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OWL-Socrates set to expand

(02/11/11 12:00am)

Two years into the OWL-Socrates website pilot project - capturing videos of classes which students can watch from home - the Educational Technologies Department plans to expand the project.According to Director of Academic and Research Computing Gary Kidney, the program has captured certain classes under the Schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Business and Music. Around 10 professors currently use this technology. Kidney said that he hopes to increase that number by encouraging faculty to use the technology in his discussions with them, but the choice to use the technology or not remains the prerogative of the individual faculty members.

News in brief: RMC renovations planned

(02/04/11 12:00am)

The Student Center Renovation Committee, formed by the Student Assocation in spring 2010, has been meeting to discuss how the RMC can be renovated in the next five years, what the obstacles will be and how much it will cost. Over the past semester, the committee has conducted research on the two renovation plans drawn out in 1994 and 2006 and conducted an online survey of the Rice community's opinions on the renovation, SCRC Chair Carl Nelson said.The SA collected raw data from the survey on Monday. Nelson, the SA's external vice president and a Brown College senior, said more than 800 people participated in the survey, but the compiled results will not be out for a few weeks. The majority of the participants were undergraduates. Around 100 graduate students and a little more than 100 staff, as well as a small number of faculty also participated.

ASB trips fundraise

(01/28/11 12:00am)

Ranging from bake sales to a foursquare tournament, members of Alternative Spring Break trips are getting creative to raise money. ASB sends students to various locations in the U.S. such as New Orleans, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, where students volunteer in projects and learn about different issues during the week of spring break.Community Involvement Center Director Mac Griswold said that the CIC covers the basic expenses, such as ASB T-shirts and the two-day training prior to the trips, but trip members are responsible for paying the expenses of the actual trip, such as plane tickets and living expenses. Excluding the $250 registration fee, the rest of the money comes from fundraising.

Honor council changes parts of CPS

(12/03/10 12:00am)

The Honor Council met Nov. 21 to discuss and ratify the Honor Council Consensus Penalty Structure that will take effect in the spring semester.Honor Council External Vice Chair Kaleb Underwood said that the Honor Council included "in violation" and "not in violation" as one of the factors that the Honor Council cannot consider in order to prevent charges held against a student pleading in violation, because the accused should always be allowed to make a defense. Underwood said that historically, a student's plea had been looked at in different ways, but as recent as in the past four or five years, it has become an unwritten rule that it should not be considered in determining the penalty.

Computer Science curriculum change

(11/19/10 12:00am)

The Computer Science Department announced its new curriculum that will officially take effect for the class of 2015. Major changes in the new curriculum include a new introductory course sequence, removal of the previously required discrete math course and more consistency in programming languages taught.Computer Science Department Chair Joe Warren said the success of COMP 140 following its introduction three years ago motivated the change in curriculum. Rather than only focusing on learning a programming language, COMP 140 provides more hands-on problems, such as music processing and network analysis on Facebook, as initiatives to building programming techniques.

CSO clarinettist to teach in fall

(11/12/10 12:00am)

The Shepherd School of Music is getting ready to welcome Richard Hawley, currently the principal clarinetist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), as the new professor of clarinet in 2011.Dean of the Shepherd School Robert Yekovich said Hawley was selected from three final candidates because of his extensive orchestral experience, knowledge in chamber music and reputation as a teacher.