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NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Men's track focuses on outdoor season

A few Owls kicked off the men's outdoor track and field season early this past weekend, with a sampling of the members of the men's track and field team competing at both the Texas Southern University Relays in Houston and the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla. Redshirt sophomore Ugo Nduaguba was named Conference USA Co-Athlete of the Week for his automatic qualifying mark of 15.61 meters in the triple jump at the TSU Relays, good for first place, while freshman Clayton Chaney and sophomore Connor Hayes took second and fourth, respectively, in the decathlon at the Hurricane Invitational.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Will Rice rides record times to Beer Bike sweep

The results of Rice University's favorite event of the year, Beer Bike, are out, and Will Rice College broke the women's track record at 16 minutes flat. The record-setting time helped Will Rice seal a sweep of the men's, women's and alumni races.This is the fourth time that Will Rice has swept. Will Rice is the only college to have won all three races in the same year in the over fifty-year-long history of the intercollegiate biking and chugging relay race. Will Rice's last sweep was in 1999, and its previous two sweeps were both in the 1980's.



NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Men's success pushes them up the rankings

With a racket in hand and a shirt sweated all the way through, Isamu Tachibana looked wiped. But before resting up for singles, Tachibana, a freshman member of the men's tennis team, had one thing to say. Or, rather, scream.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

South Alabama brings women's tennis trouble

On the road or back at home-not-so-sweet-home, the women's tennis team is struggling to win these days. With their second consecutive 4-3 loss, their fourth defeat in a row, the Owls fell both to the University of South Alabama and out of the rankings. Scheduled to play at 3 p.m. on the Saturday of Beer Bike, the match was delayed for over an hour due to the men's ongoing match against Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Beginning at 4:15 p.m., the delay caused the players to start doubles alongside the men's match play. The match lasted nearly six hours before the Lady Jags ground out a victory at Rice's expense. On the bright side, though, the men were victorious in a 4-3 match.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

KTRU Pick of the Week: The Breadwinner

Every week at KTRU, eager DJs scribble 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.Graham Lambkin and Jason Lescalleet are two creative forces that have been working together to create something amazing, but in order describe the phantasmagoric depictions created by The Breadwinner, one has to first understand its roots.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

REMS picks up fourth award for service excellence

Rice's student-run Emergency Medical Services program received the Striving for Excellence Award, which was presented by the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation at its annual conference last month. REMS was one of seven university EMS programs in the nation to be honored with the award.Captain of REMS Michael Pandya said the award is granted based on the level of the program's operations, education and special projects.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

800 wins add another chapter to Graham's lore

Although it may seem like just yesterday that he was collecting a trophy for 700 wins, Head Coach Wayne Graham will soon have more hardware lining his mantelpiece. With the baseball team's 4-3 road win over the University of Southern Mississippi last Friday, Graham collected his 800th win of his coaching career, a mark rarely seen in college athletics. This mark was but one of numerous highlights for the fourth-ranked Owls (15-6, 2-1 Conference USA) last week. After blitzing the University of Houston 8-1, Rice took two of three against Southern Miss (13-9, 1-2 C-USA) before taking on Lamar University on Tuesday. The contest started sloppily, but the finish of the contest against the Cardinals (16-8) was well worth the price of admission. The Owls' 12-inning, 9-8 win at Reckling Park was an appropriately exciting start to their nine-game homestand.


NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Spring brings strong start for women's track in outdoor season

Now that spring weather is here to stay, the indoor track season has concluded and the women's track team has moved its competition outside. Rice began the airy competition last weekend taking an abbreviated squad to the Texas Southern University Relays, held in Houston. Although the meet was not scored, the Owls did quite well, winning four events and placing competitors in the top three in eight other events.



NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Resident Evil 5 Review

Capcom definitely had its work cut out when it announced a sequel to Resident Evil 4, the critically acclaimed 2005 bestseller. The game was such a departure from previous titles in Capcom's beloved Resident Evil franchise in terms of pacing, gameplay and plot that it seemed like a completely new experience, and gamers ate it up. Resident Evil 5 may play like Resident Evil 4 with a new paintjob, with several elements that have been copied over from its predecessor, save for a few major changes, but that works just fine.The game continues the patchwork canon of the venerable survival-horror franchise with players stepping into the shoes of Chris Redfield, who has traveled to Africa to investigate reports of bioterrorist activity. Aiding him on his mission is Sheva Alomar, a native of the region who also works for the same anti-terrorist organization as Chris. What they discover goes far beyond the black-market weapons deal in the game's fictional Kijuju region: Umbrella and Wesker are back with a vengeance and, as always, it is up to the good guys to save the world from undead, tentacled destruction.


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Golf team places 10th at Border

Fighting cold temperatures, gusting winds and driving rain all three rounds, the golf team gutted out a 10th-place finish in one of the strongest fields they have faced all year. Rice's three-round score of 902 (+38) tied the Owls with 36th-ranked Vanderbilt University at the Border Olympics, held this week in Laredo, Texas. The Owls next travel to Austin for the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, which runs March 30-31. The tournament, hosted by the University of Texas, features a field headlined by third-ranked Oklahoma State University, Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M University. The Owls have 15 days between tournaments and will look to use the time to try and regroup as a team following a period in which they played two tournaments in six days.



NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Newspapers indispensable to education

As part of its latest round of budget cuts, the administration of Rice University has decided to cut one of the most important resources that a university campus can have: a subscription to a daily newspaper.At the same meeting where President David Leebron announced a 5 percent increase in tuition, a tripling over the past 20 years - even accounting for inflation - he informed students that their daily subscriptions to The New York Times and the Houston Chronicle would be terminated.


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Commentary: In Kobe vs. LeBron, the final verdict reads...

When I told my friends about writing a column to determine the best player in the NBA, they all threatened to write letters to the Thresher office to complain about my tremendous bias. True, I am a diehard Lakers fan; I was born and raised in Los Angeles. However, I am first and foremost an NBA fan, so I would rather be true to the game by making an unbiased assessment of the basketball titans of today. The argument boils down to LeBron James, a.k.a. "The Chosen One," and Kobe Bryant, a.k.a. "Black Mamba." (Sorry D-Wade, but you've fallen down more times than you've gotten up.)


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

KTRU Pick of the Week: Dr.Ragtime & His Pals Self-Titled Bonus Disc

Every week at KTRU, eager DJs scribble 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. Jack Rose's dual album is a compilation of some excellent bluegrass-folksy-bluesy music that provides interesting insight into the experimentations of an artist that is sure to catch your ear. He takes a combination of old and new and blends the two to form something that borders on growing into a wholly new style that is both enjoyable and soothing to listen to.


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

FIRE free speech criticisms unfounded

If you can read this staff editorial, then you will understand why we cannot help but laugh at the "red light" the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has given Rice for the university's free speech policy (see story, page 1). As an organization that deals solely in media, we at the Thresher believe we are in the perfect position to chide FIRE for giving Rice the worst possible rating. FIRE is an organization that, for all intents and purposes, seems to lack credibility as a watchdog organization. We strain to believe that Harvard University, Emory University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago could join Rice in the "red light" category, while Southern Methodist University earns a "yellow light."


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

A Word with your Wardrobe: Galleria Fashion Show and Tell

While the Big Five - New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo - are showing collections for Fall 2009, the fourth-largest city in the U.S. is celebrating the here and now with some Spring '09 fun. Last week at the Galleria, Simon Fashion Now presented Houston with its very own three-day fashion presentation, complete with runways as well as bonus style stops to discuss beauty. The first evening, however, was a high fashion event that was invitation-only. Luckily, the Thresher happened to get me and Joel Kahn, a staff photographer, on the guest list.We arrived to see that there was already a socializing buzz about and that almost every fashionable woman in sight was in a pair of pumps, while the men were sharply clad in suit and tie. Shortly afterwards, an omnipresent voice ushered everyone to their seats, and the show began right at 8 p.m., with Saks Fifth Avenue, featuring Christian Louboutin shoes, as the opening act.


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Energy and Water Sustainability minor added

An interdisciplinary minor in Energy and Water Sustainability was approved by a unanimous vote at the Faculty Senate meeting on March 11. Civil Engineering Chair Pedro Alvarez spearheaded efforts to propose and coordinate the minor, which will examine sustainability from an economic, social and environmental perspective. Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law Jim Blackburn will be director and primary implementer of the minor. Students will be able to declare the minor starting next fall.


NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Rice Debate advances to nationals

Rice Debate will have a chance to defend its title as a top-10 school at speech and debate nationals this month when the 14-member team debates March 27-29 at the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.In 2008, Rice placed fifth in the national sweepstakes, with their highest performance in recent memory being second place in 1998.