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8/26/14 Welcome Back Day Cabinet


Roll Call: We didn’t roll call today because today is a special day


Pres: Oversees Cabinet and just Brown in general. President stuff. Yknow.



Chief Justice: Spencer Seballos. You know what he does. Apparently we all know what he does.

Treasurer: If you ever buy anything for Brown and you need to be reimbursed, you go through KATHRYN.

Secretary: I’m Kevin. I spam Listserv and write minutes. I didn’t stand up because I had a laptop in my lap so I’m lame. And I had to say my thing twice because I was too quiet the first time, but I promise I’m not a quiet person. I’m actually pretty loud.

Parliamentarian: Mac oversees Constitutional stuff and “overlooks” the Brown Constitution. Krista’s joke was actually pretty funny.

NSR: We don’t have one yet. Wth freshmen. Step up your GAME. Jk we haven’t had elections yet. This wasn’t really that funny.

Cabinet is a way to find out what’s going in the college and if you want to get information you come, blah blah blah.


  • New laundry machines
  • The weight room looks awesome
  • We have another nice gym. So nice we had to say it TWICE.
  • Best cabinet turnout ever!
  • AWESOME OWEEK. WOOOOOOOOOT. Tom is over there.



  • No kitchens.
  • Please take care of the laundry room.

o   Kevin found five thongs in the basement. Not fun.

o   Kevin was very sad to have to clean the laundry room before the first day of school

o   Kevin’s voice was very sad at this time. I think my voice cracked.

o   Please be nice to Kevin. He only tries to be nice to you.

  • Alison tried to assassinate our President through the usage of peanuts. So sneaky.
  • The doors seem to be a little iffy ths year.
  • There aren’t any tips on any of the pool cues. DAMN IT DUKE TIP.
  • One of the foosball men has retired from the sport.
  • We don’t have couches anymore.
  • CapriSun is frozen and it can’t be sucked through the straw.

o   CSP strongly agrees.

Masters and RA’s


o   10 pm

o   Bring your bowl

o   We provide ice-cream (including lactose-free) and brownies

o   If you have any submissions, email them to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " target="_blank" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)"><a href="mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Houston: In lieu of our Thursday night bike ride, we’re pushing it to Friday and team up with Rice Bikes and join in for Critical Mass Friday afternoon.

o   If you want information, contact Houston, contact Rice Bikes. JOIN OR DIE.

  • Krista: I don’t have anything. Where’s Jose?

o   Jose is in the back. And he can’t hear us. So we have nothing today.

Fall Elections

  • We need floor, quad, and OC representatives, along with New Student Representative 9NSR).
  • Elections will be in 2 weeks from today.
  • Floor rep/OC rep: talk to Rey
  • NSR: talk to Alex Cerda

Housing and Dining (I’m very afraid of typing this part. In case you guys didn’t see me, I cracked my knuckles here. Because I’m intense like that.)

  • The new gym is nice
  • We are now less prone to fire alarms (LOL.)
  • All of the kitchens were taken out, and part of the reason for this was because of miscommunication with H&D that we were working to fix. It’s kind of a campus-wide policy to consolidate kitchen areas across campus in order to better comply with safety procedures.

o   The first floor kitchen is still going to be built. Pretty soon, but we don’t have any solid dates yet.

  • The couches were taken out on each floor.

o   H&D does plan on putting back one couch on each floor in due time.

  • General complaints from the crowd

o   Alex Cerda: Are they gonna have 8 fridges down here? Most of the fridges were already pretty full.

§  Reilly: That’s one thing we’re still working with H&D on. Likely going to be less refrigerators than we are used to.

o   John King: Are the sinks also going to be down here, or can we wash dishes on kitchen floors and stuff too?

§  Krista: They won’t be returned to the upstairs area. There’s lots of fallout from that and change in everyday behavior. We want to hear from you how that is in order to see if there’s anything that we’ll be able to do to respond to that in the future.

o   Janet: Are there going to be cabinets?

§  Reilly: not really sure. H&D wants to get rid of kitchen facilities in general.

  • Alison: Baker and Hanszen have already consolidated, and they have plenty of space. Shieldsy is not worried. We should all aspire to be positive like Shieldsy. She was my advisor. I’m not biased. She’s awesome <3

o   Jake: We are also trying to come up with an outdoor eating area space near the kitchen by putting a door leading into the outside. (I think I heard this part correctly.)

o   Sunny: I thought the issue was the fire alarms were being aggravated too much. What do fridges and sinks have to do with fire alarms?

§  Jake: that’s something that we’re going to have to bring up with H&D. However, David Brown doesn’t plan on binging anything back.

§  Krista: David Brown has does his best to advocate for our behalf, but apparently this is going to be a policy that will be implemented on campus, even if it might be a little uneven throughout the residential colleges.

§  Reilly: We’re going to look forward to see what we can do with the space now, instead of being upset about it and being all butthurt and whiney. WE SHALL MOVE ON AND HAVE A BETTER FUTURE YEAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAAAH. :D

§  Krista will continue to advocate, but not very hopeful.

§  David: ETA on new kitchen?

  • Krista: 3rd week of September. Knock on wood.

o   Roby: Is there a defined policy about what we can have in the actual area? 8th floor has multiple pieces of furniture and not just one couch. We would work with H&D to make sure our furniture complied with fire safety standards, but now they took them all away. Are we only allowed to have one couch? Are we going to be reimbursed for all of the couches that was taken away from us even though the floor itself paid for it?

§  Krista: There’s one couch going onto each floor from David Brown, but that doesn’t mean it stops there. We might be able to get more in the future. We will meet with David Brown when we can schedule an appointment with him, aka find him, because he’s like, not here. Krista doesn’t want me to write that, but I’m writing it anyways. I’m such a rebel teehee.

§  Spencer: We worked out exactly where the couches could be, how many we could have, etc. etc.

§  Jake: We have a very strong oral tradition and not a written tradition per se, so we want to leave a paper trail behind with H&D so that way we can have some sort of documentation about what H&D said to us so that they can’t be like “NO FOOL. YOU’RE LYING. MWAHAHAHAHAHA.” (Of course, this is an extreme case, but yknow.)

o   Jordan: What’re the plans for the spaces that were quad kitchens?

§  Krista: Still in progress.

§  Reilly: We’ll have a better idea by the end of the next cabinet.

o   Denise: Are the carepts cleaned over the summer, just as a general question. Cause mine looked like poop.

§  Reilly: They’re definitely supposed to.

§  Alison: You get one free carpet cleaning per semester. (I never knew that. The more you know..)

  • Rice is using summer housing more to make $$$$$$$. AKA Duke TIP came this summer. BW was in Duke TIP when he was in middle school. He is going to be burned at the stake tonight. The dirty traitor smh. Things have been broken. If something broke, please tell us.

o   Pool cues

o   Leg in one of the chairs in the back is broken off

o   Stolen foosball ball

o   Foosball man eloped with a Duke TIP middle-schooler.

  • Budget Preview

o   We get about $45k every year to allocate to our committees here at Brown

o   We’ll be working with committees for them to submit their proposals by next week-ish. At the next cabinet, we will be voting on the budget.

§  For the budget this year, we’re thinking about introducing an Initiatives Fund.

  • Basically money for anyone at Brown to use if they have some sort of cause or event that they would want to plan using Initiatives Fund, that’s free game.

o   For example, Baker had a Corgi Study Break. Janet says it was very successful. Something tells me that Janet likes Corgis.

  • Announcements

o   If you have any announcements, please shoot them to Reilly.

§  If you have a club that wants to advertise an event, just let him know, and he’ll add it to the agenda

§  If you want to make an announcement but you forget to send it to Reilly, you stand up and give it during Slacker Announcements

o   Committee Fair

§  Committee Fair will be next Wednesday, where we can get I nformation about committees.

  • One of the easiest and best ways to get involved at Brown
  • We have a whole bunch of different kinds of committees so you can do whatever interests you!

o   Beer Bike Committee. (Everyone yelled Beer Bike with this weird crescendo. It was kinda cool and emotionally moving.)

o   You can get a list of committees online at brown.rice.edu.

  • Alison said everything. Rey has nothing to say. Useless.

o   Slackers

§  Permanent Improvements

o   Kevin wants an indoor pool.

§  Ben Jefferson and  Justin Pensock are our Sports Reps for the fall.

  • Freshman Flag Football signups start Sep. 1 – 8.

o   Coed

o   You don’t need any athletic talent.

§  Our past teams can speak for that LOL.

  • Powderpuff is also a sport.

§  Campanile

  • Alexandra is Brown’s editor but she’s moving onto a higher editorial position this year (HOLY CRAP) so she is looking for a new Brown editor.

o   Photoshop and InDesign will be used.

o   It’s okay if you don’t know how to do it, Alexandra didn’t either, she will teach you.

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§  Senior Events (campus-wide)

  • Alison Shields is the campus-wide Senior Events (Senior Gala, etc)

o   Senior Happy Hour at Pub this Friday at 6:30 – 8:30pm

o   Class of 2015 shirts will be sold.

§  Beer Bike

  • This time the cheer had no crescendo
  • Janet Schwartz, David Nichol, Samantha May, Amanda Boone, Alex Cerda are our coordinators

§  Room Reservations at Brown

  • If you want to learn how to reserve stuff at Brown or add yourself to the Google calendar so you know where all the events are
  • 8:00 Thursday, Vator Lobby, David Nichol and I will teach you how to do all of that and become technologically savvy and hip.

§  Rice Players Coordinator (Student-run Theater group)

§  Honor Council


  • Kristi is Brown Senator
  • First Senate meeting tomorrow at 8pm.

o   We can meet at vator in 7:40 and head over there together

o   They will be explaining the details about NSR and stuff there, along with other campus-wide issues

  • Applications come out tomorrow

§  Senior Events Committee

  • First event this Saturday, tailgate for Rice vs Notre Dame
  • Beer, barbeque, etc.
  • We come into Vator at 2:30 for kickoff.

§  Rice Bikes

  • Grand opening is on Friday
  • Rental applications are due tomorrow

§  BSWFit

  • Place where you can put on there if you’re going to work out the next day or a few hours
  • You can maybe find people to work out with you
  • It’s crazy awkward because Brian is the only one posting, so people, please help Brian be cool.

§  Auditions for You’re In Town at Hanszen

  • This is a musical
  • If you’re interested in trying out you have to have a prepared solo with an accompaniment from a modern Broadway musical aka post-2000.
  • The books are at Fondy so you can easily get them

§  Acapella groups

  • Roby will post the links to that as well if you’re interested

§  Roby’s Boss is looking to hire some people at a chemistry stockroom at Dell Butcher

  • Work-study people hit him up
  • Type Roby Johnson into g-mail to find his e-mail


  • We can’t even see the couches, so we can’t use the movie room
  • If it doesn’t get taken out, then it will get thrown out

§  Krista has a challenge for the first-year students

  • Become involved on committees or to propose something to the Initiatives Fund and tell her that you did that.
  • If you do, she’ll reward you with a secret reward. Jk it’s not so secret anymore, she’ll just cook you food at her house.

§  If you’re interested in joining the Rice University Mariachi and making BANK

§  Ben Jefferson is our RPC rep for Brown

  • Ballet of Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Link is online, the e-mail was sent out
  • Facebook has the RPC page and you can sign up for tickets
  • 22 tickets per college. Get tickets, take a friend, ask Ben if you have any questions.
  • Soorya, may he rest in peace.

o   Soorya was a recent graduate from Brown and he passed away recently from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Moment of silence.

o   We will have a memorial sometime in September and we will announce it soon so that people can attend if they would like to, and we will celebrate his life.

Kickass first Cabinet. Good job guys. AKA good job Kevin for being a speed demon. Slacker announcements have NEVER BEEN SO HARD. This junk was 6 pages long. Someone please appreciate me for how awesome these minutes are, because I’m pretty dang proud of myself. Sorry for any typos. Really didn't feel like scanning for minute details today. And sorry if the formatting came out wonky. Hopefully you guys can deal with it though.



Announcements - 8/22/14


Real talk, there aren’t that many announcements. I kinda didn’t even want to send these out, but there was relevant shuttle information, so even though this set is short, it’s somewhat applicable. Hehehe.

1. Rice Owls Dance Team
I heard you can twerk on Leebron’s house…

2. Undergraduate Shopping Shuttle Starts Tomorrow, Aug 23
Now that you’re finally here in college, time for you to spend even MORE money.

3. 2014 Fall Shuttle starts on Monday, Aug 25
Brown Shit We Hate Walking All Across Campus

4. Baker Institute Internship Opportunity
It has been my life dream to intern in a cake factory. Rice has helped me reached my goals.

5. Rice Catholic Student Association Mass
What do you call a nun in a wheelchair?

…….Virgin Mobile


6. Apply to be an America Reads Tutor (Work-Study)
If you can read this, you may want to consider thanking an America Reads Tutor.

7. Babysitter Needed
Get paid to sit on babies. PERFECT if you hate children!


1. Rice Owls Dance Team




The Rice Owls Dance Team is pleased to announce our updated social media accounts including our brand new websiteFacebook pageTwitter account, and Instagram account. We would love it if Rice students would follow us on any and all of these social media outlets. 


Dance Team tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, August 30th from 7:30-8:30pm in the Rice Rec Center.  Students are also welcome to attend the all levels FREE Hip Hop Workshops Sunday, August 24th through Friday, August 29thfrom 7:30-8:30pm in the Rice Rec Center!


Thank you for your time.



Rice Owls Dance Team

2. Undergraduate Shopping Shuttle


Dear Students,


The Transportation Department will start the Undergraduate Shopping Shuttle this Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 11am to 3pm every 30minutes from the Inner loop at Rice University.  The service is provided every Saturday during the school year.  


For our new students,  please wait at the bus stop close to your college and get on the bus. The service is free and no ID is required.


If you have any questions, please call the Transportation Office at 713-348-5223/5996 Please watch the shuttle video and schedules at  transportation.rice.edu. .  Thank you for using the Rice shuttle.



At your service,

Elizabeth Gbordzoe

Transportation Manager

3. 2014 Fall Shuttle

Dear Rice Community,


Welcome to all our passengers.  On Monday August 25, 2014, we will resume the Fall shuttle schedule as follows:


Inner Loop: M-F  6am-10:45pm every 5-8 minutes

Greater Loop: M-F  6am - 5pm  every 10-15 minutes

Graduate Apartments:  M-F  7:30am - 10:30pm  every 15 minutes

Rice Village/Greenbriar :  M-F  7:30am -10:30pm  every 20 minutes

Texas Medical Center:  M-F  7:45am-5:45pm every 30 minutes

Rice Village: Friday  5:30pm-10:30am every 20 minutes after 10:30pm it runs every 15 minutes

Rice Village: Saturday  5:30pm-12:30am every 15 minutes      

Undergraduate Shopping:  Saturday 11am-3pm  every 30 minutes

Graduate Shopping : Saturday 10am-3pm every 45 minutes

Night Escort :  Sun - Thu 10pm-6am and and Fri -Sat 10pm-3a


For additional information on the shuttle service and Zipcar program, please visit transportation.rice.edu

and view the shuttle video.  Please check the bus routes, schedules and other services on our website.

or call 713-348-5223/5996.  Thank you for using the Rice shuttle service.


At your service,


Elizabeth Gbordzoe

Transportation Manager

4. Baker Institute Internship Opportunity


Hey Undergrads!

We're looking for one or two interns who are interested in public policy to join our team at the Baker Institute's Mexico Center and Latin America Initiative this semester. Our paid positions are currently filled, but we're still able to offer SOSC 421 credit for the internship. The description can be found here, and it's also attached. The application deadline is Monday, September 1. Feel free to contact Dylan McNally with any questions at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " target="_blank" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .





Dylan McNally

Research Analyst, Mexico Center

Rice University's Baker Institute - MS 40

P.O. Box 1892

Houston, Texas 77251-1892


Phone: 713.348.3774

Fax: 713.348.5993

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Web: bakerinstitute.org/mexico-center

5. Rice Catholic Student Association Mass

If you are looking for a Catholic community or interested in learning more about Catholicism, please join us for Mass every Sunday, at 10 am and 5 pm, at our chapel, located at 1714 Rice Blvd, right across Rice Blvd from the OEDK. We will be meeting at Willy's statue 20 minutes before Mass for the first few weeks of school to walk interested students to the chapel. For more information on our weekly events, you can check out our website, catholics.rice.edu or look for us on Facebook at Rice Catholic Student Association. If you have any questions, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " target="_blank" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)"><a href="mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Thank you,

Emma Chibnall and Kasia Nikiel

6. Apply to be an America Reads Tutor 

Dear Student,

I hope your summer is going well. As the semester is just about to start, it's the perfect time to think about employment at Rice.

For those of you that worked with the America Reads Tutoring Program in the past, I encourage you to stay with us into the coming year. We'd love to have you back. Just send me an email telling me that you'd like to continue working with us ASAP. Please let me know within the first week of classes (Friday, August 29th at the latest) or you won't be given priority in filling spots.

For those of you who haven't worked with us, I'm excited to invite you to consider working for the Community Involvement Center at Rice. As a recipient of a federal work-study award, you are eligible for employment in the America Reads Tutoring Program. America Reads supports education in the Houston community by employing Rice students to tutor elementary-aged children with special focus on reading and math. You will have the unique opportunity to create a significant impact on a child's education.

Tutors work an average of 5-10 hours a week at one of our three off-campus sites including two neighborhood centers and a local elementary school. Having a car is not necessary, but can be helpful. Starting salary is $10.00 per hour. If you are interested in giving back to the Houston community, I strongly encourage you to apply for a tutoring position.

We will hold information sessions Monday (8/25) 5-6pm in Miner Lounge and Wednesday (8/27) 7-8pm in Miner also. THERE WILL BE FOOD! Come say hi, even if you've worked with us before. More information and the application can be found online at http://cic.rice.edu/AmericaReads/. If you have any questions, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " target="_blank" style="color:rgb(17, 85, 204)"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be on the lookout for flyers around your residential college. See you in the fall!

Linda Giang
America Reads Student Coordinator

"A hundred years from now...it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

7. Babysitter Needed

I am seeking a college student for immediate hire to serve as an afterschool mother's helper, M-TH, from 3:30 to 6ish. I live in Bellaire, so it is close to Rice. 

I have two boys, ages 7 and 10, and I need assistance with helping getting one of them to afterschool activities and doing homework. I am flexible and will work around the student schedule, especially during exams and finals. I am paying at least $15 per hour. 

My contact information is the following:

Tandy H.

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Please respond and let me know if you all are are not able to assist me. It would be greatly appreciated!



Announcements - 1/15/14


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

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

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



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.

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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