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​XXXTentacion disappoints with new album “?”

(04/11/18 8:35am)

In the past year, XXXTentacion has expanded beyond his SoundCloud following to become one of the most controversial artists in popular music. Despite (or maybe because of) X’s notoriously violent reputation, his latest album “?” debuted at number one. His disjointed second studio release is aptly titled, as it will leave listeners puzzled. Speaking as someone who has been listening to X since well before his major label releases and has enjoyed his music (while being appalled by his real-world acts of aggression), I’m confident saying that “?” is weak. The album’s popularity may stem from public fascination with X’s assault charges or his overall edgy and reckless brand, but it definitely is not a reflection of its quality.

​“Chappaquiddick” shows what happens when the powerful get away with murder

(04/11/18 8:33am)

Throughout the 20th century, America’s royal family, the Kennedy’s, could never seem to escape tragedy. Joseph Jr. died in World War II. Rosemary was lobotomized. JFK was assassinated in 1963, followed by his younger brother, Bobby, five years later. JFK Jr. and “Kick” both died in plane crashes 51 years apart. In the summer of 1969, Ted, the last living Kennedy son, destroyed any chance he had of becoming president by fleeing the scene of a fatal accident and failing to notify the police. Nearly half a century later, “Chappaquiddick,” as written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, dramatizes what happened that July night and in the week that followed. During those seven days, Ted Kennedy continually prioritized his reputation and legacy over the truth of his involuntary manslaughter of his 28-year-old passenger.

​Administration must reconsider public political stances as representatives of the Rice community

(04/11/18 7:55am)

Rice University is first and foremost an academic institution. The university exists to prepare young men and women to tackle real-world problems in an objective and impartial manner. By cultivating an environment where ideas are free from prejudice and facts can stand for themselves, we can grow in our ability to decipher the truth. Indeed, Rice’s mission statement summarizes that “Rice University aspires to [cultivate] a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.”

​Per Owlstra ad Astra: Why Rice Should Choose Space

(04/11/18 7:53am)

In a remote corner of Fondren stands a podium marked with the Seal of the President of the United States. From it, on Sept. 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy delivered his famous “Moon Shot Speech” to an audience of 40,000 at Rice Stadium: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” Seven years later, the Apollo 11 mission landed on the lunar surface. Yet, as far as most Rice students are concerned, that lonely podium and the few dusty mementos displayed alongside it are all that remain to signify our university’s great role in humanity’s celestial quest.

​Intramural Sports: A Mainstay of the Rice Community

(04/11/18 7:51am)

Intramural sports are not only one of the most popular extracurriculars on campus according to the Surveys of All Students, but they are also integral to our community. Between now and April 12, students will have the opportunity to vote on the future of this program. Since 2007, the IM program has operated on a fixed budget, despite a 20 percent increase in inflation and a significant increase in participation. For this program to sustain its growth, maintain the quality of equipment and make IM Sports more accessible to all students, we need to vote “yes” on the $5 fee increase.

​Not our cup of tea: Consent merits more complex discussions during O-Week

(04/11/18 7:50am)

Think back to your Orientation Week. Sift through the memories of speeches and late nights and picture 100 students crammed in the Herzstein 212 lecture hall you would later come to associate with math tests gone bad and long POLI lectures. Now, remember the laughter that filled the room as a certain video was projected on two large, white screens.

Baseball clinches series win over ODU

(04/07/18 10:31pm)

In a season that has included its fair share of low points, Rice baseball now has a reason to celebrate. The Owls defeated Old Dominion University 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park to clinch their first Conference USA series victory of the season. The win moves Rice to 14-19 overall and 4-7 in C-USA. Head coach Wayne Graham said the victory was much needed.

​Science beyond the hedges

(04/04/18 5:24am)

It’s a Tuesday evening at the Black Labrador Pub in Montrose and the pub’s well-worn wooden floors are seeing traffic as Houston community members gather to hear Stephen Bradshaw, an associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy, speak about solar astrophysics. Stunning visual images of the Sun from observation satellites help Bradshaw to explain the complexities of solar storms and space weather to the general public in outreach events, such as the Rice Science Cafe. Sponsored by the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Rice Science Cafes occur several times per semester.

​Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ creates a magnetically immersive dystopia

(04/04/18 5:16am)

We all want to escape reality every now and then. But what if we lived in a reality of such dead-end bleakness that we felt compelled to spend most of our waking hours plugged into a paradisiacal virtual universe? This question was the seed of Ernest Cline’s book “Ready Player One,” which was published before virtual reality gained traction as a media consumption game changer. Eight years after Warner Brothers purchased the screen rights, Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the 2011 bestseller launches its ambitious theatrical run. An engrossing throwback to the adventurous way Spielberg made movies back in his heyday, “Ready Player One” is a virtual universe you won’t mind losing yourself in.

‘Isle of Dogs’ is beautifully crafted, despite over-the-top writing

(04/04/18 5:14am)

Since his debut in 1996, Wes Anderson has arguably proven himself as today’s most creatively distinctive filmmaker. From his symmetrical shots to his dollhouse-esque set design, audiences know a Wes Anderson film when they see one. Although he mainly works in live-action, Anderson released his stellar stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in 2009. Now, Anderson returns to animation with “Isle of Dogs,” another wonderful showcase of his seemingly limitless imagination.