Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Rice Fight Never Dies, c1934

Also from Mary Jane Hale’s scrapbook, an always timely reminder: there’s an “s” on the end. This was taken at the University of Arkansas and I suspect it’s from that great 1934 season, although we did play there again in … Continue reading

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Byron’s Rose, 1934

In the fall of 1934 the Rice campus went wild for football. They did this because we had a winner for the first time in a very long time. (This squad won the Southwest Conference championship and I wrote about … Continue reading

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“Throw away anything you don’t want.”

This morning I opened a box I’d never seen before and my heart skipped a beat when I looked inside: I was right to be excited. There were several things in there, all of them related to Rice in the … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Tilt, c1970

I didn’t understand what this was when I looked at the first picture: But it became clear when I saw the second: Bonus: We are the masters.  

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“to discover onward things,” 1947

I stumbled across this list of “objects representative of the time” that were placed inside the cornerstone of Fondren Library in 1947. I was immediately struck by how bland these objects were. See for yourself: I’m sorry but that’s just … Continue reading

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There’s A Hole in Brown College

Right at the end of last spring semester I got an intriguing email from one of FE&P’s project managers: We have just begun another summer renovation, this time in the Brown College Tower. Last summer, we noticed what looks like … Continue reading

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Thomas Langdon Haskell, 1939-2017

Rice’s History Department lost Tom Haskell last week to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, a terribly sad loss. His Chronicle obituary is here and the accompanying photograph is wonderful, by the way. It’s hard to know where to start about Tom Haskell … Continue reading

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