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The Brown College Music Committee's main function is to take care of the stacks and play music in the quad every Friday. We also do some other cool music related things with our enormous coffers of doubloons.

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Announcements - 1/15/14

 

Announcements - 1/15/14
2013 Was So Last Year


When you think about it, all books are text-books.


Contents:
 
1. Elevator Pitch Competition
Be innovative. Pitch an escalator.

2. Upcoming CPR/AED and First Aid Classes
I wonder what Second Aid is. Is that when First Aid goes really poorly and they need reinforcements? We have all of this training for First Aid, I hope that the backup plan is getting it's training as well.

3. Rice Arbor Day Celebration
Ironically, Arbor Day occurs one month after the holiday we celebrate by chopping down a tree and putting in our homes.

4. Apply to be a PAA!
You can't spell paragliding without PAA! That does not mean they are related in any way, though.

5. Brown Bag Lunch: Investment Banking and Finance
Like investment baking and finance, brown bags can be inflated and burst.

6. Summer Research and Opportunities Fair
Many times, however, opportunities are not fair.

7. MLK Vigil

8. Lamar Debate Tournament
My favorite part of being secretary is when people address me as Mr. Nichol. These are the sort of benefits you'll get if you're considering running for secretary.

9. Camp Kesem Counselor Applications
How do you tell which end of the worm is the head? By kissing em.

10. Self-Defense Classes for Women
Become the next Chun-Li.

11. Year-End Awards 2014
After 15 days of 2014, it is now time to think of the end of the year awards.

12. GIS Short Courses, Spring 2014
Improve your Geocaching skills.

13. Lifeguard Certification Course at the Rec Center 
Ask them about Second Aid.

14. Shuttle Schedule for Martin Luther King Holiday
Everyone can sit anywhere! #ThanksMLK

14. Get outside this spring with Rice Outdoors!
Hopefully you get outside before this spring also because otherwise you would be trapped in your room/hallways for about half of the semester and possibly be very bored and lonely and then I would feel sad for you so that is how come you should go outside.

15. Jobs
There are like 6 e-mails down there looking to employ Rice people. Crazy, right?

16. Some Lectures
All of the Baker Institute and science talks compiled into one spot.

17. Internet

 

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Announcements - 12/04/13 Heck Week

 

Announcements - 12/04/13
Heck Week

If tests were anti-oxidants, then Rice students would be pomegranates.

Hey guys

So for those of you that weren't aware, the “Esteban Looking For a Girlfriend” announcement was a JOKE. But thank you for the interest.

Also, I've been sick this week so no jokes.


Contents:
 
1. Job

2. Architecture courses for Non-Architects

3. Library Books

4. CIC's Group International Service Trips

5. Off-Campus Housing Available

6. SA Director Positions Open

7. Note Cards

8. Municipal Governance in Turkey

9. The Rice Cultivator

10. Links
4 hours of wikipdiaing later...Content for this weeks announcements.

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Minutes - 12/03/13

 

Minutes - 12/03/13

Christmas Sweater Cabinet



Alright guys. So I wrote up the minutes. They are LONG. You don’t have to read all of them. Read the powerpoint. That is interesting.

Recap

  • The entire cabinet we talked about Grade Inflation. Dr. Allen & Chynna Foucek came to talk to us about it.
  • I included the Powerpoint as an attachment. That contains all the information that was discussed. Below is the discussion.



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Pres

EVP

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Treasurer

Secretary

Freshman Rep

Amod



Skipping gripes/anti gripes skipped :(



Grade Inflation

Dr. Allan (BIOE) & Chynna Foucek

EDGAR (system like ESTHER), uses anonymous information on grades.

Analyzed grades

Displays graph on grade inflation. Will include if I can get it

Shows GPA inflation plateauing around ‘08

60% A grades at Rice. Same percentage at Yale

A+’s are more common are C’s

Students tend to drop classes that they are getting C,D,F in them. Allan believes this makes sense

Pattern similar amongst all schools in Rice.

MUSIs have slightly more As.

Business grades lower than average

Last year they divided honors amongst each school, so someone who majors in music and someone who majors in architecture both can get Summa Cum Laude, etc.

Grade fairness can impact who gets a particular who taught a particular class.

-Depending on the professor teaching a course, grades will be different.

Smaller courses give higher percentages of A’s

May make sense because smaller classes, people get more feedback.

Course level doesn’t really make a difference number of higher grades. 300-400 do not give out significantly more A’s than 100-200.

If everyone gets an A, then you can’t tell people who are really understanding information and who is skidding by.


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Announcements - 11/20/13

 

Announcements - 11/20/13
Hungergames: Registration Edition

Cats and commas are much alike.
A cat has claws at the end of its paws...and a comma is the pause at the end of a clause.



Hello!

Time to change things up today. Usually I've been dealing with the same template all of these e-mails I'm sending out but today I'm being a badass and using letters instead of numbers for the contents. I lead a very boring life.


Contents:
 

A. Rice Clothing Drive to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

B. Marijuana Survey
Surveying the land for potential marijuana farming.

C. 2013 THANKSGIVING SHUTLE SCHEDULE
I LOVE TURKEY AND NOT JUST THE BOWLING KIND

I also love the country.

D. Boston Consulting Group on campus
Become a MASSter.

E. Kipp Info Sesh
Sheeesh

F. Typhoon Haiyan Relief Effort Fundraiser

G. Women's Energy Network
a.k.a. Girl Power

H. CALL + RESPONSE SCREENING + FREE TORCHY'S DINNER
Torchy's is good, but if you really want to get people to go to your events, start handing out New Student Points.

I. Teach and Lead at YES Prep Public Schools
Say YES to the stress.

J. ASIA 451
Learn about Tiger moms. Study like a kitten.

K. Survey for Brown
Sounds like a terrible trade if you ask me.

L. Volunteer at The Beacon with RSVP!
R.S.V.P. is an interesting phrase because it's French, which is funny because in English we have no other way of saying "Hey, respond to this if you are going."

M. South Asian Society's Dhamaka 2013 is this Saturday
Life is what Dhamaka it. Always has been, always will be.

N. Internet
The internet is a series of tubes...

 

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