Rice University’s Student Newspaper — Since 1916

Monday, July 04, 2022 — Houston, TX

About Us

The Rice Thresher is the official campus newspaper of Rice University, published by undergraduate students. Since its first publication 105 years ago, in January 1916, the Thresher has continued to provide the student body with up-to-date campus news and information. The Thresher is published each Wednesday during the school year with the exception of examination periods and holidays.

The Rice Thresher aims to promote the free flow of information on campus by acting as a designated public student forum and publishing articles relevant to the student body and greater Rice community. To this end, the Thresher publishes a weekly print edition as well as online content.

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Savannah Kuchar: Editor-in-Chief
Savannah is a senior studying anthropology, born and raised in Texas (and thus uses the word y'all generously). Between classes and working at the Thresher, you can probably find her at Coffeehouse or Trader Joes. Her very productive hobbies include looking at cat memes on Twitter, creating oddly specific playlists on Spotify, and getting lost in parking lots.

Ben Baker-Katz: Managing Editor
Ben's friends would simultaneously describe him as both a dad and a crazy uncle. No explanation needed. Hailing from Evanston, Illinois, Ben is a junior at Brown College majoring in History and Political Science. He loves almost everything about Texas, especially the fact that flip flops are an acceptable shoe choice year-round. When he's not writing or editing for the Thresher, Ben can be found reading Politico, watching The West Wing for the umpteenth time, or playing a variety of club and IM sports.

Robert Heeter: Art Director
Robert is a sophomore at Hanszen College from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, majoring in Bioengineering or Physics. Besides his design work for Thresher, Robert loves to do photoshoots around Rice (along with landscape and astrophotography), explore Houston, run late at night (safely, of course), curate sucky Spotify playlists, care for his baby toes succulent Reggie and butt plant (still considering names), play competitive tennis for the club team, road-trip and hike in National Parks, and watch sunsets. :D

Channing Wang: Photo Editor
Channing is a senior from Duncan majoring in Economics. His hometown is Wells, Maine and he grew up speaking Cantonese. He doesn't consider himself an artist, but he loves photography. His favorite place to go is H-E-B and he never leaves home without his water bottle.

Bhavya Gopinath: Copy Editor
On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can find Bhavya attempting to understand sports stats, deleting any signs of Oxford commas in articles and constantly browsing the AP stylebook. But when she's not copy editing for Thresher, you can find her binging any show on Netflix or taking random Buzzfeed quizzes to procrastinate doing anything productive. She also watches the most trashy rom-coms, rewatches Harry Potter while quoting the movies for the 1000th time, listens to the same song on repeat for days, sings incessantly and runs away (while screaming) at the sight of any bee.

Jonathan Cheng: Copy Editor
Jonathan is a sophomore from Jones studying Political Science and Business, and he is originally from Hong Kong. Outside of copy editing for the Thresher, he likes to read and play video games. He also loves to watch football (soccer to Americans) with way too much passion and intensity, and firmly believes that Liverpool is the greatest team in the world.

Talha Arif:News Editor
Talha grew up in Houston and is a huuuuuuge Rockets fan. He's currently on his tenth (yes, tenth) re-watch of The Office and would really love if you could give him new shows (please). On campus, you can find him updating his Houston restaurant list or working out at the rec (or both at the same time). Or asleep at Will Rice. In his free time, he loves going off-campus to try new food spots and his favorite food is the shawarma!

Hajera Naveed: Assistant News Editor
Hajera (Haj) Naveed is a junior from Wiess College majoring in Sports Medicine and minoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Religion. She is originally from (a suburb) of Chicago, so feel free to talk to her about deep dish pizza and the bean. She also has an absolute addiction to coffee, whether that be making it or drinking it. If she is not working at Coffeehouse or Fondren, you can find her off campus thrifting or binging New Girl for the thirteenth time.

Bonnie Zhao: Assistant News Editor
Bonnie is a junior from Baker College who, at the time of writing this blurb, is still in the process of getting her drivers license. Her fear of driving is bizarrely accompanied by an intense love for roller coasters and extreme sports such as skydiving. When she's not forced to uber from places to places, you'll most likely find her binging tv shows and ocean documentaries at home or listening to Fearless (Taylor's Version) for emotional support. She loves card games, the idea of having puppies, Aries, and organizing her imdb lists.

Anna Chung: News Designer
Anna is a junior at Lovett college studying chemistry and business. Besides working with the Thresher, Anna enjoys playing with her dog, consuming excessive amounts of watermelon and boba, and listening to Taylor Swift. You can also find her attempting to learn new instruments and unsuccessfully caring for her dying succulent collection.

Nayeli Shad: Opinion Editor
Nayeli is a sophomore at Brown. When she's not busy editing others' opinions, she's probably rambling about her own on healthcare access, pop music or the magnum opus that is Shrek 2. She also loves painting her nails and listening to "Levitating" by Dua Lipa.

Siddhi Narayan: Opinion Designer
Siddhi is a freshman at Sid Richardson college majoring in Math Econ. You can find her trying new foods, fretting over her lack of tetra, or napping. She also loves to pet window-shop online (despite not having an apartment) and bake sweet treats!

Nicole Lhuillier: Features Editor
In her first semester of college, Nicole wrote an essay on the Toy Story movies, and her professor thanked her for the introduction to the "lovely series." This remains one of her most memorable achievements in her time at Rice. A lover of words and stories, Nicole is also very proud of making it into the top 5% of users of the read-it-later app Pocket. If she's got headphones on while doing desk work, she's probably listening to film scores (not the Star Wars ones, though, because they make her too emotional).

Nithya Shenoy: Assistant Features Editor
Nithya is a sophomore from Sid Rich majoring in Economics and Neuroscience (for now). Nithya is a huge fan of the Harry Potter series (she's read the series over 30 times by now) and can also spend hours talking about food. When Nithya's not writing or editing for the Thresher she can be found walking around campus contemplating what to major in or trying to figure out her Tetra balance.

Katherine Chui: Features Designer
Katherine is a sophomore math & cs major from the Bay Area, CA. She loves The Little Prince, her cat-like dog, and watching the movie, Imitation Game, an unhealthy amount of times. You can also find her taking photos, attempting to run the outer loop, and setting her microwave on fire.

Morgan Gage: Arts & Entertainment Editor
When Morgan's not at the Thresher drinking a medium lemonade with one pump of raspberry syrup, you can find her at rehearsal, cutting her bangs in her dorm room or crying along to Taylor Swift and mxmtoon. She ran a Twilight fan forum when she was younger if you're wondering why the Arts and Entertainment section is "like that."

Michelle Gachelin: Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
Michelle is a sophomore majoring in Health Sciences and Psychology, and spends most of her time making new playlists and watching romantic comedies (the more plot holes, the better). When she's not writing for the Thresher, she likes to explore Houston with friends and spam her twin brother with TikToks. You can also find her waiting in line at Brochstein or Chaus, or playing air hockey at Sid.

Ivana Hsyung: Arts and Entertainment Designer
Ivana is a sophomore at Will Rice and is constantly having a crisis about her height. Paradoxically, her greatest fears consist of being in high places, seeing people in high places, and talking to cashiers. There's a reason she's not a writer or an editor, because the third item on the aforementioned list was in no way related to the other two, the aforementioned list contained an oxford comma (and this one will too), and aforementioned was aforementioned four times in this sentence.

Daniel Schrager: Sports Editor
Daniel is a junior from Los Angeles in his third year with the Thresher. These days, he spends most of his free time complaining about the Thresher. When he's not doing that, you can probably find him listening to Pavement (the material that roads are made of, not the really great band), or convincing himself that his favorite football team, the New York Giants, will be good this year.

Andrea Rubero: Sports Designer
Andi is a McMurtry senior studying Architecture and Art History. She's passionate about design and how it can impact our community at all levels. She's excited to work at the Thresher and help disperse this passion across our campus and beyond!

Timmy Mansfield: Backpage Editor
Timmy is a sophomore from McMurtry majoring in Chemistry. Outside of the Thresher, Timmy likes to watch the Buffalo Bills and plays video games on his free time.

Ndidi Nwosu: Backpage Writer
Ndidi Nwosu is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science but everyone calls her DD. Although she moved to Dallas 4 years ago, she was raised in Queens, New York and still stubbornly considers herself a New Yorker. She writes for the Backpage but is also an illustrator for the Thresher, so if you see one of her pictures in print, please ask her about it, she'll be very excited to talk about it. Ndidi likes to spend her time skating, procrastinating on Tiktok and spending hours working on Paint-by-Numbers while listening to fiction podcasts.

Andrew Kim: Backpage Writer
Ever since his formative first semester of fourth grade in after-school circus classes, Andrew has spent much of his life trying to make people laugh. As such, he's happy to write for the Backpage where he can commit to the bit as much as he wants. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Andrew is a freshman at Lovett studying political science and "I'm thinking MEOS or SOPA." Maybe he could decide if he spent less time thinking about the masterfully nuanced social commentary in Parasite.

Lauren Yu: Backpage Designer
Lauren is a freshman at Jones who has spent most of her life in Long Island, New York. She's planning on majoring in Biosciences and minoring in Data Science. She has a terrible sense of direction, but if she's not struggling to make her way across campus while staring at Google Maps, you can probably find her playing tennis, listening to musical soundtracks, hanging with friends at Chaus or obsessing over cute dogs.

Katherine Hui: Assistant Photo Editor
Born and raised in New York, Katherine is a huge fan of arts and design. When she's not designing for the Thresher, chances are you'll find her painting, shooting photos, exploring every art museum in Houston, listening to her favorite design podcasts, or making memes on Photoshop. She's also been running long distance for 6 years, so you can find her running on the outer loop every morning (without music). Some call it self-torture, but she prefers "building character."

Brandon Chen: Web Editor
Brandon is a sophomore from Los Angeles who often wonders what it's like to be a dog (especially his own): frolicking, jumping to meet people and napping. He also loves exploring the unknown, be it conquering new peaks of Angeles National Forest, reading a new book and discovering new stories or trying and making new foods. In his free time, you'll find him around Will Rice, vibing to songs, shooting photos and videos and dreaming about traveling the world.

Jasmine Liou: Video Editor
Jasmine is a sophomore at Lovett college from Taipei, Taiwan. When not filming or editing videos, she can often be found enjoying a good cup of boba or tea outside. She likes to spend her free time playing video games, watching movies, and taking naps.

Eli Johns-Krull: Videographer
Eli is a freshman from Duncan majoring in Physics and VADA Film and Photography. They spend their time watching movies (from cinematic masterpieces to cinematic disasters), playing Snake/Minesweeper, and listening to the same four albums over and over. When they're not filming around campus or struggling with Premiere, they're probably riding their bike around Houston to test just how un-bike friendly their hometown actually is.

Deema Beram: Social Media Manager
Deema Beram is so excited to be a part of the Thresher team this semester! She is a KOC at Rice Coffeehouse, loves watching cheesy sitcoms, and her favorite hobby is bullet journaling. She also loves talking to people in general, so you'll always find her at the RMC or in the Duncan commons hanging out with friends. She looks forward to working with and meeting so many new and amazing people!

Amanda Mae Ashley: Distribution Manager
Amanda Mae is a Hanszenite majoring in Ecology with a Business minor (gotta spy on the enemy). Catch her roaming the halls of the RMC, on IM Field 6, or collecting servery apples every day like power-ups. Amanda Mae likes talking about badass female TV shows, grooving to the Just Dance Super Mario Medley, and pretending like she never left her summer job as a Wilderness Ranger in Michigan.