Rice University’s Student Newspaper — Since 1916

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About Us

The Rice Thresher is the official campus newspaper of Rice University, published by undergraduate students. Since its first publication 102 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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Christina Tan: Editor-in-Chief
Christina really likes art and design. Her most frequented websites are Pinterest, the Dogspotting group on Facebook, and Twitter. Some cool things she's done in the past year include: taking pictures of her favorite DJs on stage, teaching a class on memes, building a movie room, and successfully creating a bagel sandwich in West Servery (she's most proud of the last one). She strongly dislikes any overuse of Helvetica and occasionally dabbles in actual school work.

Eric Barber: Assistant Sports Editor
You might not meet a bigger sports nut than Eric Barber. His favorite sports are basketball, soccer, and golf. Originally from New York City, he has taken in plenty of Rockets, Astros, and Texans games so far. Outside of sports, Eric enjoys classic rock, 90s rap, Martin Scorsese movies, and playing poker. Dislikes include making the long walk to Rice Stadium and Tudor Fieldhouse.

Simona Matovic: Backpage Editor/Designer
Someone once asked a friend of Simona's whether she was "funny in real life or just funny on paper." Simona likes to think she's superior all-around in real life, where you can find her lying on grass, drawing, going on walks, convincing friends that places are within walking distance, attending concerts and getting too close to the artwork at museums. She likes to spend the majority of her time talking to people. Unsurprisingly, this makes her a big fan of listening and talking on paper, too — more commonly known as "reading" and "writing."

Channing Wang: Head Photo Editor
Channing was born and raised in Maine. He says "wicked" and can draw a lobster from memory. He doesn't consider himself an artist but he does love photography, almost as much as he loves his water bottle. His usual activities include playing basketball at the rec, drinking East-West, or pretending to do work in Fondren Library. Other fun facts: Channing used to be a competitive speedcuber, slept through a 1pm, and prefers North over West Servery.

Mai Ton: Marketing Manager
Her name is Mai Ton. Mai Han Ton is her full name. Mai Han Tiffany Ton is her fuller name, but really, you can just call her Mai. Mai is currently an Asian studies and Anthropology major but who knows what she will be in a few months. In her free time, she likes to watch Netflix, take long walks on the beach, and clean in between her 12 toes. Her favorite food is swiss cheese and crackers and ham. Not the fancy party kind. The lunchables kind. Exactly in the order of cracker, cheese, then ham, and never differently. If you ever want to talk about fashion, art, or not actually having 12 toes, then Mai is the one to go to.

Anna Ta: Managing Editor
Despite most people's perceptions, Anna does not work as a KOC at chaüs, she just lives there like any respectable English major. She can't ride a bike, do long division, or drink her coffee black, but she always uses her turn signal and isn't that what life's all about?

Elizabeth Hergert: Opinion Editor
Elizabeth spends her time listening to music, enabling her own caffeine addiction by working at Coffeehouse, and contemplating her next piercing; so far, she only has 9. She loves her dog, Lily, the marshmallows in lucky charms, terrible rom coms, and overusing semicolons.

Madison Buzzard: Sports Editor
Madison is a lifelong sports junkie and his role in the Thresher could not be more suitable. Among his favorite sports include tennis, football, soccer, baseball and basketball (go Kansas City Chiefs!). He is also a prospective law student who enjoys discussing politics and salient issues of the day.

Ryan Green: Web Editor
Ryan is a senior from Seattle, WA. He really likes skiing, hiking, and wakesurfing around Lake Washington. He studied abroad in London last fall and took weekend trips all around Europe, including to Chernobyl. He spent this past summer in LA as an engineering intern at Snapchat, and likes doing coding projects on his own, too.

Katelyn Landry: A&E Editor
When Katelyn isn't writing and editing for the Thresher, she is probably still writing. She dreams of moving to New York and finally reading all the books that she keeps buying on impulse. Catch her taking the Metro or walking all over the city because as much as she likes adventuring, she's too scared to drive and can't afford a car anyway. She's fueled by coffee, horror movies and music of all genres. She strongly dislikes AirPods and treasures her clunky lime green first generation Beats.

Phillip Jaffe: Senior Copy Editor
Phillip is often viewed by his friends as a world-weary, curmudgeonly grandfather—a traditionalist who's nostalgic for simpler eras through which he didn't live and thinks the death of print journalism might as well be the death of everything. Other evidence of his emotional age includes his daily consumption of grapefruit juice, his interest in word games and jigsaw puzzles, and his tendency to grunt whenever he has to sit down or stand up.

Ivanka Perez: Features Editor
Ivanka loves to read, write, and sing. When she's not doing homework (which she usually isn't), you can find her scouting out books on Goodreads, crocheting (like the grandma she is), or re-watching Netflix shows. Unrelated fun fact: she has synesthesia!

Priyansh Lunia: Video Editor
If you're looking for Priyansh, you can find him in one of four places: editing videos in his self-proclaimed 'studio' (really just his room bedazzled with too many RGB lights), shamelessly fangirling over the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Duncan Commons, attempting to understand quantum mechanics on Fondy 4th, or hiking off the beaten track somewhere in the world!

Vi Burgess: Copy Editor
Vi has been copy editing for almost a decade now, working on everything including friends' novels, essays for English classes, her high school newspaper and now the Thresher! She loves semicolons and the em dash — but don't even think about using an Oxford comma. When she's not deciphering stats for the sports section, she likes to spend time cooking, baking and obsessing over whichever show she's currently binge-watching.

Bhavya Gopinath: Copy Editor
Bhavya loves writing and music. When she's not copy editing for Thresher, you can find her binging any show on Netflix or taking Buzzfeed quizzes to procrastinate doing anything productive. She also watches the most trashy rom-coms, listens to the same song on repeat for days, sings incessantly, and runs away (while screaming) at the sight of any bee.

Tina Liu: Art Director
When she's not designing, Tina can be found laying in her bed, next to an untouched school assignment, browsing through Typewolf or Pinterest. She's also really into romance movies with a 12% Rotten Tomatoes rating, subtle baiting for compliments, excitedly showing pictures of her dog, Cooper, really really long naps, and overusing the same fonts. Tina really likes: carbs, handwritten notes, good outfits. Tina really dislikes: Bebas Neue, long distance running, anyone wearing slides.

Savannah Kuchar: Assistant News Editor
Savannah is a fan of anything related to coffee, cats, or being creative. She can often be found at Coffee House, sometimes working, but more often on Twitter looking at random cat memes or taking Buzzfeed quizzes to find out which ice cream flavor matches her personality. This summer she spent two amazing weeks in Israel, then worked at a media studio where she almost got fired for dying her hair pink.