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Rice’s new financial aid is great for the few who make it in

(09/26/18 4:49am)

Like many other students, we were excited to hear that Rice will be overhauling its financial aid system. While need-based financial aid already pays for our tuition and the majority of other expenses, this policy change will probably result in a small, but very helpful, increase in our aid next school year. More importantly, though, it seems like Rice might finally be trying to make itself more inclusive of people whose families are not financially stable or well off.  However, despite the fanfare, we are skeptical that this financial aid overhaul will significantly increase Rice’s accessibility to low-income students. Rice now promises a smoother ride to a low-income student if they manage to make it through the admissions process, but this policy does not make that road any easier. While this change is good for students from middle- and lower-class families who currently attend or might someday manage to get in, economically disadvantaged students still face an enormously difficult challenge in gaining admission in the first place.

Rice's next investment: financial accessibility beyond tuition

(09/26/18 4:47am)

Waking up to last Tuesday morning’s news about the Rice Investment, I was thrilled to see such a significant change in how we structure financial aid at Rice. Rice is an incredible school, and such a broad change will make it possible for more students to access a Rice education. But I feel it is important to mention that even though tuition and room and board will be more affordable for many students, there is still work to be done to make Rice truly accessible to lower-income students.

The Threadsher Exclusive: Top 6 Manscaping Tips

(09/26/18 4:15am)

It’s around the time when the excitement of starting a new school year has worn off, you’re sick and swamped with midterms and papers and your room is a pigsty of clothes, trash and unclean servery plates. Lastly and most unfortunately, you look like a goddamn mess. You haven’t shaved in a week and you’ve been wearing the same outfit, a Rice t-shirt and cargo shorts, to class every day. 

The Menil Collection: Reopening displays a reinvigorated space

(09/26/18 4:07am)

While it may have seemed like not much happened on campus this weekend, the ordinarily quiet and unassuming residential Menil District was buzzing with excitement and activity. Following a seven-month-long hiatus, the main building of the Menil Collection finally reopened its doors on Saturday. Visitors were able to experience the newly updated building in what might have been one of the most anticipated cultural events of the fall, complete with food from famous Houston food trucks (like the Waffle Bus and Smoosh). 

Rice Media Center hosts Agustin Estrada’s ‘Shizen: On the Art of Looking at Nature’

(09/26/18 4:05am)

Agustín Estrada’s photography exhibit “Shizen: On the Art of Looking at Nature,” which showcases intricate perspectives of nature in the context of Japanese culture, opened at the Rice Media Center Main Gallery Tuesday, Sept. 18. While “Shizen” translates directly to “nature,” this broad term is categorized into three distinct aspects that are individually explored and developed by Estrada. The first is “Niwa,” Japanese ponds and gardens that serve as “pure places” to interact with nature. The second is “Hanami,” the blooming of flowers in early spring, and the third is “Momiji,” the falling and changing colors of leaves in autumn.

“iridescence” is BROCKHAMPTON’s most experimental album yet

(09/22/18 4:09pm)

Ever wait years for your favorite artist to drop a single? Fans of BROCKHAMPTON, a hip-hop band best known for experimental vocals and eclectic instrumentals, can’t relate. With “iridescence,” BROCKHAMPTON now has four albums and an EP, an impressive feat for the four years that the 14-member band has been active. The album marks the beginning of their next “trilogy,” following after their popular “SATURATION” trilogy and the controversial dismissal of former member and co-founder Ameer Vann. Showcasing a characteristically upbeat and scattered style, “iridescence” ups the experimentation with quirkier-than-ever instrumentals, unique choruses and brutally honest lyrics. 

Editorial: The right investment: Rice expands access

(09/19/18 2:03pm)

On Tuesday, Rice announced a program it’s calling The Rice Investment, a sweeping expansion of its need-based financial aid set to begin in the fall of next year. Families making between $65,000 and $130,000 per year will receive grants covering the entire cost of tuition, currently $46,600 per year. In addition to receiving full-tuition grants, those making less than $65,000 will also receive grants that cover fees, room and board. Households making under $200,000 will not be asked to take out loans as part of their financial aid package and will have at least half their tuition covered. 

Volleyball records second tournament sweep of the season

(09/19/18 8:23am)

The Rice volleyball team dispatched three non-conference opponents on its way to a perfect record at the Rice Adidas Invitational II held in Tudor Fieldhouse last weekend. The invitational was Rice’s second non-conference tournament of the season. This time, the Owls’ opponents were the University of Mississippi, Austin Peay State University and McNeese State University. The match against Ole Miss was held on Friday night, and the latter two games on Saturday. Rice entered the matchup against Ole Miss coming off a four-set loss to Stephen F. Austin State University the previous Tuesday. Early on, it appeared as if the Owls were in trouble. They lost the first set 25-21, as Mississippi outside hitter Emily Stroup attacked Rice from multiple angles en route to six kills in the set. Eventually, Rice’s consistency and defensive presence became a more important factor in the match. Senior libero Lee Ann Cunningham manufactured a game-high 24 digs, freshman setter Carly Graham added 28 assists and the Owls dug deep on defense to hold Ole Miss to a modest .122 hit percentage. Rice defeated the Rebels in four sets by scores of 21-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-20. Junior outside hitter Tori Woogk was one of four Owls who registered 10 or more kills against the Rebels. According to Woogk, Rice’s adjustment between the first and second set was more about execution than strategy. “We started slow, but after the first set we said, ‘What do we want to focus on?’” Woogk said. “We said passing and serving, and I think we came together and fixed what we were lacking in the first set and brought it back.” Head coach Genny Volpe said she agreed that the Owls’ serving was the most important aspect in their defeat of  Ole Miss. “I thought the team did a really nice job of serving,” Volpe said. “I thought that helped the whole match because it put Ole Miss on the defense, and they were out of system a little bit more than they usually are. I also think our balanced attack picked up. Our passing started improving, and our setters did a really nice job.” In the second match of the tournament, Rice handed Austin Peay its second loss of the season in a four-set victory: 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20. Graham added another 24 assists but was outdone by junior setting partner Adria Martinez, who tallied 30. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Lennon put on a clinic with 25 kills in the match. According to Volpe, Rice carried over the momentum from Friday’s victory into Saturday morning. “I was pleased with our mental approach to the morning match,” Volpe said. “Nicole [Lennon] and Grace [Morgan] really stepped up offensively and Lee Ann [Cunningham] was creating transition opportunities. Her defense was key in the match.” The last game of the weekend for Rice was against McNeese State, which had tallied only one win all season. After grinding out two tough four-set matches, the Owls rolled over their last opponent in three straight sets: 25-17, 25-19, 25-14. Morgan, a junior middle blocker, aided Rice’s fast start with five kills in the opening set. After the win, Lennon was named tournament MVP while Morgan and Cunningham were selected to the all-tournament team along with Lennon. Cunningham said she attributed her tournament success to maintaining control on the volleyball court. “One of the things we talk about before each game that people want to see out of Rice Volleyball is being dominant and efficient,” Cunningham said. “That was a focus for this game especially. We feel like we have kind of been playing point to point with some teams, but we took control tonight.” Next, Rice will open its conference slate Friday at 6 p.m. with a match against the University of Texas, El Paso at Tudor Fieldhouse. Volpe said the goal of the team entering conference play is to stay consistent following tournament success. “Our message in the locker room is always progress,” Volpe said. “We want to keep making progress and stay consistent, and be a better team tomorrow than we were today. That message will never change.”

‘New Cartographies’ brings a measured perspective to map-making

(09/19/18 8:16am)

Maps don’t just show location in the Asia Society of Texas’ newest exhibition. “New Cartographies” showcases four artists and their exploration of the nuances associated with creating a physical representation of an entire region. In these works, the artists find new ways to create maps by incorporating the regions’ personal subjectivity, political struggles and colonial pasts. All four artists, Sohei Nishino, Tiffany Chung, Li Songsong and Allan deSouza, have their works displayed in different rooms, giving the artists more space for their pieces and emphasizing the distinctions between each individual’s style. The silence and darkness of the gallery allow the viewer to explore the complexity of each piece and the gravity of the issues being analyzed as they travel through the rooms. The first room features pieces by Nishino, whose work has a deep intimacy about it that pulls the viewer in. The most prominent works are collages of the New Delhi cityscape, composed of thousands of photos of city residents and architecture. These images express how Nishino views the city and its people, emphasizing the subjective lens through which an individual experiences a region. The second artist showcased is Chung, who uses her unique perspective as a refugee to convey the realities that millions of displaced people around the world face every day. Her tireless research of cartographic methods is evident in her accurate geopolitical maps that highlight the effects of international conflicts and natural disasters. The most beautiful and haunting part of her exhibit is a series of lightboxes displaying the destruction of a city by ISIS.