You ever notice how folks who went to Rice always refer to their time in college as "When I was at Rice"? It might not seem like much, but this verbal tic makes the school's alumni fairly unique. When talking about that four-year educational stint after high school, most folks refer to "college," choosing to drop the H-bomb or the UT-bomb or the ITT-bomb only when it's relevant. Most folks, that is, except for the Rice Owls.
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Anyway, looks like another reason has popped up to justify the name-checking. Rice U was just anointed the fourth best value among private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, which we admittedly have never heard of, but, hey, that's probably because we went to college. — Keith Plocek