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Editorial: Better financial aid vital to a diverse student body

(03/28/18 5:35am)

This year is no exception to the trend of Rice’s rising cost, with tuition rising 3.2 percent for the 2018-19 academic year. However, this year’s tuition increase comes with significantly more financial aid. The financial aid budget will increase by 10 percent, in accordance with Rice’s Vision for the Second Century’s goal of focusing on accessibility and affordability for low- and middle-income applicants.


From the editor’s desk: Pit safety should be priority for next Beer Bike

(03/28/18 5:32am)

Beer Bike is an inherently risky activity that we should constantly strive to make safer. The steps taken by the campuswide Beer Bike coordinators to improve biker certification were much needed in limiting the risk that is ever-present when a pack of 12 bikers takes sharp turns around a track at high speeds. Now, the next step in ensuring a safe race is to limit the truly dangerous and negligent behavior exhibited this year by some colleges’ pit crews.


​Low Income Deniability: Rice must stop taking advantage of international students

(03/28/18 5:30am)

Every so often, Dean Hutch drops in on Student Association Senator dinners to answer questions and give input on student initiatives. On Feb. 21, much of our discussion was on accessibility. Hutch rattled off a list of occasions in which he had personally taken care of students’ emergency financial needs and gave an inspiring speech about the value of our Rice education. Then I asked him one question that snagged on a thread in the discussion, and the whole idea of accessibility at Rice began to unravel.










​‘Love, Simon’ imagines coming out as a universal experience

(03/21/18 5:20am)

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.


​‘Thoroughbreds’ follows in the footsteps of twisted cult classic

(03/21/18 5:16am)

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” builds on What So Not’s sound

(03/21/18 5:11am)

“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.


Hunting for happy hours

(03/21/18 5:07am)

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.



Beer Bike changes implemented to improve race safety, timing, penalty structure

(03/21/18 4:15am)

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.