Congratulations to the winners of our October 2017 Monthly Contest: Justin Bishop ("Who's The Fairest of Them All") & Daniel Koh ("We Need to Talk About the Lack of STEM Representation in the Humanities")!
For October, our theme was Disguise. These winning submissions explore obscured layers of familiar struggles through very different mediums and voices, drawing attention to a common disconnect between perceptions and reality. Enjoy!
Submissions for November's theme, Horoscope, are open now through late November.
We Need to Talk About the Lack of STEM Representation in the Humanities
by Daniel Koh
R2 is Rice’s premier, award-winning literary magazine. It is open to submissions from all students and even offers a monthly contest with prizes, but some students and alumni in STEM says that R2 does not offer them enough opportunities.
Computer Science major Cam Tutenn, who admittedly has never opened a copy of R2, says he would like to pursue a career in software development, and is happy to have gotten his D1 and D2 requirements over with.
“Nothing in R2 is anything remotely close to what I want to go on to do with the rest of my life and my Rice degree,” Tutenn, a Will Rice College junior, complained. “Look, it’s just not fair that there’s not a coding contest in the literary magazine. I mean, I’m writing code. Writing is in the name of the activity!”
Rice is an open and accepting place, and organizations like R2 are the exact opposite of that. It is not fair that R2 prevents STEM students from showcasing their STEM knowledge.
“There’s so many STEM majors on campus that we deserve to get more opportunities. Clearly, there is no such thing as a hard D1 or D2 assignment. As a D3 major, I know what difficult work is, and I demand respect. I mean, if you really want to do something about the cutthroat competition in STEM, just take opportunities from the D1 and D2 scrubs so that we can all get some,” suggested Jen Kem, a Wiess College junior.
English major Daniel Koh argues that despite the fact that R2 is an English literary magazine, that there must be some opportunities for STEM majors in there somewhere.
“R2 has a website, on the Internet no less, so I don’t think it’s as humanities-focused as people think,” Koh, a Jones College sophomore, said. “And you know what? Those STEM majors’ first mistake was not choosing a major that would help them with the opportunities offered by R2. Why’d they have to choose some wishy-washy major like BioE instead?”
It’s simply outrageous that our literary magazine does not offer engineering design or app development. In 2017, we’re supposed to be accepting of all majors, so R2 should take it upon itself to change everything about itself, if necessary, to accommodate for STEM. Unfortunately, the D1 and D2 people just don’t seem to get it.
Regardless of major, writing for R2 is a valuable experience, Koh said. “Even if you don’t think you’ll get anything out of it, you still get stuff out of it that’s intangible,” Koh said. “You get the extra practice typing on a keyboard. And every year you get flip through a glossy booklet, it’s great.”
R2 Editor's Note: This piece was written as a satirical response to an article about the career fair previously run in the Thresher and does not represent the views of R2 or the Thresher as organizations.