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Hindi will once again be offered by the Center for Language and Intercultural Communication in the fall 2016 semester as a two year program. According to Meng Yeh, associate director at the CLIC, students will have the option of enrolling in either First Year Hindi or Accelerated First Year Hindi, a faster paced program for heritage students who have been exposed to the language through their culture. She said an accelerated language program is already being offered in Chinese due to the amount of heritage students enrolled at Rice.
Rice University has approved funds for the Rice University Police Department to install security cameras outside of residential colleges to record entrances and exits. According to Police Chief Johnny Whitehead, several hundred security cameras are already on on campus in administration and academic buildings, but crime statistics have revealed the majority of crime including thefts, trespassing and sexual assault, occur in and around residential colleges.
Students have formed a new resource group, the English Undergraduate Association, focused on connecting English majors across Rice’s campus.
A subcommittee within the Rice Committee for Undergraduate Curriculum has drafted several changes to the limitations on number of credit hours that undergraduates can registered for each semester, according to subcommittee member Dorin Azerad. If approved by Faculty Senate, starting in Fall 2016, freshmen would be able to register for a maximum of 17 credit hours, while transfer students, sophomores, juniors and seniors would be capped at 18 hours per semester, as opposed to the current limit of 20 hours for all students.
The Student Association Senate passed Senate Bill #7 last Wednesday to create undergraduate advisory boards. Sid Richardson College Senator Justin Onwenu and Baker College Senator Anjali Bhatla introduced the bill to provide a space for centralized communication between faculty and students.