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the Rice Thresher
Friday, September 10,2010
Brochstein hours reduced
by Joey Capparella
For the Thresher
As of the first day of classes, late-
night studying at the Brochstein Pa-
vilion is no more. A recent change in
policy this summer means that the
Pavilion will be open from 7 a.m. to
7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. on weekends. The Pavilion pre-
viously closed at 10 p.m. during the
week, while the weekend hours have
The Pavilion opened in April 2008
as a gathering space for students,
faculty, staff and visitors. The week
it first opened, the Pavilion was open
for 24 hours a day, as its grand open-
ing corresponded to exam week for
students. The hours of the Pavilion
fluctuated as the building became a
central part of campus.
"We started out closing at 1 a.m.,
then changed it to 11 p.m.," Director
of Residential Dining David McDon-
ald said. He said that there was not
enough business during those times
to support those hours.
Newly appointed Housing and
Dining Project Manager Carol "CJ"
Claverie, who first got involved with
managing the Pavilion this summer,
said that this was one of many policy
changes for the Pavilion.
"We went back to the draw-
ing board this summer to see if the
building was functioning at its best,
and one of my main goals was to
bring the Pavilion back to being a
crossroad for students, faculty, staff
and visitors," Claverie said. "It was
decided that, since most of these
groups are gone later in the eve-
nings, the change in hours would be
the smoothest way for the space to
function for the broadest community
Psychology Professor Mikki
Hebl, who uses the Pavilion fre-
quently, said familial obligations
currently keep her from using the
space later in the evening.
"I usually only meet at the Broch-
stein during the day, but I'm not on
campus after 4 p.m. because of my
children," Hebl said.
However, Hebl said that when she
was a junior faculty member, she often
stayed on campus much later, some-
times until past midnight, and would
have used the Pavilion in the evening.
Italian Professor Ryan Calabretta-
Sajder says the change in hours has
already affected him.
"I'm here all the time," Calabretta-
Sajder said. "It's a beautiful space,
and in my opinion, the university
should keep it open. It's not just stu-
dents who use it in the evenings."
Calabretta-Sajder said that he would
often meet with other faculty and stu-
dents at the Pavilion after 7 p.m.
"Now, I go home earlier," he said.
"The Pavilion was a central location
on campus and it's no longer avail-
able in the evenings."
The current food provider at the
Pavilion is Salento Wine Cafe, a cafe,
coffee shop and wine bar located in
the Rice Village. Previously, Dirk's
Coffee was the provider for the space.
Claverie said that the change in ser-
vice providers came around the same
time as the change in hours, and that
Salento will be serving wine in a few
weeks once they work out the logis-
tics of alcohol licensing. Wine will
only be available from 3-7 p.m. be-
cause of a campus policy that does
not allow the sale of alcohol before
3 p.m., Claverie said.
Now I go home earlier.
The Pavilion was a
central location on
campus and it's no
longer available in the
Associate Vice President of Hous-
ing and Dining Mark Ditman said
these hours are based on two years of
data showing that sales dropped dra-
matically after 6 p.m.
"Basically, it's a fluid situation. As
needs change, you'll see the operating
schedule reflect that," Ditman said. "If
business builds in that 6-7 p.m. win-
dow, Salento will be responsive and
extend operating hours."
Ditman also said that it might
be possible to have the space be
open even while the food provider is
closed, though this approach would
also have limitations.
"It's conceivable, but it would re-
quire staffing," Ditman said. "Leav-
ing the building unlocked and unsu-
pervised is problematic from a safety
and security standpoint. You want
to be able to ensure the safety of not
only the people inside, but also the
However, the change in hours has
already created problems for students
on campus. For instance, Rice's Ital-
ian club, Circolo Italiano, was forced
to move to Herring Hall for their week-
ly 8 p.m. meetings.
"It wasn't that hard to find a new
space, but the Pavilion was nice be-
cause it was a central location where
you could get a cup of coffee and
hang out beforehand," Brown College
sophomore Grace Serio, the club's
In addition to informal meetings,
the Pavilion also provides a space
for a variety of special events. Clav-
erie said that the building can still be
rented out for a fee, even after hours.
"The rental money is currently
going into a general fund for opera-
tions," Claverie said. "It's an expen-
sive building to run."
Claverie said that there were also
plans to extend the Pavilion's hours
as final exams approach. "That's
when students want more coffee
space," she said. "We plan to get the
Student Association and [Graduate
Student Association]'s input so that
we can see what the student demand
is for study space."
However, some students were not
even aware hours had changed.
"I used to come get coffee here
while studying because it was so close
to the library," Duncan College sopho-
more Krisina Zuniga said. "I haven't
tried coming later yet this year, but I did
not know that the hours had changed."
Political Science graduate student
Tobias Heinrich said he was not aware
of the change either. However, Hein-
rich also said that he had not ever
used the Pavilion later in the evening.
Sid Richardson College junior Sim-
one Elder said she has been turned off
because of the recent changes.
"I like to study late into the
night and I need my coffee, so I feel
like they're losing a lot of business
by closing so early," Elder said. "I
stopped going this year anyways
when the prices went up because of
Salento. It's almost twice the price of
PSL studies leaders
by Cindy Dinh
For the Thresher
Vision, drive, humility — these are
the makings of a leader, according to
some of this year's undergraduate fel-
lows within the Program for the Study
of Leadership. The new program,
which focuses on the scholarly study
of leaders and their role in society,
was launched this summer. This year,
15 undergraduates received a yearlong
fellowship to conduct research under
PSL Director D. Michael Lindsay.
The PSL is housed under the In-
stitute for Urban Research, which
launched in May under the direction
of Institute for Urban Research co-
directors Michael Emerson and Ste-
"There was a growing sense across
campus that we needed to provide an
institutional home for the academic
study of leadership to complement
some of the leadership development
programs we already have through
the colleges, Leadership Rice and [in-
tramural college] sports," Lindsay, a
sociology professor, said.
The Humanities Research Center,
the Baker Institute and the Program
for the Study of Leadership are each
funding five students who will all
work on the same project this year.
This year's applicants were select-
ed from eligible sophomores, juniors
and seniors who all have an interest
in and are themselves leaders, Lind-
say said. Fellows will work five hours
a week as research assistants and will
receive course credit for classes relat-
ing to the qualitative and quantitative
analysis of biographical data, as well
as a $1,000 per year stipend.
Working with other campus en-
tities like Leadership Rice and the
School of Social Sciences' Gateway
program, the fellows will also help
organize public events to bring lead-
ers to campus.
The program is focusing on re-
searching the range of leadership,
from its development to the way it is
practiced on the ground. One of the
goals of the program is to encourage
students and faculty members to con-
sider how leadership informs their
discipline, Lindsay said.
"It's to help them understand
the phenomena they are exploring,
whether it be engineers looking at
the role of leaders in shaping public
policy, historians looking at the role
of prominent figures in a particular
time period or literature scholars
looking at how great works of litera-
ture present different visions for lead-
ership," he said.
The fellows agreed that one of the
benefits of researching leaders and
their lives is the ability to draw paral-
lels and transfer some of the lessons
learned into their own lives.
"I thought I'd help my own leader-
ship abilities by looking at others and
mirroring the image of leaders we re-
search," Lovett College sophomore
Joe Pullano said.
One of the first tasks the fellows
will have is to read more than 100
transcribed interviews between Lind-
say and former White House fellows
to analyze the content and find com-
The students will also be helping
Lindsay prepare for future interviews
by conducting background research.
One of the fellows, Lovett senior
Willie Xu, said that getting involved
with sports offered him the chance to
take initiative as a leader.
"Being in sports gives you lots of
experience on how to deal with peo-
ple, how to inspire them and how to
focus them on a common goal," Xu,
the president of Rice Rowing Club,
said. "I've scheduled practices, fig-
ured logistics and administration of
the team and now coach them how
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