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1930's

1930
The statue of William Marsh Rice, containing his ashes in its base, is unveiled on June 8.
1932
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.
1933
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.
1934
Coach Jimmy Kitts leads Rice to their First Southwest Conference football championship.
1937
The English department requires students to pass a spelling test before they can graduate.
1937
Rice physicists begin building a 2.5 million-volt atom bombardment machine to study the nucleus of the atom.
1937
Jimmy Kitts’ football team captured another Southwest Conference football championship after going scoreless the first three games of the season.
1938
Rice football plays its first Cotton Bowl, beating Colorado 28-14.
1938
Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, is formed.
1939
The Rice Owl student literary magazine merges with Rice Alumni News, a combination that lasts until 1946.