The Standard: Four Years in Six Days


By John Finnell ‘22 – Team Leader

Summarizing a full year in one page? Yikes. I mean, really, most people can write hundreds of pages and not say a single thing, so to summarize my last year at Rice with a few hundred words seems impossible. Perhaps I’ll start by putting into one word: inevitable.

My time at Rice has slipped away; years have trickled down to just one week. At the end of next week, the senior class will depart into a greater world armed with every advantage Brother Rice was able to give us.

At the time of writing this, we have […]

The Standard: Four Years in Six Days2022-05-15T20:13:33-05:00

The Standard: The National Honors Society Lives On


By John Finnell ‘22

This past Sunday, the National Honors Society had its induction ceremony, welcoming a new chapter of prestige and scholarship. Members new and old returned to induct their peers into the National Honors Society. The ceremony welcomed new members from every year, and hosted the renewal ceremony. With two classes being inducted and a third being renewed, the ceremony was a long awaited event.

Senior Connor Leahy said, “This was a long time coming, and we’re glad to welcome our new members into the fold.”

Speeches and scriptures were read by Jack Antonsen, Mr. Denis Bergstedt, Connor Leahy, and Jack Lausch.

Leahy […]

The Standard: The National Honors Society Lives On2022-04-02T12:01:02-05:00

The Standard: A Eulogy for Split Screen


By John Finnell ‘22

Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying one of my favorite games, Castle Crashers, while at a friend’s house. Simple minded fun is the name of the game, cracking bad jokes while our team of multichromatic knights marched across the screen. For many, these words are already invoking a sense of nostalgia. Hours spent with old friends on Halo 3, Battleblock Theater, and Call of Duty: Black Ops, in a screen peeking mix of cooperation and competition. However, one thing all of these games have in common is that they are very old. Halo 3 was released in […]

The Standard: A Eulogy for Split Screen2022-02-28T21:44:57-06:00

The Standard: The Drama Club Dilemma


By John Finnell ‘22

The Brother Rice Drama Club is back at last, preparing for their next show, a live performance of the timeless classic “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” After the cancellation and comeback of last year’s show, the Drama Club is once again under threat of cancellation.

This time, COVID-19 is not to blame for the Drama Club’s troubles. Plenty of precautions have been taken to keep things safe, both for practice and the show. No, the problem this time around is much simpler; there just aren’t enough members.

Though the show has been in production for months, there just aren’t enough actors […]

The Standard: The Drama Club Dilemma2022-01-20T20:38:53-06:00

The Standard: Application Anticipation


By John Finnell ‘22

Once again, we find ourselves in the first days of November, which means the first major deadline for college applications has passed: early action. As students panic to finish up essays and send in their letters of recommendation, it seems prudent to examine what has caused this rush.

Even the most prepared students seem to be scrambling with the many, many parts of college applications, Common App and others. Teachers and counselors, too, are overwhelmed with letters of recommendation and transcript requests.

College counselor Clare Foertsch said, “We’ve been saying this since the start of the year, so we wouldn’t […]

The Standard: Application Anticipation2021-11-07T17:13:39-06:00

The Standard: A Quality Cafeteria


By John Finnell ‘22

The cafeteria is the oasis of Brother Rice, a much needed break from hard classes and boredom. However, in recent years, the food offered in the cafeteria has declined in quality. The tragedy of the “Old Cookies” has been echoed by the upperclassmen of Brother Rice endlessly. The rising prices and the new menu options were met with little interest from the student body.

However, it seems there is a change on the horizon; finally, the cafeteria is on its way up. Every day, more and more students are in line, looking for cheap food or a sweet cookie. […]

The Standard: A Quality Cafeteria2021-10-01T19:56:10-05:00


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