Rice University’s Student Newspaper — Since 1916

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — Houston, TX 51°

homepage








NEWS 10/1/19 10:02pm

Pay attention: Thresher opinion prompts apology

Following the publication of a Rice alumna’s anonymous opinion about the mishandling of her sexual assault case in last week’s Thresher, students mobilized across campus to express their dissatisfaction and anger through acts of vandalism and defacement, silent protests and petitions. 


NEWS 9/24/19 9:46pm

MOB lets pride fly in Baylor halftime show

During halftime of the football game against Baylor University on Saturday, over 50 students and alumni from Rice and Baylor ran onto the football field bearing pride flags. The halftime show, organized by the Marching Owl Band, was a protest against Baylor’s discriminatory stance toward LGBTQ+ students, according to Chad Fisher, the public relations representative for the MOB.



OPINION 9/24/19 9:25pm

I reported. Rice and SJP still let him graduate.

The last time I wrote an opinion piece like this, I had just been sexually assaulted. I was in a terrible place, and I stayed in that terrible place for months and months, unable to break the walls that the sexual assault had put between me and my closest friends. 




NEWS 9/17/19 10:27pm

Rice receives part of grant for minorities in STEM

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of 1.9 million dollars to Rice in August, as part of a collective 2.7 million dollar grant alongside the University of Houston and Texas Southern University to investigate and alleviate the issue of underrepresentation of minority groups in STEM fields. 


NEWS 9/17/19 10:22pm

Vaping draws admin concern

Amid the ongoing investigation by the Center for Disease Control into the outbreak of lung disease and its ties to vaping, Dean of Undergraduates Bridget Gorman sent an email to the magisters directing them to pass on information warning students of the possible health risks of electronic cigarette use.


A&E 9/17/19 10:06pm

Rice Cinema celebrates 50th birthday with new screening series

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Rice Cinema has begun its new year-long screening series, “Low-Fi: Analog Deep Cuts from the Archive.” Every Thursday night at 7 p.m., film enthusiasts from across Houston can gather in the Rice Media Center to experience obscure independent films housed in the Rice Cinema film and video archive as well as analog films contributed by local cinema art institutions. 



NEWS 9/10/19 10:39pm

Rice falls to No. 17 in 2020 US News rankings

Rice dropped a place in the recently released 2020 U.S. News & World Report National Universities rankings, tying with Cornell University at No. 17. Last year, Rice was tied with Cornell at No. 16 and the previous year Rice was in a four-way tie for No. 14. 


NEWS 9/10/19 10:31pm

New Hanszen College dorm will begin construction in 2021

Construction of a new five-story Hanszen College dormitory made out of mass timber will begin in 2021, according to Mark Ditman, the associate vice president of Housing and Dining, and Anzie Gilmore, the assistant director for project management and engineering.


NEWS 9/8/19 5:34pm

Faculty, students reflect on El Paso, Dayton and Midland-Odessa shootings

Exactly one month after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, and three days after the shooting in the Midland-Odessa community in West Texas, members of the Rice community met in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center for a panel discussion and vigil in an event called “Reflections on El Paso: A Time for Unity.”


FEATURES 9/3/19 10:00pm

McPlunkett: the college that never was

For the last 10 years, Rice University has had 11 residential colleges. Enter McPlunkett College, Rice’s imaginary 12th college, founded in 2019 by the matriculating class. What started as an inside joke blew up to massive proportions, receiving shoutouts from Rice Housing and Dining, the Marching Owl Band and an official Rice University Instagram story.