HOUSTON, TX – Debuting late Tuesday night, the Thresher celebrated April Fools Day with a new and revised template and slant. Going by “the Rice Trasher”, the University publication shifted its aim to criticize and lambast the university, appearing both significant and humorous for the first time in years.
Despite being the antithesis of what the Thresher is typically known for – boring and barely relevant news articles – this new move to satire has earned the paper the highest readership in recent memory.
Pollsters with an eye on the Rice University Yik Yak have seen a 1,274 percent increase in the amount of references to the Thresher in the last 24 hours, with some users going as far as to say that the Thresher was “on point,” one of Yik Yak’s highest accolades.
“HAHAHA THE THRESHER TODAY IS PERFECT,” commented one enlightened Yik Yak user. “Well done,” articulated another in a highly intellectual response.
The Administration, surprised by this sudden relevancy of the Thresher, is worried about how the Thresher will be received in the near future. Citing concerns about sustained pertinence, the Administration was quick to comment that “this is really an anomaly and that people should get ready to return to reading the Thresher’s uninspired and uninteresting articles as early as next week.”
Yet, for many, this change marks a new direction for campus communication and dialogue.
“The Thresher, or let me say Trasher, has finally made it,” commented one anonymous Thresher editor. “I think we’ve contributed to the University’s discourse for once.”