78) visited the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business last week to give the first presentation of its Thought Leadership series. This program was hosted and attended by the Jones Partners, a group of business professionals who work to encourage collaboration between the Jones School and Houston's business community, and geared toward bringing leaders of multiple sectors to speak at the Jones School. Parker came to Rice on Sept. 20 to discuss Houston's future and the importance of a partnership between the city and the Jones School.
The Student-Administration Relations Resolution, known by some as the "KTRU Resolution" gained the approval of the Student Association at their weekly meeting last Monday. During that meeting, the members of the SA called for a motion to vote via roll call on the resolution, and after some debate, it passed unanimously.Two weeks ago, one of KTRU's music directors, Kevin Bush, composed the resolution and introduced it to the SA after learning about the university's decision to sell KTRU's broadcasting tower, license and frequency to KUHF. According to Bush, a Duncan College junior, the resolution aims to safeguard and maintain the integrity of student organizations in the future. It said that the Student Association disapproved of KTRU being sold without the student consultation and called for a written commitment from the administration that the secretive procedure would not become a precedent for other student organizations.
The members of the Student Association, decked out in "BRO-wear," gathered in the Farnsworth Pavilion Sept. 6 for smoothies, backslaps and something more serious: discussion of the Student-Administration Relations Resolution.This resolution was introduced at the Aug. 30 SA meeting by Duncan College junior Kevin Bush and is sponsored by SA President Selim Sheikh. The purpose of the proposition is enumerated at the beginning of the document: "To Disapprove of the Secretive Process Employed During the Sale of KTRU-FM; To Call for a Collaborative Dialogue Between Student Stakeholders and the Rice Administration."
Rice has made the Honor Roll for the second year in a row in the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" national survey. This annual assessment, started in 2008, examined 275 colleges this year for 12 "core attributes of a great academic workplace." Of those 275 institutions, Rice not only made the cut as one of 97 "Great Colleges to Work For"; it placed on the Honor Roll, a privilege awarded to only 39 colleges that have demonstrated excellence in the most categories. Specifically, Rice was commended in the categories of Professional/Career-Development Programs; Teaching Environment; Compensation and Benefits; Facilities, Workplaces, & Securities; Job Satisfaction; Work-Life Balance; Supervisor or Department Chair Relationship and Respect and Appreciation.