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In 1916, a group of nine students, chosen from the early literary societies, began to work on a bi-weekly newspaper. The new publication received its name from C. Harcourt Wooten '16. In a letter to President Edgar Odell Lovett, Wooten viewed a thresher as an object that "separates the good from the bad just as a publication should do."
As the first managing editor, William M. Standish published the first edition on January 15, 1916. With a circulation of over 500, "The Rice Thresher" was four pages long.
Published consistently since 1916, the student newspaper has grown in size and readership. As of 2014, the publication covers a wide variety of university events and issues, including faculty news, local Houston events, Rice theater, and sports.
--Quote taken from Sallyport April/May 1993
--Information taken from the Houston Chronicle, Dec. 9, 1915 and the Galveston News, Jan. 16, 1916