Soarin’, Flyin’, and Dancin’ Our Way into Homecoming with the Owls!

When I was a senior in high school deciding where to apply for college, I knew that I wanted to go to a school that had a dance team. As a seasoned dancer and dance/drill team member in Texas, a state known for its high school football, I knew I wanted to continue performing at sporting events and promoting school spirit in college. As soon as I confirmed that I would be attending Rice this year, I looked forward to joining the Rice Owls Dance Team, an organization of which I am now a member.

It can be nerve-wracking to join a new team, but I soon realized that the girls on the Rice Owls Dance Team are compassionate and dedicated to dancing and fostering a welcoming community. We have a big-little sister program in which the officers assign a rookie (new member) to two veterans who will mentor her throughout the year. My coach, the officers, and my “big sisters” helped me learn the ways of the team earlier this fall, and I excitedly jumped into performing with my new teammates.

The Rice Owls Dance Team performs at all home football, volleyball, and basketball games, as well as other events such as pep rallies and our annual Spring Show. We practice twice a week and learn exciting pom, jazz, and hip-hop dances to popular songs like I Like It by Cardi B and Womanizer by Britney Spears. Everyone works hard to make our dances shine both on the field and on the court, and each member exhibits their desire to promote the good of the team. Though Rice may not have the same gameday experience as larger state schools, the students and alumni that reside in Houston cultivate a vibrant atmosphere at sporting events that any Owl can appreciate.

We performed at our last football game of the season this past Saturday, but our work is not over yet. Basketball season has only just begun, and we still have our Spring Show to look forward to at the end of the academic year. If you are interested in seeing what one of the best spirit squads at Rice is all about, come on out to one of our performances to help us cheer on the Owls! Rice Fight Never Dies!

Members of the Rice Owls Dance Team wearing our new uniforms at the homecoming game!

Game of a Lifetime: 2013 Conference USA Championship

The crowd was beyond restless. The football team beckoning for their fans to join them to celebrate a Conference USA Championship, their first since 1956. The guards could not prevent the entirety of the student section from rushing onto the field to celebrate with our team.

The festivities began six hours earlier, when (at 8 am) roughly 1000 Rice students made their way to the football stadium for a tailgate, complete with coffee and breakfast tacos. As game time drew nearer, students made their way into the stadium to cram into the student section. The entire section was full, a sight which I had not seen anything close to throughout my time at RIce. Residential college spirit often takes precedence over spirit for our university as a whole, but today, we were a unified front with a common enemy: Marshall.

The enemy, however, could not keep up with the Owls, who were invited to play in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee following the game. After scoring 21 points in the first quarter, we coasted to a 41-24 victory, causing an on-field celebration the likes of which rival the one that occurred at Auburn just a week prior (okay, maybe not that large, but the intensity was equal).

I chose Rice over a state school because of the comfort provided by the residential college system and the closeness between students and faculty that a smaller school provides. However, on this one cold, Saturday morning, we had the energy and support for athletics that I imagine a state school provides. And on this Saturday morning, we were ever so proud to be Owls.

Family Weekend

Last weekend (Thursday, September 20th to Sunday, September 23rd) was Rice Families Weekend 2012! If you aren’t familiar with what a families weekend is, it’s a weekend during which the university plans tons of fun, free events for students and their parents (although sometimes younger siblings do come along as well) to enjoy. Activities included guest and faculty lectures; a Wiess College Theater performance; an evening of opera scenes from The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Turn of the Screw, Street Scene, and Little Women; Rice Gallery talks; tours of campus facilities; a joint musical/comedy show put on by the Rice Philharmonics and Spontaneous Combustion; a weekend barbecue; and a home football game… just to name a few!

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Rice’s Victory Over Kansas!

Boswell's kick is good and RICE WINS!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s football season! We could not be more proud to be Owls this season! This post is specifically dedicated to the one game so far that rattled everyone. Which game? The Rice-Kansas game in which Rice’s amazing-award-winning kicker, Chris Boswell, drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired to cap furious Rice rally and give the Owls their first victory over a Big XII school in history!

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