Tribpedia: Higher Education

Rice’s Band Has a History of Poking the Bear (and Other Mascots)

Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.
Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.

Rice University's marching band made headlines nationwide Friday by taunting Baylor over its sexual assault scandal. The attention is hardly new for the marching band, which has a history of courting controversy.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaking on Sept. 19 at a conference hosted by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Workforce Commission.
Gov. Greg Abbott speaking on Sept. 19 at a conference hosted by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Workforce Commission.

Abbott: Texas Shouldn't Emulate "No Longer Relevant" Companies

Unveiling the results of a six-month review by a task force devoted to addressing Texas' evolving workforce needs, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that the state needs to establish itself as a worldwide research leader.

Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.
Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.

Rice University Band Mocks Baylor Sexual Assault Scandal

Rice University's marching band used its halftime performance in a Friday night football game against Baylor University to mock Baylor's recent sexual assault scandal.

"Starving the Beast," a new documentary directed by Steve Mims, examines higher education defunding over the past three decades.
"Starving the Beast," a new documentary directed by Steve Mims, examines higher education defunding over the past three decades.

Documentary Examines Texas Higher Education Defunding

A new documentary titled "Starving the Beast" claims Texas officials have maneuvered higher education into a business rather than a public good.

University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves talks with attendees after his state of the university address on Sept. 13, 2016.
University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves talks with attendees after his state of the university address on Sept. 13, 2016.

Fenves Announces $15 Million in Aid for UT-Austin Students

During his annual state of the university speech, University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves announced plans to increase financial aid for middle-class students and cultivate diversity among faculty and students. 

Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.
Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.

UT Chancellor, a Former Admiral, Asks Athletes to Stand During National Anthem

In an impassioned memo sent after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited national controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven urged his athletes not to repeat the gesture of protest. 

UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.
UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.

UT-Austin Students Snatch Up Free Dildos for Gun Protest

Cocks Not Glocks, a UT-Austin group formed in response to legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, passed out thousands of multicolored sex toys Tuesday evening in preparation for a Wednesday protest rally.

Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.
Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.

UT-Austin Faculty Can Ban Guns in Offices

The University of Texas at Austin will give its faculty and staff the option of banning guns from their private offices when the state’s campus carry law goes into effect next month, under regulations UT System regents passed Wednesday.