Tags: Burger King, eating contest, Harry Chavanne, KTRU, KTRU Tuesdays, whopper
As a bid to increase sales, Burger King held a Whopper eating competition during the halftime of the freshman basketball game on January 16, 1973. Harry Chavanne ’33, a Burger King franchisee and Rice donor, organized the competition and put up the prize money.
Tags: derrick, Lu Celia Wise, memorabilia monday, oil and gas, Oil original, paperweight, Sinclair oil
You never know what you might find in the vault. Lee Pecht recently reorganized the memorabilia collection. This unusual item was in the Houston memorabilia box. It actually doesn’t come from Houston, though.
Lu Celia Wise worked for the Sinclair Oil Corporation in Tulsa. While there, she created her own line of “oil originals.” According to her lovingly written obituary, she sold desk items and art related to the oil industry at the Dallas Market. She also wrote Oklahoma’s official bicentennial book.
Wise does have a Houston connection. The League of Women Voters selected her as one of two Oklahoma representatives for the “Women in Action” exhibit in 1996. The University of Houston has a collection on this project.
Tags: Homecoming, homecoming queen, Humanities Building, Rice University, that f'ing crane, Woodson Research Center
Tags: Homecoming, homecoming float, homecoming parade
For eleven years (1950-1960), students constructed Homecoming floats and had parades. It seems like the short-lived tradition died out from lack of interest.
If you recognize that house, please let us know.
Photographs from: Rice University Archives general photo files, “Homecoming 1952” and “Homecoming 1958″, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
Tags: co-ed, co-ed colleges, co-ed conversion, KTRU, KTRU Tuesdays, Norman Hackerman
Starting in 1970, the issue of co-ed colleges pops up in the KTRU tapes. In the news masters, notable Rice alums, like George Greanias, talk about the overall vibe in the colleges. On the whole, the students didn’t see what the big deal was.
For Pres. Norman Hackerman, co-ed conversion involved a variety of steps before moving forward with assigning women to the new co-ed colleges. In this snippet from the fall 1971 news master, he lays out how he will get buy-in from all of the affected stakeholders.
Photo from: Rice University News & Media Relations; Board, Administration and Faculty Photo and Research files, ca. 1930-2000, UA 187, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
Tags: kazoos, marching owl band, memorabilia monday, The MOB
Tags: Homecoming, homecoming queen, Mike Grubbs
Although Mike Grubbs was elected the Homecoming Queen in 1988, he had to relinquish his title to runner-up Nancy Jones. The Athletic Department had already created a rule that only a woman could represent Rice in the Cotton Bowl parade.
Photograph from: Rice University Archives general photo files, “Grubbs, Mike”, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
Tags: Dean Wierum, Gene Couldbourn Hackerman, KTRU, KTRU Tuesdays, Malcolm Lovett, Sid Richardson College
On May 20, 1971, KTRU 91.7 FM expanded its range across the city. No longer limited to the confines of the hedges, the radio station pumped up its wattage by ten and could be heard within a ten to fifteen mile radius of the campus. To do this, KTRU installed an antenna on top of Sid Richardson College, which explains the photograph attached to this audio clip.
In celebration of this occasion, the radio station solicited the opinions and congratulations from Malcolm Lovett, Dean Wierum, Gene Coulbourn Hackerman, and an unknown speaker. If you recognize the voice, please let us know in the comments.
Tags: majorette, marching band, Rice Owl band, Sand Knit, vintage athletic clothing
Mary Ann Kopriva ’56, the majorette on the far right, donated her sweater to the Woodson. The sweater is heavy, thick, and itchy. The majorettes and the rest of band, for that matter, must have been quite uncomfortable.
While this marching band photograph is blurry, it looks like some people might be wearing the sweater.