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Vol. XC, Issue No. 12
Friday, November 15, 2002
Gillis forms advisory council
by Mark Berenson
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
Two weeks after head football
coach Ken Hatfield's comments
about homosexuality in the Nov. 1
Chronicle of Higher Education, most
of the responses have focused on
more general issues of homophobia
and homosexual acceptance at Rice.
President Malcolm Gillis formed
the President's Council on Gay, Les-
bian, Bisexual and Transgendered
Campus Climate, which will include
students, staff and faculty, in re-
sponse to Hatfield's comments.
Other actions taken in response
to Hatfield's comments include an
ADVANCE/Pride forum on ho-
mophobia held Wednesday night,
students wrapping Willy's Statue in
"Hate Free Zone" tape and groups
planning activities in conjunction
with tomorrow's football game, the
first game since Hatfield's comments
The Chronicle article stated that
Hatfield said homosexuality conflicts
with his religious beliefs and that he
would probably think hard about re-
moving a player who came out to
him. HatfieM submitted a letter to the
Chronicle editor in which he clarified
that he follows Rice policy. Last Mon-
day, the Student Association passed
a resolution asking for Hatfield to
make a statement in the Thresher and
for the university to undertake an
evaluation of the Athletics Depart-
ment, and two weeks ago, the faculty
unanimously passed a resolution re-
pudiating Hatfield's statement.
Vice President for Public Affairs
Terry Shepard said the administra-
tion is focusing on improving the
"I think absent anything else hap-
pening, the president has certainly
turned his attention to the campus
climate in general," Shepard said.
Gillis said the council will be made
up of about 10 students, staff and
faculty, some of whom he has al-
ready named. Other members will
See GLBT, Page 10
Culture (and good food) for all
Performers at South Asian Society's Dhamaka Night perform a traditional dance on Friday in the Grand Hall of
the Ley Student Center.
Two students robbed off campus
by Michelle Afkhami
Two graduate students were re-
cently the victims of off-campus
strong-arm robberies. Although both
robberies occurred in parking lots
near grocery stores, the incidents
The latest robbery occurred in
the Rice Village Nov. 3. A man
jumped out of a car and accosted a
female student as she was walking
toward her car and talking on her
cell phone. The man pushed her
toward the car but grabbed her purse
and retreated when people began to
respond to her screams.
The other incident occurred near
Montrose and Westheimer about
three weeks ago. The robbers pulled
up in a car, jumped out and began to
beat a male student. He was forced
to the ground and sustained injuries
that resulted in hospitalization.
Valuable personal items were
taken in both cases, Rice University
Police Chief Bill Taylor said.
In a Nov. 6 e-mail to all university
departments, Taylor urged the Rice
community to exercise caution off
"Rice is located in a large and
complex city, and the potential for
danger exists," the e-mail stated. "We
entourage everyone to remember
that Houston is a big city, with big-
Graduate Student Association
President Miles Scotcher said he
thinks crime is unfortunate but in-
evitable in a city Houston's size.
"It is regrettable that such inci-
dences should happen, but the law
of averages dictates that it will hap-
pen to a Rice person every once in a
while," Scotcher said.
Scotcher said he thinks Rice stu-
dents, especially those living off cam-
pus, could benefit from information
about which areas in Houston are
"hot spots" for crime.
Taylor said he recommends that
students travel in pairs, enroll in self-
defense programs, carry a cell phone
with 911 on speed dial and keep oth-
ers informed of their whereabouts.
Parking gates named king, Darth
Neill is queen for homecoming
by Ian Everhart
Darth Neill has triumphed over alter-ejo
Associate Vice President for Finance and Ad-
ministration Neill Binford. Binford's evil twin
was declared the Homecoming Queen in this
In the race for King, the newly-installed
and light-saber-like parking gates beat out
Cain Project InstructorTracy Volzand Rodrigo
Montano, the 24-year-old who pretended to be
a Rice student and lived at Jones College for
Binford said he was delighted.
"Obviously, the dark side has won, so we
[will] increase the parking fees and fines tre-
mendously," Binford said.
Binford joked that his election would bring
about stricter policies.
"The answer to any request will automati-
cally be 'no,'" he said.
The parking gates were not available for
"I'm not really surprised," Student Asso-
ciation President Matt Haynie said. "I think
that in the minds of the students, [parking
gates and Neill Binford] are a natural pair."
Head football coach Ken Hatfield, whose
comments in The Chronicle of Higher Educa-
tion about homosexual athletes have at-
tracted widespread campus attention, made
a respectable showing with more than 90
first-place votes in a write-in campaign for
See DARTH. Page 7
Junior tennis player Richard Barker (left) goes head-to-head at the net with
twin brother William (right) Wednesday. The Barkers won the doubles title
at the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Saturday in Dallas.
Barker brothers win
by Adam Tabakin
It took four weeks, but juniors
Richard and William Barker fi-
nally got revenge.
Stanford University's Scott
Lipsky and David Martin defeated
the Barkers in the doubles semi-
finalsofthe ITA Men's Ail-Ameri-
can Championships Oct. 12, but
the men's tennis stars returned
the favor with a 9-7 victory Friday
in the semifinals of the Omni
Hotels National Intercollegiate
Indoor Championships in Dallas.
Learn all about the Barker
brothers. See Feature, Page 21.
The Barkers breezed to vic-
tory in Saturday's championship,
defeating Zoltan Csanadi and Izak
Van Der Merwe of Old Dominion
University 8-2 for the first national
men's doubles title in school his-
tory. The twins are 12-1 on the
season and have won two of the
three tournaments they have en-
tered, including the regional quali-
fying tournament for the Intercol-
legiate Indoor Championships.
"The win against the Stanford
pair was sweet revenge," William
Barker said. "It was easy to stay
focused when we were 6-3 down
Instead of paying $1.50
All parking gates will be open starting
at 10 a.m. today to accommodate campus
visitors for homecoming. However, the
lots are not open for students until
5:30 p.m on Friday. Officers will be busy
patrolling the lots looking for opportunis-
We can only wish hundreds of poten-
tial donors were on campus everyday.
Another reason to sleep in
Network and Internet connections will
be disrupted between 9 and 10 a.m. to-
morrow as Information Technology reor-
ganizes the system.
First e-mail, now the Internet, what's
next? No cell phones?
A&E Page 13
Find voyeurism in Found
SPORTS Page 18
Volleyball crown on the line tonight
Quote of the Week
"It's all about the students. We see what the
student likes and make it for them."
— Hanszen/Wiess Servery chef Roger Elkhouri
on the servery's three-star rating from the Wall
Street Journal. See Story, Page 8.
Partly sunny. 44-69 degrees
Partly cloudy. 39-64 degrees
Mostly sunny, 45-66 degrees
— we knew that if we lost, it was
all over. Now that was enough
motivation to give my all since
there was no easy way out."
The Barkers have been so suc-
cessful this season that the vic-
tory was no surprise to assistant
coach Shaheen Ladhani (Sid '97).
"I wasn't surprised that they
won, although certainly I knew it
would be a very tough event,"
Ladhani said. "My thoughts were
that if they could keep focused on
their strengths and performance
goals, they were in with a legiti-
mate shot of taking the title. All
you can do is plan your work, and
then work your plan. The rest
The Barkers have found con-
sistency as a partnership this fall,
something they could turn into
more prestigious competition af-
"They are clearly one of the
top teams in college tennis, so
anything is possible at this level
for them," Ladhani said. "More
importantly, their thoughts are
now going beyond this and to
what they need to do to succeed
at the professional level."
The Barkers were joined in
Dallas by freshman Robert
Searle, who competed in singles
along with Richard Barker. The
See TENNIS. Page 19
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