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Catherine Bratic


NEWS 4/22/10 7:00pm

Eat fresh: Serveries reduce salt, sugar, saturated fat

French fries may not be off the menu, but they are certainly on notice. With nutrition in mind, Housing and Dining staff at serveries across campus are working to reduce nutrients that are seen as posing the greatest health risks in order to improve student health. Under fire are what Director of Residential Dining David McDonald calls the 3 S's: salt, sugar and saturated fat. All of these elements are over-represented in most American diets, and they are contributing to a growing obesity epidemic. McDonald said the goal is to lower these unhealthy elements, which are omnipresent in prepared and processed foods, by 50 percent. The shift began earlier this semester and has been a gradual progression. So far, McDonald said he has heard no complaints.


NEWS 2/25/10 6:00pm

Late-night Hoot turns quick profit

Late-night munchies beware: The Hoot has its target set on after-dark hunger. Since the student-run late-night eatery opened Jan. 11, it has become the go-to spot for night-owl students to buy food and drinks. Open Sunday through Friday from 10 p.m.-2 a.m., the stand sells subs from Jersey Mike's, fountain drinks and full or half-portions of large pizzas from Domino's.


NEWS 2/4/10 6:00pm

Barnett sentenced for BB gun shootings

Former Rice student Caitlin Barnett was sentenced to two years of community supervision on Jan. 26 for an assault she committed while enrolled at the university. Although Barnett had originally been charged with the felony of aggravated assault, the charges were downgraded by the judge, and Barnett received deferred adjudication in lieu of a guilty sentence.On Sept. 6 and 7, a string of BB gun shootings occurred on Rice's Outer Loop, perpetrated by Barnett and three others, who were not Rice students, from inside a car.


NEWS 5/14/09 7:00pm

Leebron Q&A

This interview continues the Thresher's monthly question-and-answer series with President David Leebron to ask him about current events, university issues and anything else of interest to the Rice student body. To submit a question for a future interview, email threshernews AT gmail.com.Rice Thresher: How is the new puppy, TexWilly, doing?



NEWS 3/26/09 7:00pm

Hanszen grabs another trophy in donations competition

Although Will Rice College swept all of the Beer Bike races, they fell short in one contest on the morning of Beer Bike: the College Battle giving campaign. With an overall alumni, senior and parent participation rate of 8.5 percent, Hanszen College beat out the other eight colleges to win the College Battle campaign, which supports the Annual Fund. Baker College came in second with a participation rate of 8.2 percent, and Jones College took third with a 7.2 percent contribution rate.


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 3/12/09 7:00pm

Mayors discuss successes, lessons post-Ike

Six months after Hurricane Ike hit Houston and Galveston, the two cities are still struggling to recover from the damage, and elected officials are taking a chance to reevaluate preparations made before the storm. On Wednesday, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Texas Monthly cosponsored the forum "Life After Ike: The Future of Houston and Galveston," where mayors from both cities considered what went right and wrong during Ike and what they learned.


NEWS 2/5/09 6:00pm

Sid Richardson masters resign

After four years as masters of Sid Richardson College and one year away from completing their term, masters Michael Orchard and Melissa Marschall resigned Wednesday night. Sid President Claire Shorall said they plan to take a sabbatical next year and remain at Sid as associates upon their return. The announcement was made at Sid's weekly council meeting. At the meeting, Orchard, and electrical engineering professor, and Marschall, a political science professor, said they will remain in their role through the end of the semester and step down to allow new masters to take over at the beginning of the next academic year.


NEWS 1/29/09 6:00pm

New colleges near completion

Now that plans have been laid for populating Duncan and McMurtry colleges, the only thing left to do is build them. Last Friday, the Thresher and the college presidents toured the north college construction site, checking in on its progress and planning the transition. At the entrance to the main site trailer - actually seven trailers merged together due to space constraints on the site - posters reminded visitors that entry was prohibited without a hardhat and safety vest. Inside the trailer, the mood was more urgent as signs counted down to Orientation Week, the be all and end all deadline. A series of aerial photographs chronicled the progress and the transformation of the area from parking lots and trees to the nearly-finished buildings that stand there today.