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Admin should stand with LGBTQ students from Rice and Baylor

(09/25/19 2:33am)

The last time the Marching Owls Band performed a halftime show at a football game against Baylor University, they formed a IX on the field to call out Baylor’s cover-up of a sexual assault scandal — and the Rice administration gave an official apology on behalf of the university. At Saturday’s show during the Rice-Baylor football game, the MOB again used their platform to support student interests. Over 50 Rice and Baylor students and alumni ran onto the football field, waving pride flags to stand with LGBTQ+ students at Baylor. And the Rice administration has so far been silent. 

Men Need to be More Involved in Climate Change Action

(09/25/19 2:24am)

In high school I was involved with an environmental networking organization, Maine Environmental Changemakers, that connects like-minded people across the state of Maine to the resources they need to actualize positive environmental change within their communities. Changemakers is heavily focused on increasing representation of minorities in the environmental sector, giving the people that are most impacted by climate change a voice in the fight for our future. Over twenty-five percent of the 2018 Changemakers Network Gathering attendees represented minority groups in a state that is ninety-five percent White. 

Dear Rice’s Crisis Management Team: Do better

(09/25/19 2:22am)

You can do better. Safety should always be the number one priority. On Thursday, the flash flood event that occurred due to former Tropical Storm Imelda was predictable. Not only did the Rice Alert System send multiple notifications concerning the state of Imelda, but the National Weather Service also issued flood warnings for areas all over Houston, including Rice. Still, you chose to continue normal campus operations, endangering faculty, staff, and students.

Houston GREEN Film Series Brings Biodiesel Awareness to Rice

(09/25/19 2:19am)

The Houston GREEN Film Series hosted a screening and a panel discussion of “Hot Grease” at the Rice Media Center last Wednesday. The documentary draws attention to biodiesel, a renewable source of energy that can be made from soybean oil and recycled cooking oil, that turns leftover grease from deep fryers into fuel that can power 18-wheeler trucks.  

KTRU 101: Professors On the Air

(09/25/19 2:19am)

When you hear the word KTRU, you may imagine the radio station’s iconic yellow and black stickers adorning laptops, eclectic music tastes and quirky on-campus concerts like the annual Outdoor Show. While KTRU is steeped in undergraduate student culture and primarily run by them, Rice radio is also an outlet for graduate students, faculty, staff and local community members to support the Houston music scene and celebrate often-neglected music genres.

Moody Center’s exhibit shoots for the stars

(09/25/19 2:17am)

Friday’s classes may have been belatedly canceled, but not even Tropical Depression Imelda could halt the launching of the Moody Center for the Arts’ latest exhibit: “Moon Shot.” Despite torrential downpour, the opening reception turned out a sizable crowd of visitors eager to partake in the Moody Center’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. 

Here’s the tea on The Hoot’s new sandwich

(09/25/19 2:16am)

The start of this semester has brought with it a major change in the menu of student-run business The Hoot. Rather than serving Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches, which were removed from The Hoot’s menu at the end of last year, the late night snack stand is now offering Smashburger chicken sandwiches. With all the buzz around this change, and a freshly bolstered tetra balance, I couldn’t wait to try the new sandwich for myself. 

“Charli” Embraces Its Creator’s Contradictions

(09/25/19 2:14am)

After a few melancholic arpeggios on album opener “Next Level Charli,” Charli XCX delivers the album thesis over increasingly intense instrumentation: “I go hard, I go fast / I never look back.” When “Charli” sticks by this aggressively futuristic promise, it thrives as another incredible installment in a discography that has recently been pushing, as of late, the definition of pop music.

Insomnia Gallery Holds Black Light Art Show

(09/25/19 2:08am)

Insomnia Gallery held a public reception Friday, Sept. 20 for the opening of “Near Dark: Black Light Art Show,” a collection of black light sensitive art complete with black light that bring the pieces to life. Insomnia called for submissions from local artists with the only requirement being that all work be black light sensitive. All art presented at the show was listed for sale in order to support the event and artists.

Stayin’ Alive: Trammell continues to excel

(09/25/19 2:05am)

The 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound player you see receiving footballs on kickoffs and running full speed into opposing players for the Rice football team is none other than junior wide receiver Austin Trammell. Though he may be smaller in stature than most football players, Trammell has been a kick punt returner for the Owls since his freshman year. But Trammell’s talent isn’t just limited to special teams. Last year, Trammell was also the team leader in receptions and receiving yards. After Trammell’s on-the-field performance during his sophomore year, he was named team captain this season. 

Men’s club lacrosse integrates women into team

(09/25/19 2:04am)

The club lacrosse team is not vastly different from the various other club teams Rice has to offer. They’re a team that competes with other schools and continues to grow in size. But one way in which this team is unique is the make-up of the 27 people on it. As of the first two practices, six women have either showed up to a practice or expressed interest in joining the team, making club lacrosse one of the only mixed-gender team club sports.