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Several Rice groups denounce proposal to change VISA rules

(10/21/20 2:14am)

The Student Association and the Office of International Students and Scholars plan on commenting in opposition to a Department of Homeland Security proposal to remove “Duration of Status,” a move that would make it more difficult for students on visas to extend their stay in the country, according to Adria Baker, the executive director of the OISS.

“Proud Late Bloomer” finishes its run at Sleepy Cyborg Gallery

(10/16/20 2:26am)

 “Proud Late Bloomer” by Raquelle Jacqueline is the latest exhibition at Rice’s student-run Sleepy Cyborg Gallery. On view from Oct. 1-15, the collection’s main piece was a 41-page autobiographical coming of age comic titled “Misguided Love,” viewable only to in-person visitors at the tiny gallery in Sewall Hall. The solo exhibition also includes Jacqueline’s illustrations on postcards she collected during the travels she narrates in the comic, and short interviews available on Sleepy Cyborg’s website.

Temporary installations, enduring imagination: Rice Public Art welcomes “Creative Interventions”

(10/14/20 4:12am)

The Moody Center for The Arts’ new outdoor installations, dubbed “Creative Interventions,” is a multimedia collection of artistic works and interactive exhibits that take advantage of temporary structures and socially distanced spaces across campus. 

BSA’s Soul Night lights up screens with Y2K nostalgia

(10/14/20 4:09am)

The Black Student Association held their annual Soul Night this Saturday with outdoor screenings at residential colleges as well as virtually through Zoom. Inflatable screens, snaking HDMI cables and relentless mosquitos did nothing to detract from student presence at the revamped Soul Night. Soul Night Co-Coordinator Camille Pierre-Louis explains how Soul Night is normally a cultural live show that provides a platform for Rice students and young Black artists to express themselves and show off the spectrum of Blackness. 

Jack Fox punts his way from the Owls to the Lions

(10/14/20 4:03am)

Although their season has not started yet, one bright spot for the Rice Owls football program has been former Rice punter and current NFL player Jack Fox. As the starting punter for the Detroit Lions, Fox has made waves in football due to his performance so far this season. An undrafted rookie, Fox is a star for the Lions, impressing football fans and pundits across the nation. 

“Down With Willy” sit-ins expand to broader movement with Lovett Hall and residential college projections

(10/14/20 4:00am)

The sit-ins to remove William Marsh Rice’s statue from the Founder’s Memorial expanded to include projections of messages onto Lovett Hall on Oct. 5, which prompted Rice University Police Department to respond and shut down the display. The sit-ins have continued for over 40 days, with 14 people attending Monday’s sit-in and two additional students on Zoom. 

This election, down-ballot races determine the future of our climate

(10/14/20 4:44am)

Editor’s Note: This is a guest opinion that has been submitted by a member of the Rice community. The views expressed in this opinion are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the Thresher or its editorial board. All guest opinions are fact-checked and edited for clarity and conciseness by Thresher editors.

General Chemistry faculty confront Honor Code violations in the online learning environment

(10/14/20 2:58am)

With classes being taught online or in a dual-delivery mode, professors have expressed concerns about increased cheating. General Chemistry Professor Kristi Kincaid said there have already been some issues with students cheating in General Chemistry, an introductory course with 343 students currently enrolled. 

Support student artists as they support the Rice community

(10/14/20 2:53am)

When the massive tents known as Provisional Campus Facilities were first constructed on the Rice campus, the South college courtyard suddenly looked a bit alien — a literal sign of the times. Those once foreboding white tents have since been transformed, however, into canvases for compelling visual art, and the once downtrodden courtyard surrounding them into a colorful playground, thanks to the Moody Center for the Arts’ “Creative Interventions” initiative. This project has combined creativity and innovation from students and professional artists alike to give us all an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes our Rice and Houston communities special as we collectively struggle with uncertainty.