Scope and Contents
The Student Association Records consist of a variety of material related to the Rice University Student Association. These records include meeting minutes, correspondence, memos, constitution and bylaws, financial documents, floor plans, reports, employee contracts, proposals, and student publications. The material begins in 1918 and continues through 2013, with the bulk of the information starting in the early 1960s.
This material is open for research.
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The Student Association formed through vote during a mass meeting of the student body on December 12, 1918. Lead by senior class president H. L. Bell, the first regular meeting of the Rice University Student Association was held on January 25, 1919 in the Physics building at 1:30 P.M. The association then proceeded to draft a constitution and to deal with problems concerning funds for school activites and organizations, including the Thresher and the Campanile.
The Student Association has contributed not only to the daily workings of Rice University, but also the overall culture and experience felt by today's students. In 1969, the Student Association fought for the readmition of Rice University's first African-American student and, in 1973, petitioned to provide legal consultation for all Rice students. Since its formation, the Student Association continued to support student speech, social outreach, and to keep the student body politically informed.
Today, the Student Association is run by an elected Senate consisting of the Executive committee, the college Senators, and the college Presidents. The Student Association's goal is to be "the voice of the student body and a forum for students to help students make improvements in student life".
Please see sa.rice.edu for more information.
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