At Rice, traditions come in all shapes and sizes. From Beer Bike to O-Week, university events forge and foster a fun, inclusive community. However, traditions can also vary by residential college.
Founded by Burt and Deedee McMurtry in Fall 2009, McMurtry holds McScottish Week to embrace its founders’ and college’s Scottish background and upbringing. Take a look into our week of Scottish-themed celebrations and events that have been passed down through the years!
We kick off the week with a Commons Decorating Party. Plastering the walls in purple tarp and blowing up balloons are all fair game. The celebration continues throughout the week with competitions in banana eating and pumpkin painting, movie nights, and plenty of free food. The events throughout the week bolster college culture and provide students with opportunities to relax amidst a busy school year.
Once our "yurt" is decorated, everyone comes down to make their own kilts, which are traditional Scottish skirts. Although most of us made a simple wrap-around skirt, everyone is free to use their creativity and fashion skills to design their own kilt using the plaid patterned fabric provided by the college.
Finally, the celebration is wrapped up with McScottish Night on Friday. Whether it’s live bagpipe performances, Scottish dancing, or s’mores, the night has something to offer for everyone. Open to families, alumni, and all McMurtry students, McScottish Night is a tradition valued and celebrated by all.
Certainly, McMurtry’s McScottish Week is merely a microcosm of the culture and traditions that take place throughout the university. Rice is an institution deeply rooted in tradition, shaping the lives and memories of all Owls who walk through the Sallyport.
- Naman D., McMurtry '24