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Pearland Fan Page Constitution

April 25th, 2011 by David Ruth

Constitution is a loaded word, but in any case these are the basic guidelines or principles for the Pearland Facebook community fan page … or “Like” page. This document will be updated and posted when necessary.

The Pearland fan page is nonpartisan. The owner and its admins will not take a political position via proactive posting to fans’ news feeds. They will post news stories or information from other sources to create community conversation. The information posted will not be from a political party or PAC. “Fans” are allowed to post political positions, news stories or information they wish as long as it does not attack another candidate or is derogatory. Comments made by fans will be handled in the same fashion.

Elected officials or candidates are allowed to promote their political positions, beliefs and values on the page at any time — that is valuable information to the community.


Businesses are allowed to post ads to the Pearland, Texas, wall on Mondays. We call these “Manic Mondays.” These ads will not appear in your news feed. Nonprofits and fundraisers are always allowed to post to the wall as long as they don’t promote, mention something commercial.

From time-to-time, the Pearland Facebook page will post ads on behalf of local businesses providing a giveaway to the page’s fans. The owner and the admins of this page do not accept advertising income from the site.


The owner and admins of this site do their best to report correct information about the community of Pearland, Texas. They are not responsible for information posted by fans or by third parties. If we see or are alerted about posts that are offensive or factually wrong, we will act as quickly as possible to rectify the situation. If we, the owner or admins, post information that is incorrect, we will do our best to delete the previous post in a timely manner and post corrected information.

This page is “owned” by David Ruth (www.facebook.com/DavidRuth) and run by volunteers of the community — it is not run by the city of Pearland.

David Ruth

Legendary hip-hop executive Russell Simmons to appear at Rice today

April 14th, 2011 by David Ruth

Legendary hip-hop executive Russell Simmons to appear at Rice today
HERE Project, Rice ‘Religion and Hip-Hop’ course present special discussion

HOUSTON – (April 14, 2011) – Legendary hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons will be at Rice University today to participate in a special appreciation discussion in honor of the Religion and Hip-Hop course co-taught by Rice Professor Anthony Pinn and rapper Bun B.

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

The talk, which is hosted by the Houston Enriches Rice Education (HERE) project, is open to Rice students, faculty and staff and will be held at 3:30 p.m. in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall. This event is open to the media.

Who: Hip-hop executive, entrepreneur and activist Russell Simmons; Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies; and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, an original member of the legendary duo UGK.

What: Discussion of Simmons’ book, “Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All” and a discussion of yoga meditation.

When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 14.

Where: McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University campus, 6100 Main St.

Members of the news media covering this event should enter Gate 1 on Main Street and park in the Founder’s Court Visitor Lot. If the lot is full, media should park in the West Lot, which is located near the Shepherd School of Music, accessible via Gate 8 off University Boulevard. Parking will not be allowed on the Inner Loop Road for this event.

For a map of the Rice University campus, visit www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.

For more information, contact David Ruth at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.


Located on a 285-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,485 undergraduates and 2,275 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is less than 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://futureowls.rice.edu/images/futureowls/Rice_Brag_Sheet.pdf.