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I love how much Rice loves Beer Bike. I love the way we call it “Christmas," the platoons of people filling water balloons and building floats, the punning and planning around selecting themes and T-shirt designs. But the day itself? I couldn’t care less for it.
Building materials and iterations of prototypes lay strewn on tables, one for each senior design team, in the basement of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. It is a flurry of building activity, design discussions and noise from the machine shop whirring in the background.
Solutions to BEER BIKE crossword! (#6)
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In the last two awards seasons, “Call Me by Your Name” and “Moonlight,” proved that films about people from underrepresented populations can still be incredibly successful. While these films put butts in seats with their target audience, the LGBTQ community, straight moviegoers flocked to the cinema to see them too. “Love, Simon,” is the latest entry in this successful string of LGBTQ love stories. But “Love, Simon” differs from its predecessors with its wide release and its big-studio funding. Based on the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” by Becky Albertalli, and starring Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”) in the title role, “Love, Simon” further demonstrates that LGBTQ stories have something for all of us.
In its marketing campaign, “Thoroughbreds,” playwright Cory Finley’s big-screen directorial debut, has been pitched as “‘Heathers’ meets ‘American Psycho.’” Both films, which feature emotionally detached characters and macabre satirical humor, became cult classics in spite of low box office returns. Finley’s screenplay, which began as a stage play, shares these elements but carves out its own path as it uses a backdrop of high society and restless adolescence to ask if emotional attachment has value in a cold, calculating world.
“Not All the Beautiful Things” is electronic project What So Not’s second album, and in these 12 tracks, the Australian producer finally demonstrates the full range of his musical talent. However, this album isn’t a perfect five; it has its weak points just like almost any other artist. “Not All the Beautiful Things” displays a perhaps more accessible side to What So Not and certainly adds more than it takes away from his favorable reputation.
I love Willy’s Pub and Valhalla as much as the next guy. The cheap craft beer and convenient location of both bars make it hard to justify schlepping off campus and ponying up $10 a drink at any “more fashionable” off-campus bar. Still, missing out on the enormous array of cocktail bars, ice houses and dives that make up Houston’s bar scene would be a real shame, and for those willing to hunt, a number of excellent bars nearby offer happy hours cheap enough to stay within your beer money budget.
Rice women’s basketball had its season come to an end on Tuesday night, falling 93-73 at the University of New Mexico in the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The Owls finish the year with a record of 23-10, just one win shy of the program record set in 2004-05.
Though the race time and team sizes are staying the same, this year’s Beer Bike features a number of rule changes regarding biker certification, race adjudication and fines. Campuswide Beer Bikes coordinators Joyce Moon and Erica Zhong, respectively a McMurtry College junior and Will Rice College sophomore, said they believed the modifications would lead to an improved event.
Students can snap a photo on the ceiling of Peter Parker’s bedroom and dance on a sundeck transformed into a cityscape through the Martel build inspired by the colleges “Martel Comics Presents: The Amazing Cider-Man” Beer Bike theme.
In the spirit of the Student Association’s changeover this week, the Thresher editorial board has filtered through the many resolutions, amendments, task forces and working groups passed this year in search of the most impactful accomplishments and areas that could be improved in the future. Overall, the SA under outgoing President Justin Onwenu has certainly brought up important topics that could set up the incoming executive board to further galvanize the Rice student body.
All eight Rice University student voters of 2014’s Democratic primary might be glad to know that the turnout this last weekend had increased by 2700 percent to 224 voters. Student turn out at the Republican primaries also increased by 450 percent from six voters to 33.
Rice University admissions saw the largest number of applicants in its history this year: 20,898, a 16 percent increase from last year.
Rice University Housing and Dining accidentally removed all the shelving units and threw out all of the food from the McMurtry College fourth floor kitchen over spring break when they were supposed to be renovating kitchens at Duncan College, according to McMurtry President Quinn Mathews.
President David Leebron signed a letter to Congress with 48 other university presidents urging reconsideration of a new national tax on university endowments.
A campuswide New York Times subscription will be renewed for the 2018-19 academic year and will be funded by Fondren Library, according to assistant university librarian Kerry Keck. Fondren will also continue to provide complimentary access to the Wall Street Journal.
A new social science building will be constructed next to Tudor Fieldhouse in what was Recreation Field 6, and Dean of the School of Social Sciences Antonio Merlo said he hopes construction will break ground by the end of this summer.
On March 6, the Thresher editorial board published an editorial discussing the deficiencies in undergraduate course feedback. While the editorial board correctly identifies the need for course review reform, the editorial places too much blame on a lack of student engagement as opposed to the weakness of existing student feedback models.