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NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Article XII of Honor Code promotes equality and justice

Last year, nine Rice students decided to exercise their rights under the honor system by utilizing the Honor Code's Article XII. With the Student Association General Election ballot this week, a majority of the Honor Council's members - although not all - wish to undermine Article XII's check on judicial power by amending it; they have done their best to paint this piece of our Honor Code as a caustic evil that harms the innocent and exonerates the guilty. On the contrary, Article XII allows you to determine, for yourself, if the honor system ruling by the Honor Code under which you are about to be judged is evenhanded and, if necessary, allows you to avoid improper judgment. It exists in the Honor Code to protect a student's right to plea "no contest" and to ensure his or her just treatment in the event of an unjust Honor Council. There is no reason to remove, alter or amend it. The amendment to Article XII must not pass!For those who do not know, Article XII allows a student confronted with an Honor Code violation to forfeit credit for the class in question and to withdraw from the university within three days for a period not less than two semesters with the knowledge that, following this self-imposed punishment, the Honor Council will no longer carry out action against him or her.



NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

No. 7 Rice will face bevy of national competition

Any preseason poll, regardless of sport, should be taken with a grain of salt. While some swear by the them, others disregard the votes as nearly useless. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. While Baseball America ranks Rice seventh in the nation, the Owls have to be wary of several other schools across the country returning ready to challenge the Owls' in the fight to reach the 2009 College World Series. Rice's in-state neighbor, Texas A&M University, earned this season's top ranking from the staff of Baseball America. The Aggies sport three preseason All-Americans in senior first baseman Luke Anders, senior outfielder Kyle Colligan and junior reliever Travis Starling. Last season, Anders led the team with 16 home runs. Colligan, a Houston native, earned College Station NCAA Regional MVP honors after hitting four home runs over the three-game weekend.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

KTRU requests support for blanket tax

KTRU Rice Radio, twice voted "Houston's Best Radio Station" by the Houston Press, is asking you to support a $3 blanket tax increase in the Student Assocation General Election. But first, we'd like to tell you what goes on behind the sticker-plastered door in a corner of the Rice Memorial Center.KTRU 91.7FM is Rice's 50,000-watt student-run radio station, broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With 63 undergrads, 12 grad students, 5 faculty and staff and 14 alumni, KTRU is one of the largest student organizations on campus, and among the most electrically-powerful and musically-influential college stations in the country.



NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

At A&M, Colwick ups vault again

The Texas A&M Invitational held last Saturday in College Station, Texas, was simply another day at the office for junior Jason Colwick. The pole vaulter set a Rice record for the third consecutive week, vaulting high above the competition to the tune of 5.61 meters, besting last week's mark of 5.60 meters. He was named the Conference USA Male Athlete of the Week for the third straight week, and he topped the meet record for the pole vault for the third straight time as well, this time setting a Gilliam Stadium record. Colwick has also moved up in the national and world rankings, as his vault Saturday was the third best in the nation, 14th in the world and still tops in the NCAA. Colwick's first-place finish contributed 10 points to the Owls' total of 47, which was good enough for fifth place out of 18 teams.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

SA election demands widespread vote

Quick! Think of what makes you ecstatic.Not "happy." I don't want simple contentedness. I don't give a shit about warm bagels or chocolate or your iPod or how you feel when you make eye contact with that cutie in GenChem. I want ecstasy - a sensation so powerful, so moving, that it compels you to clench your toes so hard you can feel it in your soul. Think about bliss: What have you done recently that filled you so wholly with raw delight that you wanted to freeze time and space and never move again lest the slightest disturbance in the universe break that rapturous moment?


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Men's basketball drops pair of close contests

For the second time this season, the men's basketball team lost on a game-winning shot in the final seconds. This time it was not a layup, however, but a three-pointer in overtime from several feet beyond the arc that doomed Rice's hopes for its first Conference USA road victory. The Owls (8-16, 3-7 C-USA) have struggled mightily on the road this season in conference play, losing by an average of 22.5 points per game, with the team accumulating the majority of that deficit in the first half. Last Saturday's 91-88 road loss at the hands of East Carolina University was a different story, but, unfortunately, that makes no difference in the loss column.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Errata

Two weeks ago, the Thresher mistakenly reported that the speaker at a debate regarding the U.S. Public Service Academy was USPSA co-founder Chris Myers Asch ("Debate considers pros, cons of public service academy," Feb. 6). In fact, the speaker was USPCA co-founder Shawn Raymond. Asch was not present at the debate, and all quotes attributed to him should have been attributed to Raymond. The story has been updated online at www.ricethresher.org.Last week, the Thresher reported that the proposed future rent rates for Valhalla totaled a 137% increase from current rates ("Rent increases proposed for pubs," Feb 13). However, we were unaware that the current rent numbers do not include custodial fees, while the newly proposed number does. Re-calculating the numbers and taking this into account, the increase becomes 30 percent, instead. The story has been updated online at www.ricethresher.org.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Friday's Sports Update:Women's basketball downs Tulsa

Houston -- Maudess Fulton scored a team-high 16 points, including a key basket late in the contest, as Rice defeated Tulsa 62-56 in a Conference USA game at Tudor Fieldhouse.Tulsa (6-19, 2-11) was led by Larrisa Williams, who tied her career-high with 27 points. Williams made 9 of 23 field goals and 9 of 12 free throws.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Clinton recognizes microfinance club

Owl Microfinance was one of 12 student groups nationwide to receive recognition from former president Bill Clinton at last weekend's Clinton Global Initiative University in Austin, Texas. Dillon Eng and Joshua Ozer, Owl Microfinance co-presidents, traveled to the University of Texas-Austin, along with Internal Vice President Tommy Fu and External Vice President Elena White, to attend lectures and workshops on poverty alleviation. The Rice students' organization works with independent clients to loan money to individual entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries that could not otherwise afford to sustain their initiatives, White, a Martel College freshman, said.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Academy Awards: Where the laughs at

Each year, I get more excited about the Academy Awards than my friends do when they anticipate the season premiere of "The Office" or the season finale of "24." This year's ceremony starts on Sunday at 7 p.m., and the Oscars will be, like they are every February, a summary of everything I've seen in the past year: the best fashion, the best movies and the best movie stars all rolled into one beautiful three-hour package.The Academy Awards also function as a sort of documentary by recording the year's history in movies: Best Picture winner Gone with the Wind will forever be known as the classic film of 1939, and Audrey Hepburn's performance at the young age of 24 in Roman Holiday is immortalized thanks to her win of the Best Actress award in 1954.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Golf finishes second at home

It has been eleven years since the golf team has finished in second place or better in competition, a near-eternity in college sports. But finally, the streak is over. The Owls overcame a subpar start with a strong finish to place second in the Rice Intercollegiate, the team's only home event of the year, which ran from Monday through Tuesday. The tournament, held at Westwood Golf Club, saw Rice shoot a final round even-par 288 to finish only two shots behind tournament champion University of the Pacific. Three of Rice's golfers placed in the top 13 of the individual portion of the tournament.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

KTRU Pick of the Week: The Snowbringer Cult

The cover art of The Snowbringer Cult is a gorgeous pen-and-ink drawing of a giant hand emerging from the earth. Cupped in its palm is a tiny human figure who wears a mystical amulet and thrusts one arm, with a tribal drum clutched in his grasp, towards the sky. He seems to be trembling but staring resolutely into a heavy gust of wind. It calls to mind The Indian in the Cupboard, the children's book about a boy who has a pocket-sized Native American friend. The drawing is childlike and whimsical, with the miniature man grasping the huge index finger with a fuzzy mittened hand, yet it also has epic aspirations.The artwork accurately reflects the music it holds: ambient, innocent soundscapes that evolve into dense and otherworldly trances. The resulting sound falls somewhere between post-rock and psychedelic folk. If you like both the gentleness of Iron & Wine and the vaguely ethnic cacophony of Animal Collective, The Snowbringer Cult might be for you. Alternately, its subdued and meandering melodies would make an excellent soundtrack for anyone walking through a quiet snowy field. Too bad we live in Houston. I recommend at least snuggling up in a blanket with a cup of tea - preferably chai, to match the album's pseudo-Eastern vibe.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

SA presidential candidates debate future of Rice

The Student Association Presidential Debate on Monday addressed concerns about the economy, Duncan and McMurtry Colleges, and the future of the SA. The contenders are Brown College junior Patrick McAnaney, Martel College sophomore Nicholas Muscara, Martel College senior Alexander Crompton and Jones College junior Matthew Weingast. The debates were hosted by RTV5 and the Rice Thresher and moderated by Backpage co-editor Timothy Faust, who is also the SA Director of Elections.


NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Baseball 2009 Preview

Be sure to check out the special section in this week's edition that contains stories on the 2009 Baseball Owls!Click here to jump to the Baseball 2009 Preview section.



NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Backpage's Voyage through the Annals of History

Welcome to the Backpage's Journey through the Annals of History! Because the Backpage can't go online each week, we've chosen to dig up an article from the Thresher's past and put it online for the world to rediscover. We've also recorded two audio readings in case all these words get too burdensome on your eyes. Please enjoy and send any comment to backpage@rice.edu.



NEWS 2/19/09 6:00pm

Friday the 13th underwhelms

Mid-February is a special time dedicated to romance: setting up candlelit dinners, frolicking under the covers with a loved one, gorging upon chocolate delicacies and, of course, watching a group of horny teenagers get hacked to death by a sociopath. Don't you just love Valentine's Day?The past three years in Hollywood should be anointed the "Age of Remakes and Sequels". After the successful reboot of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre back in 2004, which was only successful in my eyes due to 80 minutes of Jessica Biel in tight jean shorts, director Marcus Nispel resurrected another iconic horror franchise: Friday the 13th. This film marks the twelfth movie featuring the hockey mask-wearing, machete-wielding Jason Vorhees. Were any of its prequels remotely good? No. Each successive film in this series has been crappier than the one before, culminating with 2001's Jason X, a sublime epitome of craptastic comedy that centered on Jason being cryogenically-frozen and sent to the future. Would Nispel's new Jason flick bring a much-needed breath of fresh air to this stale franchise? Sorta.