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1 hour ago, rechlin said:

 

I know the opera hall is getting a lot of hate on here, but I think it fits the architecture of the rest of the campus perfectly.  Can't wait to see all the landscaping finished.

 

They could have at least designed better cupolas, and put them on both sides. The ones on there right now are pretty weak.

 

Now the front of this, looks really good, though I've been meaning to chat with our classical detailing design expert, at my work, for his opinion of this, and if they did the detailing right.

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On 4/11/2020 at 4:39 PM, hindesky said:

The road on the west side of the new Music Hall is finally open. Football field is being built in the west side parking lot.

 

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They're putting up a bubble dome over that field eventually.

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15 hours ago, tangledwoods said:

for a school that spends so much money on their buildings, it blows my mind that they would go with the cheapest / ugliest possible building.  Is this thing supposed to be temporary?

^^^ it's an indoor AIR INFUSED BUBBLE.  definitely temporary...

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A quite significant campus development that hasn't been mentioned here yet: there appears to be a groundswell of support among the student body to remove the statue of William Marsh Rice that has occupied a central position in the quad for 90 years, due to his history as a slave owner:

 

https://www.houstonpress.com/news/rice-asked-to-remove-statue-of-slave-owner-namesake-11479143

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16 hours ago, mkultra25 said:

A quite significant campus development that hasn't been mentioned here yet: there appears to be a groundswell of support among the student body to remove the statue of William Marsh Rice that has occupied a central position in the quad for 90 years, due to his history as a slave owner:

 

https://www.houstonpress.com/news/rice-asked-to-remove-statue-of-slave-owner-namesake-11479143

 

If it's attached to slavery in any way, it seems like it's only a matter of time. I wouldn't be surprised if they start a discussion to rename the college as well.

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This is part of a really hot-button topic... so I'm going to try my best not to stick my foot in my mouth...

 

Maybe the statue should be removed from its prominent position and placed somewhere low key where William Marsh Rice is simply acknowledged rather than celebrated. To me, removing the statue all together seems like another way to continue ignoring the past, albeit a different way than just leaving a racist slave owner's figure looming in a central position of the quad. If the statue is erased completely, where does it end? Is the Rice family and their name still burdened with the sins of the father? Rice University is now a brand... Should the University be renamed, which would probably result in a very detrimental identity crisis? Sam Houston owned slaves... Should we rename our city because it's named after him?

 

I would like to think that the Rice University name and the city of Houston name at this point so many years, students, citizens, accomplishments, and failures after their founding have come to symbolize and stand for more than just the person they were named after.

 

If the statue could be placed somewhere else as part of an exhibit for Rice University's history, of which Mr. Rice's life is an inextricable part (including the terrible things he did), that could be more educational and cathartic in the long run. It might be a way of acknowledging the past while going on to explain that the university does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind and that the school supports people in all walks of life.

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The circumstances surrounding Rice's statue are a bit different than other statues around the country which have been removed or relocated. It is technically a gravesite as Rice's ashes are interred in the base of the statue. IIRC, the Board of Trustees would have to approve the statue's removal, and despite student assertions to the contrary, the wishes of alumni will absolutely be taken into account before any such action is undertaken. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I can't see a strong consensus in favor of removal emerging among alumni. 

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4 hours ago, hindesky said:

Came across these 2 fenced off areas near the intersection of Alumni Dr and Collage Way. This western one is by the south servery and the smaller by Hansen College. Sign says "Rice Tent Structures", @monarch is going to love this :D

 

Those sites are where Old Wiess College and the previous Wiess masters' house used to sit. Directly across College Way was the Wiess parking lot, which went away in 1984 when Herring Hall was built on that site.    

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The newspaper has the story (of course it's New York's newspaper, not Houston's):

 

From the New York Times:

 

Rice University, in Houston, is building nine big new classrooms this summer, all of them outdoors.

Five are open-sided circus tents that the university is buying, and another four are semi-permanent structures that workers are building in an open field near dorms,

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https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Rice-University-is-building-nine-outdoor-15407618.php

 

Rice University plans to take some fall courses outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will build nine structures on campus to help maintain social distancing guidelines.

Kevin Kirby, Rice’s vice president for administration and chair of its Crisis Management Advisory Committee, said in a release that as the college maps out the maximum number of people for every space on campus, it plans to construct nine outdoor spaces to use for in-person instruction, lectures and activities.

Rice has purchased four temporary 50 by 90-foot structures that will hold 50 students and an instructor in an outdoor space. The structures, to be hosted on the open field next to university’s Hanzen College, will have light, cooling, heat and ventilation, and will have audiovisual capabilities, he wrote. Kirby noted that they are also designed to withstand hurricane winds.

 

The spaces, which will be available before classes begin this fall, will be used for instruction throughout the day, academic lectures in the late afternoon, and for student meeting and study spaces in the evening.

Additionally, Rice will host five 40 by 60-foot open-sided tents adjacent to its academic buildings and will purchase portable camping-style chairs for students to use outdoors. Kirby said Rice administration will also ask students who have portable chairs to bring them to campus. How the tents will be used has yet to be determined, Kirby said.

None of the structures have been built yet.

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9 minutes ago, hindesky said:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Rice-University-is-building-nine-outdoor-15407618.php

 

Rice University plans to take some fall courses outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will build nine structures on campus to help maintain social distancing guidelines.

Kevin Kirby, Rice’s vice president for administration and chair of its Crisis Management Advisory Committee, said in a release that as the college maps out the maximum number of people for every space on campus, it plans to construct nine outdoor spaces to use for in-person instruction, lectures and activities.

Rice has purchased four temporary 50 by 90-foot structures that will hold 50 students and an instructor in an outdoor space. The structures, to be hosted on the open field next to university’s Hanzen College, will have light, cooling, heat and ventilation, and will have audiovisual capabilities, he wrote. Kirby noted that they are also designed to withstand hurricane winds.

 

The spaces, which will be available before classes begin this fall, will be used for instruction throughout the day, academic lectures in the late afternoon, and for student meeting and study spaces in the evening.

Additionally, Rice will host five 40 by 60-foot open-sided tents adjacent to its academic buildings and will purchase portable camping-style chairs for students to use outdoors. Kirby said Rice administration will also ask students who have portable chairs to bring them to campus. How the tents will be used has yet to be determined, Kirby said.

None of the structures have been built yet.

brittany.britto@chron.com

 

Cool.  Someone at the Chronicle must have a subscription to The New York Times.  😉

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Kirby said Rice administration will also ask students who have portable chairs to bring them to campus. How the tents will be used has yet to be determined, Kirby said.

 

Let me get this straight, you pay a crap ton of money for your tuition and the school turns around and ask you to bring your own chair???  

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