Martel College junior Ben Chou (left), Will Rice College freshman Ben Hawriluk (center) and Brown College junior Sanjula Jain (right) face off at the Student Association Presidential debates last Monday. Voting runs through Monday, Feb. 13 at 11:59 p.m. at sa.rice.edu/election2012.
A campus-wide policy effective starting with this year's room draw will allow gender-neutral, or co-ed, housing at every residential college. The policy allows two or more students to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom regardless of their sexes or gender identities.
Around 800 people poured into Red Door and Wonder Bar during 100 Days on Feb. 2 in celebration of the upcoming commencement.
Students interested in landing financial service internships have a new opportunity to showcase their knowledge with Rice's first Bloomberg Assessment Test, which will be administered on campus twice next week.
The Global China Connection group is hosting its inaugural conference on U.S.-Chinese relations with a focus on energy, economics, and technology on Feb. 18 in the McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall.
Leadership Rice's Envision Grants award students the capital to effect change on campus. This year, five grants have been awarded, up from four last year, to help start up new projects: Karma Patrol, Rice University Women in Science and Engineering, celebrateART, Food for Thought and Acappellooza. The Envision Grant is a one-time allocation to students whose projects have proved not only visionary but also self-sustaining, Envision Grant Mentor Michael Domeracki, said.
New survey data released by the Center for Career Development indicated that just over half of graduating students seeking employment have received offers, but CCD Director Nicole Van Den Heuvel said that the data was limited by the 23 percent response rate to the survey.
In the spirit of the upcoming Centennial, the Rice Inner Loop now sports its own walking guide to the history of the university. A hundred Centennial-themed banners recently replaced the owl banners that hung on light posts. The banners display short historical events and can be read in sequential order by following them down the Inner Loop from Tudor Fieldhouse.
A new Hanszen College student committee is considering renovating and possibly rebuilding New Section, which was erected in 1955. This group, called the New Section Student Advisory Board, has met with Housing and Dining; Facilities, Engineering and Planning; and other administrators to discuss the viability and form of these changes.
Starting next fall, any ambiguity about course requirements will be cleared up on the first day of classes. The Faculty Senate recently passed a resolution presented by the Student Association and endorsed by the University Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum that will require faculty to provide a syllabus to students on the first day of classes.