Rice University’s Student Newspaper — Since 1916

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Letter From the Editor

(04/15/16 6:12pm)

Welcome to the Thresher centennial magazine. Rice recently celebrated its centennial in 2012, so it should come as no surprise that the Thresher is soon after celebrating its own 100-year anniversary. In 1916, a group of nine students — six men and three women — belonging to various literary societies began the Thresher as a fortnightly-published paper “for the students and by the students,” and the legacy thankfully lives on today. This magazine is a celebration of those who have come before us.


Rice needs more student investment in student media

(03/09/16 10:26pm)

Who here remembers the RU Observer? If you’re a freshman you most likely have no clue what I’m talking about. But for the older members of the Rice community, the RU Observer occupies a specific niche in our institutional memory. They were the digital-first outlet, the disruptor, the Buzzfeed of Rice, and they acted as a supplementary news source to the Thresher, for better or for worse.




Human Capital: $50 million gift a result of mutual desires

(01/14/16 11:11pm)

General Tom Kolditz stood in front of a crowd of Rice University parents during Families Weekend in October and began describing the World War II surrender of a German command to General Charles Canham. In the story, the German general walks up to Canham and a group of ragtag infantrymen and asks to see his credentials. Canham then gestures to his soldiers and says, “These are my credentials.”








RSVP loses office in RMC

(08/29/14 12:39am)

Rice Student Volunteer Program lost its office space in the Rice Memorial Center in a decision finalized in June by Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson and Assistant Dean Catherine Clack. The Office of Study Abroad currently resides in RSVP’s old office. The decision to remove RSVP from its office makes it one of two blanket tax organizations, including Rice Program Council, which voluntarily moved out of its space, to not reside in a physical office in the RMC.





Aida opera dazzles with theatrics, disappoints with overwhelming set [A-]

(11/06/13 12:00am)

The Houston Grand Opera opens its season with an old standby and a true operatic heavyweight: Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. The HGO throws everything it has at this production: acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick; a vibrantly colored and elaborate set; and the surprise appearance of a large, blue elephant prop on stage. As a celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday, the production, held at the Wortham Center, is a spectacle that dazzles despite its missteps.