Coordinators: Hope Lawrence, Paras Gupta, Justin Tangs
Martel’s theme this year is Broadway ShO-Week! We chose this theme because we feel it embodies the cohesive, diverse and lively community we will work to incorporate the incoming class of Martelians into, welcoming each individual into our family. Whether they prefer being center stage, working behind the scenes or providing music from the pit, each person’s unique contribution is equally essential to putting on a successful show. Broadway ShO-Week hopes to shine a spotlight on each individual new student, helping them grow in their craft to share the story they wish to tell.
Coordinators: Sanjana Krishnan, Emily Chang, Q Tabarestani
At Hanszen, our family college’s community strives to be an accepting environment for people with all forms of interests and backgrounds. We believe our theme of NachO-Week will go along perfectly with this core idea. Nachos aren’t just the cheese, they aren’t just the chips and they for sure aren’t limited to one culture. Nachos are customizable with a plethora of ingredients to suit every taste palette, and we hope to convey the idea that every new student is like a plate of nachos. Through their time at Rice, new students will try, add, remove and customize parts of their lives according to their personal tastes. However, there will be a multitude of resources available to them along this process and we can’t wait to see their culinary creations.
Coordinators: Max Boekelmann, Leslie Loredo, Edgar Cedeno
Marvel StudiO-Week seeks to champion the incoming superheroes of Jones College, providing them with an environment where they can both be empowered and allowed to feel vulnerable, with no fear of judgment. Just like Marvel’s superheroes, our New Students enter Rice with diverse backgrounds and their own strengths and weaknesses — and these are all important to the composition of a hero. We will support you in the face of challenge and stand beside you in times of victory. Jonesians Assemble!
Coordinators: Hannah Whitney, Aurora Kesler, Amina Matin
The theme of the cosmos transfers perfectly to how college is an exploratory journey filled with unexpected challenges. We want new students to know that as integral members of the crew at Brown and Rice, we will help them navigate this uncharted territory. We also want to prepare new students to bravely face the Universe-ity and learn illuminating things about themselves and their world through the process.
Coordinators: Edesiri Mushale, Olivia Morris, Emily Duffus
Board games are a form of entertainment unique in their ability to rally people of all backgrounds and creeds behind the pursuit of a common goal. Board games are able to create meaningful experiences for everyone involved. In any board game, players are able to contribute their own style or variations. We believe that similarly, the New Students will be able to influence and alter the many spheres of our college, university and community with their expansive set of beliefs, morals, values and experiences. Importantly, we believe that O-Week prepares new students for their life at Rice, but it isn’t the end. We want new students to understand that past O-Week, the connections they made are real and lasting. Further, we want new students to understand that O-Week is just the beginning and they have incredible time to grow and explore. A successful board game leaves the players walking away feeling as if they have meaningfully spent their time developing new skills and bonding with those around them. In the same way, our O-Week will leave our new students ready to face their career at Rice and beyond GO.
Coordinators: Matthew Burns, Mira Dani, Armando Amigon
Imposter syndrome is everywhere at a university like Rice. When plenty of talented students are clumped into one campus, it can make those students feel like they don’t fit in with their peers. We can probably all pinpoint at least one time since our matriculation that we felt alone, that we felt like we couldn’t quite manage in a place like Rice. At Lovett, we want our new students to know that imposter syndrome is normal, and it is okay, even beneficial, to make mistakes. Making mistakes, or ‘typos’, as we affectionately refer to them, is an important part of growth at Rice. We want our new students to emerge from O-Week ready to take all that Rice has to offer and embrace the struggles they may encounter along the way.
Coordinators: Sarah Jin, Frederick Wang, Cordy McJunkins
We chose Ready, Set, GO-Week in order to convey the thrill and excitement of coming to college, while also emphasizing the journey rather than the destination. Transitioning into Rice may take multiple stages for new students, so we want to provide an environment where they feel supported and comfortable during their time here. We know there may be tougher parts of the game or slower stretches of the marathon that they will go through, but we want to let them know it’s perfectly fine to take a break to get ready and set to go again as we cheer them on every step of the way!
Coordinators: Priscilla Huh, George Liu, Colin Chan
We want PyrO-Week to be a week full of excitement and passion as people start a new chapter in their lives. We want to instill a sense of belonging as soon as they drive up to the college on the morning of move in and be impassioned to give back to the community with their unique experiences. We want to establish a precedent for the values of Will Rice and Rice University and as new students leave PyrO-Week, we want them to be comfortable and knowledgeable with the resources around campus. Just like Will Rice’s mascot, the phoenix, we hope students are able to find a new home in their transition as they are reborn into their college experience.
Coordinators: Christina Brown, Clarise Trinh, Oren Pazgal
We believe that TomorrO-Week emphasizes the untapped potential of the matriculating class. We wish to highlight that Rice is a place full of opportunity and that their time here will shape the course of the remainder of their lives. Additionally, Sid is currently experiencing a major period of transition as we welcome new magisters, new RAs and soon a new building. Therefore, we chose a theme that emphasizes our forward-thinking mentality and will guide Sid and its future members towards new opportunity.
Coordinators: Saniya Gayake, David Senter, Madeleine Fuselier
Somewhere Over the RainbO-Week highlights the unique journey of growth, support, warmth, diversity and empowerment that every new student experiences when they come to Rice. We hope Baker O-Week equips new students with connections, resources and confidence so that they can discover and pursue their own “yellow brick road.” As Dorothy learns, “there’s no place like home,” and we hope new students find a home at Baker and Rice during O-Week and beyond.
Coordinators: Riley Holmes, Ola Awe, Erica Lee
“Team Family Wiess” has traditionally been the O-Week theme for Wiess, and this year is no different. However, it is more than just a theme — it references a tradition that connects each new student to those of past O-Weeks and Wiess itself. TFW continues long past O-Week, and we hope each new student uses this mindset to find a home at Rice.
Illustrations by Esther Tang