Monthly Archives: November 2017

Poof! 1947

Not long ago it occurred to me that I might be able to get a different look at that frame building behind the Physics Building that housed Rice’s first nuclear accelerator if I looked carefully at the construction photos of … Continue reading

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Rice Village, 1980

Loyal reader Marty Merritt sent in this 1980 map of the village, which unlike yesterday’s map appeared in the Newcomer’s Guide rather than the Thresher. This looks rather more familiar although most of it is still gone: You’ll note that … Continue reading

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A Rice Guide to Shopping in the Village, 1968

I’ve been too busy to think coherently about what to write this evening. Instead of trying to fake it I’ll  just offer this map of the Village. It appeared in the Thresher in September of 1968. I’m not positive but … Continue reading

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“The Center of Student Life,” 1954

All the recent chatter about the current “don’t walk through the Sallyport” tradition had me thinking over break about how the students spent so much time there at various points in Rice’s history. I knew I’d read something about this … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 1924: No Holiday Friday

This is brutal. I don’t know about y’all but–always defiant–I’m going to go ahead and take the extra day. See you Monday. By the way, Dr. Lovett was in Europe at the time and had left Caldwell in charge. Bonus:

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A Plausible Answer to Yesterday’s Question

First, thanks to everyone who commented and emailed about the sallyport question. I got lots of data and a few good stories. I think the most persuasive take on the matter was provided by the estimable Dr. Keith Cooper, who … Continue reading

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All Traditions Are Invented

Traditions come and go, sometimes slowly and sometimes all at once. The abrupt beginning of the college system in 1957 uprooted decades of traditions that were based on class rivalries–the sophomores versus the freshmen in particular. Other traditions quickly sprang … Continue reading

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