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NEWS 12/2/10 6:00pm

1 Rhodes, 2 Marshall scholars win

Three seniors will head to the United Kingdom next year to pursue graduate studies on Rhodes and Marshall scholarships. Will Rice College senior Ye jin Kang is one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars this year. Will Rice senior Anthony Austin and Sid Richardson College senior Jingyuan Luo are two of the 31 students nationwide who have been selected as Marshall Scholars."This is really an exciting year," Caroline Quenemoen, director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, said. "I believe this is the first time that we've had two Marshall Scholars in one year, and I believe it might be the first time that we've had a Marshall Scholar and Rhodes Scholar in the same year."

NEWS 9/16/10 7:00pm

Rice in service top 25

Unlike most college rankings out there, Washington Monthly's 2010 ranking of the best national universities rates each school on what it does for the country rather than what it does for each individual student. "We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories," Washington Monthly's website states. Rice came in 25th in this ranking.

NEWS 1/28/10 6:00pm

Rice's 'best value' ranking drops

Following a year marked by numerous budget cuts and nearly $1 billion lost from the endowment, The Princeton Review, in conjunction with USA Today, ranked Rice seventh in the nation for "best value private college" for 2010, a drop from previous years. In 2009, Rice ranked fourth and in 2008, Rice ranked first in the same survey. The university has been in the top 10 in the category for five of the past six years.

NEWS 10/22/09 7:00pm

ZEROW House storms national scene, finishes eighth overall

Earlier this month, 25 students from Rice's Solar Decathlon team traveled to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to participate in the Solar Decathlon competition, where they finished eighth in the world. Hosted every two years by the U.S. Department of Energy, the competition challenges 20 teams of college students from across the globe to design and build energy-efficient, solar-powered houses.

NEWS 4/16/09 7:00pm

Engineers Without Borders teams to travel to Central America to assess needs, offer solutions

Putting aside problem sets and final projects, students in Rice's chapter of Engineers Without Borders will travel throughout Central America to serve communities in need this summer. According to its Web site, EWB-USA is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service to fulfill the basic needs of communities in developing countries. Members of Rice-EWB are working on one of four student-led projects in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras. These projects focus on various aspects of helping local communities, from installing water storage tanks to launching educational campaigns about how to sanitize their water.

NEWS 3/19/09 7:00pm

Rice's free speech questioned

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a non-profit organization that focuses on civil liberties in schools across the country, criticized Rice on March 9 for restricting freedom of expression in its Information Technology policy. FIRE gave Rice a "red light" rating, and on its Web site, the group stated that "[a] red light institution has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech." In an article on Rice's protocols, FIRE cited a Rice IT policy, among five other policies, as an example that threatened free speech on campus.

NEWS 3/12/09 7:00pm

Students helm investment group

In these times of economic crisis, the safest place to invest your money may be the newly-formed Owl Investment Group. Founded by Martel college sophomore Chris Kopczynski, the Owl Investment Group seeks to give Rice students hands-on experience in investing and provides financial news to students.

NEWS 2/26/09 6:00pm

Refurbished Fondren lounge thrives

During the fall semester, Fondren Library's Sarah Lane Lounge, previously an open study area, was renovated into a place where students could relax and snack. The library added colorful beanbag chairs, posters of book covers and snack and soda vending machines to the lounge, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology Diane Butler said."Our idea was for something kind of fun and colorful, a room where students could come in and do whatever they wanted to do: hang out, or talk, or study," Butler said.

NEWS 2/5/09 6:00pm

Serveries may drop trays

Away from home and their mothers, some Rice students are not eating everything that's on their plate, and as food costs rise, Rice is looking to keep down costs by encouraging students to avoid taking more than they can eat. In October, the South Servery introduced Wasteless Wednesdays - a day when trays were prohibited - as part of a class project sponsored by Director of Sustainability Richard Johnson. The benefits of these Wasteless Wednesdays included a 30 percent reduction in food waste, and not washing the trays saved 11 percent in water and chemical usage at every meal.

NEWS 1/15/09 6:00pm

Halas' cancer work earns Department of Defense nod

The world is always looking for a way to cure cancer or at least find a way to fight it. As it turns out, we may just have to look among our faculty.The Department of Defense named Naomi Halas, a professor of chemistry and electrical and computer engineering, a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow at the end of last year.