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NEWS 8/23/16 11:19pm

Student concerns spur MECH changes

The mechanical engineering department has taken steps this summer to address understaffing and underfunding issues, following student complaints at a town hall organized by undergraduates in the spring.


NEWS 8/23/16 11:17pm

Students pursue political passions, blue or red

On Beer Bike morning, while the rest of Rice was preparing to ingest liquid at high speeds, Duncan College sophomore Maurice Frediere was at the convention for Senate District 13 to elect delegates for each precinct within the district.


NEWS 8/23/16 11:09pm

SA tables CUC credit limit censure

The Student Association Senate unanimously voted to table a resolution that would have censured the Faculty Senate for approving new limits on the number of credit hours undergraduates can take.




NEWS 4/22/16 10:29am

Faculty Senate approval of credit hour limit in face of student protests spurs campus debate

The Faculty Senate voted 14 to nine Wednesday in favor of the Committee for Undergraduate Curriculum’s proposal to lower the limit on the number of credit hours undergraduate students can enroll in from 20 hours to 18 hours, starting with the incoming class of 2020. More than 100 students were present at the Faculty Senate meeting to protest against the proposal in a sit-in organized by the Student Association, with at least 50 remaining until the vote on the changes two hours after the meeting began.



NEWS 4/13/16 9:47am

MECH department faces questions following student town hall

Over 150 students, faculty and administrators attended the mechanical engineering town hall, where undergraduates discussed some of the issues they face in the department, including a lack of tenured professors, underresourced labs and the general underfunding of the department. Mechanical engineering is the second-largest major by enrollment at Rice, with about 190 students.



NEWS 4/6/16 1:21am

Faculty political donations lean left

Public records show that Rice University employees have given 87 percent of their campaign contributions to liberal or Democratic organizations since 2000, while 10 percent of the contributions have gone toward those that are associated with Republicans.





NEWS 3/23/16 4:00pm

Beer Run: 9 Years Since Last Run

Finishing times indicate Martel College won the women’s and men’s races and Jones College won the alumni race at Beer Bike where, for the first time since 2007, a running race took place instead of biking.


NEWS 3/16/16 1:59pm

Tuition Increases for 2016

The annual increase of Rice University’s undergraduate tuition has come to be expected every year, and the price tag to attend Rice in fall 2016 is no exception.


NEWS 3/16/16 1:43pm

Paypal co-founder critiques pitches, talks entrepreneurship

PayPal co-founder and Affirm CEO Max Levchin visited Rice to discuss entrepreneurship as a part of his University Tech Tour in an event organized jointly with the computer science club. Levchin, a serial entrepreneur, said one of the main reasons he was drawn to Rice was its diversity. “We’re looking for far-flung places to find talent,” Levchin said.


NEWS 3/16/16 1:37pm

New EVP election to fill vacancy

A special election will be held for Student Association external vice president by the end of the month, pending SA Senate approval, due to elected candidate Justin Onwenu’s decision to step down before changeover for personal reasons. According to Director of Elections Sai Chilakapati, Senate will vote on the the timeline for a special election on March 14, then finalize the ballot a week later, after which campaigning will begin.


NEWS 3/11/16 7:27pm

Onwenu releases statement stepping down as EVP-elect

After close discussion with family, friends and mentors, I have decided to step down from my role as 2016-2017 Student Association External Vice President. Given recent personal circumstances, I believe this is the best decision for myself and for the SA. I love Rice and I have truly enjoyed serving students through the SA over the past two years. I cannot thank the people who have supported me through this process enough.



NEWS 2/23/16 9:50pm

Thomas, Onwenu win SA election

Griffin Thomas will assume the position of Student Association president after winning a close election against Joan Liu, while Justin Onwenu emerged as the clear winner in a three-way race for SA external vice president. Thomas, a junior finishing his term as Lovett College president, won 53 percent of the 1,532 votes cast in the presidential race, which had a 40 percent higher turnout than last year.