Author Archives: Melissa Kean

“He can be a help to Rice,” Placido Gomez, ’42

One of the comments on last week’s post about Hispanics at Rice came from Tomas Molina ’68 who talked about being one of the very few Hispanic athletes on campus. This brought back to mind an earlier Mexican-American athlete, Placido … Continue reading

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Unidos Podemos, 2020 and 1972

I was walking on campus yesterday and saw a banner celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which I hadn’t known about before. It turns out that Hispanic Heritage Month isn’t a single calendar month but actually crosses  from September 15 to October … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Easy Rider, no date

Sometimes I can’t even fathom why someone took a particular photograph. This is an especially grim scene, possibly somewhere deep in the library by the look of the tile underneath the stained carpet remnant: The reason for memorializing this vista … Continue reading

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Attention MOBSTERS and MOB Adjacents!

Just in time for the online Homecoming we have an attempt to capture some of the unrecorded (and likely extremely checkered) history of the famous (infamous?) Rice Mob. For some reason I agreed to cooperate with this: Hey MOB, MOBalums … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: So It’s Not Just Me, 1941

This really brought a smile to my face. We actually own stationery that says “Sorry for the delay . . . ” but this was an entire year! It must have been at the bottom of some enormous pile. They … Continue reading

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“Trashed for a Week,” 1991

I recently ran across this rather arresting photo, labeled “Trash Haul, November 1991”: I assumed it must have been some sort of environmental thing and with that as a keyword and a narrow date range it was easy enough to … Continue reading

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“A new sport was introduced to the campus,” 1929

We got a good bit of rain from Beta over the last couple of days, enough to cause street flooding and keep a lot of trepidatious eyes on the bayous. On campus today in addition to the ghost town vibe … Continue reading

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John Wolda ’56: 1934-2020

I learned this afternoon that my friend John Wolda ’56 has passed away. This makes a dark and rainy day even grayer. John was sunshine for me, his visits to the Woodson, often with his wife Harriet in tow, were … Continue reading

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The Answer to A Question I Never Thought to Ask: Class Rings

One last thing from The Raven, this time from one of the advertisements: It had never crossed my mind to wonder where the class rings came from back in the day before the big national companies arrived on the scene. … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Confusion Reigns, 1981

I don’t understand this: It’s labeled “FEV leading MOB at halftime, October 1981” and of course it’s absolutely the kind of thing he would enjoy. But by the fall of 1981 Frank Vandiver was already the president of Texas A&M. … Continue reading

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