The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 76, No. 9, Ed. 1 Friday, November 4, 1988 Page: 1 of 24
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VOLUME 76, NO. 9
NOVEMBER 4, 1988
Case of sexual assault tarnishes Wiess' Night of Decadence
by Sue-Sun Yom
The Rice University Police De-
partment has released a crime alert
and suspect profile in connection
with a sexual assault that took place
Friday, October 28 during Wiess
College's "Night of Decadence"
At approximately midnight out-
side the NOD party, a young man
approached a female Rice student
and asked her to dance. She replied
she would dance inside the party.
The man forced her from the party to
an area between the Hanszen Col-
lege parking lot and the playing
fields. He then pushed her against a
tree and sexually assaulted her.
The student described the sus-
pect as a white male with dark eyes
and a dark complexion, 5'11", 160
lbs., of college age, with short-
cropped, black hair. He was wearing
a black tuxedo-type jacket, a white
crew-neck t-shirt, white bermuda
shorts, and white high-top leather
The suspect may have been wear-
ing a small diamond stud earring in
his left ear. The suspect may have a
bite mark on his right palm or
scratches on the back of his neck.
Both people involved in the inci-
dent were participants of the party.
Officer Howard A. Miller wrote
the original police report The Rice
University Police Department is
handling the case independently of
the Houston Police Department and
has assigned Officer R. A. "Ivan"
Putzke to the follow-up investigation.
Putzke said, "I hope this makes
people more aware of what can hap-
pen on campus. I would hope that
this would contribute to an atmos-
phere of greater safety on campus."
Putzke said, "My feeling is that
he's a student, and probably a Rice
student, since most people at the
party were Rice students."
Putzke said four police officers
worked the NOD party.
"But if we were going to run that
party again, I would need 8 officers to
patrol the inside of the party alone,
and an extra 2 outside," Putzke said.
There are generally at least two
officers on shift
Sergeant Ken Nipe, one of the
officers patrolling the outside
grounds during the party, said, "My
role was to try to observe and contain
the party. We arrested several stu-
dents for public intoxication and
turned them over to their college
According to police reports, four
arrests for public intoxication also
took place at NOD. A University of
Houston student was turned over to
his parents. One Rice student was
released to his college masters, and
another was turned over to a sitter.
Another person arrested for public
intoxication who was not a Rice stu-
dent was sent to jail downtown.
by Elise Perachio
Miscommunication between the
Rice Cycling Team and the admini-
stration resulted in a last-minute
change in the course set for the Rice
Fall Classic Criterium, scheduled for
Sunday, November 6.
Team President Harry Bruell said
an informal agreement was made
September 23 between President
George Rupp and a referee from the
United States Cycling Federation.
Rupp was given a description of the
course and the race as well as the
date and time. He approved of the
proposal at the time. However, there
was no written agreement
This referee sent a letter to Rupp
during the second week in October
asking for formal approval of the
proposal. Several days later Bruell
and Team Vice-President Andi Gait
went to Rupp's office to see if the
letter had arrived. Presidential aide
Jackie Bourne, who acts as secretary
to President Rupp, informed them
that Rupp had seen the letter and that
a response was imminent.
Bruell and Gait spoke with the
secretary again later and were given
the same information.
Rather than continuing to wait for
a reply, Bruell and Gait began ar-
rangements for the November 6
race. They sent information and
Nipe said, "Though it's hard to
say, it appears that more infractions
of the law were at that particular
party [NOD] than usuaL In my opin-
ion, the nature of the party does lend
itself to more infractions.
"The people who attend NOD
have strange ideas of what to do at
the party—do whatever you want, it
doesn't matter whether it offends
social morays. A lot of males at Rice,
I have the impression, share the idea
that if a female goes to NOD, she
goes there for sex. It shouldn't be
like that, it should be like any other
"Most males see just that aspect.
But the law states, if the female says
no, it is criminal. At NOD, Rice stu-
dents don't take care of each other.
None of their friends were there to
take care of their wasted friends. We
had to. People need to realize that
there is more to a party than acting
out its theme," Nipe said.
Pu tzke said he thought Jeff Shald,
Wiess College's social coordinator,
had done "an excellent job" with the
party and had done everything pos-
sible to avoid incident
Shald said, "NOD is attended by
more people than other parties on
campus. Therefore, we double the
security. We follow state and univer
sity regulations at NOD as we do at
all parties. We make no exceptions in
our normal party operations. "
The last case of sexual assault
reported to the campus police oc-
curred three years ago. Putzke said
he has heard unconfirmed reports
from the Houston Rape Crisis Center
that indicate as many as six cases of
sexual assault occurred last year on
SEE ASSAULT PAGE 13
Rice Cycling Team member Bob Montague rides at the front of the pack at the Stop & Go Classic on October 2.
maps to 25 schools. The course they
planned began in front of Lovett Hall,
exited through entrance #2, went
down Main Street, reentered
through entrance #1 and returned to
the front of Lovett Hall.
Since the course involved block-
ing the two lanes of Main Street clos-
est to campus, Bruell and Gait had to
obtain approval from the City of
Houston. They were given a permit
to close off the two lanes. They also
arranged to have two Houston police
officers present in addition to the
Rice campus police.
Before the campus police agreed
to provide assistance, they asked for
reassurance from Bruell and Gait
that the administration had ap-
proved the event Rupp still had not
replied at this time, so Campus Po-
lice Chief Mary Voswinkle called
Rupp's office October 26. Bourne
told Voswinkle that Rupp would re-
turn her call.
Bruell said Voswinkle never re-
ceived a reply. He said Assistant to
the President Carl MacDoweil was
SEE CRfTERION. PAGE 13
Judicial reform to begi
by Jim Kelly
Chance suit delayed, awaits new judge
by Lorraine Snyder
English Professor Jane Chance's
lawsuit against Rice University and
English Department Chairman Alan
Grob has produced only minor de-
velopments since the suit was filed
April 15. In the suit Chance charges
that she has experienced unfair
treatment and lack of recognition
due to sexual discrimination.
Chance is suing Grob and the
university on her own behalf. She
claims because she is a woman her
salary is lower than that of men in the
department, she has been unfairly
denied endowed chairs, and she has
had to teach and administer a spe-
cialty area formerly assigned to two
Chance has filed a class-action
suit against the university on behalf
of female faculty and staff at Rice.
The suit claims Rice is in violation of
the Equal Pay Act and of Title DC of
the Education Amendments of 1972.
Chance stresses that the suit
seeks to rectify conditions for all
women and "makes no distinction
between staff and Ph.D. holders."
Chance originally filed the suit in
the federal court of District Judge
Gabrielle McDonald. However,
since McDonald stepped down from
her seat in August, a different judge
will be assigned to the case.
Assistant to the President Carl
MacDoweil said no preliminary
court hearings and no depositions
have taken place. There is no court
date set at this time.
David Lopez, Chance's attorney,
said the case is active but progress
has been slow because Chance is at
Princeton University in New Jersey
for the year. Chapman Smith of the
Houston law firm Baker & Botts is
defending the university and Grob.
The Commission on Women re-
cently released a lengthy report of its
findings, mentioning inequities in
the university salary system, a lack of
women in high administrative posi-
tions, a lower probability of women
to receive tenure than men, and in-
sufficient measures monitoring the
status of women at Rice.
Chance had been on the commis-
sion. but commission chair Hally
Poindexter said she took a much less
active role in the commission's ac-
tivities after announcing plans to sue
Chance said the report describes
more specifically the problems she
had already pointed out in a letter to
the Thresher about the inefficacy of
Poindexter said the commission
did not consider Chance's lawsuit in
its investigation of female employ-
SEE CHANCE, PAGE 13
The ad hoc Committee on the
Judicial Process at Rice has re-
quested student input as part of its
ongoing review of Rice University's
judicial system. The committee,
which has been meeting weekly
since September 21, is considering
changes in the judicial system that
would maximize the role of students
as administrators and executors of
"We have a long tradition at Rice
of students handling the academic
Honor System," committee chair-
man Paul Pfeiffer said. "We hope that
we can move in this direction with
the judicial system. If students want
to undertake the responsibility we
think that it will make for a fairer and
more flexible system."
With this in mind, the committee
is seeking student opinion, Pfeiffer
said. He urged anyone wishing to
contribute to contact" members of the
committee: Professor of Space Phys-
ics John Freeman, Professor of
Human Performance and Health
Sciences Hally Poindexter, and Art-
ist Teacher of Voice Lynn Griebling;
undergraduates Andy Karsner, Bill
Barrett, and Brian Casey, and gradu-
ate student Michael Capistran.
Student Association President
Karsner stressed the importance of
"It is the most important issue to
me. It's the one point of student dis-
trust for the administration. In an
otherwise harmonious relationship,
the one exception is being sum-
moned to the Proctor's Office. I don't
blame that on the Office of Proctor so
much as on the lack of definition of
that office," Karsner said.
It is now customary for discipline
cases to be referred first tojtbe Office
of the Proctor. At that piMnt, the
student involved is given a choice of
accepting the proctor's decision or
requesting a University Court trial.
At his own discretion in special
cases, the proctor may take inde-
SEE JUDICIAL, PAGE 13
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