The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, February 5, 1999 Page: 1 of 24
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the Rice Thresher
Vol. LXXXVI, Issue No. 15
Friday, February 5, 1999
Night of Decadence scrutinized, future uncertain
Group of masters asks
Wiess to evaluate NOD
by Jen Frazer
THRKSHKR I.DITORIAI. STAFl
Ten of .the 16 college masters recom-
mended that Wiess College reconsider spon-
soring its annual Night of Decadence party in
a letter to Wiess President Ethan Schultz.
The letter, written by Will Rice College
Masters Dale and Elise Saywer, singled out
NOD for its encouragement of abusive drink-
ing, sexual assault and peer pressure.
"We feel that the essential and unique cul-
ture of NOD, a mixture of near nudity, abusive
consumption of alcohol, and the risk to women
of sexual assault, is an inappropriate basis for
a party sanctioned by Rice University or a Rice
University College," they wrote.
7 believe the members of
Wiess College should decide
the future of Wiess College
— John Bennett
Sid Richardson College master
The letter does not call for the outright
elimination of NOD, but it also does not pro-
pose any changes that could allay the authors'
fears. "I have trouble imagining a way to save
it, but I am perfectly open to a way to save the
event," Dale Sawyer said.
Specifically, the letter cited the unusually
Wiess students discuss
NOD, form task force
by Brian Stoler
i'HHI SHI K r.IIITOWAI.SIAH
Night of Decadence, 1997. (Organizers did not allow cameras in this year.)
high number of extremely drunk students
after NOD, cases of female students inform-
ing peers about unwanted groping and the
prevailing attitude against the alcohol policy,
directly counter to what is taught during Ori-
"Most of what we try to teach about civility
and respect for others and for the rights of
women (and men) to refuse unwanted sexual
contact goes out the window around NOD. We
believe tjiat NOD demeans all," the letter
says. "We Relieve that a Rice student should
be able to attend a Rice sponsored event with-
out having to worry that it is an event where all
rules of civilized interaction are suspended.
We have no doubt that many such events exist
in our society, but we prefer that Rice Univer-
sity not promote and operate them."
Schultz received the letter Tuesday morn-
ing, the same time Wiess Masters John and
Paula Hutchinson received their copy.
John Hutchinson said he took particular
notice of the phrase in the conclusion of the
See LETTER, Patfe 7
About 80 Wiess College members packed
the Wiess outer commons Wednesday night
to discuss the Night of Decadence party at the
college's cabinet meeting.
The discussion was prompted by a letter,
written by Will Rice College Masters Dale and
Elise Sawyer and also signed by four other
colleges' masters, that called on Wiess to "care-
fully consider whether it is a good idea to
continue sponsoring [NOD]." The letter was
sent to Wiess President Ethan Schultz Tues-
day, and a copy was forwarded to Wiess Mas-
ters John and Paula Hutchinson.
Schultz informed the college about the
letter in aTuesday evening e-mail to the Wiess
listserv. "'lliis morning, I received a letter
from the Masters of 5 of the other 7 colleges,"
Schultz wrote. "This letter explicitly asked
Wiess to discontinue our practice of holding
NOD each fall. The letter did not call for
discussion, reform, or changes of any kind,
but rather made a simple request' that the
party be cancelled next year, and presumably
The message urged all interested Wiess
students to attend the cabinet meeting to dis-
cuss the issue. Wiess senior Chris Carr for-
warded the message to the Student Associa-
tion listserv, adding comments explaining his
desire for the abolishment of NOD. "Let us aii
pray that God will not allow this party to occur
again," Carr wrote.
At the meeting, after Schultz introduo-d
the topic, John Hutchinson gave some back-
See WIESS. Fagc 7
harden stance on fines
by Eunice Song
Sophomore point guard Mike Wilks celebrates Rice's 76-69 upset win over No. 24 TCU with the Jungle Gym fanatics.
Owls come back to shock No. 24 TCU
Beer-Bike coordinators are plan-
ning a few changes this year for the
famed tradition and are considering
altering the way fines are enforced.
In the past, they have not been able
to fully collect fines, especially those
incurred duringthe pre-race parade.
Many times, colleges paid none of
their fines at all, forcing coordina-
tors to take a firm stance against this
Organizers met Jan. 24 to dis-
cuss fine collection and other gen-
eral issues for this year's Beer-Bike.
There was a general consensus that
this problem had to be addressed
and dealt with in a strict, no-non-
sense fashion to counteract the lax
policies of the past. "Basically, the
biggest change that will be made
this year to Beer-Bike, and most spe-
cifically to the parade, is that this
year the campus-wide coordinators
are strictly enforcing fines on any
rule violations and colleges will be
required to pay for all fines in full,"
Sid Richardson College coordinator
-and sophomore Jada Sanders said.
In the past, most college fines
would go unpaid, or the fines would
be reduced to a small fraction of the
original amount. The intention to.
strictly enforce fines has been an
issue every year, but in practice there
has been a growing trend of nonen-
forcement and non-payment.
'This year, if fines aren't paid in
full, some teams may not be allowed
to race or participate in the parade
next year," Sanders said.
The threat of disqualification from
all or part of next year's Beer-Bike is
intended to compel colleges to pay
See BEER-BIKE . Page 6
by Chris Larson
Nobody gave Rice a chance
against No. 24 Texas Christian Uni-
versity Saturday night. Nobody, that
is, except themselves.
The Owls found the confidence
to erase a 12-point second-half defi-
cit and post likely their most signifi-
cant win of the year, a 76-69 upset
win over the Horned Frogs in front
of 4,569 at Autry Court.
TCU gradually edged to a 47-35
lead early in the second half as the
Horned Frogs appeared as if they
might just be too big and too fast for
the Owls. Preseason All-American
Lee Nailon and Marquis Gainous
combined for 18 points and 11 re-
bounds in the first half, and the
pesky, nigh-pressure TCU defense
held senior shooting guard Robert
Johnson to just three of 11 shooting
attempts in the first half.
"I was just bricking," Johnson
said. "Everybody played well and
they were able to pick me up. 1 had to
calm down and get into the flow of
But the second half proved to be
a different story. Both Nailon and
TCU forward Shannon Long were
whistled for their fourth fouls early
in the second half, and Rice (14-5,5-
2 Western Athletic Conference)
jumped on the opportunity. Junior
center Alex Bougaieff, who was
named the WAC Mountain Division
Player of the'Week, took control of
the inside game, grabbing 11 re-
bounds in the second half on his way
to a game-high 18 boards.
"It was one of my best games as a
Rice Owl," Bougaieff said. "With my
stats and the fact that we were play-
ing a nationally ranked team, it's my
top career experience."
Johnson began to connect once
again, and sophomore guard Shawn
Tyndell exploded for a career-high
15 points, including a four-of-seven
performance from beyond the three-
point arc. Tyndell led a complete
team effort that saw the Rice bench
outscore the TCU bench 38-9.
"It's a solid sign of maturity when
you can get guys coming in off the
bench and get positive production,"
Head Coach Willis Wilson said.
"Shawn is one of those guys who
sometimes forgets how good he is.
He has a natural gift for shootiqg, and
I just hope he develops the confi-
dence to shoot like that consistently."
See TCU, Page 16
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