Founded in 2009 by Anne and Charles Duncan, Duncan College is the 11th and youngest college at Rice. Every year, we dedicate a week of festivities, called Duncan Week, to commemorate the founding of our college and our second home. From rodeo-themed dancing to boba and a cozy movie night, Duncan Week has something for everyone to enjoy! Read on to learn more about some of the many unique events that we host during this week.
First, we have Donnybrook. Donnybrook is Duncan’s semi-annual nerf war, held in the college commons. It’s a great opportunity to make some new friends before they become your enemies…
After a friendly nerf competition, students are invited to Mani Mondays, hosted in one of the dorm suites of Duncan. Here, the students can give themselves and their friends a "semi-professional" manicure while chowing down on Dunkin (Duncan) Donuts. In honor of Duncan’s official colors, many students paint their nails with gold and green nail polish and for those with higher artistic ability, they paint intricate nail designs.
In keeping up with Duncan’s environmentally friendly reputation and values, students paint pots, bricks, and leaves to decorate the Duncan Garden, which is located right outside the college servery. As you would expect, this event is called "Pot, Brick, and Leaf Painting."
And on the Thursday of the week, of course we have to have our classic Thirsty Thursdays! Although we have Thirsty Thursdays throughout the school year and not just during Duncan Week, students tend to have a stronger craving of the milkshakes served at Thirsty Thursdays during Duncan Week.
On the eve of the final day of Duncan Week, Duncan Commons is renovated into the “DuncBarn.” A giant metal horseshoe hangs from the ceiling and the ground is cleared of the tables and chairs that are usually there and turned into a country dance floor. Students can learn how to two-step to some groovy beats and when they get tired, a nacho bar is waiting for them!
We hope you enjoyed reading about Duncan Week, yee haw!
- Emily M., Duncan '24