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The statue of William Marsh Rice, containing his ashes in its base, is unveiled on June 8.
Due to the Great Depression, faculty salaries are cut 5-10 percent. Students pay a price, too. The registration fee is raised from $10 to $25, and students are required to live one year in the residence halls and pay $18 per year to support the Student Association, the Honor Council, and student publications.
In a show of solidarity with the administration, the student body adopts a resolution favoring compulsory membership in the Student Association and levies a blanket tax of $8.40 per student.
Coach Jimmy Kitts leads Rice to their First Southwest Conference football championship.
The English department requires students to pass a spelling test before they can graduate.
Rice physicists begin building a 2.5 million-volt atom bombardment machine to study the nucleus of the atom.
Jimmy Kitts’ football team captured another Southwest Conference football championship after going scoreless the first three games of the season.
Rice football plays its first Cotton Bowl, beating Colorado 28-14.
Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, is formed.
The Rice Owl student literary magazine merges with Rice Alumni News, a combination that lasts until 1946.