Rice University
Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Let Your Mind Fly

Duncan Hall

It was no mere flight of fancy. To commemorate the December 1903 flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright — and in the “spirit of intellectual mischief” — anonymous students stealthily mounted an overhead display of paper airplanes in the main foyer of Anne and Charles Duncan Hall. At least that’s what the note they left said. The note also encouraged passersby to “take a moment to appreciate being here,” “take on the knowledge of the ages” and “feed an intellectual curiosity.” No one has come forward to claim responsibility for this feat, which, according to Carolie Allgood, school administrator in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, “took a good bit of planning and fishing line.”