Hey there! Welcome to Martel–the Google search confirmed “best college ever.” 🙂

My name is Dylan Dickens and I’m honored to serve as YOUR Martel President. I’m an H-Town native and senior studying political science, archaeology and sustainability here at Rice. I spent a busy summer as a strategy analyst for Accenture Consulting over in Downtown Houston and work as a policy analyst at the Baker Institute’s McNair Center during the school year. When I’m not offering free sodas or cookies in exchange for ideas on how to improve Martel you may find me browsing reddit for dog memes, listening to RL Grime and What So Not spit fire, or carefully cultivating my luscious beard. I have a pittie at home, am an avid fan of dinosaurs and one day hope to serve as an Ambassador for the Department of State.

     So what is it exactly that I do? Thankfully that question is easy to answer: I am here to make your time at Martel the absolute best it can be. I do this by listening to you, responding to your concerns and representing your interests. I lead the Martel Executive Council, which is responsible for running the college and managing its finances, and work with the Magisters and RA’s to integrate the adult team with the college. I plan and run the weekly Parliament meetings as well as weekly pre-Parliament planning sessions. On a weekly basis I meet with the presidents of every residential college as well as the Dean of Undergraduates and other members of the Rice Administration in order to voice your interests, opinions, and concerns to a more campus-wide audience. In short, I am here to sit in all the meetings you would never want to in order to make sure you can have the best time possible. You’re welcome.

      In all seriousness though, serving as your President is a truly humbling task and I look forward to the privilege of working with you and all of your amazing fellow Martellians. This college really is a family, and the people within it are the reason I chose to serve as President. I hope you consider serving as a member of its government too! One of our big policy goals at Martel under my administration is a restructuring of the budget and accessibility to the government. This is your Martel. You want a $500 budget to teach an organic soap-making class to fellow Martellians? Come make a budget request! You want to start a new interest committee for proper slack-line etiquette? Speak to me about forming a committee! Any idea you have will be considered, and “no” will never be the first answer you hear.

     As always, if you have any questions, ideas, goals or concerns that you’d like addressed, please don’t hesitate to come talk to me. Come talk to me even if you don’t have any of the above, I always like to chat! I can be reached at 832.691.6590 and Have a great day, and please come say hi sometime!