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the Rice Thresher
Vol. XCI, Issue No. 1
Friday, August 22, 2003
Baseball wins Rice's
first team national title
by Jonathan Yardley
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
It is no longer groundbreaking news, but it
is still the biggest news of the summer: the
Rice baseball team won the NCAA tournament
on June 23 to capture Rice's first-ever team
Four page pull-out on Rice's victory at the
College World Series. See Pages 13-16.
Rice advanced to the College World Series at
Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., by winning
the Houston regional, featuring Mississippi,
Wichita State and McNeese State, and the
Houston super regional against the University
of Houston. In Omaha for the fourth time in
seven years, Rice finally won the opening game
with a 4-2 victory over Southwest Missouri State.
Playing like a team of destiny, the Owls beat
rival and defending national champion University
ofTexas twice, 12-2 and 54.Those wins propelled
Rice to the best-of-three CWS final against
Stanford University. Rice won the opener in
another dramatic thriller, taking a 4-3,10-inning
decision. Stanford won Game 2 by an 8-3 score,
but the Owls pulled away in the deciding third
game for a 14-2 triumph.
Head coach Wayne Graham has proved
many times over that a school of Wee's size
can win in baseball with enough local talent
and great coaching, and the entire program
reveled in the victories.
"We're only a step away from being the capital
city of the capital state of the baseball world,"
Graham said. "This is going to be the greatest
baseball city in the country and the world ... I
want Rice University to be Houston's team."
'a i r i
TOMMY LAVERGNE/RICE NEWS
Leftfielder Chris Kolkhorst scores the game-winning run in the bottom ot the 10th inning of Game
1 of the College World Series Championship Series to give Rice a 4-3 win over Stanford June 21.
It's a bulls-eye
A Target vending machine has been added to the C-Store. The machine
sells various necessity items and also more random items such as CDs
and Target gift cards.
Smoothie King coming to campus
by Lindsey Gilbert
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
It's smooth sailing ahead for a
new food option in the Student
A Smoothie King will soon join
Subway, Sammy's Cafe, Willy's Pub
and the student-run Coffeehouse
in satisfying hungry Student Cen-
ter patrons. Smoothie King fran-
chise owner Paul Alfonso, a Hous-
ton-area entrepreneur, said he
hopes the new store will be open
for business by late September.
The smoothie storefront will
occupy part of what is now Sammy's
serving line, an eatery that draws
mostly graduate students and Rice
The store will serve about 60
different frozen drinks, but will not
sell coffee, ice cream drinks or
nutrition supplements like some
other Smoothie King franchises.
Students will be able to use tetra
points to purchase smoothies.
Sammy's will remain in opera-
tion, Director of Housing and Din-
ing Mark Ditman said.
"It's important to keep the hot
food option there for staff and grad
students," he said.
Ditman and Associate Director
of the Student Center Paul Sutera
began investigating possible addi-
tions to the Student Center's din-
ing options last spring.
Students responded positively
to the idea of a smoothie operation,
Ditman said he and Sutera
settled on Smoothie King after
meeting with Alfonso, who owns
See SMOOTHIE, Page 6
Next Century campaign falls short
by Mark Berenson
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
The Next Century Campaign—a
$500 million, six-year capital cam-
paign — has been extended indefi-
nitely past its original completion
date of June 30, 2003. As of the end
of July, the campaign had raised
President Malcolm Gillis said he
is unconcerned about having to ex-
tend the campaign.
"Deadlines don't mean anything,"
Gillis said. "We will hit the target,
the question is whether it will be in
November or December or January,
and I don't care."
Gillis attributed the need to ex-
tend the campaign to three factors:
the economy, Rice's campaign his-
tory and the ambitious goal Rice set.
Universities across the nation
who had not completed their capital
campaigns by the start of the eco-
nomic downturn in 2001 have had
difficulties meeting their goals, Gillis
said. Rice raised 12 percent less in
fiscal year 2002 compared to fiscal
year 2(K)1, and 3 percent less in fiscal
year 2003 as compared to 2002.
'Those who completed their cam-
paigns by 2001 were generally okay,
because then a zebra could've raised
money," Gillis said. "For those with
completion dates in 2003, generally
it has been a lot more difficult."
The Next Century Campaign was
Rice's first comprehensive campaign
ever, which worked to its disadvan-
tage, Gillis said.
"First campaigns generally fall
short regardless of the economic
conditions because it takes years to
build up the networks and infrastruc-
tures to have an effective fundraising
structure," Gillis said.
The current campaign has set
the groundwork for success in fu-
ture campaigns by establishing be-
quests and contacts for future dona-
tions, Gillis said.
"If you are just focusing on the
time that you [are president], then
you aren't doing your job," Gillis said.
Gillis said the campaign's
See CAMPAIGN, Page 5
Weekend shuttle buses eliminated
by Lindsey Gilbert
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
Riders of Rice's shuttle service will notice
some significant changes this semester, in-
cluding shortened hours and different routes.
The changes, which go into effect Monday,
come after last year's decision by the Univer-
sity Standing Committee on Parking to cut the
shuttle system's budget by $184,000, or 25 per-
The weekday hours for the Inner I.oop
shuttles will remain the same, but buses will
no longer run on the weekends, Transporta-
tion Manager Eugen Radulescu said. In 2002-
'03, the inner loop route service ran from
8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and from
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Parking administrators also made major
cuts to the Greenbriar shuttle service, which
will now run until 4 p.m. instead of 10:30 p.m.
on weekdays. One bus will travel the new
route, which no longer serves the Inner I>oop.
The shorter route will make for more frequent
service. Radulescu said.
"You'll have one busgoing more frequently
instead of two buses going every ten minutes,"
Student Association co-President Bryan
Debbink, who worked with Radulescu and
Associate Vice President for Finance and Ad-
ministration Neill Binford over the summer to
come up with the new shuttle plan, said the
elimination of weekend shuttle service is "ter-
rible" but necessary.
"It's kind of more bang for your buck to
give service during the weekdays," Debbink,
a Wiess College senior, said. "It reaches all
constituencies at Rice during the weekday."
Radulescu said he and Binford, along with
three students — Wiess senior and SA co-
President Michael Leggett, Martel College
senior and Thresher assistant sports editor
Dylan Hedrick and Debbink—targeted areas
to cut based on ridership and cost-efficiency.
"We had to cut from somewhere, and we
cut from the lowest demand," Radulescu said.
"What we came to realize was that the demand
for [the Greenbriar I/>t] was not there."
About 100 to 150 people registered to park
in the Greenbriar l,ot last year, few ol whom
See SHI TTLKS, Page 6
This is the Orientation Week issue of
the Thresher, the first issue of the 2003-'04
academic year. A special O-Week section is
included in this issue on Page 20. From
now on. we will be publishing a Thresher
every Friday until Oct. 17.
Have a good first week of school!
Celebrate like Champions
The 2003 College World Series National
Champions Rice Owls will be honored on
Tuesday night at a rally sponsored by the
Student Association. The rally, complete
with food provided by Chipolte and
Smoothie King, among others, runs from
6-8:30 p.m. in the Student Center.
Buy books early and often
The Student Center will bo having an
Open House on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. -
10:30 p.m. Come by and see what Sammy's
looks like before the Smoothie King .
OPINION Page 3
Diversity requires acceptance of all
A&E Page 18
The movies that are the college experience
SPORTS Page 23
Women's Basketball goes to Europe
Houston 5, Rice 2
Rice 10, Houston 2
Rice 5, Houston 2
SMS 2, Rice 4
Rice 12, Texas 2
Texas 4, Rice 5
Stanford 3, Rice 4 (10 innings)
Rice 3. Stanford 8
Stanford 2, Rice 14
Partly sunny, 73-93 degrees
Scattered thunderstorms, 73-96 degrees--
Isolated thunderstorms, 73-94 degrees
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