Campanile, Thresher win 16 national awards

Eric Stone | The Rice Thresher

 Rice Campanile and the Rice Thresher won a combined 16 awards at the joint Associated College Press/College Media Association convention in Louisville, Kentucky last weekend.

The CMA’s Pinnacle Awards, along with the ACP’s Pacemakers and Individual Awards, recognize the nation’s best in college student media for the 2017-18 academic year.

Campanile won a first-place Pinnacle from the CMA for Best Yearbook Entertainment Spread. It placed second in the overall category, Yearbook of the Year. It also received honorable mentions for Best Yearbook Cover and Best Divider. Joanna Yang and Kira Chen were editors-in-chief for the 2017-18 Campanile, entitled “Outside the Lines,” and current Campanile Editor-in-Chief Charis Wang accepted the awards.

“Winning the awards was honestly very humbling,” Wang said in a written statement. “There were so many outstanding books, and it made me realize how much work, time, and collaboration it takes to create something that even closely resembles a yearbook.”

The Thresher was a finalist for the ACP’s Newspaper Pacemaker award, which recognizes the best student newspapers in the nation. This is the second straight year the Thresher has been a finalist and the fourth time overall. The 37 Pacemaker finalists represented the top seven percent of newspapers which entered the competition, according to the ACP.

The Thresher and its staff came in first in three Pinnacle categories, including Best Newspaper Sports Spread, Best Podcast and Best Newspaper Nameplate. Other Thresher Pinnacles included a second place for Best Advertisement and honorable mentions for Best Sports News Photo, Best Photo Package, Best Sports Section and Best Social Media Main Page.

Both the ACP and CMA recognized then-Thresher Sports Editor and current co-Editor-in-Chief Andrew Grottkau for his long form piece, Immortality: An Oral History of the 2003 Rice Baseball Team. The piece garnered a second-place ACP Individual Award for Best Sports Multimedia Story and a third-place Pinnacle in the same category. The Pinnacles also recognized Grottkau with an honorable mention for Best Sports Columnist.

These awards follow the Princeton Review’s recognition of the Thresher as the third-best college paper in the nation.

Media Minutes program starting this fall

While Rice does many things right, it does media wrong – with no support for journalist hopefuls (and barely any for visual arts), students are left floundering when attempting to get into the media world. Even casual observers of media do not get the same opportunities present at other schools – the perspectives of world-class journalists, or of people in entertainment, or marketing, etc.

Media Minute seeks to fill this void at Rice by inviting high-level speakers to interact with Rice students. This exposure will be beneficial to both students serious about entering the media field and students interested in the process behind media. The name Media Minute points to an intent to appeal to college-age students who might be too busy to seek individual research or coursework on the topic, but would like a quick insight into a different world.


Applications open for 2018 Schumann Brothers grant for creative expression

Schumann Brothers Fund for Creative Expression seeking submissions


Rice University announces competition for the Schumann Brothers Grants for Creative Expression. The winners for each award will receive a $1000 grant to be used to support their proposed endeavors. The purpose of the grant is to encourage written, creative expression amongst Rice University students.


Applicants must be returning undergraduate students who have been published in a Rice University student media outlet. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.


Written expression:

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students.
  • Applicants must be involved with a Rice University student media outlet.
  • Submissions must include piece(s) that have been published in a Rice University student publication and a proposal explaining the desired project.
  • Submissions will include a projected completion date for the piece(s). The committee will approve and enforce a completion date, or the grantee will be required to return the grant monies.
  • The piece resulting from the project must be submitted to the committee for possible publication in a Rice University student publication.
  • The committee will submit the resulting written piece and the grant request to the Dean’s office, so it can be communicated to the donors.

Travel Journalism:

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students.
  • Submissions must include pieces that have been published in a Rice University student publication.
  • Submissions must also include a travel budget and a proposal explaining the desired trip and its journalistic value.
  • Submissions will include a projected completion date for the piece(s). The committee will approve and enforce a completion date, or the grantee will be required to return the grant monies.
  • The piece resulting from the project must be submitted to the committee for publication in a Rice University student publication.
  • The committee will submit the resulting written piece(s) and the grant request to the Dean’s office, so it can be communicated to the donors.


All submissions must be received no later than February 28 by 5 p.m. Submissions for Written Expression can be submitted here. Submissions for Travel Journalism can be submitted here.

Submissions can also be sent to Kelley Lash, Office of Student Media, MS 524, Ley Student Center room 229. Submissions can be emailed to


A Selection Committee comprised of student publication editors and sponsors will select finalists. If needed, finalists may be asked to appear for an interview. Grant winners will be notified by email by Friday, March 30 with a formal announcement to follow.


Rice Thresher brings home national awards

The Rice Thresher continued to garner national attention by receiving six CMA Pinnacle awards, being named an ACP Pacemaker finalist and winning fourth place in the Best of Show at the fall national college media convention. 

This is the first time the Thresher has been a Pinnacle finalist, let alone winner. And the paper hasn’t been a Pacemaker finalist for more than a decade.

Individual Pinnacle Award Winners

Best Ad Supplement/Special Section, Housing Guide, Second Place

Best Newspaper News Page/Spread, SA Elections, Third Place

Best Social Media Main Page, Honorable Mention

Best Sports Columnist, Andrew Grottkau, First Place

Best Sports Investigative Story, Balancing Act, Second Place

Best Column, Yasna Haghdoost, Honorable Mention

Rice Thresher ranked #12 in Princeton Review rankings

For the first time in known history, The Rice Thresher was ranked in the Princeton Review rankings. The student-run newspaper came in 12th in the nation in the survey.

By B.J. Almond

Rice also ranked No. 1 for quality of life, lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students.

The best quality of campus life is at Rice University, according to student surveys used for the Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges.”

Princeton Review tallied the rankings from surveys of 137,000 students attending the 382 best colleges in the book in 2016-17 and/or the previous two academic years. The surveys included 84 questions about academics, administration, the student body and the students themselves. The college guide published the top 20 schools in each category. Along with three rankings in the top 10, Rice was cited in six other categories in the top 20:

12 for best college newspaper.
14 for best health services.
15 for best-run colleges.
16 for most beautiful campus.
16 for best college dorms.
20 for best campus food.

The profile in the college guide notes that Rice “manages to foster ‘great research’ along with an ‘unbeatable sense of community’ and attributes much of that to the residential college system. The guide states that Rice provides students with a variety of “experiential learning opportunities such as internships and civic engagement” and that Rice undergrads “work extremely hard” but manage to balance schoolwork with clubs, organizations and social events. Students enjoy exploring Houston’s restaurants, art museums, theater, ballet and opera as well as playing sports for their residential colleges and attending fun events on campus. The guide also notes that students “value that many of their peers come from ‘diverse backgrounds,’” which “leads to an ongoing exchange of new perspectives and opinions.” According to the guide, what Rice undergrads love most is that they have classmates who are “caring.”

Last year the Princeton Review ranked Rice No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 9 for best quality of life.

For more information on the rankings, visit

Thresher and Campanile celebrate 100 years with awards

The Rice Thresher and Campanile celebrated their 100th years by garnering numerous first place awards on the national and state level.

The Thresher placed first place in College Media Association’s Apple Awards presented at the Spring National College Media Convention in March. The editor in chief was Andrew Ta. Additionally, The Thresher won the overall excellence award at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Awards presented in early April. The student-run newspaper received a total of 20 awards in the annual contest.

For the fourth year in a row, the Campanile won the sweepstakes award for yearbook in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Awards presented in early April. The award was granted based on total points earned in the other categories of the annual contest.

In addition to the sweepstakes award, Campanile won first place Overall Excellence and nine other first place categories alone. The yearbook won 20 awards in the contest this year.

The 2015 book was the 100th edition of the Campanile, and featured a padded cover, gilded edges and a placeholder ribbon. Additionally, every copy came in a clamshell box. The theme was Confessions and the editor in chief was Anastasia Bolshakov. Additionally the 2015 Campanile placed eighth in the Associated Collegiate Press’s Best of Show awarded at the Fall National College Media Convention.

Thresher TIPA Awards

In-Depth Reporting
2nd place: Yasna Haghdoost
Critical Review
2nd place: Canon Lewis
Feature Page Design
First place: Samantha Ding
Sports Page Design
Third place: Sarah Nyquist
Feature Story
Third place: Lenna Mendoza
Feature Photo
Third place: Vidya Ghiri
First place: Staff
Information Graphic
2nd place: Justin Park
General Column
2nd place: Bridget Schilling
News Feature Story
First place: Elena Margosis
Special Edition/Section
2nd place: Staff
Third place: Staff
News Photo
Honorable Mention: Anastasia Bolshakov
Sports Column
First place: Jeremy Reiskind
Honorable Mention: Evan Neustater
Sports Action Photo
2nd place: Sean Chu
Page One Design
Third place: Justin Park
Two Honorable Mentions: Staff
Overall Excellence
First place: The Rice Thresher

Campanile TIPA Awards

Academic Photo

Third place: Anastasia Bolshakov


First place: Staff

Cover Design

First place: Anastasia Bolshakov


2nd place: Anastasia Bolshakov

Feature Photo

2nd place: Rahul Kothari

Sports Action Photo

First place: Anastasia Bolshakov

Sports Feature Photo

First place: Janet Ni


First place: Anastasia Bolshakov

Academics Copy

First place: Staff

Feature/Student Life

First place: Anastasia Bolshakov
2nd place: Anastasia Bolshakov

Organizations Copy

First place: Staff

People Spread w/Mugshots

2nd place: Anastasia Bolshakov

Photo Story

Third place: Anastasia Bolshakov


First place: Zoe Wu

Sports Copy

First place: Zoe Wu
2nd place: Zoe Wu

Student Life Copy

First place: Staff
2nd place: Staff

Overall Excellence

First place: Staff

Campanile recognized nationally

The Rice Campanile placed third in the prestigious Pinnacles Awards presented by College Media Association on October 30, 2015. The 2014 book, with the Awkward theme, received third place in the Four-Year Yearbook of the Year award.

The book, edited by Anastasia Bolshakov, Duncan 15, also received second for Best Yearbook Cover, second for Best Yearbook News page/Spread and third place Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread. This is the second year in a row that the student-run yearbook received awards in the Pinnacle contest, but the first for best overall book.

Additionally the 2015 Campanile placed eighth in the Associated Collegiate Press’s Best of Show awarded last week at the Fall National College Media Convention. This book, the 100th volume of the Campanile, is still in production, but the publishing company advanced an incomplete copy to the staff in order for them to submit it for the contest.

For the full list of Pinnacle winners, go here.

Campanile again named Pinnacle finalist

As the Campanile prepares to distribute its 100th volume, it learned it has been named a College Media Association Pinnacle Award finalist in four categories, the most exciting being Four-Year Yearbook of the Year.

The 2014 yearbook, themed Awkward, is also a finalist in three design categories – Best Yearbook Cover, Best Yearbook News Page/Spread and Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread. For more information and to check out the competition, click here.

This is the second year in a row the Campanile has placed in the Pinnacle awards, but the first time it has been named a finalist in Yearbook of the Year category.