Rice Thresher

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Type Weekly Newspaper
Format 11x17 tabloid
Founded 1916
Headquarters Rice University, Houston, Texas
Editor in Chief Andrew Ta
Website www.ricethresher.org

The Rice Thresher is the weekly, student-run newspaper of Rice University in Houston, Texas, United States. It was founded in 1916, the year of Rice University's first matriculation [3]. It has an estimated circulation of 6,000, given on-campus distribution, subscriptions and off-campus distribution at area businesses, including Kahn's Deli in the Rice Village and House of Pies.[1][2] The Thresher has won several awards from the Associated College Press, including 2007 Best in Show for a tabloid weekly, 2005 First Place for a tabloid weekly, and 2003 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist.[3][4][5]


In 1992, the Thresher broke a cheating scandal, revealing athlete corruption while the university refused to confirm or deny the events. The Thresher's coverage garnered national recognition.[6]


The Thresher is separated into six sections: News, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Calendar, Opinion and Backpage. The Backpage is satire and not published on the Website.


Thresher News focuses almost entirely on campus events. In 2010 Seth Brown, Cindy Dinh, and Josh Rutenberg received 2010 Region 8 Marks of Excellence for In-Depth Reporting for coverage of the proposed Rice-Baylor College of Medicine merger.


Thresher Opinion is usually limited to two pages, though it has been extended to three, four or even five pages given special events such as Hurricane Rita, KTRU shutdown, gay marriage debates[7] and, in 2006, the Invisible Children rally. The first page, usually page 2, contains staff editorials, letters and a cartoon. The second page usually contains three columns. Columns are usually limited to students or people in the Rice community, but besides these requirements the Thresher opinion section has an open submission policy. The opinion editor often writes columns as well. The Opinion section has been home to several awards won by the Thresher, including Society of Professional Journalists 2006 Region 8 Mark of Excellence for First Place in Editorial Cartooning, taking first in the region.[8] In 2010, Brian Reinhart received a Region 8 Mark of Excellence for general column writing, finishing in second place.


With Rice's Division I-A status, Thresher Sports is unusually large for a weekly paper of a small school. It also focuses on intramural and residential college sports. In 2008, Dylan Farmer and Casey Michel received Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards for sports column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, finishing first and second, respectively, in the region. Farmer was then named one of three national finalists. In 2010, Michel earned first place in Region 8 both sports column writing and sports writing, and was named one of three national finalists for sports writing.

Arts and Entertainment[edit]

Thresher A&E reviews campus plays, new movies, music and often contains a column by the editor or other writers.

The Backpage[edit]

There is a section called "the Backpage" including regular feature "Misclassifieds" (Misclass), in which students would write embarrassing stories about their friends. Now they are funny and embarrassing quotes heard around campus. In recent years, the Backpage has taken on more of a humor or satire theme, addressing issues on campus.

The Backpage has resulted in many controversies over the years, including at November 1996 Backpage titled "Rice Women Are Like...," [9][10] a Misclass concerning former Rice president Malcolm Gillis' wife, and a September 2006 Backpage that received attention from blogs, including mixedmediawatch.com,[11][12] all of which resulted in apologies or firings.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Rice Thresher - newspaper in Houston, Texas USA covering Houston university news at Mondo Times". Mondotimes.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  2. ^ Rice University | News & Media[dead link]
  3. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  4. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  5. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Cheating Case Ignites Debate Over Athletics". The New York Times. 1992-01-26. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Society of Professional Journalists: SPJ News". Spj.org. 2007-01-04. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  9. ^ Lauren Kern (2001-01-11). "Houston - News - Spin Control". Houstonpress.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  10. ^ "The Thresher Online: RICE WOMEN ARE LIKE ... (November 8, 1996)". Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ Let’s be edgy and counter-cultural by being racist! Yeah! at We’ve moved to www.racialicious.com - update your bookmarks![dead link]
  13. ^ STEVE JACKSON - Biography[dead link]