Rice colloquialisms explained as Urban Dictionary terms
You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again: Rice University is a bubble. From O-Week to Beer Bike, Rice’s unique culture is often difficult to explain to friends and family back home. Hanszen’s got that gonorrhea? Jones blows goats? Honestly, I don’t blame outsiders for their blank stares and utter confusion. Coming in as a new student, it is difficult to learn all of Rice’s insane traditions and quirky terms. Here’s a guide to all the Rice-specific terms you won’t find in your O-Week book.
College Bingo (n.)
To complete college bingo, you must hook up with a student at each residential college. Consists of major leagues and minor leagues (see below).
“Have you completed college bingo yet?”
“No, I still have Duncan and Baker left.”
Major/Minor League (n.)
Refers to college bingo. Completing college bingo major leagues refers to having sex with one person from each residential college. Minor leagues refers to kissing or any other sexual act besides sex.
“Did you make out with Jones John last night?”
“Yes! I finally finished minor leagues!”
Rage Cage (n.)
Also known as Stack Cup. The only drinking game Rice students want to play at parties due to its inclusivity. Too complicated to explain. Honestly just play it.
“What did you do last weekend?”
“I played Rage Cage at Will Rice for two hours.”
Big Name on Campus. A Rice student known by everyone on campus.
“Wait, how do you know Madeline?”
“I just do, she’s such a BNOC.”
Rice Goggles (n.)
Those who wear “Rice goggles” view the attractiveness of their peers on a less judgmental scale due to the small population at Rice. Rice
goggles usually kick in within the first few months of matriculation and can skew one’s perception of beauty and personality.
“He would be a 6 in New York, but with Rice goggles on, he’s a 9.”
Baggo (n./ v.)
A bag of wine (usually Franzia) carried around at parties. Those who drink from it must kneel and then slap the bag when they finish.
“Get on your knees!”
Off-campus. Not to be confused with “on campus,” which is the assumed default living situation for Rice students.
“Are you going to Martel tomorrow?”
“Maybe after the OC party.”
Night of Decadence. Wiess’ lingerie-themed public thrown at the end of October. The less clothing, the better.
“We HAVE to hit up Victoria’s Secret before NOD this weekend.”
Sylly Week (n.)
Syllabus Week, or the first week of classes of a semester. A play on “Silly Week,” referencing the lack of homework and resulting increase in partying and drinking.
“Dude, it’s a Monday.”
“Come on, it’s Sylly Week!”
Dis-orientation. The Saturday of O-Week when new students finish orientation and upperclassmen move back on campus. Characterized by day drinking and an excess of food campuswide. Many students’ senses are disoriented on Dis-O.
“Can it just be Dis-O already?”
College Night (n.)
One day each semester specific to a residential college (usually a Friday). Members of the college wear matching shirts (corresponding to the college night’s theme) and are woken up early to music, mimosas and rage cage. Classes are still required, but brewskis are optional.
“Why were you drunk in PSYC 101 this morning?”
“It’s college night!”
Pumpkin Grades (n.)
Grades released during the middle of the fall semester so freshmen can evaluate their performance. Also signifies the time when it is socially acceptable for upperclassmen to hook up with freshmen.
“That new freshman is so into me.”
“Yeah, but you can’t make a move until pumpkin grades.”