Centennial Series: The first issue of Rice’s student newspaper

David Ruth
713-348-6327
david@rice.edu

HOUSTON – (March 9, 2012) – As soon as Rice University opened its doors in October 1912, students began planning for a student-led newspaper. The project was realized in 1916. Now 96 years old, the Rice Thresher has been informing the university community weekly with a print edition. Like most media, the Thresher has also gone online. The print edition is available on campus each Friday during the school year and online at www.ricethresher.org.

Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the history of the Rice Thresher in this week’s centennial video. To learn more about Rice’s history, visit Kean’s blog at www.ricehistorycorner.com.

To help celebrate the university’s centennial Oct. 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history.

The video, available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/BUDszIDmbr4, is also available to media in high quality and without music for editing purposes. For higher-quality video, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.

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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.

About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.