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Issue No. 5—Fall 2012
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Spotlight on Residential Colleges: Jones and Brown

Jones College CrestMary Gibbs Jones College 

Colors: Light blue, green and purple
College coordinator: Michelle Bennack
Website: http://jones.rice.edu/ 

Founded in 1957 as Mary Gibbs Jones College, Jones is known for winning. This doesn’t mean we always come first, but we always win. Winning at Jones is about giving our best and being supportive of each other in all circumstances, “For the love of Jones.”

Our favorite thing about Jones is the strong feeling of community that exists among the college. Students truly care about each other. They recognize that every individual is a full-fledged member of the community and should therefore feel comfortable at all times. Students vary greatly in their interests, but they all contribute to making their environment safe, stimulating and supportive.

—Michel and Melanie Archard
Jones College Masters

BrownMargarett Root Brown College
Colors: Maroon and gold
Masters: Steve and Laura Cox
College coordinator: Nancy Henry
Website: http://brown.rice.edu/ 

Founded in 1965 as Rice’s second all-female college, Brown College was built to address the severe housing shortage for women on campus at that time. The college was established in memory of George R. and Alice Pratt Brown’s sister-in-law, Margarett Root Brown. It became coed in 1987, and a new wing was added in 2002.

Brown College serves as an incubator for leadership — four of the past six Student Association presidents have been from Brown, and “Brownies” hold many other leadership positions at the university. I am also proud that the college is a service-minded community. The students’ emphasis on social concerns has reverberations throughout Houston, and their service projects, such as the new Community Bridges program, help our city in sustainable ways.

—Steve Cox, master