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THE RICE THRESHER NEWS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29,2004
Two projects win Envision grants
by Ruth Samuelson
The first round of this year's En-
vision Grants, which are awarded
for student projects three times
a year by the Leadership Rice of-
fice, were announced Wednesday.
Two of four proposals received
The Rice Educational Aware-
ness Club for Higher Learning,
an organization that guides low-in-
come high school students through
the college admission process,
was given $1,000. A charity art
auction organized as a project for
the Leadership Rice class received
$250 initially but may obtain more
funding with proposal revision.
Created by Brown College
junior Yian Liu, REACH is a new
group on campus dedicated to
teaching junior students at Lee
High School in Houston about vari-
ous aspects of the undergraduate
education. The Rice students will
give presentations on choosing a
college, financial aid and scholar-
ship opportunities. They also plan
to help edit application essays and
hold two events on the Rice cam-
pus. Liu conceived the idea for the
group in the spring. Her Envision
Grant will primarily fund food,
printing and other costs.
"There's always been problems
with the educational system in
America," Liu said. "There's such
a large gap between the rich and
poor. ... Consider the number of
people from urban schools that
go to college — it's a very, very
depressing number. It's important
to help [because] we're in college
now, we have some time and we
probably won't later."
The second initiative is the Owl
Parade, modeled after similar art
auctions in Houston and Chicago,
proposed by Sid Richardson Col-
lege sophomore Denise Bear and
a group of collaborators. The
Art Department is creating 15-
20 blank, fiberglass lft-inch owl
molds to provide to the Athletic
Department, residential colleges
and various clubs on campus
to decorate. The owls will be
displayed in glass cases in the
Student Center for auctioning.
Profits for each owl sold will be
split by the owl's creator and the
"I Have a Dream" mentoring and
tutoring program in Houston.
Bear said her group wanted to find
a strongly rooted, local organiza-
tion for the project.
'Consider the number
of people from urban
schools that go to
college — it's a very,
— Yian Liu
Envision Grant winner
"Often, students get so involved
with the Rice bubble," Bear said.
"Raising money for us is impor-
tant, but there are other groups
that need the money more than
us. Allowing students to raise
money for themselves and simul-
taneously raise money for outside
organizations is a really good thing
to do. "
To fund the project, the group
is applying for multiple grants on
campus. They requested $2,500 but
were only given $250 by the com-
mittee to get their project started.
The group hopes to receive more
Envision Grant money after revis-
ing its proposal to include more
Whenever helpful, the com-
mittee provides feedback on the
applications, Leadership Rice As-
sistant Director Natalia Ksiezyk,
who coordinates the Envision
Grant program, said. Grants are
never awarded twice to the same
"The original intention of the
Envision Grant was also to give
students experience in writing
grants and proposals asking for
money," Ksiezyk said. "It's a
component of many jobs. So we
try not to just say yes or no, but
coach the students in writing
REACH originally submitted a
proposal last spring, but after ten-
tative approval, decided to apply
again in the fall, when it would be
better organized and more likely
to obtain increased funding.
"Yian's program addresses
a community need," Ksiezyk
said. "But the strength of this
proposal is that we saw from last
spring to now how much work
she did and how much progress
she made with a committed team
Similarly, an architecture stu-
dent lounge and materials library
project proposal submitted this
fall by Lovett College senior Mark
VVatabe was given conditional
approval, provided he create
a more detailed time line and
budget, Ksiezyk said.
Since the Envision Grants
program began in 1995, more
than 100 proposals have been
funded. Past grants have subsi-
dized the founding of the Coffee-
house and Lovett Undergrounds.
Grants range from $200 to $2,500.
The President's Office provides
$15,000 for undergraduate grants
and $2,500 for graduate projects
annually. Applications for the
next round of Envision Grants
are due Feb. 10.
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beginning at 8 p.m. in Hanszen and
Wiess Commons. Light refresh-
ments, funded by the President's
Office, will be served, and door prizes
will be given away, Parrett, a Martel
College sophomore, said.
The viewing will feature multiple
news organizations projected onto a
split screen, with an audio feed that
will rotate about every 15 minutes,
Parrett said. Smaller televisions in
the Hanszen Upper Commons will
also be available for viewing, Adviser
to the President Maryana Iskander
(Wiess '97) said.
President David Leebron will
arrive close to the start of the event,
and his family may accompany him,
An invitation to the viewing was
sent by e-mail to faculty, staff and
students, stating, "[The election]
provides a wonderful opportunity for
us to come together as an academic
community to watch history in the
making and to discuss with each other
the implications of this significant
The event will provide an oppor-
tunity for faculty members to interact
with suirientsand staffin thecolleges,
Wiess senior Haley Fletcher said
she will attend the event.
"I think that sounds like a great
idea," Fletcher said. "That sounds
like a good way to see what's going
on on election night."
Baker College junior Elyse Free-
man said the event will encourage
more students to watch the election
"It will get people together to
watch something like that," Free-
man said. "It will probably get some
people who would watch it except
that they would forget or that they
wouldn't watch it alone or that they
don't have a TV."
Everhart said he hopes students
will stay at the viewing for other
reasons than just the food.
"I would hope that they stick
around because we are — at least
we're supposed to be—an intellectual
community, and talking about these
important political issues should play
a role in that," Everhart said.
For many Rice undergraduates,
this will be their first opportunity to
vote in a presidential election. Young
Democrats President Samir Patelsaid
he expects voter turnout at Rice will
exceed that of in past elections.
"It's going to be huge turnout,"
Patel, a Jones College senior, said.
"It's going to be a lot bigger than the
year 2000 nationally, and I'm pretty-
sure, with the whole 'Get Out the Vote'
thing that we had with the Democrats,
Republicans and the Rice Vote Coali-
tion here this year, that there are
going to be a lot more people voting
here at Rice as well."
Freeman also said she thinks turn-
out will be high for this election.
"I know a lot of people who are
voting," Freeman said. "Most of my
friends, if they haven't already voted
through absentee ballots, are defi-
nitely voting. Emotions are running
high. Right now, I only know very few
people who are not voting."
Rice College Republicans Presi-
dent Pat Hastings said he thinks
turnout at Rice will be similar to that
in past elections.
"I think turnout will be pretty typi-
cal to previous elections — maybe
slightly higher, but typical," Hastings,
a Martel sophomore, said. "College
.students are often pretty apathetic,
and I expect that to be the same this
Parrett said it is important that
students express their political
"It's important for college students
to vote, because we make up a great
proportion of people in this country,
and if we don't vote, a large portion of
the country's voice isn't being heard,"
she said. "And college students also
have a lot of opinions about politics
and what goes on in their country."
Patel also said voter turnout is
especially important among college
"It's unfortunate that kids our age
don't vote because they're apathetic,"
Patel said. "The truth is that if more
people our age did vote, politicians
would probably have to pay more
attention to our concerns."
The Vote Coalition organized
several events this year to fa-
cilitate voter registration. The
organization's activities included
registering new students during
Orientation Week, sponsoring
the music event Rock the Vote,
working with Leebron on a letter
that was delivered to students'
mailboxes encouraging them to
register and vote, and supplying
college coordinators' offices with
registration materials, Parrett said.
The Vote Coalition also delivered
voters' guides to the mailboxes of
all students who are registered to
vote at Rice, Everhart said.
Patel said the Young Democrats
invited politicians and other speakers
to their meetings. Hastings said the
College Republicans did not plan any
special events this year.
Early voting for those unable to
reach the pollsTuesday began Oct. 18
in Harris County. The nearest location
is the Fiesta Mart on Main St
Brown College freshman Claire
Randall will serve as the precinct
judge for Precinct 361. Jones senior
Stacey Lavender was elected by
the Young Democrats to serve as
precinct chair. The Democrats are
in charge of the position because
the majority of Rice voters voted
for the Democratic gubernato-
rial candidate in the last election,
In the 2000 presidential election.
Democratic presidential candidate
A1 Gore won the Rice precinct
with 343 of the 725 votes cast, or
47.3 percent of the vote. Republican
candidate George W. Bush received
28.1 percent of the vote, and Green
Party candidate Ralph Nader took
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