Rice in South Carolina!

I’ve had a whirlwind end of school year and summer!

At the end of the school year I participated in a fundraising event for an organization called St. Baldricks focused on raising money to support research towards the cure to children’s cancer. In order to raise money, I pledged to shaved my head on April 24th. Over the course of 3 weeks, I raised almost $2,000 and raised awareness for children’s cancer around Rice’s campus! The day of the shave ended up being a huge success and helped bring the Rice community together for a good cause.

A few weeks later, I flew down to Charleston, South Carolina for a summer research experience (Research Experience Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation – Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences) and had been having an amazing summer so far. Not only am I getting valuable research experience, learning how to structure and write my own research paper, but I am also getting to explore Charleston for the entire summer. While working here, I even had the great opportunity to meet a Rice Graduate School Alum working on my project with me. Dr. Dan Bearden got his Masters in 1983 and PhD in 1987 in Physics from Rice University and is now working here in the Hollings Marine Lab using nuclear magnetic resonance to discover metabolic trends in marine animals. We’ve been able to chat about all things Rice as well as marine and environmental sciences over the course of the summer

All in all, I’ve had some wonderful learning experiences this summer but I’m still very excited to get started back at Rice in the next couple of weeks!

Me in Winyah Bay, South Carolina holding a wild Red drum (my focal species for the summer)

Me in Winyah Bay, South Carolina holding a wild Red drum (my focal species for the summer)

Me and Dr. Dan Bearden, a Rice alum and current student

Me and Dr. Dan Bearden, a Rice alum and current student

Theatre at Rice – Bob: A Life in Five Acts

This semester, Rice’s Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) department is producing the modern play Bob: A Life in Five Acts by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. We essentially began rehearsals and working on this production on the first day of the second semester and will open on February 13th! Being in such a fast production has been a whirlwind of rehearsals, production meetings, and emails, but it has been a blast. It’s been great getting to know people from different colleges who are passionate about the same things I am.

The show is also really comical, so we spend a lot of our rehearsals laughing at each other, the script, and the different ways that each of the characters are physicalized on stage.¬†Getting to work with a guest director, to try out a wild and crazy scenes, accents, and actions as well as learning more about the acting processes makes it even more fun. One of my favorite moments so far is at the beginning of the show, our main character is born. We made the decision to use the full grown actor as a baby, instead of a doll baby. It has been so entertaining having our main character, a 6’1″, full grown man, squirm around the stage, speak in baby gibberish, and act like he can’t even hold his head up. At one point, his adopted mother, hides him under a table, and he lays down there squirming for the entire scene. As you can imagine, this is hilarious and often puts me, the director, and everyone around into a fit of laughter. The more and more we work through this show, the crazier it gets, but it’s been an amazing experience.

Being a part of this show is a great example of Theatre at Rice University, no matter what, you’re sure to have fun on stage at Rice.

In reherasal, the main character (Bob) hides under the table.