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 newspaper of Rice University in Houston, Texas. It was founded in 1916, the year of Rice University's first matriculation.[1] It has an estimated circulation of 6,000, given on-campus distribution, subscriptions and off-campus distribution at area businesses.[2] The Thresher has won numerous awards from journalism organizations like the Society of Professional Journalists,[3] Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, the College Media Association, and the [Associated Collegiate Press], including 2007 Best in Show for a tabloid weekly, 2005 First Place for a tabloid weekly, and 2003 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist.[4][5][6]

The Thresher runs on a six-figure budget, employs over 100 staffers, and is distributed each Wednesday of the school year with the exceptions of examinations periods and holidays. The paper is separated into five sections: News, Opinions, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, and the satirical Backpage.


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.[7]

In 2010, the Thresher received commendations for its coverage of the proposed Rice-Baylor College of Medicine merger.



Thresher News focuses almost entirely on campus events.


Opinions typically prints the staff editorial, submitted letters, columns, and a cartoon. The section has been home to several awards won by the Thresher.[8]


With Rice's Division I-A status, Thresher Sports is unusually large for a weekly paper of a small school. In addition to Rice's official sport teams, it focuses on intramural and residential college sports.

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 online blogs all of which resulted in apologies or firings.[11]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Rice Thresher - About". Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Rice Thresher - newspaper in Houston, Texas USA covering Houston university news at Mondo Times". Mondotimes.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Society of Professional Journalists: SPJ News". Spj.org. 2007-01-04. 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. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Studentpress.org. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  7. ^ "Cheating Case Ignites Debate Over Athletics". The New York Times. 1992-01-26. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  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. ^ Let’s be edgy and counter-cultural by being racist! Yeah![dead link]
  12. ^ STEVE JACKSON - Biography[dead link]