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There’s also the Rice Coffeehouse, which Gupta says reflects the school’s quirkiness (its workers are called Keepers of the Coffee). So too does Rice’s annual Beer Bike race, which was founded in 1957, though most students just chug water.
“Only at a top tier academic university,” the Houston Chronicle noted in 2007, “could a tradition named ‘Beer Bike’ come with a seven-page, single-spaced list of rules and regulations an unofficial historian.”