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The Rice University Class Ring

Founding Year: 1891

Mascot: Sammy The Owl

Colors: Blue & Gray

Rice University, is widely considered the headmost university and the most selective institution of higher education in the state of Texas. The university is established near the Houston Museum District and is nearby to the Texas Medical Center.

Businessman William Marsh Rice licensed his own Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art as a donation to Houston, where his fortune and success was made on May 18, 1891.

On an unfortunate day at September 23, 1900, Rice was murdered through chloroform by his personal valet, Charlie Jones, who had connived with an unscrupulous lawyer, Albert Patrick, to murder the millionaire and claim his estate using a counterfeit will. The autopsy exposed evidence of poisoning, Jones agreed to provide state's evidence in return for immunity from prosecution. He was then convicted of murder and sent to Sing Sing Prison. He was pardoned in 1912, at the same year that classes started at the Rice Institute.

The group of trustees of the Rice Institute in 1907, decided upon the recommendation of Woodrow Wilson (then president of Princeton) and named astronomer and esteemed mathematician Edgar Odell Lovett the first president of Rice. Lovett’s vision for the establishment of a university "of the highest grade," "an institution of liberal and technical learning" devoted "quite as much investigation as to instruction." [We must all] "keep the standards up and the numbers down," said Lovett. "All distinguished teachers must take their part in undergraduate teaching, and their spirit should dominate it all."

At the anniversary of Mr. Rice's murder on September 23, 1912, the Rice Institute was opened with a total of 77 students and a dozen faculty. The international academic festival celebrated the opening a month later, this was a well-known event that brought Rice to the attention of the whole scholarly world. On its first graduation, 35 bachelor's degrees and one master's degree were awarded, the first doctorate conferred in 1918 at the initial commencement.

ABOUT THE RING

The Association of Rice Alumni supports a Rice Ring Celebration to respect understudies who have taken part in the ring Tradition. The event happens amid the Fall Semester and gives a chance for family, recognized alumni, and college delegates to honor the students' achievements. Each fall, the Association of Rice Alumni welcomes students and families to take part in the Rice Ring Celebration.

Each ring emblematically represents the uniqueness of Rice. The ring highlights the college seal, initially designed in 1912 by Pierre de Chaignonla Rose. It joins the primary components of the crests of sixteen conspicuous families bearing the names Rice or Houston. Owls of Athena were selected for the charges. The Athenian Owls on the Rice seal were off of a design found on a silver coin dating from the fifth century B.C. Since Rice College is dedicated to the advancement of "letters, science, and workmanship," the words are forever commemorated on the seal.

Students wear the ring so that the school name face them, upon graduation, graduates can face the ring the other way, symbolizing that the graduate is prepared to take on the world.

Ring Celebration

The Association of Rice Alumni supports a Rice Ring Celebration to respect understudies who have taken part in the ring Tradition. The event happens amid the Fall Semester and gives a chance for family, recognized alumni, and college delegates to honor the students' achievements. Each fall, the Association of Rice Alumni welcomes students and families to take part in the Rice Ring Celebration.

Ring Tradition

The Rice Ring signifies one of the longest standing establishments kept up at Rice College. An owl was engraved on the rings of the inaugural 1916 graduating class. The scholastic seal of Rice College was placed as the focal point of the ring the next year. Each Rice Ring has taken after this format since 1917, a choice that has preserved the tradition of the Rice Ring for almost a century. This tradition permits the Rice Ring to fill in as an image of the experiences each Rice alumni has had during their time at Rice University. The ring is not only an indication of the hardship and difficulty in succeeding as a student, it represents a bond among all Rice alumni around the world. The ring is a symbol of your status as an alumni and unifies past, present, and future Rice Owls.

RICE TRADITIONS & TRIVIA

Rice Owls Dance Team

The Rice Owls Cheer is a small coed team that cheers at all football games, men's and women's home basketball games, and women's home volleyball games. They also promote campus-wide school spirit and game attendance throughout the year as well as participate in several community service activities.

There are two tryouts for the squad: one in the spring for returning students, and another in the fall for freshmen. Both men and women are welcome to tryout. Tryouts typically consist of performing a cheer, a short sideline dance, jumps, tumbling, and stunting.

The Mob

The Marching Owl Band (The MOB) differs from traditional marching bands. The concept of the MOB's halftime shows during football season has been to integrate field action and formations with a script to present an entertaining and often thought-provoking experience. Current events, social change, and general fantasies provide the basis for show ideas. The MOB's director combines special musical arrangements with unusual concepts in performance to produce unique halftime entertainment.

Membership in the MOB is open to all students, whether they are musically gifted or not. Those who do not play an instrument help in the production of halftime shows as MOB Show Assistants. Benefits of being in the MOB include tickets to road games, attendance scholarships, and travel.

Rice Fight Song

Fight for Rice, Rice fight on, loyal sons arise.

The Blue and Gray for Rice today, comes breaking through skies.

Fight, fight, fight!

Stand and cheer, Vict'ry's near, Sammy leads the way.

Onward go! to crush the foe, we'll fight for Blue and Gray.

(Words and music by Louis Gerard '40)

The Sallyport

Legend has it that students are supposed to enter the quadrangle through the Sallyport only twice, entering once at matriculation, and leaveing once, at graduation. Superstitious students believe that if this rule is broken, so are your chances for graduation.

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