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NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

Student assaulted near academic quadrangle

A male student was physically assaulted while walking past the academic quadrangle on College Way with a female student at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Rice University Police Department Captain Phil Hassell said. The assailant was described as a 20-25-year-old black male, about 5'7" and 150 pounds with "big eyes," short hair and a medium complexion. Hassell said the assailant stepped out of his vehicle, yelled at the student and then struck the student. At that point, another member of the assailant's vehicle dragged him back to a dark four-wheeled car before departing.


NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

Making the big time

Former Rice tight end James Casey works out for scouts from 28 NFL teams during Rice's pro day on March 26 in preparation for the NFL Draft held in New York City April 25-26.


NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

Students look for explanations, solutions to genocide

One week after Omar al-Bashir, the President of Sudan, announced he would expel 13 humanitarian aid groups in the country, three scholars fielded student questions on ethnic conflict and genocide at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy on March 31.Michael Emerson, Professor of Sociology; Gale Stokes, past chair of the History Department and Dean of Humanities; and Mary Lee Webeck, Director of Education at Holocaust Museum Houston, spoke to students on the commonalities of ethnic conflicts and the factors that lead to genocide.


NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

Emergency alert system requires updates

Not long ago, a member of the Rice staff had been violently assaulted and the perpetrator, a man with a clear description, was on the lam, putting the entire Rice campus at risk for another attack. We wrote - nay, pleaded - with the Rice University Police Department to properly implement and utilize the Emergency Alert System that was put into place almost two years ago ("Safety measures need revamping," Jan. 30). We asked RUPD to alert us whenever the information was pertinent to our safety and well-being. We didn't mind having our inbox full or text messages eaten up, so long as the information sent kept us free from harm and our belongings safe at hand.After all, that's what the system was created for. And while we were eventually alerted of the assault, the details of the situation escaped in an infuriating trickle.



NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

I Love You, Man: Best bromance ever

The 21st century has ushered in many things: iPhone, text messaging, blogs and ... bromantic comedies? This new genre has been spearheaded by comedic guru Judd Apatow, who has brought us a slew of smart and funny films with a dash of love such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Apatow has also made stars such as Paul Rudd (Role Models), Seth Rogen (Superbad) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) household comedic names.But when Apatow is not involved in that comedic vein, it can show. Such is the case of I Love You, Man.


NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

Art around Willy's statue to honor donors

The statue of William Marsh Rice in the academic quadrangle may be getting a new neighbor. Construction has been planned in the academic quad to honor the members of the Rice University Legacy Society, a group of approximately 50 corporations, foundations and individuals who have contributed at least $4.6 million to the university, the amount Rice gifted in his will to establish Rice University. Construction may be completed in 2012, Rice President David Leebron said.


NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

No change in parking lot prices

If the current economic situation has a silver lining, it is next year's on-campus parking rates, which will not increase for the 2009-'10 academic year, Director of Administrative Services Eugen Radulescu said. "Everything stays the same," Radulescu said. "Everything is frozen ... for everyone: for faculty, for staff, for students, for visitors."



NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

30Nights cancellation ruins excitement

If you're reading this right now, it means that we're unhappy - 30Nights is still cancelled (see story, page 6). What was shaping up to be a great Wednesday night - senioritis-laced seniors mixed with Element is always a good concoction - has now turned into another typical, paper-churning slog. Yes, we're complaining, and here's why:30Nights, with its marketing blitz and higher sales of tickets, was set to go off without a hitch. People were excited about this party, and rightfully so. In a week that people needed to blow off steam, the team behind the party's planning was doing an excellent job, and with an expected 350 attendees - 200 pre-sold and 150 more expected, according to an e-mail - the club Element was due to be hoppin'.


NEWS 4/9/09 7:00pm

KTRU Pick of the Week: Siamese Sailboats

Every week at KTRU, eager DJs write out short reviews of music's cutting-edge albums. KTRU's Music Department uses these reviews to judge the quality of the albums it receives and to provide information for the DJs who play them. Each week, a DJ polishes one of these reviews so that KTRU's riches can shine for the larger Rice community.Hailing from Baytown, Texas, Ghost Mountain is an up-and-coming duo that plays a nice little mix of electro-pop that is quite reminiscent of MGMT, with influences from of Montreal, YACHT and other bands. Ghost Mountain has a certain quality to their music that makes it feel exuberant and alive, which is more than evident in its new Siamese Sailboats.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Wednesday's Sports Update: Rice Baseball Team Holds On For 10-9 Win Over Lamar Wednesday Night

The Rice baseball team scored 10 runs on 14 hits, but had to hold off a Lamar rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim a 10-9 victory over longtime rival Lamar Wednesday evening on the road in Beaumont.The Owls led 9-2 early in the contest, but Lamar chipped away to get the margin down to just three, 10-7, with two innings left to play. The Cardinals scored two in the eighth on just one hit to make it a one-run game and set the stage for the ninth.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Wednesday's Sports Update: Dallas Baptist falls under Rice's offensive surge

One more game, one more huge offensive effort for the baseball team. The Owls posted 16 hits in an 11-8 comeback victory over visiting Dallas Baptist University Wednesday night at Reckling Park, marking the 8th time in the past 10 games the Blue and Grey have racked up 13 or more hits.Redshirt sophomore Travis Wright picked up the first win of his Rice career with 2.2 innings of solid relief pitching. He allowed just one unearned run and had four strikeouts on the day.



NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Saturday's Sports Update: Owls take down Tigers in rematch

Ryan Berry's absence from the pitching mound was conspicuous at the start of Saturday's game against the University of Memphis, but by the end of his seven-inning outing, freshman Taylor Wall had made the game uniquely his. Filling in for the injured Berry, Wall allowed just four runs and struck out six in seven innings of work - his longest outing of the year.Assisted by a Rice batting order that collected 14 hits and 12 runs - including six runs in the first two innings - Wall improved to 3-2 on the season.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

A plywood mindscape

This week Henrique Oliveira arrives at Rice for his first solo exhibit in the U.S., and with him he brings most of the salvageable plywood siding from his neighborhood construction sites in Sao Paolo, Brazil.Oliveira, only 35 years old, has found an ingenious and altogether stunning way of presenting the found object medium, plentiful in the surroundings in which he lives. Gathering it at construction sites or among the refuse of shantytown housing, known in Portuguese as favelas, the piles of painted and weathered plywood strips, organized by color, size and texture, covered the floor of the gallery in the weeks preceding the opening. At the audience's feet are what Oliveira calls "the fractured image of a painting" that he began to assemble during the days preceding the exhibit's opening.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Here there be Pirates ... of Penzance

These last two weeks have been crazy as far as college theater is concerned, and Rice Light Opera Society has only added to the number of quality shows opening this week with its production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.The basic premise of the play is that Frederic (Geoff Copper, Sid Richardson College '07) has completed his indentures with a ragtag group of pirates and is looking for some loving. He falls for the beautiful Mabel (Sid senior Quinn Shadko) but is soon caught up in a conflict centered around his duties to his former masters and his newfound love.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Week-long support of protection for women well-received

After five days of promoting female safety, the Stop Violence Against Women Week ends today with a lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú at the Rothko Chapel. Rice Amnesty International Vice President Julia Lukomnik coordinated the week, which combined events hosted by Rice Amnesty International and the Rice Women's Resource Center to promote awareness and prevention of violence against women. According to the UN, one in three women is abused sometime in her lifetime.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Sunday's Sports Update: Reckling leads Rice past Memphis

Freshman Matthew Reckling got the start in the rubber game of Rice's conference series against Memphis this weekend. After a loss on Friday and a win on Saturday, the Owls came out on top Sunday 9-5 to take the series, improving their record to 17-7 (4-2).Reckling threw a career-high 5.1 innings and also notched the first win of his Rice career. He had a no-hitter through three innings and didn't allow Memphis to score until a solo home run by junior Shawn Ablett to lead off the fifth.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Bikes-for-cars for grad students

Trees are not the only thing spring has turned green around Rice. A new green initiative spearheaded by Graduate Housing Manager Abeer Ali Mustafa and Associate Vice President of Housing and Dining Mark Ditman has brought 35 bicycles to graduate students living at the Rice Village Apartments.Students who sign up for a 12- month housing agreement and agree not to register a car at the apartments are eligible to receive one of 33 free bicycles. The other two bicycles have been set aside for temporary use by those students who have a car but still want to bike occasionally, Mustafa said.