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Wiess College, opened as Wiess Hall in 1949, is named to honor Houston oilman and Rice trustee Harry Carothers Wiess. For decades, chants of “Team Wiess” and the ubangee tradition (Wiessmen’s creative take on the modern dog pile) serve as the heartbeat of what many call Rice’s most spirited college. Traditions range from freshmen serving upperclassmen a family-style dinner to a quadrennial performance of "Hello, Hamlet," a musical spoof of the Shakespeare play. A team of Wiessmen is also responsible for Rice’s most notorious joke — the 180-degree turning of William Marsh Rice’s statue in the academic quad.

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