Author Archives: Melissa Kean

The Student Life at Rice, 1915

It’s been a long day but somewhere in the middle of it I found a wonderful article that ran in the Houston Post on May 16, 1915. It’s genuinely interesting, a lively and detailed commentary on the daily routine of … Continue reading

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“the pickets were clearly farceurs,” 1965

The detonated groundbreaking for the Space Science building also included a band of student picketers. There are quite a few photos of them, all carefully “X”ed out on the contact sheet, I suppose so no one would accidentally use them … Continue reading

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Space Science Groundbreaking, 1965

Last week Rice broke ground on the new, badly needed, and long awaited Social Science building, to be named in honor of the lead donors Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft. It made me think of an earlier … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: When Life Hands You Lemons . . .

you should juggle them. Obviously. UT basketball coach Abe Lemons, who was actually funny, seems unimpressed with Rice student wit. This has to be circa late 1970s.

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“We want to be big, but we also want to be good.” 1953

The author of the charming response to Edwin Bonewitz in yesterday’s post was Hardin Craig, Jr., a faculty member in the history department from 1946 until 1970 and Librarian from 1953 until 1968. I see that I’ve mentioned him several … Continue reading

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A Bit of Rice Prehistory, 1966

I opened a file folder labeled “Rice Land” and was astounded to discover this correspondence from a man whose ancestors had owned a piece of what became our campus. It begins rather oddly, inspired as it was by an article … Continue reading

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This Has Always Puzzled Me Too, 1962

It’s not just foreign students who ask the big questions. Bonus: I found this at the bottom of one of my old purses.

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