Rain, Rain, Go Away!

It could always be worse.

Rice Institute quad flooded after hurricane, as seen from 302 South Hall

This is an image of the quad taken from room 302 in South Hall aka Will Rice College. While the back of the photograph claims that it was taken during a hurricane, there is not one on record for the years 1938-1942 when alumnus James Casten took it. Perhaps, it seemed like one.

Powderpuff Season

"Bloody Battle Today," Thresher article, October 30, 1959

“Bloody Battle Today,” Thresher article, October 30, 1959

Last weekend Powderpuff officially began. This fall college sport started in 1959 when Jones College’s upper class Powders played the freshmen Puffs. The game was a yearly event, until Brown College opened. Then, Brown vs. Jones became the game of the year. As the colleges went co-ed, one game turned into many.

Baker College Vs. Jones College, 1980s

Baker College Vs. Jones College, 1980s

If you are on campus and would like to see more Powderpuff memorabilia, you can stop by the Rice Memorial Center (RMC). There is a display case devoted to this exciting college sport.

Sid Richardson College, 2001

Sid Richardson College, 2001

Baker Institute Visitors

Mikhail Gorbachev and Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, 1997

Mikhail Gorbachev and Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, 1997

Over the years, the Baker Institute for Public Policy has had an interesting list of speakers, both respected and infamous. The following images just scratch the surface.

James A. Baker, III introducing Madeleine Albright to Mrs. Lee H. Jamail, 1997

James A. Baker, III introducing Madeleine Albright to Mrs. Lee H. Jamail, 1997

Yasser Arafat, 1997

Yasser Arafat, 1997

Vladimir Putin, 2001

Vladimir Putin, 2001

Owls Kickoff Saturday

First Touchdown made by Rice Institute against University of Texas in 1917

First Touchdown made by Rice Institute against University of Texas in 1917

The first game of the Rice Owls Football season starts on Saturday at 2:30 and will be televised on NBC. To get ready for the impending action, here are some images of the Owls winning big games.

Rice 29, Texas Tech 27, 1985

Rice 29, Texas Tech 27, 1985

Cotton Bowl game, Rice 28, Alabama 6, 1954

Cotton Bowl game, Rice 28, Alabama 6, 1954

The Tradition of O-Week

Will Rice College Masters' Dale and Elise Sawyer with a student during O-Week, 1998

Will Rice College Masters’ Dale and Elise Sawyer with a student during O-Week, 1998

O-Week (orientation week) can be described as distilling the high points of Rice student life into six days. New students wear their college T-Shirts, go to cheer battles, practice Beer Bike, learn about Rice’s academic structure, and bond with each other. Here are some rather recent photographs that capture the hectic week.

O-Week Baker Women Mock Beer Bike Race, 2001

O-Week Baker Women Mock Beer Bike Race, 2001

Moving In

Student moving into Baker College, 1976

Student moving into Baker College, 1976

This Sunday marks the beginning of O-Week. In honor of this long tradition, let’s look at images of students moving into the colleges.

Jones College students moving in to the new college, 1957

Jones College students moving in to the new college, 1957

The Oldest Object in the Woodson Is . . .

Beatus leaf from a Psalter in Latin, Southern Netherlands, with a fine historiated initial showing scenes from the life of King David and with a decorative border including a hunting scene, Side 1

Beatus leaf from a Psalter in Latin, Southern Netherlands, with a fine historiated initial showing scenes from the life of King David and with a decorative border including a hunting scene, Side 1

Beatus leaf, Side 2

Beatus leaf, Side 2

That would be our newly acquired and digitized illuminated manuscripts. They both date from the mid to late 13th century. If you would like more information on the leafs, click on the picture to read the dealer’s description of the object.

Leaf from a Bible, Paris, France, featuring an historiated initial showing King Ahasuerus, Esther, and Mordecai, all connected by a hangman's rope, Side 1

Leaf from a Bible, Paris, France, featuring an historiated initial showing King Ahasuerus, Esther, and Mordecai, all connected by a hangman’s rope, Side 1

Leaf from a Bible, Side 2

Leaf from a Bible, Side 2


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