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It is my privilege to be a member of the Rice community, and to serve as dean of undergraduates. Every day, I come to campus and work with people who care deeply about our community and are committed to providing an excellent experience to all our students.
Students at Rice University are urging the administration to provide free and accessible toilet paper in all on-campus bathrooms. The students seem to think toilet paper is a human right and claim it is necessary for biological function.
Content warning: This opinion piece contains references to sexual assault.
It’s hard to avoid Tasty videos on Facebook. They pop up everywhere, showing you how to make an entire meal using aesthetically pleasing dishware in 10 seconds or less. If you’re addicted to watching these videos, you’re not alone. Jaymeshia Carter, executive chef at Baker College Kitchen, said she watches Tasty videos too.
Content warning: This piece contains graphic and detailed references to sexual assault, which can be extremely triggering. The 24/7 wellbeing hotline number is 713-348-3311.
After students were turned away from public parties last year, students appear to be arriving earlier and in greater numbers to this year’s publics, according to Captain Clemente Rodriguez of the Rice University Police Department.
Within the past two weeks, students at Will Rice College and Lovett College have experienced a variety of facilities issues, from flooding at Will Rice to reports of wasps, roaches and fungi at Lovett.
Following the publication of a Rice alumna’s anonymous opinion about the mishandling of her sexual assault case in last week’s Thresher, students mobilized across campus to express their dissatisfaction and anger through acts of vandalism and defacement, silent protests and petitions.
Over 130 Rice accounts had their email addresses and passwords exposed as part of a breach that swept Chegg, a textbook rental and homework help company, over a year ago, according to Marc Scarborough, chief information security officer at the Office of Information Technology.
Although five varsity athletic teams are currently in season for Rice athletics, soccer might be the most entertaining team at Rice to watch. Here’s why I recommend you watch a Rice soccer match:
Originally from Russia, sophomore tennis players Anastasia and Victoria Smirnova are twin sisters, and both have been playing tennis with their family since they were six years old. Though the Smirnovas’ parents were athletes themselves, they played a slightly different sport: table tennis. Their father was ranked as high as No. 11 in the world in table tennis and participated in three different Olympic Games; similarly, their mother played table tennis as a member of the Russian junior national table tennis team.
The construction of Rice Athletics’ indoor practice facility has been delayed and is not expected to be completed until after Beer Bike, according to Deputy Athletic Director Rick Mello. Mello said the primary reason for the delay has been difficulty with establishing electronic circuitry to the facility, and a misunderstanding between Rice and its electrical contractor.
Rice football fell short against Louisiana Tech University in overtime, 23-20, on Saturday night at Rice Stadium in the team’s first game against a Conference USA opponent. The Owls currently have zero wins and five losses on the season.
Content warning: The following opinion includes references to sexual assault.
Student drivers, both new and returning, are expressing displeasure with many aspects of Rice parking policy that they say hinder the ease of using their car, such as concerns regarding flooding and availability of convenient parking and transportation to and from lots, despite the hundreds of dollars that parking permits cost.
On Sunday morning, multiple Rice students joined thousands of attendees at a rally held for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, while several other Rice students attended a protest outside the event, which was held at NRG Stadium.
Hanszen College hosted “Lights Out: Don’t Sleep on Hanszen,” described as a “pajama party you don’t want to miss” on Facebook with music from “three of the best DJs on campus.” As Hanszen’s first fall public party in the last four years, “Lights Out” was meant to change up the Hanszen party scene, according to Jeremiah Murrell, a Hanszen social chair and senior.
During halftime of the football game against Baylor University on Saturday, over 50 students and alumni from Rice and Baylor ran onto the football field bearing pride flags. The halftime show, organized by the Marching Owl Band, was a protest against Baylor’s discriminatory stance toward LGBTQ+ students, according to Chad Fisher, the public relations representative for the MOB.
Tropical Depression Imelda hit Houston last week, bringing with it heavy rains and flash flood warnings starting Wednesday and reaching its peak on Thursday. Rice campus remained under normal operations up until midday Thursday.