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Vol. LXXXIX, Issue No. 12
Friday, November 9, 2001
Sept. 11 observance
by Rachel Rustin
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
Rice faculty members approved
the idea of canceling classes Sept.
11. 2002. and details will be worked
out by the University Council.
Student Association Presidents
Jamie Lisagor and Gavin Parks went
to the faculty Wednesday to propose
a day of remembrance for the terror-
ist attacks in New York and Wash-
ington, D.C., by canceling classes
on the anniversary of the attacks.
Most faculty meeting attendees
supported the idea of a day of remem-
brance, but some expressed concern
about losing a teaching day.
History Professor Martin Wiener
proposed that the faculty find the "ideal
solution" by rescheduling the canceled
day of classes so the semester's sched-
ule would not be affected.
After discussion of the idea, the
faculty moved to have the University
Council work out the details of cancel-
ing and rescheduling the day's classes.
The University Council deals with
issues of the academic calendar and
will meet next in January. lisagor and
Parks delivered a speech to the fac-
ulty explaining the issues they believe
Rice students have faced recently.
"Our generation has finally lost
its innocence, yet there is a reluc-
tance to openly discuss the prob-
lems that we now face," Lisagor said.
In their speech, Lisagor and Parks
said they feel the health and well-
being of the Rice community should
come first and proposed that the day
off from class include events such as
discussions, university-wide blood
See OBSERVANCE, Page 7
Stocking up for the holidays
Martel College junior Jonathan Bannet peruses holiday cards to benefit New York City's Meals on Wheels. The
cards will be sold for $5 outside Rice Stadium at tomorrow's homecoming game, which begins at 2 p.m.
Professors debate examining athletics
He's got the gumbo
Todd Makse (Sid 01), a Jesse H. Jones School of Management
graduate student, accepts a bowl of gumbo from a chef in the Ray
Courtyard Saturday afternoon. A group of chefs served the cajun dish
to students to promote the food products company Aramark.
by Chris I^arson and Rachel Rustin
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
The faculty returned a resolution
calling for the examination of Rice's
Athletic Department to the Faculty
Council at Wednesday's meeting,
requesting clarification of the
The resolution called for the fac-
ulty to "express its concern over the
escalating 'arms race' in intercolle-
giate athletics" and "consider the
continuing imbalance between aca-
demic and athletic priorities."
The resolution cited Rice's annual
athletic deficit, which has increased
to S6.18 million from S3.7 million in
1991. and said that an athletic arms
race "threatens to compromise ad-
mission standards, tarnish the val-
ues on which the scholarlv enter-
prise depends, and detract from the
university's educational mission."
The resolution cited a response
to the Knight Commission on Inter-
collegiate Athletics as its motivation.
The Knight Commission was cre-
ated in 1991. when the John S. and
James L. Knight Foundation became
concerned that athletics abuses
threatened the integrity of higher
See ATHLETICS, IV- «
Few vote in Homecoming Elections
Both referenda pass; Gillis drawing. Martel move-in date elected royalty
by Lindsey Gilbert
In an election marked by low voter
turnout, "This Picture of Gillis," and
"Martel Move-In Date" emerged as
the royal representatives for home-
In addition to homecoming queen
and king, the electronic ballot in-
cluded an amendment to the Stu-
dent Association Constitution and a
referendum with a resolution urg-
ing Congress to revise the Higher
Education Act of 1998. Both resolu-
tions garnered the two-thirds major-
ity required to pass.
The HEA Reform Referendum,
which condemns a clause of the HEA
denying federal financial aid to drug
offenders, passed with 67.7 percent of
voters in favor, 'nit- SA constitutional
amendment, which limits the number
of SA Executive Council members,
passed with 76.8 percent in favor.
The elections began Friday at
noon and ended noon Wednesday.
The homecoming court nomi-
nees were assessed using a prefer-
ential voting system in which stu-
dents ranked their choices on a scale
of one to seven.
"This Picture of Gillis," a rounded
likeness of President Malcolm Gillis,
came away with the 2001 homecom-
ing king title. In second place was
"The First Seven Rows of Stadium
Seating." The other nominees were
Spontaneous Combustion, "The
Warpig," Windows XP and the Rice
See ELECTIONS, PaRe h
Library improvements considered
bv Elizabeth Decker
Despite the postponement of the rebuild-
ing of Fondren Library, plans for improve-
ment are still moving forward, including a
survey of library users and the development of
an off-campus storage facility.
Early this week, students, faculty and aca-
demic staff were mailed printed copies of the
survey, which is also accessible online at http:/
Surveys can be submitted through Nov. 20.
Director of Fondren Library Sara Lowman
said the survey, requested by President
Malcolm Gillis and including input from Vice
President and Chief Information Officer Chuck
Henry, will help determine how well the li-
brary is serving its users.
"The survey is actually pretty general,"
Lowman said. "What this will give us is a
snapshot of people's perceptions about the
library now, and it will give us some sort of
feeling about why people use the library and
give us an indication ot how satisfied people
are with the facilities, the collections and the
Lowman said the survey task force will ana-
lyze the final data in December and form focus
groups in the beginning of the spring semester
to address the biggest concerns named by
survey respondents. The groups will be com-
posed of students, other frequent library users
and those who don't use the library at all.
Members of the Student Association Senate,
including the college presidents, will help se-
lect student members for the groups.
Lowman said she is interested in seeing
whether patrons are using the library's elec-
tronic collections of journals and databases,
which have been improved in recent years to
allow access from any computer on campus.
Lowman said the committee will also look
closely at whether students are using the
Internet or electronic and print library collec-
tions as their primary information sources.
President Malcolm Gillis said he was inter-
ested in learning whether Rice students teel
crowded out of the library by users from the
Texas Medical Center, the University of Hous-
ton and the University of St. Thomas, espe-
cially at night and during exam periods.
Lowman said early results from about 300
surveys have indicated mostly positive reviews
of the library collections and tacilities.
"It looks to me off-hand that people are
generally happy but that there are some con-
cerns about the amount of study space avail-
able," Lowman said.
Lowman said respondents have reported
feeling safe in the library, even though it is open
24 hours a day. University Police officers walk
through Fondren several times each night to
See LIBRARY, Page 8
The cast of Pippin performs at Baker College. Pippin and Wiess College's Talk Radio open
this weekend. See Reviews. Page 9.
Choose your classes
Preregistration for spring semester
classes begins Monday. Check out the
online system at http://siswcb.rice.edu. Pa-
per forms with adviser's signature must be
turned into the Registrar's Office by Friday.
Quote of the Week
"I guess he's one of those religious joggers
that wanted to jog and then say a few
— University Police Sgt. Steve Reiter, about a
man accused of theft. See Story. Page 5.
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