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Students raise funds for Japan disaster relief

(04/01/11 12:00am)

In response to the recent devastation in Japan, students have been banding together to raise money and awareness for victims of the natural disaster. Rice's Japanese Association of Students and Scholars responded within days of the catastrophe with boba sales at all of the colleges and widely publicized donation requests. Students from Duncan College, Hanszen College and others have also found their own way to help out through events such as Mr. Duncan and Makeruna Japan.

Meetings set college alcohol policies

(03/11/11 12:00am)

All residential colleges held mandatory meetings on Monday night to discuss each college's response to the recent campus-wide moratorium on hard alcohol and to inform students about the circumstances that led up to the administrative action.Each college was given the freedom to specify its own enforcement policies, definition of a private party and other aspects of moratorium that were mentioned in the letter from Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson on Feb. 24.

Willy's Pub celebrates 35th Birthday

(02/11/11 12:00am)

Willy's Pub commemorated its 35th birthday by hosting a four-day celebration this past weekend. Although the ladies' night event was ultimately canceled, the Pub experienced two of its top sales days during its Smoking Section concert and birthday party."I think the birthday party was a great success," Inventory Manager Avery Marcus said. "We're definitely very pleased with the outcome."

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.

Rondelet back after two years

(01/21/11 12:00am)

Rondelet returns tomorrow at 10 p.m. after a two-year hiatus. While the location of the dance remains at the Trevisio restaurant in the Texas Medical Center, several changes, such as the addition of a winter theme due to a change in event timing, have been implemented in an effort to revive the formal dance.Rice Program Council Social Co-Chair and Interim Vice President Libby Ulman said that they had hoped to bring back the tradition in a slightly different way while maintaining the spirit of Rondelet.

"Dex" was kind, thoughtful

(01/14/11 12:00am)

A service was held Monday for Hanszen College junior Dexter Gannon, who died near his home in Ketchum, Idaho, on Dec. 31. Approximately 50 members of the Rice community gathered at the Hanszen masters' house to remember "Dex."A math and economics major, Gannon left Rice last spring in order to deal with personal health issues, but planned on returning next fall to continue his studies.

Transformed Night Market attracts

(12/03/10 12:00am)

Red hand-painted lanterns and white fairy lights dotted the sky above the annual Rice Taiwanese Association Night Market, which was held at the Farnsworth Pavilion and the adjacent Brown Garden Nov. 20. More than 300 students participated in the Night Market, which required $5 for admission for the first time this year."We wanted to recreate the noisy, bustling, sensory-rich atmosphere of a real Taiwanese night market," Rice Taiwanese Association Co-President Allen Liao said. "We didn't want it to just be a take-food-and-leave kind of event, so we really changed it up from previous years to encourage people to stick around."

Donation program criticized

(11/12/10 12:00am)

The One Planet Books donation program has been accused of selling donated books for a profit by the Habitat for Humanity chapter at the University of Michigan. The Rice bookstore, as well as other Barnes&Noble bookstores nationwide, participates in this program, which is run by Barnes&Noble's sister company MBS Textbook Exchange.How the program works: When students try to sell their used textbooks to Barnes&Noble, the store refuses to buy back some of the books deemed "no-value." As an alternative to throwing these books away, the store asks students if they would like to donate the book to the One Planet program instead. Some store locations have set out decorated cardboard bins near the buyback area of the bookstore.

Acclaimed British novelist Zadie Smith reads at Grand Hall

(11/12/10 12:00am)

Invited as a part of the 2010 Campbell Lecture Series, British author Zadie Smith performed a reading in the Grand Hall Wednesday to an audience of more than 300 attendees. Her first novel, White Teeth, became an international best-seller in 2000 while she was a student at Cambridge University. A tenured professor of fiction at New York University, Smith was named by Granta, a UKbased literary magazine, as one of 20 best young writers in 2003.

Campus bookstore begins selling new fair trade products

(10/22/10 12:00am)

Since the beginning of this year, the campus bookstore has been selling a new brand of clothing known for paying their workers a livable wage. Created by the American company Knights Apparel, the Alta Gracia brand uses workers from the Dominican Republic who are paid wages approximately three times more than the minimum wage earned by other workers of the same industry and country.Like the fair trade coffee sold at Coffeehouse, the Alta Gracia products reflect Rice's efforts to address student concerns about the origins of the products sold on campus.